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January 26 – Announcements

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Mondays       Centering Prayer Group                                      ON PAUSE Wednesdays   Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky     10am Thursdays    Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews)                        9:30-11am 1st Thursday   Project Linus Blanket Making at Main St. Baptist Tuesdays 10am/Wednesdays 7pm     Spiritual Literacy Group at SUC Sundays 9:15am      Book Study in the Quiet Room at SUC TODAY             Conversation Café and Potluck at SUC        11am Feb 13          Shrove Tuesday Pancakes and Games Night  5:30pm Feb 14          Ash Wednesday March 2      World Day of Prayer Service at SUC                  2pm March 4      SUC Annual Meeting and Potluck                      12pm March 11    Upper Sackville Annual Meeting                       10am March 18    SPC Annual Meeting                                               12pm April 1        Easter Sunday                                        7am/9am/11am

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ANNOUNCEMENTS for January 28, 2018 4th Sunday after Epiphany

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER & GAMES NIGHT: Jennie and Gary will host our second annual Shrove Tuesday dinner of pancakes with all the fixings, fruit and juice/tea/coffee.  All are welcome!  Following supper, we will play some traditional party games for all ages (with a “United Church twist”).  The winning team will take home the spectacular trophy that last SUC trivia champions still hold. Dinner starts at 5:30.  Anyone interested in helping to flip pancakes or who has an electric griddle/frying pan we can use is asked to please speak with Gary or Jennie.

Conversation Café and Potluck at SUC:  On the last Sunday of the month, we welcome a special guest speaker to help us explore our faith in a different way.  This month, on January 28, we welcome Ashley Rose Cumming, a 2nd-Year Inuit student who will speak with us on “People of the Land.”  All are welcome.  .  A Pot Luck Lunch will follow the 11 am service.  It is suggested that last name A to M would bring first course and last name N to Z would bring desserts.  All are welcome.

THOUGHTS FOR WORSHIP & SANCTUARY: The worship and sanctuary committee is always interested in your feedback about our sanctuary space and worship planning.  As we prepare for the season of Lent, we invite your thoughts and ideas of how the sanctuary might be decorated, and are happy to have additional volunteers in decorating. Our members are:  Janet Geier, Glenda Thornton, Jane Braedley, Bernice McMaster, Jennie Del Motte & Rev. Lloyd

SILENT & LIVE AUCTION AT SUC:  Some of the congregation have indicated an interest in having a Silent and Live Auction. There is a sheet on the Discernment Board..if you are excited about helping with this idea and forming a bubble group to  be a part of this, please sign the sheet.

ASH WEDNESDAY:  We will share worship and fellowship on Ash Wednesday with a lunchtime meal followed by a time of worship.  More details to follow in coming weeks.

ANNUAL REPORTS:  The time of our annual meetings swiftly approaches – if anyone has reports to submit as part of either the SUC or SPC annual reports, please send them to the church office by Friday, February 16.

NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS FOR WINTER 2018:  Owing to Jennie’s teaching schedule at the university this term, the office hours for SPC will be slightly modified from January-April.  In consultation with M&P and the SPC/SUC Executives, the office will be open from 8am-11am on Wednesday through Friday.  Jennie is appreciative of your flexibility.  Office hours of 9am-12pm will resume in May.

Prayers for the Community: Is there someone or something you would like held or lifted up in prayer this month?  Our prayer circle is ready to hear your concerns and joys and pray for them – please send your messages to Mora MacDonald at  All requests are kept in confidence among the group, who are always mindful of your privacy. Observer Magazine Subscriptions for 2017-2018:  As the date of renewal for this year’s Observer magazine was unexpectedly pushed a month earlier that previous years, we automatically renewed all current subscriptions earlier this fall.  The cost of subscriptions for this current 2017-2018 subscription is $25 payable to Sackville United and can be dropped off at the office or in the offering plate clearly marked.  Please see Jennie in the church office with any questions, and we hope you continue to enjoy your Observer!  For anyone considering a subscription for next year, copies of previous magazines are available in the SUC front hallway for your perusal.

NEW NAMETAGS AT SUC:  As you enter the SUC sanctuary you will notice we have new magnetic nametags.  Please take a moment to choose a marker from the variety colours and write your name on a tag.

GOT A FRIDGE TO SPARE?: Sackville United is looking for someone who may have an extra full-size fridge to donate to our kitchenette. This second fridge will be used to help store food for large and catered events, and will only be used from time to time in order to save on energy costs.

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH REV.  LLOYD: Looking to get in touch with Lloyd?  He can be reached at or by calling (506) 940-1151.  Rev. Lloyd will be back in town for Sunday, January 21.

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming liturgical dates to keep in mind are easy to remember this year, with Ash Wednesday falling on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) and Easter on April Fools (April 1)!

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE AT SUC:  This year Sackville United is hosting the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer service, with music provided by Jennie.  All are welcome at this afternoon service, which begins at 2pm on Friday, March 2.


Deuteronomy 18:15-20


Spirit, Open My Heart MV 79 Like a Healing Stream MV 144 As a Fire is Meant for Burning, VU 578 Let Us Build a House, MV 1

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