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March 12 – Announcements

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Mondays         Centering Prayer Group                                           9:30am Wednesdays  Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky           10-11am Thursdays    Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews Presbyterian)     9:30-11am 1st Thursday   Project Linus at Main St Baptist                            1pm March 12         USUC Annul Meeting                                                12:30pm March 19         SPC Meeting Re: Search Committee                    12:30pm March 20        UCW                                                                               1pm March 25        Earth Hour “Shut Off the Power” Event            7pm March 26        Memory Café at SUC                                                 2-4pm April 10-12    Morning Holy Week Services                                 9am April 13           Maundy Thursday Service at SUC                         6:30pm April 14          Good Friday Service                                                   TBA April 16           Easter Sunday Sunrise Service                                   TBA Upper Sackville (communion)      9am Sackville United (comm/drama)  11am April 23          UCW Service                                                                9am/11am May 7              Music Afternoon at Upper Sackville                    2pm

This week’s order of service is dedicated in memory of Jean MacAulay, who passed away late last week at the age of 100.  Jean will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, and as a faithful part of our church family.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for March 12, 2017- LENT II

UPPER SACKVILLE ANNUAL MEETING: The 2016 Annual Meeting for Upper Sackville United Church will be held on Sunday, March 12th at 12:30pm

PASTORAL CHARGE MEETING:  On Sunday, March 19 we will have a meeting of the pastoral charge to receive the recommendation of the joint search committee.  The meeting will begin at 12:30pm, and it is essential to have a good number of members from both churches attending in order to be able to accept the results of a vote.

LENTEN STUDY OPPORTUNITY UP ON SUC DISCERNMENT BOARD: An opportunity to join in the conversation on a subject that is important to us all:  LIFE, DEATH, & AFTER: “A good death begins with living in the present,”  says the Rev. Dr. Linda Yates, author of For The Death of Me: Accepting Death, Choosing Life.”  Facing death can be difficult, and begins with living a meaningful life. In this resource for small groups or for individual spiritual study, we also explore issues of Medically Assisted Death and Euthanasia. What do you think about life after death? We learn how our worldview affects what we believe about life after death.  LIFE, DEATH, & AFTER is a program from The Prayer Bench ministry, and offers three guided sessions. We will listen to an audio presentation together with a printed script provided in advance. Conversation and discussion will help us explore what we think and feel and believe.

FACEBOOK, WEBSITE and TELEPHONE TREES – ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF THE TEAM?:  The Communications Group met recently and has posted several new circles of service on the discernment board.   Please sign up if you are interested in being a part of the following:

Facebook Enthusiast:  Help make our FB page an enthusiastic and energetic place!  (all ages welcome)

Website Makeover:  Would you like to envision an updated version of our webpage that reflects the energy and character of the pastoral charge?  No technical skill required.

Telephone Tree Callers:  We have a small number of people in our community who do not have access to online materials.  Help them stay informed and in touch!

REMITS:  An extremely significant series of votes to determine the future direction of the United Church will be held over the coming year and a half.  For a brief introduction to some of what we are being asked to consider, please visit the church website for a summary, or contact the church office for a print copy.

Would Someone You Know Appreciate a Pastoral Care Visit?:  Pastoral care for SPC is generously being provided by Rev. Jean Ward.  For any pastoral care needs, or if you know someone who might appreciate a visit, please contact Rev. Ward directly – 902-694-4372 or

UCW COLLECTING SMALL ITEMS TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE:  UCW continues to save the following items:  Independent Grocery Tapes, pop tabs, plastic bread tabs, used postage stamps (1/4″ border), Campbell’s Soup Labels, the front cover of used Greeting Cards.  All items can be left in the basket which is on the book shelf as you come in the main entrance of the church.

CENTERING PRAYER:  Centering prayer group meets every Monday; all are welcome to join for one half hour of prayer together.

Check out the projects, ideas, and circles of interest on our Discernment Board (to the left of the sanctuary entrance): Sign your name for something that interests you, or start a group of your own!

NEW: Be a part of the new Lenten study

NEW: Sign up to serve communion on occasion

Help host or attend our Wednesday morning coffee time co-hosted with Open Sky

Host Coffee & Conversation after church

Communications Group Circles (FB Enthusiasts, Website Makeover Team, Telephone Tree Callers)

Join the Affirm team


Genesis 12: 1-4a John 3: 1-17


Bless Now, O God, the Journey, VU 633 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, VU 333 My Love Colours Outside the Lines, MV 138 Travel On, Travel On, VU 647 Offertory Response: Fresh as the Morning, MV 28, v.4 & chorus

Quotations to Ponder

Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.– J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

Do I dare Disturb the universe? – T.S. Eliot

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. – Albert Schweitzer

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