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March 3 Announcements

We hope that you are well. If you are in need - physically, spiritually, or otherwise - don't hesitate to reach out to us by phone (506-940-1151) or email (suc@nb.aibn.com). We are here for you and for each other!




What's New


  • SUC 2023 Annual Report now available (including financial reports)

  • PIE Day Auction on Thursday March 14 6-7:30pm

  • 2023 Tax Receipts will be sent by email February 29/March 1

  • Invitation to attend "The Fifth Century" concert on March 9


Coming Up This Week


  • AA 12-1pm Saturdays in the sanctuary

  • Food Bank Collection Sunday morning on the hallway pew

  • Seekers Group Book Study Sundays via zoom

  • Third Sunday of Lent Sunday March 3

  • SUC 2024 Annual Meeting March 3 following Sunday gathering

  • Worship at the Drew (health permitting) March 3 at 3pm

  • Preacher's Help Group/Scripture Study Tuesday 10:30am on zoom

  • Caregivers Support Group Tuesday 1:30pm

  • Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky Wednesday 10am

  • Choir Practice Thursday 5-6pm


recordings of previous services




Worship and Faith Formation


Sunday Worship Sundays 11am, Online and In-Person

Our Regular Sunday Worship is held at 11am both in-person at Sackville United and online via our SUC Facebook Page. Mask-wearing and distancing are encouraged but not mandatory. For those not on FB but wishing to watch online, a link to the video of the service will be posted on the church website in the days immediately following the service.


Faith Exploration for All Ages Sundays 11am

Every second week, wise and compassionate senior leaders meet with the equally wise and compassionate young people in our midst to explore questions of faith, community, justice and mystery through art and conversation. For more information email Gary or Rebecca


Worship at the Drew  First Sunday of the Month, 3pm

You are invited to join Rev. Lloyd and Jennie on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm to share in worship and fellowship together at the Drew Nursing Home. Coming up next on THIS SUNDAY Sunday March 3 - health conditions permitting. All are welcome - masks are strongly encouraged.


Seekers Group New Book Study Sundays at 9am on Zoom

Current Book: Do I Stay Christian? (2022) helps Christians address the questions of whether and how to stay Christian when the term can mean irreconcilable things, addressing in public the powerful question that surprising numbers of people―including pastors, priests, and other religious leaders―are asking in private. Contact the church office or speak to Rev. Catherine Gaw for more details.


Lectionary Study Group (aka "Preacher's Help Group") Tuesdays 10:30am on zoom

This group meets weekly via Zoom to ponder the texts for the coming Sunday and offer connections and insights from our life in community. If you would like to join this active and engaging group of theologians speak to Lloyd for more details.


Pastoral Care While Rev. Lloyd is Away March 9-17

During the period March 9th to 17th, during Rev. Lloyd's absence, the Rev, Scott Stuart of Mount Royal United Church in Moncton will be available to respond pastoral emergencies. Scott can be reached at (506) 295-8089. 





Community Care and Support


Senior's Lunch Group 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12pm

The Senior's Lunch Group  will meet ion the following dates: March 19, April 16, May 21 and June 18  Bring your lunch and share in community and conversation. For more information email Brenda Allen.


Support Group for Caregivers 1st/3rd Tuesdays of the month at 1:30pm

Next on March 5.  An informal get-together with light refreshments for current and former caregivers of those with dementia or physical issues to share experiences of their journey and to know that you are not alone and can depend on support and understanding from each other. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think would be interested. Contact the church office or speak to Diane Fullerton or Sheina Grant for more details. All are welcome!


Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky  Wednesdays 10am 

Bring your appetite for delicious baked goods and conversation - all are welcome! An important reminder that if public schools are closed, there will be no coffee and conversation that week.


Parents and Tots  Thursdays 9:30-11am at St. Andrew's Presbyterian

We gather at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. There is no charge, and volunteers are present to assist with childcare. Bring your young ones for a time of community, play and fellowship (and a chance to chat with other grownups!).


Care and support for one another in Community  2nd Thursday 7pm, 4th Thursday 9am

Meeting this month on March 14 & 28. People of all ages and walks of life are invited to gather for a time of silent prayer in the sanctuary two evenings a month on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7pm (2nd Thursday) and 9am (Fourth Thursday) for approximately 15-20 minutes. This offers an intentional way to hold in prayer all those persons in our lives for whom we have care and concern. And an understanding that we all carry some heaviness in our lives. All are welcome.


Sackville United Church Choir  Thursdays 5-6pm and Sundays 10:20am

All are welcome - no audition or experience is necessary, nor is mandatory attendance. The choir also meets starting at 10:15am or 10:20am on Sundays. Come make a joyful noise with us!


Family Games Night at SUC  3rd Thursday of the month, 6-8pm

Meeting next on Thursday, March 21.  Christy Watts shares: "I hope everyone is having a good week so far, this is a friendly reminder that Family Games Night meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6-8pm. This games night will be for anyone that is interested in attending. Remember you can bring a friend along and snacks for yourself or to share, all ages are welcome. You can contact Christy with any questions or concerns at 506-612-0608 or by emailing the church office.



Opportunities for Service and Outreach


PIE Day Celebrations - Ideas Needed!

Celebrate National Affirming/PIE Day on March 14, 2024! Why PIE? PIE = Public. Intentional. Explicit. Those are the standards we hold ourselves to as we seek to welcome all and live into being Affirming, Welcoming, and Inclusive people and communities.

The theme for PIE Day 2024 is: PIE in the Public Square! What does it look like to live out PIE beyond the walls of our own ministries or organizations, and into our communities, streets, and city halls? This is what we will explore and celebrate in 2024!

Would you like to assist the Affirming Committee in its PIE Day activities? Contact Stephen Poirer or Janet Hammock!  Together might we strive to be Public, Intentional, Explicit, in our Inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ People


Share in Leadership at a Sunday Gathering April 7 needed

Would you be interested in reading on Sunday Morning (including, on some mornings, lighting the Christ Candle)? You may sign up on the list on the Circles of Service Board or by calling the Church office.  On Thursday afternoon the Church Office will communicate with you and provide you with the specific text(s) you will be asked to read, including the possibility of a selection of modern wisdom in the form of a quote from a current text.  A sign-up list is posted on the circles of service board.


International Women’s Day Donations accepted up until March 5

When women are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment. With this in mind and in order to aid women in distress, we are asking you to donate items like soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes, feminine hygiene products, deodorants, mouthwash, winter scarves and mitts, new women’s underwear, etc.  Financial donations gratefully accepted.  We will gather these items in the Quiet Room until March 5th. We will share these items with Autumn House (located in Amherst which serves Sackville), Ensemble Moncton, Tantramar High School Pantry, Mount Allison Food Bank and Sackville’s Food Bank. Thank you in advance for your support of this project: Anne Pirie, Catherine Gaw, Elsie MacDonald


Books Wanted for Dorchester LGBTQ+ Group 

Rev. Lloyd is still welcoming resources that might be shared with a Queer Library at the Dorchester Penitentiary. Please speak to him if you have anything you would be interested in sharing.


Committee Positions Seeking to be Filled For THIS SUNDAY'S Annual Meeting 

We have a number of positions within our executive and other committees that we are seeking to fill at this year's annual meeting. If you are called to volunteer, or have a suggestion of someone who might wish to be nominated, please contact the church office or reach out to Rev. Lloyd.


Affirming Fund and Benevolent Fund

These two funds, one of them newly created, allow Sackville United to respond to individual needs of those in our local community. The newly-created Affirming Fund is intended for local LGBTQ2+ persons needing assistance - this includes support for gender affirming care (legal changes of name and/or gender, LGBTQ2+ related medical expenses not covered by health insurance, etc.) and other areas in which LGBTQ2+ persons might be of need. Both of these funds exist by virtue of your generous donations. Contributions can be made regularly through PAR (contact the church office to update), by e-transfer, or by indicating the name of the fund to which you wish to contribute on your offering envelope.


Food Bank In Need Every Sunday morning

As the cost of living continues to steeply rise, here are a list of items needed this week by the Sackville Food Bank. Items dropped off at the church will be collected weekly, and monetary donations collected through SUC will be given directly to the food bank.  Please see information about food insecurity and food insecurity resources in Sackville here as well as a list of needed items.





News from the Office, Executive, and Minister


2023 Annual Report now available 

The annual report and financial reports are now available for download and viewing on the church website. If you would like a printed copy of the report, please speak to Jennie or contact the church office. Please see


2023 Tax Receipts Sent by email by February 29/March 1

Tax receipts for 2023 are in the process of being finalized, and will be sent by email by the end of the week unless a paper copy has been requested. If you would prefer a printed copy of your receipt to be mailed to you in addition to your electronic copy, please contact the church office.


Winter Church Office Hours   Tuesdays/Thursdays 12-4:30pm  

Any changes to this schedule, including illness or snow days (during which Jennie can sometimes be found working remotely) will be posted on the church FB page, and, if possible, on the church doors as well.


Minister’s Office Hours Wednesday mornings or by appointment

Lloyd is normally in the office on Wednesday mornings and at other times by appointment. You can schedule a meeting with Lloyd by following the link to his Appointment Schedule. Simply select a time that is available and indicate where you would like to meet.


We hope that you are well. If you are in need - physically, spiritually, or otherwise - don't hesitate to reach out to Lloyd by phone (506-940-1151) or Email. We are here for you and for each other!



Other Events and Information


What's New at Broadview  

The United Church magazine has a variety of topical articles on subjects that reflect many of the interests and initiatives of our congregation. Please contact the church office to renew your subscription if you have not already and/or to sign up through our discounted group subscription rate of only $30/year. New subscriptions can be added at anytime of year!



"The Fifth Century - an expansive musical and spiritual experience" Concert Invitation:  

Featuring the Elliott Chorale and Brogue Saxophone Quartet, this concert directed by Kiera Galway is on Saturday March 9, 2024 at 7:30 pm at the Mount Allison University Chapel. Drawn from Centuries of Meditations, by the 17th century poet/priest Thomas Traherne,

the texts of The Fifth Century present listeners with evocative contemplations of eternity and the beauty of God. Composer Gavin Bryars’ haunting, expansive musical setting for choir and saxophone quartet won a Grammy award for Best Classical Recording in 2018. Please join us to hear why. Admission is free, with donations being accepted towards music scholarships.


Congratulations and Celebrations

Congratulations to Rowan White on their acceptance to the summer BIIMA opera program in Italy!  If you have some exciting news in your life (or the life of a friend or loved one - with their permission of course!) or know of something special happening in the life of our community, please contact the church office so we can spread the good news!

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