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Sept 9 – Announcements

Upcoming Dates to Remember

M,W,F                 Church Office Open                                                9am-12pm Mondays       Centering Prayer Group                                            ON PAUSE Wednesdays   Coffee and Conversation with Open Sky           ON PAUSE Thursdays     Parents & Tots (at St. Andrews Presbyterian)   ON PAUSE 1st Thursday   Project Linus Blanket Making                              ON PAUSE Sept 9               Sunday School Opening at SUC                             11am Sept 16             FOOD BANK SUNDAY Sun 9:15am    Book Study in the Quiet Room at SUC      starting: Sept 23 Sept 30             Affirming Celebration Service at SUC                11am Sept 30             Rockport United Fall Service                                 2:30pm Oct 7                 Thanksgiving/World Communion Sunday         9am/11am Wed 6pm    “The Ridiculous Journey” at SUC                        starting: Oct 10


Room at the Table for Everyone!

ANNOUNCEMENTS for September 9, 2018 – Season After Pentecost

New Office Hours for 2018/2019:  Beginning in September, the church office will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-12pm in order to accommodate Jennie’s teaching schedule as part of the Mount Allison Music Department faculty.

Sunday School Opening:  This Sunday, September 9, marks the return of our Sunday School classes.  Young worshippers 3 years and older are invited to follow the leaders upstairs after the opening prayer.  Welcome back everyone!

Book Study at SUC:  Starting on September 23 at 9:15-10:15 in the quiet room off the worship space.  Intro to the book: Diana Butler Bass is “the author of the multiple award-winning Grounded and leading trend spotter in contemporary Christianity. Her new book, Grateful explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.  Interested?  Contact Catherine Gaw or sign up on the circle of service board in the worship area.  Books are soon to be available through the church office.  The cost is $30 (hardcover).

The Ridiculous Journey: Following a Nobody from Nowhere:  A costly journey with an unknown destination.  A Middle Eastern homeless man for twenty centuries ago and why he still stirs the souls and imagination of so many.  Using videos created by TWOP (“The Will of the People”, we will engage in a search for purpose and meaning in the events and choices of our lives.  Wednesday evenings at SUC beginning October 10.  Crockpot supper served at 6pm with discussion to follow beginning at 7pm.  All are welcome.

Food Bank Sunday:  On the third Sunday of each month we are asked to bring our offerings of non-perishable food items or consider a monetary contribution to the food bank to help meet the immediate needs of our neighbours and friends, even as we continue to address the underlying injustices that lead to long-term food insecurity.  Upcoming Food Bank Sundays are: September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16.

Conversation Café and Potluck at SUC:  On select Sundays a few times a year, we invite a special guest to our 11am service who shares with us insight and personal experience of the wider world of which we are a part.  Through this listening and sharing, we open ourselves to greater advocacy, justice, and inclusion.  The services are followed by a potluck lunch.

OFFERING ENVELOPES AVAILABLE: Are you interested in having offering envelopes, or in receiving a charitable receipt for your contributions?  Please speak to the church office, or simply write your name and address and attach it to your contribution.

PAPER COPIES OF ONLINE MATERIALS:  For those who are not tech savvy or who do not own a computer, paper copies of Lloyd’s Monday Musings and other web-only material are available through the church office.

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.

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH REV.  LLOYD: Looking to get in touch with Lloyd?  He can be reached at or by calling (506) 940-1151.


A Wisdom Reading from a Modern Text Mark 4:1-9


MV 122 This is the Day (on screen) VU 296 This is God’s Wondrous World MV 174 Soil of God, You and I (on screen) VU 226 For the Beauty of the Earth Offertory Response:  Goodness is Stronger Than Evil (on screen)

Exciting News!

The Executive of Sackville United Church is excited to announce that Sackville United Church has been awarded a $10,000.00 Embracing the Spirit grant to support an innovative ministry: A Social Justice Liaison.

The Social Justice Liaison will serve to support the building of cooperative working relationships in the areas of social justice between Sackville United Church and the student led social justice groups on the campus of Mount Allison University.

Celebrate Diversity on SEPT 30! Join us for a celebration in worship and song that marks our official recognition as an Affirming Congregation within the United Church of Canada. All are welcome – there is room at the table for everyone!
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