Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 3, 2019:
Habakkuk 1: 1-4; 2: 1-4, Psalm 119: 137-144 (VU pp. 841), 2 Thessalonians 1: 1-4, 11-12, Luke 19: 1-10
 Regional Council Prayer Cycle – Centralia-Zion West
Stewardship/Finance Update
                                      September, 2019   Year To Date
General Fund Local          $18,856.50           $171,418.01
Other Operations                $8,514.45             $66,168.76
Mission & Service               $4,285.25             $37,418.75
  Total Income                   $31,656.20           $275,005.52
  Total Expenses               $34,362.55           $311,676.92
Excess Inc./Exp.               ($2,706.35)           ($36,671.40)
Capital Income                      $365.00              $9,715.05
Capital Expenses                  $108.71             $23,679.50
Capital Excess Inc/Exp          $256.29           ($13,964.45)
Thank you for your continued generosity and support.  
August Year to Date
General Fund Local $18,856.50  $171,418.01
Other Operations 8,514.45  66,168.76
Mission & Outreach 4,285.25  37,418.75
TOTAL INCOME 31,656.20  275,005.52
TOTAL EXPENSES 34,362.55  311,676.92
EXCESS INCOME\EXPENSES ($2,706.35) ($36,671.40)
Capital Income 365.00  9,715.05
Capital Expenses 108.71  23,679.50
CAPITAL EXCESS INC\EXP $256.29  ($13,964.45
 Forgot your envelope this week? Did you know you can make your donation online? Visit our website, firstunitedchurch.ca, and click on the “Donate Now” button (right side of screen, immediately under the weekly worship information box).
The Outreach committee would encourage everyone in the congregation to give to the Fall Food Drive. So many in our community are reliant on food hampers and local grocery stores are very good at putting out donation boxes and even packaging shopping bags to be donated. We would also ask that you consider making a donation here to the Blessing Box of Fridays at First.
A “Blessing Box” is a box of non-perishable food items that people using our program can take a couple of things they can use from or donate back for their neighbours to use.  It was very well received last year, and promoted a sense of community helping each other. A bin will be placed in the Narthex to receive your donations. 
The Artisans at First 2019 Committee is pleased to report that our event has resulted in $2935.00 for First’s operating funds.  We want to thank all who volunteered to prepare food for the event, to set up for the event, to staff the event and then to clean up from the event. The list of helpers is too long to report here.  This fundraiser was no small undertaking that could have used more volunteers so those who helped certainly did more than their share. We particularly want to thank those who noticed we were short staffed and gave us their time on the spot. We also thank those who donated their creations to the craft table and bake table.  We must highlight our lunchroom servers Amelia, Emily, Grace and Haley who were our star volunteers, and the countless hours that Helen and John Hill have put into this project.  We also thank all First United members who came out to support this fundraiser. The Artisans at First Committee: Helen Hill, John Hill, Cathie Stewart Savage, Lynne Blake Dickson, Sarah Snyder, Elizabeth Goldsworthy, and Joan Westcott

Another way First United is in community!!
This Fall we are fortunate to be given the opportunity to provide overnight accommodation and breakfast for 12 high school students and their teacher chaperone from Fort MacLeod, Alberta. Calvary Memorial United in Kitchener is also involved. (Dates Oct. 18-27) These students are part of an Experiences Canada exchange with students from KCI in Kitchener.
Any breakfast food (e.g. bagels, granola bars, orange juice, apples, butter, jam) or a monetary donation would be greatly appreciated!
Want more information? Want to make a donation? Please see me in Hilliard Hall after the service or give Lynne Blake-Dickson a call 519-744-5012.
Tues. Oct. 29 – Please join us for our Noon Hour Concert featuring WLU Chamber Students, Christine Vlajk - Director.  A light lunch prepared by the Choir Auxiliary and friends is available from 11:30 and the concert runs from 12:15 - 12:45. The complete schedule is available in the Narthex and at www.firstunitedchurch.ca

Youth (Gr 7+) and Adults who enjoy creativity in community are invited to gather November 3 from 12:30-2:30, for this new opportunity.  We will begin with a potluck lunch and then Jean Hoffman will share her creative gift of card making.  So bring a dish to share and come and join the Kreative Spirit at First United.  For further details or to offer your gifts for another time, Kellie and Eva are organizing these gatherings
LADIES!!!  Please mark Nov 4 on your calendar!  You are invited to attend a special event at Arkell United Church 9:30 am for coffee and social time.  Program to follow based on "Hope for the Future".  Plan to stay for a home cooked "toonie"  hot lunch!    Car pooling will provide to this event.  Please contact  Edith Coyle for more information   519 744-9066
Book Club, Nov 16, 2019 at 10:00 am in the Chapel.
A Mind Spread out on the Ground. A bold and profound work by Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott.  Feel free to bring a treat to share with the group.  Please join us!  The book is available at Wordsworth Bookstore with a discount as part of our First United Book Club.
Bach Vespers for Peace: Spiritus Ensemble presents ‘Bach Vespers for Peace’ on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., at The Church of St John the Evangelist, 23 Water Street N., Kitchener.  Performances of Bach’s Cantata 116, ‘Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus Christ’ and Arvo Pärt’s choral masterpiece, The Beatitudes, will be framed by readings and hymns.  Soloists are Rebecca McKay, soprano; Daniel Cabena, alto; Bud Roach, tenor; and Richard Hrytzak, baritone.  Admission free; donation requested.
You are invited to attend the 11th Annual Mayor’s Age-Friendly Committee Forum: Moving forward together with an age-friendly Waterloo. The event will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Forbes Room at RIM Park, 2001 University Avenue East. The topics for the forum are equity, inclusion and a sense of belonging. Guest speakers include John Neufeld (House of Friendship), Jean Hoffmann (Senior of the Year), Dr. John Lewis (U of Waterloo), and grade 10 leadership students from Bluevale Collegiate. Refreshments and conversation groups are part of the morning’s program. Admission is free but participants must register at this address: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/11th-annual-mayors-age-friendly-committee-forum-moving-forward-together-with-an-age-friendly-tickets-74855706433, or Google “Waterloo Mayor’s Forum 2019” for the Forum information page. Please register, if possible, before October 25.
Sat. Nov 2, 7:30 pm @ Calvary United Church, St. Jacobs.
Kenyan Kids Foundation Canada invites you to an evening of singing classic folk songs together with our acoustic house band.  Admission by donation in support of KKFC. For info visit www.kenyankidsfoundation.ca/folk 
Calvary Memorial United Church is hosting a piano concert fundraiser for Community Ministry on Sunday, November 10th at 2 PM. Freewill Offering. Gregory Gibson is an accomplished pianist from Christ the King United Church.  He will be performing about 80 minutes of sacred and secular music. Please come out and enjoy this wonderful concert and support a great cause! Calvary Memorial United Church, 91 Gruhn St. Kitchener. 
Songs for the Holy Other - Sunday, Nov.10th, 3-4:30 pm, Rockway Mennonite Church
PiE (Pastors in Exile) invites you to join us for a community hymn sing celebrating the LGBTQIA2S+ Community. Come sing Queer Hymns with us! 
House of Friendship – Church Partnerships Manager
We’re growing!
At House of Friendship we believe in what we are doing.  We get out of bed each day to make a
difference in our community; to walk with and to serve.  We are not happy with the status quo.  We get
energy from ongoing learning and growth.  We lead with passion and believe without a doubt that
everyone deserves to belong and thrive.  We live and breathe our values of Compassion, Inclusion,
Justice, Dignity and Hope.  And we have fun!
Sounds pretty great doesn’t it?  It is!   
We are seeking a creative, resourceful and highly relationship-driven church specialist who has
credibility and expertise in leading and co-creating mutually beneficial partnerships with local Christian
church communities of all denominations, as well as other faith communities.  As a valued member of
the Fundraising team, reporting to the Development Director, you will be instrumental in growing
support for our mission.
The House of Friendship is seeking a creative, resourceful and highly relationship-driven church specialist who has credibility and expertise in leading and co-creating mutually beneficial partnerships with local Christian church communities of all denominations, as well as other faith communities. As a valued member of the Fundraising team, reporting to the Development Director, you will be instrumental in growing support for our mission. This is a part time, permanent position of 25 hours per week, with the flexibility to work weekends to participate in church gatherings or community events. This is a new role with the potential of increasing hours in the future depending on the need.  Any interested person should please contact the church office for a copy of the responsibilities and other information about the position.

Monday, October 28
Church Closed
9:30 am
Bailey’s Foods
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
7:00 pm
Hilliard Hall
7:00 pm
UCW Exec
7:00 pm
Healthy Choices
Labyrinth Room
Tuesday, October 29
 7:30 am
Choir Auxiliary
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
12:15 pm
Noon Hour Concert
7:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous
Wednesday, October 30
Sr Exercise
Hilliard Hall
6:00 pm
Wordsworth Books
6:30 pm
Hilliard Hall
6:30 pm
Labyrinth Room
Thursday, October 31
Bell Choir
4:15 pm
Jr Choir
6:30 pm
Labyrinth Room
7:00 pm
Hilliard Hall
7:30 pm
Gallery Choir
Friday, November 1
2:00 pm
Friday’s at First
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
2:30 pm
Laurier Choirs
Chapel/LR/Rms 6 & 7
Saturday, November 2
12:00 pm
Computer Repair Shop
Labyrinth Room
1:30 pm
Messy Church
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
4:00 pm
Messy Church
Labyrinth Room
7:00 pm
Laurier Choirs
Sunday, November 3
Hilliard Hall
Youth Ensemble