Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 1, 2019:
Isaiah 2: 1-5, Psalm 122 (VU p. 845), Romans 13: 11-14, Matthew 24: 36-44
 

Stewardship/Finance Update
                                       October, 2019   Year To Date
General Fund Local          $17,651.88           $189,069.89
Other Operations                $8,994.95             $75,163.71
Mission & Service             $28,865.50             $66,284.25
  Total Income                   $55,512.33           $330,517.85
  Total Expenses               $57,719.19           $369,596.11
Excess Inc./Exp.               ($2,206.86)           ($39,078.26)
Capital Income                      $380.00             $10,095.05
Capital Expenses                  $106.75             $23,786.25
Capital Excess Inc/Exp          $273.25           ($13,691.20)

 
Thank you for your continued generosity and support.  
 

LAST CALL - First United Church Annual Christmas Dinner: Sat, Nov 30th at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will be on sale starting Nov 3rd in Hilliard Hall.  Tickets MUST be purchased today, November 24th.

Please send submissions for the CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER to the office by midnight on Thursday, November 28

Do you like Claxton Fruit Cake?  Paula Roberts a member of the K-W Civitan will be selling them again this year. These cakes are made in Claxton Georgia and are 70 per cent fruit and nuts.  You can mix dark and light one pound bars to make a three pound box for $21.00 or buy a pound for $8.00.  They make great gifts!  PICKUP WILL BE DECEMBER 8TH AFTER CHURCH IN HILLARD HILL.  If you miss this opportunity and would like to purchase some please call Paula at 519-725-9358
 
 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).
 
Flower and Decorating Fund: If you would like to contribute to the decorating of the sanctuary for the Christmas season, special envelopes are available from the Ushers. Memorials will be listed in the December 15th bulletin.
 
Wednesday, Nov 27, 3:30 pm: The Pastoral Care Committee has arranged communion at Luther Village in their chapel.  All are welcome to join us.
 
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. 
 
Ditty Bags: The annual “Ditty Bag” collection of personal hygiene products, baby diapers, toothpaste etc. will end on Sunday, December 15. The “Ditty Bag Donation” Box is in the Narthex. Your donations are greatly appreciated by Mary’s Place.
 
Tues. Nov. 26 – Please join us for our Noon Hour Concert entitled “Merry Christmas” and featuring First United’s Handbell Choir directed by Kathleen King Martin.  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. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas Season. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers and to you, our audience.
Please send submissions for the CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER to the office by midnight on Thursday, November 28.
 
Thank Offering will be divided between the Shalom Counselling Centre in Waterloo and The Five Oaks Retreat Centre in Ayr as decided at the Annual Meeting.
The mission of the Shalom Counselling Service is "Helping People Grow Toward Peace and Wholeness" through the provision of therapeutic counselling, consultation, and educational programs that integrate emotional, relational and spiritual dimensions.  The services provided promote healing, growth and well-being for individuals, couples, families, groups, churches and communities.
Five Oaks vision is to be a sacred place where peoples of all faiths as well as spiritual seekers can gather in community to live, work, learn, pray, heal and act for justice.
 
Saturday, December 7, 4:00 – 6:00 pm:  Everyone is welcome to Messy Christmas! There is no cost, but we would like to know you are coming so that we can prepare enough food.  Please sign up by emailing the Church office:  office@firstunitedchurch.ca
 
Bring your cookie tin(s) on Sunday December 8th The cookie exchange among the cookie makers will take place on Saturday, December 7th.  With the interest expressed to date we expect that there will be lots of cookies available for members of the congregation to purchase on Sunday, December 8 following the morning service.  Cookies/squares will sell for $8 a dozen.   We ask that you bring your own cookie container.  We thank all of you for this support for the Resiliency Challenge.  If you have any questions please speak to Joan Westcott or email westcottj@rogers.com.  Get tickets for this experience at vcopera.ca or at the door.
 
White Gift Sunday – Dec. 8  This year will again be supporting our Firday’s at First program with our green gifts. Please see Mike Savage or come for coffee and pick up your reusable bag for the white gifts.  White Gift Suggestion List for Fridays at First Guests.  Warm Gloves or Mitts, Lip Balm, Combs, Nail Clippers, Hand Cream, Candy, Chocolate, Hot Pockets, Gift Cards e.g. Tim Hortons or MacDonald’s, Unused puzzle books and Pencils, Notebook and Pens, Adult colouring books and pencil crayons.
 
On December 22, Sunday Café and Godly Play would like to invite the children and youth to the “Christmas Extravaganza” from 10:30 until 1:30pm. We will be baking, felting, crafting and celebrating Christmas. A pizza lunch will be provided.
 
Calvary United Church presents: An A Cappella Christmas – Sat, Nov 30, 2019 2:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:15 p.m.) at 48 Hawkesville Rd, St. Jacobs (accessible facility). Adults $15 Children 12 and under free. For tickets call 519-664-2311 or twincityharmonizers.com
Sunday, December 8, 3:00pm, Trillium Lutheran Church (22 Willow St., Waterloo) – Join Menno Singers and artistic director Brandon Leis for our Christmas Concert entitled ‘Haste Ye!’ – Christmas Carols and Anthems celebrating the birth of Christ. The concert features Menno Youth Singers, readings and audience carols. Tickets ($25, $5 student) available at www.mennosingers.com or at the door.
Sunday, December 15, 3:00 pm. - Menno Singers is sponsoring its annual Messiah Sing-a-Long with orchestra and university student soloists at St Jacobs Mennonite Church (1310 King St. N, St Jacobs) with conductors Brandon Leis and Mark Diller Harder. Bring your score and join your voice part, or come and listen to your favourite choruses. Attendance is by donation with tax receipts available for donations over $20. www.mennosingers.com
Friday, May 29, 2020   That’s the date tentatively booked for the next Fish Fry at First United.  We are seeking two persons to coordinate this event.  The Kiwanis Club of Elmira brings the food and cooks the fish and chips.  Our role is to organize the onsite efforts – ticket sales, the Hall setup, the serving of the food and of course the cleanup. Nancy Lennox and Joan Westcott look forward to passing on our collective wisdom on your role.  Please speak to one of us with your offer to lead.
 
The Choirs of First United Church present
Magnificat:
Song of Mary
A seasonal music program
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019
At 7:00 p.m.
First United Church, Waterloo
Corner of King and William St.
Handbell choir
Junior Choir
Gallery Choir
Youth Ensemble
Congregational Carolling
Free. An offering will be received.
 
 
Monday, November 25
 
09:30
Bailey’s Foods
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
1:00 pm
Pastoral Care
Parlour
7:00 pm
UCW Exec
Parlour
7:00 pm
Healthy Choices
Labyrinth Room
7:00 pm
Scouts
Hilliard Hall
 
Tuesday, November 26
 
 7:30 am
Choir Auxiliary
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
12:15 pm
Noon Hour Concert
Sanctuary
7:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous
Labyrinth
 
Wednesday, November 27
 
09:30
CCB Dinner Prep
Kitchen
10:00
Sr Exercise
Hilliard Hall
10:00
Outreach
Parlour
5:00 pm
Schneider Male Chorus Concert & Setup
Sanctuary
 6:00 pm
CCB Dinner
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
6:30 pm
Brownies
Chapel
6:30 pm
Sparks
Labyrinth Room
 
Thursday, November 28
 
10:00
Bell Choir
Sanctuary
4:15 pm
Jr Choir
Chapel
6:30 pm
Beavers
Labyrinth Room
7:00 pm
Cubs
Hilliard Hall
7:30 pm
Gallery Choir
Chapel
 
Friday, November 29
 
12:30 pm
Fridays for Future
Sanctuary/Labyrinth Room
2:00 pm
Fridays at First
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
 
Saturday, November 30
 
09:00
Christmas Dinner Prep
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
6:00 pm
Annual Christmas Dinner
Hilliard Hall
 
Sunday, December 1
 
10:30
Worship
Sanctuary
11:30
Refreshments
Hilliard Hall
11:30
Youth Ensemble
Chapel
2:00 pm
Music Program Setup
Sanctuary/Hilliard Hall
7:00 pm
Christmas Music Program & Reception
Sanctuary/Hilliard Hall