Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 8, 2019:
Isaiah 11: 1-10, Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19 (VU p. 790 Parts One and Three), Romans 15: 4-13, Matthew 3: 1-12
 
Regional Council Prayer Cycle – Southampton–Mount Hope
 
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.  
  
 Forgot your envelope this week? Did you know you can make your donation online? Visit our website, firstunitedchurch.ca, and click on the "Give" menu item (right side of screen, at the top).
 
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.

Holiday Meal:  First United’s Holiday Meal will be served on Boxing Day, Thursday, December 26th. This will be the 24th year that we will be providing this wonderful seasonal outreach to our community.  St. John’s Kitchen will be closed that day to allow the people who regularly serve there a well-deserved day off. We help out this one day a year so that no one had to go hungry over the holiday season. It has become a great tradition for many of us at First to take part in this joy filled service to the community.  If you were missed in the phone blitz and would still like to help, come to the table set up in Hilliard Hall Dec. 1st or 8th. You can also text or call Darcie 226-989-9018 or Cathie 519-589-2303.  Thank you to all of you who take time in this busy season to help serve our neighbors and friends each year.
 
Blessing Box
The “Blessing Box” is a box of non-perishable food and other items that people using our Fridays at First program can use to supplement their food at home.  It is very well liked and we find that our guests are both receiving and having an opportunity to give back to their neighbours at the same time. A bin is 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.
 
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.
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
 
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.
 
Foot care at First:
Alyssa Korbelas, RPN comes to First United on the second Monday of each month, to provide foot care to those who make an appointment with her. She provides basic, advanced and diabetic nursing foot care. To book an appointment contact Alyssa at (416) 712-6314. The next date is December 9. The cost is $30 for First United people, and $35 for others.
 
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.
 
The PUSH: A Documentary Exploring the new, unlivable city.  December 5, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Princess Twin Cinemas, Waterloo
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.
 
To be re-scheduled:
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, December 2
 
7:00 pm
UCW Caring Women
Parlour
7:00 pm
Scouts
Hilliard Hall
 
Tuesday, December 3
 
7:00 pm pm
Group Committee
Board Room
7:00 pm
Property
Parlour
7:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous
Labyrinth
 
Wednesday, December 4
 
10:00
Sr Exercise
Hilliard Hall
10:00
Outreach
Parlour
511:00
MT Space
Labyrinth Room
6:30 pm
Brownies
Chapel
6:30 pm
Sparks
Labyrinth Room
 
Thursday, December 5
 
10:00
La Leche
Labyrinth Room
10:00
Bell Choir
Sanctuary
1:30 pm
UCW Unit Meeting
Parlour
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, December 6
 
2:00 pm
Fridays at First
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
 
Saturday, December 7
 
09:00
Cookie Exchange
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
12:00 pm
Computer Repair Shop
Labyrinth Room
1:30 pm
Messy Church
Hilliard Hall/Kitchen
4:00 pm
Messy Church
Labyrinth Room
 
Sunday, December 8
 
10:30
Worship
Sanctuary
11:30
Refreshments
Hilliard Hall
11:30
Youth Ensemble
Chapel
12:15 pm
Finance
Parlour