Noon Hour Concerts at First
On Tuesday April 13th, Ian Sadler completed our 8 concert series with an outstanding concert beginning with “Festive Voluntary” commissioned for him and composed by Denis Bédard in celebration of Canada’s 150th which he premiered on January 1st, 2017 in London, UK.
Because of the recent lockdown, live streaming is now prohibited, therefore Ian recorded our concert on the organ at St. Paul’s London, Ontario last Wednesday before the lockdown, with the assistance of their son Christopher. Ian is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. His program included works by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, Elgar, Brahms, Vierne and Widor and concluded with Passacaglia in memory of composer John Weaver who passed away this year. If you missed Tuesday’s broadcast, simply google www.firstunitedchurch.ca
, click "Videos" then select "Community Events". ADDITIONAL CONCERT Tuesday April 20th - 12:00 – 12:30
Details regarding our additional concert featuring Joanne Bender (piano) and Bruce Skelton (violin) will be available at www.firstunitedchurch.ca
Stay safe! Sharon Gowland
For additional FREE concerts, visit:https://stmattskw.com/music-at-st-matthews-concert-series-2021/
Next gathering, Saturday, May 1 at 9:00 am. Next book selection, This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel, a novel about a family with a transgender child, told with honesty, sensitivity and wit. “Brave, sometimes horrifying and frequently very funny - Frankel is a first rate storyteller.”
Copies are in now at Words Worth Books. They offer their usual 20% discount for the First United Book Club.
Mary Joan Brooker and Eva Mezo
Worship in Coming WeeksSunday, April 25, 2021 –
10:30 a.m. Rev. Harry DisherSunday, May 2, 2021 –
10:30 a.m. Rev. Rose Ann Vita
If you would be interested in leading a worship service or in participating in some way please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecting the dots...
When First United celebrated becoming an Affirming Congregation we were fortunate to have Harry Stewart as our speaker. He introduced us to Rainbow Camp in northern Ontario, which has welcomed young people of all sexual identities since 2012. It is important to note that Rainbow Camp has become one of the ministries we support with our special Easter offering.
Just recently Harry Stewart and Chris Southin have been given a Governor General's award recognizing "great Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country ". They received the honour for co-founding Rainbow Camp.
Many blessings to Harry, Chris and all involved with the camp!
Stewardship / Finance
Note: The deadline for Easter offerings is April 28. We are sponsoring SHOW, The Skylight Festival and Rainbow Camp this year and all are very grateful for our support.
Hello First United members
We want to say a very blessed Thank you for the warm wishes & farewell thoughts sent to us at our drive by Farewell on Sunday. Thank for the beautiful prayer shawls, the cards, gift cards etc. Thanks to Joanne for knitting the shawls. They are the perfect colours & warm!
It was a lovely event despite the circumstances - and the rain even let up just in time! Thank you everyone.
Blessings Annette & Gordon Wray
Celebrate the Dance of Spring!