January 8, 2021

Dear First Friends,

Let’s share the love that's “down in our hearts”!

GREETING from The Rev. Rose Ann Vita
Part-time Minister of Worship and Pastoral Care at First United Church, Waterloo
This week I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of you by Zoom or by phone, and over the next month or so I will continue to try to say "hello" to each family unit. Once we are out of lockdown, you will find me at the church on Tuesdays. Eventually, I will offer virtual book and bible studies and other opportunities for small group gatherings at other times of the week.
Please know that your pastoral concerns are welcome anytime; just call. If I don't answer my phone (647 763 0101), leave a message and I will return your call. (Here is my email rose.ann.vita2@gmail.com)
THIS SUNDAY: One theme of this Sunday's worship service comes from the opening verses of the Bible. You might want to look at this VIDEO as a way to prepare your minds and hearts.
I look forward to being with you. God's peace, Rose Ann
Here is the link to the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afVN-7vY0KA&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=BibleProject)

With Loving Kindness
Rose Ann Vita    
Due to the Ontario Lockdown which became effective December 26, 2020.  The Church will be closed, except to assigned staff/personnel.
If you have church givings and/or 2021 Pledge Forms, please during this period, drop off your envelope in the church mailbox, located at the William Street entrance.
Phone messages, mail and emails will be checked daily.
We appreciate your understanding and patience during this period.
Sheena Curwood
Church Administrator

Update on Boiler and Heating System at the Church
The new boiler is now onsite sitting, boxed in the cloakroom according to Jay.
Temporary Heat will arrive in the form of a indirect fired diesel heating unit (350,000 BTUH -400,000BTUH) placed outside the main hall and will pump warm air in through a window opening modified to suit ducting and be set up on Friday January 8th. They will secure it using steel fence to the best of their ability.
Additional fans inside will be used to move air throughout the building.
The old boiler will be shut down Monday morning January 11th and boiler demolition and abatement will begin.
The installation will continue for the next two weeks from that date so completion will be around January 22nd.
If everything goes well, we will have a fully functioning heating system by the beginning of February!
How many did you find?
I hope you enjoyed the "5:00 PM" Christmas Eve Service! As I mentioned there were many "hidden" animals throughout the service. Here is the list: Badger, bear, bull, camel, chicken, cow, deer, duck, frog, eagle, goat, gull, horse, koala, lamb, meerkats, mice, monkey, owl, panda, parrott, peacock, pelican, penguin, pig, seal, sheep, turtle, zebra. There were also horses behind Harry, the fish on the cup and the stained glass birds in behind (thanks John and Joanne) and, of course, Callie the cat (Lynne's storytelling assistant).
Did I miss any? If you want to check, click the link here to see the service.
Here are a couple of "outtakes" that had some more (and different) animals.
Can you find them all?
Thanks for looking, everyone!

UCW Meeting – January 11th
A big Welcome to all women of First United to join a Zoom gathering next Monday, January 11 at 1:30 p.m.! 
Let's greet 2021 as we strengthen our connections of friendship and faith, laughter and tears, love and life!
First United Waterloo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: UCW
Time: Jan 11, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Online Ministry Support - We are getting so close ...

We are getting so close to reaching our goal for the online ministry fund! We are currently at $18,965 of approximately $24 000 needed to reach our goal.
Getting these funds allows us to purchase the equipment needed to record our online services now, or livestream them when we are back to in-person worship. It will also allow us to live stream noon hour concerts starting in February, so even if you can't be there in person you can be a part of it online.

Let's try to make a final push in January to complete this goal and provide this enhancement to our worship and music programs.
Please send a cheque to the church office or an e-transfer to firstunitedchurch@rogers.com indicating it is for the Online Ministry Fund.    

The Choir Auxiliary is happy to announce that its 8 Noon Hour Concerts will be live streamed on Facebook at https://musicpf.org/mptf-live-streams/.
Unfortunately, because of  COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no in-person audiences allowed. Louisa d'Amato, from the Record will be including an article on our series in an upcoming edition.
Feb. 9 - Ian Sadler (pipe organ)
Feb. 16 -Springdale Trio - Wendy Wagler (flute), Ben Bolt Martin (cello) & Boyd McDonald (piano) 
Feb. 23 - Paul Mitchell Jazz Trio - Paul Mitchell (trumpet), Clark Johnson (double bass), Rob Fekete (piano)
March 2 - Wendy Wagler (flute) & Beth Ann de Sousa (piano)
March 9 - Peter Shackleton (clarinet) & Stephanie Mara (piano)
March 16 - Gallery Chamber Players (Quintet) - James Mason (oboe), 
Julie Baumgartel (violin), Margaret Gay (cello) & Anna Ronai (piano)
March 23 - Penderecki String Quartet - Jeremy Bell  & Jerzy Kaplanek (violins), Christine Vljak (viola) & Katie Schlaikjer (cello)
March 30 - Larry Larson (trumpet) & Lori Gemmell (harp)

Worship in Coming Weeks

Sunday, January 10, 2021 – 10:30 a.m.  Rev. Rose Ann Vita
Sunday, January 17, 2021   – 10:30 a.m.  Rev. Harry Disher  
This Sunday we will welcome the Reverend Rose Ann Vita to our congregation as our Minister of Worship and Pastoral Care! This service will be done a little differently than many of our other ones. The service will be on Zoom so that we can have a chance to meet Rose Ann live! 
Please join us at 10:30 on Zoom
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship and Coffee Time!
Time: Jan 10, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 896 3898 4503
Passcode: 815160

Information will be on the website.


For Pastoral Care needs please email the church (office@firstunitedchurch.ca).  For our Minister of Pastoral Care call Rose Ann Vita 647-763-0101 (cell) or rose.ann.vita@gmail.com (email).

Stewardship/Finance Update
To get your offering to the office you can use PAR, e transfer to firstunitedchurch@rogers.com, website donation www.firstunitedchurch.ca or send a cheque. Cheques can be dropped off at the church mailbox which is located at the Entrance on the William Street side of the building.
Also you may send your cheque to
First United Church
16 William St. West
Waterloo ON
N2L 1J3
Reminder, credit card companies have a fee of around 3-5%.  If you wish First to get the full amount, then please add that percentage to your contribution.
Church Offering Envelopes for 2021
In preparation for the coming year.  Please contact the office 519-745-8487 Ext201 or office@firstunitedchurch.ca as soon as possible if you would like 2021 Offering Envelopes.
Thank you, Sheena
We made a list.  Please check it twice!
Preparation of the Annual Report
All groups and committees preparing information for the Annual Meeting on February 21, 2021, are reminded of the following timelines:  
Tuesday January 12, 2021   All written reports are to be sent electronically to the church office. 
Please submit Financial reports to treasurer, Andy Yuan  lyxyuan@yahoo.com

Together We Stand, but Apart