Please note that if you would like to join

Here is how First United members can join Westminster United's service on both August 2 and August 9. 

If you would like to be part of the Zoom Call:

Here's how to join us for worship on Sunday at 10:30 am:

-Via computer/smart device:

-Or via telephone call:
Toll-Free phone number: 1-833-753-9666 
(It will say "Welcome to Sunlife", that is okay)
Meeting code 1233413185

It is also available through the church website.

Friday, July 31st
Greetings to our First United community from a different voice this Friday.
When we were first alerted about the COVID-19 epidemic in March, Bailey’s was able to continue their business in Hilliard Hall because they are considered an essential service. Bailey’s has rented space from First United for many years now and works with over 90 growers and producers to provide locally grown and produced foods all year long.
Mary Rose and her crew already followed strict procedures for food handling and began to perform additional sanitizing of surfaces and appliances. Customers can no longer gather their own produce but order online and their order is passed to them at a safe distance. Business has been very good.
During the spring, when our somewhat elderly refrigerator in the kitchen began to fail, Mary Rose offered to buy a new refrigerator as a gift to the church because she was so grateful to First United for our support. The new fridge arrived in July.
On another topic, keeping in touch by email has turned out to be more important for our congregation than we might ever have guessed 5 months ago. Shortly after First’s Friday letter was started and became a weekly contact, we realized that there are people in the congregation who don’t have email or access to a computer. We have been sending a condensed version of those Friday emails every month or so to about 25 homes. The 3rd mailing went out on July 27.
Take care,
Mary Joan Brooker

A note of appreciation to Cathie and Mike Savage for sharing their quotes to help cope with life.
Mike - “Only dead fish go with the flow.”  “If you’re coasting, you’re going downhill.”  “You have to stir the pot. Otherwise the soup burns and you have to throw it out.”  “The ultimate goal of it all is to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth.”
Cathie - “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.  Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.”  -  Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Have a quote that’s meaningful that you’d like to share? Email Lynne at
Praying with Scripture
Here’s an invitation to check out Psalm 19, one of the Bible passages from Praying with Scripture this week.  It opens with “God’s glory is on tour in the skies"  from The Message -The Bible in Contemporary English.  It brought our thoughts to glorious sunrises and sunsets we have been fortunate to experience.
If you’d like to join us - Tues. and Thurs. at 9am on Zoom, we’d love to see you!
Praying with Scripture
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 872 3293 4849
Worship Leadership for the coming weeks
 August 2 - Led by Westminster United
August 9 - Led by Westminster United
August 16 - TBD
August 23 - TBD
August 30 - TBD
September 6 - Eva Mezo with Kathleen King-Martin
If you would be interested in leading a worship service or in participating in some way please let me know at

Pastoral Care during the summer:
Aug 1-15:             Rev. Heather Power,
                             Parkminster United Church,
                             519-885-0935 Ext 22,
Aug 16-30:           Rev. Jenn Hind-Urquhart,
                             Emmanuel United Church,
Resident Ducks
I would like to introduce you to our Resident Ducks in the Courtyard, who were born here in the Spring.  The parent ducks come to the courtyard each year.  Jay has been diligently feeding and looking after them.   Hopefully, they will be able to fly away soon.   Sheena

Just a reminder about offering during this time of physical distance.
To get your offering to the office you can use PAR, e transfer, website donation or send a cheque. Checks 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.
Together We Stand, but Apart