Invitation to Conversation
November 11, 2020
Dear First United Church,
This coming Sunday we are gathering for worship – and for conversation following worship regarding your vision for First United. This feels like a big day because so much of what we have been thinking and talking about over these past months is coming together this Sunday! We look forward to hearing your voice and to thinking together about your dreams for First United and how you hear God calling First United today. We invite your dreaming, your listening, your praying and your imagining. What is one thing First United could add to its life now? What is one thing First United could let go of? What is one thing First United could add to its life down the road? What could First United do to deepen its relationship with God and one another?
Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” NRSV
We look forward to hearing your voice.
Betty Pries & Cayla Charles
Credence & Co.
Worship in Coming Weeks
Sunday, November 15 at 10:30 am – Zoom Worship led by Harry Disher and Betty Pries, Credence & Co. followed by Conversations that Matter
Sunday, November 22 at 10:30 am – Reign of Christ Sunday
The ways you can join:
You can go to firstunitedchurch.ca for the service, First United Facebook page, or First United Youtube Channel.
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.
Conversations that Matter
Sunday November 15: Conversations That Matter Goes Virtual
Our worship service will be on Zoom (link below) and can also be found on the
church web page under events. Betty Pries will be preaching and we will stay
on the Zoom gathering after Church for "Conversations that Matter”.
Topic: First United Church Worship & Town Hall
Time: Nov 15, 2020 10:30 AM America/Toronto
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Here's your chance to have some further input on important ongoing
discussions about our future at First.
For Pastoral Care needs please call the church office (519-745-8487) or email at email@example.com. For our Minister of Pastoral Care, Bruce Sweet call 519-579-8483 (home) or 519-580-3899 (cell) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans for Caring Community
The Pastoral Care Committee is planning to offer Caring Community in 2 different ways, both in person and online. We are hoping the first gathering will be at the church, a group of ten in the chapel, following procedures required by our region to meet safely. We are also planning to arrange Caring Community by Zoom and will be in touch when we have a date. This group meets monthly for discussion and support.
Mary Joan Brooker
October numbers were very encouraging. Our Local Givings were close to $8,000 more than September and close to $3,000 more than October 2019. So thank you to all who caught up in their offerings, it's much appreciated.
We also received the wage subsidy from the Federal Government for March and April totalling $20,285. I have applied for August and September which we just qualify for, for almost $5,000, and I am hoping that we will receive it in November. This brings our deficit down to a more manageable amount.
We were also pleased to see that the Thank offering receipts were up to $1,065 so Thank you again! Stay safe and Happy Fall!
||Year to Date
|General Fund Local
|Wage Subsidy Grant 10%
|Wage Subsidy Grant 75%
|Mission & Outreach
|CAPITAL EXCESS INC\EXP
To get your offering to the office you can use PAR, e transfer to email@example.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
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.
What? - Urgent request for Books for Children and Youth
Where? - Little Libraries at First
Who? - You or a friend or neighbour might donate books
When? - Any time starting Now!
How? - A few books- put them right in Little Libraries- William St. entrance
Lots of books- leave outside church office/ I could pick them up for you!
Who will be happy? - Our community
Thanks for caring! Lynne
A sneak peek into church news coming up in next week's Friday letter .....
Let's find out how our ministries are being re imagined and adapted for this time.
Together We Stand, but Apart