|Many thanks to everyone who shared their gifts of food and time to make First's Food Drive By a success! We appreciate our volunteers - Matthew, Bruce, John, Peggy and Kathleen, especially on a cold, windy day.
Thanks to all who took time to drop off donations for the Food Bank. Every item makes a positive difference to people dealing with food insecurity.
Thanks to our Outreach committee for organizing this project!
Cathie Stewart Savage
Online Auction - What will you bring?
Christmas shopping won’t be the same this year as we each try to avoid going where there might be too many people and we won’t be able to keep our distance. So starting at the end of November you will have the opportunity to bid on items on First’s online auction, maybe get some of your Christmas gifts there. It will run similar to a silent auction: you put in your bid, someone outbids you so you go online and put in a higher bid.
We need your help. The choices of items available will be greatest if each of us provides at least one item for the auction. The item must be new and be valued at more than ten dollars. Items will be accepted starting now until November 18. About three days before the sale you will receive an email with the link to the auction site so you can preview the items and prepare for bidding to open.
What will you bring in for the auction? It can be a gift donated by a business. Or it can be one you are donating. Think outside the box – the unusual items draw the bids. Gift cards are also an option. Or the item can be one your created – a craft, baking, preserve or service. I recall the wide range of items in the last silent auction that First United held. So I know we will have a wonderful range of items.
Deadline for bringing in your first item is November 18. With the item please include a paper that lists
You can drop your item at the church office or at my home or I will pick it up from you. 519-883-0284
- The title of the item
- A description of the item
- The market value of the item
- The donor
- Your name if you are not the donor.
If you choose to drop the item at the church, remember that the church door is locked and Sheena is only in the office Monday to Thursday 9-4. When you buzz to have Sheena open the door for you instead of you having to sign in and go through the church Sheena has suggested you can leave your item on the bench and she will put it away for me. Please put your item in a closed bag with the label ‘auction’ on it.
Or you can drop the item on my front porch.
Let’s see how we can make up for all of the fundraisers that we have had to cancel this year!
The Safe Start Team is fully prepared for the return to in-person worship once the Board sets a date to return. The Board will provide an update following its November 10th meeting.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please let us know through our E-mail email@example.com. Thanks to those who have already provided their thoughts and valuable feedback.
Cathie Stewart Savage (Chair), Ken Arnett, Jay Brooker, Sheena Curwood, Rev. Harry Disher, Joe Hipperson, Kathleen King Martin, John Lindsay, Ron Taylor.
Invitation to Dream, Listen, Pray & Imagine
November 8, 2020
Dear First United Church,
As the world around us continues to wrestle with anxiety related to the pandemic, to political upheaval and to social change more generally, it seems more important than ever to be in prayer and discernment for our world and our role within it. How is God calling First United today? How is God calling First United collectively? How is God calling each person individually? These are the central questions you are invited to hold in prayer.
Because these questions are big, it can be easier to break them down into smaller questions: 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?
As you dream, listen, pray and imagine, think big & small, blue-sky & concretely, in-the-box & out-of-the-box. Talk with one another. Pray for one minute, two minutes or 20 minutes per day regarding these questions. Listen. Dream. Imagine.
Psalm 130:5-6 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word, I hope; my soul waits for the Lord; more than those who watch for morning, more than those who watch for morning.” NRSV
Betty Pries, Credence & Co.
Worship in Coming Weeks
Sunday, November 8 at 10:30 am – Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, November 15 at 10:30 am – Betty Pries, Credence & Co. followed by Conversations that Matter (Zoom information to follow)
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.
Let's get together after church this week on Zoom! This is a chance to have friendly "coffee time" with others in our church and check in with one another. The Zoom will start at 11:15 (or so). Thanks to Muriel for hosting us.
Join Zoom Meeting
+1 647 374 4685 Canada
+1 647 558 0588 Canada
Meeting ID: 894 2610 0259
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.
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|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.
All women of First United are invited to attend a UCW Zoom meeting on Monday November 16 at 1:30.
Please contact Marg Colmer or Edith Coyle if you would like to join us.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-884-2525
email@example.com or 519-744-9066.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
Thanks, Marg and Edith
Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread Devotional is a daily routine for Christians. If you are interested in receiving a current copy, please contact the office at 519-745-8487 Ext 201 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. I have copies of Sept-Nov 2020 and Dec to Feb 2020-21(small print) and Oct-Dec 2020 (large print).
Together We Stand, but Apart