THIS WEEK IN OUR CHURCH
March 4th – March 11th, 2018
Sunday 9:15am Morning Praise
10:30am Worship ~ Lent 3
Noon Session Meeting & Confirmation Class
6:00pm Affirming Event
Tuesday 9:30am Crafts, Coffee and Conversation
6:30pm Sunday School Meeting
7:00pm Discussion Group
Wednesday 6:30pm Small Group Practice
Thursday 7:30pm No Choir Practice
Saturday 1:00pm Al-Anon Meeting
Sunday 9:15am Morning Praise
10:30am Worship – Lent 4
Noon Confirmation Class
Noon Long Range Planning Meeting
The Junior Choir will be restarted for a short-term commitment to sing two pieces in the coming two months. The choir will meet after the 10:30 service for a very short 15-20 minute rehearsal for the next two months. If you are interested in having your child sing with the Junior Choir for this short-term commitment, simply bring them to the rehearsal immediately following the 10:30 service.
Fundraising is a vital process within Port Wallis United Church. To this end, the Committee of Stewards is seeking the congregation’s help in setting up and co-ordinating some activities. The first of these is the Vesey Seed Sales. We need a volunteer for the Spring Sale Promotion. The task is fairly simple. Details can be obtained from Brian Lowe who has previous experience with this promotion. Total time commitment is estimated to be 10 – 12 hours.
Readers & Greeters ~ We are looking for folks to greet or read the Scripture Lessons for the 10:30 am Worship Service. If you are interested in one of these ministries, please sign the sheet at the back of the sanctuary.
PRAYER CIRCLE IN OUR CONGREGATION
If you want to add someone to our prayer circle, please let us know at the office (902-435-3644). As well, if someone is in the hospital, please let us know. In your prayers, remember Reta M, Brian G, Anne H, Mary S,Johnny V, Blaine P, Dorothy G, Joan M,Katherine O, John G, Rebecca C, Lucy D, Sandy, Woody and Jim.
Affirming Ministry Event
Sunday March 4th from 6pm to 8pm
Out and About: Everything you Wanted to Know but were Afraid to Ask about Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Join us as our guest speaker, Caitlyn Weir, shares with us many of the myths and misconceptions about gender identity and sexual orientation. This event is part of the Port Wallis United Church’s journey to becoming an affirming and welcoming church to all in our community. This educational session also has a Q & A time that offers everyone an opportunity to ask questions (anonymously if you prefer via pen and paper) that will help us all learn more and get some of our questions answered in a safe space. The event is free and we welcome everyone. We will have a free will offering with all proceeds going to the Youth Project.
Lawtons Plan for Kidston if you would like to enroll in this program, please see Lillian after Church for the form to complete.
The Refugee Committee has been directed, from the decision at the Congregational Meeting, to distribute the funds in this account to other churches in the area that are actively working on bringing a refugee to Canada. A representative from this Committee will be taking a cheque to the group (s) & will remain in contact with them.
“During the Season of Lent we will refrain from making extemporaneous announcements. If you have an announcement, please have it into the Church Office by Wednesday.”
Is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday and during this time, there are many special events and services each day.
Sunday, March 25th Palm Sunday 9:15 and 10:30
Monday, March 26th Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, March 27th &
Wednesday, March 28th Evening Prayer at 9:00 PM
Thursday, March 29th ~ Maundy Thursday
- Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM
- Pot Luck Supper at 6:00 PM
- Communion Service at 7:00 PM
Friday, March 30th ~ Good Friday
- Men’s Breakfast at 8:00 AM
- Morning Prayers at 9:00 AM
- East Dartmouth City Ecumenical Service at 1:30 PM in St. Luke’s Anglican Church
- Burial of Jesus Service at 7:00 PM in Port Wallis
Saturday, March 31st ~ Holy Saturday
- Easter Vigil at 7:00 PM in Port Wallis
At this Service, we Re-Affirm our Faith, we Confirm new members into the Church, we baptize children and adults, and we celebrate that even in the midst of death we believe in the promises of Jesus. This service is the Service of Indefatigable Hope.
Sunday, April 1st ~ Easter Sunday
- Communion with our Risen Saviour at both Services 9:15 and 10:30 AM
This is the holiest of all days in the Christian Calendar! Invite your friends to join us in the Celebration of Christ.
Long Range Planning
Where will we be and what will we need to be doing in 100 years?
Parts of the present church building are over 100 years old. They have functioned and served us well but their structural life is ebbing.
When the church community was organized in the early 1950’s, a small group of dedicated people built a sanctuary beyond the capacity needs of the then-present congregation. We give God thanks for their insight. At the time, it was considered to be an ambitious undertaking – but we did it. Over they years we have moved from one Service on a Sunday morning to two and we will never go back. This allows us to meet the varied spiritual needs of our people. At the time, it was considered to be an ambitious undertaking – but we did it. We give thanks to God for their insight. In 1998, we built a huge addition on the front of the building. This is our present Office Space, Sunday School space, storage space, washrooms and Meeting Room. At the time, it was considered to be an ambitious undertaking – but we did it.
We then bought property to the south of the Church on Rose Hedge Lane. Then we renovated the Sanctuary – both of which we considered to be ambitious undertakings – but we did it. In the midst of all of this, we bought a huge electronic organ, a piano, an electric piano and various other additions to aid in the spiritual health of the community.
100 years ago this would have been unimaginable. What will people say in 100 years from now?
We don’t build (a building or our faith) for the present – we build for the future – long range planning. New housing developments will happen. Varied meeting spaces will be needed to educate and gather people together. The church will continue to be a beacon in our community, a hub for activities, a place for discussion, a sanctuary to develop our spirits and a building out of which to serve Christ. Your input is very important.
This is considered to be an ambitious undertaking – but we can do it.