Our Marriage Policy is inclusive, and we are working on being recognized as an Affirming Congregation. We are all made in God’s Image and by a God who loves us. You are our family and we are your family.
This week’s work and activities at or around Port Wallis.
This Week November 29th – December 6th
10:00 AM Sunday Worship Advent 1
After worship there is a Zoom Fellowship time.
7:00 PM Discussion Group via Zoom.
Please call the Church (902)435-3644 for the link.
10:00 AM Morning devotions on the Church Facebook Page.
Beginning December 02nd (this Wednesday) Paul cannot be outside waiting due to COVID and cold but will pick up everything dropped off for the Food Bank.
Food may be dropped off any morning at the church (and left in front of the doors.
Deal of the Week – Superstore – No Name Spaghetti 900 grams – $1.00
10:00 AM Coffee Break via Zoom – Please call the Office (902-435-3644) for the link and we will send along by email to join Ivan for coffee and a chat.
10:00 AM Worship ~ Advent 2 ~ White Gift Service & Zoom Fellowship
White Gift Items
Due to the lock down of Metro and the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you contribute to White Gift through a monetary e-transfer or cheque to Port Wallis email@example.com with note that your donation is for North Dartmouth Out Reach Centre or White Gift work. This allows them to buy in bulk.
Port Wallis OutReach
Every Christmas we support a local rehabilitation centre where people, wrestling with addictions, must spend Christmas away from family. Simple gifts such as Tim’s Cards, hats, mitts, scarves, daytimers and toiletries along with a small present is prepared for each gentleman. We are their only Christmas. Your support through the Benevolent Fund is greatly appreciated.
Christian Development and Education
More than Sunday School.
Three levels of Formation – Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced.
Every Sunday on the Port Wallis FaceBook Page, three 10-15 minute posts will deliver Christian Development Sessions for these various levels.
Beginners is geared more toward Sunday School level and has an activity.
Intermediates is for people who want a greater Biblical knowledge of a text.
Advanced is for all who want to know the theology that developed out of the text.
We will be exploring the Nativity texts from Luke. Come & expand your mind.
Walk to Bethlehem – 8213 kms or 16,426,000 steps. Let us make this a spiritual journey with Mary and Joseph. God’s Mantra to ponder on your walk is “Fear not. I am with you each step of the way.” Please record your steps (or your kms and I will convert them) as we make our way to Bethlehem. Each Sunday in the Announcements we will note where we are on the road. Please send us your steps (or Kms) on Wednesdays before Noon. Let us make this journey together.
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, Mary, Joan, Johnny, John, Daryl, Pat, Kaye, Woody, Harry, and Marion.
EXPANSION ON THE NEWS!
VIRTUAL CHURCH!!! Register at www.portwallisunitedchurch.ca/virtual
Cloth Face Masks are available at $5.00 each in support of the Church Sign Fund. Call the Office (902-435-3644) to place an order.
Port Wallis hosts a Wednesday Morning Worship Time posted on our Facebook Page at 10:00 am. Join us for a short prayerful reflection. https://www.facebook.com/portwallisunitedchurch/
Giving at Christmas ~ Gifts with Vision booklet through the United Church of Canada. Order online – giftswithvision.ca
Feed Nova Scotia ~ Next Tuesday $1 = $2
On December 1, for Giving Tuesday, Sobeys will match financial donations to Feed Nova Scotia up to $25,000! It is going to be a great day to give, so mark it on your calendar.
Ways to donate:
- Donate online at feednovascotia.ca
- Donate over the phone by calling Feed Nova Scotia at 902-457-1900 between 8am and 5pm
Together, with the incredible support of Sobeys, you can double the impact of your gift.
Offerings? 4 ways:
= E-transfer – firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a quick and fantastic way to support the work of your Church Community. Sit at your home computer and away you go.
= PAR, Pre-Authorized Remittance – call or email the church and we will send you out a form. Fill it in, return it to the office and we will handle the rest. This is a great way to support your Church Family on a monthly basis.
= cheques to the Church Office – 263 Waverley Road, Dartmouth, NS B2X 2C8
Always the old faithful way of supporting your Church’s work.
= via online donation through Canada Helps. Visit this link and donate – https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/port-wallis-united-church
Ways to help the Church:
- If you would like to dedicate the “Electronic Worship Bulletin” to a person (memorial, Birthday, anniversary, or???). Please give the church a call (902) 435-3644 or send an email – email@example.com
Cost to dedicate is $25.00.
- Please remember we have Grocery Gift Cards at the office. Please call
902-435-3644 to arrange pick up.
Adult Christian Education Series Advent 2020
Conversations on Reconciliation: In Dialogue for Our Future
All sessions will take place online. Please join us for these conversations on Reconciliation in relation to Indigenous Issues of our times; sponsored by Wyndholme Christian Church.
Thank you! All are welcome!! Email the office for links to join in.
Tuesday, December 1st
Topic: Guest Speaker Jenna Robar, Mi’kmaw Community Activist
Time: Dec 1, 2020 1-2 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)
Tuesday, December 8th
Topic: Guest Speaker Crow Eddy, Mi’kmaw (Milton Christian Church)
Time: Dec 8, 2020 1-2 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)
Tuesday, December 15th
Topic: Integration and Discussion: What have we learned? Where do we go from here?
Time: Dec 15, 2020 1-2 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)
REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR
Items are collected during the Advent Season and can be brought to Church for Outreach.
December 1st Box of Cereal
December 2nd Peanut Butter
December 3rd Box of Stuffing
December 4th Box of Kraft Dinner
December 5th Box of Granola Bars
December 6th Canned Fruit
December 7th Canned Tomatoes
December 8th Canned Tuna
December 9th Box of Cookies
December 10th Jar of Applesauce
December 11th Jar of Strawberry Jam
December 12th Can of Cranberry Sauce
December 13th Can of Beans
December 14th Box of Crackers
December 15th Package of Rice
December 16th Package of Oatmeal
December 17th Package of Pasta
December 18th Spaghetti Sauce
December 19th Chicken Noodle Soup
December 20th Tomato Soup
December 21st Can of Corn
December 22nd Can Mixed Vegetables
December 23rd Vegetable Soup
December 24th Can of Green Beans
This Season is about Giving
SERVICES FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
Advent 1 November 29
10:00 AM Lighting the Candles of Advent Wreath and Explaining their meaning.
Advent 2 December 6
10:00 AM White Gift Service – please see the preceding Announcement
Advent 3 December 13
10:00 AM Preparing the way for Christmas
7:00 PM Celtic Service – rhythm of an ancient culture. Portions will be in Scot’s Gaelic.
Advent 4 December 20
10:00 AM Carols and Lessons
Blue Christmas December 21
7:00 PM Remembrance and Prayers. A few quiet minutes of reflection. This is a time to recognize that Christmas is not always a joyful celebration for many. During this Worship we are held by God.
Christmas Eve – December 24
4:00 PM Children themed
7:30 PM Carols and reflection
9:00 PM Communion
12:00 Midnight Prayers on FaceBook
Christmas Morning December 25
10:00 AM Feast of the Nativity Readings and a short reflection
Christmas 1 December 27
10:00 AM Celebration of the Incarnation. What does God-in-Flesh mean?
Christmas 2 January 3
10:00 AM Celebrating Epiphany – Feast of the Magi – recognizing God in strange places, persons, events and in our own lives.
North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre (NDORC) foodbank works out of Stairs Memorial United Church. Donations can be made through your financial offerings to Port Wallis. The NDORC not only feeds the hungry but offers fellowship time, a listening ear and serves as an advocate.
Margaret’s House is providing takeout meals and donations of money are gratefully received. Margaret’s House feeds the hungry, domestically challenged and people dealing with less than ideal situations
If you are wrestling with isolation, loneliness or need to speak to someone, call the church answering machine 902-435-3644 and we will be in contact with you as soon as we get the message.
If you would like to receive the “enews,” please sign up online – https://portwallisunitedchurch.ca/enews
Remember WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN, eat healthily, and call a friend.
God is with us. We are not alone.