As we gather for worship, please join us in lighting a candle symbolizing the Light of Christ in our midst.
Communion will be celebrated on May 31st – The Feast of Pentecost – when the Holy Spirit was made manifest among the disciples. Please have bread and wine ready for the Sacrament.
One June 7th we will celebrate the 95th Anniversary of the United Church of Canada. At that time, Christians from many different traditions and denominations believed that our common unity in Christ was stronger than European divisions. We came together with the best of our heritages and formed a place where all Christians could find a home. It was the first cross-denominational union of Christians in history and since then we have been an inspiration to others to overcome human suspicions and fears and follow Christ.
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, Blaine, Joan, Johnny, Gwen, John, Daryl, Kay, Woody, Barbe, Harry, Lorrie, Peggy and Vern, members of the RCMP, members of Canadian Armed Forces and the families of those who lost loved ones. Please remember the family of the little boy from Truro.
Let us remember those who are working in Nursing Homes, Hospitals, grocery stores, those who are driving busses, delivery trucks, taxis, and those picking up garbage. Remember those who are maintaining the infrastructure of our province. Remember those who are without work, over worked or fearful for their future.
The Rev. Gordon Stewart who was our interim minister 1987-1988 died this past week in Amherst. His family suggests memorials are to be given to the Mission Fund of the Church.
If you are wrestling with isolation, loneliness or need to speak to someone, call the church answering machine 902-435-3644 and Ivan will be in contact with you as soon as he gets the message.
Offerings? 3 ways to send these in while we meet virtually:
= Email Interac-transfer – email@example.com
= PAR, Pre-Authorized Remittance – You can download the forms to start this at https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/get-involved/giving-monthly-through-par
= cheques to the Church Office – 263 Waverley Road, Dartmouth, NS B2X 2C8
Weekly Virtual Coffee Chats
Tuesday morning 10:00-10:45 and Thursday afternoon 2:00-2:45.
Email the church firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the link info. Once you receive the link, just click on it and then you are there with your friends. You will need to download ZOOM but this is easy and we can walk you through it. This is a time to have a visit with your friends as we enjoy a cuppa together.
Food Bank PICKUPS – Wednesday from 12:00-2:00 Paul will be in front of the Church to receive gifts for the Food Bank. The special this week is Clark’s Beans at $0.88 at Giant Tiger.
A new Newsletter has gone out. We hope to have an “Up-Dating Newsletter” go out at regular intervals to keep people up to date on what is happening in our Church. Preferably we would like to send this out electronically. This would save us mailing costs. Hard copies will be available and sent out to those who would request one.
Is there anyone who is willing to do overnight adult sitting? Please contact the Office and leave your name and we will put the family in contact with you.
Making Hope Visible
Working for a Just Peace for Palestine and Israel has become a passion for Patricia Mercer. In Episode 7 of Making Hope Visible, host Laura Hunter talks with Pat about the roots of her passion. Commitment, compassion, tears, and love come through in this tender conversation. Pat tells of experiences from her time serving with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI – a United Church global partner) and other visits to the “Holy Land” where she witnessed thoroughly unholy situations. Remember you can always find more what’s happening with Justice, Mission, and Outreach by visiting the website, and by joining the Facebook Group, Justice and Mission – UCC Atlantic.
Music Department at Port Wallis (from Adam)
If virtual choir was not for you, I invite you to take part in this virtual band. The piece is “Come O Holy Spirit” from More Voices.
How does a virtual band work? Much more flexibly than a virtual choir!
I invite you to play trumpets, flutes, recorders, keyboards, violins, clarinets – heck, spoons, if that’s all you’ve got. You can record the melody, play chords, play the bass line – I’ve also written out a possible alto part (harmony part), derived from the original, but much easier to see. Play however many parts as you’d like, and send them to me, and I’ll adjust the final product accordingly. Just as with the virtual choir, doubling up on recordings will help with the richness of the sound.
Contact Adam for further information through the church email.
“United Churches for Dartmouth” hosts a daily devotion at 10:00 AM.
Join us through FaceBook. There is a “Kids’ Corner” where we have a Children’s Time and story. https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnitedChurchesforDartmouth
We are looking for someone like to start on-line Sunday School posts? Make a short video of a craft, teach a story, or???? Contact the church office if interested.
The wandering minister…. I am taking my ‘almost daily’ walks through the area of Port Wallis. This gives me an opportunity to pray for you, sometimes see you, and at all times, allows me to give thanks for all the people of Port Wallis area.
Remember WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN, eat healthily, and call a friend to renew God’s Gift to you in them.
God is with us. We are not alone.