Upcoming events

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday September 16 – Deadline for submissions for the Newsletter

– Sunday September 16, following the service – Choir practice

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 23 Sept. – Annual fire drill

– Friday, 28 Sept., 12:00 noon – Great Presbyterian Pie Sale

– Sunday, 7 Oct. – Communion Sunday

NewsletterToday is the deadline for submissions for the October issue of the Newsletter.  Please give or e-mail them to Lisa Sneesby (bsneesby@mymts.net).

Reading, Anyone?  If you would like to take a turn reading the scripture readings on one of the Sundays in September or October, please sign up on the blue sheet on the music stand at the south entrance.  Please sign up for one Sunday only, so that as many others as possible also can take a turn.

Meal-in-a-Bowl – Our monthly Meal-in-a-Bowl Suppers will be held on the third Wednesday of the month this year, rather than the fourth.  The first one will be held on the 17th of October. 

Bible Study – The study book that will be used is called Heaven – Finding Our True Home.  It will cost approximately $12.00.  If you are interested, please add your name to the sign-up sheet at the back of the sanctuary 

Heating System Project – As reported last week, The Lending Fund of the national church has approved our application for a loan of $6,000 for the heating system in the church basement.  This means that the financing is now in place, and the project can go ahead.  Ingram’s Plumbing and Heating has been notified, and will begin the work as soon as they are ready.  Donations toward the project totaled $2,585 as of the end of July!  Many thanks to all who have contributed so far!

Fire Drill – Our annual fire drill will be held at the end of the service next Sunday (the 23rd), weather permitting.  Our national church urges all congregations to hold fire drills from time to time, as part of the Leading With Care policy.  When the fire alarm rings, the congregation is asked to leave the building, and gather outside the back of the City Hall and the Grindstone building.  Please use the entrance that is closest to where you are seated.  Church School students, upon leaving the building, are asked to stay with their teacher until a parent or grandparent comes to pick them up.  When the drill is finished, everyone may go back inside for our usual fellowship time in the Church Hall.  If it is raining next Sunday, the fire drill will be postponed to the following Sunday, the 30th.

Upcoming events

This Week in First Church:

– Sept. 9, following the service – Choir practice

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 16 Sept. – Deadline for submissions for the Newsletter

– Wednesday, 19 Sept., 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting

– Sunday, 23 Sept. – Annual fire drill

– Friday, 28 Sept., 12:00 noon – Great Presbyterian Pie Sale

– Sunday, 7 Oct. – Communion Sunday

Newsletter – If you have a submission for the October issue of the Newsletter, please give or e-mail it to Lisa Sneesby (bsneesby@mymts.net) by next Sunday, the 16th.  We need to have the Newsletter ready for distribution on the 23rd, two weeks before our next Communion Sunday — which is why the deadline is so tight.

F&M Committee – Members of the Finance & Maintenance Committee are reminded that this month’s meeting will be held a week later than usual — on Wednesday the 19th.

Reading, Anyone?  If you would like to take a turn reading the scripture readings on one of the Sundays in September or October, please sign up on the blue sheet on the music stand at the south entrance.  Please sign up for one Sunday only, so that as many others as possible also can take a turn.

Heating System Project – Good news:  The Lending Fund of the national church has approved our application for a loan of $6,000 for the heating system in the church basement!  This means that the financing is now in place, and the project can go ahead!  Ingram’s Plumbing and Heating has been notified, and will begin the work as soon as they are ready.  Donations toward the project totaled $2,585 as of the end of July!  Many thanks to all who have contributed so far!

Fire Drill – Our annual fire drill will be held at the end of the service two weeks from today (the 23rd), weather permitting.  Our national church urges all congregations to hold fire drills from time to time, as part of the Leading With Care policy.  When the fire alarm rings, the congregation is asked to leave the building, and gather outside the back of the City Hall and the Grindstone building.  Please use the entrance that is closest to where you are seated.  Church School students, upon leaving the building, are asked to stay with their teacher until a parent or grandparent comes to pick them up.  When the drill is finished, everyone may go back inside for our usual fellowship time in the Church Hall.  If it is raining on the 23rd, the fire drill will be postponed to the following Sunday, the 30th.

Meal-in-a-Bowl – Our monthly Meal-in-a-Bowl Suppers will be held on the third Wednesday of the month this year, rather than the fourth.  The first one will be held on the 17th of October.

Joint Sunday Services

Our joint summer services will be held at Trinity United Church for the next three Sundays, starting Aug. 12.  The services on Aug. 12th and 19th will be held in the auditorium, rather than the sanctuary.  Please enter by the green door on the south side of the building, and go downstairs.

Summer Schedule

SUMMER SERVICE SCHEDULE
The schedule for our joint summer services with the two United Church congregations has been finalized. The overall theme will be “Three Powerful Words”, and the locations, worship leaders, and weekly themes, will be as follows:

22 July McKenzie Church Beth Kerr “Nobody Is Perfect”
29 July McKenzie Church Beth Kerr “You Belong Here”
5 August McKenzie Church John Zondag “God Is Love”
12 August Trinity Church John Zondag “I Choose You”
19 August Trinity Church Julie Baker “Against All Odds”
26 August Trinity Church Kathy Platt “Let It Go”

The service time will be 10:30 a.m. in all three locations. Regular services here at First Church will resume on the 2nd of September.

Upcoming Events

This Week:

  • Sunday evening, 7:00 p.m. – Induction service, First Church, Brandon

Coming Up:

– Joint summer services begin – Sunday, 1 July

– Vacation Bible School – 6-10 August (Monday-Friday), 2:00-4:00 p.m.

– Regular services resume – Sunday, 2 September

Comfort Dolls Update

COMFORT PROJECT –UPDATE

At the end of May, 112 Dolls and 120 Infant Caps were shipped to Compassionate Resource Warehouse. Part of this shipment included a large number of caps knit by Arline Davey, an interested member of the community. Thank You to everyone who supports this project to bring joy to needy children.

Upcoming

This Week in First Church:

Wednesday, 12:00 noon: – W.M.S. will meet at Gwen’s place.  Remember to bring something for the potluck lunch and a tin of coffee for the CMHA Clubhouse.  The meeting will follow the lunch.

Coming Up:

– Joint summer services begin – Sunday, 1 July

Congregational Meeting – A congregational meeting will be held immediately following today’s service.  The purpose of the meeting will be to consider recommendations from the Finance and Maintenance Committee with regard to applying for a loan from the national church’s Lending Fund, to help finance the Heating System project.  We received word recently that a grant of $7,750 from the Chisholm Fund had been approved for the project — which is wonderful, however it’s not enough to cover the cost; so we will need to borrow some money, as well.  The F&M Committee recommends that we apply for a loan of $6,000.

Run – The group that organizes the annual Terry Fox Run is currently seeking committee members to organize the local run, to be held on September 16.  If anyone is interested, or has questions, please contact Heather at heather.mackenzie@terryfoxrun.org, or call 306-757-1662 (in Regina).  See also the flyer posted on the bulletin board in the Church Hall.

Upcoming events

This Week in First Church:

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – Finance & Maintenance Committee meeting

– Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

Coming Up:

– Outdoor Service and Barbecue – Sunday, 10 June

Trinity Sunday

The Christian Year – Today, the First Sunday after Pentecost, is Trinity Sunday, a festival that highlights our unique Christian understanding of God as a “Trinity”.

This understanding of God arose in the first five centuries of church history, in response to the question, “Who are God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in relation to each other?”, the answer to which is not clearly explained in the Bible.  There were a wide variety of opinions on this question (and a lot of heated debate!).  There were those who believed that Jesus and the Holy Spirit were lesser beings than God, for example; while others believed that that view contradicted certain statements found in the Gospel of John.  At the same time, Christian teachers wanted to uphold the Old Testament teaching that there is only one God.

In the end, the official doctrine (teaching) of the church became the doctrine that God is a “Trinity” — three “persons” (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in one (God).  The word “trinity”, by the way, is not used in the Bible at all.

The doctrine of the Trinity remains a fundamental element of Christian teaching today, in Christian churches of all denominations.  It is so fundamental that churches that do not accept it are not considered true Christian churches by those that do.  It is a very difficult doctrine to understand, reminding us perhaps that God is greater than our human capacity to comprehend.

The symbolic color for Trinity Sunday is white, signifying joy and celebration.