This Week in First Church

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday – Deadline for submissions for December Newsletter

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study – at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Session meeting

– Saturday, 7:00 p.m. – Hymn Sing (sanctuary)

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 9 December – Hanging-of-the-Greens service

Soup Kitchen Sunday – Sunday is our sixth annual “Soup Kitchen Sunday”.  We welcome the Soup Kitchen volunteers and supporters who have joined us for today’s service, and we thank them for their support and involvement!  There will be a Church School for the children who are present, starting partway through the service, after Theme Time.  Any visiting children are welcome to go downstairs for Church School at that time.

Partners – We extend a big “thank you” to our many partners, who support and/or participate in the ministry of the Soup Kitchen in a great variety of ways.  They are:

Churches:  Grace Lutheran Church, Langruth; Highway Pentecostal Church; Newton Community Fellowship Church; Prairie Community Church; St. Mary’s Anglican Church; McKenzie United Church; Trinity United Church; and First Presbyterian Church

Hutterite Colonies:  Airport Colony, Aspenheim Colony, Baker Colony, Brantwood Colony, Elm River Colony, and Good Hope Colony

Groups:  Shelly Burton and friends, Farmers’ Market, Lions Club, Youth for Christ, McKenzie United Church Women; Debbi Miles / Wally Kimpton and friends, the Moman family, and Portage Plains United Way

Businesses:  BDO Canada LLP; Brite Smile Dental Clinic; Craig Dunn Motor City; Little Caesar’s Pizza; Meseyton Construction, Ltd.; Portage la Prairie Mutual Insurance Co.; Portage MCC Thrift Shop; Portage Vision Services; Providential Property Management, Inc.; Shewfelt’s Plumbing and Heating; Simplot Canada (II), Ltd.; Southport; Spray Foam Insulation Eco Systems, Ltd.; Stride Credit Union; and Westward Ford

Suppliers:  Portage Co-op, Panko’s, Portage Supermarket, Sobey’s, and Ida Wohlmann

Plus many individual donors and volunteers!

Special thanks to the leadership team of Shelly Burton (coordinator) and Henry Riendeau (treasurer)!

Envelope – A special envelope is inserted in today’s bulletin for anyone who would like to make a donation to the Soup Kitchen.  It can be used anytime.  If you’re donating by cheque, please make it payable to “First Presbyterian Soup Kitchen”.  Official receipts will be issued for donations of $10 and over, in the New Year.

Soup Kitchen Volunteers – Everyone who volunteers in the Soup Kitchen is required by the Leading With Care Policy of our national church to fill out a “Teacher/Leader Form” and to read and sign a “Covenant of Care Form” (two sides of a single sheet of paper).  If you haven’t done so already, please do so as soon as possible.  Forms are available from John Zondag.

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

Fall Supper

‘WOW’ – Thank you so much for all your help with the Fall Supper.

We appreciate your help – be it with donating food, donating cash, donating your time,

for working & cleanup.

It was a HUGE success!!

We served 117 people – had set for 105 people – had enough food for 100 – 110, ran out of turkey & potatoes.  Had to setup table space in Board room – had to turn away 8+ people!

This is the way we like to see things – full to capacity! Overflowing! Running out of food (but only after everyone has been fed)!!  We figure we raised approximately $1500.00.  Way to go!!

Thanks again to all for your help!

Lisa Sneesby & Mardine Garnham

Upcoming events

Reminder – There will be no service at our church on November 11.  Instead, we encourage everyone to attend the community Remembrance Day service at Stride Place, at 10:30 a.m., since today is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

This Week in First Church:

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study – at Gwen’s home

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

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 18 November – Soup Kitchen Sunday

– Sunday, 18 November – Deadline for submissions for December Newsletter

– Wednesday, 21 November, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Dinner

– Saturday, 24 November, 7:00 p.m. – Hymn Sing (sanctuary)

– Sunday, 9 December – Hanging-of-the-Greens service

Next Sunday (the 18th), will be our annual Soup Kitchen Sunday, on which we celebrate the ministry of the Soup Kitchen, and express our appreciation to all its supporters — volunteers as well as donors.

This coming week

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday Nov. 4, following the service – Choir practice

– Sunday Nov. 4.  5:00 p.m. – Fall Supper

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study – at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) meeting – at the church

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 11 November, 10:30 a.m. – Community Remembrance Day service

– Sunday, 18 November – Soup Kitchen Sunday

– Sunday, 18 November – Deadline for submissions for December Newsletter

Commissioning – In today’s service, we will be commissioning Charlie Clifford, who is joining Terry Rempel as one of our Lay Pastoral Visitors.  Like Terry, Charlie will be doing pastoral visiting in the congregation.  Terry was commissioned to this ministry nearly five years ago — on the 8th of December, 2013.

Remembrance Day – Since next Sunday (the 11th) is Remembrance Day, and since it will be the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is inviting all churches in town to participate in the community Remembrance Day service, at Stride Place, at 10:30 a.m.  The Session has accepted the invitation, so our own service will be cancelled that day, and everyone is encouraged to attend the community service at Stride Place.

Men’s Breakfast – Due to a scheduling conflict, there will be no Men’s Breakfast this coming Saturday (the 10th); it will be held on the 17th, instead — at 9:00 a.m., in the Church Hall, as usual.

Soup Kitchen Volunteers – Everyone who volunteers in the Soup Kitchen is required by the Leading With Care Policy of our national church to fill out a “Teacher/Leader Form” and to read and sign a “Covenant of Care Form” (two sides of a single sheet of paper).  If you haven’t done so already, please do so as soon as possible.  Forms are available from John Zondag.

Upcoming events

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study – at Lalaine’s home

– Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

– Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Worship Committee meeting

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 4 November, 5:00 p.m. – Fall Supper

– Sunday, 18 November – Soup Kitchen Sunday

Remembrance Day – Since Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday this year, and since it will be the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is inviting all churches in town to participate in the community Remembrance Day service, at Stride Place, at 10:30 a.m. that day (Sunday, 11 November).  The Session has decided to accept the invitation, so our own service will be canceled that day, and everyone is encouraged to attend the community service at Stride Place.

Upcoming events

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service: Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Session meeting

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 4 November, 5:00 p.m. – Fall Supper

Upcoming events

This Week in First Church:

– Tuesday, 7 p.m. Bible Study at Gwen Henwood’s home.

– Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 21 October – Endowment Fund Sunday

– Sunday, 4 November, 5:00 p.m. – Fall Supper

Thank You – We thank Margaret McNutt-Reichelt and the choir for their presentation of special music for our Harvest Sunday service last week!  Also, we thank everyone who donated non-perishable food for the Food Bank last Sunday!

Retreat – John Zondag will be attending a Synod Retreat in Gimli this Tuesday and Wednesday.  He will be away all day Tuesday, and hopes to be back by 5:00 on Wednesday afternoon — in time for the Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper!  If a pastoral emergency should arise while he is away, please call his cell phone number (204-249-7604), and leave a message.  He will check for messages through the day, and will call you back as soon as possible.

This WeekThis Tuesday, the 16th, is World Food Day, “a day designated to raise awareness and action for those who struggle against hunger and malnutrition in the world”.  A leaflet from Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) on this subject is being distributed today.

Pie Sale – Many thanks to everyone who supported this year’s Great Presbyterian Pie Sale!  Proceeds from the sale totaled $928.77!

Presbyterians Sharing – Our givings to Presbyterians Sharing as of the end of September came to $1,795, which is approximately 60% of the allocation of $3,000 that we accepted at the Annual Meeting in February.  Thanks to all who contribute to Presbyterians Sharing!

Harvest Sunday

October 7 – On this Harvest Sunday, we are having a special offering of non-perishable food items for the local Food Bank.  The donations will be part of the Thanksgiving display at the front of the sanctuary.  This action reminds us that one good way of giving thanks to God for providing the food we need  is to share it with those who don’t have enough.  Many thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

This Week in First Church:

– Tuesday, 7 p.m. Bible Study at Gwen Henwood’s home.

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

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

– Wednesday, 17 October – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Sunday, 21 October – Endowment Fund Sunday

The Christian Year – Although Thanksgiving Day (which dates back to colonial times) is a well-established festival here in North America, it is a relative “newcomer” to the Christian Year (which gradually took shape centuries earlier, during the Middle Ages).  In the Christian Year, Thanksgiving Day is somewhat of a secondary festival, since it has to do with something other than an event in the life of Jesus, or in the history of the church.  Nevertheless, it is an important festival, since it affirms that God, as Creator, provides the food we need.  On Thanksgiving Day, we give God thanks and praise for the harvest, through which he replenishes our supply of food each year.

In Canada, Thanksgiving Day has been an official holiday since 1879, but has been observed on the second Monday of October only since 1957.  In the United States, Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November.  The Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend, previously called “Thanksgiving Sunday” in our church, was quietly renamed Harvest Sunday by our national church a few years ago, presumably to emphasize the fact that it’s specifically the harvest that is the focus of the celebration.

 

Upcoming events

This Week in First Church:

– Today, following the service – Choir practice

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 7 Oct. – Communion Sunday

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!