Announcements April 11

THE 2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER

11 April 2021

Welcome!  We extend a warm welcome to our guests, and invite you to sign the guest book at the back of the sanctuary.  Unfortunately, however, we are not yet able to resume our after-service fellowship time. 

For the time being, John continues to record an abbreviated version of the service each week and to upload it to YouTube, for those who don’t yet feel comfortable attending services in person.  He sends out the YouTube link by e-mail each Sunday, along with the service script.  Hard copies of the script can be printed and mailed out to anyone who would like them.  If you would like to receive them, just call John at the church office.

This Week in First Church:

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 18 April, following the service – Annual Meeting

– Tuesday, 20 April, 7:00 p.m. – New Bible study begins

– Sunday, 2 May – Spring Dinner (take-out)

Full announcements here

April 4 Announcements

EASTER SUNDAY

4 April 2021

Welcome!  We extend a warm welcome to our guests, and invite you to sign the guest book at the back of the sanctuary.  Unfortunately, however, we are not yet able to resume our after-service fellowship time. 

For the time being, John continues to record an abbreviated version of the service each week and to upload it to YouTube, for those who don’t yet feel comfortable attending services in person.  He sends out the YouTube link by e-mail each Sunday, along with the service script.  Hard copies of the script can be printed and mailed out to anyone who would like them.  If you would like to receive them, just call John at the church office.

This Week in First Church:

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 18 April – Annual Meeting (rescheduled)

– Sunday, 2 May – Spring Dinner (take-out)

Full announcements here

Announcements March 28

ANNOUNCEMENTS SHEET

PALM / PASSION SUNDAY

28 March 2021

Welcome!  We extend a warm welcome to our guests, and invite you to sign the guest book at the back of the sanctuary.  Unfortunately, however, we are not yet able to resume our after-service fellowship time. 

For the time being, John continues to record an abbreviated version of the service each week and to upload it to YouTube, for those who don’t yet feel comfortable attending services in person.  He sends out the YouTube link by e-mail each Sunday, along with the service script.  Hard copies of the script can be printed and mailed out to anyone who would like them.  If you would like to receive them, just call John at the church office.

This Week in First Church:

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom

– Friday, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday service

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 18 April – Annual Meeting (rescheduled)

Full announcements here

Announcements March 21

Welcome!  We extend a warm welcome to our guests, and invite you to sign the guest book at the back of the sanctuary.  Unfortunately, however, we are not yet able to resume our after-service fellowship time. 

John will continue recording an abbreviated version of the service each week and uploading it to YouTube, for those who don’t yet feel comfortable attending services in person.  He will continue sending out the YouTube link by e-mail each Sunday, along with the service script.  Also, hard copies of the script can be printed and mailed out.  If you would like to receive them, just call John at the church office.

This Week in First Church:

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom

Coming Up:

– Friday, 2 April, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday service – Sunday, 18 April – Annual Meeting

Full Announcements here

Announcements March 14

THE 4TH SUNDAY IN LENT

14 March 2021

Welcome to worship!  It’s good to be able to worship together in person once again!  We extend a special welcome to our guests, and invite them to sign the guest book at the back of the sanctuary.  Unfortunately, however, we are not yet able to resume our after-service fellowship time.  Please remember to follow the protocols that we established for our in-person services last fall (see below).

John will continue recording an abbreviated version of the service each week and uploading it to YouTube, for those who don’t yet feel comfortable attending services in person.  He will continue sending out the YouTube link by e-mail each Sunday, along with the service script.

The reader today is Charlie Clifford.

The Greeter for this month is Shauna-Lei Leslie.

This Week in First Church:

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom

Coming Up:

– Friday, 2 April, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday service

– Sunday, 18 April – Annual Meeting (re-rescheduled – see below)

Protocols – In order to comply with government-imposed restrictions, and to protect each other from transmission of the COVID-19 virus, please follow these protocols in our Sunday services, until further notice:

– Use the South entrance to enter, and the Office entrance (at the front of the sanctuary) to leave

– Mask required (a limited number of masks will be available for those who don’t have one)

– Must physically distance from others (except your household)

– Do not sit right at the aisle

– If possible, sit in the same spot each week

– Pick up a purple card from the table at the back, and, when you leave, use it to mark the spot where you sat, so that those sanitizing the pews after the service know which pews need to be sanitized.

– Offering plate is at the back as you come in

– No standing for hymns, but can sing softly, or hum

– Each week, bring your own cushion and/or Bible if desired

– Prefer that washrooms not be used

– There will be no coffee/fellowship hour

– Refrain from shaking hands, etc.

– The names of attenders will be recorded each Sunday, so that we have a record of who attended on which Sunday, in case contract tracing should need to be done later.

Full announcements here

Announcements March 7

THE 3RD SUNDAY IN LENT

7 March 2021

Good News!  The Session decided this past week, in light of the latest Public Health orders, that we will resume our in-person services beginning next Sunday, 14 March!  Today is the last day that we will be holding our services by Zoom, then.  However, John will go back to recording an abbreviated service each week and uploading it to YouTube, for those who don’t yet feel comfortable attending services in person.  He will continue sending out the YouTube link by e-mail each Sunday, along with the service script.

The reader today is Gwen Henwood, and Keith Kelly is preaching the sermon.  We thank them for taking part in leading today’s service!

This Week in First Church:

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 14 March – Daylight Saving Time begins

Sunday, 14 March – In-person services resume!

– Sunday, 18 April – Annual Meeting (re-rescheduled – see below)

Protocols – In order to comply with government-imposed restrictions, and to protect each other from transmission of the COVID-19 virus, please follow these protocols in our Sunday services, until further notice:

– Use the South entrance to enter, and the Office entrance (at the front of the sanctuary) to leave

– Mask required (a limited number of masks will be available for those who don’t have one)

– Must physically distance from others (except your household)

– Do not sit right at the aisle

– If possible, sit in the same spot each week

– Pick up a purple card from the table at the back, and, when you leave, use it to mark the spot where you sat, so that those sanitizing the pews after the service know which pews need to be sanitized.

– Offering plate is at the back as you come in

– No standing for hymns, but can sing softly, or hum

– Each week, bring your own cushion and/or Bible if desired

– Prefer that washrooms not be used

– There will be no coffee/fellowship hour

– Refrain from shaking hands, etc.

– The names of attenders will be recorded each Sunday, so that we have a record of who attended on which Sunday, in case contract tracing should need to be done later.

Rescheduled – The Session has again postponed our Annual Meeting, this time to Sunday, 18 April, in the hope that conditions will have improved enough by then that we will be able to meet in person.  Nevertheless, the Annual Report will still be made available next Sunday, the 14th.

Newsletter – The March issue of the congregational Newsletter is being distributed this weekend.  For those who don’t have e-mail, hard copies are being sent out by regular mail.  Many thanks to Lisa Sneesby for putting the Newsletter together, and to Mardine Garnham for printing and mailing the hard copies!

Envelopes – Offering envelopes for 2021 are now available.  They can be picked up at the church during regular office hours, from Tuesday to Saturday.  Please use the office entrance.  Note that John goes home for lunch every day, and that the office is closed during the noon hour.

Reading – If you would like to take a turn reading the scripture readings in one of our upcoming services, please let John know.

Full announcements here

Announcements Feb. 28

THE 2ND SUNDAY IN LENT

28 February 2021

Services by Zoom – Our live services by Zoom at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday seem to be going well, so we’ll continue doing that for the time being.  Nineteen people participated in our live service last Sunday.  It turned out to take a lot less time to upload the Zoom service to YouTube than it did for the services that John used to record on his laptop, so if that continues to be the case, they will should available for viewing by 1:00 p.m. from now on.

     There is talk of the restrictions on worship attendance potentially being eased further, beginning next weekend.  The Session will wait to hear the official word from the provincial government, and then make a decision on whether and when to resume in-person services.

     John sends out the Zoom link by e-mail each Saturday evening.  The link is the same every week, so you can copy and paste it into a Word document, if you wish, so that you always have it handy.  John will continue e-mailing out the YouTube link (which is different every week) and a written service script each Sunday.

The readers today are Lalaine and Ruth BuanCharlie Clifford is leading the Prayers of the People today.

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, 28 February – Deadline for submissions for the March Newsletter

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 14 March – Daylight Saving Time begins

– Sunday, 21 March – Communion Sunday (if we can resume in-person services)

– Sunday, 18 April – Annual Meeting (re-rescheduled – see below)

Rescheduled – The Session has again postponed our Annual Meeting, this time to Sunday, 18 April, in the hope that conditions will have improved enough by then that we will be able to meet in person.  Nevertheless, the Annual Report will still be distributed on or around Sunday, 14 March.  If you would like a copy sooner than that, please speak to John.

Newsletter – Submissions for the March issue of the Newsletter are due today (the 28th).  Please send your submissions to Lisa Sneesby at bsneesby@mymts.net.  We plan to have the Newsletter ready for distribution next Sunday, 7 March.Next Sunday – Keith Kelly will be preaching the sermon in our service next Sunday

Full announcements here