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.