Announcements Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

Due to current pandemic restrictions, our in-person Sunday services are suspended until the status of our Health Region returns to Orange.  An abbreviated service will continue to be available on YouTube each Sunday, however.  John will send out the link as soon as the service has been uploaded each week, hopefully in time for our usual 10:30 service time.  Along with the link, he will continue sending out a full script of the service. The link will also be posted on this website

Scripture Readings – The readings for today’s service are

– Isaiah 64.1-9 – “Tear open the heavens, and come down!”

– Psalm 80 – “Shepherd of Israel, hear us”

– 2 Peter 3.1-15 – “The day of the Lord”

– Mark 13.24-37 – Jesus’ second coming: “Watch!”

If we’re unable to have the Hanging-of-the-Greens service next Sunday, the readings for that service will be

– Isaiah 40.1-11 – “Prepare the way of the LORD!”

– Psalm 85 – “You, LORD, showed favor to your land”

– 1 Corinthians 1.3-9 – “Blameless on the day of our Lord”

– Mark 1.1-8 – The ministry of John the Baptist

This Week in First Church:

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 6 December (tentative) – Hanging-of-the-Greens service (see below)

– Thursday, 17 December – Service of Remembrance and Hope, by Zoom

Newsletter – The December issue of the Newsletter is being sent out by e-mail to everyone on our e-mail list, and hard copies are being mailed this week to those who don’t have e-mail.  Many thanks to Lisa Sneesby for putting the Newsletter together, and to Mardine Garnham for printing and mailing the hard copies!

Advent and Christmas – The current pandemic restrictions are leaving our worship plans for Advent and Christmas up in the air:

– The Hanging-of-the-Greens service was originally scheduled for next Sunday, 6 December, but it’s doubtful that we’ll be able to worship in person by then.  If we are able to resume in-person services in time for either the 13th or the 20th, we’ll have the Hanging-of-the-Greens service on the first possible Sunday.  Otherwise, we’ll have to forego it altogether this year, since it doesn’t lend itself to the recorded service format.

– There will not be a Communion service in December; it was originally scheduled for the 13th, and we will instead have a non-Communion service that day.

Christmas Eve (Thursday, 24 December) – If we are still not able to resume in-person services by then, a recorded Christmas Eve service will be offered via YouTube, as we do for our Sunday services.

Full announcements here

Announcements Nov. 22 – 28

CHRIST-THE-KING SUNDAY
THE FINAL SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
22 November 2020

Due to current pandemic restrictions, our in-person Sunday services are suspended until the status of our Health Region returns to Orange. An abbreviated service will continue to be available on YouTube each Sunday, however. John will send out the link as soon as the service has been uploaded each week, hopefully in time for our usual 10:30 service time. Along with the link, he will continue sending out a full script of the service.

Charlie Clifford is preaching the sermon today, and also leading the Prayers of the People. We thank him for his contribution to today’s service!

This Week in First Church:

Nov. 22nd – Deadline for submissions for the December newsletter

Tuesday Nov. 24, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom

Thursday November 26, 7:00 p.m. – Session meeting, by Zoom

Coming Up:

Sunday November 29 – The First Sunday of Advent

SK Re-opening – The Soup Kitchen was going to re-open this past Tuesday, the 17th, and operate three days per week, initially: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. However, because of the increased pandemic restrictions that came into force on the 12th, the re-opening has been postponed, at least until our health region’s status returns to Orange.

Newsletter – If you have something to contribute to the December issue of the Newsletter, please give or email it to Lisa Sneesby (bsneesby@mymts.net) today (the 22nd). We hope to have the Newsletter ready for distribution in time for next Sunday, the 29th.

Full announcements here

Announcements Nov. 15 – 21

Due to the new pandemic restrictions, we have had to suspend in-person Sunday services until the status of our Health Region returns to Orange.  An abbreviated service will continue to be available on YouTube each Sunday, however.  John will send out the link as soon as the service has been uploaded each week, hopefully in time for our usual 10:30 service time.  Along with the link, he will continue sending out a full script of the service.  Charlie Clifford will preach the sermon in our service next Sunday (the 22nd).

Scripture Readings – The readings for today’s service are

– Leviticus 19.1-2, 9-18 – “Do not reap to the very edges of your field”

– Psalm 112 – “Blessed are those who fear the LORD”

– James 2.14-19 – Faith vs. deeds

– Luke 14.1-14 – Whom to invite to a banquet

This Week in First Church:

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

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 22 November – Deadline for submissions for the December newsletter

Full announcements here

Announcements Nov. 8 – 14

This Week in First Church:

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 15 November – Soup Kitchen Sunday

– Sunday, 22 November – Deadline for submissions for the December newsletter

Thank You!  Many thanks to everyone who supported our annual Fall Supper last Sunday — in whatever way!  In many ways, it was a new experience, since it was the first time we did the supper take-out style.  Special thanks to coordinators Mardine Garnham and Lisa Sneesby!

Newsletter – If you have something to contribute to the December issue of the Newsletter, please give or e-mail it to Lisa Sneesby (bsneesby@mymts.net) by Sunday, 22 November — two weeks from today.  We hope to have the Newsletter ready for distribution in time for the following Sunday, the 29th.

Soup Kitchen – The Soup Kitchen Committee decided this past week that the Soup Kitchen will re-open on Tuesday, 17 November.  It will operate three days per week, initially: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Because of pandemic restrictions, lunches will be served take-out style at the south entrance; patrons will not be coming inside for the foreseeable future.

Full announcements here