May 2, 2021 Service

Here AT LAST is the link to today’s service:

It took extremely long to upload this time, for some reason.

The recording is longer than usual, since it contains three hymns and our regular service music as well.

We had a technical glitch with the “screen sharing” function in the first half of the service, so the words to the first hymn and the Prayer for Illumination are missing.  Fortunately, Raymond was able to get it figured out by the second hymn.

The service script is here.

Announcements May 2

THE 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

2 May 2021

Online – Circumstances have again forced us to move our Sunday services online, so our services are again being held by Zoom, live, at our regular time of 10:30, today and for the next three Sundays, at least.  Each week’s service will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, for the benefit of those who are unable to join us in real time.  As usual, each service will be available until the following Sunday, at which time it will be deleted from the YouTube channel. 

The link to the Zoom meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84737316742?pwd=ZjZWYTgyTzBWR2RkZ1BOUy9nVlVuUT09; it will be the same every week.  

After the service, the link to the recording on YouTube will be e-mailed out, along with a copy of the service script.  In addition, 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:

– Today, 5:00 p.m. – Spring Dinner (take-out)

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 16 May – Deadline for submissions for the June newsletter

Spring Dinner – Fortunately, the “powers that be” have told us that we can go ahead with the Spring Dinner we had planned for today (5:00), as long as we abide by the necessary protocols.

Newsletter – If you have something to contribute to the June issue of our congregational Newsletter, please give it to Lisa Sneesby (bsneesby@mymts.net) by Sunday, 16 May, two weeks from today.  We plan to have the Newsletter ready for distribution the following Sunday, the 23rd.

Full announcements here

Announcements April 25, 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, 2 May, 5:00 p.m. – Spring Dinner (take-out)

Today – We thank Raymond Reichelt for leading today’s service in John Zondag’s absence, and Charlie Clifford for leading the Prayers of the People, as he usually does on the last Sunday of the month.  John has gone to Neepawa today, in order to chair their Annual Meeting following today’s service.  John is the interim moderator for Knox Church in Neepawa, which has been without a called minister since October of 2019.

Full announcements here

Announcements April 18

THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

18 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:

– Today, following the service – Annual Meeting

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

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

– Saturday – Deadline for ordering a Spring Dinner

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 2 May, 5:00 p.m. – Spring Dinner (take-out)

Full announcements here

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