This Week in First Church:
– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, by Zoom
– Sunday, 1 November – Daylight Saving Time ends
– Sunday, 1 November, 5:00 p.m. – Fall Supper (take-out and delivery only)
Protocols – In order to comply with government-imposed restrictions, and to protect each other from transmission of the COVID-19 virus, we will be following these protocols in our Sunday services, until further notice:
– Use the Soup Kitchen door to enter, and the office door (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
– 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.
Our Sympathy – We extend our sympathy to Margaret and Raymond Reichelt and family, in the death of Margaret’s mother, Laura McNutt, this past week. Laura had been a resident of the Douglas Campbell Lodge for the past few years. Due to pandemic restrictions, her funeral service will be held at a later date.
Cleaning – There are sign-up sheets for sanitizing the sanctuary and for vacuuming the sanctuary on the music stand at the back of the sanctuary. If you’re able to take a turn looking after one of these jobs in the coming weeks, please sign up.
Needed – We are looking for large coolers to use the day of the Fall Supper. If anyone has any, and is willing to lend to us, please contact Lisa Sneesby at 204-385-2847.
The Christian Year – October 31 is Reformation Day, and today is Reformation Sunday. Reformation Day is one of the so-called “Lesser Festivals” of the Christian Year, and commemorates a significant period in the history of the Christian church. The Reformation (1517-1648) was a time in which people sought to bring about reform in the church, but only succeeded in creating new “branches” of the church, breaking away from the established Roman Catholic Church. One of those branches is the Reformed tradition, of which the Presbyterian Church is a part. The other major branches are the Anglican tradition, the Lutheran tradition, and the Anabaptist tradition.
From our perspective as Presbyterians in Canada, the most significant leaders of the Reformation were Martin Luther (who in effect started the Reformation), John Calvin (the founder of the Reformed tradition), and John Knox (who followed John Calvin’s teachings in leading the reform movement in Scotland).
The Reformation was a chaotic and violent time, and the reform effort cost countless lives. For this reason, the symbolic color for Reformation Day is red.
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