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

Announcements Feb. 21

THE 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT

Services by Zoom – We have been holding our Sunday services live, by Zoom, at 10:30 a.m., for the past three weeks now, with approximately 15 people joining in each week, so far.  We thank Raymond Reichelt for hosting the services, Margaret McNutt-Reichelt for playing the hymns, and Debbi Miles for typing the hymn texts that Raymond shows on the screen.  Due to copyright laws, we can use only hymns that are in the public domain; so, for the time being, we’re singing the “oldies” only.  John sends out the Zoom link by e-mail each Saturday evening.  The link is the same every week, by the way, so you can copy and paste it into a Word document, if you wish, so that you always have it handy.

Beginning today, a recording of the service by Zoom will be uploaded to YouTube each week, for those who are not able to join the service in real time.  Unfortunately, though, it won’t be available for viewing until the afternoon, since it takes a good two hours to upload.  Once uploaded, it can be viewed at any time during the week.  John will continue e-mailing out the YouTube link and a written service script each Sunday.

The readers today are Philip and Margaret Dunn.

This Week in First Church:

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

– Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – Presbytery meeting, by Zoom

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

Coming Up:

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

– Sunday, 21 March – Annual Meeting (rescheduled – see below)

Rescheduled – The Session has postponed our Annual Meeting to Sunday, 21 March, in the hope that conditions will have improved enough by then that we will be able to meet in person.  The Annual Report is now complete, and will be distributed in time for Sunday, 14 March, a week prior to the meeting.  If you would like a copy sooner than that, please speak to John.

Full announcements here

Announcements Feb. 14

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS

THE FINAL SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

14 February 2021

Services by Zoom – We have been holding our Sunday services live, by Zoom, at 10:30 a.m., for the past two weeks, and last week, we added hymns!  We thank Raymond Reichelt for hosting the services, and Margaret McNutt-Reichelt for playing the hymns.  Thanks also to Debbi Miles for typing the hymn texts that Raymond shows on the screen.  Due to copyright laws, we can use only hymns that are in the public domain, so, for the time being, we’re singing the “oldies”.  John sends out the Zoom link each week by e-mail.  We are able to record the Zoom service, so, beginning next week, John will upload that service to YouTube — which means that it won’t be available for viewing until the afternoon, since it takes approximately two hours to upload.  Once uploaded, it can be viewed at any time.

This Week in First Church:

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 21 February – The First Sunday in Lent

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

– Sunday, 21 March – Annual Meeting (rescheduled – see below)

Rescheduled – The Session has postponed our Annual Meeting to Sunday, 21 March, in the hope that conditions will have improved enough by then that we will be able to meet in person.  The Annual Report is now complete, and will be distributed in time for Sunday, 14 March, a week prior to the meeting.  If you would like a copy sooner than that, please speak to John.

Full announcements here

February 7 Announcements

Services by Zoom – We began holding our Sunday services live, by Zoom, at 10:30 a.m., last Sunday.  Fifteen people took part in the service.  This week, we are adding hymns.  We thank Raymond and Margaret Reichelt for hosting the services.  John will send out the link each week by e-mail.  In addition, John will continue to record a service and upload it to YouTube for the next couple of weeks, at least, in case there are some who prefer that format.  John sends out the link to each YouTube service on Sunday mornings, and those services can be viewed at any time.

Scripture Readings – The readings for today’s service are

– Ruth 1.1-18, 22 – Ruth accompanies Naomi to Israel

– Psalm 91 – “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High”

– Romans 12.9-16 – Various exhortations

– Mark 1.29-39 – Healings in Capernaum

The reader today is Terry Rempel.

This Week in First Church:

– Today – Deadline for reports for the Annual Report

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

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 21 March – Annual Meeting (rescheduled – see below)

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

Full announcements here

Announcements for Jan. 31

Services by Zoom – The Session decided this past week to start holding our Sunday services live, by Zoom, at 10:30 a.m., beginning this Sunday.  To begin with, the service format will be the same as it has been for the past couple of months, but we plan to add music soon.  This way, we will be able to see each other, and have more of a sense of coming together for worship.  Also, John will continue to record a service and upload it to YouTube for the next couple of weeks at least, in case there are some who prefer that format.

To join the Zoom meeting, click on this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84737316742?pwd=ZjZWYTgyTzBWR2RkZ1BOUy9nVlVuUT09

Or open Zoom, and enter these credentials:  Meeting ID: 847 3731 6742;  Passcode: 381330

Or call in using these credentials:
One tap mobile:
+15873281099,,84737316742#,,,,*381330# Canada
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Or Dial in using this number:  +1 204 272 7920 Canada;  Meeting ID: 847 3731 6742;  Passcode: 381330

Full announcements here

Announcements January 24, 2021

Our in-person Sunday services continue to be suspended for now, and virtual services continue to be made available on YouTube.  John sends out the link by e-mail 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 sends out a full script of the service, which can be printed for anyone who doesn’t have internet access.  Printed copies of the script can be mailed out from the church office as well, although after the Sunday in question.  Please call John at the church office if you would like to receive them.

This Week in First Church:

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

– Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – Soup Kitchen Committee meeting

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

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 7 February – Deadline for reports for the Annual Report

– Sunday, 21 February – Annual Meeting

Annual Report – If you are preparing a report for the 2020 Annual Report, please send it to Lisa Sneesby (bsneesby@mymts.net) by Sunday, 7 February.  The Annual Meeting is currently scheduled for Sunday, 21 February, and we hope to have the Annual Report ready for distribution a week in advance.  Of course, it remains to be seen when and how we will actually be able to hold the Annual Meeting, but for now, we’re aiming for 21 February.

Full announcements here

Announcements January 17, 2021

THE 2ND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

17 January 2021

Our in-person Sunday services continue to be suspended for now, and virtual services continue to be made available on YouTube.  John sends out the link by e-mail 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 sends out a full script of the service, which can be printed for anyone who doesn’t have internet access.  Printed copies of the script can be mailed out from the church office as well, although after the Sunday in question.  Please call John at the church office if you would like to receive them.

Today’s sermon will be preached by Raymond Reichelt, one of our lay preachers.  We thank Raymond for this contribution to today’s service!

This Week in First Church:

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

Full announcements here

Announcements January 10, 2021

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

THE 1ST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

10 January 2021

Our in-person Sunday services continue to be suspended for now, and virtual services continue to be made available on YouTube.  John sends out the link by e-mail 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 sends out a full script of the service, which can be printed for anyone who doesn’t have internet access.  Printed copies of the script can be mailed out from the church office as well, although after the Sunday in question.  Please call John at the church office if you would like to receive them.

This Week in First Church:

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

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

Full announcements here

Announcements Dec 20 – 26

Our in-person Sunday services continue to be suspended, up to and including the 3rd of January, at least.  A “virtual” service will continue to be made 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 send out a full script of the service.  Our Christmas Eve service also will be virtual, and will be made available in the same way.  It should be available by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, the 24th.  We will have to wait until the first week of January to find out what the new public health orders will be.

This Week in First Church:

– Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Service, on YouTube

New Beginnings – We are currently working with Ian Fraser, our New Beginnings coach, on plans for “Phase 4” of the process, the “Introduction to Transformational Ministry” weekend.  It will include a) a workshop for the entire congregation, b) two training sessions for the people who will be leading the small-group meetings, and c) the Sunday service, at which Ian would be the preacher.  Because of the pandemic restrictions, all this will likely have to be done online, unfortunately.  Under ordinary conditions, Ian would come here for the weekend, and meet with us in person.  The dates still have to be determined; the Session has decided that we will need to wait until our Health Region’s status has gone back to “Orange” before we proceed with this phase.

     The small-group meetings (Phase 5) will take place as soon as possible following the Introduction to Transformational Ministry weekend.  Each group will meet four times, possibly once per week.

Bible Study – The Bible study group is taking a two-week break, and will resume on Tuesday,  5 January (the 12th day of Christmas!), with “Week 7” of the study on Ruth and Esther, beginning on page 49 of the study book.

Full announcements here