CELEBRATION!!!

Rev. Bill MacKinnon celebrating retirement and Rev. Jane Wylie celebrating 25 years in ministry!

Luncheon at the Hamilton Conference AGM

Join us on Sundays at 10:30am

SERMON SERIES FOR THIS YEAR

Throughout this year, Rev. Jane will be using Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking as a resource for her sermons. The book provides a year long resource for spiritual formation and a refreshing look at some of our familiar stories.If you would like to follow along, you can order the book through the Hamilton Resource Center.

Office open Monday to Wednesday 9:00am to 3:00pm

Phone: 905 522 9900

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Our Worship

Sundays

10:00 - 10:30  Coffee, Central Room

10:30 - 11:30  Worship, Sanctuary

11:30 - 12:30  Fellowship, Pilgrim Hall

Our Inclusive Policy

Jesus welcomed everyone, whether they were poor, rich, or just getting by; ill or healthy; self-made or educated; popular or a loner; secure or full of doubts.

First-Pilgrim United  Church welcomes everyone the way Jesus did, regardless of age, race, class, gender, orientation, or physical ability.


                       

                WEEK AT A GLANCE

Tues, Sept 16:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm  C.A.T. (Community Around Table) - Pilgrim Hall

Thurs, Sept 17:  7:30 pm.   Choir Rehearsal - Sanctuary/Iona Hall

Sun, Sept 22: 10:00 am - 10:30 Coffee - Central Room                                                                       10:30 am Worship Service - Sanctuary                                                                         11:30 am Fellowship - Pilgrim Hall

                    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm New Hope Community Baptist Church - Iona Hall 

Tues, Sept 24: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  C.A.T. (Community Around Table) - Pilgrim Hall                                                                                                                               

Thurs, Sept 26: 7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal - Sanctuary/Iona Hall

Sunday Service September 29 - Blessing of the Pets

Sunday Service October 6 - Worldwide Communion

Sunday Service October 13 - Thanksgiving                                                     

OUTREACH UP AND COMING 

Thurs, Sept 19: Erin Poole Counselling, 10:30 am - 5:30 pm in Central Room

Tues, Sept 24:  Erin Poole Counselling, 10:30 am - 5:30 pm in Central Room

Wed, Sept 25:  Erin Poole Counselling, 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm in Central Room

                       Circle of Friends, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Pilgrim Hall

Thurs, Sept 26: Erin Poole Counselling, 10:30 am - 5:30 pm in Central Room



                   OUTREACH NOTES 

C.A.T.(Community Around the Table)

This is our principal Outreach project, where every Tuesday, we provide a place for those who are homeless or marginalized, to gather for food, conversation and community.

Grocery Cupboard: This week the C.A.T.Program is requesting soup and/or coffee. Also,the need for any size clean plastic shopping bags and clean plastic containers is ongoing. If you have any old or extra can openers, they would be appreciated as well. Thank you, as always, for your donations and your ongoing support! The C.A.T. Coordinators truly appreciate all that you do!

    THANK YOU!!!

 

BIRTHDAYS

September 1 – Flora Shea

September 9 – Glenna Churchill

September 11 – Cliona Root

September 22 - Irma Langevin

 

PASTORAL NOTES

PRAYER AND PRAYER BOX

You are invited to join us for silent prayer in the First Room from 10:00-10:30 am. For confidential prayers that you would like the pastors to pray for during the service, please write them out and put them into the envelopes provided and leave them in the church office (or put them under the door if the office is closed). No names will be mentioned.

** This week our prayers go out to: the people of Afghanistan, more than 32,000 Afghan civilians have been killed, 60,000 wounded. More than 2,400 US soldiers and 1, 144 NATO coalition soldiers have also been killed. The Taliban controls more than 1/2 of the country. Violence still reigns supreme in the country.**

The Regional Council 9, Horseshoe Falls Communities of Faith, Prayer Cycle focus this week is on Silver Spire United Church in St. Catharines.

May you be wrapped up in God’s love, found deep in His everlasting wings, carried and kept safe and cherished. May the healing power of Christ breathe cross your being now.

BROADER COMMUNITY NEWS


October 2 - International Day of Non-Violence - the Hamilton Interfaith Peace Group and Gandhi 150 committee is holding multi-faith prayers and reflections on peace to mark the International Day of Non-Violence in the Hamilton City Hall forecourt at 71 Main St. W. from 11:45 am - 1:15 pm. Faith leaders will offer prayers and reflections. All are welcome. For more information please contact Anne Person at personam@sympatico.ca.

October 6 2-4 pm - Hamilton's Bucket List Band : "Blues Forged in the Hammer"

Performing Live at West Plains United Church, 549 Plains Road West, Burlington, beside the RBG in Aldershot. Visit www.westplains.ca/events for details.

October 15 and 22 - Flu Shot Clinic - will be held at First Pilgrim from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm by the elevator.

Nov 13  Come From Away Bus TripCome From Away playing at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. $215.00 per person. Cost includes, transportation, and the ticket for the show. Please see John Hertell for more information.

DONATIONS

A gentle reminder; as we start to put away our summer clothes and bring out our fall fashions, please keep in mind that the Church is always looking for gently used clothing, hats, mittens, socks, and scarves. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the C.A.T. Co-ordinators, volunteers, and those we serve in the community.

Embracing the Spirit is a learning network and innovation fund. It offers funding and support for innovation ideas hatched out of faith communities and communities in ministry. Some of the stories and best practices that are happening throughout The United Church of Canada are shared in this newsletter. If you have an idea that you want to launch, reach out and tell us about it! Proposal deadlines are quarterly, and due on the 15th of the month: January, April, July and October. Click on this link to find out morehttps://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/being-community/embracing-spirit. Click on this link to sign up for the Embracing the Spirit newsletterhttps://united-church.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ff2087d5fde243a770ed893a8&id=53a49c9e28.

Hamilton Presbytery Resource Centre located in Emmanuel United Church at 871 Upper Ottawa Street in Hamilton is open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and the first Saturday of each month, 9:00 am to noon. A great place to find Bibles, books for adult groups or individual study, children's books, resources for Sunday School and lots more.

My Year of Living Spiritually: New book this fall from Broadview journalist. This memoir explores spiritual practices and the journey away from fundamentalism. An award-winning writer for Broadview magazine (formerly United Church Observer) has a new memoir out this fall that explores her experimental year of sampling more that 20 spiritual practices and also documents her journey away from fundamentalism to becoming "spiritual but not religious".

Book Launch: This book will be released on October 26. Until then, it's available by pre-order at Indigo, Amazon and local booksellers. Anne will be hosting a book launch at First Unitarian Church of Hamilton on Saturday, October 6 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It will feature music, refreshments, a book reading and a book signing. All are welcome!

SAVE YOUR POSTAGE STAMPS, PLEASE

          Please save your used postage stamps for me and I will send them to the                Canadian Bible Society.

                                                                      With thanks, Maxine Graham

LifeSpeak is a new resource for personal, health and family wellness information that you can access online and confidentially 24 hours a day. Their diverse library includes videos, podcasts, action plans, and “Ask the Experts” sessions on many subjects that are on the top of our minds daily. LifeSpeak is an extension of the existing United Church of Canada Employee & Family Assistance Plan and can be an important tool and resource to provide support in your various roles at home and in the church that you and your family members can access from any computer or mobile device:https://united-church.lifespeak.com (access through the "Group Account"). Client password: Wellness. Please take a look!

LETTER FROM MOHAWK COLLEGE STUDENTS

Hello Jane, George and United Church Staff:

Please find attached photos of the outreach work completed in March for individuals experiencing homelessness and living outdoors. Our packages consisted of coats, blankets, candles, matches, canned food and dry box goods, and clothing. We constructed school bags and duffle bags containing these items, as well as, hygiene items for men and women alike. We also donated 20 ten dollar Tim cards to go with the 20+ keep warm packages so individuals may get a hot drink and have reason to stay inside Tim Hortons.

Thank you and George as part of the CAT program for your generous donations of coats, clothes, canned goods, and hygiene supplies. 

The supplies were distributed at Urban Core since it is a unofficial location for individuals experiencing homelessness, and Salvation Army and other churches gather there on Wednesdays to meet the homeless population and distribute the donations they have. So that is what we did and was highly successful. Your donations are greatly appreciated and were gone quickly. This illustrated such a high need for school bags, duffle bags, and hygiene products. 

Thanks again from a group of SSW Mohawk College students