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

9:00 - 9:30   Bible Study, First Room

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

Thur, Dec 20: 7:30 Choir Practice

Sun, Dec 23: 10:00 -10:30 am   Silent Prayer - First Room

                       10:30 am   Sunday Service- Sanctuary

                       11:30 am   Fellowship - Pilgrim Hall

                       1:00 - 2:30 pm    New Hope Community Baptist Church - Iona Hall

Mon, Dec 24:  Christmas Eve Service: Fellowship at 6:30 pm; Service at 7:00 pm

Tues, Dec 25: Church office closed for Christmas Day

                        CAT Program running, serving refreshments only

Wed, Dec 26:  Church office closed for Boxing Day

Tues, Jan 1:    CAT Program running, serving refreshments only

          OUTREACH UP AND COMING 

Tues, Dec 25: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  C.A.T.(Community Around Table)-Pilgrim Hall

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: Please bring pantry donations. This week the C.A.T. Coordinators are requesting:  toilet paper, peanut butter, Macaroni & cheese or jam. The C.A.T. Coordinators thank you for your donations and your ongoing support of the program.

    There is also a new neighbourhood community food cupboard starting up that      is in need of shelving units, if you have any to spare: any size, any material.

Any gently used bedding and clothing you would like to donate would be greatly appreciated. Also, as the cold weather is now here, if you go through your closets and find unneeded/extra scarves, mittens, toques, etc. please bring them in.**

THANK YOU!!!

GOOD NEWS STORY

Many of us remember hearing this story on a wintry Sunday morning at Church.Marty, our custodian, had found a man sleeping outside a Church door.It was extremely cold and the man wasn’t dressed properly to be outside. Marty brought him into the Church and actually gave him his own coat for warmth. Marty and George got him some food and hot coffee. George sat and talked to him. Then he assisted him to get connected with the agencies that could help him further. Now the story continues and gets even better. The man attends the Tuesday CAT lunch and shared some good news - It’s been almost 2 years since that meeting with Marty and George, and  he’s now living in his own place and is alcohol free. Many thanks to Marty, George and the supportive “Community Around the Table” group. They have made a huge difference in this one man’s life.

BIRTHDAYS

Friday, November 2:  Marty Donaldson

Saturday, November 3:  Mary Jo McLaren 

Thurs, Nov 15:  John Hertel

Sat, Nov 17:  Barbara Lahie

Mon, Nov 26:  Rena Durkin                                                                                             

Wed, Nov 28:  Shirley Pawson

PASTORAL NOTES

PRAYER AND PRAYER BOX

You are invited to join us for silent prayer in the First Room from 10-10:30 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, we ask that you please extend prayers for all members of our congregation who, due to poor health, are no longer able to attend our services.**

The Hamilton Conference Prayer Cycle Information Faith Community Focus this week is on Quest Learning Centre inside Westdale United Church in Hamilton Presbytery.

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

Hamilton Presbytery Resource Centre is open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Emmanuel United Church.

SAVE YOUR POSTAGE STAMPS, PLEASE

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

With thanks,

Maxine Graham