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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.

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                WEEK AT A GLANCE

Thurs, Oct 31:  7:30 pm.   Choir Rehearsal - Sanctuary/Iona Hall

Sun, Nov 3: 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, Nov 5: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  C.A.T. (Community Around Table) - Pilgrim Hall 

Wed. Nov. 6: 1:30 pm The Ruth Godard Bale Unit, of the UCW Meeting in Central Room. Flora Shea will lead the worship and program. Maxine Graham and Shirley Wilkinson will be the hostesses. Visitors are most welcome.

Wed, Nov 6: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Circle of Friends - Pilgrim Hall

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

Sun, Nov 10: 10:00 am Coffee/Tea - Central Room

                    10:30 am Worship Service - Sanctuary  **Remembrance Day Service**

                    11:30 am Fellowship - Pilgrim Hall

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



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

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

Wed, :  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, : 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 toilet paper, canned meat and/or dry pet food. 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!!!



 Nov. 3  Mary Jo McLaren



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 California, a statewide emergency has been called and over 200,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes as fierce winds drove wildfires through bone dry vegetation. Over 2.3 million people have had their power shut off.**

The Regional Council 9, Horseshoe Falls Communities of Faith, Prayer Cycle focus this week is on Vineland United Church in Lincoln.

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.


United Church Mission & Service: "Eruptions of social protest in several Latin American countries in recent months draw attention to some of the factors that “push” people to decide to leave their homes in hope of a new life further north: rising fuel costs; cuts to public services like health, education and transit; droughts, forest fires and floods related to climate change; and gang violence."

United Church Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance continues to help provide increased access to protection, basic needs, and essential information for asylum seekers regarding their rights along the Central America–Mexico–U.S. corridor—your continued support and prayers are greatly appreciated.


The Wesley Fall Contact Network Meeting: Sat. Nov. 2, 2019, 9:30 – 11:00 am at 52 Catharine Street North. Everyone is welcome! Please share with your congregation. There is free street parking along Catharine, Rebecca andnearby streets.

At this meeting, we will provide updates on the Day Centre, Sunday Dinner, Christmas & Holiday Store and Raising the Roof.

The meeting will be 9:30 – 10:30 am followed by time for conversation and picking up your Christmas & Holiday Store packages. There will be light refreshments.

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.

Children’s Sunday:   an opportunity to lift up the needs and celebrate the gifts of young people in their own communities and around the world, is celebrated annually across the church on the Sunday closest to November 20. Consider participating in the No Way to Treat a Child campaign to end the detention of Palestinian children


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 more Click on this link to sign up for the Embracing the Spirit newsletter

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".


          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: (access through the "Group Account"). Client password: Wellness. Please take a look!


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 

Our Worship


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.