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

Sun, July 14:  10:00 am   Coffee - Central Room

                        10:30 am   Sunday Service - Sanctuary

                        11:30 am   Fellowship - Pilgrim Hall

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

Welcome:  For the month of July, we welcome our friends from Melrose United Church who will be joining us for our Sunday services.

August:  A reminder that for the month of August, while Rev Jane is on vacation, our friends at Melrose United Church (86 Homewood Avenue), will be welcoming us to their services on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am.

OUTREACH UP AND COMING 

Mon July 15:  2:30 pm - 8:30 pm  Erin Poole Counselling - Central Room

                      10:00 am - 1:00 pm  H.O.M.E.S - Pilgrim Hall

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

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

Wed, July 17:  10:00 am. – 1:00 pm Wesley’s Transition to Homes - in Pilgrim Hall

                         2:30 pm - 8:30 pm  Erin Poole Counselling - Central Room

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

Thurs, July 18:  10:30 am - 5:30 pm Erin Poole Counselling - Central Room

                            4:00 pm. – 8:00 pm Wesley’s Dinner & a Movie - 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: This week the C.A.T.Program is requesting macaroni and cheese and/or jam.Also,the need for any size 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


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 2 First Nations communities, Pikangikum and Keewaywin, threatened by wildfires. Climate change is a reality and we are truly experiencing it's effects. Prayers also to more than 500 men, women and children who perished (and over 2000 injured) due to hundreds of Russian bombings in Syria, which commenced over 2 months ago and continues.**

The Regional Council 9, Horseshoe Falls Communities of Faith, Prayer Cycle focus this week ison: Bowman United Church in Ancaster.


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


Mon, Jul 15:    What is the Church Called to Be Today?” Join EDGE and United Church General Secretary Nora Sanders for a digital kitchen table conversation over a Zoom Call <https://united-church.zoom.us/j/320889290> or use your telephone to dial in 1-855 703 8985 (use Meeting ID: 320 889 290) at 1:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, 15 July! Given the drastic demographic shift in our church over the past several decades, and the recent structural changes, the topic will be 'What is the Church Called to Be Today?' This is a listening session for EDGE and Nora to hear firsthand from you! Join It Live!

Fri, Jul 26 to Sun, Jul 28    Skylight Festival, at Five  Oaks in Paris, ON. Founded in 2015 by people of The United Church of Canada, Mennonite Church Canada, and others; the Skylight Festival is a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities connect to explore arts, faith, peace and justice. The theme for this year's festival is "Love Means...", and it will feature Shad, Jonathan (Pastah J) Brooks, Kate Reid, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza and many others! Go to https://www.skylightfestival.ca/ for more information and to register.

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 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 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