October 2023 SSUC Newsletter
Reflection by Rev Karen
“The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6
Our ‘Come As You Are’ Support Group reflected on this verse following the words of Joyce Rupp, a retreat leader dedicated to the cultivation of compassion in the world.
When we consider what we sow or give to the world, it is important to be aware of how we are feeling and what we are thinking. If we are giving from a place of resentment, or fear, or fatigue, then we are adding to these things in the world. To whip ourselves into action, or to think we must push through and keep going, no matter what, is to do violence to our own spirits. But if we choose to be kind to ourselves, to respect our feelings, to trust God’s activity without us, then we can wait and respond to needs around us when we have rested and tended to our own suffering first. Then we can give with a sense of joy and trust and peace and grow these qualities within the world. Let us watch for ways to stop judging ourselves or others, to respond to our weaknesses in a kind-hearted way, and to cultivate compassion in a world sorely in need of such care.
15, 29 – Rev. Beth Brehaut 22 – Rev. Karen
Oct. 15th – Coffee & social time following the service
Oct. 17th, 2:00pm for the Ordination of Catherine Ann Dickson at Trinity United Church, Summerside, PE
Oct 17th, 2:00pm Villa Service
Nov. 5th, - Remembrance Sunday
Nov 5th, 2:00pm South Shore Council of Churches – Remembrance Day Service at Crapaud Community Hall, led by South Shore United Church.
Nov. 12th, Memorial Song Service
Nov. 19th, All-ages, story based service with fellowship time following
October Meetings (in Fellowship Room unless otherwise noted)
*Canceled* Tues., 17, 2:00pm – UCW Anne Unit
Thur., 19, 10:00am – Christian Friends meeting at Heather Dixon’s
Tues., 24, 2:00pm – Study and Support Group
Thank you to Christian Friends and volunteers who decorated our sanctuary for this season.
Sunday Counters, A Note from Bev Noonan – I am having surgery on my foot in October and will not be available for counting until the new year. Please call me if you are unable to count so I can find a replacement for you, my numbers are 658-2040 or 439-2352. Thanks for your help on Sundays.
Richard Boulter(902-658-2062) and Joan MacDougall (902-675-2386) will be visiting in October. Donna MacKinnon and Helen Nicholson will be visiting in November. If you or someone you know would like a visit, please call.
Coffee & Conversation in Crapaud – In October & November we will offer this program at the Crapaud Community Hall on Tuesdays from 10-11:30am. It is an outreach we extend to the south shore area so bring along your friends and enjoy this time in community together. Volunteers are needed to bring cookies, and volunteers to set up/make coffee/ and clean up. The sign-up sheets are at the back of the church.
Volunteers needed for the coffee and muffin time after church on the third Sunday of each month.
Memorial Song Service – Sunday November 12th
Below are a few suggestions of congregational hymns or choir selections you may choose to request as a memorial. If you have another favourite not listed, just let us know! Please submit requests to the office by October 31st. The suggested amount for a memorial is $20 per request and the money raised will help with the electrical work and installation of the projectors as the next stage of our Sanctuary Renewal Project.
Hymns: Go Make a Diff'rence MV #209
In the Bulb VU #703
Precious Lord, Take My Hand VU #670
We Shall Go Out VU #586
What a Friend We Have in Jesus VU #664
I See A New Heaven VU#713
Choir: I Have a Song to Sing
Eagle's Wings VU #808
River MV #3
God Lead's Us Along
In My Heart There Rings a Melody
We have set up a child-friendly space for those who bring children to worship. Thank you to Englewood School for donating the mat and to Joan Rogerson for organizing things! The props may be different from week to week as we seek to provide books or activities that connect to current themes. Please walk around the mat when you enter that side to keep it clean for little ones.
Project Visioning Committee
At the August 9th meeting of the Unified Board and Trustees, with participation from many folks within the congregation, it was discerned that we would task a project visioning team with preparing a proposal of how SSUC and MPI can share space over the next number of years in a way that is life-giving to each community. The representatives to that team are Rev. Dr. Karen MacLeod-Wilkie (Chair), Frank MacDonald and Scott Howatt (Trustee reps), Deborah Walsh (Unified Board rep), David and Cindy Harman (Finance reps), Helen Green and Neal Viger (MPI owners), Jolene Howatt and Rebecca Muttart (MPI reps).
The team has met twice to review the needs of SSUC and MPI as identified at the board meeting and to consider other items raised since that time. Our team has consulted with individuals and committees within the church to seek their input and wisdom as needed and we have sought guidance from our UC Regional Office Property Committee. We are doing our best to serve you and to maintain this essential day care service within our community. Our next step is to put a detailed plan in place to present to the November meeting of the Unified Board. If the plan is approved, it will then go to our Regional Property Committee for their approval.
We commit to keeping you updated as we move through this process. We appreciate your support and trust as we work on your behalf.
Community & Regional Events
Food Safety Course – Environmental Health is offering an in-person food safety course in Charlottetown Holiday Inn Express & Suites - 200 Capital Drive on Monday November 6th , 9am - 4pm, $50 + HST. Questions call 902-368-4970 or firstname.lastname@example.org Register here: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/register-for-a-food-safety-course. There are other dates listed on the website for November. If you are interested in taking this course to help with church functions your cost will be covered.
Merry Pop Ins will be hosting a Halloween Adventure for the children October 31st 9:30-10:30am at MPI. We are looking for 4 volunteers interested in helping hand out treats (please dress up). If interested in helping please email Helen@merrypopins-pe.ca or call at (902) 388-4203 by October 16th
Roast Beef Dinner – Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 5:30 PM in the Trinity United Church Gym 220 Richmond St Charlottetown PE C1A 1J5. Tickets are $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Please stop by in person, or call the church office 902-892-4114 or email TrinityCliftonUnitedChurch@gmail.com to inquire.
Welcome Fall Fun Ceilidh – Bonshaw Hall, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2:00pm. Fun for the whole family. Admission by donation, kids under 12 are free. Improve comedy, jazzy seasonal tunes, sing-a-long and a give-away table of books and bulbs.
Gifts with a Vision – Welcome to a new year of giving. This year’s new gifts also include solar power and clean water for the United Theological College in Zimbabwe, backpacks full of school supplies for children who live under the poverty line in Toronto, a biofuel pilot project run by women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and helping unhoused people in Winnipeg access the hygiene and laundry supplies they need – along with many others. You’ll also recognize lots of returning gifts, like Operation Backpack, Return of the Buffalo, and A Kindergarten in a Refugee Camp. Get your gift matched! Visit giftswithvision.ca now and your gift’s impact will be DOUBLED.
I watched my dog chase his tail for 10 minutes and thought “Wow, dogs are so easily entertained”. Then I realized I just watched my dog chase his tail for 10 minutes.
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