December 2021 SSUC Newsletter

                 Shore United Church

               P.O. Box 4, Crapaud, PE  C0A 1J0

       Office: 902-658-2863 External link opens in new tab or windowssuc@pei.aibn.com

Rev. Beth: 902-326-6523 External link opens in new tab or windowbethbrehaut1953@gmail.com

 

 

Reflection by Rev. Beth Brehaut

Advent and Christmas, rain, snow and sunshine, outdoor cold and indoor warmth, darkness and bright lights, sorrow and joy, expectations and surprises, giving and receiving; these and much more describe December to me.

 A surprise that met me as I was driving home recently from Charlottetown was a lot of flashing lights in one of the roundabouts heading down St. Peter’s Road.  My thoughts and prayers were for the poor person stopped by the police and why on earth they were stopped in the middle of this ‘complicated enough’ place on the highway. This surprise and then delight revealed the lights were indeed police cars but also fire trucks all decorated up with a float and some character (not Santa) waving at everyone heading home after a busy day at work or shopping.  I couldn’t crane my neck safely to see what it was all about but perhaps the pleasure it brought me, and I hope others, was meaning enough in that moment. I guess that experience was expectations, surprise, darkness, and bright lights all rolled up together with a smattering of sorrow and joy. It hadn’t been an easy day.  It wasn’t all that different from seeing a rainbow in the sky when I really needed it.  Thank you, God, for reminding me to look up and see the goodness all around me. And bless the police officers and firefighters for all the good and often dangerous work they do.

 

Warmth indoors can be a fireplace or just the heat jacked up so we can pretend it is a balmy day in July.  But warmth indoors can also be receiving an early Christmas card that is another reminder that we are not alone.  This card has a picture of a small rural church standing peacefully by itself on what might be considered a cold mid-winter’s day.  But then I notice the tall tree with its many shapes and sizes of branches - leaves gone for now - towering as high as the steeple behind the church.  And I notice another tree with its familiar Christmas shape ever green with branches covered in piles of beautiful pristine snow highlighting the green. This tree stands beside the little church.  There is a third tree seen in the distance.  Before the church, the small road or driveway is cleared of snow but there are no tracks of cars or people.  Two deer are peeking around the spruce tree – looking toward the church.  And finally, I see the lights on in the sanctuary.  It is as if the church is just patiently waiting, always ready to welcome us in. And so, I remember how important our churches are and how they (and we) serve as active, living symbols and examples that point to the Love that is Emmanuel, God-with-us. And I give thanks to God and to the good women who sent the card.  I leave us all with the words on the front of the card: “Open your door to the gifts of the season, the warm sounds of joy and the bright lights of cheer. Open your heart to the meaning of Christmas – God’s love in your heart ... every day of the year.”– B.J.Hoff

 

December Meetings                                                               December Services

Sun. 12th, 12:00pm Unified Board (sanctuary)           5th – Carol Pippy

Tues. 14th, 7:00pm Book Club           (FR)                             12th – Rev. Beth Brehaut – Communion

Tues. 14th, 1:00pm UCW Anne Unit meeting                        19th – Nancie Stevenson

at Gentleman Jim’s, Summerside                             24th – Rev. Beth Brehaut – Christmas Eve, 7pm

                                                                                    26th – Rev. Beth Brehaut

Anyone planning on attending the Christmas Eve service please register by calling Richard 902-658-2062.

           

Spiritual Nurture

The Memorial Song Service went well. $760 was raised towards a new projector. Thank you all!

 

Communion service will be held December 12th.

 

There will be a Christmas Eve service December 24th at 7:00pm and regular service Sunday the 26th. There will be no Service of Hope and Compassion, Barn Service, or early Christmas Eve service this year.

 

Giving Tree – Christian Friends will be accepting donations on the Giving Tree. Money raised will go to support local families this Christmas through Englewood School and the Crapaud Food Bank. Items, such as pasta, sauce, canned meat, crackers, granola bars, juice boxes, toilet paper, etc, and monetary donations may be placed in the basket or offering plate under the tree or you may use your offering envelope, specify Giving Tree and which charity.

 

 

Pastoral Coverage – Donna Shaw (902-628-5033) and Joan Dawson (902-855-3183), will be visiting for the month of December. If you would like a visit or know of someone who would like a visit, please call.

 

UCW Anne Unit

On December 14th at 1 pm, the Anne Unit are planning dinner at Gentleman Jim's Restaurant in Summerside.  If anyone would like to join us for dinner, please call Marge Inman 902-888-7005 or email External link opens in new tab or windowmarjorieinman65@gmail.com before December 10th.

 

Financial Management & Stewardship Committee

Orders for the annual fruit sale had to be in early this year, December 1, due to shipping issues. Pick up is Saturday December 11th at the church parking lot.

 

Trustee & Property

MacBeth Bros. Roofing Inc. was chosen to supply all materials and labor to remove the existing roof, (Howatt Memorial Hall, the Church office, and the Fellowship room) replace it with recommended underlying materials and new fiberglass shingles, and to clean the site during construction. Upon completion, the contract cost is $21,890.00 plus HST. This project must go forward because during heavy rain, the roof does leak and water enters the building.

 

At the most recent Unified Board meeting, the motion to move forward with this project was passed.

 

We humbly ask each household of our congregation to give thoughtful consideration to making a donation to the Building Fund in the next coming weeks.

 

Thank you for this opportunity to Ask and we send you and your families our blessings,

 

Richard Smith, Chair of Finance

Scott Howatt, Co-Chair Trustees

Frank MacDonald, Co-Chair Trustees

 

Search Committee

The search committee is still meeting and will have a more detailed update to share in the near future.

 

In Other News

Thank you – Sandra Boulter and Family wish to say a heartfelt thank you for calls, cards and prayers after the passing of her sister Lynn MacLeod. We are truly blessed.

 

United Church Calendars – there are a couple of 2022 calendars available. $5.75 each. Contact Ruth if you would like one. Great gift idea!

 

Drive Thru Living Nativity – Dec.3-5, 5:30pm - 8:00pm. 6452 Route 19, Canoe Cove. Freewill donations to Lennon Recovery House

 

Sonshine Books & Gifts – Joy Catalogue Sale is now on. Check it out online at sonshinebooks.ca. Shop local, they are located in O’Leary.

When my niece was a student, her class of six-year-olds sang “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” at a Christmas concert. The line “God and sinners reconciled” was a tricky one for this age group.

One little boy, with a voice that completely drowned out the rest of the choir, happily belted out, “God and sinners dressed in style!” —Jessie Robertson, Williams Lake, B.C.