Announcements: November 21, 2010

1. Any prayer requests for the day, any joys or concerns you might have for yourself, someone you care about, this community, or the
world will be raised up to God as our ‘prayers of the people’. Please write your requests for prayers on the board in the narthex indicating first names only for individuals.

2. This Week:

➢Youth meets Nov. 22 in the basement of the church from 7:00-8:30. Grades 6 and up are welcome. We play table tennis, shuffleboard, TV games, eat snacks and have lively discussions.
➢Youth are leading the service at the Pioneer Lodge on Nov. 28 at 1:30 pm.
➢Monday, Nov 22 & Tuesday, Nov 23 an extra Clean Up of the Church before Christmas decorating – come morning, afternoon or evening – bring you cloths, pails, gloves etc.
For more info contact Betty Ann Davidson 875-5036.
➢Finance Committee meet at 5:00 p.m. Monday, Nov 23 in the Meeting Room.
➢Central Board meet at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 24th in the Meeting Room.
➢November 24th, 9:00 a.m. Worship Committee are decorating the church for Christmas please come and help

3. MUSIC at Grace

Celebration Ringers …………….Monday 1:30 p.m.
Grace Ringers …………………..Monday 7:30 p.m.
Grace Choir …………………….Thursday 7:30 p.m.
The Pic Ups ……………….December 19:15 a.m.
If you would like to take part in the music program, come at the given times or if you would like more information call Gladys Jack @ 780 875-4535.
Kidz Choir- Sunday, following worship.
Come and join us. Please call Margo Hines (875-3586) if you would like more information.

4. A note from the Sunday School Teachers
During their Sunday school classes on Nov. 14th (and possibly Nov. 28th) the Sunday school children will be making Christmas crafts. They will be able to make one to sell and one to take home if they wish. We will have three craft stations set up on the Kindergarten - Grade 3 Sunday school level. These crafts will be sold on Dec. 5 and 12th after church with the proceeds going to Marta our sponsored child from Guatemala.

5. We will be decorating for Christmas on the 24th of November at 9:00 a.m., If anyone would care to buy an angel for the Christmas Tree in the Narthex, please feel free to do so and put it on the tree. Anyone wishing to help decorate, we would love to see you there.

6. FOOD PANTRY

Thanks to our very generous church family, the donations to our Food Pantry have been terrific. This week the items most needed are Cold Cereal, Hot Cereal, Tinned Fruit & Skim milk powder.

7. Poinsettia Project
The Friendship and Visitation Committee are pleased to again carry out the Christmas Poinsettia project. The church will be alive with poinsettias on December 12, and on Monday, December 13, volunteers will deliver the beautiful plants to newly bereaved and shut-ins. These plants bring Christmas cheer to many recipients. Anyone wishing to make a cash donation toward this project may do so at the office. Thank you for your support.

8. Thank you!
A big thank you to Lawrence and Betty Ann Davidson for donating the shuffleboard for the youth, it is currently downstairs in the "youth" room. Also many thanks to our youth leaders, Jim Nichols for the donation of his table tennis and Joyce Dickson for the big TV to add to the collection of toys for our church young people (and young at heart). All these items are very much appreciated by the youth and the youth leaders of Grace United Church.

9. If you have a family member or know of someone who is ill in hospital or at home, please call the office and let us know. We do not have access to this information unless you tell us. (We have no access to the forms you fill out at the hospital.)

10. Announcements need to be in by noon on Thursday if you would like them in the bulletin for Sunday.

11. TRANSTITION TEAM TIDBITS:

At the time our congregation made the decision to work with St. Paul Presbytery to seek an Interim Minister for Grace United, we were optimistic that a suitable minister could be appointed in a timely manner.
However, after several months of diligent effort and numerous phone calls by the Transition Support Team, that Team has concluded that the ministry requirements of Grace United may not be met via the Interim Ministry process.
The Transition team and Central Board chair Morris Smith participated in an informal meeting with Rev. Paul DuVal in which they shared with Rev. DuVal our disappointment that the process has not been fruitful to this point. We then spent considerable time discussing what other avenues might be explored.
The Transition Support Team has made a request to St. Paul Presbytery this week to support our congregation's wish to engage in a more flexible search for a minister. While not precluding the possibility that a two-year Interim Minister may still be "found", we feel we need the flexibility to consider all other options including but not necessarily restricted to an Interim Minister for a term of less than two years; a temporary appointment; or the "call" of full time minister.
Members of the transition Team are Darrel Howell(chair), Shirley Aston, Brenda Ellison, Bill Luchynski, Marilyn Young, Greg Weaver and Presbytery reps - Judy Frey and Lois Greenlay Burwash.

12. Some members of our congregation are allergic to scented products so please consider this when dressing for church.

13. Christmas at Grace United Church
Nov 28: Advent I – Hope
10:30 a.m. worship – Ted Haas worship leader
Dec 5: Advent II - Peace
10:30 a.m. worship – Ted Haas worship leader
7:00 p.m. Wassail Party
(popcorn, hot apple cider, carols
& Kids performing)
Dec 12: Advent III – Joy
10:15 a.m. Kidz choir presenting The Musical -
“Guess Who’s Coming to Bethlehem”
10:30 a.m. worship – Ted Haas worship leader
7:30 p.m. ‘The Music of Christmas’
(see poster for details)
Dec 19: Advent IV – Love
10:15 a.m. Carols with the Pic Ups
10:30 a.m. worship – Ted Haas worship leader
Dec 24: Christmas Services
6:30 p.m. prepared by the Christian Development Committee
8:30 p.m. Pat Ribey leader
Dec 26: no service

Blessings for a hopeful, peaceful, joyous andlove filled Christmas with family and friends!

13. Wassail Party
Sunday, December 5th at
7:00 p.m.
Grace United Upper Hall
Kids Performing Carol Singing
Apple Cider Popcorn
Come & join the party!