Announcements: December 12, 2010

1. A big, big, thank you to Margo and the KIDZ Choir for sharing their gift of music with us this morning!

2. 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.

3. TODAY: Sunday school crafts for sale following the service today with the proceeds going to Marta our sponsored child from Guatemala.

4. This Week:
➢The Pic Ups …………….December 19 at 9:15 a.m.
➢Allen Darby & Whittier Eggen Christmas party at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 13th in the Upper Hall

5. 2011 United Church Calendars are here - $5.00 Available following church service or from the office.

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

7. Energy or Touch Healing

Energy or Touch Healing is a multi-faceted spiritual energy that can be used to help us with meditation practices, spiritual growth, healing relationships, pain control, stress management and manifestation of goals while working with the 4 bodies: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Loretta is willing to apply and share her knowledge and skills with those brave enough to give it a try.
Loretta will be in on Monday in the Meeting Room. If anyone would like to make an appointment to see Loretta call her at 306-387-6601, or 780-808-1700.
She will be in from 1:00-3:00. (she will extend her hours, earlier or later, if there is interest)

8. FOOD PANTRY
Thanks to our very generous church family, the donations to our Food Pantry have been terrific. This week the items
most needed for the Food Pantry: hot cereal, tinned ham, tetra pak juice, cookies, chocolates, boxes of oranges, and peanut butter.

9. 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.

10. 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.)

11. TRANSTITION TEAM TIDBITS:
The Transition team is pleased to announce that Grace United Church has an early Christmas Gift!!
On Monday December 6th the Transition Team and members of various church committees met with Rev.Tom Sawyer to discuss the position of Interim Ministry at Grace United Church.
On Wednesday December 8th The St. Paul Presbytery Executive met by conference call and approved the appointment of Rev. Tom Sawyer as a half-time retired supply minister for the period from January 1, 2011 until June 30, 2011. It is the intention at this time to request renewal of this appontment for a further year.
Further details to follow.
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

Dec 12: Advent III – Joy
10:30 a.m. worship – Ted Haas worship leader
7:30 p.m. ‘The Music of Christmas’
(Grace Choir, Bell Choirs, Kidz Choir,
Lloydminster Community Band and more)

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 worship leader

Dec 26: no service

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

Worship leader today – Ted Haas
Rev. Lyn Lamers – on medical leave
Pianist: Lois Sonnega
Organist: Linda Anderson
Music Director: Gladys Jack
Office Manager: Mary Laursen
Envelope Secretary: Diane Davies
Church Office: 780-875-8959; fax: 780-875-5850
email:graceu@telusplanet.net
web site: www. graceunitedchurch.ca
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Office hours: 9 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4:30 p.m.