December 8, 2019

Usher Captain for December: Emma Noel and Louise Drover

Ushers today: Ruby King and Sandra Hatcher


A late donation has been received for the Hymn Sing in loving memory of Parents, Ethel & Jack Butt … from son Gary & family.

The laminate sheets are given in thanksgiving for all musicians who have served Bethany United Church … from Bethany organist.

Rev. Simba is pleased to respond to invitations for pastoral visits. He is only a phone call away. Office 596-6754, the Manse 596-6137, by cell at 1-709-674-1169 or by email at Rev. Simba will be off this week on Wednesday and Saturday.

Any individuals and families who want to participate/sing during our Christmas Eve Service are asked to please call the church office at 596-6754 or Rev. Simba.

Deadline for Christmas Eve Memorials is Thursday, December 19th.

The church office will be open tomorrow, December 9th and closed on Tuesday, December 10th for this week only, due to a medical appointment out of town.

We are looking for someone to serve on and be Chair of the Property Committee and also looking for someone to be Chair of the Board of Trustees. Please contact either Danny Button at 596-2180 / 589-7200 or Milton Peach at 596-5872 / 693-4815, or call the office at 596-6754.

Bible Study is held on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Everyone welcome. Bible Study will resume in the New Year on January 14th.

Exercise Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30am. All are welcome. Classes will resume in the New Year.

On December 8th, 2019, the 15th annual vigil to remember those who died by suicide and to support survivors of suicide loss will take place at St. Mark’s Church, 203 Logy Bay Road in St. John’s at 7:30 pm.

Any young person interested in joining a Youth Band please contact Michael at 595-3070.

Songbirds practice on Tuesdays at 6:30pm.; Harmonie will practice on Thursdays at 1:00pm and the Senior Choir Practice is Thursdays at 1:30pm.

Volunteers are needed each Sunday to prepare a lunch for our Coffee & Conversation. They can be members of the congregation, the choir, or any church committee. A sign-up sheet by date is in the church foyer. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Due to changes in our congregational membership due to recent deaths, those moving away, those no longer attending church and those unable to attend any longer, we had to re-align the envelope numbers to meet these changes, and some congregational members had to have their number changed. When picking up your church envelopes, if you have been assigned a new number, this number must be used beginning January, 2020, to coincide with our computer system in January. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

The Outreach Committee would like to thank everyone who donated to St. Vincent De Paul for White Gift, their hampers will be distributed on Dec 21 but the need is there everyday. We are having a winter clothing drive for adults and children , if you have any gently use items such as coats, boots, hats, scarfs or mittens please drop them off at Bethany a space will be provided downstairs. St Vincent De Paul will distribute these items free of charge. Please remember to bring along any Turkey Bucks on or before Dec. 15th.

Recognizing that Christmas is not a Season of Joy for everyone, you are invited to an Ecumenical Service of Christmas Hope at St. James Anglican Church in Carbonear on Wednesday, Dec. 18th at 7pm. Fellowship & refreshments will follow. A donation of food items for the local food bank would be appreciated.

The United Church Book Store is seeking volunteers to help with inventory on December 16th to 20th. If you have any time to help, please call Leona at s 1-800-268-3781, Ext. 6141.

Michael is looking for volunteers for the Lessons and Carol Service on December 29th as readers and anyone interested in leading the singing of some carols or Christmas music. Deadline is Friday, December 13th. Please call Michael at 595-2621 or 595-3070.

Notice to all Counters … the 2020 Counter schedule is printed and on the table in the vestibule for pick up.