TOPSAIL UNITED CHURCH
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UPCOMING EVENTS 

GENERAL NOTICES

TOPSAIL UNITED CHURCH OUTREACH CHRISTMAS SOCIAL will be held this Sunday, Dec. 1st, 6:30 p.m. at the S.U.F. Hall.  There will be a chicken dinner as well as entertainment and prizes.  Tickets are $22.00 and can be purchased by calling Jacqui at the office at 834-4567.  All proceeds go to Emanuel House

 

The Men's Club Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday Dec. 7 from 8 until 11 A.M.  Usual Great Menu.  Adults $ 8, Children $ 4.  Face painting and colouring for the children, as well as pictures with Santa.  All are welcome.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE MEMORIAMS: The deadline for Memoriams for the Christmas Eve service bulletin is Tuesday, Dec. 17th.  Please have them into the church office before this date.

 

 

 

FOOD BANK CHRISTMAS HAMPER DONATIONS

This year the CBS/Paradise Food Bank will distribute over 400 hampers in the form of Gift Cards for food for Christmas.  A hamper for 1 person $50, 2-3 people $75, 4+ people $100. If you are unable to donate a full hamper any donation is gratefully appreciated.   The Food Bank is not able to give a Turkey to every family this year, but if you wish to donate a Turkey it should be delivered to the Food Bank before December 16th and it will be given to one of the larger families.  Distribution of the Hamper Gift Cards will be December 16th to the 19th by 9am-2pm at the Food Bank.  Last day at the Food Bank is December 20th and it will reopen on January 6th.  Special envelopes are available in church or you can use your regular envelope, just indicate the amount is for “Food Bank Christmas”. All Donations will be credited to your name or envelope number.  To request a Christmas Hamper in the CBS/Paradise area, please contact the CBS/Paradise Food Bank at 834-2800 by December 6th

HARVEST FESTIVAL:  Our Annual Harvest Festival is now over. A message of thanks will be posted here shortly together with information on how well everyone did.

 

The MusicBox Presents “Christmas at Broken Rock Dec. 4 @ 7:00.  A night of songs and stories featuring members of Baccalieu and friends.  This theater styled production is a fundraiser for the work of Topsail United Church.  Admission is $10.00 adult and children $5.00.  Tickets are available at the Church office at 834-4567 or The Musicbox at 744-208

 

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT TUC will host a Christmas concert featuring Gordon Cormier and Dave Pike entitled “A Classic Country Christmas Concert” on Dec. 7th @ 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and are available at the office or phone 834-4567 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Please remember to read the Other Church and Community Announcements for information on other events and activities you may be interested in. Also read the Week's Activities page for information on events taking place in the church in the upcoming week.

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PLEASE NOTE: Announcements on this page are those concerning Topsail United Church only. For information about what is happening at other churches, please go to Other Church Announcements and for information about activities in the Community, go to Community Announcements Copies of Annual Reports and Newsletters can be found HERE.

CHURCH GROUPS:  For more information on the different groups and when they meet, CLICK HERE

DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT? If you play an instrument and have a few hours free a month Rev. Wayne is doing services at Admiral’s Coast on the third Tuesday of each month, Heritage Square on the third Thursday and Meadow Creek on the fourth Thursday.  Each service lasts about a half hour.  He would love if he could have some musical accompaniment with his services.  Please call Jacqui at the office or Rev. Wayne at 282-8827.

SCENT FREE ENVIRONMENT: Topsail United Church expects that staff and people attending functions at the church refrain from using personal products containing fragrances which are known to trigger adverse physical reactions such as respiratory distress and/or headaches. This includes, but not limited to, cosmetics, hair styling products, antiperspirants, deodorants, cologne, hair spray, perfume, after shave, and body wash.

PRE-AUTHORIZED REMITTANCE (PAR): Currently we have 131 families on PAR. If you would like to have your offerings automatically deducted from your bank or visa/MasterCard monthly, please pick up a “sign-up form” from the vestibule or contact the church office @ 834-4567 for more information.

CBS/PARADISE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK:

 

Please check us out on https://www.facebook.com/CBSParadiseFoodBank/

CBS/PARADISE Community Food Bank

November 2019

Stories that Matter

Of all the places I’ve worked I never imagined to work at a food bank, but God had a plan for me. I have met many amazing people over the years. This is job that makes you thankful every day in knowing that in some way you made a difference in someone’s life.

In September 2005 I started my temporary job as coordinator until they found a permanent replacement. Well it is 14 years later and what a journey it is. Over the years I have met all sorts of individuals, families and their children. To say that I’ve grown with these people is an understatement. To this day it amazes me how people can react to tragedy of a loved one or the joy of a birthday. Over the years the food bank has increased its need so much it’s overwhelming. In the last few years the food bank has gone from serving 130 families a month to over 300. It’s a struggle to keep food on our shelves. But in the midst of trying to keep our families fed, come the most amazing people to the rescue.

A few weeks ago I got a visit from a 6 year old little girl and her grandmother. The little girl’s pop passed away and at the funeral home his little granddaughter asked those who visited her pop for a donation so she could give it to the food bank. In doing so her grandmother went to Sobeys to purchase the food and when speaking to the manager they matched it dollar for dollar. What a blessing they were!

Fay Dawe, Food Bank Coordinator

Most Needed This Month

Cans of sandwich meats: chicken, ham, & turkey.

Christmas Hamper Donations

This year the CBS/Paradise Food Bank will distribute over 400 food hampers for Christmas. A hamper for 1 person $50, 2-3 people $75, 4-up $100. If you are unable to donate a full hamper any donation is appreciated. Thank you. To request a Christmas Hamper in the CBS/Paradise area please contact the CBS/Paradise Food Bank at 834-2800 by December 6th. Distribution is

December 16th to the 19th from 9am-2pm Last day at

 

Highlighted below are the items the Food Bank is currently urgently needing.

1. 3 Pack Powdered Juice
2. Tinned Fruit
3. Sidekicks/pre packaged noodles and rice
4. Mr Noodles
5. Tinned Noodles
6. Condiments (Any and everything)
7. Cookies & Crackers
8. 1L Juice (Apple/Orange Preferred)
9. Cake Mix
10. Jello
11. Chef Boyardee
12. Tinned Tomatoes
13. Rice (Any type, any size)
14. Meatballs and Gravy

15. Tinned Meat (ham, chicken & turkey

16. Tinned Vegetables

17.  Tinned Pasta (Zoodles)

18. Tea Bags

19. Sugar

20. Jam

21. Peanut Butter

22. Cheese Whiz

23. Cereal

24. Tinned Stew

Any and all donations are welcome, but the above is a list of things we are usually short  at the food bank, and some deals around the towns as part of #FlyerFriday

 

Thank you” to all those of you who have supported the Food Bank with donations of food and money in the past.

 

The Food Bank is located at 81 CBS Highway, Manuels. Phone: 834-2800

 

 

 

WEEKLY BULLETIN DEDICATIONS: If you would like to dedicate a bulletin in 2019 in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special event; please fill your name & phone number on the Bulletin Dedication Poster located in the vestibule or call the church office @ 834-4567.

THE UNITED CHURCH BROADVIEW The magazine connects you to congregations across the country and informs you of United Church news locally, nationally and around the world.  FOR ONLY $25 a year (May to May) you receive 11 issues full of wonderful articles about our church and current topics.  To renew or take out a subscription, please put $25 in an envelope marked "Broadview" and your name and place it in the Offering plate.  To find out more and receive a sample of the magazine, please see Gillian Corbett after service.

In May 2019, The Observer changed its name to Broadview and amongst other changes, there was an increase in the number of pages.

RECYCLING FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL & YOUTHIf you would like to donate your recycling containers, you may do so by putting a sticker on them labelled “Topsail United Church Sunday School”.  Please feel free to take some labels from the vestibule

USHERS: Looking for ushers, for Sunday services . Please consider contributing to our church family in this way . We are looking for both female and male ushers . Age is not a factor , all are welcome . If you can help out here , please contact the office or Doreen Cave @ 834 5464

2019 MISSION & SERVICE GOLD BANKS:  Our church family here at Topsail United are great supporters of the Mission & Service fund.  Many of us mark our envelopes each time we give to the Church with an amount for M&S. Our members on PAR can have an amount dedicated each month. We also offer an opportunity to contribute by collecting your loose change in our Gold Cans provided by Outreach.    Gold Banks are available in the vestibule to collect coins for the Mission & Service Fund.  Please return banks to the church when they are filled and add your name to the bank so you will be credited for the amount received. 

 

GIFTS WITH VISION: A GIVING CATALOGUE FROM THE UNITED CHURCH:

Gifts of Vision is your opportunity to change someone’s life while honouring family and friends in any life occasion or season.  Your gifts can transform people’s lives through our Mission and Service partners around the world.  Catalogues are available in the vestibule.

Everyone will find something to share with the special people in their lives. Gifts are available in a range of dollar amounts, as well as for many areas of need: hunger, shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more.

 A gift from the catalogue is a celebration of faith, the United Church, and the special events that give our lives meaning. We hope the options offered will allow all of us to help change the world through our gift-giving. 

IN MEMORIAM CARDS EAST DISTRICT CHAPLANCY: East District Executive has given permission for the use of these cards within our Pastoral Charges as a fundraiser for our Chaplaincy ministry.  Expressing condolences through memorial gifts has become a very meaningful way of remembering departed loved ones and friends.  Most obituaries these days either name a charity or give the option of donating to the charity of one's choice.  This practice provides a double benefit.  It gives friends a meaningful way of remembering and helps charitable organizations fulfill their mission in challenging times.  The New are available in the vestibule.

HEARING IMPAIRED: The Board of Topsail United Church wishes to advise members of the congregation that consideration will be given to purchasing for hearing impaired members portable hearing aids for their use during church service at Topsail United Church.  Any hearing impaired member of the Congregation wishing to avail of this potential  service please advise the Church Office or any member of the Board."

MORE CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS... See General Church Information for more information about  activities at Topsail United Church.

THE BOARD CARES ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK! If you have a question or comment about an aspect of the operation of the Church that the Board is responsible, do not hesitate to speak to a Board member or to contact the Chair of the Board, by leaving a message at the Church Office 834-4567

SEVERE ALLERGIES: there are persons in our congregation who have a severe allergy to Lilies. Please consider another type of flower if you wish to place flowers in the Church.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NICKELS: The penny is being phased out of Canadian currency. As a result, our Sunday School children will be collecting nickels from the congregation to donate to the 'Nickel Bucket.' There is a bucket available in the vestibule and also one in the Sunday School! Each year, monies collected from the Buckets are donated to a variety of global social justice initiatives.

PARENTS WITH CHILDRENThere is a nursery corner for toddlers available downstairs in the Church Hall during our worship service. The nursery corner features a rocking chair, toy box, and children's furniture. A washroom with a change table is available in the Church Hall. The Conference Room is also available if a private nursing area is required. The Conference Room can be accessed through the side doors at the front of the sanctuary.  There is a washroom located within the Conference Room.  Our children's program, Godly Play, is available most Sundays and is primarily designed for children ages 4 - 11. The Godly Play room is adjacent to the Church Hall and is supervised by two adults, the storyteller and the door person. 

FOOD ALLERGIES: During our Sunday morning children’s ministry, Godly Play, we often share a small meal, “the feast”, consisting of fruit juice, water, cookies, and/or fruit. Please notify our Godly Play leaders if your child has any food allergies or special requirements.

 

LARGE PRINT BULLETINS: We have available in the front Vestibule some large print bulletins for anyone who may need one, just ask the ushers

 

OVERFLOW PARKING: The S.U.F. have kindly offered the use of their parking to us for Sunday mornings when our own car park is full.

 

CHURCH ACTIVITIES & GROUPS:   You will find on the various pages of this web site information about the activities for all the Church Groups. Plan to become an active member of your church. Information on most programs can be found by Clicking Here