TOPSAIL UNITED CHURCH
"The Church By the Side of the Road"

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

GENERAL NOTICES

MINISTER SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

To all our friends and family at Topsail United Church, please see the message below from our Search Committee. Thank you to all who voted and expressed feedback regarding our minister selection!

The Search and Selection Committee made a recommendation to the Official Board on August 25 and a motion was made to ACCEPT the recommendation that REV. KATHY BRETT become the Minister of Word, Sacraments and Pastoral Care of Topsail United Church effective November 25, 2020 or sooner.

Please spread the word and welcome Rev. Kathy to Topsail United Church.

Thank you and God Bless

 

A synopsis of the S&SC’s process and related activities as well as an outline of the key attributes observed for the selected new minister can be found by clicking HERE.

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL ON-LINE AUCTION

Due to Covid-19, the On-Line Auction will be the only fund raising event undertaken for this year's Harvest Festival. We hope that everyone will support the auction in a big way and provide your church with the financial support it needs.

The auction starts on October 12, 2020 and full details can be found here: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/TUC-14715. When bidding opens please bid big and often!!

 

CHURCH OFFICE

Please join with us in welcoming  Elizabeth Joy who has joined us in the position of Office Manager. Elizabeth can be reached at the Church Office from 8:00am to 1:00pm Monday to Friday.

Thanks to Beth for filling the Office Manager position while a search was conducted to fill the position permanently.

We are pleased to announce that Heather Cronhelm will be providing worship and pastoral care for an extended period of time.

ON-LINE SERVICES

Our thanks to all  who have participated in our on-line services and special thanks to Brett for all his work in filming and producing the services.

COVID-19 UPDATE The Official Board of Topsail United Church held a conference call meeting on March 29 at which the decisions shown below were extended until April 30 at the earliest.

A letter from Brad Cole, Chairman of the Board detailing the continuing church closure can be found HERE

Until further notice the following will be in effect;

  1. No church service in the church
  2. All activities in the Church or Church Hall during the next two weeks will be cancelled which includes Tai Chi, Girl Guides, etc.
  3. No choir practices.
  4. No social gatherings for Youth Groups and Coffee Group.
  5. No Men’s Club meetings.
  6. Music concerts cancelled within this time frame.

Please note the office will remain open during this period from Tuesday to Thursday from 8:00am to Noon (12:00pm).  Anyone needing special Pastoral Care can contact the office. Also, and very important to note, the 2019 Board will remain intact during this period and until things are back to normal. We want to send a clear message to the congregation that we are sticking together as a group and will see TUC through this unfortunate event.

The Annual General Meeting will be rescheduled for a later date, yet to be determined.

Thank you and God Bless.

 

2019 ANNUAL CHURCH REPORT: A copy of the Topsail United 2019 Annual Report can be read HERE

 

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

CBS - PARADISE FOOD BANK

 

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

 

The need for donations of food or cash has greatly increased due the impact of the Covid-19 virus. Please consider making a special donation of food or cash to the Food Bank during these troubled times. You can drop your gift off at the Food Bank Tue-Fri between 9:00am and 2:00pm Thank You

 

*BIG NEWS*

We can now receive donations online, and issue tax receipts virtually.


Please visit our CanadaHelps page for more details and to donate. 

 

 

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

25.  Kraft Dinner

26.  Soup

 

 

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 response to our Christmas Hamper Appeal and in the past.

 

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

 

 

BROADVIEW MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Broadview is a Canadian magazine focused on national and international issues of spirituality, social justice, and ethical living, as well as United Church of Canada news and perspectives. Formerly the United Church Observer, the magazine was rebranded as Broadview in April 2019. Subscriptions $25.00 per year. To renew, sign up or have a sample copy, please see Gillian in church or call Jacqui at the office 834 4567.

COMMUNITY OF FAITH PROFILE: Topsail United Church has revised their Community of Faith Profile. To see a copy of the revised Community Profile please click HERE

MISSION & SERVICE GOLD BANKS.  Many thanks to those people who faithfully support the United Church Mission & Service Fund through their envelopes and PAR donations.  We also provide “Gold Banks” for your loose coins and the total for 2019 in these banks amounted to an extra $298.85 for the M&S fund.  Thank you.  There are some “Gold Banks” in the vestibule and more will be made available. Please take one, put your name on it and bring it back to the church when it is full.  The amount will be credited to your tax receipt.  

BULLETIN DEDICATIONS may be made" in Memory of" or "in Celebration & Thanksgiving for".  You may call the Church office (834-4567) to provide the wording for your dedication or we will call you prior to the date of the dedication for the details.  If we cannot reach you the wording will read " In Memory of Loved Ones, by ...."

PAR (PRE-AUTHORIZED REMITTANCE) is a convenient way to provide consistent, year-round financial support for our Church.  If you would like to contribute through PAR, please contact the office.

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.

 

 

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.

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

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