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

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

GENERAL NOTICES

FLEA MARKET 

THANK YOU – We would like to thank everyone who helped, setup, sell and clean up our Spring Flea Market.  It was a great success and we raised $4,200.00.  Everyone can start saving for our next one in the Fall.  Our motto is “we want what you don’t want”.  It is wonderful when a group of people come together to do God’s work

 

FLOWER SERVICES

 

Long Pond................Tuesday July 4 at 7:00pm

Topsail Church.........Tuesday July 11 at 7:00pm

Upper Gullies...........Tuesday July 25 at 7:00pm

Weather Permitting.

OUR CHOIRS WILL BREAK FOR THE SUMMER Thank you to the choir for your leadership and ministry during this past year?  Have a safe summer!

FATHER'DAY. Father's Day In-Memoriams can be viewed HERE. Thanks to all.

BURRY HEIGHTS DAY IS SATURDAY, SEPT. 16, 2017.  Come and invite family and friends to experience the “Spirit” – our youth call it Magic of Burry Heights.  Enjoy a safe wonder-filled summer, Burry Heights Board of Directors.  burryheights@hotmail.com 229-7883

RECYCLING FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL & YOUTH PROGRAMS Support our children & youth by donating your recycling at the Chamberlains depot.  Mark your bags Topsail United Sunday School and drop them off.  No need to wait, we have an account there. 

CHORAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM:  Topsail United Church is currently seeking up to four section leaders for the Mixed Choir.  Auditions taking place in February, and the program begins in March.  No age restrictions.  Successful candidates will have strong sight reading skills and must attend the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Thursday night rehearsals of each month and the 1st and 4th Sunday services of each month.  Scholars receive $1,000 payable in two instalments ($500 per term).  Contact andrew@nlchoral.ca to schedule an interview.

 

Auction Donations: - After our first successful online auction last fall we have decided to plan another, and it's never too early for donations! If you have any extra/unused  gifts hanging around, or items you wish to re-gift, the Church Office will gladly accept your donations for this fall's event.  All items donated must be new.  Thank you.

 

CHURCH ACTIVITY PHOTOS: The photographs on the web site are badly outdated and I would like to update them with more recent ones. If you have any photos of recent activities (Christmas Services, concerts, dinners etc.) please email copies to Webmaster or drop them off at the Church office. Thank You.

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

 

TUC EMAIL LIST: Please read this page if you wish to be added to the Topsail United's Email List.

 

OTHER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS: Please ensure you read all the announcements under the Other Church Announcements tab.

 

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

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

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA HAS LAUNCHED AN EXTREME HUNGER APPEAL as the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen reaches grave levels.  You may donate to this cause by calling 800-268-3781 ext. 2738 or you may use one of your church envelopes and write “Emergency Response – Extreme Hunger Appeal on it.  For more information go to http://www.united-church.ca/hunger_appeal

THE UNITED CHURCH OBSERVER: 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 "Observer" 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 or Pat Jones after service.

 

CBS/PARADISE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK:  Food supplies are depleted and some of the shelves are bare.  Over the past two years there has been a steady increase in new clients coming to our Food Bank.  Close to 170 hampers were given out last month with 18 of those being to families coming for the first time.  Rental and salaries amount to $4,000 per month and our savings are dwindling rapidly.  Christmas is around the corner!  Please help out in any way you can with food or money.  Items in short supply are:

  • Cake mix,

  • Chef-boy-ardee, 

  • Sidekicks(noodles & rice

  • Tin pastas(spaghetti, zoodles..),

  • Rice,

  • Mr. Noodles,

  • spaghetti sauce.

  • Canned Milk

  • Kraft Dinners

  • Tin Fruit

  • Sugar

  • Tea bags

Thank you” to all those of you who have supported the Food Bank with donations of food and money in the past. Your continuing support is needed and appreciated.

 

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

 

 

PRE-AUTHORIZED REMITTANCE (PAR): Currently we have 121 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.

2017 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.    Please see Pat Jones.

WEEKLY BULLETIN DEDICATIONS: If you would like to dedicate a bulletin in 2017 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.

 

GIFTS WITH VISION: A GIVING CATALOGUE FROM THE UNITED CHURCH The United Church is providing a catalogue in response to people’s requests to be able to give gifts to family, friends, and loved ones that are in direct support of the church’s Mission and Service partners across Canada and around the world.

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.  Catalogues are available in the vestibule.

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.

SCENT FREE ENVIRONMENT: Please be advised that our Church building is a scent free environment and we ask when attending service or any functions here at the Church please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, strong scented body washes etc.  Thank you.

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