a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

The Flowers Today are in loving memory of Sally’s husband, Fred.

The Banners above the stairs in the main entrance of the building, and on the wall in the narthex as you come down the stairs to the sanctuary, are gifts from the former congregation of Oxford United Church–a congregation that was known for its beautiful quilted banners. Bob Haverluck served the Oxford congregation some years ago. We are grateful for this generous gift. A note of thanks has been sent to Verna Young, one of the Oxford quilters, who offered these quilts to Bob for Immanuel’s use.

Messages from the Pre-Advent Dinner: At this year`s Pre-Advent Dinner, table groups prepared messages for the Immanuel congregation based on each of the Advent sub-themes (Mystery, Longing, Promise, Anticipation). Each Sunday, the messages corresponding to the day`s theme are brought forward during the offering time. After worship, they are placed on the blue ribbons on the back wall of the sanctuary. You are invited to spend some time after worship reading the messages.

2012 Church Calendars are now available. There are only 2 left. They are $6.00 each and can be purchased in the AMEN corner after Worship from Pat Schulz or contact Sharon in the office.

Potluck Decorations If you would like to donate a Christmas ornament(s) that are non breakable for our tree outside you are most welcome to hang them on the tree or leave them in the AMEN corner to be hung. Due to the fact that they are outside they will not be returned, we will save again for next year. Thanks.

Christmas Flowers If you would like to contribute to Christmas flowers, please see Sharon Barbour or call her at 668-4571.

Observer Subscription Renewals If you would like to renew or start a new subscription, please call Sharon in the office or if paying by cheque, please make it payable to Immanuel United Church and mark “Observer” on your offering envelope. Deadline is Tuesday, December 20th. Note: The cost is $20.00 per subscription.

Write for Rights: Our letter-writing last year led to a successful outcome in more than half the cases featured! This year is Amnesty International’s 50thanniversary, so we expect that this will lead to the most successful Write for Rights ever! Immanuel United Church is signed up again this year, so please join us to write a letter on the day after Human Rights Day – Dec 11th – it’s a simple act that can save a life!

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) The Pastoral Care committee has recruited a Certified Instructor to teach this course here at Immanuel on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 from 9am to about 4pm. The course will include: certification, adult and child C.P.R. and choking, instruction on deliberators and a take home manual. There is no age limit for participation, a maximum of 20 people per class, a charge of $63.00 per participant. If this date works for you, please sign up on a new list in the Amen corner or leave your name at the church office. If you have any questions please call Muriel at 663-2504.

1Hope Winnipeg(Five communities, one hope) 1Hope Winnipeg is a group of non-profit organizations working together towards a brighter future by connecting with, supporting and empowering some of the most disenfranchised people in our city. The five outreach ministries are North End Stella, Oak Table, Rainbow Ministry, St. Matthew’s-Maryland and West Broadway. Please visit their website www.1hopewinnipeg.com for more information or call 954-2904. There are also brochures in the AMEN corner.

Tax Receipts will be run and mailed in January. Please check for accuracy and advise Arlene Gendre (661-4536) or Sharen Jost

(654-2670) of any discrepancies.

Flower Policy Anyone wishing to place flowers in the church, please sign Flower Calendar for a date of your choice. You are then invited to bring your own flowers. I am available to help with choices regarding colors or flowers. Either contact me or the church office to place an announcement in the church bulletin. Sharon Barbour 668-4571.

All 2011 donations must be received by December 31st. We are unable to backdate any givings received in January.

THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday, Dec 11th

2:00 – 6:00 pm Church Jehovah Nissi
Monday, Dec 12th

8am to Noon Winnipeg Harvest
8:00-9:00 pm Church Jehovah Nissi
Tuesday, Dec 13th

9:30 am Study Group
Wednesday, Dec 14th

8:00 pm AA Group
Thursday, Dec 15th

9:30 am Study Group
7:00 pm Choir Practice
8:00 pm Bettor’s Anonymous
Friday, Dec 16th

8:00 pm Al-Anon & Alateen Group
8:00 – 10:00 pm Church Jehovah Nissi
Saturday, Dec 17th

3:00-5:00 pm Church Jehovah Nissi

I will be in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Have a great week everyone! Sharon Vandenberg, Office Administrator

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