a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

Follow-Up to the 2014 Annual Meeting: At the congregational Annual Meeting in May, it was agreed that there would be a follow-up meeting in the fall, for the purpose of evaluating the new governance structure. A meeting for this purpose, and to provide a brief update on the feasibility study on the land adjacent to the building, will be held on Sunday, November 16th following worship. A light lunch will be provided, and the meeting will come to a close within an hour-and-a-half of its start. Please plan to stay for this meeting if you are able.

2015 Church Calendars are now available. They are $6.00 each. Please call the office or see Pat Schulz after Worship.

Golspie Club meets this Thursday, November 13th at 1pm. All seniors are welcome.

From the Finance Team Statements of Your Givings are available anytime upon request from Pat, Debbie or Connie. Tax statements will be issued in the new year.

November Newsletter submissions are due by Tuesday, November 18th. Please give to Sharon in the office or email to iuchurch .

Retirees Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 18th from Noon to 2pm. Watch for more details. A sign up sheet is in the AMEN corner. Hope you can come!

Pre-Advent Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 29th from 5-7pm. This is a potluck dinner with informal worship and a consideration of our Advent theme, which this year is “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning.” All are most welcome. Please see the sign up sheet in the AMEN corner. Help is needed for clean-up, so if you can stay afterwards, it would be appreciated!

“Just” Christmas November 30th, 1:30-3:30pm at IMMANUEL is an opportunity to shop differently at Christmas. A wide variety of gifts will be for sale with the proceeds going to local and global projects. As hosts, the Committee made up of the 6 United Churches in our area – need your help. Cookies, donations for supplies, set up Saturday and Sunday, clean up on Sunday. See sign up sheet in the AMEN corner.

St. Matthews Maryland Ministry asks our help in providing the following items to serve their community: non-perishable food (meat, fish, beans, pastas, baby food, etc.) hygiene, feminine and baby products. If you could bring any of these items next Sunday and they will be taken to them. We will be asking for donations for the third Sunday of each month.

1Hope Winnipeg Gifts of Hope Catalogue

This holiday season, please consider giving a gift of hope through the 1Hope Winnipeg Gifts of Hope Catalogue. Choose to support specific items as advertised in the catalogue or, if you can’t decide, you may make a donation to 1Hope Winnipeg on behalf of a loved one or just because you share the hopes for a more inclusive, more just, more fun and more caring Winnipeg! Income tax receipts will be issued for all purchases from this catalogue.
For more information about 1Hope Winnipeg, please visit www.1hopewinnipeg.com

There are catalogues in the AMEN corner.

It’s that time of year again…Fred Douglas Lodge and Fred Douglas Heritage House, our United Church personal care home and supportive housing facilities, are calling for handmade lap throws, blankets and shawls that can be presented to residents and tenants at Christmas. It’s a very tangible way of widening our circle of care. If you are able to contribute to this outreach project, please contact Paul Peters Derry, Coordinator Spiritual Care @ 204-586-8541 ext. 135 or email ppderry .

Westminster Concert Organ Series, Westminster at Maryland presents Raul Ramirez, concert organist

from Spain and the USA performing on the four manual Casavant pipe organ on Sunday evening,

November 16 at 7:30 PM. $25 Tickets at the door. Seniors $20.

L.I.T.E.’S 18TH Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast will be held on Friday, November 28th from 7-10am at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. The breakfast will feature amazing locally sourced food, a crafter corner and local entertainment. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 204-942-8578 or go to their website www.lite.mb.ca . Tickets at the door are $15.

THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Wednesday, Nov 12th 8:00 pm AA Group Upstairs Meeting Room
Thursday, Nov 13th 1:00 pm Golspie Club Sanctuary/Auditorium
7:00 pm Choir Practice Sanctuary/Auditorium
8:00 pm Bettor’s Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
Friday, Nov 14th 7:00 pm Al-Anon & Alateen Group Upstairs Meeting Room/Upstairs Lounge
Saturday, Nov 15th 9am–1pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
2:00 pm Bettor’s Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room

I will be in the office on Wed and Thurs mornings this week.

Have a great week!

Sharon Vandenberg, Office Administrator

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