a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

2016 United Church Calendars are now available. They are $6.00 each and there are limited quantities left so get yours now. Please call the office or see Pat Schulz after Worship.

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. Please bring in next Sunday, Dec 20th as you are able. Thank you.

Christmas Flowers Anyone wishing to contribute to Christmas Flowers please see Joan Macdonald or call her at 204-661-1966.

Potluck Decorations If you would like to donate a Christmas ornament(s) that are non-breakable for our tree outside please give them to Ron Metcalfe, hang them on the tree or hand in to the office. Due to the fact that they are outside they will not be returned, we will save them again for next year. Thanks.

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. The cost has gone up to $25 this year. Deadline is Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

Syrian Refugees Several people have asked how they can help as a volunteer or with donations to the many efforts being planned in Manitoba towards the resettlement of an expected 1,500 to 2,000 (and ongoing) refugees from the Syrian crisis.

There is now a provincial web portal which will be populated over the next few days with information and resources related to the resettlement.

It also has a phone number to the Red Cross Call Centre, which is coordinating offers of volunteer time and donations for groups here in Manitoba. They have an inventory of the organizations seeking help and will be able to direct callers to the appropriate one. The organizations are still developing their sense of what will be needed, so this list of opportunities will grow over the coming weeks. Please pass this number on to anyone who is interested.

Donations/Volunteer Offers (coordinated by Canadian Red Cross): 1-888-662-3211

Thanks Immanuel United Church for all your help. All donations are greatly appreciated. So from the women of the Wednesday Women Circle we would like to extend our Christmas greeting. May the Spirit of Christmas be upon all of you and your families, May the Spirit be with you all year round and continue to shine through you. We wish you and your families the very best in the New Year and a joyous Christmas.

With God’S Blessings from our families at Northend Stella Women’s Circle and Community. GOD Bless.

Connie Budd

THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Tuesday, Dec 15th 9:30 am Study Group Upstairs Lounge
5-9pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
Wednesday, Dec 16th 7:00 pm Women’s Study Group Upstairs Lounge
Thursday, Dec 17th 7:00 pm Choir Practice Sanctuary/Auditorium
8:00 pm Bettors Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
Friday, Dec 18th 7:00 pm Al-Anon/Alateen Group Upstairs Meeting Room & Lounge
Saturday, Dec 19th 9:00am-1:00 pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
2:00 pm Bettors Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room

I will be in the office Tues, Wed and Thurs this week.

Sharon Vandenberg, Office Administrator

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