Dear Bethel Family:
There’s plenty in the world these days to cause distress, worry and fear,
but God calls us to live into the Hope that is ours.
Advent invites us into a time of expectant waiting by heralding the hope we long for: the coming of Emmanuel, whose very name means God-with-us. Jesus came to teach us how to live and how to love – not from afar, but from right here, among us.
As we journey on to Bethlehem, we welcome your company on the Way. Please join us for some, or all, of our special Advent gatherings:
December 10: Bethel Choir presents our Christmas Cantata:
“A Thrill of Hope.”
Once again, the Bethel Choir and Friends will bless us with an Advent gift of music. If you know someone who would enjoy this special time of music,
please invite them to come!
December 17: 4th Advent: Christmas Sweater Sunday!
Let’s fill the sanctuary with colour! Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters, your fun and funny Christmas sweaters, your jazzy ones, or even just wear red or green.
December 24: Christmas Eve Service:
*** Note the time! -10:00 am***
December 31: New Year’s Eve: HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!
Family time: no service.
See you in January!
See you at Church on Sundays at 10am!
ANNOUNCEMENTS DECEMBER 10, 2023
TALENTED ACTORS! Many thanks to all who took part in last Sunday's presentation: Bob Burleigh, TV anchor; Nora darling, roving reporter; Cathy Langois, angel; Erik and Kyle Darling, shepherds; Eva and Bernie Baudisch, wisemen; Barb Hinsberger, Mary; Glenn Darling, innkeeper, and Roberta Plunkett, creator and director. You are awesome!
MITTEN TREE 2023 This year’s mitten tree was once again resplendent with gifts to warm the hands, heads and hearts of their recipients:
Hats: small-12, large- 14
Socks: small-44, large- 26
Gloves: small- 9, large-17
Mitts: small- 10, large- 23
The success of our annual Mitten Tree is down to the generosity of our Bethel family and friends. Thank you so much for your kindness!
Bethel UCW Christmas Gathering December 11 at 11:30
Bible Study: “We Make the Road by Walking”
Many thanks to all who have been taking part and for the many insightful conversations! Wednesdays at 1:30 downstairs.
Fundscript Gift Card Fundraiser: Dec. order will be put in on TODAY. Orders to be picked up at church NEXT Sunday. Order forms and list of specials are in the Narthex. For more details contact Edna Pearse 705 799-7189 or email@example.com.
GIFTS FOR THE CHILDREN: Omemee Food Bank
The poster for buying gifts for the children from the Omemee Food Bank is in the Narthex. The instructions are on the poster for buying a gift. Gifts need to be brought to church by TODAY Sunday December 10th.
More names will be added as they are forwarded to the Food Bank. Thank you for your support: it is much needed this year.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: If you know of any knitters or crocheters, our supply of shawls is getting low. There is wool available downstairs, or you will be reimbursed for wool purchased.
REQUEST FOR PRAYER:
Please keep our secretary, Tracy, and Jean Windrem, in your prayers.
We are looking for an ‘Administrative Support Person’ for Bethel. This is an 8 hour per week, flexible, work from home position, providing support to our minister and congregation. Full details, job description and online application at www.bethelunitedchurch.ca/employment-opportunities
If anyone needs church envelopes, please see Edna.
Send Announcements and changes/additions
to the Contact list to
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LIST OF ANNOUNCEMENTS
These are available for download
and printing on this site
Like every church, we need to do fundraising to help us meet our financial commitments. So we’re inviting you to put on your thinking caps! How about a fundraiser around food? Bake Sale? Cook-off (Chili or otherwise!)? Mad Hatter Tea party? How about one around music? Concert? Music Night? Or product sales (like cookie dough or ready to bake treats)?
If you have an idea to share for a fundraiser for our church, talk to any of the Stewards or Trustees, or our Treasurer Edna. We’d love to hear it!
Prayer Shawl Ministry – we have a collection of lovely Prayer Shawls that have been knitted by a dedicated group in our church family. If you know of someone who would appreciate the love and comfort of one of these shawls, you are welcome to check with a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry or see Rev. Kim. They will be happy to send another one on its way.
No Scents Makes Good Sense! We strive to be a welcoming congregation where everyone can feel comfortable and included in our worship and fellowship life. As an increasing number of people have scent sensitivities and allergies, we are requesting that folks refrain from wearing scented products like perfume, cologne, scented after shave lotion, perfumed hand lotion and/or similar products to church. Let’s ensure that everyone who wants to join us is able to come and to remain with us, and thank you for your cooperation.
Food Bank: Please remember this very important outreach. If you prefer to make a cash donation, you may include it in your offering envelope; simply write “Food Bank”, and the amount, on your envelope, and don’t forget to make sure your name is on that envelope!
Offering Envelope Reminder – please remember to put your name and number on your envelope – it will save a lot of work and ensure you are credited with all your offerings on your annual tax receipt.
To have your announcement included in our bulletin,
Please email your info and any graphics/pictures (with permission from subjects) by Wednesday 4:30p.m. for the following Sunday to:
Tracy Lee King, Church Secretary: