This Thursday Morning at St. Paul’s church the work of our church was tangible through all our senses. Coming from the sanctuary was the beautiful sound of music as Sharon practiced to ensure that the organ sings for Sunday and coming from the kitchen was the smell of cooking apples as the UCW (United Church Women) were hard at work making mincemeat. Fall is definitely here and while it was nippy outside, inside we find a warm welcome. What an amazing place St. Paul’s is, if you have never been by mid-week you might be surprised how much happens outside of Sunday morning.
Did you know that World Food Day is October 16th? This day commemorates the founding of the food and agricultural organization of the United Nation. World Food Sunday is held on the Sunday closest to Oct 16th. World Food Sunday gives us a chance to focus on issues of agriculture development, food security and provides us an opportunity to renew our commitment to living out Jesus’ command to feed people. Here at St. Paul’s we are seeking to help prevent hunger through the brown bag and pantry programs. In the past 4 weeks the pantry has helped close to 50 families. While it is marvelous that we have been able to help children and adults get healthy food, our pantry cupboards are bare. In celebration of World Food Sunday, please bring some supplies to help restock the shelves for this critical ministry for the families we serve.
This Sunday come out to welcome the families being supported by the interchurch refugee committee. There are currently two families with children who we are involved in sponsoring. The first family has three generations with a single father, his daughters and a grandson. The other family is mother and father with two younger children. These are amazing families who have been through so much, come out at 2pm in our own Fraser Memorial Hall to welcome them to their new home.
Need a break in your day? Finding that you have too much on your mind? Worried about the church and the world? If you said yes to any of these questions consider joining us for Prayers in the Parlor on Wednesday mornings 10am. Prayers often run 30-45 minutes with centering prayer, brief reading from the psalm, short sung verse and then time for silent and spoken prayers. Come and experience the release and refreshment that connecting with God in prayer brings.
It is time to start thinking about who you would like to invite to Bring a Friend Sunday, our next service and potluck happens on October 29th. Let’s join together for this special fellowship time and sharing of the amazing congregation we have.
Please note that the church webpage www.stpaulsunited.ca has links to our weekly bulletin which contains a full list of ongoing and up-coming events.
Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Sunday
Rev. Michelle and Rev. Richard