Announcements

Friendly reminder ~ please have your bulletin announcements submitted to the Church Office, in writing, by Thursday mornings at 10 am. Thursdays are Bulletin Day ~ this means limited access to Tracy and the photocopier!!
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The Pastoral Care Committee  is requesting assistance from members of the congregation by contacting the Church Office (902-895-8098) if there is someone they know from the congregation who is ill or in hospital.
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Ida’s Cupboard is located off the church parking lot between the doors. Non perishable items, “leave what you can, take what you need.” A community food cupboard for those in need. Appropriate food items: Canned: baked beans, meats (tuna, ham/chicken), stews, soup etc., peanut butter, cheese whiz, kraft dinner, rice, bread, crackers, tin ravioli with pull tops, little boxes of cereal, juice boxes, bottled water. The cupboard is used on a daily basis and if often empty. Please give as you can.
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Fundscrip – Do you shop at Sobeys? Buy gas at Canadian Tire? Dine out? You could be buying Fundscrip Gift Cards from the church to help us raise funds for ongoing programming (and to help pay the bills!) You pay the face value of the card and we get a discount. It costs you nothing extra, but really helps us out! Order forms are available at the back of the church and the church office.  Place your order one week and pick it up the next!
ORDERS are placed on the first Tuesday of each month.

Next Order:  Tuesday, May 7th ~ Order Forms and payments are due Thursday, May 2nd.    Need more info?  Call Tracy in the Church Office – 902-895-8098.

Don’t want to order?  Purchase cards directly from the Church Office – Sobeys, and Superstore!!  $50 denominations.
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The Food Bank Sunday is last Sunday of the month.   Please remember those in our community who are less fortunate, and give as you can. Items always in need are canned meats & milk, soups, cereals, beans, macaroni, juices, tea and coffee.  Non perishable items may be left in the Food Bank box any Sunday of the month.  Sorry, we are unable to accept monetary donations.
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Change for Change is held the first Sunday of each month (except July & August).  Our Sunday School students collect your pocket change during the service and the money supports a scholarship for girls in Guatemala.

The Search Committee of First United Church has completed its work and will present its recommendations for the position of Minister of Word, Sacrament and Spiritual Formation at a Special Council and Congregational Meeting immediately following worship on Sunday, April 7th.  The Council and Congregation will then vote on the Search Committee’s recommendations.  Please plan to attend and to cast your vote at this important Congregational Meeting. 
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Our next regular Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 9th at 7pm in the Parlour.  Please have your reports submitted to the church office by Friday, April 5th, 12 noon.
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Need some books for your Summer reading? Take a look at the book shelf at the back of the Church. Drop a tooney in the cash box for our heating system.
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On Sunday, April 14th, we will welcome the Rt. Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Moderator of the United Church of Canada, to be our guest preacher in our morning worship. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Lansdowne is the 44th Moderator of the United Church of Canada and she is the first Indigenous woman to serve as Moderator of our denomination. The Moderator leads with compassion, thoughtfulness, and creativity while maintaining academic interests, church ministry, indigenous ways of being, parenting, and partnering. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation. She is passionate about creating a life with great stories and amazing adventures with her family.  We will also welcome members and colleagues from our neighbouring communities of faith so that, together, we can extend a warm Maritime welcome to the Moderator.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
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First United and Brunswick Street United are teaming up once again to host the Take-Out Community Dinner on Saturday, April 20th at St. John’s Anglican Church Hall.  The menu continues to be macaroni and cheese with a biscuit, vegetables and fruit plus brownies and Cookies.  The yellow sign-up poster will be available at the back of the Sanctuary the next two Sundays:  April 7th and April 14th.  A “Very Grateful Thank You” goes out to everyone who has shown their support already! The Outreach Committee
 
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Celebrating award-winning women and non-binary artists advancing their place and position within the Canadian music industry, the SMALL OF MY HEART Songwriters Circle series, featuring Erin Costelo, Heather Rankin, and hosted by Lisa MacIsaac.  Saturday, April 21st at First United Church in Truro – tickets now available $50 at the Church Office.  It’s not just a concert – It’s a movement!
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Do you have extra crafting supplies and fabric lying around taking up precious space in your home? Did you buy it thinking you will use it for *something* years ago and still have not gotten around to it? We at First United will gladly take it off your hands, sort it and put it into our upcoming fabric and craft supply sale happening in May 25 2024. 
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