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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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Rev. Valerie is requesting assistance from members of the congregation by contacting her (902-324-1615) or 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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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, February 7th ~ Order Forms and payments are due Thursday, February 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.
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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.

Winter Film Group continues Tuesday, January 31tst with Fences part 2.  

Some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in.  Set in 1950’s Pittsburgh, the film takes a passionate look at former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down.

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New Faith Formation Program: A Once-a-Month Evening Pause

What: An Evening Pause ~ come to be inspired and stretched through story, music & reflection
When: Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Parlour

You are invited to gather with Rev. Cath on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 PM in the Parlour for reflection and a viewing of ‘The Hebridean Treasure’, a 60 minute Celtic film written/narrated by John Philip Newell and performed along with young Scottish musicians and dancers. Hebridean Treasure tells the story of the Celtic spiritual tradition in the Hebrides of Scotland through song, dance and music, conveying both the richness of the tradition in its awareness of the earth and also its decimation in the Highland Clearances of the 19th century when thousands of crofting families in the Highlands and Islands were torn from their ancestral lands. In the retelling of a Scottish tragedy, Newell invites awareness of the universal story of the displacement of native peoples throughout the world and the consequent loss of ancient wisdom. Hebridean Treasure moves through tragedy to portray with hope the recovery of spiritual vision for the ecological crises of today.

Please register with Tracy in the Church Office (895-8098) by February 3rd so that Rev. Cath can set up space accordingly. Masks are requested for the protection of the most vulnerable in our midst.
Hope to see you there!

Future Save-the-Dates for A Once-a-Month Evening Pause: March 15 & April 19 All are welcome!
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Winter Weekly Faith Formation at First United
What: Womanist Midrash – a holy and transforming lens for interpreting scripture & faithful living
When: 10:00AM, Wednesdays, February 15th – March 29th
Where: Parlour
The term ‘womanism’ centers the lived experience of Black women. The term ‘midrash’ denotes a method by which Scripture is interpreted. Put the two words together, ‘womanist midrash’ and we get a fresh and compelling glimpse into old and oftentimes familiar biblical texts.

Drawing on the work of African American, womanist, Hebrew bible scholar, Rev. Dr. Wilda C. Gafney, and inspiring video clips, and small group discussions, we will be called into a deeper understanding of stories in the bible and into a deeper engagement with issues of social justice and interfaith relationships for our lives today. All are welcome!

Action requested: Please call Tracy in the Church Office (902) 895-8098 to register by Wednesday, February 8th. If you have questions, please be in touch with Rev. Cath at cathie@firstunitedtruro.ca Please note that Rev. Cath will be away from January 25th – February 2nd.

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Valentine’s Decadent and Homemade Chocolate Cake – get your slice on Sunday, February 12th! Tickets available from the Church office or after church on February 5th (see Shelley Power). $5 – take out (bring your own container please) or $6 – eat in, served with tea or coffee. Proceeds to the Church Furnace Fund.

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PAR cards are now available at the back of the church. If you use PAR but would still like to put something in the plate … these cards are for you. Tellers will simply return the cards to the basket after counting.
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