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January 15, 2012

  1. 1. MINUTE FOR MISSONMission and Service supports Stella Burry CommunityServices, a leading social services agency in St. John’s, Order of Worship forNewfoundland, with programs for those dealing withmental health issues, addictions, abuse, illiteracy, and OROMOCTO & PINE GROVE UNITED CHURCHpoverty. Stella Burry addresses three essential needs:counselling; affordable housing; and education and skilldevelopment. Mission and Service is at work in New- We welcome everyone to this time together in worship. We gather in this church in thefoundland. belief that we are all equally God’s guests whether we’ve been here all our lives or this is our first time. We welcome everyone in this spirit of Christ as it is our belief that this is how we are to live. Everyone, without exception, belongs equally at God’s table. If you are visiting with us please sign our guest book opposite the usher’s table. If you are new with us and wish a follow up contact please fill out a ‘Guest/New Member Card which can be found with the guest book. As well you may pick up an orientation package on the table in the entrance. We invite visitors from other churches to pick up one of our Peace Candles to take home with you. An explanation of this symbol accompanies each candle and these can be found on the usher’s table.Together, we carry out the work of our United Church. Make a difference! Join the partner-ship! Support the work of the Mission and Service Fund today. Should you require a rest room it is at the end of the hall and it is equipped with a baby change station. If you have young children who become restless there is a nursery behind the back pew where they can play while you hear the service over the speakers. You are welcome to bring a coffee into worship with you. The coffee pot is in the entrance. *While we stand for most hymns and at others times in our worship, please feel free not to if for any reasons you can not or would rather not. VU stands for Voices United and MV for More Voices. You are also invited to pick up a Bible version of your choice Minister Rev Robert McDowell at usher’s desk. Should you have any concerns please speak to an usher. Accompanist/ Choir Director Joyce Andrews VU: Voices United – our hard cover red hymn book Office Administration Jennifer Chiasson MV: More Voices – our soft covered hymn book Rev Bob McDowell Oromocto United Church Office 357-3423; Cell 470-1155; Home 488-2154 144 Winnebago Email: mcdowell@nb.sympatico.ca Oromocto oromoctopinegroveunitedchurch.ca January 15, 2012 10:30 am
  2. 2. ANNOUNCEMENTS SERVICE Reverse Offering papers are in the offering plates. These are items the food bankAnnouncements especially needs. If you wish you can select one and bring that item next week.A Time of Silence as We Begin Trouble Hearing in Church? Here are some tips. First, should you be experiencing trouble hearing don’t be silent and frustrated. Simply say “I can’t hear you”. Rev Bob mostly has his message in his head and as such does not notice when he is too farIntroit: VU 87, verse 1 from the mic or not speaking loud enough. If you are often having trouble try mov- ing to another location. There are always ‘zones’ of good and poor speaker cover- age. If you are an usher or someone else who knows how the sound system worksLighting the Resurrection Candle, and you notice someone is not close enough to the mic to hear well please go turn up the volume.Leader: It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail for free-dom: “Yes we can!”. Financial Update. The financial situation for Pine Grove, the Pastoral Charge, theAll: It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from the shores and pioneers M&S fund and other funds is in good order. However the Oromocto United Churchwho pushed westward against the unforgiving wilderness: ‘”Yes we can!”. financial situation is falling behind. We are about $2000 behind where we were this time last year and are projecting a deficit for this year unless donations pick up. PartLeader: It was a call of workers organized, women who reached for the ballots and of the reason is the increased costs of fuel and hydro but donations are also down.just this past year millions of oppressed said “Yes we can to an Arab Spring of jus- Please use your Christmas Offering envelop to help us make up the short fall.tice and equality”.All: Yes we can, to opportunity and prosperity, Yes we can heal this world. Yes Loonie Lunch has proven popular and it resumes today. We need people willing towe can. prepare a soup, chilli or other such item and bring it to the church in a slow cooker or for the freezer and use at a later date. If you do not have a slow cooker theLeader: We know the battle ahead will be long. But always remember that no mat-ter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of church has one you may borrow.millions of voices calling for change.All: We have been told we cannot do this, by a chorus of cynics that will only “Putting Away Childish Things”, a novel by the theologian Marcus Borg, is a won-grow louder and more dissonant. derful way to explore contemporary Biblical thought and many of its major com- plexities, through characters experiencing aspects of their faith in transition. TwoLeader: We have been asked to pause for a reality check. Weve been warned copies are available on the communion table. Please let Rev Bob know if you areagainst offering the people false hope. waiting for a copy to read.All: But there has never been anything false about hope.Leader: As we light this resurrection candle we remind ourselves we are one peo-ple, we are one world, and together we join the world in writing the next greatchapter in our world’s storyAll: God bless this week of new beginning. May the Spirit forever guide each of us Jennifer’s fall and winter hours: Thursday mornings and evenings.to the theme of “Yes we can”. jenniferchiasson@nb.aibn.comOur Hymn to Begin: VU 101, Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
  3. 3. announcements SERVICENote: All announcements for the weekly bulletin need to be in the office by nooneach Wednesday to ensure inclusion Our Prayer for this dayOur new church website is now online. This site is still under construction. Please Some time with the Children:have a look at it and send your feedback/ suggestions to Jennifer. There is lots ofroom for her to add committee info, photos, etc. Feel free to pass along anythingyou would like to see posted on our new site. Suggestions can be emailed to jenni- Our Prayer, Our Lord’s Prayer, the children leave & reconvene downstairsferchiasson@nb.aibn.comOur site address is: http://oromoctopinegroveunitedchurch.ca Our Hymn: VU 296, This is God’s Wondrous WorldRestorative Justice: Feb 12 with Guest Christina Farnsworth holds two Masters Lighting Our Candle of Concern:Degrees from the University of Denver in Conflict Resolution and Cultural Anthro-pology. She has worked in the field of restorative justice for over four years, both inthe criminal justice system and in a university setting. She is a certified mediator and From the Christian Scriptures: Mark 1: 1-11: Mark’s beginning, Jesus is Baptizedvictim advocate, and over the past two years has worked as a trainer in restorativejustice and mediation. Christina brings together her faith in Christ with a strongbelief that restorative justice can transform relationships and communities. Our Carol: VU 100, When Jesus Comes to Be BaptizedAll Annual Reports for our Winter Meeting are due Wednesday Jan 21. The Reportwill be distributed Feb 8 and our combined Annual Meeting is scheduled for Feb 15. Our Message for TodayPlease, if possible, submit all reports electronically to opc@nb.aibn.comJennie Stevenson is a long time member of Oromocto United Church and past prin- Our Anthem:ciple of OHS. She recently had a health issue that has her in DECH. For those whoknow her and can a visit or a call would be meaningful to her at this time. *Our Words of Faith: page 918 VU, A Contemporary Creed Our Offering Collected & *Presented: Joyful Joyful Lord we give you Gifts that You may use this day Take them, Bless them, may Your Kingdom Spread to all the world we pray. Here we are, our time our talents We now dedicate as well. May we show Christ’s love within us By our lives of faith to tell.
  4. 4. SERVICE Dates to note SERVICEOur Prayers of Gratitude, Concern & Our Lord’s Prayer Choir meets every Wednesday at 7pm. New members always welcome Tues Jan 17, Bible Study, 10 amOur Carol to Leave With: VU 660, How Firm a Foundation Thurs Jan 19, Session, 7pm Feb 15, Blood Donor Clinic at Hazen Park 5-8pm*Benediction Feb 12, Special Service, Restorative Justice with Christina Farnsworth Feb 26 2012, Winter Meeting of the Congregations*Our Choral Benediction:My Peace I give unto youIt’s a Peace that the world cannot giveIt’s a Peace that the world cannot understandPeace to know, Peace to liveMy Peace I give unto you.