What's Going on this Week at Summerland United Church

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Greetings Friends,

The theme for the Third Sunday of Advent is Joy! Our readings from scripture this week ring out with the shouts of joy and invite us to sing out in Joy to world.Come along on Sunday as we lift up the great Joy that has come to world in the form of a tiny babe born 2,000 years ago.

See you all on Sunday



At the end of our service on Sunday there will be a special surprise presentation you won’t want to miss.



Don’t forget that this Sunday is White Gift Sunday. You are invited to bring items for the Foodbank Christmas Hampers. Here is a list of suggestions from the foodbank; tinned meat, maple syrup, pancake mix, peanut butter, shampoo, condiments, gravy (tins or packets). Financial gifts welcome as well.


Please bring in your M&S Christmas Mitten.


Plan to stay for our last Sandwich Lunch of 2015 after the service on Sunday AnnouncementsSummerland United Church


Announcements December 13, 2015

Rev. Armand Houle will be away from Dec.25 – Dec. 30 (off to visit the kids in Edmonton).Rev. Elaine Diggle will be available for Pastoral Emergencies. Home 494-9278, Cell 486-1014Lillian McLeod will be leading the service on Sunday Dec. 27. 2016


Offering Envelopes are available for pick-up in the foyer.


The UCW have 2016 Calendars for sale. The cost is $5 per calendar. They are available for purchase in the hall during coffee time. Limited supply, get yours today!


The Mission and Service (M&S) Christmas Mittens - Please bring them back over the next Sundays.


Thank You to the Lakeside Presbyterian Church for their generous donation of Tea Cups and Saucers. And thank you to Doreen Hewitt for bringing us this gift.


White Gift Sunday – Today you are invited to bring items to help the food bank with their Christmas Hampers. Following is a list of their needs; tinned meat, maple syrup, pancake mix, peanut butter, shampoo, condiments, gravy (tins or packets). Financial gifts welcome as well.


CHRISTMAS PUDDING, a holiday program, will be performed at 7:30 pm, this evening, December 13, in the sanctuary and church hall by the Summerland Singers & Players and the Summerland United Church Choir. “A Christmas Pudding” is a Christmas evening unlike any other – music you won’t hear in any department store, stories by writers both comic and profound, all performed by an augmented choir of twenty male & female voices, and 6 readers who will touch your soul and heart. So enjoy the holiday season by purchasing your tickets in the church office or Arts Centre on Main St. See Irene Sadler Sunday morning before the service to purchase yours.


SUMMERLAND UNITED CHURCH will lead the CHAPEL SERVICES on Tuesday, December 15 at the Dr. Andrew Pavilion, 1:30pm and the Summerland Seniors Village, 2:15pm. Please come along to say hi to the residents and help with finding hymns and singing.


Blue Christmas Service, Sunday December 20 at 2pm in the Sanctuary. Not everyone feels jolly during the Christmas Season. The death of loved one, friend or pet; strained relationships, loneliness or even the lack of sunlight during this time of the year can leave a person feeling Blue. The Worship Committee will be hosting a Blue Christmas Service at 2pm on Sunday Dec. 20 to provide an opportunity to gather with others and acknowledge these emotions, experience some gentle music, light a candle, and support one another. There will be light refreshments after the service. Please spread the word!


Christmas Eve Service at Summerland United Church will be on Thursday December 24 at 7pm.Our Christmas Eve Offering will once again go to support Save the Children.


Christmas Match Up 2015. Alone for Christmas dinner? Share Christmas dinner with others in their home and feel the Community Christmas Spirit of Summerland, phone 250-404-4673. Do you have room at your table for another? Share the Spirit of giving at Christmas in Summerland, phone 250-404-4673, email nl.summerland@gmail.com, Facebook Summerland’s Great Christmas Match-up. NeighbourLink.


Thanks to everyone who has purchased the Nesters and Save On gift cards. In 3 months we have earned $464 for Summerland United! NESTERS GIFT CARDS ($50 each) and SAVE ON FOODS ($50 each) are available for you to purchase from Carol Bubb.


The Summerland United Quilters meet in the lounge the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at noon. The next gathering will be Monday, December 21. Bring your lunch and sewing and join in for a time of fellowship. For more information call Kathy McMillan at 250-494-1106


The beautiful Poinsettias in the Sanctuary are from the following people who have donated poinsettias, and who they are in memory or celebration of:

Name of Poinsettia donor(s):                                     In Memory or Celebration of:

Murray and Lucille Scheidl      John and Magdelena Doolaar, Syl and Inez Scheidl

Sharon O'Shaughnessy            Merle and Bill O'Shaughnessy

Joanne Gartrell                            Lloyd and Beryl Gartrell

Frances Colussi                       Steven (son)

Vi Ward                             Bill Ward and Granny HaleMary

Chuck Wilson                Their ParentsShirley McDowell From the McDowell Family

Marilyn Hansen          Juergen Hansen, Marilyn's Parents

Ron and Dixie Rosher            Gladys Durana (aunt)

Marion and Garry Hollingshead            Their Parents


The painting of the Church Hall will take place the first two weeks of January (4-15). Access will be limited during this time.


Financial Update to the End of November 2015

Thanks to a number of reasons, the church had a good month financially in November. The things that contributed to this were a generous bequest from the will of Helen Chalmers, a contribution from the Food Bank and Resource Centre in lieu of rent and utilities, fundraisers such as the poinsettias, Light Up and the grocery gift cards, and the fact that there were 5 Sundays in November so our envelope givings were higher.

Consider Going On PAR

This latter reason highlighted the importance of PAR (the United Church’s Pre-Authorized Remittance Plan). The Finance Committee would encourage you to consider signing up for PAR if you haven’t already done so. PAR ensures that your Sunday Offering makes it to church even when you cannot. To sign up for PAR simply pick up one of the PAR Sheets from the table by the wheelchair ramp, fill it in and give it to Olive Hunter (our treasurer) and she will take it from there.Something to consider for the New Year.

To calculate your monthly contribution, multiply what you would normally give each week by 52 and then divide that amount by 12. If it comes to an unusual amount, consider rounding it up. Our churches expenses and missions are ongoing every day of the year so having a regular income is just as important to Summerland United as it is to any one of us personally. Again, thanks for your consideration.

Here are the numbers to November 30, 2015We have incurred an operating deficit of $4,384.68.In addition to that we had the structural assessment cost of $6,851.82.So the total deficit to the end of November is $11,236.50.

Thank you to everyone for your generous gifts of time, talent and treasure in support of our congregation’s mission and ministry in Summerland and area. Together we are having a positive, gospel impact in Summerland and around the world. Your Finance CommitteeCarol Bubb, Murray Scheidl, Garry Hollingshead, Olive Hunter, Fred Gartrell, Joan Gasior, Rev. Armand Houle