Church News Week of January 1, 2017

Something For Everyone

Wednesday night activities resume on January 11th.

  •  Wednesday night Super Kids at 6:30
  • Wednesday night Adult Class at 6:30

Treasurer’s Report

  • Building Funds received for November $625
  • Parking Lot Funds received for November $150
  • Grand Total to date for parking lot is now $17,421.00

Small Groups

Our small group sessions will be resuming January 8th. continuing with “The Story”

Chapter 12 “The Trials of a King”

If you have not found a small group as yet, why not check out the schedule on the back of this bulletin and come along on our journey as we travel through the Bible.

If you need a Story Bible, please see Audrey Flynn.  If you wish, you can still give for your 2016 tax year today. Just date your cheque December 31, 2016

 

  • Sunday night at 6:00 pm –Les & Vera Ryder – 48 Ammon Road Leader: Pastor Patti Rossiter
  • Monday at 1:30 pm – Bob & Audrey Gregory, 33 Second Ave. Leader: Audrey Gregory
  • Monday at 7:00 pm – Darrell & Kathy Yeomans, 84 Woodstone Leader: Rudy Poirier
  • Tuesday at 10:00 am — Ladies Bible study at the church Leader: Donna Gillies
  • Tuesday at 1:30 pm – Gail Chartrand – 34 Meghan St., Riverview Leader: Rick Costain
  •  Thursday at 7:00 pm — Peter & Bev Nichol, 90 Fairisle Dr. Leader: Bev Nichol

Prayer Ministry

Prayer Chain…..If you have a prayer request, contact dpgillies@outlook.com  When sending a prayer request, please specify which hospital the person is in.

 

Praying for our congregation for the week of January 1-8

  • Edward & Faye Crawford
  • Darlene & Marcus Fougere
  • Ken & Dot Hardy
  • Bob & Audrey Gregory
  • Brian & Barb Kuske

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Happy New Year!!

In just a few days we will be entering into a New Year – 2017. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? The Christmas of 2016 has come and gone and New Year’s Day is on the horizon.  

When I was a child, New Year’s Day was a “take-down-the-tree-day” in our household. It was a day I never liked; evergreen needles needing to be swept and vacuumed up; icicles, those pesky, annoying strips of silver, tossed into the garbage; ornaments carefully packed in cardboard boxes. It was an ending of all the beautiful lights, splashes of vibrant reds and greens and the joyous Christmas carols.  I still do not like taking down the tree and lights!  

And while January has never been a favorite month for me with its too-long nights and too-short days, I have been thinking about how God wants me to spend January, indeed, my time, my energy and passion every month of this coming year. 

As I have been reading and praying for the direction God would have me take, I was reminded of a book I read several years ago by Charles Shelton called, “In His Steps.” It is a story where a pastor challenged his congregation to ask themselves the question before they did anything, “What Would Jesus Do?” In the story, while the pastor, Rev. Henry Maxwell was preparing a sermon based on 1 Peter 2:21, (“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps,”) he was interrupted by a homeless person knocking at his door, requesting assistance in finding employment. The minister apologetically turned him away. 

Two days after the homeless man knocked on Pastor Maxwell’s door, he delivered his sermon to the church. At the end of his conclusion, that same homeless man, Jack Manning, unexpectedly appeared and spoke to the congregation. He related how he had lost his job as a printer and that his wife had recently died. Manning boldly questioned Maxwell’s sermon on Christian discipleship by asking what it meant to follow in the steps of Christ. His speech concluded when he fainted and collapsed in the aisle. Rev. Maxwell took the man to his home to convalesce, but Jack Manning died a week later.

As you can imagine in the story, this experience had a profound impact on Rev. Maxwell. He heard the whisper of God to invite members of his congregation to take a pledge for one year to ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” when facing every decision in their individual lives. 

According to the story, some of his parishioners accepted the challenge. No more would they turn a blind eye to need. Members followed the will of God in their personal lives. The willingness of the people to do what Jesus would do when making decisions led to a radically changed church that impacted the entire community surrounding the church, leading to a movement that spread throughout the entire country.

And while it is a story, I believe that God has used this little book to challenge His people throughout the years to ask themselves, “What would Jesus Do?” in various situations. Which makes me wonder, “What would happen in our church, Moncton First, in your life and mine if we were to accept the same challenge today, and ask when faced with decisions and in giving a response to others, “What would Jesus do?”  

A few weeks ago, my husband, Charlie began packing up some chocolates, candy and various items of food we had in the freezer and on our storage room shelves. I asked him what he was doing and he responded, “I just heard about a new family from Syria with five children that moved in our area and I felt that I should go over and say hello and bring them a gift.”

I think that Jesus would have done the same thing. 

Let me close with these words from the book of Isaiah 58:7-9 (The Message) where God communicates to his people: “What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’

Are you brave enough and willing to accept the challenge to ask yourself throughout this year, “What would Jesus do?” WWJD

Blessings to you and yours! Happy New Year!

Pastor Patti

Church News Week of December 18, 2016

Missions

Thanks to all who gave to the Compassionate Ministries Offering.  This will greatly help to enrich the holidays for some of our congregation.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Week-end Service

Our church will have ONE service on the Christmas weekend.  The service will be held on Christmas Eve @ 7 p.m.  This will be a traditional Christmas Eve service with candlelight, special music and scripture.  On Sunday, Christmas day, there will be no service.  Please note, the Christmas Eve service will be the last service to contribute towards your 2016 tax year.

Christmas Concert

The Sunday school & education dept. will be presenting a Children’s Christmas musical on Sunday, Dec. 18th. @ 10:30 a.m.

Weather Alert

In case of questionable weather conditions, please call the church office @ 858-9308.

From Pastor Patti

Pastor Patti would like to “THANK” everyone for their support of

“THE STORY” program which started back in September. Special thanks to those who opened their homes for the weekly study and to those who led the studies.

We look forward to resuming this program in January.

If you were not part of a small group as yet, plan to join one that would fit with your schedule in January (we will publish a new schedule) when the small groups resume.

May each of you have a blessed Christmas with family and friends and enjoy to the fullest the blessings of the season.

Blessings to All

Pastor Patti & Charlie

Treasurer’s Report

  • Building Funds received for November $625
  • Parking Lot Funds received for November $150
  • Grand Total to date for parking lot is now $17,421.00

Small Groups

  • Sunday night at 6:00 pm –Les & Vera Ryder – 48 Ammon Road Leader: Pastor Patti Rossiter
  • Monday at 1:30 pm – Bob & Audrey Gregory, 33 Second Ave. Leader: Audrey Gregory
  • Monday at 7:00 pm – Darrell & Kathy Yeomans, 84 Woodstone Leader: Rudy Poirier
  • Tuesday at 10:00 am — Ladies Bible study at the church Leader: Donna Gillies
  • Tuesday at 1:30 pm – Acil & Linda Cole, 1369, Route 112, Upper Coverdale. Leader: Rick Costain
  •  Thursday at 7:00 pm — Peter & Bev Nichol, 90 Fairisle Dr. Leader: Bev Nichol

* Please note that small groups are not meeting again until the New Year

Prayer Ministry

Prayer Chain…..If you have a prayer request, contact dpgillies@outlook.com  When sending a prayer request, please specify which hospital the person is in.

 

Praying for our congregation for the week of December 18-25

  • Valerie MacDonald
  • John & Alice McCracken
  • Rudy, Ruth, Joel & Josh Poirier
  • Shirley Smith
  • Rev. Patti & Charlie Rossiter

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Church News Week of December 11, 2016

This Week

Tonight @ 6 p.m. “An Evening in December with Friends”.  This will be a musical evening with carol singing, music from the choir & soloists.  We have invited the “Salvation Army Band” from the Moncton corps, Teen Challenge and “For the Cross”.  We will be receiving a free-will offering.  There will be light refreshments following the concert in the gym.

Missions

Thanks for giving to the “Shoe Box” ministry for children abroad and now we will turn our attention to “Home Missions”.  Matthew 25:35-36

December is Compassionate Ministries Month

Today, we will be receiving an offering for Compassionate ministries at home. This will help some families in our community that are in need.  Just mark your envelopes “Compassionate Ministries”.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Week-end Service

Our church will have ONE service on the Christmas weekend.  The service will be held on Christmas Eve @ 7 p.m.  This will be a traditional Christmas Eve service with candlelight, special music and scripture.  On Sunday, Christmas day, there will be no service.  Please note, the Christmas Eve service will be the last service to contribute towards your 2016 tax year.

Christmas Concert

The Sunday school & education dept. will be presenting a Children’s Christmas musical on Sunday, Dec. 18th. @ 10:30 a.m.

Weather Alert

In case of questionable weather conditions, please call the church office @ 858-9308.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Building Funds received for October $625.00
  • Parking Lot Funds received for October $150.00
  • Grand Total to date for parking lot is now $17,271.00

Something For Everyone

  • Wednesday night Super Kids at 6:30 (Dec. 14th – last meeting until the new year)
  • Wednesday night Adult Class at 6:30

Small Groups

  • Sunday night at 6:00 pm –Les & Vera Ryder – 48 Ammon Road Leader: Pastor Patti Rossiter
  • Monday at 1:30 pm – Bob & Audrey Gregory, 33 Second Ave. Leader: Audrey Gregory
  • Monday at 7:00 pm – Darrell & Kathy Yeomans, 84 Woodstone Leader: Rudy Poirier
  • Tuesday at 10:00 am — Ladies Bible study at the church Leader: Donna Gillies
  • Tuesday at 1:30 pm – Acil & Linda Cole, 1369, Route 112, Upper Coverdale. Leader: Rick Costain
  •  Thursday at 7:00 pm — Peter & Bev Nichol, 90 Fairisle Dr. Leader: Bev Nichol

* Please note that small groups are not meeting again until the New Year

Prayer Ministry

Prayer Chain…..If you have a prayer request, contact dpgillies@outlook.com  When sending a prayer request, please specify which hospital the person is in.

 

Praying for our congregation for the week of December 11-18

  • Jerome & Anna Beaumont
  • Bill & Sharon Hamilton
  • Dr. Pam Caissie
  • Kingsley & Doreen Kay
  • Joanne, Sylvie & Landon Labonte

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Church News Week of December 4, 2016

An Evening With Friends

Sunday, Dec. 11th – 6 p.m. “An Evening in December ….with Friends”. This will be a musical evening with carol singing, music from the choir & soloists. We have invited the “Salvation Army Band” from the Moncton corps, Teen Challenge and “For the Cross”. Tickets are available but we anticipate they will go fast. No charge, as usual, but we be receiving a free-will offering. There will be light refreshments following the concert in the gym.

Missions

Thanks for giving to the “Shoe Box” ministry for children abroad and now we will turn our attention to “Home Missions”.  Matthew 25:35-36

December is Compassionate Ministries Month

On Dec. 11th., we will be receiving an offering for Compassionate ministries at home. This will help some families in our community that are in need.  Just mark your envelopes “Compassionate Ministries”.

In case of questionable weather conditions, please call the church office @ 858-9308.

Christmas Weekend Service

Our church will have ONE service on the Christmas weekend. The service will be held on Christmas Eve @ 7 p.m. This will be a traditional Christmas Eve service with candlelight, special music and scripture. On Sunday, Christmas day, there will be no service. Please note, the Christmas Eve service will be the last service until the New Year.

Christmas Concert

The Sunday school & education dept. will be presenting a Children’s Christmas musical on Sunday, Dec. 18th. @ 10:30 a.m.

Attention Choir Members

Dec. 6th at 7 p.m. we will be having an extra practice with The Salvation Army Band. Remember Choir practice is on Wednesday nights @7:45

Attention please, your 2017 offering envelopes are in your mailboxes. If you do not have an envelope number, please see Dot Petherick.

Treasurer Monthly Report

  • Building Funds received for October $955.00
  • Parking Lot Funds received for October $240.00
  • Grand Total to date for parking lot is now $17,271.00
  • Thanksgiving offering $1,717.00
  • Roof Funds received for October $70.00
  • Youth Rally $805.00

All-church Christmas Dinner

Sunday, 4th. at 6 p.m. Tickets available. There is no charge, but we are asking for donations toward the cost of the dinner.  We need to know how many plan to attend.  Please contact the church office to make your reservation.


WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

  • Wednesday night Super Kids at 6:30 (Dec. 14th – last meeting until the new year)
  • Wednesday night Adult Class at 6:30

Small groups:

  • Sunday night at 6:00 pm –Les & Vera Ryder – 48 Ammon Road Leader: Pastor Patti Rossiter
  • Monday at 1:30 pm – Bob & Audrey Gregory, 33 Second Ave. Leader: Audrey Gregory
  • Monday at 7:00 pm – Darrell & Kathy Yeomans, 84 Woodstone Leader: Rudy Poirier
  • Tuesday at 10:00 am — Ladies Bible study at the church Leader: Donna Gillies
  • Tuesday at 1:30 pm – Acil & Linda Cole, 1369, Route 112, Upper Coverdale. Leader: Rick Costain
  •  Thursday at 7:00 pm — Peter & Bev Nichol, 90 Fairisle Dr. Leader: Bev Nichol

* Please note that small groups are not meeting again until the New Year

Prayer Chain…..If you have a prayer request, contact dpgillies@outlook.com  When sending a prayer request, please specify which hospital the person is in.

Praying for our congregation for the week of December 4-11

  • Charlotte Marsh
  • Valerie Lane
  • Lana Constable
  • Everett & Joyce Carr

 

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