Due to COVID-19 concerns for this Sunday, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our Advent 1 worship service. This is a precautionary measure, but one we feel is necessary to ensure we provide the safest environment possible to our faith family.
Following are links to other United Church services, if you’d like to join one of them this Sunday.
Bedford United – https://www.bedfordunited.com/watch/
Cole Harbour United – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82651327999?pwd=aGhIRW5rV2U4RXFvYU5Ud21wa1FHQT09
Aylesford United – http://www.aylesfordunited.com/?fbclid=IwAR0LbXGAcrg5IA4R3gt-YPN4ln6uR6vqbPGyArqLszBrC7kbO3xepmBOT8w
Please stay safe, follow the provincial guidelines and rules, and we will see each other again soon. God bless.
Rev Don Sellsted
Please note that Spirit Yoga is cancelled for Monday, Nov 30. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Join the Zoom Meeting:
1-855-703-8985 Canada Toll-free
Meeting ID: 834 7410 7986
Christian Development will have Advent kits ready for anyone who would like one to help celebrate Advent with children and younger youth at home. Kits will be available for pick up from the church office (call to arrange a time: 902-681-0366 ext 1). Delivery and an electronic version will also be available. Please contact Andy Pitter if you would like one of these kits (email@example.com; 902-542-1545).
During the season of Advent, we’re used to seeing our Giving Tree being raised and gradually changing its colour from red to white. However, due to our current COVID circumstances, that won’t be happening this year. But since it’s important we keep things as “normal” as possible, we’d like to keep the Christmas dedications without actually raising the Tree. Therefore, if you’d like to make a Christmas dedication in celebration of life, love, community, family & friends, please feel free to contact the office by phone or email. We will acknowledge all dedications starting November 29 (the first Sunday of Advent) by listing them weekly in our Announcements. Donations in support of dedications will be gratefully accepted.
Fundscrip cards make excellent gifts and are a very convenient and easy way to shop for Christmas. The last date to order gift cards for Christmas delivery is December 6. Orders will resume January 3, 2021. Following are upcoming FundScrip order and delivery dates:
Order Dates Delivery Dates
November 22 November 29
December 6 December 13
January 3 January 10
To place an order, please contact Ian Godfrey, Cecil White or Bruce Smith for an order form. Thank you for your continued support.
Congratulations Orchard Valley. Our annual Christmas Hamper program is progressing very well. As of November 16, you have donated close to $3000 of our $4000 goal. These funds are being raised toward our commitment to supply 40 families with Christmas food hamper assistance plus donating $500 to Wolfville and Area Council of Churches as well as $500 to Canning Inter Church Council. If you would like to contribute, donations can be made to Orchard Valley United Church with a notation for the Christmas Hamper program. With thanks for your generous support. If you have questions, see Helen Seymour or Sheila Fisher
The Affirming Committee would like to remind the members of our church family that we have been adding information to our Resource Page on the church website. The most recent addition is the Affirm United’s use of language regarding sexual orientation and gender identity (i.e. definitions of LBGTQS+ and others). We invite you to check out our resource page if you have any questions.
One of our members, Kelly Messom, is selling Epicure products again this Christmas. She is donating half her commissions to the Christmas Hamper program. You may order anytime using a credit card through http://kellymessomross.epicure.com or contact her for e-transfer information.
Region 15 asked congregations to observe Children’s Sunday (November 15) by highlighting the need to protect the human rights of Palestinian children. Rev. Don mentioned this in his last sermon. One way we can help is to write letters to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and our MPs.
You can download a sample letter by clicking one of the links below.
Do you love to read, or have a flair for the dramatic? Is poetry something you love to share with others? Do you love to read stories for children to enjoy? If you have answered yes to any of the above, or if you have something unique to offer to our weekly recorded services, Rev. Don and the Worship Committee would love to hear from you. We would love to expand the already fabulous group of people contributing through reading scripture and poetry, reading to or engaging our children and youth, and sharing a Minute for Mission. If you would be interested or willing to share your talents, please reach out to Rev. Don or Theresa to share your interest in participating. Your church family would love to see you, and we would love to welcome you to our weekly creative worship endeavors!
For those in the congregation who would like to continue supporting the church financially while we are experiencing our temporary closure, we have several ways you can donate:
- Mail your post-dated cheque(s) to the office (OVUC, 130 Cornwallis Ave, New Minas, NS B4N 3M7);
- Drop your offerings into our mail slot. It’s located on the outside of the OVUC building, on the left corner. This is a secure, internal mailbox;
- Click the DONATE button on our website;
- Transfer funds to us via bank e-transfer. Please contact the office for details; or
- Sign-up for PAR. Please contact the office for details.
Regardless of the method you choose, you will receive a tax receipt in 2021 for your donation(s). For more information or assistance, please contact the office (902-681-0366, ext 1, or AdminOVU@bellaliant.com).
Please view our video recorded services by hovering over Worship Services on the ribbon above and then clicking on Video Recorded Messages OR by clicking on the following link: Video Recorded Messages.
Hope Al-Anon is a fellowship that offers help and hope for families and friend of alcoholics. The group will be using FONGO for phone meetings on Thursday mornings at 10:00 am until further notice. This program lets 15 people meet by phone. To enter the meeting, call 1-902-932-1200 and enter 902-932-7986#. For more information about Al-Anon visit www.al-anonmaritimes.ca or Al-Anon World Service Office at al-anon.org.