White Gift Sunday – December 16 – Our white gifts will be given to Chrysalis House in Kentville. Their wish list is as follows:Gift cards or gift certificates for grocery, gas, dollar store, or hair salons. Household items: towels, facecloths, full sets of dishes, pots and pans, cleaning supplies, paper towel, toilet paper, Personal care items: feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes and combs, body wash.
Christmas Office Closure – The church office will be closed December 24 through January 1, inclusive. Email and telephone will not be monitored during this time. Phone calls and emails to the office will be returned on January 2, 2019. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Holiday Emergency Pastoral Care – In the event of a pastoral care emergency over the Christmas holiday, please contact Rev Don Sellsted at 902-681-0366 Ext 2.
OVUC’s regular office hours are:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Closed for lunch from 11:30-12:30
FundScrip – The Men’s Group runs the “FundScrip” fundraising program. To obtain details on how the program works, please see one of the men at the back of the Sanctuary. Please note that December 16 is the last order date and December 23 is the last delivery date before Christmas. Order dates will resume January 6.
Christmas Hamper Program – OVUC, as part of our Outreach mission, will be providing 40 less fortunate families from the Kentville / New Minas communities with Christmas Hampers, as well as financially contributing to hampers distributed in Wolfville and Canning. Please support this much-needed outreach program with monetary donations.
Our goal is to raise $4,000 by December 10. We can do it with your help. Donations can be put in the specially marked envelopes at the back of the church or by using an envelope that you clearly indicate for the Hampers, mailed to the church, or placed in the offering plate. Cheques should be made payable to Orchard Valley United Church, and must note “Christmas Hamper Program”. If you have questions, please speak to Helen Seymour or Sheila Fisher. Thanks for your generosity.
Longest Night Service – On Friday, December 21, at 7:00 pm, Orchard Valley United Church will hold a Longest Night service. It will be a service of music, candle lighting and comfort during this overly busy and sometimes frantic time of the year. All are welcome.
- During the fall/winter/spring session, we offer an informal 9:00 am service, and an 11:00 am service that is more structured.
- During the summer session, we offer a 9:30 am worship service at Orchard Valley United Church and an 11:00 am worship service at the Covenanter Church, in Grand Pre.
All God’s children are welcome at each service.
Congregational Christmas Breakfast – The Friday Morning Breakfast Women invite the congregation to a Christmas Breakfast on Friday, December 21 at 9:00 am. Freewill offering. Entertainment to follow. All members of the congregation are welcome.
You’ve Got A Friend is just what the name implies – Orchard Valley (us), reaching out to others in our congregation who might appreciate a phone call, an email, a friendly “hello”, happy birthday, a condolence, or “is there anything you need?” We are Orchard Valley and we are here for each other. If you would like to be part of this “friendship web”, we are looking for more volunteers. Feel free to contact the office (902-681-0366, ext 1; AdminOVU@bellaliant.com).
OVUC Giving Tree 2018 – Donation cards and envelopes are available at the back of the church or from a member of the Stewardship Committee. Please give your completed card and donation to a member of the Stewardship Committee (before or after the service). We will exchange a red bow on the tree for a white one with each donation received. Donations will be accepted from November 25 to December 16 inclusive.
Facilities Committee Report – “The committee established by the congregation to develop a plan to renovate and/or expand our present Church building has been consulting with local architect Mark Hughes doing so in partnership with B.D. Stevens Ltd of Halifax. The Committee has held its initial meeting at which time the data collection and OVUC Congregational research done to date by an earlier committee chaired by Jane McDonald was reviewed to transition us into this development phase. Our next meeting will be to receive the early recommendations from the architect on ways to accommodate identified priority needs as OVUC looks ahead with service, program and outreach goals.
Visitation/Prayer Requests – To ask for prayers or for a visit can be difficult at times. There are visitation or prayer request slips available at the back of the church. Feel free to pick one up and place it in the offering tray, or in the church ‘box’ on the entry table, or to the minister directly if you prefer. If you are unable to make it to church, please call the office for a confidential referral (902-681-0366, ext 1).