Sunday, Feb. 1 10:00 am 11:10 am 11:15 am Monday, Feb. 2 9:30 am 12:45 pm 6:15 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm Tuesday, Feb. 3 10:00 am 1:00 pm Wednesday, Feb. 4 9:30 am 10:30 am 1:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 5 9:00 am 6:00 pm 6:15 pm 7:15 pm Friday, Feb. 6 9:30 am 6:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 7 9:00 am 5:00 pm 6:00 pm Community Time After Each Service Worship World Religions Music Meeting AM Fitness Bridge Worship Committee Meeting Orchestra M&O Committee Meeting Quilting Prayer Shawl Knitting Worship Services February 1 The Knowledge of Love Message: Rev. Bob February 8 Ongoing and Sustaining Ministry Message: Rev. Bob February 15 Pass It On Message: Rev. Bob February 22 Lent 1 Frozen -Fixer Upper Message: Rev. Bob AM Fitness Cooking with Friends Open Art Studio Youth Choir Yoga Quilting for Others Children’s Choir Strummers Adult Choir AM Fitness Youth Group Men’s Breakfast Pizza Frozen Movie Today’s Service Scripture Reader: Melinda-Rae Lyse “Ask Me” Hosts: Marilyn Barry/David Gray Greeters: Sheila Campbell/Myrna Malanik Christ Candle: Hope Cochran Sound: Don Mills Projection: Jeff McLean Youth: Andrew Taylor-Kerr Announcements: Kristin Raugust Sunday School Teachers: Cathy Rivard/ Terri Poirier The United Church of Canada Thomas is in proud be part for of the United of Canada which ministers to close to 3 Check St. White Board the to Narthex location ofChurch activities million people in 3,500 congregations across the country. (For more information about the Please feel free to take a bulletin with you after Worship. United Church visit its websites: www.united-church.ca) St. Thomas is an Affirming Ministry within The United Church Through our gifts we commit ourselves of Canada. LGBT2S people are to live out the mission and ministry of whole people and full members in the church. Please give generously to the this community of faith. Mission and Service Fund to make this possible. Welcome to Worship! St. Thomas United is an open, affirming, accepting, and child friendly faith community. With children present we expect noise and movement, so there’s no need to leave the Sanctuary when it happens. If parents feel more comfortable with their children in nursery care, we have a nursery for babies & children under 3 years of age – just follow the posted signs. We hope that your worship experience will feed you and challenge you on your faith journey. Please talk to a greeter or the folks wearing an “Ask Me” badge if there’s anything you are unsure of or have a question about. There are Hearing Assistance Sets available. Ask a greeter or Ask Me person to get one. We project everything you will need to participate in worship. You will also find hymnbooks in your seats if you’d prefer to use them. Newcomers – please fill out one of our Communication Cards. This is our first opportunity to be in touch with you so that we can start to get to know one another. Music Team: Pam Bazinet, Barb Robertson, Erin MacLean-Berko, Dick Worton, Kloria Wen & Kari Orosz Accompanist: Kari Orosz Office Manager: Sandra Dusoswa Ministry Team: Rev. Bob Fillier & Rev. Tracy Robertson Youth Workers: Brittney Whittaker, Marika Wagner, Matthew Taylor-Kerr Email: [email protected] (A full version of this morning’s liturgy is available – just ask a Greeter or Ask Me host.) 100 Hawkwood Blvd. NW Calgary AB T3G 2S9 – [email protected] - www.stthomasunited.ca Sunday, February 1, 2015 10:00 am Theme: The Knowledge of Love VU = Voices United MV = More Voices Prelude~ Kari Orosz~ Love Divine, All Loves Excelling with Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee ~ arr. by Melody Bober Welcome & Greeting Visitors Greeting One Another Spirit Lines Christ Candle, Tone Bowl, & Silence Introit: Open Our Hearts MV#21 Call to Worship Opening Prayer Ministry of Music: The Children’s Choir ~ The Simplest Gifts~ by Amy Bernon Hymn: In Loving Partnership We Come VU#603 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Ministry of Music: The Strummers~ People Loving People~ by Michael Busbee, Chris Wallin, & Lee Thomas Miller The Message: “Cultural Christians” Hymn: Come Touch Our Hearts MV#12 Minute for Mission “Recovering from the Earthquake” Our Offerings Are Received Ministry of Music: Offertory: All Is Done for the Glory (V1&2) MV#34 Offertory Prayer Call to Prayer: When a Star Is Shining VU#97 Pastoral Prayers & Prayer of Jesus Commissioning & Benediction Hymn: O for a World VU#697 Postlude: The Strummers~ Snow Shovelin’ Man ~ by Bob King Join us on a pilgrimage and take the 40acts ‘Do Lent Generously’ Challenge. Track your steps or distance, add them to our weekly total and help us walk to Jerusalem with 13,543,307 steps. While you’re moving, think about how to live out one of the 40acts. To join over 40,000 people across the world, go to www.40acts.org.uk. Each day you will receive a new act of generosity that will take as little as five minutes and a couple of dollars. The journey starts Feb. 18th, 2015! February 8 following worship will be the Annual Congregational Meeting. What is the ACM? It’s a chance to review all the On your mark, get set,... ministry we’ve done in 2014, approve the 2015 operating budget, get information, ask questions, and provide input. It’s a way for everyone to be involved and for everyone to have a voice. Plan on staying for the ACM following worship and show If any adult is interested in becoming a member at St. Thomas through Adult Confirmation or Membership Transfer, your support for all the ministry we accomplished in 2014! Please remember to pick up your copy of The Annual Report! please indicate so on the communication card or email/call/text Rev. Tracy at [email protected] or (403) 870-3930. St. Thomas UCW News: Fair Trade coffee orders will be taken on Feb. 1. We are now taking prepaid orders only. Cheques or cash are acceptable. The next meeting of the UCW will be held on Wed. Feb 18. at 1pm in the Lounge. All Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is proud to partner once again with the Calgary Home + Garden Show, February women of St Thomas are invited to attend. Mark your calendar for the Shrove Wednesday pancake supper, on Wed. Feb. 26 - March 1 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. They are seeking volunteers to work as Ticket Takers and Greeters 18 at 6pm. Helpers required for setup, cooking, and cleanup. Please contact Wanda Veer at [email protected] each day of the event. Volunteers receive free entry into the Home + Garden Show, a meal provided during their break, and reimbursement for parking/transit. This is a fun event with lots of opportunities to interact with people and Veteran's Food Bank: Did you know that all food bank donations at St Thomas go to the Veteran's Food Bank? Their experience the excitement of the Home + Garden Show. Sign up for a volunteer shift with a friend or family member, requirements are somewhat different from the general food bank. The most requested items are small sizes of: canned and then enjoy some shopping, advice on home improvement projects, and special guest presentations on the main salmon, tuna, ham, luncheon meat and corned beef; hamburger and tuna "helper"; pancake mix and syrup, "Sidekicks stage afterwards! To register, visit http://habitatsouthernab.ca or call me and I'll help you get signed up. Melinda-Rae and Bistro", canned fruit, canned milk, jello powder, puddings, pickles and instant potatoes. Donations of toilet paper, Lyse (403) 926-2787 [email protected] toiletries, candy and chocolate are also very much appreciated as volunteers take these items in gift bags when they go to visit veterans who are in hospital or nursing homes. Monetary contributions are also accepted (many corporations assist Junior Youth Group: If you are in grades 5 or 6, you have two opportunities in February for a fun Friday evening at St. with this). Veterans are provided with four boxes of food as well as some financial assistance every two months. Thomas. In addition to the beach party on Feb 27, Grade 5 and 6 preteens, whether from St. Thomas, or friends of those who come, are invited to join the next Junior Youth Group meeting on Fri., Feb. 20 at 7pm. Volunteer leaders are Plan to come to the next MOST Breakfast on Sat. Feb. 7 at 9am in the Narthex! Heather Robertson, Andrew Taylor-Kerr, Taylor Thompson, and Matthew Worton. All youth attending are requested to fill out a registration and waiver form the first time they attend during a school year. Forms are available on the website From Faith Formation: Introduction to World Religions: Today after the service we will look at Confucianism and on Feb at http://stthomasunited.ca/Junior-Youth-Group.aspx or at the Church. 22 -Taoism. These are indigenous religions of China. The sessions will take place in the Lounge. These sessions are at an introductory level and feature lots of pictures and are suitable for anyone who is curious to learn more about other Inn From The Cold Dinner Crew: St. David's United Church has asked us to help them with a few of their Inns by religions/ faiths. providing them with a dinner crew. The next Inn where we are needed is Saturday, February 14th. There is a sign-up Pizza and Movie (Frozen): Save the date- Sat. Feb. 7 A free pizza dinner, along with a FROZEN treat, will be served in the sheet in the Narthex to join the team making dinner at that Inn. This is a great help to St. David's and avoids them Mountainview Hall at 5pm. At 6pm, we will gather in the Sanctuary to enjoy the animated Disney movie “Frozen”. This having to cancel an Inn that they are hosting. movie won the Oscar for best animated movie and best original song. Some of the upcoming sermons and music in February will relate to the movie” Frozen”. Note: Please sign up on the communication card, or the sign-up sheet in the Cooking With Friends: Is a partnership program to facilitate community building among new immigrants and started on Narthex or by calling Sandra at the church office (403) 241-0366, if you will be attending, so that we have enough pizza for Jan. 20. We are looking for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with childcare between 11am and 1pm on all! Wednesdays. Great Date Experience: February is often a month when the winter blues set it. The Christmas season is well behind us and spring is still a very long way off. It’s also a month when we try to reinvigorate our relationships on Feb. 14. So to help Our last month! How is your stamp collecting for the knife project coming along everyone? Can you believe we have offset the winter blues and provide some fun and different relationship building opportunities we are offering a variety of been at this for almost four months! Please give it your best effort as we are down to our last four weeks. The final great date experiences. Throughout the month in the Narthex after services we will have a variety of envelopes containing date for collecting the Safeway stamps is Feb. 12. We will not be able to choose the recipients of the knives until we see date activities which you can do at a time convenient for you. This year we have dates for friends as well as dates for how many we can purchase. Remember that you don’t have to fill in a whole card before you turn it in. Every stamp – couples. Each envelope states if it is for couples or friends and has a title which may provide some hint of what the date even loose ones – is appreciated. The collection envelope is on the bulletin board in the Narthex. might involve. So pick up an envelope and go out on a great date. Drumming Circles: On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7-9pm. The next drumming circle is Feb. 10. To register: complete a communication card, or e-mail Daryl at [email protected] Cost: $10 for adults at the door, children free. Reminder: The Observer subscriptions are due now! Annual subscription only $20! Third Street Theatre(Calgary’s only Queer Theatre Company) is offering a new program called YOUth Riot. It is a free, 12 week program where you will learn tools and skills from professionals in the Calgary arts community to develop your own play, or film, or work of fiction, or spoken-word poem. Contact [email protected] for more info. Deadline for applications is Feb. 8 at midnight. If you're in Grades 4, 5 or 6, you are invited to a Beach Party in February! Several NW churches are gathering together to offer an evening of beach fun including beach games, activities and refreshments. Bring your friends. It will be at St. Thomas United Church on Feb. 27 from 7pm to 8:30pm. All are welcome; no cost. If you're a Star Wars fan (and even if you're not), as a lead up to the new movie The Force Awakens, we wanted to create some hype and encourage you to 'get your geek on'! We will be showing all six Star Wars movies leading up to the release of The Force Awakens in Dec., 2015. The schedule looks like this: March 6 Attack of the Clones, May 22: The Revenge of the Sith, Sept. 25: Star Wars (A new hope), Oct. 23: The Empire Strikes Back, Nov. 27: Return of the Jedi. All start at 7pm.
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