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Below is a listing of upcoming and planned events happening at St. Paul's and in our community. Please contact the church office for more information.

Sunday September 9, 2018

Pentecost 16

 

Join us at 10 am!

 

We are St. Paul's United Church in downtown Brampton

an Engaged Community of Faith!

 

I have been reflecting on the wisdom T. S. Elliot shared as I plan our fifth year of ministry together.  Changes are neither easy nor comfortable for most of us. Changes in church, regardless of what words you use or how you describe them, are often experienced as being slow. One thing we tend to discount is that changes and transitions are part of being church. If the followers of Jesus didn’t make or adapt to changes, the teachings of Jesus would not have spread outside of the Jewish communities in Palestine.

If the four denominations — the Methodist Church Canada, the Congregational Union of Ontario and Quebec, two-thirds of the congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1925 and the Canadian Conferences of the Evangelical United Breathren Church in 1968 — didn’t change, we would not be worshipping and ministering in Brampton as part of the United Church.

The “challenge”, as in an opportunity to overcome obstacles to become more effective, for us as a congregation, is to find ways to let go of the expressions of the past that no longer work in our ministry contexts in downtown Brampton in 2018.  The opportunity for us lies in discovering and utilizing the expressions of our faith in relation to our neighbours needs and gifts. I believe that our local and global neighbours are ready for our changes and transitions.  I also believe that God has been inviting us to be open to the possibilities of being the church the Union of the four denominations envisioned — becoming a church that welcomes the burdened, healing the wounds of one another, and proclaiming the Words of Jesus, that all are welcome in God’s community.

- Richard

Fall Bash - Saturday – September 15, 2018 - 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15.00 each.  Call the church office at 905-451-1405 or Norma Noye at 905-457-4993. Tickets will also be available after church this Sunday.  Donations to cover expenses would be appreciated.

SILENT AUCTION INFO

Thanks to your participation, at our Spring Fling event the Silent Auction raised over $600.00.

NOW we need donations for our FALL BASH

What can you donate----USE your imagination.

It could be

TIME—like—dinner for 4 in your home

TALENT—like—3 home made pies

TREASURES—like—possessions you no longer need

Join the FUN and help us raise FUNDS for St Paul’s.

Contact Joan Rintoul at (905) 451-9188 or e-mail joaoul.70@gmail.com

Macy’s on Main will be at the market on September 15 from 10am to 1pm (weather permitting).  We will be featuring Fall and Halloween items.  See you there!

The Book Club will meet after church on September 23rd in the Upper Room to discuss the book, "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be" by Farley Mowat.  Anyone who is interested in joining in the discussion is welcome to come out; if you haven't had an opportunity to read the book yet, now's your chance.  Everyone is welcome.

Council Meeting – Tuesday September 11 at 7pm in the Community Room.

2018 Christmas Bazaar Meeting – being held on September 18 at 7pm in the Four Seasons Room.  Everyone is welcome!  Please bring your ideas!

On Wednesday September 26 from 7-9 pm, Rev. Richard will be hosting a “Small Group” meeting.  Everyone is welcome!  The discussion will be based on the following:

FIRST CONTACT 

A 3 Night Television Event on APTN 

September 11-13, 2018

Airs 7:00pm Each Evening

First Contact takes six Canadians, each with stereotypical opinions about Indigenous People, on an unforgettable 28-day exploration of Indigenous Canada. It’s a journey that will turn their lives upside down, challenging perceptions and confronting prejudices about a world they never imagined they would see. This exploration of the true Indigenous experience in Canada will change the participants’ lives forever.

Membership Classes

We will be starting Membership classes in September and October. Please contact Richard (rcc1fides@gmail.com) by no later than September 4 so we can schedule three meetings in September and October. 

 

Food Cupboard – Please remember the food cupboard when you are doing your grocery shopping.  We are in need of tuna, canned pasta and canned soup. 

 

Please sign up for COFFEE HOUR so that we can continue to enjoy fellowship after each service. The signup sheets are located in the Four Seasons Room.  Thank you.

Just a reminder that our John McDermott concert is taking place on Saturday November 3 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are now available from the Church Office or through Eventbrite.