GREETINGS                                   February 2 2017
                                       Towards a Motivating Vision
  "Motivating Vision" is the overarching purpose toward which
every congregational participant dedicates 100% of their church resources and personal lifestyles. This congregational destiny becomes a "song in the heart".     - TOM BANDY

Sample visions from other congregations who have been through this process are:

"Putting Wings on Weary Hearts"                    
"Rivers of Life"               
"Summer in the Soul"
"God's Northern Light "          
"Open Hands, Open Hearts, Open Spirits"

Who knows what Marshall's song might be? There are fifteen different 'vision' texts from the Bible in circulation. If you got one last week and have done your meditation upon it, bring it back and pick up a different one this Sunday. Keep trading in your texts and making notes on each different one.   Remember that you can also participate in any one of my Round Table Talks to help discern this vision. Bring your text to the table and I will offer some guidance and encouragements for reflecting upon it. When you have a word or phrase to suggest as Marshall's motivating vision, hand it in to a member of the Transition Team or our Church Office. These phrases will be transferred to an "emerging vision" wall-chart until the time comes to gather together to choose the one "song" that resonates loudest and best with most of us. Pray that God's Spirit will be with us as we move through this phase of our time of transition.
Transition Team members are:   Leah Abbey, Charlotte Stewart, Peter Marshall, Irene Gaerdes, Martha Forbes, Bob Drennan, Barbara Mahaffy, and Harry Disher.                                                  

In our thoughts and prayers are Judy VanDuzer, Connie Kuntz, Geoffrey Parkinson (nephew of Patricia Bradshaw) and Alyssa Hobbins (Patricia's great-grandchild.) 



Annual General Meeting
This year the Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 26.  Coffee & Conversation will be available between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. with coffee/tea and hot crossed buns.   At 10 a.m. we will have a shortened Joint Worship Service, followed by the AGM.  Harry Disher will also lead us in a visioning exercise.  This will be an interesting and informative morning.  Please make every effort to attend.

Time out with Jesus
Join in the parlour during the winter at noon on Tuesdays.   Bring a lunch, sit and chat; then, have a half hour of quiet meditative time with God. 
Round Table Talks
"Round Table Talks" that focus on revealing a Motivating Vision for the congregation will continue through the next couple of months.  Each week those who gather will listen for the Spirit in a different passage of Scripture.  Please join in and share your reflections, ponderings, and thoughts.
Tuesdays for Tea in the Parlour 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.;                                  Wednesdays over Wine in the Church Hall  5:00 to 6:30 p.m.; or                 Coffee Time Thursdays in the Parlour 10:00 to 11:30.

Living Rock Food Drive
Next Sunday please bring your groceries to donate to the Living Rock Ministries.

The United Church Observer
It's time for our renewal and new subscriptions.
This award winning magazine is noted for its attention to current topics and problems - sometimes controversial - both secular and religious. With it's quality of writing, its varied content, its colourful presentation and its humour, it is an easy way to become aware of the work of our church at home and around the world. The observer remains one of Canada's best magazine bargains at $25 for 11 issues. Please make cheques payable to Marshall Memorial Church re: Observer". New subscriptions are very welcome......Alma Lister

Tax Receipts
Your tax receipt is ready for pick up in the foyer.

Men's Breakfast
This month Marshall's Men's Group will enjoy a pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, February 11 at 8:30 am.  The guest speaker will be Michael Putnam.  Contact Dave Putnam at
if you plan to attend.
Note:  Following the Men's Breakfast at 10:30 a.m., Michael will repeat his talk for anyone who is interested.  Come for coffee and discussion in the Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome.

Valentine Luncheon

Please come and join us for lunch in the church hall on Wednesday, February 15th at noon.  The cost is $15.  Men and women are invited.  Bring some friends.  We will be playing cards or games after lunch.  You can buy tickets after church today.  The last day to purchase your tickets is February 12th.


Ancaster Food Drive
The food drive will take place on Saturday, March 4th.  The location has been changed to the Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road, South. Volunteers are needed to collect food, distribute flyers and to pick up food at the schools.  Contact  The need is great and together we can make this a successful effort!