THOUGHTS & PRAYERS
Please remember Carl Mordeca's family with his passing.  His Funeral will be held here at Marshall on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1pm with light refreshments to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

Sunday Service
Join us this Sunday  at 9am during  our Contemporary Service with Band or our 10:30am during  our Traditional Service with our Choir.  Rev. Étienne's message will be "Solidarity in the Darkest Places."

Baptisms and New Members
We are very excited by the response for New Members and Baptisms!   Everyone is invited to come pledge loving support and share in the joy as we will be baptizing the following candidates :
November 18, 2018 at 9:00am: Kailyn Judith Van Dam and Nathan Hunter Van Dam, children of Adrianne and Chad Van Dam
November 25, 2018 at 9:00am: Emma Robin Klingbeil Ball, daughter of Alisha Ball and Tracy Klingbeil and Callie Mae Kovacs, daughter of Carrie and Jason Kovacs

Senior's Social
Join us Monday from 1-2:30 in the Gathering Place for a cup of coffee or tea and a sweet and enjoy the company of other Seniors in our community. We will be having a Christmas Lunch on December 10th.
 
Wednesday Discussion Group
On November 21, 2018 the Wednesday Discussion Group will be meeting for the last time.  Our focus will be on "Christianity's Family Tree" by Adam Hamilton.

Announcements
We ask that any and all Announcements that need to be in the Newsletter/Bulletin and those that are to be made off the pulpit Sunday morning are in to the office and Rev. Étienne by 9am Thursday morning.  This provides us with sufficient time to ensure that they are placed where they need to be and that sufficient time is set aside Sunday during the service.  Emergencies or illness is always the exception.  Thank you for your assistance.

White Gift Sunday
White Gift Sunday will be on December 2nd which is the first Sunday of Advent this year. There will be White Gift envelopes available in the pews Nov. 25 and Dec. 2nd. We appreciate your contributions to this worthy cause. Money will be distributed to several local charities including Wesley Centre and Living Rock. Thank you so much!

Miracle of Jesus - Journey to the Bethlehem Marketplace
 
Ways You Can Serve:
 
PRAYER: Please pray for the success of this event in reaching the community with the true message of Christmas in this commercially hyped-up season.
 
PUBLICITY: So much hard work is going into this event, but it won't mean a thing if people don't know about it! Please publicize like crazy in all your social networks! Share on social media, take posters to hang around town, give postcards to your friends, ask to put a stack in your favourite shops, restaurants, gyms, businesses, distribute door-to-door in your neighbourhood or on car windshields wherever families are gathering. Let's work together to get the word out!
 
VOLUNTEER: A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered to serve at the event. We are still in need of a few people to help at craft stations and 1-2 storytellers for the Nativity Story Time. Please sign up in the foyer on Sunday or speak to Judy VanDuzer if you are interested.
 
GIVE GENEROUSLY: Cash donations to help with the costs of this event are needed and will be greatly appreciated! Please indicate on your cheque or envelope that the donation is for "Journey to Bethlehem."
 
CRAFT PREP: Wednesday, December 5th in the Fellowship Hall, we will be preparing all the materials for the craft stations. Please come out and help!! We will start at 5 pm and continue into the evening until we are finished. Come for an hour or two and lend a hand! Station hosts, this is your opportunity to get hands-on instruction for your craft!

Follow the Star
The Ancaster United Churches (Marshall, Ryerson, Jerseyville, Bethesda) will be presenting a Christmas program on December 2 called "Follow the Star". Families are invited to experience the Christmas story with carols, drama and children's activities. This will take place at the Fieldcote Park starting at 4pm. Admission is free, parking will be available at Ryerson Church and refreshments will be provided after the program. If you are able to assist with this event, please contact Landra at landra.smith2@gmail.com.  

Waiting and Wondering
Experiencing Spiritual Practices for Advent - each week will focus on an Advent Theme: Hope, Peace, Joy & Love. Join Rev Étienne Monday evenings from 6-7pm on November 26, December 3, 10 & 17 or Judy VanDuzer on Wednesdays from 1:30-3pm on November 28, December 5, 12 & 19.

Guy's Christmas Luncheon
On December 7th we will be hosting our annual Guy's Christmas Luncheon for Choices and, new this year, for the Learning Centre in Dundas. There will be many opportunities for you to donate items for the luncheon, for the goodie bags Santa will hand out or for monetary gifts to help make this special event happen. There will also be opportunities to help serve or clean up, etc. Signup sheets will be posted on the UCW Bulletin Board in the Hallway. We appreciate all of your kindness and generosity once again. Please speak with Linda Craig at 905-648-1671 if you have any questions. Thank You!

Joy Day
Hi Ladies.   As you know Joy Day is Dec 8th! Please be there no later than 10:00! if you are in need of a ride please let me know! I know many of you are carpooling!!!! My deadline for sending in the cheque in Nov 23/18 so I am hoping you will bring your $ this Sunday! If etransfer is the easiest for you it is for me as well, my email address is  nkpierce.oils@gmail.com  and I have automatic deposit so please don't worry about a password!  If you need to text me my # is 905 921 7882, my landline is 519 304 3710. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am looking so forward to seeing all of you for a lovely day full of JOY!!!!
 
"Sing Christmas" Concert
The Chancel Choir will be presenting "Sing Christmas" on Sunday, December 9th at 3:00pm. Orchestral members will be present as well as a special guest, Jason Hales. Following the concert you will be treated to the choir's famous appetizers and refreshments will be served. Don't forget to mark this popular even on your calendar.

Sunday School Craft Sale
The Sunday School will be holding a Christmas Craft Sale on Sunday, December 9th between the two services. Te money raised will support our World Vision Foster Child, Jenny Mae. The children have been working hard making all the crafts and ornaments with the goal of raising $300.

UCW Christmas Luncheon
The UCW will be having a Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 14th at noon. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, November 26th. Everyone is welcome to attend, please bring a friend!

Christmas Brochure
Want to evangelize and get exercise all at the same time? Marshall can help you do it! We have a new Christmas brochure that outlines a number of activities taking place in December.  Please take one as a reminder and, for those willing and able, please take extra from the foyer to distribute in your neighbourhoods or with friends and family to help spread the Marshall cheer.