GREETINGS                                              October 26 2017
"At once Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, on the other side of the lake, while he sent the crowd away. After saying goodbye to the people, he went away to a hill to pray." (Mark 6:45-46)
Jesus took time-outs like that frequently. It is a vital practice in living a life of faith. Many of us are not very good at it. Some may even feel like it is cheating, self-indulgent, a waste of time. About twenty years ago, Judith Couchman offered up this encouragement:
"Shouldn't we be able to keep up, to continue pitching in as long as everybody and everything needs us? If we feel like hiding, aren't we weak-willed or irresponsible? No. To feel like hiding is to be human, to recognize the soul's desire to pull away and within, to respond to a need for replenishment. The problem is we don't hide often enough. If we practiced periodic hiding, a repeated running away to God - often just for moments, sometimes for hours or days - we'd be less susceptible to letting the daily grind pulverize us."


She wrote that in a book called Shaping a Woman's Soul. Here's to our little study group exploring Women and Identity. And guys, we need to break away too from time to time so that we also maintain healthful spiritual and relational shape and form.


In our thoughts and prayers are Don Gilmar, Judy van Duzer, Connie Kuntz,  Chris Staples, Ann Sloat, Patricia Bradshaw's grandson, Daniel, and the family of Peter & Shelley Marshall on the passing of Shelley's mother Noreen Filion. 



Rev. Disher on vacation
Rev. Disher will be on vacation from Saturday, October 28 through Saturday, November 4. In case of pastoral need or emergency during his time away, please contact Rev. Jeff Chalmers (905) 902-0337 (Church); or

Bake Sale
Sunday, November 26th in the parlour before the 9am service and after the 10:30 service will be a "Cookie & Square Walk".  Proceeds will go to the Interval House.  Volunteer bakers are needed.  Please contact Sue Lane 905-574-6272.

Community Fall Yard Cleanup
The Ancaster Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Community Fall Yard Clean-up to assist seniors who are no longer able to perform such tasks.
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 8:15 a.m. to noon
Meeting Point: Ryerson United Church
Tools: Bring garden rakes, clippers, gloves and small garden tools
From 11:30 to 1:00 refreshments will be served at Ryerson United Church. If you would like to help out with this worthwhile community initiative, please sign the Volunteer List at the Welcome Centre in the Foyer.     Sign up deadline is October 31st.
Marshall's Men - Breakfast at St. Paul's
On Saturday, November 4 Marshall's Men will make the trip down the hill to have breakfast at St. Paul's United Church, Dundas.  After breakfast, arrangements have been made for a member of the St. Paul's Men's Group will to give us a tour and a short talk about this historic church.  Here are the details:
    Date:  Saturday, November 4
    Meet:  Gather at the Marshall parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to setup carpools
    Location:  St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St W, Dundas
    Cost:  $10
Contact Dave Putnam (; 905-648-4786) if you would like to attend.

Soup Sunday
Outreach will be hosting a soup Sunday on November 5th following the second service.  The cost is $10 at the door for all the soup you can eat, buns, cheese, coffee and dessert.  Hope to see you all there.

Bistro Nights
Bistro Nights are coming. You are invited and feel free to bring along friends and neighbours. We will listen to and reflect on songs from some of our Canadian stars: Sarah McLachlan, Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen.   The first two gatherings will be Saturday, November 18th (Sarah McLachlan) and Saturday, December 16th (Bruce Cockburn) from 8 to 10 p.m. in our Church Parlour.   This will be a licensed event, $5.00 gets you in and a free drink to start; $5.00 per drink after that.   Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks provided. Proceeds after expenses will be contributed to the Discretionary Fund to help persons in need in our community.
Follow the Star
The Ancaster United Churches (Marshall, Ryerson, Jerseyville, Bethesda) will be presenting a Christmas program on Sunday, December 3rd 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 3:30 pm.  Admission is free, parking will be available at Ryerson Church and refreshments will be provided after the program.  Please take note of this date and plan to attend. 

Christmas Tea
Everyone is welcome to join in the parlour on Tuesday December 5th at 2pm.