Sunday Service
Join us this Sunday  as we begin our Advent celebrations.  At 9am our Contemporary Service is joined by the Band.  At 10:30am  our Traditional Service is joined by our Choir.  

Please see Rev Étienne's invitation:  

It's Advent, Christmas is coming!
It's Advent, Christmas is coming!

The flowers in the sanctuary are from Allan & Ruth Michelin in loving memory of their son Darren.

Advent Candles
 If you ordered Advent Candles and have not picked them up, please do so in the foyer on Sunday. Reminder that the cost is $10 per box. We have a few extra boxes for anyone who would like candles but didn't pre-order.

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  December 3, 10 & 17 or Judy VanDuzer on Wednesdays from 1:30-3pm on  December 5, 12 & 19.

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. 
Christmas Bark
Outreach will be selling Chocolate Bark to raise funds for the White Gift Fund to support Wesley and The Living Rock. As in the past , we will have 3 varieties of chocolate, with almonds, peppermint and craisins. The bags of Bark will sell for $6.00 each. New this year we will also have homemade fruit cake!  Sales will take place Sunday, December 9, 2018.

December House Members
Please either see Linda Craig today or email her at or call 905 648 1671 to let her know if you are available to bake or greet between 10:00 -10:30 or clean up after the second services on Dec. 16, 23 or 30.

Marshall Men's - Jam & Breakfast
On Saturday, December 8, 2018 Marshall Men's will attend the Breakfast & Jam at Bowman United Church  880 Garner Rd E., Ancaster.   Meet in Bowman U.C parking lot at 9 a.m.  The cost is  $10 per person.
Come and enjoy a great breakfast, excellent music and a little time to relax and connect with each other.   Let Dave Putnam know ( ) if you plan to attend.

During worship each Sunday we consider how our abilities, experience, passions, and spiritual gifts could be used as part of the ministry of Marshall Church.  If you aren't already involved, perhaps you would like to share your talents in a regular or even an occasional way.  There are opportunities to be involved with other team members in planning worship, developing Christian education programs, outreach in our community, helping with technical support and communications, caring for our staff, caring for others in our church community, guiding the church in financial matters, taking care of our church property, welcoming others through coffee and conversation, or in some other way that would be a good fit for you.  Give it some thought.  If you would like to be part of one of these ministries at Marshall, contact Dave Putnam, Nominations Team (905-648-4786 or to make your interest known.

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 is this Sunday,  the first Sunday of Advent. There will be White Gift envelopes available in the pews. 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:
POSTCARDS:  We still have some postcards for distribution. If you would be willing to take some, please pick them up in the foyer.
VOLUNTEERS:  Your volunteer packages are ready for pick-up in the foyer December 2 or 9. If you will not be at church on either of those days, please contact the church to arrange a time to come by and get it. 
BAKERS:  Please bring your 2-3 dozen NUT FREE cookies or bars to the church on either Friday, December 14 in the morning or Saturday, December 15 AT 9 AM. Please deliver them in a container with your name on it if you would like your container returned. There is no need to arrange them on plates as our volunteers will be putting an assortment on trays for the event. 
CRAFT PREP:  Please come out to our craft prep afternoon/evening on Wednesday, December 5th anytime after 4 pm. Many hands make light work, so even if you can pop in for an hour that will help. STATION HOSTS, this is your change to get hands-on training with your craft!

Follow the Star
Ancaster United Churches (Ryerson, Bethesda, Jerseyville & Marshall) invite your family to Experience the Christmas Story with carols, drama & children's participation.
Place:  Fieldcote Park, Ancaster
Date:  Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Free admission. Donations to Ancaster Community Services are welcome. Parking at Ryerson United Church, 265 Wilson St E.
Refreshments after the program at Ryerson Church

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
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!!  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. The 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. 


Sunday Servers
Sign up sheets for December, January, February and March will be on the desk in the foyer for Readers for our upcoming services. Please consider signing up and contributing to our services!

From the Marshall Library:
While you are visiting in the Gathering Place over coffee and goodies, have a look at the Marshall Library Book Shelf for some children's Christmas reading. You are welcome to sign these out over the season of Advent!
Pat McKnight

Wesley Christmas & Holiday Store
There is information on the bulletin board in the hall pertaining to the Wesley Christmas Store. A monetary donation is always appreciated, or consider donating your time, groceries, or gifts to those in need in the Hamilton Area.

Girl Scout Fundraiser
18 pack of Utterly Buttery Microwaveable Scout Popcorn is available for purchase for $20.00. 40% of sales goes directly to Ancaster Scouting. Please contact Jennifer on 905 304 7780 or to arrange delivery.