Happy Thanksgiving

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
We continue to remember Rev. √Čtienne in our prayers.  We also remember those in our community struggling with the effects of Covid-19.  If you have a prayer request, please call the office at 905-648-4631 or Patty Cheshire at cheshire.patty@gmail.com.

OUR SERVICES
Rev. Kevin will be leading us in worship this week. The service is available via Livestream beginning at 9am Sunday morning and archived for viewing anytime.   
 
Children's Sunday School will happen via ZOOM: 10am for Little Zoomies (ages 4-7) and 10:35am for Big Zoomers (ages 8+). Just text your e-mail and time preference to Heather at 905-978-7610. 

You can also watch our services directly from YouTube.  After entering YouTube, search for our channel, Marshall Memorial United Church and click "Subscribe" once (free of charge) so the site is added to your YouTube for easy retrieval.

Communion October 14th at 7 pm via Marshall Memorial Church Live-stream

We invite everyone to join together through Marshall's Live-streaming to celebrate Communion. We will be live-streaming communion from our sanctuary. Frank will be providing our worship music. Rev. Kevin will be leading this service.

We ask that each household gather their own bread and juice/wine that they will be using for this service. Although we will be in our own homes we will be together in heart, mind and in God's Spirit. We welcome you to gather with others who are trusted (in your social bubble) to worship together.

In these Covid 19 days we acknowledge that we would rather be in our sanctuary. The sanctuary can come to us through the use of media. We would rather be together in the safety of our sanctuary but the sanctuary must come to us in the safety of our own homes. We may still form a community to celebrate together!
Blessings,
Rev. Kevin

ANNOUNCEMENTS 


REV. TAYLOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION
Please note a change to Rev. Kevin Taylor's office hours.  He will be in the office Monday-Thursday from 11-3pm.   You can reach him at 905-979-1751 or by email.  Please call first before coming to the church. 

SOUP TO GO
Outreach is pleased to announce our Soup to Go event is sold out! Thank you to everyone who managed to get in their orders. We have sold over 70 containers! Thank you Marshall supporters! Together we will serve together in God's world! 

Pick up dates remain the same (Friday, October 23 in the afternoon from 1-5 pm and Saturday, October 24 in the morning from 9-12 noon) Exact cash or cheque accepted as payment. Thank you!!

PRAYER GROUP
Join us for Prayer Group Monday afternoons at 1pm in the Gathering Place or via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89755673961.  New Members are welcome!  Please contact Patty Cheshire (cheshire.patty@gmail.comif you would like to join them or have a prayer request.

REGULAR OFFERINGS
Thank you to members who have maintained their givings through PAD, e-transfer, Canada Helps or mailed-in cheques. If you are wondering how to maintain your offerings when we are not in our Sanctuary:
  • Mail cheques to Marshall Memorial United Church, 20 Gilbert Ave., Ancaster L9G 1R4 (mail is being picked up every day).
  • eTransfer using marshallmemorial@gmail.com as the recipient address. This function is available from most online banking sites
  • Donate button at www.mmuc.org/give or go directly to the Canada Helps site with the link https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/19884.
  • Sign up for PAD to make a regular contribution through your bank account. Contact Henrietta at marshallmemorial@gmail.com or by phone at 905-648-4631 to start PAD or to make changes to your current PAD offerings.
Please note that an interim statement of Givings will be mailed out at the beginning of October to all those who have contributed to Marshall .

CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT
Hi everyone!  With Covid still a thing, we are continuing to 'do church' digitally.  But that doesn't mean we aren't still connected. In fact, it's more important than ever to stay in touch with your faith family. Walking in God's Way and Serving in God's World is group activity!
 
It is a lot more difficult to stick to your spiritual practices when you're on your own.
That's why we are offering a number of ways to stay connected:

Zoom Bible Study - 1 pm on Wednesdays  
In this 9-week study, we will be looking at the Fruit of the Holy Spirit as described by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
 
Please contact Judy VanDuzer - judy.vanduzer@hotmail.com - to sign up for the group.  Here's a pdf of the Participant's Guide for the series.    If you are interested in this topic but unable to attend the Zoom group on Wednesday afternoons, please contact Judy and she will forward the material for you to study on your own.

  
Bible Study with Rev. Kevin - 7 pm on Wednesdays Rev. Kevin is leading his popular evening of study and reflection, focusing on the scriptures from the daily Read & Reflect calendar that will be basis of each week's sermon.  Join us either in person or via Zoom.



CELTIC PRAYER BEADS
Last year during Lent, we encouraged the use of prayer beads as a spiritual practice. 
This fall, we have adapted St. Patrick's Prayer for use with these same beads. (The prayers are attached HERE)

St. Patrick's Prayer will be very familiar to many people. It is one of the oldest prayers in our tradition. This prayer emphasizes the ever-abiding presence of Christ in our lives. The Lord's Prayer, liturgical prayers and scripture verses are included as well. 

If you do not have prayer beads, we have pre-packaged beads at the church - just let us know you are coming and we will have them ready for you to pick up. Or, if you would prefer something 'fancier', prayer beads are readily available on Amazon or other sites, or you can make your own. You can even make a prayer rope instead by just tying the right number of knots in a cord.

The beads we are using are 'catholic' style - being composed of 'decades' of ten small beads for repetition. But Anglican or Protestant prayer beads are very common as well, being composed of 'weeks' of beads - 7 beads for repetition rather than 10 beads. If you have Protestant prayer beads,  you simply have to adapt the prayers to suit. 

We hope that the use of beads to help encourage and focus your prayers continues to be a valuable part of your spiritual practices. 
  
CLOTH FACE MASKS
We are very grateful to Diane Paton who has made and donated a number of cloth face masks to be given to people at Marshall Church.  If you would like to have one, please  email or phone the church office (also provide your mailing address) and a free mask will be mailed to you.  Thank you Diane for your work and generosity, as you help us protect ourselves and others.

For all those feeling creative and wanting to make their own, this link will lead you to directions that one of our members used to make her own.

UCC - E-SSENTIALS
Please follow this link for the latest from the United Church of Canada.

OFFICE HOURS
The church office is open Monday-Friday 9-noon.  Need a face mask?  We've got them.  Want to make a contribution to Givings?  Want something to go in the Newsletter? Have a prayer request?  Send me, Henrietta, an email or call (905.648.4631).