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News from Norval United Church
October 7, 2016
Start With Why
     Our recent Sunday worship series concludes  "Why Gratitude?"  A great theme for Thanksgiving!  See you Sunday at 10:00.
Thanksgiving Offering for our Refugee Family
      Because we are so thankful (!), there will be two offerings on Sunday at Norval United.  The first offering will be for our Refugee family, the Agobian's. They are presently being sheltered at a nunnery in Lebanon.  The family is from Aleppo.
     They are Sandra, her 6 year old son - Joud, mother - Nahiba, brother - Antoine, his wife - Donatella.  Elizabeth Ivany has been in touch with Sandra via Facebook and has heard some harrowing stories.  Nahiba's cousin, Mirna Tawil, was killed in Aleppo on Oct 4th.
     We'll share a bit more of their story Sunday morning.  The reality of the horror endured by so many is heightened as you see the faces and hear the stories of innocent civilians who just want to live their lives in peace.  It puts a bit of a chill on Thanksgiving here when you think of all that others are having to face in so many hot spots in this world of ours.
     If you're writing a cheque, make it out to Norval United, mark it Refugee Support, and we'll make sure you get a receipt or you can donate online.  Click here at Canada Helps.  Use General Funds and mark it Refugee Support.
An Evening of Giving
     You'll want to experience this evening of song and celebration to raise funds to support our Syrian refugee family, the Agobian's.
     Saturday, October 29th.  7:30 pm.  Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 14400 Argyll Road in Georgetown South.
     Musical guests include the Georgetown Bach Chorale, Miriam Khalil - a soprano soloist, Ablett & Cooper - a blues/contemporary folk duo from Georgetown, and the choirs from the three sponsoring churches - Norval United, St. Alban's Anglican, and Holy Cross Roman Catholic.
     Tickets are Adults $20, Children $10, Family of four $50.  You can contact Beth Hawley at for details.
The Bazaar is A-Comin'!!
     Sat Nov 29th (That IS next month!) Candy & Bake Tables, Treasures & Thing, Craft, Bottle Drive, Cookie Walk, Farmers Market, and the world famous Tea Room for lunch!
     Did you know that the target for this year's bazaar is over $7,000?!  All the money raised for to individuals, groups and projects in the church and in the broader community.
     This is our largest single event fundraiser each year.  Let's support the UCW (United Church Women) to make this year's event another huge success.
     There are lots of ways to help. C ontact Marilyn Smith to find out how.
youth hands
Youth Drop-In Nights
     The next Drop-In Night for youth in Grades 7 to 12, is Friday, October 21st, from 7-9pm at the church.  Drop-In Nights are for young people to get together, build community, discuss big ideas, play sometimes silly games and grow in faith. They happen every other Friday night. Everyone is welcome! For more information contact Deb Hopper
From the Congregational Meeting
     We had a great Congregational meeting last Sunday as Trevor Leathem, representing the Finance Team, gave an update with respect to building design as we look to move forward immediately on the 'Church' side of the building immediately and consider the 'Gymnasium' side of the building a little later, down the road.  Click on Update Presentation  to see a pdf of Trevor's presentation.
     If you have any questions email Trevor at or you could contact our new, very organized, very skilled Building Team Co-ordinator, Janet Laven at
"I am grateful for what I am and have
My thanksgiving is perpetual."
~ Henry David Thoreau