Church Life and Work

It’s Time To Cram The Container! CEDASS is collecting items for South Sudan, such as: Books, Bibles & School Supplies, Clothing for all ages, including underwear, especially 5-12 years, Tents, Medical Supplies, Shoes, Sports Items, Cutlery, Pots & Pans, Bikes, Kiln-Dried Lumber, Steel, Generators, Tools. If you have any items you would like to see being put to good use, please contact Stewart McCutcheon to donate or sell @ 519-461-9417 or e-mail

SILENT AUCTION – Quilt – Would “YOU” like to buy a quilt and support a ELUCO Family’s Christmas at the same time! Dana Kerr has donated a 94″ X 94″ quilt to Thorndale United Church which she bought the fabric, cut it and pieced it herself.  It was quilted by Long Arm at the Marsh Store in Coldstream.    The quilt pattern is “Triple Barn Star”.  It was decided at our council meeting we should “pass on” the proceeds to support a less fortunate family from the East London United Church Outreach.  It will be displayed at the church and again at the Beef Supper. Please put your name, phone number and bid on a piece of paper and put it in the supplied container.  The winner will be announced on October 27th.  If our highest bid is duplicated we will contact the person to see if they would like to up their bid. It is a beautiful quilt and a lot of hours of work have gone into it.

Please note that the new phone number for the Joint Charge is 519-609-6132 For many reasons the Joint Board has decided to use a much less expensive and far more flexible internet service. You will be able to connect with the person you need or leave a message if you prefer! We hope you will find this system more effective in reaching us!

Thanksgiving..a time to be grateful and support M & S For the month of October, let’s remember what we have to be thankful for and fill up the pumpkin patch with toonies and loonies for Mission and Service to help those in need. Displays will be at both Zion and Thorndale.

Thorndale United Church will be placing Memorial Poinsettias in the Sanctuary for the Christmas Season beginning Sun. Dec. 1st.  Please mark donations as "Poinsettias" & leave on the offering plate.  Suggested donation is $25.00.  Please contact Doreen @ 519-461-1237 or Yvonne @ 519-461-0067 by Sun. Nov. 24th. 

Every second Sun. of the month, Thorndale United is collecting donations to the Food Bank.

If you would like to order any apple or cherry pies at $8 each for our Nov. 4th Pie Day, please contact Joyce Robinson at 519-461-1196 before Oct. 28th.

Sun. Oct. 20th – Thorndale Anniversary service with guest speaker Keith Lewis at 11:00 a.m. Lunch to follow. Note – no service at Zion this morning.

Sun. Oct. 20th Ticket counts & unsold tickets should be returned to Bob or Darlene Graham. Any tickets held at the door should be communicated to them as well.
Mon. Oct. 21st 7:00 p.m.  We would appreciate as much help as possible to peel potatoes, prep baked beans, fold boxes etc in the kitchen at the Community Centre.  Bring your peelers & paring knives.  Anyone who has oven roasters  or slow cookers, we would appreciate having them at the hall Mon.  evening or if you can't make it, have them in the Church kitchen prior to Mon. night.  We need as many slow cookers as possible for the gravy. 
Tues. Oct. 22nd – 10:00 a.m.  We will be setting up tables in the hall. Anyone that  can help with this is greatly appreciated.  Many hands make light work!

Tues. Oct. 22nd – Thorndale Beef Supper at TCC from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Adults – $18, Children 6-14 – $5, younger children are free. Tickets will be available from Bob & Darlene Graham, or various members of TUC.

Sun. Oct. 27th – Rose’s students piano recital – 2 p.m.

*Note change of day beginning Oct. 1st – Prayer Night Tuesdays from 6 – 7 p.m. @ TUC. Bible study Tuesdays 7 – 9  p.m. Open to all!

If you have anything you would like on the Thorndale Church sign for the month of Sept. please contact Bob Graham.

7UP Youth Group – If you are in grade 7 or higher come and hang out with us on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We enjoy some God talk, games, food and fun!  Beginning Oct. 2, we will meet on Wednesdays.

Sat. Nov. 2Nd – Thorndale United Church Trivia Night is back!! Tables of 8; create a team or join a table.  Questions for all interests.  Late lunch and refreshments, door prizes and lots of fun!  Tickets are $20 each available by calling 519-609-6132, emailing or getting in touch with Janice Wiersma. The trivia committee would appreciate donations for door prizes, as well as church sandwiches, vegetables and pickle tray items – please see Sarah Smith to sign up for food donations, or to arrange a door prize donation. All proceeds from this Trivia Night will be going to the Iqaluit Nunavut Food Bank.

Sun. Nov. 17th – Deadline for Church Chat submissions!

Save the Date – Sat. Nov. 30Th – Thorndale Zion Social gathering – “Good Ol’ Country Gospel” @ St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre – 2 p.m. show, featuring glorious arrangements and heavenly voices, with many sacred favourites, including Amazing Grace, I’ll Fly Away, Peace In The Valley, How Great Thou Are and many more – cost is $44 per person. Please contact John Elliott by Sun. Oct. 20th to reserve your seat!

“Magazines! Magazines! Get your gently read Magazines! 2 for $1!! Better selection than the supermarket! You can find them on the table and shelf in the fellowship hall. Self serve!” Get your recipe fix and seasonal decorating ideas while supporting the UCW’s fundraiser!

Prayer Night – Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. is an open time to receive prayer or pray for others. Come as you are, pray aloud or silently. Prayer requests can be emailed to ; left in an envelope on offering plate marked “prayer” or deposited into the green Prayer Request mailbox by side door of TUC.

Please note – if you have submissions for bulletin announcements, let Chris know by Thurs. of each week, by 2 p.m. or call 519-461-0605

Prayer Shawls/Blanket – We continue to bless hurting people through this ministry. Please consider taking a shawl or blanket to someone you know who can be blessed knowing that God loves them and they are being prayed for. if you enjoy knitting, crocheting or tying knots please consider making a shawl or blanket. Supplies are available. Talk to Pam.

REVAMPED LENDING LIBRARY located at Thorndale United Church, open to all at TZUC. The old books that filled the shelves have been removed and there is space for new reading material! Please consider donating gently used CHRISTIAN  books or a financial donation for our team to purchase new books. (leave on offering plate in envelope marked LIBRARY) Everything that goes on the shelf can be freely borrowed and returned when you have finished with it. We are interested in children’s books too!!

Thorndale Accoustic Society is back!    Come and listen or join in singing or playing your musical instrument from 7 – 10 p.m. every Tues. night in Thorndale United Church Fellowship Hall. $3 donation toward expenses.

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VON  Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Supportive Care and Bereavement Programs in Middlesex County.  Services are free and referrals can come from anyone – health team, family, self, etc. at any point in your journey.  Our program is open to anyone in Middlexex County with support being available in the community, hospital or long-term care settings.  For more information contact:  Meagan Alexander – Supportive Care Coordinator 519-245-3170 Ext. 227 or 1-800-265-7058 Mon. - Fri. 8:30 – 4:30, 274 Head St. N. Strathroy, ON or e-mail:

Sat. Oct. 19th – Middlesex Presbyterial UCW Fall Event at White Oaks United Church.  “My Sister’s Community”  Registration – 9 a.m.  Please bring reusable bags filled with items for women and children.  Suggestions include:  small bottles of shampoo & conditioner, combs & brushes, hair elastics & clips, lip balm, small hand lotion, soap, body wash, deodorant, disposable razors, toothbrushes & toothpaste, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, underwear, gloves, mittens, winter hats & scarves, worm socks, hand wipes, small kleenex tissue packets, small purse size umbrella, disposable rain ponchos, pocket calendars, hard candies individually wrapped.  these items are distribued to various organizations in the are.  Please be generous!  Come and enjoy fellowship, music and fun along with a great speaker.

Sat. Oct. 26th – Richards Memorial Church, 360 Edgeworth Ave, London, presents Country Gold Western Music Show, starring “Country Pete” Doiron. Tickets $15 – call Church office at 519-455-3470

Tues. Oct. 29thReynolds Creek U.C. in Putnam will host a Ladies Fellowship Event at 12:00 p.m.  The afternoon begins with a free lunch of soup, sandwiches, dessert and beverage, followed by an informative presentation by Kelly Franklin of Courage for Freedom / Farmtown Canada.  A freewill offering will be accepted with all donations going to Kelly's efforts in bringing awareness to the human trafficking crisis in our area.  Please RSVP the church office (519-425-1174) if you plan to attend.

Villages United Church, Granton is making their church into a Haunted Church. We are looking for gently used and old clothing as well as fill to make scarecrows. Please call Jean Bryan at 519-225-2749 to arrange pick-up.  Wed. Oct. 30th from 4:30-9pm: Haunted Church and Carnival with proceeds going to Vacation Bible Camp and Sleeping Children Around the World.  Fri. Nov. 1St6:00-6:45pm: All Saints Memorial Service 6:45-8:00pm: Death Café  6:00-8:00pm: Games and movie provided for any children in attendance

Tues. Nov. 26Th – from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Cedars, a multifaith facility located at 543 Beechwood Dr., Waterloo. A Rabbi, a Minister and an Imam walk into The Cedars… Women Leaders of Faith in Conversation! The entire community is invited to attend a fascinating and unique event featuring three women faith leaders in interactive conversations about religion and dynamic inclusivity. The evening will feature faith leaders whose status may be seen as progressive by some: a female Rabbi (Lori Cohen, Temple Shalom), a female Minister (Andrea Allan, Westminster United Church) and a female Imam (Fran Pappert-Shannon, K-W Unity Mosque). An interactive Q&A session will follow, facilitated by MC Lynn Macaulay. Closing prayers in all three faith traditions will be offered, and dessert and coffee will be served.  Admission is free, but registration is encouraged. Kindly RSVP by calling Sara Lynn at telephone number 519-746-6080 or emailing: Free will donations to Anselma House will be collected at the event.

Dorchester United Church is sponsoring a Syrian family of four (including 2 preschoolers) They are in need of the following items: lamps, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, hot plate, toaster, bed sheets, pillow cases, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, computer, DVDs home decor, alarm clocks light bulbs and hangers.  Please contact Cathy Baskerville c_baskerville 519-461-1679 to donate. Money donations also accepted.