Church Life and Work

TOMORROW IS PIE DAY!!!!  The Thorndale Ladies and a few men will be making Cherry & Apple Pies tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the church.   If you would like to come to assist you are welcome to come for the day, half day or just an hour or two.  If you have ordered pies somebody will phone you when they are ready to be picked up.  We would like them all picked up by 5.  Thanks!

We Make – You Bake!  The Thorndale United Church Ladies are making Pies again this fall!  The cost still remains at $8. each for either a double crust Apple or Cherry Pie.  Sorry no Apple Crumb Pies.   Our  Next Pie Date is Nov. 6th.  To order you can contact Joyce Robinson at 519-461-1196. 

Tues. Oct. 10th – Thorndale UCW meeting beginning at 10 a.m. Roll call: Memories of an old Country Store. Special Guest Speaker. Please bring a donation for Women’s Community House. LUG A MUG!

Sun. Oct. 15th – Thorndale Anniversary Service at 11:00 a.m. Guest speaker is David Burghardt. Lunch to follow service.

Tues. Oct. 17th – Thornale Beef Supper @ Thorndale Community Centre from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Adults $17, children Gr. 1-8 $5, preschool free. For tickets, please call Bob Graham @519-461-0463 or see a Church member.

Thurs. Oct. 19th – Joint Worship meeting at 6:15 p.m.

Sun. Oct. 29th – Rose’s Piano Student Recital at 7 p.m. Please bring a donation for our local Food Bank. Everyone welcome!

Please note: if you are missing dishes, bowls, etc. from the Ham and Strawberry Supper or Beef Supper, check at Thorndale United Church – you just might need them for something soon!

Zion 125th Anniversary Photo Book  The Celebration committee for Zion’s 125th are putting together a photobook that encapsulates the last 25 years. If you have any photo from 1993 and upward we would like to see them and scan those selected to be used in the book. Please be sure to put your name on any photos you bring in so we can easily return them to you. thanks in advance for your help!!

Heads up!!! Zion United Church will be looking for new item donations for their Christmas Tea and Loonie Raffle. This event is scheduled for Nov 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to support the Soup Kitchen in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Donations will be collected in the fall but we wanted to give you crafters and canners time. Popular items include jams & jellies, homemade pies and other baked goods as well as quilted or sewn items and gift cards. Businesses are also invited to donate. Please help us help the hungry!! For more information call Pam 519-557-4445 or Diane 519-461-0134

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.

As part of our generous living model. you are invited to bring non-perishable food donations on the 2nd Sun.of every month. Items will be delivered to St. Mary’s or Dorchester’s food bank.

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

If you have anything you would like on the Thorndale Church sign for the month of Oct., please contact Marilyn Robinson. Thanks to Pat Jones for looking after in Sept.

Please support our Prayer Shawl/Lap blanket Ministry. Contact Pam if you would like to create a shawl or blanket. Monetary donations can be left on the offering plate please mark “Shawls” on it.

Youth Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month at Zion United Church from 7 – 9 p.m. Please call Stu McCutcheon 519-461-9417 or Diane Vanden Boomen 519-461-0134 for further info.

MAGAZINE REMINDER – Don’t forget there are Recent Magazines & Christian Romance novels downstairs for sale at Thorndale for a bargain price of 50 cents each. This is a fundraiser for Thorndale UCW. Thanks for your support!!!!!

The Church Chat is our calling card to the broader congregation. What does it say about us? The Chat reveals who we are and what we are about. It should be more than just a report about what we do but a reflection on why we do it and the impact it has on others lives. The Chat in many ways is a window into the church for those who do not participate as fully as they might. It is an opportunity for us to sow into those lives and make them hungry and thirsty for Jesus. People are drawn to the Spirit so we need to allow the Spirit to move in us. In conversation with Myrna and the Worship committee, we would like to see the Chat be filled with more good stuff. With family updates (your kids grew up in the church tell us, where are they now and what are they doing?) with interesting articles (Thanks Mary for the book report included in the last Chat) a joke or two (Hey John Hopkins, Bob Duffin – right down your alley!!) testimonies of answered prayers, celebrations and joys (tell us about that great grandchild, or that family vacation – WE WANT TO KNOW!!)

Help us fill the Chat with amazing, wonderful stories that tell our story as a congregation. Submit whatever you have – our editors will sort it out and fill this newsletter with the excitement of our church! You can submit items by dropping off at church any Sunday (leave on bulletin table) or email to or

“Looking for Storytellers! Do you enjoy reading stories to children? I’d love to have you join us for Sunday School. I’m looking for a few people who would be interested in connecting with our Sunday School students by reading the class our bible story for the day. When done, you are welcome to stay with our class, or to return to worship. If interested, please see Marilyn.”

Not only is prayer a wonderful privilege we have as Christians, but it is a powerful tool of God’s. We are creating a team of people who will intentionally prayer for the ministries of TZUC and its congregations as well as specific prayer requests made by individuals. The prayer team will not meet together but will prayer in their own homes whenever they are able. This is an essential ministry! We cannot fulfill the call of God for this pastoral charge without prayer! You can volunteer to be a part of the TZUC prayer team or submit a prayer request by emailing


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Please be advised that the Middlesex Presbytery Resource Centre will NOT be moving, but will be staying in our current space at Dundas Street Centre United Church.  We are back to our regular hours after the summer break, and are open Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  We also look forward to seeing you at our book displays at the various events coming up this Fall.

I also have other important news to share, and it is with mixed feelings that I announce that Karlene Kimber has tendered her resignation as our Resource Centre Director, effective September 19th  While we will certainly miss her at the Centre, we are delighted that Karlene is pursuing a call to Diaconal Ministry in the United Church of Canada.  She will be leaving us to take up a placement with Villages United Church.  Karlene has many wonderful gifts for ministry, and I am sure that you will join with the Resource Centre Standing Committee and our volunteers in wishing Karlene all the best as she embarks on this exciting new chapter of her life.

Sat. Oct. 7th – North Nissouri United Church Fall Bazaar, 24058 Fairview Rd. beginning at 2 p.m. Dessert & Tea $1. See flyer on bulletin board for info.

Sat. Oct. 21stFALL HYMN FESTIVAL: Celebrating the 185th Anniversary of First-St. Andrew’s United Church at 7:30 p.m. Combined Choirs with Brass Quintet and Organ Free will offering. 350 Queens Ave. at Waterloo in London.

Sat. Oct. 21st – ILderton United Pork BBQ 4:30 – 7:00 pm at the Ilderton Community Centre.
Advance tickets only, adults $17 and children  6-12 $5. Homemade desserts. Contact Ruth Dickie 519-666-1106