Church Life and Work

It’s Christmas Pageant time again for Thorndale Sunday School! Mark your calendar – Sun. Dec. 10th at 11 am. I would love to see your family join us J Similar to last year’s pageant, there are lots of roles for Shepherds, Sheep, Chickens, Cows etc. etc. Dress Rehearsal will be on Sun. Dec 3rd (during Sunday School time) with practice on Sun, Nov. 26th.  All children are welcome! 

Gifts with Vision Giving Catalogues 2017 are available at both Thorndale and Zion.  Pick up your copy today and consider supporting Mission and Service and the United Church of Canada with a gift to mark any special occasion.

Sun. Dec. 10Th – Thorndale coffee time preceding the service!  As part of our generous living model, you are invited to bring non-perishable food donations on the second Sunday of every month. Items from Thorndale will be delivered to St. Mary’s or Dorchester’s food bank

Sun. Dec. 10Th – Zion Christmas potluck after the service. 

Thanks to Tammy Gooder and Pat Jones for looking after coffee time at Thorndale today.

Tues. Dec. 12Th – Thorndale UCW Christmas meeting, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Rollcall: Give a suggestion for a 2018 rollcall or program idea. Brina a gift for Rotholme. Delivery of gifts to sick & shut ins as well as Rotholme following our luncheon. Wrapping of gifts for our ELUCO family this morning as well. LUG A MUG!

Fri. Dec. 22nd – Rose’s piano student Christmas recital beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Please bring a donation for the local food bank.

Sun. Dec. 24th – regular services at both churches, Zion, 9:45 a.m. and Thorndale, 11:00 a.m. Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. at Thorndale. Families who donated to memorial Poinsettias are encouraged to take them home for their enjoyment after the Christmas Eve service.

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!!

Prayer Shawl/Blanket Ministry – We have been so blessed by blanket and shawl makers that we currently have a growing inventory. Because of this we can expand our outreach beyond the church walls. In the coming Sundays Pam will bless the shawls and blankets and make them available to anyone in the congregation to deliver to a loved one, friend, neighbour etc who would be blessed by such a gift. You only need to tell them that They are loved by God, by us and by you! God knows who the blessing is intended for so let’s reach out to those hurting people.

Something new is on the horizon! Starting in December we will have a prayer request box mounted outside the church that will allow ANYONE to request prayer. We also have a team of people who want to meet weekly and pray over the requests as well as praying for our church, our ministry, the community and whatever else God brings to our hearts. PRAYER IS THE POWER HOUSE OF GOD!! You are welcome to leave a prayer request and encouraged to join us on our prayer night (time soon to be determined). No experience is necessary!! If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:19-20

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.

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 Dec., please contact Bonnie Hopkins.  Thanks to the Wiersma family for looking after in Nov

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!!!!!

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Middlesex Presbytery Resource Centre at Dundas Street Centre United Church are open Tues., Wed. and Thurs. 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.

Christmas Community Hymn Sing at Riverside United Church on Sunday December 10 @ 7:30 PM. Come and sing beloved and new hymns. Pick your favorites and participate for the sheer joy of singing. Hymnals are available. Riverside United Church- 695 Riverside Drive (West of Wonderland Rd) 519-472-6071.

Sat. Dec. 16Th – St. Georges’s Anglican Church in Thorndale is holding a Nativity Tea and Bake Sale from 1 – 4 p.m. Tour their lovely church with Nativity scenes displayed throughout. Stay for a cup of Tea and a treat! Everyone is welcome! No admission charge.