Bulletin Announcements for February 15, 2015


TODAY             **Join us for coffee in the Fellowship Hall after Worship**
Monday                       FAMILY DAY – Church Office Closed
Tuesday                      Tuesday Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
All Together Tuesday – 6-7:30 p.m.
Prayer Group – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday                 Mid-Week Lenten Service @ St. James – 7 p.m.
Thursday                     Praise Band Rehearsal – 6:15 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal – 7:15 p.m.
Friday                          Helping Hands – 9-11 a.m.
NEXT SUNDAY          Annual Meeting following Worship

THE ANNUAL REPORT is available.   Please pick up your copy in the foyer or sign up to receive it electronically.   THE ANNUAL MEETING for Gale Presbyterian Church will be held following worship and a pot luck lunch on NEXT Sunday.   This important meeting needs input from everyone so plan now to bring a dish and be part of the discussion.

Woolwich Community Services provide support for the most vulnerable in our Community.  We help by filling the baskets at the door each month.  For the month of February we are collecting:  Cookies, Jam and Cheez Whiz.

Crieff Hills Retreat and Conference Center warmly welcomes you to join us at 10:30am on Thursday February 26th for our Manna Day, “Breaking the Holy Huddle,” with Rev. Joel Sherbino. We will explore how to reach out into our community so that church becomes more than simply a building, but a way of life.
Please call ahead to register at 1-800-884-1525.  Cost for the day is $20.00 and includes lunch.  Crieff Hills is the national conference centre of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and is located just south of Guelph.
See www.crieffhills.com for further information.   If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the foyer.

NEW OFFICE HOURS…The office will now be open as follows.
Monday to Thursday 9-12, 1-3 and Friday 9-12.

All Together Tuesdays is gathering on Tuesday Feb 17th from 6-7:30 p.m.  This event is for Families to spend time together with other families in the church.
This one is a Pancake Supper for Shrove Tuesday and a time for kids and adults to play some games, do crafts and a Bible time.  If you have any questions please speak to Amy Hopper or Melanie Dow.
A sign-up sheet is available on the bulletin board in the foyer or contact Mel at melcliffordca@yahoo.ca.

MEN’S BREAKFAST:   The next Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, February 21st, 8:30-10 a.m., in the boardroom.   A discussion on ‘O Sweet Exchange’ (Chapt.3 of Lucado’s Grace) will follow the breakfast hosted by Bob and Kees.


Services begin at 7:30 p.m.

 February 18
Ash Wednesday            St. James Lutheran Church – Fred Redekop
February 25
Lent 2                           Elmira Mennonite – Hans Borch
March 4
Lent 3                           Trinity United – Kendra Whitfield Ellis
March 11
Lent 4                           Gale Presbyterian – David Lewis
March 18
Lent 5                           St. Teresa – Sarah Freeman
March 25
Lent 6                           Floradale Mennonite Church – Rev. Scott Sinclair    

Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Moving Forward — Hanie Ablona looks at her freshly harvested rice stalks with happiness—her rice and corn crops have almost doubled in size this year. Providing a much-needed source of food and income, the seed for her crops was provided through a Presbyterian World Service & Development project helping recover livelihoods in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Many farmers lost all of their planted crops and available seed but are now starting to recover thanks to the project. Communities like Hanie’s are also receiving assistance in reconstructing homes and ensuring that they will be resistant to future natural disasters. Communities are starting to see great progress and PWS&D continues to support long-term rehabilitation and recovery in response to the typhoon.
PWS&D provides support after natural disasters


The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday – February 18th  this year. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation leading us to      Good Friday and Easter – April 5th.   Many people do special tasks, sacrifices or rituals to mark these 40 days.  At Gale we will hold special mid-week communion services, each Tuesday starting on February 24th and concluding on March 31st.      Beginning at 7 pm and lasting about 30 – 45 minutes, these meaningful and non-traditional communion services will be another opportunity for us to enrich our walk with God. Come and join us in the chancel for these      special services.

February 24th – A heritage style
March 3rd – A ritual of bread
March 10th – Taizé worship
March 17th – Communion of pretzels
March 24th – A service of anointing
March 31st – Messiah in the Passover (sign-up required)





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