Echo Bay United Church

echobay united.com

P.O. Box 447 Echo Bay, On P0S 1C0 (705) 248-2801

United Church of Canada | London Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Echo Bay United Church, 200 Church St., PO Box 447 , Echo Bay , P0S 1C0
Web address echobayunited.com    Email echobaychurch@bellnet.ca   Phone (705) 248-2801

UPCOMING EVENTS

Irish Stew Supper March 11 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Admission by donation

Good Friday Service April 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday

Sunrise Service – We meet on the top of Maple Leaf Hill at 7:00 a.m. (dress warmly). Followed by a delicious pancake breakfast at the church , and an Easter egg hunt as well!

Easter Sunday Service at 11:15 a.m. The Desbarats United Church Sunday School has invited us to join them for a horse-drawn sleigh ride followed by sledding.  More details to follow!
We have "adopted" two seniors from the Algoma Manor.  The Sunday school will be sending them mail, and hopes to visit them this spring.  We are placing Easter cards in the church and ask you choose one and sign it.  We will make sure that "our" seniors receive them .

The service on the first Sunday of every month is followed by a potluck lunch. Good fellowship and great food! Please join us! Greetings!

The Rolly Report

Yes it's finally March! Despite the cold weather, at this point, there is a feeling that the worst of winter is behind us.

There is a saying that the journey is as important as the destination. At this time of the year, in the church calendar, we are invited into the journey of Lent leading towards Easter. This time is indeed a journey.

As children we are taught to write between the lines, to color between the lines and not encouraged to do differently. The religious life, as the bible describes it, is not one of standing still. The gospel calls us to fling the paint around, rather than just following convention. Lent is not so much about discipline as it is about venturing out. May the following weeks leading to Easter be just that, a journey of exploration, of coloring outside the lines.

OUR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Sunday School is starting a new adventure, March 22 called "Crocodile Dock".  It combines Bible stories with science and fun.  Here is an excerpt about the program; "Take a romp through the swamp!... hop on a flat-bottom boat and drift on lazy, hazy waters under tall cypress trees-until the adventure begins." The sessions include; “God is with us", "God is powerful", "God does what He says he will do",
"God gives us life", "God cares for us".  We are looking forward to sharing this adventure with you.

The Desbarats United Church Sunday School has invited us to join them for a horse-drawn sleigh ride followed by sledding.  More details to follow!

We have "adopted" two seniors from the Algoma Manor.  The Sunday school will be sending them mail, and hopes to visit them this spring.  We are placing Easter cards in the church and ask you choose one and sign it.  We will make sure that "our" seniors receive them .

Are you on PAR?

Although wintertime is when the heating bills soar, church financial concerns often peak in the summer, when people are away on holidays and the bottom seems to drop out of the collection plate.

Through pre-authorized remittance (PAR) you can arrange to have an amount you are comfortable with automatically withdrawn from your bank account, so your support continues even when you are unable to attend church. When you are in church you simply put a reusable “PAR card” on the plate.

Having a few more families on PAR would really help our church make ends meet, and simplify bookkeeping as well. If you are interested in PAR, please contact Susan Martineau at 248-2970

DID YOU KNOW?

At the beginning of our church service we sing "Happy Birthday" to people in our congregation.  The "birthday" people hold the "Wishing Well" while people place coins in the well.  The money in the well is used to help others "wishes come true".  For the past number of years this money has been sent to S leeping Children A round the W orld to help children get bedkits which assist them in getting a good night's sleep.  In 2008 we sent $955.00 to SCAW .  Photo albums of the children with the bedkits are in the church.  They are in the sanctuary.

Thank you for your continued generosity .

OUTREACH

Our Community Christmas Supper was again well received this year.  Thanks to people from the church and the community who assisted us in making this annual event a success.  Donations from the supper were used to supplement the food for the food hampers that were given with the Christmas Cheer baskets.  19 families were recipients of the Christmas Cheer baskets this year. 
Again this spring we will be putting together Easter Food Hampers.  Donations of canned goods and chocolates will be received the 2 weeks prior to Easter.   A basket will be placed in the sanctuary for your donations.
If you know of anyone who is in need of a food hamper please speak to Cathy Bright, Vivian Hall, Myra McDonald or Lorna Greene.
  "We are called upon to do great things with love." Mother Theresa

FINANCIAL UPDATE

As you know, 2008 was a difficult year for the Echo Bay/Bar River area. Our communities have lost many very fine people.

Our personal loss is great, and so is the loss to our church's treasury. Offerings have declined and our books (usually solidly in the black) suggest a serious deficit for the current fiscal year.

Those charged with making ends meet are hopeful that all members of the church community will “rise to the occasion” and contribute in any way they can.

If you have any ideas as to how we might overcome our financial woes, please pass them along!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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