Announcements

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Sunday, February 18th – Praise Team is opening today’s Sunday Service at 9:55 a.m.  Come out a bit early to sing these fun & informal praise songs with the band!

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Sunday, February 18th – M & S Sunday.  Did you know… that the second of the six categories of the M & S Fund is Community & Justice Work in Canada which supports ministries that heal, reconcile, advocate, provide housing, food security, employment training, mental health treatment, and pastoral care to Canadians living on the margins.

Thank you for your donations and prayers that sustain this important work.

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Wednesdays – Lenten Luncheons 2018  at  Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 50 Well St., Stratford.    12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch begins at Noon, Speaker Slot: 12:35 – 12:55 p.m.

Feb. 21st – Jerry Steingard, Jubilee Stratford – Salvation – Luke 23:43

Feb. 28th – Mary Fletcher, Parkview United – Abandonment – Matt. 27:46

March 7th  – Keith Reynolds, Avondale United – Distress – John 19:28

March 14th – Mark Parker, Spotlight Church – Triumph John 19:29-30

March 21st – Mark Wolfe, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian – Reunion Luke 23:46

Menu:  Soups, Sandwiches, Veggies, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Water  –  Cost: $8.00

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LENTEN BIBLE STUDY, “Followers of Jesus” – Five Bible studies by John Birch c. 2017.

The five studies look at New Testament characters who encountered Jesus at a point in their lives, either through curiosity or need, and the effect that encounter had upon their lives. Several of them still appear in the gospel accounts (openly or in secret) at the end of Jesus’ life, as he makes his way toward Jerusalem and the inevitable cross. A few are standing there watching the whole drama of the cross unfold before their eyes.

DATES:   WEDNESDAYS, Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28 (not March break).

TIME:   MORNING: 10–11: 30 A.M.  and  EVENING: 7 – 8:30 P.M (Church Lounge or Lower Hall)

If Wednesday night doesn’t work for folks, we could try for Tuesday night.

SIGN-UP SHEET in the Narthex – please indicate if you would like to attend and when.

All study materials are available free. They can be emailed or printed in advance.  Thanks & Blessings, Rev. Mary

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Sunday, February 25th – Annual Congregational Meeting and Hot Potluck at 11 am.  All are welcome to stay after Sunday Worship service and attend this annual meeting to discuss the issues and items of Parkview United Church.  We welcome your thoughts and ideas.  Please bring a simple potluck dish to share.

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Monday, February 26th – Parkview Committee Meetings at 7pm and Board Meeting at 7:30 pm.

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Thursday, March 1st – Free Community Meal at 5:15 p.m.  All are welcome!

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Friday, March 2nd – Youth Group Meeting from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the kitchen.

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Friday, March 2nd – World Day of Prayer – 2:00 p.m. –  Avondale United Church – 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford.  If you would like to participate in the service, please contact Grace Martell or Wilma McCaig. The next meeting is Thursday, February 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Avondale.

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Sunday, March 11th – Food Bank Sunday.   All food donations go to The House of Blessing.  Need suggestions?  They currently need peanut butter, healthy snacks for kids school lunches, and canned meat.  Thank you for your generosity!

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Monday, March 12th – UCW meeting at 11:30 am in the Lower Hall  (Hosting Avondale UCW).

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Sunday, March 18th – Coffee Break hosted by the Youth Group after Church.  All are welcome to stay after church and join in a time of fellowship and refreshments.  Cookies for today’s Coffee Break have been home-baked by the Junior Youth Group!

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UCW Outreach – New Project to help Third World Countries –  For the next 3 months the UCW will be collecting new or gently used pillow cases, facecloths and hand towels. Please put them in the container provided in the Narthex.

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If you wish to get involved and help out a little or a lot at Parkview, there are many opportunities!  We invite one and all to assist with any of the following tasks:

  • Door Greeters – greet and welcome people into the church on a Sunday morning.

  • Scripture Reader – read the scripture passages to the congregation during the Sunday worship service.

  • Coffee Break/Finger Food Lunch Coordinator(s) – volunteers are needed to coordinate a time of fellowship and refreshments after church once a month.  The duties are listed on the sign up sheet.

  • Sponsors for the weekly bulletins – all are invited to sponsor a week of bulletins to honour a special person/day/event.  Sponsorship is by donation and can be placed in an envelope marked “bulletin covers” on the collection plate.

To sign up for any of these opportunities, the lists are on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  All are welcome to participate!

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A Different Kind of Church for Families:  Do you have friends, neighbours, family members who do not attend church?  They may have been turned off by the formal service.  Sunday may not work for them. They may never have been to church.  Whatever the reason, or whatever their age, Messy Church is here for them.

  • Third Thursday of each month, October through May at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  • Fourth Friday of October, January, April, and May at Avondale United Church

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Email Newsletter Update  –  To help church members stay informed, Paul Strathdee sends out an email each week with news about Parkview’s events and happenings. If you would like to be included, please contact Paul at coulthard@cyg.net with your email address.

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