The United Church of Canada CHILDREN’S MESSAGE: SILOAM UNITED CHURCH Sunday, October 12

The United Church of Canada
Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost –
Thanksgiving Sunday & Dedication
of the O’Brien-Sproule Library-Chapel & Tolpuddle Hall
Seasonal Colour – Green
* Please stand as you are able.
Large Print Bulletins and Hymn Books and Hearing Assist Devices
are available. Please ask the ushers for assistance.
Rev. Sheila Macgregor
“Look at the Doughnut and Not the Hole!”
“You Shall Go Out With Joy”
(Children leave for Sunday School.)
#884 VU
Siloam Choir
“In the Season of Our Plenty”, arr by Mark Patterson;
David Parisi – accompanist
CALL TO WORSHIP: (see back of bulletin)
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We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before you, we kneel and adore you;
We bless your holy name, glad praises we sing. Tune: Kremser
(All remain seated and sing:)
Let there be light,
let there be understanding,
let all the people praise God,
Hallowed be God’s name!
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* HYMN: “Come, You Thankful People, Come”(vs 1&2) #516 VU
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“We Plough the Fields and Scatter”
(Children, please come forward during the third verse.)
Merciful God, we come this morning, striving to keep our
minds and hearts focused on the things that matter: the things
that are honourable and pure and worthy of our relationship
with you. Yet the world calls us away, breaks our focus, and
points us toward war and conflicts, financial uncertainty, and
hurtful deeds by some that seem to be rewarded, not punished.
As we present our tithes and offerings to you this morning,
remind us that keeping our minds focused on you will lead to
ways of living that bring you praise. Remind us also that
getting our actions in harmony with your compassion can lead
our minds and hearts to a place that brings you joy and
thanksgiving. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Reader: Wib Dawson
Luke 17:11-19 Ten lepers healed; one returns to offer thanks.
SUNG RESPONSE: “Now Thank We All Our God”
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Now thank we all our God, with heart, and hands, and voices,
who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
who from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
THE MESSAGE: “Giving Thanks”
-4Ever-present God, fill this house and the rooms we have
dedicated in Christ’s name, through the power of your Holy
Spirit, that they may be a sanctuary and holy space for all
people; a place of strength for the weak, a place where the
ways of truth are taught and learned, a place where fellowship
is shared and new friends are made, a place where the mission
of the church is supported, a place where prayer is fulfilled
according to your will. Bless us and fill us with the knowledge
of your love; through Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Rev. Sheila Macgregor
“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”
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MINISTER: (Facing the Multi-Purpose Room): We set apart and
dedicate this multi-purpose room to the glory of God for the
purposes of fellowship, church dinners and receptions, Youth
Group, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Church bazaars
and yard sales, and community gatherings, remembering with
gratitude the witness to God’s justice and the sacrifice of the
Tolpuddle Martyrs. Henceforth this room shall be known as
Tolpuddle Hall; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Facing the Library-Chapel:) We set apart and dedicate this
library-chapel to the glory of God for the purposes of worship,
fellowship, study and reflection, remembering with gratitude the
generous gift of land given by Joseph O’Brien for the
establishment of a church in this area. We give thanks also for his
descendants who continue to worship here and for their aunt Mabel
Sproule who donated the land on which the current Siloam
building stands. Henceforth this room shall be known as the
O’Brien-Sproule Library-Chapel; in the name of Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.
PRAYER (unison):
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“We Shall Go Out With Hope of Resurrection”(verse 2 only)
We’ll give a voice to those who have not spoken;
we’ll find the words for those whose lips are sealed;
we’ll make the tunes for those who sing no longer,
expressive love alive in every heart.
We’ll share our joy with those who still are weeping,
raise hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief,
we’ll leap and dance the resurrection story,
including all in circles of our love.
Siloam United Church seeks to be an inclusive welcoming
community. Our baptism, communion, membership and
marriage rites are open to all who seek to walk in the way of
Christ regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation.
WELCOME TO ALL … especially to those who are joining us
for the first time! We trust this service will be a blessing to you and
yours. Please join us following worship today for refreshments in
the Narthex. We invite you to sign the guest book and make
yourselves known to the greeters.
SPECIAL THANKS to Nancy Askew and her sister Joyce Lynne
Fogarty for the wonderful photo of their great grandfather, Joseph
O’Brien, who donated 300 acres of land for the former Siloam
Church. This photo now hangs above the fireplace in the LibraryChapel. Thank you also to Mike Ashton for creating the collages of
the O’Brien-Sproule Library-Chapel and Tolpuddle Hall, to Ray
Hunt for sharing his maps of the farms in and around the orginal
Siloam, and to the property committee, for arranging for the new
PLEASE NOTE: Rev. Sheila will be in Chicago this week on
Study Leave. For all pastoral care emergencies, please contact the
Rev. Camillia LaRouche at 519-204-3010. Please also note: There
will be NO Bible Study meeting this Tuesday morning or this
coming Wednesday evening. We will meet again on October 21st
and 22nd.
Over the course of the grant project that runs until May 2015, Rev.
Isaac will be off on some select Sundays (including today) in
relation to the work of the project. He will be back in the office
following the Thanksgiving holiday.
Celebrate Siloam’s 157th Anniversary! Friday, October 17th –
6:30pm & Saturday, October 18th – 12:30pm Please join us for
a special dinner theatre at Siloam United Church, “The Battle of
the Autumn Cupcakes - Make It, Bake It, or Fake It”, a play by
Warren Sager, co-directed by Anita Elworthy & David Parisi &
featuring some of our own Siloam church family. Tickets are $20
and are available from Enid Wilson, Margaret Smith, Mary Ella
Pettigrew & the office. Tickets are almost sold-out!
For our anniversary service next week, we will be joined by several
members of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of
Ontario, led by their Grand Superintendent, Brent Bamford and
their District Chaplain, Lawrie Cousins. Both are members of
Siloam. Their guest speaker will be Kevin Smith, Past District
Deputy Grand Master of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of
Canada in the Province of Ontario, from Woodstock. We wish
them a warm Siloam welcome.
Greeting you this morning are Dorothy Coolman & Jean Hern.
Sunday, October 12
Thanksgiving Sunday
10:30 am
Worship and Sunday School
11:45 am
Community Time - Coffee & Juice will be served in the Narthex by Fred & Joyce Williams.
Monday, October 13
Office will be closed for Thanksgiving Monday.
Tuesday, October 14
There will be no Bible Study this morning as Sheila is away on study leave.
7:00 pm
Council will meet in the Library-Chapel.
Wednesday, October 15
9:30 am
Line Dancing in the gym. Cost: $4.75 per person.
1:00 pm
Bridge – If you enjoy playing bridge, please join us in the Library-Chapel.
There will be no Bible Study this evening as Sheila is away on study leave.
Thursday, October 16
7:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Friday, October 17
6:30 pm
“Battle of the Autumn Cupcakes” Dinner Theatre
Saturday, October 18
12:30 pm
“Battle of the Autumn Cupcakes” Dinner Theatre
Sunday, October 19
10:30 am
Anniversary Sunday Worship Service - celebrating 157 years!
PLEASE NOTE: The office will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 13th, for Thanksgiving Monday.
Last weekend the Siloam Biker Gang rode through the cold and wet and fundraised $590 for individuals in need
here in London. Many thanks to all our supporters, and it's never too early to let Rev. Isaac know if you'd like to be
a rider next year!
Siloam’s Santa Shoppe Bazaar - Saturday, November 1st - 10am-1pm - Free admission - come and enjoy a wonderful
array of crafts, baking, attic treasures, deli, woodcrafts, sewing, knitting and more! Tea, coffee, juice and light
lunch available. If you are donating items, the committee will be here on Friday, October 31st between 9am-5pm to
receive items. Baking items will also be received on Saturday from 8am-9:30am.
COMING IN NOVEMBER! "Jesus Christ: Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus".
Video based John Ortberg Bible Study. Five Sessions Only: Tuesday, November 18th to Tuesday, December 16th,
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please sign up using the sheet in the Narthex and indicate if you would like to order a book
and/or workbook for this session. Please sign up by October 14th as Erin will be ordering the books on October
Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon from October 30 to December 18 in the O’Brien-Sproule Library-Chapel at
Siloam United Church. Leader: Grief Recovery Counsellor Grace Tallman.
8 weeks, 2 hour sessions
Honest sharing in a safe group environment
Support from peers and the facilitator
Homework assignments to help you do the “work” of grieving
A work book to guide you through the grief process
Validation of your feelings and experience related to your loss
The group is open to people who are grieving the loss of a life partner. The loss may be recent or may have
happened many years ago. The main criteria for joining the group is a desire to deal with your grief and a
willingness to offer support to others in similar situations. Cost: $60 per person (Financial assistance available
confidentially through the Spiritual Life and Worship committee for those who require it. Please just speak to
Sheila). Please phone the Church office at 519-455-9201, # 21 or email [email protected] to sign up
for this program. You may also sign the sheet in the Narthex. Please pay at the office prior to the start of the
program. Thank you.
About the Group Leader: Grace Tallman
Grace is a graduate of the King’s College Grief and Bereavement program. This past April she became certified as
a Grief Recovery Specialist with the Grief Recovery Institute. She has practiced as a registered nurse in many
specialties, most recently in community mental health. Grace is also a trained hospital chaplain and is currently
working as a long term care chaplain in a nursing home in London, Ontario.
She has had numerous personal losses which help her to better understand and empathize with others who are
experiencing loss. She has been in private practice as a grief counselor for the last 5 years which has included
facilitation of many grief support groups. She is committed to being there for people in the midst of their grief.
Plants Needed for Anniversary Weekend! If you are interested in donating autumn-coloured mums for our upcoming
Anniversary Dinner, please contact Betty Ross at 519-672-7582.
Helpers Needed! If you enjoy making pastry in preparation for the November 1st bazaar, please contact Margaret
Smith at 519-645-0142. We will be making meat pies on Friday, October 24th starting at 9am and would appreciate
your help.
Santa Shoppe Bazaar - Saturday November 1st - contributions of small items for the children’s room would be
greatly appreciated & can be dropped off at the church office anytime. For more information, please contact
Alliene Dowswell at 519-660-4043.
Siloam Soul Groove Choir - School aged youth who love to sing, or would like to learn, are invited to join! We meet
Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:15am with music teacher, Carla Lord, & perform once a month. For more info,
please contact the office.
Plunger to Picture will continue Monday, October 20th from 7-9pm in the Library-Chapel.. For optimum learning please
bring your camera, camera manual (if possible) notebook & pen. Lessons are concentrated on basic use of your
camera, photography vocabulary, and the study of images. Night photography is also studied. The course will run
4 to 6 weeks. All are encouraged to attend & all those in need of a review are welcome! If interested please
contact Jim Bristow @ 519 453 3423 or [email protected]
“Feeding Body...Feeding Soul” benefit concert in support of the Out of the Cold program. October 25th at 7:30pm at
Dundas Street Centre United Church (482 Dundas Street). Freewill offering. For more info, please call 519-4349173.
Hops and Hope - Join us for a great evening of fun and discussion every month while enjoying a beverage at a
local pub. The next two sessions geared towards twenty-somethings and early thirtyish folks will be held at
McCabe's (739 Richmond Street) from 8-10 PM on October 27th and November 17th.
Open Mic Coffee House - Play a tune, read a poem, sing a song, or just sit back and enjoy the fun with other high
school aged youth! Mark your calendars for October 24th and November 28th for our next coffee houses taking
place at the Family-Centre Carling Thames at 335 Belfield. More theme details coming soon!
GREAT FIGURES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT with Amy-Jill Levine: This study will resume on Friday, November 7th at
10 a.m. in the Library-Chapel. Although this group started last winter, new members are most welcome.
We will finish our Fall sessions on Friday, December 12th and then resume again in the New Year.
Please register by using the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
Prof. Levine’s DVD lectures help anyone to understand more about the Bible and the teachings in it.
Come out Friday mornings and improve your biblical literacy and re-encounter the New Testament as a great
repository of literary genius, while sharing in interesting discussions. This is the promise of Professor Amy-Jill
Levine's vivid
portraits of the cast of characters in the New Testament. Please speak to Sheila if you have any questions.
ELUCO (East London United Church Outreach) Food Cupboard is always in need of non-perishable food items,
including cereal. The ELUCO food cupboard is open Wednesdays & Fridays from 9:30am-noon. Please contact
Sharon Ashton, 519-455-9385 if you are interested in volunteering. In September, the ELUCO Food Cupboard served
58 families comprised of 100 adults & 59 children.
Adult Education Committee - will be meeting on Thursday, November 13th at 3:30pm in the Library-Chapel.
Siloam Sizzlers - Sizzler Christmas Extravaganza - Saturday, December 13th - Nightingale Chorus Christmas Show at
the Imperial Theatre in Sarnia. Don’t miss this memorable show! Sign Up and Information sheets are available in
the narthex. Deadline for Sign-Up is October 12th. Any questions can be directed to Gordon or Mary Vair at 519-6591991 or [email protected]
2015 Church Calendars are now available in the office for $5 each.
Offering Envelopes - If you do not already receive offering envelopes and would like them, please call June Sunseth
at 519-432-9948. If you would like envelopes for your child(ren) or grandchild(ren), please contact Alliene
Dowswell at 519-660-4043
The 77th London Pathfinders are hosting a craft and vendor boutique where you can do all your shopping in one
Date: Saturday October 25th, 2014 Time: 10am - 3pm Place: Siloam United Church
Free child care will be available while you shop! We are raising money to visit the Girl Guide World Centre Our
Cabana! Chocolate Mint Girl Guide Cookies will be available! Please come out and
help support our fundraising efforts. Some of the many vendors that will have a table at our event are: Aloette,
Arbonne, Ausable River Soap Company, Avon, Bling Boutique, Epicure, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Partylite,
Scentzy, Steeped Tea, Thirty One Gifts, Tupperware, Usborne Books, and many many more!!! If you have any
questions, please email us at [email protected]