Announcements – January 22, 2023

Upcoming Meetings

January 22nd (Sunday) – The Fundraising Committee and the Board of Stewards will meet following worship.

January 27th (Friday) – the Trustees of West Side United will meet at 10:00 AM.

February 12th (Sunday) Annual Meeting of The LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge beginning with worship at 10:30 AM followed by the business meeting.  Storm date - the evening of February 13th at 7:00 PM.

Annual Reports Due for Submission - It is time for reports to be submitted for inclusion in the 2022 Annual Report.  You can submit them by email or a written copy.  Please submit your reports prior to Jan 29th, as the reports need to be prepared & distributed by Feb 5th.

Annual Meeting Day – the Annual Meeting for West Side United Church/LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge will be held on Sunday Feb 12th .  We begin with worship at 10:30 AM.  We will take a short break after worship to grab a tea/coffee and a cookie (A couple of people have offered to bring cookies but please feel free to bring a tin/plate of your own favourite cookies to share).  After the short break we will move into our Business Meeting.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend this time to celebrate our ministry from 2022 and our ministry into 2023.

Offer the gift of your time and talents - As we begin a new year and prepare for our ministry in the coming year we continue to offer a variety of ways for you to serve and bless us with your time and talents.  Please consider being part of one of our committees/groups:  Board of Stewards, Session, Fundraising, Property and Maintenance, Ministry Personnel Committee and Manse Committee.  If you would like to know more contact Rev. Neil.  Your willingness to be part of our ministry helps us to be a vibrant and rewarding within our Community of Faith and our wider community.

Grocery Card Orders - Orders and payments for the first round of orders are due on February 19th; order forms can be found in the foyer.  In 2022 this program raised $1938.50 as one of our Fundraising Events.  Thank You.  

Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Sausage Supper – February 21st  - The Board of Stewards are offering leadership on hosting an eat-in Pancake and Sausage Supper on Tuesday February 21, 2023 (4:30pm to 6:30pm).  We will be looking for individuals to assist with this event: Kitchen & Dining Room Workers; Clean-Up Crew, Desserts; Bottles of Syrup and if you have an electric griddle we can use that would be GREAT.  Storm Date: February 22nd.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – The Bridgewater Area Ministerial is hosting services for the Week of Prayer.  An Opening Service will be held this evening (January 22nd – 7 PM) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Services from Monday to Friday will be hosted at the Salvation Army Citadel each day from 12 noon to 12:30 PM with worship leadership offered by different churches (Rev. Neil & Bridgewater United at scheduled for Friday (Jan 27th).  All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Services of Worship – Worship services on Jan 29th & Feb 5th at 10:30 AM will be a combined service of worship at Bridgewater United.  In those months with 5 Sundays we will be worshipping together with Bridgewater United.  In October Bridgewater United joined us at West Side United for worship so on January 29th we worship at Bridgewater United.  The first Sunday of each month we worship with other Communities of Faith at Bridgewater United as part of our “Be United in Ministry” together.

Lenten Study Group - Again this year we will be using the resource produced from our national office called Good Courage: Daily Reflections on Hope. Books have been ordered and can be obtained through Rev. Neil or Tracy at the Bridgewater United Church office for $20 each.  Good Courage aims to inspire with honest testimonies from people who have had the courage to follow their hearts, to hope against hope, and to faithfully work towards a better world. In these pages, find comfort with examples of practical and courageous hope in the midst of despair, and accept the challenge to deepen your theological understanding of hope, resurrection, and new life.

This will be a shared study group with the first one being hosted at Bridgewater United on Tuesday February 28th at 7:00 PM.  An alternate session held by ZOOM will also be held starting on Wednesday (March 1st – 7 PM) with future day/time to be determined by those participating.  

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations - Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry and for the Mission & Service Fund.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Offering Envelopes - If you would like to obtain Weekly Offering Envelopes or need replacements envelopes please contact Kathy Sullivan (902-523-2602 or kathsull@gmail.com).  Offering Envelopes make it easy for us to ensure that at the end of each year you get a receipt for the donations you have made to support our ministry at West Side United and the Mission & Service Fund.

Announcements to be shared - If your group or committee have announcements to be shared with our Community of Faith please have them submitted into Charlotte Brooks by Thursday each week so that they may be included in the weekly bulletin.  To contact Charlotte by email:  cbrooks17@eastlink.ca 

Do We Have Your E-mail Address?  Each week we send out the announcements or send our notices of meetings or important announcements.  If you would like to have your email added to our list to receive these messages please send us an email at westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com 

Facebook Page and Website Keep an eye on both of our sites for up today and current events that happen in our church family, community and world.  We post our weekly announcements on the website along with a weekly time of worship and reflection which is part of our shared ministry with Bridgewater United and the BUD Ministry Network (Be United Digital Ministry Network).

Announcements – January 15, 2023

Upcoming Meetings

January 16th (Monday)– A proposed meeting date for the Members of Session at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary with a storm date of January 23rd.

January 16th (Monday) – the Friendship Unit of the UCW (United Church Women) will meet in the sanctuary of West Side United at 1:00 PM.

January 20th (Friday) – the Trustees of West Side United will meet at 10:00 AM.

January 22nd (Sunday) – The Fundraising Committee will meet following worship.

February 12th (Sunday) Annual Meeting of The LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge beginning with worship at 10:30 AM followed by the business meeting.  In the event of a inclement weather the meeting will be postponed to the evening of February 13th at 7:00 PM.

Annual Reports Due for Submission

It is time for reports to be submitted for inclusion in the 2022 Annual Report.  You can submit them by email or a written copy.  Please submit your reports prior to January 29, 2023 as the reports need to be prepared and distributed by February 5th.

Offer the gift of your time and talents

As we begin a new year and prepare for our ministry in the coming year we continue to offer a variety of ways for you to serve and bless us with your time and talents.  Please consider being part of one of our committees and groups:  Board of Stewards, Session, Fundraising, Property and Maintenance, Ministry Personnel Committee and Manse Committee.  If you would like to know more about any of these groups/committees please contact Rev. Neil.  Your willingness to be part of our ministry beyond Sunday worship helps us to be a vibrant and rewarding within our Community of Faith and our wider community.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Sausage Supper – February 21st 

The Board of Stewards are offering leadership on hosting an eat-in Pancake and Sausage Supper on Tuesday February 21, 2023.  Details, Posters and Sign-up Sheets for you offer assistance will be ready for sharing/distributing next Sunday.

Upcoming Services of Worship

Worship services will be held at West Side United at 10:30 AM on January 15th and 22nd.  

Worship on January 29th and February 5th at 10:30 AM will be a combined service of worship at Bridgewater United.  In those months with 5 Sundays we will be worshipping together with Bridgewater United.  In October Bridgewater United joined us at West Side United for worship so on January 29th we worship at Bridgewater United.  The first Sunday of each month we worship with other Communities of Faith at Bridgewater United as part of our “Be United in Ministry” together.

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations

Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry and for the Mission & Service Fund.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Facebook Page and Website

Keep an eye on both of our sites for up today and current events that happen in our church family, community and world.  We post our weekly announcements on the website along with a weekly time of worship and reflection which is part of our shared ministry with Bridgewater United and the BUD Ministry Network (Be United Digital Ministry Network).

Announcements to be shared  

If your group or committee have announcements to be shared with our Community of Faith please have them submitted into Charlotte Brooks by Thursday each week so that they may be included in the weekly bulletin.  To contact Charlotte by email:  cbrooks17@eastlink.ca

Announcements – January 8, 2023

Holding others in our hearts and prayers

We hold in our hearts those from our community are on a journey of loss and grief.  We hold the families of Wilfred Hirtle (LaHave Islands) and Ellen Balser (Riverview Enhanced Living) and their circles of friends and communities. We extend our sympathies to Robert Haughn and Family on the recent death of his sister Marion LeBlanc. We send our sympathies to Malcolm Veinot on the recent death of his mother Gladys who was 101 in May 2022 (A funeral service will be held at a later date).  Gladys often attended our Dinner Theatres and we would celebrate her birthday.  Gladys was also a former member of LaHave United Church and a Charter Member of the UCW within our Congregation.  We send our sympathies to the family of Wendy Fraser and the congregation of Bridgewater United where she served as Organist for many years prior to her retirement in 2021.  

Upcoming Meetings

Today – January 8thThe Board of Stewards meet immediately after worship in the church hall.

January 12th (Thursday)– The Ministry and Personnel Committee at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary/Hall

January 16th (Monday)– A proposed meeting date for the Members of Session at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary with a storm date of January 23rd.

February 12th (Sunday) Annual Meeting of The LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge beginning with worship at 10:30 AM followed by the business meeting.  In the event of a inclement weather the meeting will be postponed to the evening of February 13th at 7:00 PM.

Annual Reports Due for Submission

It is time for reports to be submitted for inclusion in the 2022 Annual Report.  You can submit them by email or a written copy.  Please submit your reports prior to January 29, 2023 as the reports need to be prepared and distributed by February 5th.

Offer the gift of your time and talents

As we begin a new year and prepare for our ministry in the coming year we continue to offer a variety of ways for you to serve and bless us with your time and talents.  Please consider being part of one of our committees and groups:  Board of Stewards, Session, Fundraising, Property and Maintenance, Ministry Personnel Committee and Manse Committee.  If you would like to know more about any of these groups/committees please contact Rev. Neil.  Your willingness to be part of our ministry beyond Sunday worship helps us to be a vibrant and rewarding within our Community of Faith and our wider community.

Upcoming Services of Worship

Worship services will be held at West Side United at 10:30 AM on January 15th and 22nd.  

Worship on January 29th and February 5th at 10:30 AM will be a combined service of worship at Bridgewater United.  In those months with 5 Sundays we will be worshipping together with Bridgewater United.  In October Bridgewater United joined us at West Side United for worship so on January 29th we worship at Bridgewater United.  The first Sunday of each month we worship with other Communities of Faith at Bridgewater United as part of our “Be United in Ministry” together.

 Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry and for the Mission & Service Fund.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Facebook Page and Website – keep an eye on both of our sites for up today and current events that happen in our church family, community and world.

Announcements – December 18, 2022

Today is Donna’s last Sunday with us until 2023.  Please take a moment to extend to her gratitude for being among us in 2022.  We wish her and her family a beautiful Christmas Season and an abundance of joy as we journeys to embrace her new grandchild.  Merry Christmas Donna.

Upcoming Services

Dec  24thChristmas Eve at West Side United (6:00 PM) 

and Bridgewater United (8:00 PM).  Here at West Side United we will be engaging our FM Transmitter for our Christmas Eve Service.  We will be gathering in the Sanctuary for our service but if there are those who wish to remain in their vehicles and listen to the service we will use our FM Transmitter to broadcast into the parking lot.  Tune into 99.9 FM to listen to service.

Online Service of Worship for Christmas Eve will be posted for you to enjoy on that evening or at any time during the Season of Christmas.  You will find it on our Facebook Page &Website.

Dec 25th and January 1stNo Services of Worship

January 8thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Facebook Page and Website – keep an eye on both of our sites for up today and current events that happen in our church family, community and world.

Announcements – December 11, 2022

Thank you to all who made donations for the Memorial Carol Service last Sunday evening.  Thank you to all who shared their gifts and talents of music.  Thank you to each of you who joined us to make this a wonderful evening of songs and singing.  

In addition to the Gifts/Memorials received and noted in the bulletin last week we have received a donation from Susie and Wendal Hymers in Memory of Parents, Sister and Brother.

Congregational Meeting – The Congregation of LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge/West Side United is called to meet on Tuesday December 13th at 7:00 PM with a storm date of December 18th immediately following the 10:30 AM Service of Worship.

Board of Stewards Meeting – following 10:30 AM Service of Worship on Sunday December 11th

A Covenanting Service for Pastor Dana Pardy and The Petite Riviere Pastoral Charge to celebrate their ministry will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church (Crousetown) on Sunday evening at 7 PM.  All are invited to attending and share the joy of their ministry.  Rev. Daniel MacDonald from Central United Church – Lunenburg will be the guest preacher.

The United Church Women (UCW) of West Side United invite you to join with them in a few projects that assist individuals, families and agencies in our community.  In the foyer you will find the Mitten Tree and two boxes (one for the Food Bank and the other for Riverview Enhanced Living).  Have your items here by December 11th so that they can be taken to the designated group/agency.

Mitten Tree – Hats, Mittens, Gloves, Scarfs, Toques will be collected then shared with Family Services for distribution .

Food Bank – Donations of non-perishable food items which will be taken to the Food Bank in Bridgewater to help fill up their shelves as they continue to serve an increasing number of individuals and families.  Monetary Donations are also appreciated.

Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor) has been a long-standing recipient of gifts from our congregation .  Items which have been enjoyed by the residents are:  Art and Craft Supplies, Activity books, Treats, Personal Care/Toiletries, Colouring Books, Markers, Crayons.

Hillside Pines Worship – We are offering a service of worship for the residents of Hillside Pines (Bridgewater) on Tuesday Evening (6:30 PM).

 UCW Osprey Nest Luncheon – If there are women of the congregation who would like to join the UCW and more for a noontime lunch at Osprey Nest (in Petite Riviere) on December 15th talk to Barbara Rafuse.

Upcoming Services

Dec 18thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Dec  24thChristmas Eve at West Side United (6:00 PM) 

and Bridgewater United (8:00 PM)

Dec 25th and January 1stNo Services of Worship

January 8thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

 

Use of our Building.  On Thursday (Dec 16th) and Friday (Dec 17th) our Kitchen and Hall will be used by Pentz Elementary School to prepare and offer a Turkey Dinner for the students.  

 

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Facebook Page and Website – keep an eye on both of our sites for up today and current events that happen in our church family, community and world.

Announcements – December 4, 2022

Thank you to all who made donations for our Memorial Carol Service.  Thank you to all who shared their gifts and talents of music.  Thank you to each of you who joined us to make this a wonderful evening of songs and singing.  Have a Blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas

Please join us in the hall following worship for a social time and conversation with Coffee, Tea, Mulled Cider, Juice and Water – along with Crackers, Cheese and Fruit.

Congregational Meeting – The Congregation of LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge/West Side United is called to meet on Tuesday December 13th at 7:00 PM with a storm date of December 18th immediately following the 10:30 AM Service of Worship.

The United Church Women (UCW) of West Side United invite you to join with them in a few projects that assist individuals, families and agencies in our community.  In the foyer you will find the Mitten Tree and two boxes (one for the Food Bank and the other for Riverview Enhanced Living).  Have your items here by December 11th so that they can be taken to the designated group/agency.

Mitten Tree – Hats, Mittens, Gloves, Scarfs, Toques will be collected then shared with Family Services for distribution .

Food Bank – Donations of non-perishable food items which will be taken to the Food Bank in Bridgewater to help fill up their shelves as they continue to serve an increasing number of individuals and families.  Monetary Donations are also appreciated.

Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor) has been a long-standing recipient of gifts from our congregation .  Items which have been enjoyed by the residents are:  Art and Craft Supplies, Activity books, Treats, Personal Care/Toiletries, Colouring Books, Markers, Crayons.

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier in concert at Bridgewater United – December 10th.  Two of Canada’s greatest roots singer-songwriters, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, will be live at Bridgewater United Church on December 10th at 7:00pm. Tickets: $35.00. General Admission Seating Only.  Tickets available through Eventbrite or the Church Office, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am-12:30pm.   Tickets through the Church Office must be paid by cash, cheque or e-transfer.  Only 300 tickets to be sold.

Board of Stewards Meeting – following 10:30 AM Service of Worship on Sunday December 11th .

A Covenanting Service for Pastor Dana Pardy and The Petite Riviere Pastoral Charge to celebrate their ministry will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church (Crousetown) on Sunday evening at 7 PM.  All are invited to attending and share the joy of their ministry.  Rev. Daniel MacDonald from Central United Church – Lunenburg will be the guest preacher.

UCW Osprey Nest Luncheon – If there are women of the congregation who would like to join the UCW and more for a noontime lunch at Osprey Nest (in Petite Riviere) on December 15th talk to Barbara Rafuse.

Upcoming Services

Dec 11thService of Love & Light at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Dec 18thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Dec  24thChristmas Eve at West Side United (6:00 PM) 

and Bridgewater United (8:00 PM)

Dec 25th and January 1stNo Services of Worship

January 8thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Facebook Page and Website – keep an eye on both of our sites for up today and current events that happen in our church family, community and world.

Announcements – November 27, 2022

Thank You – to everyone who help make our Christmas Market a great success.  It was a good day and we were delighted to be able to offer this event for our community and friends.

This Evening (Nov 27th – 7 PM) at the Baptist Church in Bridgewater an Advent Service of Worship sponsored by the Inter-Church Council of Churches.  All donations received this evening will go to support the Inter-Church Food Bank of Bridgewater. 

The United Church Women (UCW) of West Side United invite you to join with them in a few projects that assist individuals, families and agencies in our community.  In the foyer you will find the Mitten Tree and two boxes (one for the Food Bank and the other for Riverview Enhanced Living).  Have your items here by December 11th so that they can be taken to the designated group/agency.

Mitten Tree – Hats, Mittens, Gloves, Scarfs, Toques will be collected then shared with Family Services for distribution to those in need.

Food Bank – Donations of non-perishable food items which will be taken to the Food Bank in Bridgewater to help fill up their shelves as they continue to serve an increasing number of individuals and families.  Monetary Donations are also appreciated.

Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor) has been a long-standing recipient of gifts from our congregation .  Items which have been enjoyed by the residents are:  Art and Craft Supplies, Activity books, Treats, Personal Care/Toiletries, Colouring Books, Markers, Crayons.

A Memorial Carol Service will be hosted at West Side United (7 PM) on December 4th.  A letter of invitation will be prepared and distributed to our community with a selection of carols we will be singing which individuals/families can choose from as a Memorial or a gift to honour someone.  Donations received from this Memorial Service will be supportive of our church and our ministry.  Copies of this letter can be found in the Foyer.  Please pick up your own copy of this letter and take some extras to share with others in your circles of family/friends who may be interested in the Memorial Carol Service.  We are delighted to have Pastor Dana Pardy (serving the Petite Riviere Pastoral Charge) and Seaside A Capella coming to join us a guest singers along with Barbara Pate (Music Director at Bridgewater United) sharing her gift and energy of music with us during the evening.  After the Service there will be a time of refreshing and socializing the hall (Cheese, crackers and grapes) after the service.

Upcoming Services

Dec 4thWorship at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM)

Dec 4thMemorial Carol Service at West Side United (7 PM)

Dec 11thService of Love & Light at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Dec 18thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Dec  24thChristmas Eve at West Side United (6:00 PM) and Bridgewater United (8:00 PM)

Dec 25th and January 1stNo Services of Worship

January 8thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

UCW Osprey Nest Luncheon – If there are women of the congregation who would like to join the UCW and more for a noontime lunch at Osprey Nest (in Petite Riviere) on December 15th talk to Barbara Rafuse.

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier in concert at Bridgewater United – December 10th.  Two of Canada’s greatest roots singer-songwriters, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, will be live at Bridgewater United Church on December 10th at 7:00pm. Gunning and Cormier go back 23 years. Two songwriters, interpreters, guitar players, and singers at their peak. It’s the power of the song, the highest quality from the past to the now. It’s two friends, brothers, uncompromising performers. $35.00. General Admission Seating Only.  Tickets available through Eventbrite or the Church Office, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am-12:30pm.   Tickets through the Church Office must be paid by cash, cheque or e-transfer.  Only 300 tickets to be sold, 200 online and 100 through the Church Office. 

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Announcements – November 20, 2022

A Meeting of The Official Board –today after worship .

Christmas Craft Market – Saturday November 26th.  We are hosting a Christmas Craft Market at West Side United Church on Saturday November 26th between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM.  We have a variety of vendors attending and have room for more table/spaces.  If you are interested in having a table/space the cost is $20 for an 8 foot table/space.  As a congregation we will be having a bake sale table and offering a Take-Out/Take-Home Soup/Chili ($8) and Sandwich ($5) or a combo ($10).  Check out the sign-up sheet in the foyer to volunteer for the day.  Check out our poster for more information.

Bake Sale Table – As a congregation we are having a Bake Sale Table.  Please consider making, baking or offering some of your pickles, jams and preserves for the table.  This is always a popular table at our events so help us make it a spectacular array of delicious treats and delights.

Preparing for the Christmas Market – Drop by to help prepare.

Monday Nov 21st @ 6 PM – Initial set-up of hall; bring down things from upstairs; decorate the sanctuary tree and anything else that can be done.

Tuesday Nov 22nd @ 6 PM – Get our tables and spaces organized and ready for the sale.

Wednesday Nov 23rd @ 9 AM – Baking Day

Thursday Nov 24th @ 1 PM – Soup Making

Friday Nov 25th @ 6 PM – Final Preparation/Sandwich Making and welcoming our Vendors to set-up their market spaces.  Items for the Bake Sale Table you can bring them at this time.

Saturday Nov 26th @ 7:30 AM – We will be open for Workers and Vendors to arrive & prepare for the 8:30 AM opening.

Baking Day Wednesday November 23rd at 9 AM – Neil and Philip often do a lot of baking for the bake sale.  This year we would like to share with you our recipes and invite you to join Neil in the West Side Kitchen to help make some baked goodies for the  Bake Sale Table at the Christmas Market?  Rev. Neil invites you to drop by the West Side Kitchen on Wednesday November 23rd to help with Making & Baking Session starting at 9:00 AM.  If you have some metal 9x13 pans we can use that would be helpful.  All ingredients will be supplied.  At the end of the day you will be copies of all the delicious items made for you to try at home later.

The United Church Women (UCW) of West Side United invite you to join with them in a few projects that assist individuals, families and agencies in our community.  In the foyer you will find the Mitten Tree and two boxes (one for the Food Bank and the other for Riverview Enhanced Living).  Have your items here by December 11th so that they can be taken to the designated group/agency.

Mitten Tree – Hats, Mittens, Gloves, Scarfs, Toques will be collected then shared with Family Services for distribution to those in need.

Food Bank – Donations of non-perishable food items which will be taken to the Food Bank in Bridgewater to help fill up their shelves as they continue to serve an increasing number of individuals and families.  Monetary Donations are also appreciated.

Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor) has been a long-standing recipient of gifts from our congregation .  Items which have been enjoyed by the residents are:  Art and Craft Supplies, Activity books, Treats, Personal Care/Toiletries, Colouring Books, Markers, Crayons.

Upcoming Services

Sunday Evening November 27th at 7 PM at Bridgewater Baptist Church there will be service sponsored by the Bridgewater Inter-Church Council of Churches.  Donations from this service will support the local Food Bank.

Dec 4thWorship at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM)

Dec 4thMemorial Carol Service at West Side United (7 PM)

Dec 11thService of Love & Light at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Dec 19thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

Dec  24thChristmas Eve at West Side United (6:00 PM) and Bridgewater United (8:00 PM)

Dec 25th and January 1stNo Services of Worship

January 8thWorship at West Side United (10:30 AM)

UCW Osprey Nest Luncheon – If there are women of the congregation who would like to join the UCW and more for a noontime lunch at Osprey Nest (in Petite Riviere) on December 15th talk to Barbara Rafuse.

A Memorial Carol Service will be hosted at West Side United (7 PM) on December 4th.  A letter of invitation will be prepared and distributed to our community with a selection of carols we will be singing which individuals/families can choose from as a Memorial or a gift to honour someone.  Donations received from this Memorial Service will be supportive of our church and our ministry.  Copies of this letter can be found in the Foyer.  Please pick up your own copy of this letter and take some extras to share with others in your circles of family/friends who may be interested in the Memorial Carol Service.

National Housing Day Event offered by Energize Bridgewater and South Shore Open Door. You are warmly welcomed to attend an event to mark National Housing Day on Tuesday, November 22nd from 5:30pm to 8pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (135 North Park Street, Bridgewater). National Housing Day is an opportunity to recognize the important work done by housing partners across Canada to improve access to housing for everyone. In Bridgewater we know that we have a lot of work to do to support the 38% of residents who are struggling to heat and power their homes, and the 59 households who are currently experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier in concert at Bridgewater United – December 10th.  Two of Canada’s greatest roots singer-songwriters, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, will be live at Bridgewater United Church on December 10th at 7:00pm. Gunning and Cormier go back 23 years. Two songwriters, interpreters, guitar players, and singers at their peak. It’s the power of the song, the highest quality from the past to the now. It’s two friends, brothers, uncompromising performers. $35.00. General Admission Seating Only.  Tickets available through Eventbrite or the Church Office, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am-12:30pm.   Tickets through the Church Office must be paid by cash, cheque or e-transfer.  Only 300 tickets to be sold, 200 online and 100 through the Church Office. 

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Announcements - October 30, 2022 

Welcome - Today we celebrate the 37th Anniversary of West Side United Church and the 60th Anniversary of the UCW (United Church Women). We welcome the congregation of Bridgewater United to our celebration and service of worship. After worship we are invited to move into the hall for a time of sharing and connecting with others over Coffee, Cookies and Ice Cream (also Tea, Juice and Water will be available). Thank You for being part of our Community of Faith today. 

Holiday Time - While Rev. Neil & Philip are away on Holiday Time (Oct 31st to Nov 12th) Our Student Minister Donna Kelly will be available for cases of Pastoral Urgency & Care. Donna can be contacted at 902 521 5138. 

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier in concert at Bridgewater United - December 10th. Two of Canada's greatest roots singer songwriters, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, will be live at Bridgewater United Church on December 10th at 7:00pm. Gunning and Cormier go back 23 years. Two songwriters, interpreters, guitar players, and singers at their peak. It's the power of the song, the highest quality from the past to the now. It's two friends, brothers, uncompromising performers. $35.00. General Admission Seating Only. Tickets available through Eventbrite or the Church Office, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am-12:30pm. Tickets through the Church Office must be paid by cash, cheque or e-transfer. Only 300 tickets to be sold, 200 online and 100 through the Church Office. 

Worship November 3rd - is our combined service of worship at Bridgewater United Church at 10:30 AM. This is a time when the congregations of the Be United Ministries come together as one Community of Faith. Donna Kelly will be worship leader for this service of worship. 

A Memorial Carol Service will be hosted at West Side United (7 PM) on December 4th. A letter of invitation will be prepared and distributed to our community with a selection of carols we will be singing which individuals/families can choose from as a Memorial or a gift to honour someone. Donations received from this Memorial Service will be supportive of our church and our ministry. Copies of this letter can be found in the Foyer. Please pick up your own copy of this letter and take some extras to share with others in your circles of family/friends who may be interested in the Memorial Carol Service. 

Grocery Card Orders - The next round of orders are due on November 13th and the denominations have been expanded to $10 & $25 from Superstore/Loblaws and $25 cards from Sobeys. This expansion is to give people the option of smaller cards in case they wish to give them away to others as gifts during the upcoming Christmas/Holiday season. Order forms for the next round can be found in the foyer. 

Christmas Craft Market - Saturday November 26th. We are hosting a Christmas Craft Market at West Side United Church on Saturday November 26th between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM. We have a variety of vendors attending and still have room for more table/spaces available. If you are interested in having a table/space the cost is $20 for an 8 foot table/space. As a congregation we will be having a bake sale table and offering a Take-Out/Take-Home Soup/Chili ($8) and Sandwich ($5) or a combo ($10). Check out the sign-up sheet in the foyer to volunteer for the day and check out our poster for more information. 

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations. Thank You - for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry. Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways: bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors). PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option. For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others. Thank You! 

Would you like to be involved? We are looking for individuals who would be interested in being part of the team that helps produce the Online Worship Videos. If you have an interest in learning about recording or sound recording or film editing we have a space for you to become part of the team. We are also looking for individuals who would like to offer their voices to be recorded reading prayers and scriptures for the Online Worship Videos. No previous experience required we will help you learn some of the techniques needed to be part of this ministry we offer to our communities

Announcements – October 23, 2022

Welcome Donna.  We are delighted to have Donna Kelly among us again this year as a Student Minister during her time of studies at the Atlantic School of Theology.  This is currently as volunteer position but as we continue to develop our relationship with Bridgewater United we are hopeful this will move into a paid position.  Welcome Donna!

Our Shared Ministry with Bridgewater United.  We continue to work on strengthening our shared ministry with Bridgewater United as we move from the 80/20 split of Rev. Neil’s time each week to a 50/50 split … where 20 hours per week will be dedicated to both congregations (West Side United and Bridgewater United).  We continue to communicate with Regional Council 15 representatives and move forward with our Shared/Collaborative Ministry.

Manse Committee Meeting – After worship today.

Holiday Time – While Rev. Neil & Philip are away on Holiday Time (Oct 31st to Nov 12th) our Student Minister Donna Kelly will be available for cases of Pastoral Urgency & Care.  Donna can be contacted at 902 521 5138.

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier in concert at Bridgewater United – December 10th.  Two of Canada’s greatest roots singer-songwriters, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, will be live at Bridgewater United Church on December 10th at 7:00pm. Gunning and Cormier go back 23 years. Two songwriters, interpreters, guitar players, and singers at their peak. It’s the power of the song, the highest quality from the past to the now. It’s two friends, brothers, uncompromising performers. $35.00. General Admission Seating Only.  Tickets available through Eventbrite or the Church Office, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am-12:30pm.   Tickets through the Church Office must be paid by cash, cheque or e-transfer.  Only 300 tickets to be sold, 200 online and 100 through the Church Office. 

Anniversary Sunday – October 30th. Worship on Sept 25th was cancelled because of Hurricane Fiona so we have rescheduled our Anniversary Service to Oct 30th.  We will observe the 37th Anniversary of West Side United and we will also recognize the 60th Anniversary of the UCW (United Church Women) within our worship.

After Worship on October 30th we begin to adjust to the new normal of our lives (slowly) we invite you to join us for worship on October 30th and after worship we will have “Coffee, Cookies & Ice Cream”.  We will supply the Coffee (Tea/Juice/Water) and the Ice Cream (there may even be special toppings to decorate your ice cream).  We request you to supply the cookies … bring a plate of your favourite cookies to share with others.  Our hall offers space to spread out and enjoy and if it is a nice day we can expand out into the lawn area. 

Worship November 3rd – is our combined service of worship at Bridgewater United Church at 10:30 AM.  This is a time when the congregations of the Be United Ministries come together as one Community of Faith.  Donna Kelly will be worship leader for this service of worship.

A Memorial Carol Service will be hosted at West Side United (7 PM) on December 4th.  A letter of invitation will be prepared and distributed to our community with a selection of carols we will be singing which individuals/families can choose from as a Memorial or a gift to honour someone.  Donations received from this Memorial Service will be supportive of our church and our ministry.  

Grocery Card Orders –The next round of orders are due on November 13th and the denominations have been expanded to $10 & $25 from Superstore/Loblaws and $25 cards from Sobeys.  This expansion is to give people the option of smaller cards in case they wish to give them away to others as gifts during the upcoming Christmas/Holiday season.  Order forms for the next round can be found in the foyer.

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Would you like to be involved?  We are looking for individuals who would be interested in being part of the team that helps produce the Online Worship Videos.  If you have an interest in learning about recording or sound recording or film editing we have a space for you to become part of the team.  We are also looking for individuals who would like to offer their voices to be recorded reading prayers and scriptures for the Online Worship Videos.  No previous experience required we will help you learn some of the techniques needed to be part of this ministry we offer to our communities.

Announcements – October 16, 2022

Welcome Donna.  We are delighted to have Donna Kelly among us again this year as a Student Minister during her time of studies at the Atlantic School of Theology.  This is currently as volunteer position but as we continue to develop our relationship with Bridgewater United we are hopeful this will move into a paid position.  Welcome Donna!

Our Shared Ministry with Bridgewater United.  We continue to work on strengthening our shared ministry with Bridgewater United as we move from the 80/20 split of Rev. Neil’s time each week to a 50/50 split … where 20 hours per week will be dedicated to both congregations (West Side United and Bridgewater United).  We continue to communicate with Regional Council 15 representatives and move forward with our Shared/Collaborative Ministry.

Upcoming Meetings/Gatherings:

Official Board – Wednesday October 19th at 7 pm

Please note the change of date.

We extend our sympathies to Gwen & Grant Wile on the unexpected death her daughter Tracy this past week and to the family of Barbara Haughn of Bridgewater/Mahone Bay whose graveside funeral will be held this week in West Dublin.

Roast Beef Supper Postponed.  Due to a variety of factors the decision was made to postpone the Roast Beef Supper (which was to be held on October 16th) until earlier in the new year of 2023.

Anniversary Sunday – October 30th. Worship on Sept 25th was cancelled because of Hurricane Fiona so we have rescheduled our Anniversary Service to Oct 30th.  We will observe the 37th Anniversary of West Side United and we will also recognize the 60th Anniversary of the UCW (United Church Women) within our worship.

After Worship on October 30th we begin to adjust to the new normal of our lives (slowly) we invite you to join us for worship on Sept 25th and after worship we will have “Coffee, Cookies & Ice Cream”.  We will supply the Coffee (Tea/Juice/Water) and the Ice Cream (there may even be special toppings to decorate your ice cream).  We request you to supply the cookies … bring a plate of your favourite cookies to share with others.  Our hall offers space to spread out and enjoy and if it is a nice day we can expand out into the lawn area. 

A Memorial Carol Service will be hosted at West Side United (7 PM) on December 4th.  A letter of invitation will be prepared and distributed to our community with a selection of carols we will be singing which individuals/families can choose from as a Memorial or a gift to honour someone.  Donations received from this Memorial Service will be supportive of our church and our ministry.  

Grocery Card Orders – Thank you to all who continue to participate in the purchase of grocery cards.  In the most recent round we received a sales rebate of $350.00.  The next round of orders are due on November 13th and the denominations have been expanded to $10 & $25 from Superstores/Loblaws and $25 cards from Sobeys.  This expansion is to give people the option of smaller cards in case they wish to give them away to others as gifts during the upcoming Christmas/Holiday season.  Order forms for the next round can be found in the foyer.

40 Days of Anti-Racism is a program offered through our national church to assist individuals and congregations to examine the ways in which racism exists in our denomination and communities.  If you wish to be part of this educational/learning time you can go to the national church website and sign-up for the daily newsletter, watch videos prepared and even be offered the opportunity to be part of and online conversation group.  

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Would you like to be involved?  We are looking for individuals who would be interested in being part of the team that helps produce the Online Worship Videos.  If you have an interest in learning about recording or sound recording or film editing we have a space for you to become part of the team.  We are also looking for individuals who would like to offer their voices to be recorded reading prayers and scriptures for the Online Worship Videos.  No previous experience required we will help you learn some of the techniques needed to be part of this ministry we offer to our communities.

Announcements - October  2, 2022

1.  An event on September 30th in Bridgewater in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

2. Worship at Bridgewater United on October 2nd with Communion

3. Letter to our Be United Communities of Faith (attached)

4.  Roast Beef Supper at West Side - Request for Helpers.  See Poster on Home page.

1.  Friday, September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  There is a public event being held at 11 AM on Sept 30th at the Pijinuiskaq Park in Bridgewater (located on King Street next to the "old" bridge).  Those attending are invited to wear orange shirts and it is scheduled to happen from 11 AM to 1 PM. I plan on attending and hope to see some from our community there as well.

2.  Worship on October 2nd will be our shared service of worship at Bridgewater United starting at 10:30 AM.  We will be celebrating World Wide Communion.  Those attending can bring their own elements for communion (bread/cracker & juice/water) or during the service they can come forward to receive individually prepared elements (Rice Cracker & Grapes).  There will be no service of worship at West Side United on October 2nd.  Thanksgiving Sunday (Oct 9th) there will be worship at West Side United (10:30 AM).

3.  Our Be United Communities of Faith come together for a combined service of worship on the 1st Sunday of each month - a time to celebrate our common bond of faith.  Currently it is being hosted at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM.  I look forward to having you join me for this service of worship.  If you would like to participate in the service (candle lighters, scripture reader, or lead the community in prayer) let me know - we would welcome your participation.

4.  The poster for our upcoming Roast Beef Supper is attached.  Helpers for our morning of preparation (Saturday Oct 15th at 9:00) and for workers on Sunday Oct 16th (details of time & duties to be shared later).  We also are looking for a variety of desserts to be provided (contact Vonie - 688-2177 to let her know you can provide a dessert).  Your assistance with this event will help make this event another great success. Thanking you in advance for volunteering.

Announcements – September 18, 2022

Anniversary Sunday – September 25th:  We gather for worship on Sept 25th at 10:30 AM.  This is the Sunday closest the date when West Side United Church was dedicated in 1985.  We have missed celebrating our Anniversary in our times of worship for the past couple of years.  A Memorial Hymn Service will be hosted at Bridgewater United (7 PM) as part of their Anniversary Sunday.  We are invited to join them for this special evening of music, songs and hymns.

As we begin to adjust to the new normal of our lives (slowly) we invite you to join us for worship on Sept 25th and after worship we will have “Coffee, Cookies & Ice Cream”.  We will supply the Coffee (Tea/Juice/Water) and the Ice Cream (there may even be special toppings to decorate your ice cream).  We request you to supply the cookies … bring a plate of your favourite cookies to share with others.  Our hall offers space to spread out and enjoy and if it is a nice day we can expand out into the lawn area.

Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – will be broadcast from London England in the early hours of Monday, Sept 19, 2022.  For some individuals this has been designated as a “Statutory Holiday” for many it is not, but if this is an event in our world-wide community that is important to you we encourage you to take the time you need to observe this day in a way that is appropriate/significant for you.  

Memorial Hymn Service at Bridgewater United – 7 PM – September 25th.  We are invited to join the congregation of Bridgewater United for their Memorial Hymn Service which is part of their Anniversary Celebration and will include favourite hymns and special music.

Grocery Card Orders – the next round of orders and payments of grocery cards is due September 18th.  You can bring them to worship and hand them to Philip or make arrangements to drop them off.  Order forms are available in the foyer.  If you would like more information about participating in the ordering of Grocery Cards contact Philip/Neil.  Thank you to all who have continued to support and participate in this easy fundraising event for our congregation.  When you purchase grocery cards we receive a rebate of 5%; so far in this year we have raised $1200.00 from our previous sales.  Every order makes a difference.  Our next orders will be placed in September and then again in mid-November.

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Weekly Online Worship – we continue to offer a version of worship and reflection each week on our Facebook Page and Website.  The original source can be found posted on the website of Bridgewater United Church.  This is part of our shared ministry.

Upcoming Fundraising Events.  The Fundraising Committee met this past week and have begun to plan for two events this fall.  A Take-Out Roast Beef Supper will be offered on Sunday October 16th.  A Bethlehem Bazaar will be offered on Saturday November 26th but it won’t be like we hosted before:  there will be no Breakfast/Lunch/Dining area; the tables will be for vendors to offer their Crafts, Christmas Décor, Preserves etc (it is not a yard sale but a Crafters Market).  We will be having a Silent Auction, A Bake Sale Table and offering a “Take-Home” Soup and Sandwich.  If you know someone who may be interested in being part of our Crafters Market we will renting an 8-Foot Table for $20 (Tell them to contact Philip to reserve their table – 902-688-1580).  Details and Posters for both of these events will be shared in the coming weeks.

Worship Sunday October 2nd – is our next combined service of worship hosted at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM) with other communities of faith who come together on the first Sunday of each month as part of our Be United In Ministry for worship.  This will be our celebration of World Wide Communion.

Would you like to be involved?  We are looking for individuals who would be interested in being part of the team that helps produce the Online Worship Videos.  If you have an interest in learning about recording or sound recording or film editing we have a space for you to become part of the team.  We are also looking for individuals who would like to offer their voices to be recorded reading prayers and scriptures for the Online Worship Videos.  No previous experience required we will help you learn some of the techniques needed to be part of this ministry we offer to our communities.

Announcements – September 11, 2022

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Stewards – September 14th at 7 PM

Session Meeting – September 26th at 10 AM

Official Board Meeting – Date & Time to be shared.

Happy Birthday.  We extend our best wishes to George Pike on the celebration of his 80th Birthday on Sept 8th and to Noreen Junkin on celebrating her 100th birthday on Sept 11th.  We hold them both in our hearts with love as they observe these milestones of life.

Grocery Card Orders – the next round of orders and payments of grocery cards is due September 18th.  You can bring them to worship and hand them to Philip or make arrangements to drop them off.  Order forms are available in the foyer.  If you would like more information about participating in the ordering of Grocery Cards contact Philip/Neil.  Thank you to all who have continued to support and participate in this easy fundraising event for our congregation.  When you purchase grocery cards we receive a rebate of 5%; so far in this year we have raised $1200.00 from our previous sales.  Every order makes a difference.  Our next orders will be placed in September and then again in mid-November.

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Weekly Online Worship – we continue to offer a version of worship and reflection each week on our Facebook Page and Website.  The original source can be found posted on the website of Bridgewater United Church.  This is part of our shared ministry.

Anniversary Sunday – September 25th:  We gather for worship on Sept 25th at 10:30 AM.  This is the Sunday closest the date when West Side United Church was dedicated in 1985.  We have missed celebrating our Anniversary in our times of worship for the past couple of years.  A Memorial Hymn Service will be hosted at Bridgewater United (7 PM) as part of their Anniversary Sunday.  We are invited to join them for this special evening of music, songs and hymns.

As we begin to adjust to the new normal of our lives (slowly) we invite you to join us for worship on Sept 25th and after worship we will have “Coffee, Cookies & Ice Cream”.  We will supply the Coffee (Tea/Juice/Water) and the Ice Cream (there may even be special toppings to decorate your ice cream).  We request you to supply the cookies … bring a plate of your favourite cookies to share with others.  Our hall offers space to spread out and enjoy and if it is a nice day we can expand out into the lawn area.  

Upcoming Fundraising Events.  The Fundraising Committee met this past week and have begun to plan for two events this fall.  A Take-Out Roast Beef Supper will be offered on Sunday October 16th.  A Bethlehem Bazaar will be offered on Saturday November 26th but it won’t be like we hosted before:  there will be no Breakfast/Lunch/Dining area; the tables will be for vendors to offer their Crafts, Christmas Décor, Preserves etc (it is not a yard sale but a Crafters Market).  We will be having a Silent Auction, A Bake Sale Table and offering a “Take-Home” Soup and Sandwich.  If you know someone who may be interested in being part of our Crafters Market we will renting an 8-Foot Table for $20 (Tell them to contact Philip to reserve their table – 902-688-1580).  Details and Posters for both of these events will be shared in the coming weeks.

A few days away.  Rev. Neil and Philip will be taking a couple of days away from home to visit family in New Brunswick after worship on September 11th.  If you need to contact Rev. Neil during this time please use the Office Cell Phone to call/text or message him … 902-523-5687.

Worship Sunday October 2nd – is our next combined service of worship hosted at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM) with other communities of faith who come together on the first Sunday of each month as part of our Be United In Ministry for worship.  This will be our celebration of World Wide Communion.

Announcements – September 4, 2022

Worship Sunday September 4th – is our combined service of worship hosted at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM) with other communities of faith who come together on the first Sunday of each month as part of our Be United In Ministry for worship. 

Upcoming Meetings:

Ministry & Personnel Committee – September 8th at 9 AM

Board of Stewards – September 14th at 7 PM

Session Meeting – September 26th at 10 AM

Official Board Meeting – Date & Time to be shared.

Grocery Card Orders – the next round of orders and payments of grocery cards is due September 18th.  You can bring them to worship and hand them to Philip or make arrangements to drop them off.  Order forms are available in the foyer.  If you would like more information about participating in the ordering of Grocery Cards contact Philip/Neil.  Thank you to all who have continued to support and participate in this easy fundraising event for our congregation.  When you purchase grocery cards we receive a rebate of 5%; so far in this year we have raised $1200.00 from our previous sales.  Every order makes a difference.  Our next orders will be placed in September and then again in mid-November.

 

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Weekly Online Worship – we continue to offer a version of worship and reflection each week on our Facebook Page and Website.  The original source can be found posted on the website of Bridgewater United Church.  This is part of our shared ministry.

Anniversary Sunday – September 25th:  We gather for worship on Sept 25th at 10:30 AM.  This is the Sunday closest the date when West Side United Church was dedicated in 1985.  We have missed celebrating our Anniversary in our times of worship for the past couple of years.  

As we begin to adjust to the new normal of our lives (slowly) we invite you to join us for worship on Sept 25th and after worship we will have “Coffee, Cookies & Ice Cream”.  We will supply the Coffee (Tea/Juice/Water) and the Ice Cream (there may even be special toppings to decorate your ice cream).  We request you to supply the cookies … bring a plate of your favourite cookies to share with others.  Our hall offers space to spread out and enjoy and if it is a nice day we can expand out into the lawn area.  

Upcoming Fundraising Events.  The Fundraising Committee met this past week and have begun to plan for two events this fall.  A Take-Out Roast Beef Supper will be offered on Sunday October 16th.  A Bethlehem Bazaar will be offered on Saturday November 26th but it won’t be like we hosted before:  there will be no Breakfast/Lunch/Dining area; the tables will be for vendors to offer their Crafts, Christmas Décor, Preserves etc (it is not a yard sale but a Crafters Market).  We will be having a Silent Auction, A Bake Sale Table and offering a “Take-Home” Soup and Sandwich.  If you know someone who may be interested in being part of our Crafters Market we will renting an 8-Foot Table for $20 (Tell them to contact Philip to reserve their table – 902-688-1580).  Details and Posters for both of these events will be shared in the coming weeks.

A few days away.  Rev. Neil and Philip will be taking a couple of days away from home to visit family in New Brunswick after worship on September 11th.  If you need to contact Rev. Neil during this time please use the Office Cell Phone to call/text or message him … 902-523-5687.

Announcements – August 28, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you to our service of worship.  We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

Worship Sunday September 4th – is our combined service of worship hosted at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM) with other communities of faith who come together on the first Sunday of each month as part of our Be United In Ministry for worship. 

Upcoming Meetings:

Fundraising Committee – September 1st at 7PM

Ministry & Personnel Committee – September 8th at 9 AM

Board of Stewards – September 14th at 7 PM

Session Meeting – September 26th at 10 AM

Official Board Meeting – Date & Time to be shared.

Grocery Card Orders – the next round of orders and payments of grocery cards is due September 18th.  You can bring them to worship and hand them to Philip or make arrangements to drop them off.  Order forms are available in the foyer.  If you would like more information about participating in the ordering of Grocery Cards contact Philip/Neil.  Thank you to all who have continued to support and participate in this easy fundraising event for our congregation.  When you purchase grocery cards we receive a rebate of 5%; so far in this year we have raised $1200.00 from our previous sales.  Every order makes a difference.  Our next orders will be placed in September and then again in mid-November.

 

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless, support and gift our ministry.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website, send an e-transfer, by CanadaPost or using the outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors).  PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is another option.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Weekly Online Worship – we continue to offer a version of worship and reflection each week on our Facebook Page and Website.  The original source can be found posted on the website of Bridgewater United Church.  This is part of our shared ministry.

Anniversary Sunday – September 25th:  We gather for worship on Sept 25th at 10:30 AM.  This is the Sunday closest the date when West Side United Church was dedicated in 1985.  We have missed celebrating our Anniversary in our times of worship for the past couple of years.  

As we begin to adjust to the new normal of our lives (slowly) we invite you to join us for worship on Sept 25th and after worship we will have “Coffee, Cookies & Ice Cream”.  We will supply the Coffee (Tea/Juice/Water) and the Ice Cream (there may even be special toppings to decorate your ice cream).  We request you to supply the cookies … bring a plate of your favourite cookies to share with others.  Our hall offers space to spread out and enjoy and if it is a nice day we can expand out into the lawn area.  

A few days away.  Rev. Neil and Philip will be taking a couple of days away from home to visit family in New Brunswick after worship on September 11th.  If you need to contact Rev. Neil during this time please use the Office Cell Phone to call/text or message him … 902-523-5687.

Announcements – August 21, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you to our service of worship.  We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

Worship Sunday August 28th is offered at West Side United at 10:30 AM.  We continue to look forward to welcoming you to our time of worship, reflection and community.  At West Side United we encourage the wearing of masks and respecting the personal space of others. 

Worship Sunday September 4th – is our combined service of worship hosted at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM) with other communities of faith who come together on the first Sunday of each month as part of our Be United In Ministry for worship. 

Weekly Online Worship – we continue to offer a version of worship and reflection each week on our Facebook Page and Website.  The original source can be found posted on the website of Bridgewater United Church.  This is part of our shared ministry.

Ministry & Personnel Committee meets on - September 8th.  The members of the M&P Committee are:  Sandy Beckwith, Janice Corkum, Jean Schofield and Keith Sullivan.

Upcoming Committee and Group Meetings – several of our groups and committees are meeting throughout the month of September.  We will have a more complete listing included in next week’s announcements.  If your group/committee is scheduled to meet please let us know so that it may be included.

Gray Tubs – Do you have some of the gray tubs (bust trays) at home that belong to West Side United?  We are missing a few of them. 

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless and gift our ministry.  Your support is a valuable way for us to be a community of faith that offers support, encouragement and hope.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website or send an e-transfer or by CanadaPost.  The outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors) is also a place where you can leave your donation or you may wish to consider PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance).  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Financial Update/Summary to July 31, 2022

 

                                          To Date            Full Year Budget

Revenue
Local                            27,162.00                 62,000.00

Loose                              50.00                       400.00

UCW Allotment        1020.00                    1000.00

Bwr United Payments  8582.91            15,000.00

Fundraising                     3769.00             20,000.00

Other Income                 3500.00             1400.00

Total Revenue            44,083.91             109,800.00


Expenses
Church Bldg                     7604.88                14,720.00

Manse                                  6334.82                  7570.00

Payroll                              38,889.37                  65,504.00

Other Direct Expenses   9954.96                  16,205.00

General & Admin.               633.09                   1300.00

Total Expenses                63,417.12                  105,299.00

Net Income (Loss)         (19,333.21)                  4501.00

Announcements – August 14, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you to our service of worship.  We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

Thank You to all who helped to make our Lobster Roll Supper a great success again this year.  To those who made desserts, helped with the preparations and serving and those who made donations to assist with expenses – your contributions were appreciated.  Thank You to all those who purchased meals – the support of our community and friends at all of our events fills our hearts with gratitude.  We are estimating the profit from this event to be just above $6000.  Thank You!  

Annual Fishermens Memorial Service - August 14, 2022 - 2 PM will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  This service is hosted by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society and all donations received during this service assist the Society in the mission to protect and preserve the history and legacy of the LaHave Island.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be worship leader for this Annual Service.

Gray Tubs – Do you have some of the gray tubs (bust trays) at home that belong to West Side United?  We are missing a few of them. 

Worship Sunday August 21st and 28th is offered at West Side United at 10:30 AM.  We continue to look forward to welcoming you to our time of worship, reflection and community.  At West Side United we encourage the wearing of masks and respecting the personal space of others. 

Worship Sunday September 4th – is our combined service of worship hosted at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM) with other communities of faith who come together on the first Sunday of each month as part of our Be United In Ministry for worship. 

Supporting Our Ministry with your Donations.  Thank You – for all the ways you bless and gift our ministry.  Your support is a valuable way for us to be a community of faith that offers support, encouragement and hope.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website or send an e-transfer or by CanadaPost.  The outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors) is also a place where you can leave your donation or you may wish to consider PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance).  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

Announcements – August 7, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you to our service of worship.  Whether you are joining us for worship at Bridgewater United today as part of our monthly Be United Worship (1st Sunday of each month) or enjoying the online time of Reflection we hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

Lobster Roll Supper - Sunday – August 7, 2022 (Pick-up between 3 PM & 5 PM).  Lobster Roll - $28 per Ticket or Our Own Cooked Ham - $18 per Ticket.  Payment:  Cash / Cheque / or inquire about e-transfer.  Each meal is a Lobster Roll (or Ham alternative) served with Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw, garnished with Lettuce, Tomato & Cucumber.  Dessert:  Carrot Cake.  Phone 902-688-1580 (Philip/Neil) to reserve your tickets –.  It is best to phone early and ensure your tickets are reserved as we often sell out.  

Tickets are still available – after 12:30 PM today call the church kitchen to have your tickets reserved – 902-688-1340.

Thank You to all those who have been busy and helping to make our Lobster Roll Supper a great event.  We look forward to offering this popular summer time event.

Gray Tubs – Do you have some of the gray tubs (bust trays) at home that belong to West Side United?  We are missing a few of them. 

Graveside Memorial Service for Sheila Whitman (who died in January 17, 2022) will be held on Thursday – 2 PM - August 11, 2022 at the West LaHave Cemetery (across the road from Robert Haughn’s). A complete obituary can be found on the website of Sweeny’s Funeral Home – Bridgewater. 

Worship Sunday August 14th, 21st and 28th is offered at West Side United at 10:30 AM.  We continue to look forward to welcoming you to our time of worship, reflection and community.  At West Side United we encourage the wearing of masks and respecting the personal space of others. 

Annual Fishermens Memorial Service - August 14, 2022 - 2 PM will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  This service is hosted by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society and all donations received during this service assist the Society in the mission to protect and preserve the history and legacy of the LaHave Island.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be worship leader for this Annual Service.


Announcements – July 31, 2022

We extend sympathies to the family of Richard Balser of Bridgewater.  We surround his family and circle of friends with our love and support.  Rev. Neil officiated at the memorial service held on July 26th. 

We extend sympathies to the family of Granville Tumblin of Cherry Hill.  We surround his brother Chris and Graville’s circle of friends and community with our love and support.  Rev. Neil officiated at the funeral service and burial held on July 28th.

Congratulations to Wayne and Barbara Frizte who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary of July 29th.  A Service to Celebrate 50 Years and a Renewal of Vows took place on July 30th at their home on Corkum’s  Island with Rev. Neil officiating.

Graveside Memorial Service for Sheila Whitman (who died in January 17, 2022) will be held on Thursday – August 11, 2022 at the West LaHave Cemetery (across the road from Robert Haughn’s). A complete obituary can be found on the website of Sweeny’s Funeral Home – Bridgewater. 

Worship Sunday August 7th – is when we join with others in the Be United Communities of Faith for our combined Service of Worship hosted at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM.

Lobster Roll Supper - Sunday – August 7, 2022 (Pick-up between 3 PM & 5 PM).  Lobster Roll - $28 per Ticket or Our Own Cooked Ham - $18 per Ticket.  Payment:  Cash / Cheque / or inquire about e-transfer.  Each meal is a Lobster Roll (or Ham alternative) served with Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw, garnished with Lettuce, Tomato & Cucumber.  Dessert:  Carrot Cake.  Phone 902-688-1580 (Philip/Neil) to reserve your tickets –.  It is best to phone early and ensure your tickets are reserved as we often sell out.

Helpers for Lobster Roll Supper – there is a sign-up sheet on the easel in the foyer with times and tasks for you to offer your assistance with our supper.  Please feel free to extend this invitation to your family, friends and neighbours.

Annual Fishermens Memorial Service - August 14, 2022 - 2 PM will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  This service is hosted by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society and all donations received during this service assist the Society in the mission to protect and preserve the history and legacy of the LaHave Island.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be worship leader for this Annual Service.

Announcements – July 24, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you to our service of worship.  We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

We extend sympathies to the family of Richard Balser of Bridgewater.  We surround his family and circle of friends with our love and support.  A Memorial Service will be held on July 26th at 2 PM at the R.A. Corkum Funeral Home.

Graveside Memorial Service for Sheila Whitman (who died in January 17, 2022) will be held on Thursday – August 11, 2022 at the West LaHave Cemetery (across the road from Robert Haughn’s). A complete obituary can be found on the website of Sweeny’s Funeral Home – Bridgewater. 

Worship Sunday July 31st – the congregation of Bridgewater United has been invited to join us for worship as there will be no service of worship at Bridgewater United on that day.

Worship Sunday August 7th – is when we join with others in the Be United Communities of Faith for our combined Service of Worship hosted at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM.

Lobster Roll Supper - Sunday – August 7, 2022 (Pick-up between 3 PM & 5 PM).  Lobster Roll - $28 per Ticket or Our Own Cooked Ham - $18 per Ticket.  Payment:  Cash / Cheque / or inquire about e-transfer.  Each meal is a Lobster Roll (or Ham alternative) served with Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw, garnished with Lettuce, Tomato & Cucumber.  Dessert:  Carrot Cake.  Phone 902-688-1580 (Philip/Neil) to reserve your tickets –.  It is best to phone early and ensure your tickets are reserved as we often sell out.

Helpers for Lobster Roll Supper – there is a sign-up sheet on the easel in the foyer with times and tasks for you to offer your assistance with our supper.  Please feel free to extend this invitation to your family, friends and neighbours.

Annual Fishermens Memorial Service - August 14, 2022 - 2 PM will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  This service is hosted by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society and all donations received during this service assist the Society in the mission to protect and preserve the history and legacy of the LaHave Island.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be worship leader for this Annual Service.

Announcements – July 17, 2022 

Congratulations!  We extend our congratulations to Holly Boudreau and David Cumben who were married yesterday at First South United with Rev. Neil officiating at the ceremony.

Memorial Service for Marlene Seaboyer (who died in February 2022) will be held at West Side United on Saturday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM.  This service is open to the public.  If you wish to attend but unsure about being inside  with a large group of people we will have the FM Transmitter engage so you can remain in your vehicle, tune into FM 99.9 on your radio and listen to the service.  After the service the family will be move outside to the lawn area to greet those attending (or in the hall if the weather is inclement).  There is no luncheon/reception being held following the service.

Worship Sunday July 31st – the congregation of Bridgewater United has been invited to join us for worship as there will be no service of worship at Bridgewater United on that day.

Worship Sunday August 7th – is when we join with others in the Be United Communities of Faith for our combined Service of Worship hosted at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM.

Lobster Roll Supper - Sunday – August 7, 2022 (Pick-up between 3 PM & 5 PM).  Lobster Roll - $28 per Ticket or Our Own Cooked Ham - $18 per Ticket.  Payment:  Cash / Cheque / or inquire about e-transfer.  Each meal is a Lobster Roll (or Ham alternative) served with Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw, garnished with Lettuce, Tomato & Cucumber.  Dessert:  Carrot Cake.  Phone 902-688-1580 (Philip/Neil) to reserve your tickets –.  It is best to phone early and ensure your tickets are reserved as we often sell out.

Annual Fishermens Memorial Service - August 14, 2022 - 2 PM will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  This service is hosted by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society and all donations received during this service assist the Society in the mission to protect and preserve the history and legacy of the LaHave Island.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be worship leader for this Annual Service.

Announcements – July 10, 2022

A Meeting of the Official Board will be held immediately after worship today (July 10th ) to follow-up on decisions made at the Congregational Meeting held on June 29th.  

THANK YOU to all who helped with the Salad Plate Supper last weekend.  The hands of many make each event a success.

Worship Sunday July 17th – will be our Annual Service on The Beach at 5:00 PM.  We will not be having a 10:30 AM “in sanctuary” service on that day as this will be our only service of worship.  We will meet on the far end of Crescent Beach in the location where we have enjoyed it in past years.  In case of bad weather we are planning to relocate to the Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  Bring a chair for your comfort and dress appropriately. 

Memorial Service for Marlene Seaboyer (who died in February 2022) will be held at West Side United on Saturday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM.  This service is open to the public.  If you wish to attend but not sure about being inside the building with a large group of people we will have the FM Transmitter engage so you can remain in your vehicle, tune into FM 99.9 on your radio and listen to the service.  After the service the family will be move outside to the lawn area to greet those attending (or in the hall if the weather is inclement).  There is no luncheon/reception being held following the service.

Worship Sunday July 31st – the congregation of Bridgewater United has been invited to join us for worship on that day as there will be no service of worship at Bridgewater United on that day.

Lobster Roll Supper - Sunday – August 7, 2022 (Pick-up between 3 PM & 5 PM).  Lobster Roll - $28 per Ticket or Our Own Cooked Ham - $18 per Ticket.  Payment:  Cash / Cheque / or inquire about e-transfer.  Each meal is a Lobster Roll (or Ham alternative) served with Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw and garnished with Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber.  Dessert:  Carrot Cake.  Phone Neil/Philip to reserve your tickets – 902-688-1580.  It is best to phone early and ensure your tickets are reserved as we often sell out.

Annual Fishermens Memorial Service - August 14, 2022 - 2 PM will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  This service is hosted by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society and all donations received during this service assist the Society in the mission to protect and preserve the history and legacy of the LaHave Island.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be worship leader for this Annual Service.

Announcements – July 3, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you to our service of worship this day as we gather with others at Bridgewater United and our Be United Ministry time together.   We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Communities of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

A Meeting of the Official Board will be held immediately after worship on July 10th to follow-up on decisions made at the Congregational Meeting held on June 29thThank you to all who attended the Congregational Meeting as we move forward with our collaborative ministry with Bridgewater United.  

THANK YOU to all who showed up on Saturday (July 2nd) to help prepare for the Salad Plate Supper being held today (July 3rd).  We have limited tickets still available if you forgot to call us and have your ticket reserved please call Rev. Neil on the Office Cellular and leave a message … 902-523-5687.  If you have already called and reserved your tickets … THANK YOU!  We look forward to seeing you between 3 PM & 5 PM at our drive thru pick-up.

Worship Sunday July 17th – will be our Annual Service on The Beach at 5:00 PM.  We will not be having a 10:30 AM “in sanctuary” service on that day as this will be our only service of worship.  We will meet on the far end of Crescent Beach in the location where we have enjoyed it in past years.  In case of bad weather we are planning to relocate to the Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  Bring a chair for your comfort and dress appropriately. 

Memorial Service for Marlene Seaboyer (who died in February 2022) will be held at West Side United on Saturday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM.  This service is open to the public.  If you wish to attend but not sure about being inside the building with a large group of people we will have the FM Transmitter engage so you can remain in your vehicle, tune into FM 99.9 on your radio and listen to the service.  After the service the family will be move outside to the lawn area to greet those attending (or in the hall if the weather is inclement).  There is no luncheon/reception being held following the service.

Worship Sunday July 31st – the congregation of Bridgewater United has been invited to join us for worship on that day as there will be no service of worship at Bridgewater United on that day.

Lobster Roll Supper - Sunday – August 7, 2022 (Pick-up between 3 PM & 5 PM).  Lobster Roll - $28 per Ticket or Our Own Cooked Ham - $18 per Ticket.  Payment:  Cash / Cheque / or inquire about e-transfer.  Each meal is a Lobster Roll (or Ham alternative) served with Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw and garnished with Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber.  Dessert:  Carrot Cake.  Phone Neil/Philip to reserve your tickets – 902-688-1580.  It is best to phone early and ensure your tickets are reserved as we often sell out.

Annual Fishermens Memorial Service - August 14, 2022 - 2 PM will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  This service is hosted by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society and all donations received during this service assist the Society in the mission to protect and preserve the history and legacy of the LaHave Island.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be worship leader for this Annual Service.


Announcements – June 26, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you to our service of worship this day.  We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

A Congregational Meeting for West Side United/LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge will be held on Wed June 29, 2022 at 7:00 PM to discuss and make decisions regarding our future shared and collaborative ministry with Bridgewater United.  The Official Board met on June 22nd and is bringing forth recommendations to this meeting of the congregation.  This meeting is open to all Members/Adherents of the congregation.  We require a minimum attendance of 20 so please make plans to attend.  

Pastoral Care Course.  Are you interested in the Ministry of Pastoral Care but not quite sure if you have the skills to offer this gift?  An online course is being offered by Regional Council #15 this fall.  There are limited spots for participants.  Contact Rev. Neil for more information about the course & the ministry of Pastoral Care.

Salad Plate Take-Out Supper is being hosted at West Side United on Sunday July 3rd.   We need volunteers to help us:  Preparation Day and on the day of the event for final meal preparations and pick-up.  A sign-up sheet can be found in the foyer where assistance is needed.  Ask your friends, family and neighbours if they can help us out too.  We would enjoy having them share this time with us.

Worship Sunday July 3rd – we join together with others in our Be United in Ministry Worship at 10:30 AM hosted at Bridgewater United.  We have been coming together for a combined service of worship with the other Communities of faith on the first Sunday of each month since March.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to attend these services please consider joining us this week.  

Worship Sunday July 17th – will be our Annual Service on The Beach at 5:00 PM.  We will not be having a 10:30 AM “in sanctuary” service on that day as this will be our only service of worship.  We will meet on the far end of Crescent Beach in the location where we have enjoyed it in past years.  In case of bad weather we are planning to relocate to the Anglican Church on Bell’s Island.  Bring a chair for your comfort and dress appropriately.  

Announcements – June 19, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you as friends and family to our service of worship this day.  We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

Grocery Card Orders and Payments are due TODAY Sunday June 19thYou can find order forms in the foyer.  Orders/Payments can be delivered to Philip.

Official Board Meeting – A meeting of the Official Board will be held on Wednesday June 22, 2022 at 7:00 PM.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider a proposal to move forward with an increased sharing in our collaborative/shared ministry with Bridgewater United Church.

A Congregational Meeting for West Side United/LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge will be held on Wednesday June 29, 2022 at 7:00 PM to discuss and make decisions regarding our future shared/collaborative ministry with Bridgewater United Church.  This meeting is open to all Members and Adherents of the congregation.  We require a minimum attendance of 20 so please make plans to attend.  

Pastoral Care Course.  Are you interested in being involved in the ministry of Pastoral Care but not quite sure if you have the skills to equip you to offer this gift of time?  There is an online course being offered by Regional Council #15 this fall.  There is limited number of spots for participants.  Once the course is completed you are invited to share in this ministry among West Side United and with Rev. Neil and participate in monthly gatherings with the Pastoral Care Team already in place at Bridgewater United.  If this is something you would be interested in please contact Rev. Neil for more information about the course and the ministry of Pastoral Care.

Summer Picnic at Bridgewater United - Sunday June 19thWest Side United is invited to join with Bridgewater United and the other members of the Be United Ministry Community to a Summer Picnic Gathering after their worship service (beginning around 11:30 AM).  There will be entertainment with Stewart Franck, salad plates and cold drinks [for purchase], games and face painting. Bring a lawn chair if you have one! Bring a friend! In case of rain, we will move the event inside to our C.E. Centre. Hope to see you there!

Salad Plate Take-Out Supper is being hosted at West Side United on Sunday July 3rd.  We included a poster to offer you the details of the event.  We need people to volunteer their time to help us with this event:  Preparation Day and on the day of the event for final preparations and for getting the meals ready for pick-up.  Check out the sign-up sheet in the foyer and the spaces where assistance is needed.  Feel free to ask your friends, family and neighbours if they can help us out too.  We would enjoy having them share this time with us.

Sunday July 3rd – we join together with others in our Be United in Ministry Worship at 10:30 AM hosted at Bridgewater United.  We will continue to worship together on the 1st Sunday of each month to celebrate our common bond of faith as United Church faith communities.

 

Announcements – June 12, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you as friends and family to our service of worship this day.  We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

Rev. Neil will be away from the pastoral charge until Wednesday evening.  While he is away he can still be reached through the church’s email (westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com) or by phone/text 902-523-5687.

Grocery Card Orders and Payments are due on Sunday June 19thYou can find order forms in the foyer.  Orders/Payments can be delivered to Philip.  If you have not participated in ordering Grocery Cards before this might be a great time to start.  Details about the program are available on the order form.  For every $100 ordered we get $5 back as a rebate.

Thanks for all who worked and supported our Yard Sale over the previous two weekends.  We raised about $2470.  Thank You Everyone.

Pastoral Care Course.  Are you interested in being involved in the ministry of Pastoral Care but not quite sure if you have the skills to equip you to offer this gift of time?  There is an online course being offered by Regional Council #15 this fall.  There is limited number of spots for participants.  Once the course is completed you are invited to share in this ministry among West Side United and with Rev. Neil and participate in monthly gatherings with the Pastoral Care Team already in place at Bridgewater United.  If this is something you would be interested in please contact Rev. Neil for more information about the course and the ministry of Pastoral Care.

Summer Picnic - Sunday June 19thWest Side United is invited to join with Bridgewater United and the other members of the Be United Ministry Community to a Summer Picnic Gathering.  This is the message from Bridgewater United:  On June 19th, following our Worship Service (11:30am,) we will be having a Church Picnic outside by our Picnic Tables. We invite all from Bridgewater United, West Side United, New West Pine United, Caledonia Pastoral Charge and St. Andrews-St. Marks United to join in this time of fellowship on Father’s Day. There will be entertainment with Stewart Franck, salad plates for lunch and cold drinks, games and face painting. The Faith Formation Committee will be catering this event, so we are asking that all that plan or think they may attend, to contact the Church Office by June 10th, so we can have enough food and drinks for the event. Bring a lawn chair if you have one! Bring a friend! In case of rain, we will move the event inside to our C.E. Centre. Hope to see you there!

Salad Plate Take-Out Supper is being hosted at West Side United on Sunday July 3rd.  We included a poster to offer you the details of the event.  We need people to volunteer their time to help us with this event:  Preparation Day and on the day of the event for final preparations and for getting the meals ready for pick-up.  Check out the sign-up sheet in the foyer and the spaces where assistance is needed.  Feel free to ask your friends, family and neighbours if they can help us out too.  We would enjoy having them share this time with us.

Worship on Sunday July 3rd – we join together with others in our Be United in Ministry Worship at 10:30 AM hosted at Bridgewater United.  We will continue to worship together on the 1st Sunday of each month to celebrate our common bond of faith as United Church faith communities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS JUNE 5, 2022

Worship June 5th – is our combined Service of Worship at Bridgewater United Church (10:30 AM) as we join with neighbouring Communities of Faith to Be United in Worship.

 The Board of Stewards meet on June 8, 2022 at 7 PM.

 Thank You to everyone who helped make Cleaning Out The Attic Sale a great two-day sale. 

 Grocery Card Orders – the next round of orders and payments of grocery cards is due June 19th.  You can bring them to worship and hand them to Philip or make arrangements to drop them off.  Order forms are available in the foyer.

 Cold Salad Plate Take-Out Supper With Roll and Dessert.  Sunday – July 3, 2022.  Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw, Sliced Ham, Garnished with Tomato, Cucumber And Lettuce; Roll and Apple Crisp for Dessert. Tickets:  $18 per meal (Cash/Cheque)

 Pre-Order Your Cold Salad Plate Tickets by Thursday June 30th To Reserve Your Tickets Contact: Neil/Philip – 902-688-1580 / 902-523-5687 Pick-up on Sunday July 3rd between 3 PM & 5 PM.  We offer a safe and efficient drive-thru service for payment and pick-up.  If you have boxes/trays for us to use to gather your orders please bring them along.  After the reservation deadline contact the Church Hall Kitchen on July 3rd after 12 NOON to see if there are any tickets available – 902-688-1340.

 Thank You – for all the ways you bless and gift our ministry.  Your support is a valuable way for us to be a community of faith that offers support, encouragement and hope.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  Bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website or send an e-transfer or by CanadaPost.  The outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors) is also a place where you can leave your donation or you may wish to consider PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance).  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

ANNOUNCEMENTS May 29, 2022

Welcome – we welcome you as friends and family to our service of worship this day.  We hope you feel the embrace of Love within our Community of Faith and through our shared time of worship this day. 

Remembering Rev. Wilfred Pelley [March 19, 1942 – October 25, 2021].  We are honoured today to have family and friends of Rev. Wilf to share in our time of worship and remembrance today as we honour the life, death and ministry of Wilf and as we wrap arms of love around all who grieve. The obituary that was created in October 2021 can be found on the website of Sweeny’s Funeral Home (Bridgewater).

Worship June 5th – is our combined Service of Worship at Bridgewater United Church (10:30 AM) as we join with neighbouring Communities of Faith to Be United in Worship.

Cleaning Out The Attic (Part 2) – June 4th

  • Our indoor yard sale continues on Saturday June 4th between 9 AM and 1 PM.  We are offering a Buy-A-Bag and Fill-It Sale.  Two sizes of bags to purchase:  a $3 bag and a $5 bag.  Items on the tables are included.  Larger items (like the furniture) are not part of the sale but they are still available for purchase.  
  • Can you help out with the yard sale? – a sign-up sheet is located in the foyer. Workers are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM.
  • Baking Booth – if you wish to do some baking for the Baking Booth to support the UCW – Friendship Unit please drop it off Friday evening/early Saturday morning.  The proceeds from the Baking Booth go directly to the UCW.
  • Thank You to everyone who helped make our first day of the Cleaning Out The Attic Sale a great day.  Despite the insistent rain we had a great turn-out and many items found their way into new homes.

A Lobster Roll Supper - Bridgewater United.  The Ways and Means Ministry of Bridgewater United Church will be hosting a Lobster Roll Take-Out Dinner on June 4th with pick up between 3:00pm-5:00pm. Only 200 Pre-Order Take-Outs will be made. $28 - Lobster Roll, Potato/Egg Salad, Coleslaw, Macaroni Salad and Dessert. The alternative is a Chicken Salad Roll for $15.00.  All orders must be placed no later than May 30th by 12:00pm through the Church Office ONLY at (902) 543-4833.

Thank You – for all the ways you bless and gift our ministry.  Your support is a valuable way for us to be a community of faith that offers support, encouragement and hope.  Your financial gifts can be shared in a variety of ways:  Bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website or send an e-transfer or by CanadaPost.  The outside mailbox (located to the left of main doors) is also a place where you can leave your donation or you may wish to consider PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance).  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!

ANNOUNCEMENTS - May 22, 2022

Official Board Meeting –Wednesday May 25 th at 7 PM

Cleaning Out The Attic (Part 2) –
Our indoor yard sale will be held on two Saturdays (May 28 & June 4) between 9 AM and 1 PM.
Posters are ready for distributing among our communities. Before the Yard Sale we need to get things prepared. We will be in the hall most every eveningthis week (roughly 7 PM to 9 PM) sorting, cleaning and pricing. Feel  free to stop by.

Items to drop off for the yard sale? If you have a key leave them on the tables in the hall under
the coat racks. You can also leave them on the step or bring them by during the evening. If you
can bring them earlier in the week rather than later that would be wonderful.
Can you help out with the yard sales? – a sign-up sheet is located in the foyer for both days (May
28 th and June 4 th ). If you are working please show up around 8:30 AM.

Remembering Rev. Wilfred Pelley. Within our time of worship on May 29 th we will be integrating a
time of remembrance to honour the life and ministry and Rev. Wilfred Pelley. A private service
was held at home in November so this time of remembrance is for the wider circle of friends and
community to gather and remember.

A Lobster Roll Supper - Bridgewater United. The Ways and Means Ministry of Bridgewater United
Church will be hosting a Lobster Roll Take-Out Dinner on June 4th with pick up between 3:00pm-
5:00pm. Only 200 Pre-Order Take-Outs will be made. $28 - Lobster Roll, Potato/Egg Salad, Coleslaw,
Macaroni Salad and Dessert. The alternative is a Chicken Salad Roll for $15.00. All orders must be
placed no later than May 30th by 12:00pm through the Church Office ONLY at (902) 543-4833.

Thank You – for all the ways you bless and gift our ministry. Your support is a valuable way for us to be
a community of faith that offers support, encouragement and hope. Your financial gifts can be shared
in a variety of ways: Bringing them to Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our
website or send an e-transfer or by CanadaPost. The outside mailbox (located to the left of main
doors) is also a place where you can leave your donation or you may wish to consider PAR (Pre-
Authorized Remittance). For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a
blessing to others. Thank You!

ANNOUNCEMENTS - May 15, 2022

Gifts with Vision – the Mission and Service Fund has provided a booklet each Advent/Christmas Season
offering ways to gift and honour others with “Gifts with Vision” and to support various ministries and
outreach organizations supported by the United Church of Canada. “Gifts with Vision” has expanded
beyond the Advent Christmas Season to a year-round way to support the work and ministry of many
groups and causes.


The most recent “Gifts with Vision” is focused on humanitarian efforts related to the war in Ukraine.
Through “Gifts with Vision” necessary and needed supplies are gifted to those fleeing from Ukraine as
refugees.


A gift of $25 will provide families fleeing from Ukraine with a hygiene package containing items like
toothpaste, laundry detergent, and disinfectant. A gift of $38 will provide one food basket with
staples such as cooking oil, buckwheat, canned fish, dried peas, and condensed milk; and $40 will
provide one hygiene package plus a supply of incontinence products.


If you wish to support this ministry of the United Church of Canada we invite you to go to the national
church website and find the link that will take you to “Gifts With Vision”. We will also post this on
our website and Facebook page. Your gifts make a difference in the lives of others in ways you may
never know.


Our Local Food Bank and agencies who provide food and assistance to those in need: As prices for
essential and necessary items continue to rise may we be mindful of the needs of others. Consider
gifting our local groups who provide food & nourishment with your gifts.


Meeting of the Official Board – will be held on Wednesday May 25 th at 7 PM


Remembering Rev. Wilfred Pelley – within our Service of Worship on May 29 th (10:30 AM) we will
include a time of remembrance to honour the life of Rev. Wilfred Pelley who died in October 2021.


Cleaning Out The Attic (Part 2) – our indoor yard sale will be held on two Saturdays (May 28 & June 4)
between 9 AM and 1 PM. Posters are ready for distributing among our communities. A sheet to
volunteer on sale-days can be found on the easel. If you have items to drop off place them on the
table beneath the coat rack. We will be in the hall on Tuesday evening at 7 PM for sorting and
cleaning. The evenings of the week before the sale (roughly 7 PM - 9 PM) will be a cleaning and set-up
time. Stop by & lend your helping hands.


Grocery Cards – Thanks to all who participated in the recent round of ordering Grocery Cards. The
next time to order is due on June 19 th . Order forms can be found on the table in the foyer.


Thank You – for all the ways you continue to gift our ministry at West Side United Church. Your
financial support is a valuable way for us to be a community of faith that offers those in our
community and world support, encouragement and hope. If you are considering gifting us with a
financial donation there are a variety of ways it can be done: Bringing your donation when you attend
our Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website; send an e-transfer to our email
address (westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com) or by CanadaPost (#2702 Highway 331, Pentz NS B0R
1G0). Our exterior mailbox (located to the left of our main doors) is also a place where you can leave
your donation if you are out for a drive exploring our community. Another way to offer your
continued and regular support is to enroll in PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) where an amount
chosen by you can be directly forwarded from your bank account to our church. For the blessings and
gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others. Thank You!

Announcements - May8, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day – We extend best wishes to all who are Mother’s this day.  Those who are the mothers who gave us life and those who nurture us with their mothering spirits in our lives.  For the women in our lives who continue to support, encourage and gift us with love we say THANK YOU.  For the Mothers who live in our hearts and memories we offer gratitude for the blessings and love that continue to linger and remain with us.

Gifts with Vision – the Mission & Service Fund have provided a booklet each Advent/Christmas Season offering ways to gift and honour others with “Gifts with Vision” and to support various ministries and outreach organizations supported by the United Church of Canada.  “Gifts with Vision” has expanded beyond the Advent Christmas Season to a year-round way to support the work and ministry of many groups and causes.

The most recent “Gifts with Vision” is focused on humanitarian efforts related to the war in Ukraine.  Through “Gifts with Vision” necessary and needed supplies are gifted to those fleeing from Ukraine as refugees.  

A gift of $25 will provide families fleeing from Ukraine with a hygiene package containing items like toothpaste, laundry detergent, and disinfectant. A gift of $38 will provide one food basket with staples such as cooking oil, buckwheat, canned fish, dried peas, and condensed milk; and $40 will provide one hygiene package plus a supply of incontinence products.

If you wish to support this ministry of the United Church of Canada we invite you to go to the national church website and find the link that will take you to “Gifts With Vision”.  We will also post this on our website and Facebook page.  Your gifts make a difference in the lives of others in ways you may never know.

Food and Hygiene Kits for Ukraine | The United Church of Canada (united-church.ca)

Our Local Food Bank and agencies who provide food to those in need:  As prices for essential and necessary items continue to rise may we be mindful of the needs of others.  Consider gifting our local groups who provide food & nourishment with your gifts.

The Board of Stewards will on Wednesday May 11th at 7 PM.

Session will meet on Monday, May 9th at 10:00 AM.

Cleaning Out The Attic (Part 2) – our indoor yard sale will be held on two Saturdays (May 28 & June 4) between 9 AM and 1 PM.  Posters are ready for distributing among our communities.  A sheet to volunteer on sale-days can be found on the easel.  If you have items to drop off place them on the table beneath the coat rack.  The evenings of the week before the sale (roughly 7 PM - 9 PM) will be a cleaning and set-up time.  Stop by & lend your helping hands.

Grocery Cards – Thanks to all who participated in the recent round of ordering Grocery Cards.  The next time to order is due on June 19th.  Order forms can be found on the table in the foyer.

Thank You – for all the ways you continue to gift our ministry at West Side United Church.  Your financial support is a valuable way for us to be a community of faith that offers those in our community and world support, encouragement and hope.  If you are considering gifting us with a financial donation there are a variety of ways it can be done:  Bringing your donation when you attend our Sunday Service (10:30 AM); use the DONATE button on our website; send an e-transfer to our email address (westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com) or by CanadaPost  (#2702 Highway 331, Pentz NS  B0R 1G0).  Our exterior mailbox (located to the left of our main doors) is also a place where you can leave your donation if you are out for a drive exploring our community.  For the blessings and gifts you have shared with us we are inspired to be a blessing to others.  Thank You!


Announcements - April 10, 2022

Austin Bush (1934-2022) We extend our sympathies and support to the family and friends of Austin Bush who died recently.  He was a well-known and dedicated member of the Pentz/LaHave Community.  We hold Marguerite Ross and Austin's family and his circle of friends in our hearts.  A Graveside Funeral will be held on Saturday, April 16th at the Fort Point Cemetery at 11:00 AM.  An Obituary can be view on the Corkum Funeral Home website site.

 Lenten Study Group – this week is our final sessions of our Lenten Study.  The In-Person Group is hosted at Bridgewater United on Tuesday Evening (April 12th) in the Chapel (7:00 PM).  The ZOOM Group meets on April 13th - Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. 

 The Board of Stewards meet on Wednesday (April 13th) at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

 Maundy Thursday Service – April 14th - Bridgewater United at 7:00 PM with Communion (the Elements for Communion provided).

 Good Friday Service – April 15th –West Side United at 10:30 AM.

 Easter Sunday (April 17th)

- A Sunrise Service will be hosted outside at West Side United – 6:15 AM (inside if inclement weather); Our sunrise service is a blending of Indigenous and Christian traditions.  It is an invigorating way to begin our Easter Celebrations. 

- Communion Service hosted at West Side United at 10:30 AM.  We will provide the elements for Communion being offered in a way that is safe for all who participate.  There is also an Easter Communion Service being offered at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM.

 Donna Kelly will be finishing her time among us very soon as our Student Minister.  Easter Sunday will be her last Sunday with us as she prepares to embark on the next adventure of her education and ministry opportunities as she journeys toward Ordination.  We celebrate the time and gifts she has shared among us during this academic term.

 After Easter Sunday Rev. Neil and Philip will be away from the Pastoral Charge until May 3rd for holiday time.  During this holiday time Dana Pardy (Ministry Student with the Petite Riviere Pastoral Charge) will be offering ministerial coverage in cases of emergency or urgent pastoral care. In cases of urgent/emergency care please make initial contact with Clerk of Session Keith Sullivan (902-523-2601) and he will make contact with Pastor Dana.

Worship on April 24th will be an On-line Service for West Side posted on our Facebook Page and Website.  There will be no In Sanctuary Service of Worship offered at West Side United.   If you wish, there is a Camping Sunday Service of Worship being held at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM.

 Worship on May 1st is a combined and shared Service of Worship at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM with other Communities of Faith.  On the first Sunday of each month it is our plan to come together for worship with other United Church congregations from our area.

Announcements April 3, 2022 

Easter Sunday (April 17th) – A Sunrise Service will be hosted outside at West Side United – 6:15 AM (inside if inclement weather); Our sunrise service is a blending of Indigenous and Christian traditions.  It is an invigorating way be begin our Easter Celebrations.  Communion Service hosted at West Side United at 10:30 AM and at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM).

 Donna Kelly will be finishing her time among us very soon as our Student Minister.  Easter Sunday will be her last Sunday with us as she prepares to embark on the next adventure of her education and ministry opportunities as she journeys toward Ordination.  We celebrate the time and gifts she has shared among us during this academic term.

 After Easter Sunday Rev. Neil and Philip will be away from the Pastoral Charge until May 3rd for holiday time.  During this holiday time Dana Pardy (Ministry Student with the Petite Riviere Pastoral Charge) will be offering ministerial coverage in cases of emergency or urgent pastoral care.

 Upcoming and Planned Events at West Side United

Saturday May 28th (9 AM to 1 PM) – Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday June 4th (9 AM to 1 PM) – Indoor Yard Sale

Sunday July 3rd – Salad Plate Supper [Take Out] (pick up between 3 PM and 5 PM)

Sunday August 7th – Lobster Roll Supper [Take Out] with Ham Supper Alternative (pick up between 3 PM and 5 PM)

Sunday October 2nd – Roast Beef Supper [Take Out] (pick up between 3 PM and 5 PM)

Posters and details of these events will be shared within our community and posted on our Facebook Page (West Side United Church – Pentz NS) and our Website (westsideunitedchurch.ca


ANNOUNCEMENTS: March 27, 2022

The Fundraising Committee will meet following worship TODAY to plan some events for the coming year.
The Official Board will be meeting. We are looking at two dates: Monday March 28 th at 7 PM or Wednesday
April 6 th at 7 PM. Keep both dates reserved and we will send a notice once a final date is determined.

Lenten Study Group – Tuesday March 29 nd at 7 PM hosted this week at Bridgewater United. The ZOOM Study
Group meets on Thursday evening March 31 st at 7 PM, contact Rev. Neil for the ZOOM link information.
Worship - April 3 rd : a combined service of worship hosted at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM with New West
Pine United and West Side United. Anyone who would like to be part of the combined choir for these services
please contact Barbara Pate, Music Director of Bridgewater United (music@bridgewaterunited.ca)
Service of Worship at Hillside Pines – for Tuesday April 5 th has been cancelled due to illness within the
residence.

Grocery Card Orders – the deadline for orders/payment for the next round of grocery card orders will be April
10 th . Order forms can be found in the foyer.

Services of Holy Week – A Maundy Thursday Service (April 14 th ) will be hosted at Bridgewater United at 7 PM; A
Good Friday Service (April 15 th ) will be hosted at West Side United at 10:30 AM.

Easter Sunday (April 17 th ) – A Sunrise Service will be hosted outside at West Side United – 6:15 AM (inside if
inclement weather); Communion Service hosted at West Side United at 10:30 AM and at Bridgewater United
(10:30 AM).

Donna Kelly will be finishing her time among us very soon. Easter Sunday will be her last Sunday with us as she
prepares to embark on the next adventure of her education and ministry opportunities as she journeys toward
Ordination.

After Easter Sunday Rev. Neil and Philip will be away from the Pastoral Charge until May 3 rd for holiday time.
During this holiday time Dana Pardy (Ministry Student with the Petite Riviere Pastoral Charge) will be offering
ministerial coverage in cases of emergency or urgent pastoral care.

March 20, 2022 Announcements 

Lenten Study Group – Tuesday March 22nd at 7 PM hosted this week at West Side United. The ZOOM Study Group meets on Thursday evening at 7 PM, contact Rev. Neil for the ZOOM link information.

The Ministry and Personnel Committee is meeting on Thursday, March 24th at 4:30 PM at West Side United.

The Fundraising Committee will meet following worship on March 27th to plan some events for the coming year.

Worship – March 27th:  Our Student Minister Donna Kelly will be offering leadership for our service of Worship.  Only a few more weeks until her time among us is completed.

The Official Board will be meeting.  We are looking at two dates:  Monday March 28th at 7 PM or Wednesday April 6th at 7 PM.  Keep both dates reserved and we will send a notice once a final date is determined.

Worship - April 3rd: a combined service of worship hosted at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM with New West Pine United and West Side United.  Anyone who would like to be part of the combined choir for these services please contact Barbara Pate, Music Director of Bridgewater United (music@bridgewaterunited.ca

Service of Worship at Hillside Pines – Tuesday April 5th at 6:30 PM - update: this service is cancelled because of Covid 19.

Grocery Card Orders – the deadline for orders/payment for the next round of grocery card orders will be April 10th.  Order forms can be found in the foyer.

Services of Holy Week – A Maundy Thursday Service (April 14th) will be hosted at Bridgewater United at 7 PM; A Good Friday Service (April 15th) will be hosted at West Side United at 10:30 AM.  

Easter Sunday (April 17th) – A Sunrise Service will be hosted outside at West Side United – 6:15 AM (inside if inclement weather); Communion Service hosted at West Side United at 10:30 AM and at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM).

Announcements - March 13, 2022

Lenten Study Group – Tuesday March 15th at 7 PM hosted this week at Bridgewater United (Use doors to enter hall); The ZOOM Study Group meets on Thursday evening at 7 PM, contact Rev. Neil for the ZOOM link information.

 Grocery Card Orders – the deadline for orders/payment for the next round of grocery card orders will be April 10th.  Order forms can be found in the foyer.

 Worship on April 3rd will be a combined service at Bridgewater United at 10:30 AM.  This is a shared service of worship of New West Pine United, West Side United and Bridgewater United.  Anyone who would like to be part of the combined choir for these services please contact Barbara Pate, Music Director of Bridgewater United (music@bridgewaterunited.ca)

 Service of Worship at Hillside Pines – Tuesday April 5th at 6:30 PM.

 Services of Holy Week – A Maundy Thursday Service (April 14th) will be hosted at Bridgewater United at 7 PM; A Good Friday Service (April 15th) will be hosted at West Side United at 10:30 AM. 

 Easter Sunday (April  17th) – A Sunrise Service will be hosted by West Side United at a location and a time yet to be determined; Communion Service hosted at West Side United at 10:30 AM and at Bridgewater United (10:30 AM).

Announcements - February 20, 2022

1.  A reminder that Sunday, February 20th is our Annual Meeting Sunday.  We begin with worship at 10:30 AM and move into our Annual Meeting.  We do require a quorum of 20 members present for the meeting.  Proof of Double/Full Vaccination and wearing of masks is required for all "in sanctuary" services of worship and meetings/groups at West Side United.

Will you be attending Feb 20th?  Please respond with YES or NO

If you have already indicated YES to your attendance ... THANK YOU!

2.  Annual Reports were available for pick-up at worship last Sunday.  We had some placed in the outside mailbox but were removed during the snow and rain of this past week.  I will be placing a few copies there later this morning if you wish to drop by and pick up a copy.

3.  Income Tax Receipts for donations made in 2021 were also available for pick-up last Sunday.  They can be found in the foyer.  Following the Annual Meeting any remaining envelopes will be sent out by Canada Post.  

4.  We extend our sympathies and support to the families of Marlene Seaboyer and Mona Corkum who died this past week.  Their obituaries can be found on the website of Sweeny's Funeral Home in Bridgewater.  A Service of Marlene will happen later in the summer.  A graveside service for Mona is planned for Saturday Feb 26th (information can be found within the published obituary).

Marlene and Mona have been long-time dedicated members of the congregation of West Side United and in the congregations before West Side.  They were both Charter Members of this newly formed congregation in 1985 and offered their gifts of time and talents in many capacities, committees, events, and groups particularly their life-long membership within the UCW (United Church Women).  While we grieve their deaths we give thanks to God for the blessings of their lives and their faith and surround their families and circles of friends with our love and support in this time of loss.

5.  Grocery Card Orders and Payments are due on February 20th.  This round of placing orders has a deadline of Sunday February 20th.  Order forms can be found in the foyer and your orders can be given to Philip Himmelman.

6.  We welcome into our midst Suzanne Jermey as our Custodian.  Suzanne began her time with us on February 1st and spends a few hours a week keeping our building looking good.  She has worked for a couple of years as the custodian of Bridgewater United Church.  We welcome Suzanne.

7.  Our Lenten Study Group will be using the United Church produced resource called "Lesser Evils" which is a daily reflection book.  We have several who have already signed up to obtain a copy ($10 donation).  If you would like one for your own personal time of reflection or for your participation in the Study Groups let me know.

The Lenten Study Groups will happen in two ways.  There will be a face-to-face Study Group offered on Tuesday evenings starting on March 8th at 7 PM at West Side United.  The next Tuesday evening (March 15th) the study group will be hosted at Bridgewater United and then we will be alternating locations thereafter.  We are coming together as a larger group to share in this Lenten Study time.  On Thursday evenings (starting March 10th) we are offering a Study Group by ZOOM.  If you wish to be part of the ZOOM study group let us know so that we can share with you the information you need to obtain the link for participation.  

8.  Worship on Feb 27th at West Side United.  Donna Kelly (our Student Minister) will be leading worship on this day.  We hope you will come out to support her as she continues to share her gifts with us.  Please send us an email message if you plan to attend or indicate on the sheet found in the foyer.

9.  Current capacity of worship changed slightly with the beginning of the Phase #1 of the re-opening plan within the Province of Nova Scotia.  Although we are permitted to be at 50% of our capacity we are still restricted with the total number allowed due to the requirement of social distancing.  Our current "in sanctuary" capacity is about 30.  We require proof of double/full vaccination for all attending "in sanctuary" services of worship and meetings.  Listening to the service from your vehicle through the FM Transmitter (FM 99.9) or by watching our Video Services of Worship on our Facebook Page and Website (a shared production with Bridgewater United) are options to join us for worship each week.

10.  Worship on March 6th ... we continue to work on strengthening our relationship with Bridgewater United.  We are trying something different by coming together for ONE service on the FIRST Sunday of each month.  This is a shared service of West Side United, Bridgewater United and New West Pine United.  We will come together in one place which for the present time will be Bridgewater United (because they have the larger space in the midst of the current restrictions to host a larger group - it is our hope that in the future it can be hosted at West Side United too). 

Worship on March 6th at Bridgewater United requires pre-registration BY THURSDAY March 3rd ... call the Office at Bridgewater United - 902-543-4833 to reserve your spot/spots.

Announcements – December 12, 2021

Proof of Double/Full Vaccination (POV) and Identification Required to attend Services of Worship in our Sanctuary beginning December 12, 2021.  This decision was made at our Official Board meeting held on Dec 1st.  For those unable to provide a POV we invite you to be part of our service through radio broadcast while in our parking lot (tune into FM 99.9) or by viewing our recorded services posted weekly on our Facebook page and Website.  While participating in our “In Sanctuary” services of worship masks are required to be worn and we are asked to be aware of distancing from others.  Registration upon entry into the building is still required but we no longer require you reserve your spot for worship each week. 

Board of Stewards will meet after worship on December 12thThe meeting on Wednesday was postponed due to weather conditions. 

Service of Love and Light – Dec 19th at 10:30 AM – This service will be held as part of our time of worship in a slightly different format than previous years.  There will be an opportunity to come forward and light candles but there will also be a time in the service where we will light candles for specific individuals from our lives who have died yet we hold them in our hearts forever.  Who do you want us to remember and honour within our time of worship?    If you have names of individuals you would like us to name and remember please submit their names by Wednesday Dec 15th (by phone – 902-688-1580 or by email – westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com ).   We will also be celebrating Communion – you can bring your own bread/cracker & juice/coffee/water or pick up ziplock bag of prepared elements upon entry into the service.  

Christmas Eve Service – December 24th at 6:30 PM will be a parking lot service again this year.  You are invited to join us for our celebration and worship from the comfort of your vehicle.  Bulletins with the complete service and hymns will be distributed.  Drive into the parking lot, tune into FM 99.9 and enjoy the service.  If you have battery operated lights to decorate your vehicle we invite you to help us make this time of gathering a festive occasion.

Christmas Eve Service – Online Edition.  In collaboration with Bridgewater United a Christmas Eve Worship will be posted on our Facebook Page and Website for all those unable to join us for our Parking Lot Service on December 24th.    

Shared Ministry with Bridgewater United – began in October 2021 as a trial period when it was agreed that 20% of Rev. Neil’s time each week (8 hours) would be dedicated to Bridgewater United for the purpose of Pastoral Care to their congregation.  The trial period was agreed to be from Oct 1 to Dec 31.  At our Official Board meeting (held on Dec 1st) it was agreed that the trial period be extended by 3 months to the end of March 2022 to allow for a fuller time of evaluation.  Bridgewater United initiated the request to extend the trial period. 

Janitorial Position is still vacant and the Ministry & Personnel Committee is seeking for an individual to fill this role. If you know of someone interested in this paid position please contact Keith Sullivan at 902-523-2601.

Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  Thank you to everyone who offered their time and energy to make our recent 2 day sale a delightful success.  We had proceeds of close to $4000 which includes a generous donation of $1000.  We are looking into options to sell our remaining items (like selling on the local “Buy & Sell Marketplace”).  If you know of individuals interested in any of our items or buying “Lot Quantities” please be in contact with us.

Advent Tree Lighting – each Sunday evening we will be posting a video of us lighting one of our outside trees throughout the Season of Advent.  These trees will be illuminated each night from today until the Season of Epiphany.

Thank You to all who supported the Friendship Unit of the UCW with contributions to the Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Services, Riverview Enhanced Living, the Food Bank Basket and donations to the Mission & Service Fund. Your generosity is appreciated and the items have been shared.  Thank You.

Sunday, December 26, 2021 - there will be no Service of Worship held at West Side United.  

Sunday, January 2, 2022 – a Service of Worship and Reflection will be posted on our Website and Facebook Page for this day.  There will be no “In Sanctuary” Service of Worship offered on January 2, 2022.

Announcements – December 5, 2021

Covenanting Service at Bridgewater United – Dec 5th at 7:00 PM.  Regional Council #15 along with the Congregation of Bridgewater United will be hosting a Service of Covenanting with Rev. Jeff Chant on Dec 5th at 7 PM.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be the guest preacher.  For those attending the service Proof of Vaccination (POV), Identification and Masks are required.

Proof of Double/Full Vaccination (POV) and Identification Required to attend Services of Worship in our Sanctuary beginning December 12, 2021.  This decision was made at our Official Board meeting held on Dec 1st.  For those unable to provide a POV we invite you to be part of our service through radio broadcast while in our parking lot (tune into FM 99.9) or by viewing our recorded services posted weekly on our Facebook page and Website.  While participating in our “In Sanctuary” services of worship masks are required to be worn and we are asked to be aware of distancing from others.  Registration upon entry into the building is still required but we no longer require you reserve your spot for worship each week. 

Service of Love and Light – Dec 19th at 10:30 AM – This service will be held as part of our time of worship in a slightly different format than previous years.  There will be an opportunity to come forward and light candles but there will also be a time in the service where we will light candles for specific individuals from our lives who have died yet we hold them in our hearts forever.  Who do you want us to remember and honour within our time of worship?    If you have names of individuals you would like us to name and remember please submit their names by Wednesday Dec 15th (by phone – 902-688-1580 or by email – westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com ).   

We will also be celebrating Communion – you can bring your own bread/cracker & juice/coffee/water or pick up ziplock bag of prepared elements upon entry into the service.  

Christmas Eve Service – December 24th at 6:30 PM will be a parking lot service again this year.  You are invited to join us for our celebration and worship from the comfort of your vehicle.  Bulletins with the complete service and hymns will be distributed.  Drive into the parking lot, tune into FM 99.9 and enjoy the service.  If you have battery operated lights to decorate your vehicle we invite you to help us make this time of gathering a festive occasion.  

Shared Ministry with Bridgewater United – began in October 2021 as a trial period when it was agreed that 20% of Rev. Neil’s time each week (8 hours) would be dedicated to Bridgewater United for the purpose of Pastoral Care to their congregation.  The trial period was agreed to be from Oct 1 to Dec 31.  At our Official Board meeting (held on Dec 1st) it was agreed that the trial period be extended by 3 months to the end of March 2022 to allow for a fuller time of evaluation.  Bridgewater United initiated the request to extend the trial period. 

Janitorial Position is still vacant and the Ministry & Personnel Committee is seeking for an individual to fill this role. If you know of someone interested in this paid position please contact Keith Sullivan at 902-523-2601.

Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  Thank you to everyone who offered their time and energy to make our recent 2 day sale a delightful success.  We had proceeds of close to $4000 which includes a generous donation of $1000.  We are looking into options to sell our remaining items (like selling on the local “Buy & Sell Marketplace”).  If you know of individuals interested in any of our items or buying “Lot Quantities” please be in contact with us.

Board of Stewards meet on Wednesday – December 8th at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  Committees and Groups are requested to submit their 2022 budget figures to the Board of Stewards.

Advent Tree Lighting – each Sunday evening we will be posting a video of us lighting one of our outside trees throughout the Season of Advent.  These trees will be illuminated each night from today until the Season of Epiphany.

Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Service.  Mittens, hats, socks and scarves would be much appreciated.  A tree will be placed inside the sanctuary to receive the contributions.

Riverview Enhanced Living . Donation Box of treats, personal care items and colouring books. Box will be provided in the sanctuary.

Food Bank Basket. We encourage our church family to either give foodstuff or monetary donations.  Cheques payable to Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank (mailing address: 150 Churchill St., Bridgewater NS B4V 1S2 or given to Barbara Rafuse – No Cash Please).  All items and cheques collected will be forward in Dec.

Mission & Service Fund. We are encouraging our Unit members and our church family to be generous for the Mission & Service Fund which assists needy people in many ways.

Announcements – November 28, 2021

Official Board Meeting – Will meet on Wednesday December 1st at 7:00 PM after being postponed last week due to the uncertainty of road conditions in the evening.  As per the guidelines of the NS Dept of Health all attending must be double/fully vaccinated and face masks worn during the meeting.

Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  Thank you to everyone who offered their time and energy to make our recent 2 day sale a delightful success.  We had proceeds of close to $4000 which includes a $1000 donation.  We are looking into options to sell our remaining items (like selling on the local “Buy & Sell Marketplace”).  If you know of individuals interested in any of our items or buying “Lot Quantities” please be in contact with us.

Budget 2022 – Committees and Groups are requested to submit their 2022 budget figures to the Board of Stewards.

Advent Tree Lighting – each Sunday evening we will be posting a video of us lighting one of our outside trees throughout the Season of Advent.  These trees will be illuminated each night from today until the Season of Epiphany.

Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Service.  Mittens, hats, socks and scarves would be much appreciated.  A tree will be placed inside the sanctuary to receive the contributions.

Riverview Enhanced Living . Donation Box of treats, personal care items and colouring books. Box will be provided in the sanctuary.

Food Bank Basket. We encourage our church family to either give foodstuff or monetary donations.  Cheques payable to Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank (mailing address: 150 Churchill St., Bridgewater NS B4V 1S2 or given to Barbara Rafuse – No Cash Please).  All items and cheques collected will be forward in Dec.

Mission & Service Fund. We are encouraging our Unit members and our church family to be generous for the Mission & Service Fund which assists needy people in many ways.

Positions to be Filled

We currently have two positions the Ministry & Personnel Committee are seeking to fill:  Janitor for our building and an individual(s) who would be willing to share their musical talents during our times of worship.  More details about both of these positions will be posted or available from Keith Sullivan at keith.sullivan37@gmail.com or (902) 523-2601

West Side United has an opening for a part-time janitor (3-4 hours per week).  The Ministry and Personnel Committee will review applications on Nov. 30, 2021. If interested, please contact Keith Sullivan for more information at keith.sullivan37@gmail.com or 902-523-2601.

Announcements - November 21, 2021

Worship on Nov 28th will be led by Donna Kelly (Student Minister).  We continue to enjoy the sharing of her gifts and we hope you will make plans to attend and offer her our support.

Budget 2022 – Committees and Groups are requested to submit their 2022 budget figures to the Board of Stewards.

Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  The next day for our sale is This coming Saturday (Nov 27th) from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Official Board Meeting – Wednesday November 24th at 7:00 PM.  As per the guidelines of the NS Dept of Health all attending must be double/fully vaccinated and face masks worn during meeting.

Bake Sale Table – If you wish to contribute to the UCW Bake Sale Table at the sale on Saturday, items can be dropped off Friday evening between 7 PM & 8 PM or on Saturday morning.

From the Friendship Unit of the United Church Women (UCW)

Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Service.  Mittens, hats, socks and scarves would be much appreciated.  A tree will be placed inside the sanctuary to receive the contributions.

 Riverview Enhanced Living . Donation Box of treats, personal care items and colouring books. Box will be provided in the sanctuary.

Food Bank Basket. We encourage our church family to either give foodstuff or monetary donations.  Cheques payable to Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank (mailing address: 150 Churchill St., Bridgewater NS B4V 1S2 or given to Barbara Rafuse – No Cash Please).  All items and cheques collected will be forward in Dec.

Mission & Service Fund. We are encouraging our Unit members and our church family to be generous for the Mission & Service Fund which assists needy people in many ways.

Positions to be Filled

We currently have two positions the Ministry & Personnel Committee are seeking to fill:  Janitor for our building and an individual(s) who would be willing to share their musical talents during our times of worship.  More details about both of these positions will be posted or available from Keith Sullivan.

Announcements – November 7, 2021

Grocery Card Order Forms are ready for distribution and in the foyer.  The deadline for orders & payment is Sunday November 14th.  

Budget 2022 – The Board of Stewards have begun looking at the 2022 Budget.  Committees and Groups that have input into the budget figures which pertain to their specific mandate and function are requested to submit their budget figures as soon as possible.

We are planning a sale in our hall – Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  Details of this are found on the poster found   our Website and Facebook page.  There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer looking for volunteers to help with the event.

Upcoming Meetings

Manse Committee will be meeting early in November (TBA)

Session – Monday November 8th at 10:00 AM 

Board of Stewards – Wednesday November 10th at 7:00 PM

Official Board – Wednesday November 24th at 7:00 PM

From the Friendship Unit of the United Church Women (UCW)

Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Service.  Mittens, hats, socks and scarves would be much appreciated.  A tree will be placed inside the sanctuary to receive the contributions.

Riverview Enhanced Living . Donation Box of treats, personal care items and colouring books. Box will be provided in sanctuary.

Food Bank Basket. We encourage our church family to either give foodstuff or a cash donation so the agency can purchase what is most needed.  Cheques made out to Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank may be sent directly to the Food Bank, 150 Churchill St., Bridgewater NS B4V 1S2 or given to Barbara Rafuse who will send all cheques collected to the Food Bank in early in December.  If you are giving this to Barbara to transfer … No cash please!

Mission & Service Fund. We are encouraging our Unit members and our church family to be generous for the Mission & Service Fund which assists needy people in many ways.

Announcements – October 31, 2021


We extend our best wishes to Mona Corkum on the recent celebration of her 90 th Birthday (October 25 th ). A card on behalf ofthe congregation has been sent but if you wish to send your own personal best wishes they can be sent to her at Ridgewood Assisted Living (#372 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater Nova Scotia B4V 2T2)


We extend our support and love to those on a journey of loss and grief for loved ones: The family of Darryl Fritze gathered at Brookside Cemetery (Bridgewater) on October 26 th for a Service of Burial. The family of Frances Creaser and David Creaser were joined by close friends at Fort Point Cemetery on October 30 th to honour the lives of their Mother and Brother. The family and close friends of Rev. Wilfred Pelley gathered at their home in Conquerall Bank for a private time of remembrance on October 30 th . A public service to honour and celebrate the life of Rev. Wilfred Pelley will be held at a later date (possibly March 2022). We surround all enveloped in grief with our love and support.


We give thanks that today we can formally celebrate our relationship with Donna Kelly who will be among us as a Student Minster from September 2021 to April 2022.


Budget 2022 – The Board of Stewards have begun looking at the 2022 Budget. Committees and Groups that have input into the budget figures which pertain to their specific mandate and function are requested to submit their budget figures as soon as possible.


The Fundraising Committee and helpers have begun to set up for an indoor yard sale to be held at a yet-to-be-determined date. If you have items to drop off please set them on the front steps or leave them in the hall if you have a key to the building.


Upcoming Meetings

Manse Committee will be meeting early in November (Date/Time to be determined)
Ministry and Personnel Committee – Thursday Nov 4 th at 4:30 PM
Session – Monday November 8 th at 10:00 AM
Board of Stewards – Wednesday November 10 th at 7:00 PM
Official Board – Wednesday November 24 th at 7:00 PM


Announcements – October 24, 2021

We extend our best wishes to Mona Corkum on the celebration of her 90 th Birthday (October 25 th ). A card on behalf of the congregation has been sent but if you wish to send your own personal best wishes they can be sent to her at Ridgewood Assisted Living (#372 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater Nova Scotia B4V 2T2) 

Worship on Sunday, October 31 st at 10:30 AM. Within our time of worship we will be having a time of covenanting with our Student Minster Donna Kelly. Donna is with us from September to April sharing her gifts of ministry and learning from us. Come be part of our time of covenanting and celebrating our ministry with Donna.

Budget 2022 – The Board of Stewards has begun looking at the 2022 Budget. Committees and Groups that have input into the budget figures which pertain to their specific mandate and function are requested to submit their budget figures as soon as possible.


The Fundraising Committee and helpers have begun to set up for an indoor yard sale to be held at a yet-to-be-determined date. Most evenings (around 7 PM) in the coming week someone will be in the hall sorting and cleaning items. If you have items to drop off please bring them during this time and if you have time to help with the sorting and cleaning you are more than welcome to drop by and help.

Upcoming Meetings

Manse Committee will be meeting early in November
(Date/Time to be determined)
Ministry and Personnel Committee – Thursday November 4 th at 4:30 PM
Session – Monday November 8 th at 10:00 AM
Board of Stewards – Wednesday November 10 th at 7:00 PM
Official Board – Wednesday November 24 th at 7:00 PM