Announcements

December 1, 2019


Our Mitten Tree was full of colour and warmth;  many thanks to all who added their gifts.  We collected 33 pairs of mittens, 15 pairs of gloves, 15 scarves, 17 hats, 13 pairs of socks, 1 pair of slippers and two pairs of tights.   All items will be taken to Family Services in Bridgewater for distribution to those in need in our communities.

Community Advent Carol Service, this evening, December 1 at 7:00 pm at Bridgewater Baptist Church on Glen Allan Drive.  This annual event is hosted by the Bridgewater Inter-Church Council and includes a mass choir from local churches.  Reception to follow.

The South Shore Chorale hopes you can join them at our “Sing! Christmas” concerts.  Two performances are scheduled: Saturday, Dec 7th at 2:30 pm at St Paul's Lutheran Church, Bridgewater and  Sunday, Dec 8th at 2:30 pm at Wesley United Church, Petite Riviere. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, and children 12 and under are free;  available from choir members or at door.

Community Advent Potluck Dinner and Tree Lighting Service Tuesday, December 10th at West Side United.  This event is for our congregation and our community so please extend an invitation to your family, friends and neighbours to join us.  We will gather around 6:00 pm and we will plan to eat at 6:30 pm.  After the tree lighting we will sing songs and listen to stories. We will be collecting items/donations for the Food Bank, items to be shared with Riverview Enhanced Living and donations for the Mission & Service Fund.

Mission & Service Fund Donations:    As of the end of October we have received $3797.25 towards our $7200 goal for 2019.  Donations can be made through your weekly offering envelopes as well as at our Community Advent Potluck Supper on Dec 10.  All donations are eligible for an Income Tax Receipt at the end of the year.


November 24, 2019


Official Board Meeting on Wednesday Nov 27th at 7:00 pm.


Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee Meeting will meet at the home of Jean Schofield on Thursday Nov 28th at 4:30 pm.


Our annual Mitten Tree is ready to receive your contributions.  You can place the following on the branches:  mittens, gloves, hats/touques, scarves.  They can be hand-made or store-bought.  All items collected during the month will be shared with Family Services for distribution to those in need.


Bethlehem Bazaar Preparation:      Saturday, November 30th is the big day!!  Don’t forget to find the “Bazaar Helpers” sheet on the easel in the foyer and help us distribute some of our posters.

Creating our Advent Wreath:    Bring a sprig of evergreen from your home on December 1st and together we will create our Advent Wreath during our time of worship.

The South Shore Chorale hopes you can join them at our “Sing! Christmas” concerts.  Two performances are scheduled: Saturday, Dec 7th at 2:30 pm at St Paul's Lutheran Church, Bridgewater and  Sunday, Dec 8th at 2:30 pm at Wesley United Church, Petite Riviere. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, and children 12 and under are free;  available from choir members or at door.


Community Advent Potluck Dinner and Tree Lighting Service Tuesday, December 10th at West Side United.  This event is for our congregation and our community so please extend an invitation to your family, friends and neighbours to join us.  We will gather around 6:00 pm and we will plan to eat at 6:30 pm.  After the tree lighting we will sing songs and listen to stories. We will be collecting items/donations for the Food Bank  (bags and envelopes provided), items to be shared with Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly called LaHave Manor) and donations for the Mission & Service Fund.


November 17, 2019


Our annual Mitten Tree is ready to receive your contributions.  You can place the following on the branches:  mittens, gloves, hats/touques, scarves.  They can be hand-made or store-bought.  All items collected during the month will be shared with Family Services for distribution to those in need.


Bethlehem Bazaar Preparation:      Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 30th!!  Don’t forget to find the “Bazaar Helpers” sheet on the easel in the foyer and help us distribute some of our posters.

Grocery Card Orders and payment are due today, November 17th. 


The Session will meet on Monday, November 18th at 10:00 am.


We will be sharing worship at Hillside Pines on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm.  Members of the congregation are invited to come and share in this time of worship with the residents.


The Ladies Auxiliary of Hillside Pines is hosting their Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, November 21st.  There are two sittings:  11:30 am and 12:30 pm.  For tickets, call Joan Arnold (902-688-2113).


Creating our Advent Wreath:    Bring a sprig of evergreen from your home on December 1st and together we will create our Advent Wreath during our time of worship.

Community Advent Potluck Dinner and Tree Lighting Service will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at West Side United.  More details will be shared later.  This event is for our congregation and our community so please extend an invitation to your family, friends and neighbours to join us.  We will be collecting items/donations for the Food Bank, items to be shared with Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly called LaHave Manor) and donations for the Mission & Service Fund.



November 10, 2019


Our annual Mitten Tree is ready to receive your contributions.  You can place the following on the branches:  mittens, gloves, hats/touques, scarves.  They can be hand-made or store-bought.  All items collected during the month will be shared with Family Services for distribution to those in need.


Bethlehem Bazaar Preparation:      We will meet on Wednesday evening, November 13th at 7:00 pm to bring down from the Upper Room the boxes of items for the Bazaar.  Drop by and help us if you can offer an hour of your time and energy.  Don’t forget to find the “Bazaar Helpers” sheet on the easel in the foyer and help us distribute some of our posters.

Grocery Card Order Forms are now available for distribution, with orders and payment due by November 17th.  We have added the options of $10 and $25 cards for this round of orders.


The Session will meet on Monday, November 18th at 10:00 am.


We will be sharing worship at Hillside Pines on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm.  Members of the congregation are invited to come and share in this time of worship with the residents.


The Ladies  Auxiliary of Hillside Pines is hosting their Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, November 21st.  There are two sittings:  11:30 am and 12:30 pm.  For tickets, call Joan Arnold (902-688-2113).


Creating our Advent Wreath:    Bring a sprig of evergreen from your home on December 1st and together we will create our Advent Wreath during our time of worship.

Laugh of the week, from a selection of “Bulletin Bloopers”

“Potluck supper on Sunday at 5:00 pm;   prayer and medication to follow.”





November 3, 2019


Fundraising  Committee Meeting today after worship.

Many thanks to all who offered their time and talents to make our two dinners and performances of “Aunt Hilda's Revenge” a wonderful success.  And we are filled with gratitude for our continual support of our community and friends.

The Friendship Unit United Church Women will gather on Monday, November 4th from 2:30 -4:30 pm at the home of Melita Pelley, 31 Seafox Drive, Conquerall Bank. 


Next week in the foyer, you will find our annual Mitten Tree ready to receive your contributions.  You can place the following on the branches:  mittens, gloves, hats/touques, scarves.  They can be hand-made or store-bought.  All items collected during the month will be shared with Family Services for distribution to those in need.


Grocery Card Order Forms are now available for distribution, with orders and payment due by November 17th.  We have added the options of $10 and $25 cards for this round of orders.


The Session will meet on Monday, November 18th at 10:00 am.


We will be sharing worship at Hillside Pines on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm.  Members of the congregation are invited to come and share in this time of worship with the residents.


The Ladies  Auxiliary of Hillside Pines is hosting their Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, November 21st.  There are two sittings:  11:30 am and 12:30 pm.  For tickets, call Joan Arnold (902-688-2113).


The 14th Bethlehem Bazaar is planned for Saturday November 30th.  Start thinking about how you can be involved and what you might like to prepare to place on our Bake Sale Table.




October 27, 2019


Fundraising  Committee Meeting next Sunday, November 3 following worship.

Performances of “Aunt Hilda's Revenge” will be held this afternoon at  3:30 pm and next Saturday, Nov. 2nd (6:30pm).  Check out the sign-up sheet in the foyer for ways in which you can help out before, during and after each show and roast beef dinner.Property Management Committee Meeting today after worship. 


Grocery Card Order Forms are now available for distribution, with orders and payment due by November 17th.  We have added the options of $10 and $25 cards for this round of orders - perfect gifts for the upcoming Christmas Season or gifting to the Food Bank.  


If you missed picking up the “Bowl Full of Blessings” brochure, there are lots on the table in the foyer.  This brochure outlines ways to express gratitude throughout our Season of Thankfulness.


The 14th Bethlehem Bazaar is planned for Saturday November 30th.  Start thinking about how you can be involved and what you might like to prepare to place on our Bake Sale Table.


A Book Sale is being planned for early January 2020.  If you have books to contribute they can be brought in and put in the upper room.


Laugh of the week, from a selection of “Bulletin Bloopers”

“This morning there will be baptismal services in the north and south ends of the church.  Children will be baptized at both ends.”





October 13, 2019


In Loving Memory:   This morning’s bulletins are dedicated in loving memory of Barbara Dunbar from her husband John, children Julie and John, and sisters Nancy and Judy.  

The last Thursday Luncheon for this month will be held on October 17th.   A sign-up sheet for workers and desserts is on the easel in the foyer;  please check it out to see to see how you can help.


A Fundraising Concert will be held on from 2:00-6:00 pm, Sunday, October 20th at the Pleasantville Fire Hall to support Greta Meisner Johnson and expenses related to her cancer treatments.  If you wish to make a donation you can do so through your Offering Envelope under "OTHER"  (with the notation of "Greta" beside your donation amount).   We will forward the accumulated donations to her. 


On Monday, Oct. 21st our church building will not be accessible for our use as it will be a Polling Station for the Federal Election.

 

The Property Management Committee will be meeting after worship on Sunday, October 27

The fall performances of “Aunt Hilda's Revenge” will be held on Sunday, October 27th (3:30 pm) and Saturday, November 2nd (6:30 pm).  Tickets are $30 per person for the dinner and performance.  Help us by promoting it to your family, friends and neighbours.  We are doing a Roast Beef dinner at both performances.   There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer for ways in which you can help out before, during and after each performance.


Grocery Card Order Forms are now available for distribution, with orders and payment due by November 17th.  We have added the options of $10 and $25 cards for this round of orders - perfect gifts for the upcoming Christmas Season or gifting to the Food Bank. 



October 6, 2019


The Board of Stewards meets on Wednesday, October 9 at 7 pm.


Thursday Luncheons will be held on October 10th and 17th.  Posters with the menu options can be found on the foyer table. A sign-up sheet for workers and dessert offerings can be found on the easel in the foyer.  Check it out and see the ways you can lend your gifts.


World Wide Communion will be celebrated within our time of worship today and a celebration of Thanksgiving on Oct. 13th.


Just a reminder that our church building will not be accessible for our use on Monday, October 21st as it is being used as a Polling Station for the Federal Election.


The fall performances of “Aunt Hilda's Revenge” will be held on Sunday, October 27th (3:30 pm) and Saturday, November 2nd (6:30 pm).  Tickets are $30 per person for the dinner and performance.  Help us by promoting it to your family, friends and neighbours.  We are doing a Roast Beef dinner at both performances.   There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer for ways in which you can help out before, during and after each performance.


September 29, 2019

Welcome!! Today we welcome members of Bridgewater United (Brian & Janice Buck, Margie Hubley, Bev Burgess, Linda Rowter & Donna Stitt) and Phillip Williams (of Servant's Heart) as they share their experiences and stories from a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic earlier this spring. 

Anniversary Celebrations: After worship today we join together in a potluck meal to continue to celebrate our 34th Anniversary and our community of faith. If you are visiting today we extend a special invitation to be our guest for time of lunch and fellowship. 

Planning meeting for the upcoming Dinner Theatre will be held in the church hall on Tuesday, October 1st at 7 PM. 

Thursday Luncheons will be held on October 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Posters with the menu options can be found on the foyer table. A sign-up sheet for ways you can assist with the luncheons is on the easel in the entryway. 

World Wide Communion will be celebrated within our time of worship on Oct. 6th and a celebration of Thanksgiving on Oct. 13th. 

The fall performances of “Aunt Hilda's Revenge” will be held on Sunday, October 27th (3:30 pm) and Saturday, November 2nd (6:30 pm). Tickets are $30 per person for the Roast Beef Dinner. For more information check out the poster in the foyer. Help us promote this event to your family, friends and neighbours..........there are still lots of tickets available! 

Laugh of the Week, from a collection of “Bulletin Bloopers”: 

“Ushers will eat latecomers.” 



September 22, 2019

Upcoming Meetings/Events:

  • Meeting of the Official Board Wednesday, Sept 25th at 7:00 pm

  • Gospel Concert at West Side   Saturday, Sept 28th  1:00- 4:00 pm (Ticket are $5.00 which will be available at the door) 

Our 34th Anniversary Sunday will be celebrated on September 29th   with a special morning worship followed by a pot-luck lunch.  A group from Bridgewater United will join us to share their experiences of going on a Mission Trip earlier this year to the Dominican Republic.  We hope you will make plans to be with us for this special occasion.

World Wide Communion will be celebrated within our time of worship on Oct. 6th and a celebration of Thanksgiving on Oct. 13th.

Thursday Luncheons will be held on October 3rd, 10th, and 17th.  Posters with the menu options can be found on the foyer table.  A sign-up sheet for ways you can assist with the luncheons is on the easel in the entryway.

The fall performances of “Aunt Hilda's Revenge” will be held on Sunday, October 27th (3:30 pm) and Saturday, November 2nd (6:30 pm).  Tickets are $30 per person for the Roast Beef Dinner.  For more information check out the poster in the foyer.  Help us promote this event to your family, friends and neighbours.

Laugh of the Week, from a collection of “Bulletin Bloopers”:

“The choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.”


September 15, 2019

Many thanks to Wendal Hymers, Ed Rafuse and Kevin Keddy for the time and energy they offered to scrape and paint the exterior of our church building.  It looks great! Thank you all!

Grocery Card Orders & Payments are due!  Order forms are on the foyer table and can be given to Philip Himmelman.  The Grocery Cards are great gift ideas or for donating to the Food Bank. Next time for orders will be around the middle of November.

Upcoming Meetings/Events:

  • Meeting of Session Monday, Sept 16th at 10:00 am

  • Worship at Hillside Pines Tuesday, Sept 17th at 6:30 pm

  • Meeting of the Official Board Wednesday, Sept 25th at 7:00 pm

  • Gospel Concert at West Side   Saturday, Sept 28th  1:00- 4:00 pm (Ticket are $5.00 which will be available at the door) 


Our 34th Anniversary Sunday will be celebrated on September 29th   with a special morning worship followed by a pot-luck lunch.  A group from Bridgewater United will join us to share their experiences of going on a Mission Trip earlier this year to the Dominican Republic.  We hope you will make plans to be with us for this special occasion.

Closing Celebration of Wesley United Church in Feltzen South   After 130 years of faithful witness, Wesley United Church in Feltzen South will be amalgamating with Trinity United in Rose Bay.  A final celebration of Wesley’s life and ministry in the community will be held at 7:00 pm on September 15th, 2019 in Feltzen South with music by the Trinity choir and refreshments generously provided by the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home. We invite family, friends, former members and ministers to join us for this very special evening.

Laugh of the Week:       I recently came upon a collection of “Bulletin Bloopers” ……. announcements from actual church bulletins that have contained typos, misspellings or unintended wording, such as:

“The pastor would appreciate if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.”


September 1, 2019

Thank You to Wendal Hymers, Ed Rafuse and Kevin Keddy for the time and energy they offered to scrape and paint the exterior of our church building.  It looks great.  Thank You.

Grocery Card Orders & Payments are due NEXT Sunday – Sept 8th.  Order forms are on the foyer table and can be given to Philip Himmelman.  The Grocery Cards are great gift ideas or for donating to the Food Bank.  Next time we will be taking orders is around the middle of November.

New Dryer & Washer at the Manse.  In mid-August the dryer went KAPUT and it was the decision of the Manse Committee to purchase a new dryer/washer set which was delivered this week.  The washer still works.  If anyone is interested in purchasing our used washer it is at the Manse … $100.00 or a reasonable offer.  If there are no takers in the next week we will be contacting an individual you might be interested.

Upcoming Meetings/Events:

- Ministry & Personnel Committee – Thursday, Sept 5th at 4:30 PM at the home of Jean Schofield.

- Session – Monday, Sept 9th at 10:00 AM 

- Board of Stewards – Wednesday, Sept 11th at 7:00 PM

- Closing Celebration of Wesley United Church in Feltzen South – After 130 years of faithful witness, Wesley United Church in Feltzen South will be amalgamating with Trinity United in Rose Bay. A final celebration of Wesley’s life and ministry in the community will be held at 7pm on September 15th, 2019 in Feltzen South with music by the Trinity choir and refreshments generously provided by the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home. We invite family, friends, former members and ministers to join us for this very special evening.

- Worship at Hillside Pines – Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 PM

- Official Board – Wednesday, Sept 25th at 7:00 PM

- Gospel Concert at West Side United – Saturday, September 28th ;   1 PM to 4 PM; Tickets - $5 which will be available at the door. 

- 34th Anniversary Sunday – Sept 29th.  10:30 AM Worship followed by a pot-luck lunch.  A group from Bridgewater United will be coming to share with us their experiences of going on a Mission Trip earlier this year to the Dominican Republic.  We hope that you will make plans to be joining us for this special occasion.


August 18, 2019

Rev’ Neil’s Sabbatical:

Rev. Neil will be back with us for worship service next Sunday morning (August 25).   We hope that his sabbatical leave was meaningful and restorative. Until then, pastoral concerns will be attended to in a timely manner;  please phone/leave a message or text the office cell phone at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com 


Weekly Offering Envelopes:      

If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com 


Announcements:       

To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sunday’s bulletin.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events a is available in the front entryway. 


August 4, 2019

During Rev. Neil's Sabbatical, worship will continue to be held each week.   Below is the Worship Schedule for the next few weeks:   

  • August 11     No service at West Side;  we have been invited to worship at St. James Anglican on Bell’s Island for the annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service

  • August 18    10:30 am at West Side United

  • August 25    Rev. Neil back from sabbatical  


In the event of pastoral concerns during Rev. Neil’s sabbatical, phone/leave a message or text the office cell phone at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com and your message will be attended to in a timely manner.

Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com 


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sunday’s bulletin.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events a is available in the front entryway. 


Laugh of the Week:       I recently came upon a collection of “Bulletin Bloopers” ……. announcements from actual church bulletins that have contained typos, misspellings or unintended wording.  Here’s one for this morning,


    “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale.  It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.  Bring your husbands.”



July 28,2019

During Rev. Neil's Sabbatical, worship will continue to be held each week.   Below is the Worship Schedule for the next few weeks:   

  • August 4th         10:30 am at West Side United

  • August 11th         No service at West Side;  we have been invited                 to  worship at St. James Anglican on Bell’s Island             for the annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service  


In the event of pastoral concerns during Rev. Neil’s sabbatical, phone/leave a message or text the office cell phone at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com and your message will be attended to in a timely manner.

Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   ( Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway. 




July 21, 2019

Celebration Sunday:          The next time to recognize the milestones in our lives (birthdays, anniversaries, good news and celebrations) will be on Sunday, July 28th.  After worship we are invited to move into the hall for a time of tea/coffee/juice and a few tasty treats.  You are invited to bring some “tasty treats” to add to our Community Table of Feasting to share with others.  The next “Celebration Sunday” will be in September when we gather for worship to celebrate our church’s anniversary.

July 7,2019

Extension of Sympathy:        Our sympathy and support are extended to the family and friends of Leslie Ritcey, who passed away on July 1.  We hold his wife Joyce and their family in our thoughts and prayers.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 8 at 2:00 pm at West Side United Church, with a time of fellowship and luncheon in our church hall following the service.


During Rev. Neil's Sabbatical, worship will continue to be held each week.   Below is the Worship Schedule for the next few weeks:


  • July 14th      10:30 am at Bridgewater United   (more detail below)

  • July 21st      10:30 am at West Side United

  • July 28th     10:30 am at West Side United with Rev. Joanne                 McFadden as guest worship leader.


In the event of pastoral concerns during Rev. Neil’s sabbatical, phone/leave a message or text the office cell phone at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com and your message will be attended to in a timely manner.


Worship on July 14th:          We join the congregation of Bridgewater United Church for their 10:30 am service of worship   (coffee/tea/juice is served prior to worship at 10:00 am in the back of the sanctuary).  If you wish to pick up an envelope for a donation while visiting another congregation you will find them on the table in the foyer along with a complete listing of services of worship over the summer months.


Summer Fling, Saturday, July 13:      Sorting, cleaning, organizing and pricing will continue throughout the coming week between July 8-12, mostly during the evenings (7-9 pm);  some may also be here during the mornings/afternoon if you want to take a chance and stop by to help.  You can drop your items off anytime in the church hall but the earlier, the better!   And don’t forget about preparing items for the Bake Sale table.  

A sign-up list for working at the Fling is posted on the bulletin board in the entrance.  If you can assist us on the day, please put your name on the list.



Upcoming Pride Flag Raising Events in our Communities:  

  • Municipality of the District of Lunenburg at the District Office (210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater),  Tuesday,  July 16th at 12 noon  

  • Town of Bridgewater at Shipyard’s Landing,  Thursday, July 18th at 6:00 pm  (with a BBQ and Cake and a fun photo-booth sponsored by the SuperStore and TD Bank) 

  • Town of Lunenburg at the UNESCO Monument at the end of the park where the Band Stand is located, Friday, July 19th at 12 noon.  

If you are able to attend all, or even one, of these events we thank you for your support and participation.


Celebration Sunday:          The next time to recognize the milestones in our lives (birthdays, anniversaries, good news and celebrations) will be on Sunday, July 28th.  After worship we are invited to move into the hall for a time of tea/coffee/juice and a few tasty treats.  You are invited to bring some “tasty treats” to add to our Community Table of Feasting to share with others.  The next “Celebration Sunday” will be in September when we gather for worship to celebrate our church’s anniversary.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway. 



June 30, 2019

During Rev. Neil's Sabbatical, worship will continue to be held each week.   Below is the Worship Schedule for the next few weeks:   

  • July 7th     10:30 am at West Side United

  • July 14th      10:30 am at Bridgewater United (they have tea/coffee/juice offered BEFORE worship starting at 10 am).

  • July 21st      10:30 am at West Side United


In the event of pastoral concerns during Rev. Neil’s sabbatical, phone/leave a message or text the office cell phone at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com and your message will be attended to in a timely manner.

Summer Fling Set-up and Sorting will begin on July 7th following the service of worship;   if you can stay behind after worship and help move chairs and tables that would be great.  Sorting, cleaning, organizing and pricing will happen throughout the week between July 7-12, mostly during the evenings (7-9 pm);  some may also be there during the mornings/afternoon if you want to take a chance and stop by to help.  You can drop your items off anytime in the church hall; the earlier you bring your items in the better to help us be organized and prepared.  And don’t forget about preparing items for the Bake Sale table.  

June 23, 2019 

During Rev. Neil's Sabbatical, worship will continue to be held each week.   Below is the Worship Schedule for the next few weeks:

  • June 30th     10:30 am at West Side United with Rev. Joanne McFadden as guest worship leader.

  • July 7th     10:30 am at West Side United

  • July 14th      10:30 am at Bridgewater United (they have tea/coffee/juice offered BEFORE worship starting at 10 am).

  • July 21st      10:30 am at West Side United


In the event of pastoral concerns during Rev. Neil’s sabbatical, phone/leave a message or text the office cell phone at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com and your message will be attended to in a timely manner.

Summer Fling Set-Up Schedule      As we prepare for our annual Summer Fling on Saturday, July 13, we request your assistance at the following times:

  • Tuesday, June 25th at 7:00 pm:     cleaning, sorting and pricing

  • Sunday, July 7th at 11:45 am:     setting up the sanctuary for the         Fling  (moving / stacking chairs, moving tables, dividers, etc)

  • Monday, July 8th - Friday, July 12th  at 7:00 pm:

  •     final cleaning, sorting and pricing

  • Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 pm     setting up of outdoor canopies


A sign-up list for working at the Fling is posted on the bulletin board in the entrance.  If you can assist us on the day, please put your name on the list.


The first collection of the "Coins for the Cause" will be carried out this month.  You may turn in your bottle,  or put your donation  in your weekly envelope and mark Coins for the Cause in the “other” section.  You will receive income tax credit for the amount at the end of the year.  The second amount will be collected and counted in December.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Corkum.


June 9, 2019

During Rev. Neil's Sabbatical, worship will continue to be held each week at 10:30 AM on MOST Sundays.  There are a few occasions when we have been invited to neighbouring congregations to join them for worship.  Below is the Worship Schedule for the next month:


  • June 16th    10:00 am at Wesley United in Petite Riviere

  • June 23rd      10:30 am at West Side United

  • June 30th     10:30 am at West Side United with Rev. Joanne McFadden as guest worship leader.

  • July 7th     10:30 am at West Side United


In the event of pastoral concerns during Rev. Neil’s sabbatical, phone/leave a message or text the office cell phone at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com and your message will be attended to in a timely manner.

The Property-Maintenance Committee will meet after the worship service today in the hall.


The Summer Fling is just over a month away on Saturday, July 13!!  Drop by the church hall on Thursday evening (June 6th) at 6:30 pm to help us bring down items from the room upstairs and begin some  initial sorting.  You can also start bringing your Summer Fling items into the hall so we can start the sorting, cleaning, organizing and pricing.  The sooner we start the less we will have to do during the days before.


The first collection of the "Coins for the Cause" will be carried out this month.  You may turn in your bottle,  or put your donation  in your weekly envelope and mark  Coins for the Cause in the “other” section.  You will receive credit for the amount at the end of the year.in your income tax receipt.  The second amount will be collected and counted in December. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Corkum.



June 2, 2019

Sabbatical Time:     Rev. Neil’s three month sabbatical runs from May 20th to August 20th.  Worship at West Side will continue during this time with a variety of individuals offering their time and talents to provide worship.  On three Sundays we will be invited to join another faith community for worship (stay tuned for details!).  In the event of urgent pastoral concerns phone/text Rev. Neil at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com   

The Property-Maintenance Committee will meet on Sunday, June 9th in the hall after the worship service


Mark your calendar for this year’s Summer Fling on Saturday, July 13!!  More detail to follow.


Church Keys:       We keep a list of individuals who are in the possession of a key for the church but we want to make sure it is up-to-date.  Sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer if you have a church key or would like one. 

Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sunday’s bulletin.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway.




May  26,  2019

Sabbatical Time:     Rev. Neil’s three month sabbatical runs from May 20th to August 20th.  Worship at West Side will continue during this time with a variety of individuals offering their time and talents to provide worship.  On three Sundays we will be invited to join another faith community for worship (stay tuned for details!).  In the event of urgent pastoral concerns phone/text Rev. Neil at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com   

The Ministry and Personnel Committee will meet on Thurs. May 30,  4:30 pm at the home of Jean Schofield in Bridgewater.  If you have any positive comments, questions or concerns, please pass them along to Janice Corkum, Jean Schofield, Sandy Beckwith or Keith Sullivan.


The Property-Maintenance Committee will meet on Sunday, June 9th in the hall after the worship service


UCW Dinner:      The Friendship Unit - United Church Women invite women of the congregation to join them for supper on Tuesday, June 4th. The event will be at the Best Western Hotel in Bridgewater, gathering from 5:30-6:00 pm, and ordering from the menu at 6:00 pm.  Please indicate your attendance by Monday, May 27th to Barbara Rafuse at 902 693-2046.

Church Keys:       We keep a list of individuals who are in the possession of a key for the church but we want to make sure it is up-to-date.  Sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer if you have a church key or would like one. 

Music Equipment Fund:    At the Annual Meeting we established a special fund for the purpose of accumulating funds for the future replacement of the organ or other suitable musical instrument.  At any time if you are interested making a donation to this special fund put it under the OTHER portion of your offering envelope with the note "Music Equipment Fund”.




May 19,2019

Grocery Card Orders and Payments are due today.  The order forms can be found in the foyer.  For more information, talk to Philip.

Sabbatical Time:     Rev. Neil’s three month sabbatical runs from May 20th to August 20th.  Worship at West Side will continue during this time with a variety of individuals offering their time and talents to provide worship.  On three Sundays we will be invited to join another faith community for worship (stay tuned for details!).  In the event of urgent pastoral concerns phone/text Rev. Neil at 902-523-5687 or e-mail:  westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com   

LGBT+ Games Night:–     Tuesday May 21st (7:00– 9:00 pm) in the upstairs Community Room at the Bridgewater SuperStore.  This is It is requested that any snacks brought be purchased from the SuperStore as they provide the space at no charge.  Bring along your favourite game.

UCW Dinner:      The Friendship Unit - United Church Women invite women of the congregation to join them for supper on Tuesday, June 4th. The event will be at the Best Western Hotel in Bridgewater, gathering from 5:30-6:00 pm, and ordering from the menu at 6:00 pm.  Please indicate your attendance by Monday, May 27th to Barbara Rafuse at 902 693-2046.

The Ministry and Personnel Committee will meet on Thursday May 30,  4:30pm at the home of Jean Schofield in Bridgewater.  If you have any positive comments, questions or concerns, please pass them along to Janice Corkum, Jean Schofield, Sandy Beckwith or Keith Sullivan.


Lasagna and Macaroni & Cheese:   We still have a few mediums ($11) and smalls ($7) of Mac & Cheese and Lasagna and a couple of larger casserole dishes ($16) of Mac&Cheese.  If interested talk to Philip or Janice.

Many thanks to all who made our recent Thursday Luncheons a tremendous success.  We served and delivered over 400 meals during the three weeks.  All of the luncheons were possible because of the generous gifting of time and energy of many and for the support of our wider community.  Thank You!

Church Keys:       We keep a list of individuals who are in the possession of a key for the church but we want to make sure it is up-to-date.  Sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer if you have a church key or would like one. 



May 12, 2019

The Official Board will meet on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm.  We encourage all those who are members of the Official Board to attend as this will be our last meeting until September following Rev. Neil's return from Sabbatical.


UCW Dinner:      The Friendship Unit - United Church Women invite women of the congregation to join with them for supper on Tuesday, June 4th.  The event will be at the Best Western Hotel in Bridgewater, gathering from 5:30 - 6:00 pm and ordering from the menu at 6:00.  Please indicate your attendance by Monday, May 27th to Barbara Rafuse at 902 693-2046.

Our final Thursday Luncheon is scheduled for May 16th.  Posters with details and menus can be found in the foyer.  Sign-up sheets for each week’s desserts and workers can be found on foyer easel .

Grocery Card Order Forms are available in the foyer.  Orders and payments are to be received by May 19th.


Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sunday’s bulletin.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway.    



May 5, 2019

AED Training:    We are offering a training session for our defibrillator unit on Wednesday, May 8th at 2 pm in the church hall with a rep from Red Cross.  Talk to Nelson Melling or Billy Corkum for further details.

Thursday Luncheons are scheduled for May 2nd, 9th and 16th.  Posters with details and menus can be found in the foyer.  Sign-up sheets for each week’s desserts and workers can be found on foyer easel .

Grocery Card Order Forms are available in the foyer.  Orders and payments are to be received by May 19th.


Music Equipment Fund:    At the Annual Meeting we established a special fund for the purpose of accumulating funds for the future replacement of the organ or other suitable musical instrument.  At any time if you are interested making a donation to this special fund put it under the OTHER portion of your offering envelope with the note "Music Equipment Fund”.


Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sunday’s bulletin.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway.    




April 28, 2019

Birthday/Celebration Sunday will be held next Sunday, May 5th in conjunction with Camping Sunday.  After worship there will be a time of fellowship in the hall.  If you are able to contribution to the “Table of Community & Food”, that would be great!…… something simple to share with others   (crackers, cheese, cookies, sweets, etc.)

Thursday Luncheons are scheduled for May 2nd, 9th and 16th.  There will be quick meeting after church for those  working, making food etc. at the luncheons.

Grocery Card Order Forms are available in the foyer.  Orders and payments are to be received by May 19th.


April 14, 2019

Dinner Theatre 2019 was a wonderful success!  Thanks to all who dedicated their time and talents for this event, and to all our guests who joined us for the three performances.  Aunt Hilda’s Revenge netted a profit of approximately $6067.00 after expenses.  Good Job Everyone!  After worship today there will be a brief discussion about the possibility of offering the dinner theatre again in the fall.  If you are interested in joining this discussion, it will be held in the hall.

Stage Removal:        A group is getting together on Monday evening (April 15th at 7 pm) to dismantle the stage from the dinner theatre.

Lenten Study Group will hold its final time of discussion and reflection on Tuesday evening, April 16th at 7 pm in the Choir Room.  We will be discussing the remaining readings from our daily Lenten Reflection Book, “Everyday Skeptics”.

Services of Holy Week:    Please refer to home page.

Birthday/Celebration Sunday  will be held on May 5th in conjunction with Camping Sunday.  After worship there will be a time of coffee/tea/juice and fellowship in the hall.  If you are able to contribution to the “Table of Community & Food”, that would be great!…… something simple to share with others   (crackers, cheese, cookies, sweets, etc) 

Thursday Luncheons are being hosted on May 2nd, 9th and 16th.  Posters with details and menus can be found in the foyer.  Sign-up sheets for each week’s desserts and workers can be found on the easel in the foyer.

Greeters and Counters:         We require individuals to serve as Greeters each Sunday, plus a team of 2-3 individuals to serve as Counters after each worship service.  There are sign-up sheets located in the foyer if you are willing and able to offer your time for these very important duties.  For more information about Greeters contact Barbara Rafuse and for Counters contact Linda Corkum.


March 31 and April 7, 2019

Upcoming Meetings

  • Friendship Unit UCW:    Monday, April 1st, 2:30-4:30 pm at the home of Darlene Terris

  • Session:            Monday April 8th at 10 am in the hall.

  • Board of Stewards:        Wednesday, April 10th in the hall.


On with the Show!!     Dinner Theatre 2019 begins this afternoon with further performances on Friday and Saturday evenings  (April 5 and 6).  All the best to the cast, kitchen crew and many others who make this annual event successful!

Holy Weekend Easter Sunday Services:

  • Maundy Thursday,  April 18 at 7:00 pm in the church hall

  • Good Friday,  April 19th at 10:30 am in the sanctuary

  • Easter Sunrise Service, April 21st at 6:30 am at the Hache cottage on Bells Island   (This service blends together Native and Christian traditions as we begin our celebration of Easter)

  • Easter Sunday Communion Service, April 21st at 10:30 am

Camping Sunday Leadership:    We are looking for a few people to lead worship on Camping Sunday, May 5th.  There will be a short get- together after worship on April 7th for those who can help out with this service.  Let Rev. Neil know if you are interested.

Thursday Luncheons are planned for the first three Thursdays in May.  Posters and Menus can be found on the table in the foyer.

Grocery Card Order Forms are available in the foyer.  Orders and payments are to be received by May 19th.


March 24, 2019

M eat Lasagna and Macaroni & Cheese

Thanks for those who assisted with this fundraising event.  We still have some smalls ($7) and mediums ($11) of both varieties.  Check with Philip after worship if interested.


Music Equipment Fund:

At the Annual Meeting we established a special fund for the purpose of accumulating funds for the future replacement of the organ or other suitable musical instrument.  At any time if you are interested making a donation to this special fund put it under the OTHER portion of your offering envelope with the note "Music Equipment Fund”.


The Lenten Study Group meets on Tuesday Evenings in the Choir room at 7:00 pm.  We are using the resource "Everyday Skeptics".  There is one copy remaining if you would like to obtain it for your personal use or use within the Study Group.


Dinner Theatre 2019  -  Aunt Hilda’s Revenge    Ticket sales are going very well……..we are almost SOLD OUT for all three performances:  Sunday matinee on March 31 at 3:30 pm and evening performances on Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th at 6:30 pm.


March 17, 2019

Upcoming Meetings:

  • the Friendship Unit UCW will meet on Monday, March 18th, 2:30 pm at the home of Christine McBain.

  • a meeting of the Ministry and Personnel Committee is planned for Thursday March 21st at the home of Jean Schofield in Bridgewater.


The Lenten Study Group will meet on Tuesday Evenings in the Choir room at 7:00 pm.  We are using the resource "Everyday Skeptics".  There is one copy remaining if you would like to obtain it for your personal use or use within the Study Group.


How to Use the Defibrillator:      Are you interested in learning how to use this life-saving piece of equipment we have located in the foyer of our church?  If so, please sign-up on the sheet in the foyer.


Dinner Theatre 2019  -  Aunt Hilda’s Revenge    Ticket sales are going well.  The Saturday night performance (April 6th) is SOLD OUT but tickets still remain for the Sunday matinee (March 31st at 3:30 pm) and Friday Evening (April 5th at 6:30 Ppm.  Help us make all three performances SOLD OUT by telling your family, friends and neighbours.  To purchase tickets ($30 each) contact Bev Bowers (543-2272), Grace Speth (530-2760) or Melanie Keddy (688-2737).



Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

(traditional Irish blessing)




March 10,2019


The Lenten Study Group will meet on Tuesday Evenings in the Choir room at 7:00 pm.  We are using the resource "Everyday Skeptics".  There is one copy remaining if you would like to obtain it for your personal use or use within the Study Group.


Board of Stewards Meeting:    Wednesday, March 13th at 7:00 pm.


How to Use the Defibrillator:      Are you interested in learning how to use this life-saving piece of equipment we have located in the foyer of our church?  If so, please sign-up on the sheet in the foyer.


Dinner Theatre 2019  -  Aunt Hilda’s Revenge    Ticket sales are going well.  The Saturday night performance (April 6th) is SOLD OUT but tickets still remain for the Sunday matinee (March 31st at 3:30 pm) and Friday Evening (April 5th at 6:30 Ppm.  Help us make all three performances SOLD OUT by telling your family, friends and neighbours.  To purchase tickets ($30 each) contact Bev Bowers (543-2272), Grace Speth (530-2760) or Melanie Keddy (688-2737).

Kitchen Shower:   Thanks to everyone who dropped off items for use in our kitchen at our many events.  This has helped to keep our cupboards well-stocked!



March 3, 2019

Pancake and Sausage Supper at West Side United, Shrove Tuesday, March 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.


Meat Lasagna and Macaroni & Cheese Orders are due today, March 3rd.  There is also be a sign-up sheet in the foyer for those you are able to lend a helping hand with the Prep and Building Days.


How to Use the Defibrillator:      Are you interested in learning how to use this life-saving piece of equipment we have located in the foyer of our church?  If so, please sign-up on the sheet in the foyer.


Dinner Theatre 2019  -  Aunt Hilda’s Revenge    Ticket sales are going well.  The Saturday night performance (April 6th) is SOLD OUT but tickets still remain for the Sunday matinee (March 31st at 3:30 pm) and Friday Evening (April 5th at 6:30 Ppm.  Help us make all three performances SOLD OUT by telling your family, friends and neighbours.  To purchase tickets ($30 each) contact Bev Bowers (543-2272), Grace Speth (530-2760) or Melanie Keddy (688-2737).


The Lenten Study Group ,using the resource "Everyday Skeptics" , will begin on Tuesday evening, March 5th after the Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Sausage Supper.


Kitchen Shower:   Thanks to everyone who dropped off items for use in our kitchen at our many events.  This has helped to keep our cupboards well-stocked!


January 27, 2019

In Loving Memory:      Todays worship bulletins are dedicated in memory of Herb Terris by wife Darlene.


Upcoming Meetings:

  • Fundraising Committee     today following worship

  • Annual Meeting         Sunday, February 17th.                     (Worship will be followed by a Pot Luck Lunch and then the business    portion of our meeting.) 

Worship at Hillside Pines:      Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm.

Grocery Card Order Forms are now available for pick up in the foyer.  The deadline for your orders and payments are February 17th.  If you have not participated in the purchase of grocery cards talk to Philip or a member of the Fundraising Committee for more information.

2018 Charitable Donation Receipts are now available in the foyer.  Please pick yours up and those for others you might be seeing in the next week.  Check your receipt, and if you have questions please contact Kathy Sullivan before the end of the month as she will be away in February.

Celebration Sundays in 2019:       We are trying something new in 2019.  Instead of our usual monthly Birthday Sunday we will be hosting 5 celebration Sundays in 2019 (February 17, May 5, July 28, September 29, and December 15).  Each celebration will be a time to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, a special milestone in your life or with your family.  Each of these times we are invited to bring something to share with one another as we move into the hall for a time of community and conversation and coffee (and tea).


January  13, 2019

Open House:       Philip and Neil invite you to join them for the Annual Epiphany Open House this afternoon, January 13th at the Manse (#2740 Highway 331) from 2:00-6:00 pm.  This is for the congregation, community and friends so please feel free to invite others to share in the afternoon.

Grocery Card Order Forms are now available for pick up in the foyer.  The deadline for your orders and payments are February 17th.  If you have not participated in the purchase of grocery cards talk to Philip or a member of the Fundraising Committee for more information.

2018 Charitable Donation Receipts are now available in the foyer.  Please pick yours up and those for others you might be seeing in the next week.  Check your receipt, and if you have questions please contact Kathy Sullivan (902-523-2601) before the end of the month as she will be away in February.

LGBTQ+ Games Night        Tuesday January 15th (7:00- 9:00 pm)      We will be discussing whether or not the games nights will continue or continue in a different venue.  All are welcome.

Annual Report Submissions:     Reports for the 2018 Annual Report are asked to be submitted by January 20th so that the report can be prepared and distributed prior to the Annual Meeting.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Session Meeting         Monday, January 14th at 10:00 am.

  • Official Board         Sunday, January 20th following worship

  • Fundraising Committee     Sunday, January 27th following worship

  • Annual Meeting         Sunday, February 17th.                     (Worship will be followed by a Pot Luck Lunch and then the business    portion of our meeting.) 

Celebration Sundays in 2019:       We are trying something new in 2019.  Instead of our usual monthly Birthday Sunday we will be hosting 5 celebration Sundays in 2019 (February 17, May 5, July 28, September 29, and December 15).  Each celebration will be a time to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, a special milestone in your life or with your family.  Each of these times we are invited to bring something to share with one another as we move into the hall for a time of community and conversation and coffee (and tea).




January 6,2019

Open House:

Philip and Neil invite you to their annual Epiphany Open House on Sunday, January 13th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.  Come and enjoy an afternoon with friends and enjoy some good conversations and food.  We look forward to welcoming you into our home.


Weekly Offering Envelopes:

These are available in the foyer.  If you do not currently have offering envelopes talk to Kathy Sullivan.  If you would like to find out about PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance), where a donation amount (set by you) is transferred once per month from your bank account to the church, you can also talk to Kathy and she will set you up.  Several of us already participate with this program and it works very well; it also helps the Board of Stewards and Treasurer with their monthly budget projections.


Annual Report Submissions:

Annual Report time is fast approaching.  If you are responsible for submitting a report to include in the Annual Report, please have it submitted by January 21st.  Our Annual meeting is scheduled for mid-February.



December 23, 2018 Announcements

Donations Before Year-End:  

If you would like to make a final donation prior to the end of the year, the last Sunday Worship to do so is at the Christmas Eve Service.  Donations can also be dropped off to the church (or to Rev. Neil) by December 29th to be included in your 2018 Income Tax Receipt.   The Board of Stewards would like to thank everyone who has offered their gifts of time, talents and treasures throughout the year.  Thank-you!!!


2019 Offering Envelopes

Next year’s offering envelopes can be found in the foyer.  If you cannot find your name, or would like to have weekly envelopes (which are used to ensure a charitable donation receipt at year-end) talk to Kathy Sullivan or Rev. Neil.

Open House:      Philip and Rev. Neil extend an invitation to join them for their annual Epiphany Open House on January 13, 2019.

Celebration Sundays in 2019:       We are trying something new in 2019.  Instead of our usual monthly Birthday Sunday we will be hosting 5 celebration Sundays in 2019.  Each celebration will be a time to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, a special milestone in your life or with your family.  If you have something to celebrate you come forward make a donation as you are able into the church and we celebrate with you.  Celebration Sundays in 2019 will be held on  February 17, May 5, July 28, September 29, and December 15.  Each of these times we are invited to bring something to share with one another as we move into the hall for a time of community and conversation and coffee (and tea).


December 16, 2018 Announcements Many Thanks!      Robert and Cecilia wish to express thanks to all who have been dropping by with food and treats over the past several weeks.  Your kindness has been appreciated. Thank You!

South Shore Chorale Concert:       Sunday, December 16th at 4 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Bridgewater; Tickets: $10 (Children 12 and Under – free).  Reception to follow.

LGBTQ+ Potluck & Games Night:      Tuesday, December 18th starting at 5:00 PM.  Potluck followed by our regular games night. Open House:      Philip and Rev. Neil extend an invitation to join them for their annual Epiphany Open House on January 13, 2019.

Celebration Sundays in 2019:       We are trying something new in 2019.  Instead of our usual monthly Birthday Sunday we will be hosting 5 celebration Sundays in 2019.  Each celebration will be a time to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, a special milestone in your life or with your family.  If you have something to celebrate you come forward make a donation as you are able into the church and we celebrate with you.  Celebration Sundays in 2019 will be held on  February 17, May 5, July 28, September 29, and December 15.  Each of these times we are invited to bring something to share with one another as we move into the hall for a time of community and conversation and coffee (and tea).


December 9, 2018 Announcements

Board of Stewards Meeting: Wednesday, December 12th at 7 PM.

South Shore Chorale Concert:  Sunday, December 16th at 4 PM

An Evening of Music and Readings for Christmas

In the beautiful tradition of Lessons and Carols, an evening of glorious choral music for the season interspersed with short, joyful, touching, and thoughtful readings.  Join in with singing a few carols or sit back and allow the season to unfold in music. The concert will be followed by a reception in the church hall.

Tickets are $10.00 (free for children 12 & under).  The concert will be held Sunday, Dec 16th at 4 pm at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 25 Phoenix St, Bridgewater. Reception to follow.

LGBTQ+ Potluck & Games Night: Tuesday, December 18th at 6:00 PM.  Potluck followed by our regular games night.  

Coins for the Cause:  You still have time to get your Coins for the Cause bottles or donations submitted.  If you don't have a bottle, one can be picked up in the foyer.  You can also include a donation through your weekly offering envelope under the "OTHER" section ……. just add a note saying  "Coins For The Cause.

Open House: Philip and Rev. Neil extend an invitation to join them for their annual Epiphany Open House on January 13, 2019.

Mitten Tree:  Thanks to all those who put items on our Mitten & More Tree.  The items have been taken to an agency in Bridgewater for distribution to those in need.

Thank You to everyone who made our Community Advent Potluck  Supper and Tree Lighting Service a wonderful evening.  The donations to Riverview Enhanced Living, the Mission and Service Fund and Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Bank were generous.
December 2, 2018 Announcements Upcoming Services of Worship:


December 9, 10:30 am     2nd Sunday of Advent This is also our Service of Love & Light, where we start with a darkened sanctuary and gradually increase the light of love as we light candles remembering lives, loved ones, and prayers. We also celebrate communion in this service.  After the service is a time of fellowship in the hall where we will recognize/celebrate with those marking birthdays in the month of December.  Think about what you can bring to the Community Table of Fellowship.

December 16, 10:30 am  3rd Sunday of Advent

December 23, 10:30 am   4th Sunday of Advent

December 24, 6:30 pm     Christmas Eve Service

December 25th and December 30th:        No Services of Worship                         


Coins for the Cause:     Its time to start turning in your Coins

for the Cause bottles.  If you don't have
a bottle, one can be picked up in the foyer. 
You can also include a donation through your weekly offering envelope
under the "OTHER" section
……. just add a note saying  "Coins For The Cause.


Mitten Tree:        Our mitten tree is up in the foyer and

is ready to be laden with your mittens, scarves, toques, gloves, and a variety
of other winter weather paraphernalia . 
Remember ... items do not need to be hand-knitted;   store bought items are just as effective
when someone is cold.


Annual Community Potluck and Advent Tree Lighting Service will be held on Tuesday, Dec 4.  We will plan to start the supper portion of our evening shortly after 6:00 pm.  You can bring your bags/envelopes for the Food Bank, any items you may have for Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor), and/or donations for the Mission & Service Fund.  Please extend an invitation to your family, friends and neighbours to join us for this wonderful evening together.

November 25, 2018 Announcements

Official Board Meeting:    Wednesday Nov 28 at 7:00 pm


Ministry & Personnel Meeting:

Thursday, Nov 28 at 4:00 pm at the home of Jean Schofield


Upcoming Services of Worship:

  • December 2, 10:30 am    1st Sunday of Advent

  • December 9, 10:30 am 2nd Sunday of Advent

This is also our Service of Love & Light, where we start with a darkened sanctuary and gradually increase the light of love as we light candles remembering lives, loved ones, and prayers.  We also celebrate communion in this service.  After the service is a time of fellowship in the hall where we will recognize/celebrate with those marking birthdays in the month of December.  Think about what you can bring to the Community Table of Fellowship.

  • December 16, 10:30 am   3rd Sunday of Advent

  • December 23, 10:30 am 4th Sunday of Advent

  • December 24, 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Service

  • December 25th and December 30th:        No Services of Worship

Coins for the Cause:     Its time to start turning in your Coins for the Cause bottles.  If you don't have a bottle, one can be picked up in the foyer.  You can also include a donation through your weekly offering envelope under the "OTHER" section ……. just add a note saying  "Coins For The Cause.


Mitten Tree:        Our mitten tree is up in the foyer and is ready to be laden with your mittens, scarves, toques, gloves, and a variety of other winter weather paraphernalia .  Remember ... items do not need to be hand-knitted;   store bought items are just as effective when someone is cold.


Annual Community Potluck and Advent Tree Lighting Service will be held on Tuesday, Dec 4.  We will plan to start the supper portion of our evening shortly after 6:00 pm.  You can bring your bags/envelopes for the Food Bank, any items you may have for Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor), and/or donations for the Mission & Service Fund.  Please extend an invitation to your family, friends and neighbours to join us for this wonderful evening together.

November 18, 2018 Announcements

In Loving Memory:         The flowers in the sanctuary today are placed in memory of Helen and Rev. George MacLean by the family.  We cherish the memories of life and faith that we shared abundantly and give thanks to God for the blessings we received.


Grocery Card Orders and Payments are due today!!  They should be ready to pick-up at worship on Dec 2.


Upcoming Meetings:

  • Property & Maintenance Committee,   after worship today

  • Final Meeting of South Shore Presbytery,   Nov 22 at Beacon United Church in Yarmouth

  • Official Board Meeting,   Wednesday Nov 28 at 7:00 pm


LGBTQ+ Games Night:    Tuesday, Nov 20,  7:00-9:00 pm


Coins for the Cause:     Its time to start turning in your Coins for the Cause bottles.  If you don't have a bottle, one can be picked up in the foyer.  You can also include a donation through your weekly offering envelope under the "OTHER" section ……. just add a note saying  "Coins For The Cause".


Bethlehem Bazaar:   November 24, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Initial set-up of the sanctuary & hall will take place today after worship.  A sign-up sheet of places where you can volunteer is on the easel.  If you have items to drop off, or wish to drop by and help, someone will be around most evenings between Nov 18 - 23.

Bethlehem Bazaar Bake Table    Will you be bringing food items for our Bazaar Bake Table?  We sure hope so!  Please help us by pre-pricing your items. Suggested Bake Table Price Lists may be found in the foyer.  Thank you for your assistance.


Annual Community Potluck and Advent Tree Lighting Service will be held on Tuesday, Dec 4.  We will plan to start the supper portion of our evening shortly after 6:00 pm.  You can bring your bags/envelopes for the Food Bank, any items you may have for Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor), and/or donations for the Mission & Service Fund.  Please extend an invitation to your family, friends and neighbours to join us for this wonderful evening together.



November 11, 2018 Announcements

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Session, Monday,       Nov 12 at 10:00 am

  • UCW Rainbow Unit,   1:00 pm at home of Marguerite Corkum       (#208 - Drumlin Hills)

  • Board of Stewards,    Wednesday, Nov 14 at 7:00  pm

  • Property & Maintenance Committee,   after worship on Nov 18

  • Final Meeting of South Shore Presbytery,   Nov 22 at Beacon United Church in Yarmouth

  • Official Board Meeting,   Wednesday Nov 28 at 7:00 pm


LGBTQ+ Games Night:    Tuesday, Nov 20,  7:00-9:00 pm


Grocery Card Orders and Payments are to be submitted by Sunday, Nov 18.  They should be ready to pick-up at worship on Dec 2.


A Penny Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov 17 from 10:00 am-1:30 pm at the LaHave Fire Hall.  Also included will be a Lunch Canteen, Bake Sale, and 50/50.  This event is sponsored by the LaHave & District Fire Department Auxiliary.


The Hillside Pines Auxiliary will be holding their annual Christmas Luncheon on Nov 22.  Price is $10 and there are two seatings:  11:30 am and 12:30 pm.  For tickets, contact:  Heidi Turner (902-543-1525, ext. 223);  Audrey (902-543-8674); or Sylvia (902-543-5719).


Bethlehem Bazaar:   November 24, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Posters are ready to be posted around our communities and can be found in the foyer.  Initial set-up of the sanctuary & hall will take place after worship on Nov 18.  A sign-up sheet of places where you can volunteer is on the easel.  If you have items to drop off, or wish to drop by and help organize for the Bazaar, someone will be around most evenings between Nov 18 - 23.  For more info, talk to Philip.


Annual Community Potluck and Advent Tree Lighting Service will be held on Tuesday, Dec 4.  We will plan to start the supper portion of our evening shortly after 6:00 pm.  You can bring your bags/envelopes for the Food Bank, any items you may have for Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor), and/or donations for the Mission & Service Fund.  Please extend an invitation to your family, friends and neighbours to join us for this wonderful evening together.



November 4, 2018 Announcements

West Side UCW Rainbow Unit will be disbanding as of December 2018.  Due to the loss of members through death, relocation to town, nursing homes and health concerns, the Unit feels it can no longer carry out the work it has done for so many years.  It is with a sad heart this decision was made but we will continue, in other ways, to contribute to church life.


The UCW Friendship Unit will meet on Monday, November 5th in the Church Hall from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Worship on November 11th:    In respect for Remembrance Day ceremonies in the morning we will be worshipping at 7:00 pm next Sunday.

A Penny Auction will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm at the LaHave Fire Hall.  Also included will be a Lunch Canteen, Bake Sale, and 50/50. This event is ponsored by the LaHave & District Fire Department Auxiliary.

Grocery Card Sales:   Forms for the next order (November 18th) are available in the foyer……… just in time for Christmas/Holiday time gifts, baking and meal preparation.

The Hillside Pines Auxiliary will be holding their annual Christmas Luncheon on November 22nd.  The price is $10 and there are two seatings:  11:30 am and 12:30 pm.  For tickets, contact:  Heidi Turner at Hillside Pines (902-543-1525, ext. 223);  Audrey (902-543-8674); or Sylvia (902-543-5719).

The Bethlehem Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, November 24th  from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Start thinking about ways you can lending a helping hand or items you can contribute the sale tables, silent auction and treats/baked goods for the Bake Sale.

A Bag Full of Blessings:     A few weeks ago, bags and envelopes were distributed to gather items for the Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Bank throughout this season of Thanksgiving to remind us of our many blessings.  The bags and envelopes can be found in the foyer and can be returned when we gather for our Advent Potluck Supper in early December.  Gifts for the Mission & Service Fund and Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor) will also be collected.   


Announcements for October 21, 2018

In Loving Memory:    This morning’s bulletins are dedicated in loving memory of Barbara Dunbar from her husband John and children Julie and John.  

Worship on October 28th:   Next Sunday, we will join the congregation of Bridgewater United Church for worship at 10:30 am.  You may wish to consider carpooling with others to travel to this service.  We worship with them to share the process and experiences of being an Affirming Ministry.


Many Thanks!       Thanks to all who made our most recent Thursday Luncheons successful…….good food,  good fellowship, good job!   All was possible because of the contributions and support of many.


Chicken Lasagna and Macaroni & Cheese:      We are now taking orders for oven/freezer-ready Chicken Lasagna and Macaroni & Cheese.  Orders forms can be found in the foyer;   place your order by October 28th for pick-up on Nov 3rd .  Three sizes are available:  small ($7), medium ($11) and large ($16).  For more information contact Philip/Neil (902-688-1580).  A sign-up sheet to assist with the preparation and building will be posted soon.

Grocery Card Sales:     Thanks to all who participated in the most recent Grocery Card Sales Fundraiser.  We had $6100 in gift card purchases and received $305 (5%) as a rebate.  Well done!  Forms for the next order (November 18th) are available in the foyer……… just in time for Christmas/Holiday time gifts, baking and meal preparation.  


A Bag Full of Blessings:          A few weeks ago, bags and envelopes were distributed to gather items for the Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Bank throughout this season of Thanksgiving to remind us of our many blessings.  The bags and envelopes can be found in the foyer and can be returned when we gather for our Advent Potluck Supper in early December.  Gifts for the Mission & Service Fund and Riverview Enhanced Living (formerly LaHave Manor) will also be collected.

Bethlehem Bazaar:        Mark your calendars for November 24th!!!      Stay tuned for more detail



Announcements for September 30, 2018

Congratulations:    We extend our best wishes to Christopher Williams and Jamie Conrad of Bayport who celebrated their marriage with family and friends yesterday on their waterside property in Feltzen South.  Jamie and Chris own/operate Bayside Property Maintenance.

Grocery Card Sales:     Thanks to all who participated in the most recent Grocery Card Sales Fundraiser.  We had $6100 in purchases ($800 for Sobeys & $5300 for Superstore/No Frills) and from these September sales we received 5% or $305;  in February we earned$185.50 and $175.50 in May.   Great Job!  Forms for the next time (November 18) are available in the foyer, just in time for Christmas gifts, baking and meal preparation.  Remember that for every $100 card you order we get 5% back …… one of the easiest fundraising events we host.  We hope to exceed a total of $1000.00 this year with this program.  Please help us reach this goal!

The Rainbow Unit of the UCW will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at the home of Imogene Bush in West Dublin at 1:00 PM

Worship at Hillside Pines – Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30 PM

Upcoming Services of Worship:

  • October 7th                  Thanksgiving and World Wide Communion

  • October 14th     Birthday Sunday.  

  • October 28th           Worship with Bridgewater United at 10:30 am, as we share with them our process and experiences of being an Affirming Ministry.  

Chicken Lasagna and Macaroni & Cheese order forms can be found in the foyer.  Place your order by October 28th with pick-up on November 3rd.  Three sizes available:  Small ($7); Medium ($11); and Large ($16).  For more information contact Philip/Neil (902-688-1580).



Announcements for September 23, 2018

Upcoming Meetings:


  • Official Board                 September 26th in the hall

  • South Shore Presbytery     September 27th


Future Directions:

On Thursday, September 27, the South Shore Presbytery of the United Church will meet at Bridgewater United Church (9:30 am for

coffee for a sharp 10:00 am start).  The morning has been set aside for the Future Direction Committee to present a workshop for all United Church folks.  As we prepare to say farewell to Presbytery at the end of this year, we have the opportunity of a lifetime to be open to new ways of building connections and supporting one another. This will be the focus of the morning.  We are very pleased to have the Rev. Jeff Chant facilitate our workshop and lead us as we think creatively about future possibilities.  The workshop will run until 12 noon. Anyone wishing to attend the workshop and planning on staying for lunch is asked to contact Marge Forbes at 902-543-2495 or Corrine Zinck at 902-543-4696.  Cost is $10.


Safe Travels:

Rev. Neil and Philip will be away from the pastoral charge from Sunday, September 16th until tomorrow, Monday September 24th.  If there are pastoral emergencies/urgencies please contact Rev. Vivian Moores at 902-521-5957.  If it is critical for you to contact Rev. Neil you can phone/text him at 902-523-5687.


LGBTQ+ Games Night:

The fun evenings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month beginning in October   (7:00-9:00 pm in the church hall)


Anniversary Sunday:

The 33rd Anniversary of West Side United Church will be celebrated  on September 30th.  After worship there will be a pot luck lunch.  Extend an invitation to a friend or neighbour to come and join us for our celebration.



Announcements for September 16, 2018 Upcoming Meetings:


  Official Board: September 26 in the hall   South Shore Presbytery   September 27th


Safe Travels:

Rev. Neil and Philip will be away from the pastoral charge from Sunday, September 16th to Monday September,24th.  If there are pastoral emergencies/urgencies please contact Rev. Vivian Moores at 902-521-5957.  If it is critical for you to contact Rev. Neil you can phone/text him at 902-523-5687.


LGBTQ+ Games Night:

The fun evenings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month beginning in October  

(7:00-9:00 pm in the church hall)


Anniversary Sunday:

The 33rd Anniversary of West Side United Church will be celebrated  on September 30th.  After worship there will be a potluck lunch.  Extend an invitation to a friend or neighbour to come and join us for our celebration.

Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia). 

A  list of  upcoming events and worship services is available in the front entryway.


Announcements for September 9, 2018

Congratulations:

We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Sarah Heim and Ashtin Corkum who were married on Saturday at Fort Point Museum.


Grocery Card Program  

Today, September 9th, is the last day to get your order and payment in for this round of Gift Cards from Sobeys or SuperStore.  The order forms can be found on the table in the foyer.


Upcoming Meetings:

  • Session         September 10th at 10 am in the Hall.


  • Ministry & Personnel Committee         September 10th at 4:30 pm at the home of  Jean Schofield.


  • UCW (Rainbow Unit)         September 12th at 1:00 pm at the home of Veronica Meisner


  • Board of Stewards         September 12th at 7 PM in the hall


  • Official Board         September 26th in the hall


  • South Shore Presbytery         September 27th


Anniversary Sunday:

The 33rd Anniversary of West Side United Church will be celebrated  on September 30th.  After worship there will be a pot luck lunch.  Extend an invitation to a friend or neighbour to come and join us for our celebration.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of  upcoming events and worship services is available in the front entryway.


Announcements for September 2, 2018 Annual School Supplies Ride:

It is time to start gathering School Supplies for the Toy and School Supplies Drive sponsored by the local Motor Cycle Club.  A collection box can be found in the foyer.  Thanks in advance for your support.


Parking Lot Improvements:

We are planning to get some work done on the pavement in the parking lot this summer/fall ? which may result in the parking lot being closed for 24 hours.  We will keep you posted as more information is available.


Grocery Card Program:

The next Grocery Store Card Fundraiser is coming up and the deadline for submitting your order and payment is next Sunday, September 9th.  There are order forms available on the table in the foyer.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of  upcoming events and worship services is available in the front entryway.



Announcements for August 26, 2018

We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


Thank You:

Deep gratitude is expressed to all those who made the Lobster Roll Supper a huge success again this year.

Annual School Supplies Ride:

It is time to start gathering School Supplies for the Toy and School Supplies Drive sponsored by the local Motor Cycle Club.  A collection box can be found in the foyer.  Thanks in advance for your support.


Parking Lot Improvements:

We are planning to get some work done on the pavement in the parking lot this summer/fall ? which may result in the parking lot being closed for 24 hours.  We will keep you posted as more information is available.


Grocery Card Program:

The next Grocery Store Card Fundraiser is coming up and the deadline for submitting your order and payment is Sunday, September 9th.  There are order forms available on the table in the foyer.


Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sundays bulletin.


Announcements for August 12, 2018

Annual Fishermen's Memorial Service:

This special service will be held this afternoon at 2 pm at St. John's Anglican Church on Bell's Island sponsored by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society.


Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sundays bulletin.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway.    



Announcements for August 5, 2018

Wedding Wishes

We extend our congratulations to Charmaine Hachey and Jeremy Hirtle who were married yesterday at a ceremony
held in Barss Corner.


Thoughts and Prayers:

We hold the family of Goldie Romkey in our prayers as they gather on Saturday morning (August 11th) for a graveside service at the Romkey Cemetery in Crescent Beach.  Goldie celebrated her 100th birthday in March and died on April 13th.

Annual Fishermen's Memorial Service:

This special service will be held on Sunday, August 12th at 2 pm at St. John's Anglican Church on Bell's Island sponsored by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society.

Lobster Roll Supper, next Sunday, August 12:

Dont forget to check the sign-up sheet to see how you can offer some time to help out.  There are a few blank spaces just waiting for you!

Board of Stewards Meeting: 

Wednesday, August 8th at 7:00 pm


Hillside Pines Worship:

The scheduled service of worship at Hillside Pines for August 7th has been cancelled for this month as they have another function happening at that time. 

Our next scheduled service is on October 16th.



Announcements for July 29, 2018


Combined Birthday Sunday:  

Today we celebrate with those who are marking the milestone of births in the months of July & August.  And if you missed being with us in the month of your birth this is an opportunity for us to celebrate with you as well!  After worship there is a time of fellowship  in the hall; the UCW Rainbow Unit is hosting the lunch.


Lobster Roll Supper:

Our next major event this summer is the annual Lobster being held on Sunday, August 12th.  Tickets are now available:  $20 for the Lobster Roll Supper and $15 for the Ham Supper. Contact Philip/Neil (902-688-1580) or Cecilia (902-688-2631) to purchase or reserve your tickets.  A sign-up sheet for helpers and those willing to provide desserts can be found in the foyer on the easel.


Annual Fishermen's Memorial Service:

This special service will be held on Sunday, August 12th at 2 pm at St. John's Anglican Church on Bell's Island sponsored by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society.


Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sundays bulletin.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway.                                            



Announcements for July 22, 2018

Extension of Sympathy:

We extend our sympathies and support to Ed & Barbara Rafuse and family on the death of his mother Hattie,and we surround them with love as they gather on Monday, July 23rd to celebrate her life in Parker's Cove NS.


Many Thanks!!

Thank you to all who made the 2018 Summer Fling a HUGE success.  We exceeded our projected goal ……. a deposit of almost $5700 was made and there are a few expenses yet to be deducted.  The success of this event is due to the dedication of many and the support of our wider community.  Thank You!


Combined Birthday Sunday on July 29th:  

We celebrate with those who are marking the milestone of births in the months of July & August next Sunday, and if you missed being with us in the month of your birth this is an opportunity for us to celebrate with you as well.  After worship there is a time of fellowship  in the hall; the UCW Rainbow Unit is hosting the lunch.


Lobster Roll Supper:

Our next major event this summer is the annual Lobster being held on Sunday, August 12th.  Tickets are now available:  $20 for the Lobster Roll Supper and $15 for the Ham Supper. Contact Philip/Neil (902-688-1580) or Cecilia (902-688-2631) to purchase or reserve your tickets.  A sign-up sheet for helpers and those willing to provide desserts can be found in the foyer on the easel.


Annual Fishermen's Memorial Service:

This special service will be held on Sunday, August 12th at 2 pm at St. John's Anglican Church on Bell's Island sponsored by the LaHave Islands Marine Museum Society.



Announcements for July 15, 2018 

Worship at the Beach: Our annual service on the beach will be held this

evening at 7 pm on the far end of Crescent Beach (access
from the LaHave Islands end of the beach will bring you right into our
worship space). Bring a chair if you have one, dress appropriately,
and we will have a few blankets to use for sitting on the beach or
rocks.

Dinner Theatre 2019: If you have an interest in being involved at
part of the group of performers, stage hands, planners for the Dinner
Theatre happening in 2019 send a message to Rev. Neil or Philip.

Weekly Offering Envelopes: If you would like to obtain weekly
offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your
pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-
2602 or kathysull@gmail.com

Announcements: To include announcements or information in the
bulletin, contact Charlotte at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca
Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sunday’s
bulletin.

Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest! Check
out our Church Website (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca) or on
Facebook (West Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia). A list of

summer events and worship services is available in the front


Announcements for July 8,2018

We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.

The Board of Stewards will have a brief meeting today following worship.

Our annual Summer Fling is next Saturday, July 14th.  There are still some posters to distribute, still some volunteers needed, and lots of preparations to accomplish this week.  It is going to be a great day and we hope you can lend a helping hand.  Check the easel in the foyer to see where/how you can assist.  We are open to having members of our wider community involved in ANY of our events as volunteers;  please pass the invitation along to your family, friends and neighbours.  Stop by any evening this week to help with the sorting, cleaning, and preparations.

Worship Next Sunday, July 15, 2018:   Morning worship will be at the usual time (10:30 am) at West Side United.  Our annual service on the beach will be held at 7 pm on the far end of Crescent Beach  (access from the LaHave Islands end of the beach will bring you right into our worship space).  Bring a chair if you have one, dress appropriately, and we will have a few blankets to use for sitting on the beach or rocks.

Thursday Luncheons, Fall 2018:   For all those interested in being involved with the Thursday luncheons this fall, there will be a meeting after worship on July 17th.

Dinner Theatre 2019:       If you have an interest in being involved at part of the group of performers, stage hands, planners for the Dinner Theatre happening in 2019 send a message to Rev. Neil or Philip.

Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website   ( www.westsideunitedchurch.ca ) or on Facebook   ( West Side United Church – Pentz, Nova Scotia ).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway.


Announcements for July 1, 2018

Wedding Wishes:    We extend our congratulations to Jenny Gagnon and Richie Nauss who were married yesterday at a ceremony in Green Bay.


Summer Fling, July 14:     A sign-up sheet for helpers is posted in the foyer.  Do you know of a neighbour, friend or family member who would like to help out?  Please extend an invitation for them to add their name to the sign-up sheet for the Summer Fling  (and the Lobster Roll Supper in August).

Fling Set-Up:     Following worship next Sunday, we will do some initial set-up for the Summer Fling being held on Saturday, July 14.

Thursday Luncheons, Fall 2018:   For all those interested in being involved with the Thursday luncheons this fall, there will be a meeting after worship on July 17th.

Meeting of the Board of Stewards, Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 pm

Dinner Theatre 2019:       If you have an interest in being involved at part of the group of performers, stage hands, planners for the Dinner Theatre happening in 2019 send a message to Rev. Neil or Philip.

Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website   ( www.westsideunitedchurch.ca ) or on Facebook   ( West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia ).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway.                                

Announcements for June 24,2018

South Shore Presbytery Meeting: Thursday, June 28th at Sherbrooke Lake Camp.

Coins for the Cause: Donations to "Coins for the Cause" may be passed in until the end of June. You may pass in your bottles of change for counting or include it in your weekly church envelope by marking the amount in the "Other" section and stating it is for "Coins for the Cause”. This amount will be included in your givings for the year and income tax receipt.

Well Done! We have received a letter from the Pastoral Oversight Committee of South Shore Presbytery after they reviewed our 2017 Annual Report. The ministry and work of the congregation is to be celebrated. A copy of the letter is posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Canada Day Worship: On July 1, the Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean will be with us during our Sunday morning worhsip service. She will be interviewed by Rev. Neil as she prepares to attend the upcoming meeting of the General Council. Catherine has been nominated for the position of Moderator of our church and we will learn more about this role and the expectations, hopes and fears as she journeys forward.

Are you spring cleaning these days? Remember to set aside those items you no longer need / want for July’s “Summer Fling”! Mark your calendar for a day of activity on July 14th.

Dinner Theatre 2019: If you have an interest in being involved at part of the group of performers, stage hands, planners for the Dinner Theatre happening in 2019 send a message to Rev. Neil or Philip.



Announcements for June 17, 2018

Aboriginal Sunday:  Next Sunday, June 24, our worship service will be held on the lawn outside of the hall windows, creating a sacred circle where we will blend together Native and Christian traditions.  Seating for those unable to be outside or stand in the sacred circle will be provided inside.  In case of inclement weather the entire service will be held in the church hall.

Upcoming Meetings:

      • Fundraising Meeting after worship today

      • Official Board, Wednesday, June 20th in the church hall.   

Coins for the Cause:    Donations to "Coins for the Cause" may be passed in until the end of June.  You may pass in your bottles of change for counting or include it in your weekly church envelope by marking the amount in the "Other" section and stating it is for "Coins for the Cause”. This amount will be included in your givings for the year and income tax receipt.

Are you spring cleaning these days?  Remember to set aside those items you no longer need / want for Julys Summer Fling!  Mark your calendar for a day of activity on July 14th.

Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website   ( www.westsideunitedchurch.ca ) or on Facebook   ( West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia ).  A  list of summer events and worship services is available in the front entryway.                                            


Announcements for June 10,2018

Upcoming Meetings:

      • Board of Stewards, Wednesday, June 13th in the church hall.

      • Fundraising Meeting after worship on Sunday, June 17th

      • Official Board, Wednesday, June 20th in the church hall.

Coins for the Cause:

Donations to "Coins for the Cause" may be passed in until the end of June.  You may pass in your bottles of change for counting or include it in your weekly church envelope by marking the amount in the "Other" section and stating it is for "Coins for the Cause”. This amount will be included in your givings for the year and income tax receipt.


Announcements for June 3, 2018

A private graveside service was held yesterday for Colin & Marion Lohnes of West LaHave.  Marion died in January 2017 and Colin died in January 2016.  The Service of Burial took place on what would have been their 62nd wedding anniversary.  We continue to surround their family with our thoughts and prayer.

Congratulations to Robert and Cecilia Haughn as they celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 6th.

Two Community Suppers are being offered next weekend:  

      • Saturday, June 9th at the Pleasantville Fire Hall

      • Sunday, June 10th at the LaHave Fire Hall.

Upcoming Meetings:

      • Board of Stewards, Wednesday, June 13th in the church hall.

      • Official Board, Wednesday, June 20th in the church hall.

Many thanks to all who participated in the Grocery Card Program.  From the sales we received a rebate of $175.  The next time to order Grocery Cards will be in September.

Are you spring cleaning these days?  Remember to set aside those items you no longer need / want for Julys Summer Fling!  Mark your calendar for a day of activity on July 14th.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website   ( www.westsideunitedchurch.ca ) or on Facebook   ( West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia )   



Announcements for May 27, 2018

We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


Many Thanks to all those who offered their time and talents for our most recent dinner theatre.  Ticket Sales: $8130.00; Expenses: $2973.92; Profit $5156.08

Worship at Hillside Pines:     Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm

West Side United Church Women Dinner:           We will be going out for supper on Tuesday, June 12th, 6:00 pm at the Bridgewater Hotel, 35 High Street, Bridgewater.  We extend an invitation to all women of the congregation to join us for an evening when "someone else does the work”!   We will be enjoying a hot roast beef dinner with mashed potato, gravy, carrots, turnip and cole slaw for $15.95.  The meal with coffee and dessert is offered at $17.95. Please indicate your desire to attend by calling Barbara Rafuse before May 29th at (902) 693-2046 or sending an email to barbararafuse@eastlink.ca.

Calling All Rhubarb!     Do you have a few extra stocks of rhubarb in your gardens?  If so, please feel free to drop them off to Neil and Philip as they are planning on making Rhubarb Punch to serve at the Lobster Roll Supper in August.

Are you spring cleaning these days?  Remember to set aside those items you no longer need / want for Julys Summer Fling!  Mark your calendar for a day of activity on July 14th.


Stay Informed about upcoming events or items of interest!   Check out our Church Website   ( www.westsideunitedchurch.ca ) or on Facebook   ( West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia )                                   


Announcements for May 20,2018

Grocery Card Program:       Orders and payments are due today, Sunday, May 20th

Worship at Hillside Pines:     Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm

West Side United Church Women Dinner:           We will be going out for supper on Tuesday, June 12th, 6:00 pm at the Bridgewater Hotel, 35 High Street, Bridgewater.  We extend an invitation to all women of the congregation to join us for an evening when "someone else does the work”!   We will be enjoying a hot roast beef dinner with mashed potato, gravy, carrots, turnip and cole slaw for $15.95.  The meal with coffee and dessert is offered at $17.95. Please indicate your desire to attend by calling Barbara Rafuse before May 29th at (902) 693-2046 or sending an email to barbararafuse@eastlink.ca.


Announcements for May 13, 2018

We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


Many thanks to all who participated in the dinner theatre held over the past three nights.   And a special thanks to those who attended as our guests!  An event like this takes a lot of energy and the success was only possible because we work together for a common purpose.  Thank You!

Board of Stewards Meeting:     Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 pm

Calling All Rhubarb!     Do you have a few extra stocks of rhubarb in your gardens?  If so, please feel free to drop them off to Neil and Philip as they are planning on making Rhubarb Punch to serve at the Lobster Roll Supper in August.G

Grocery Card Program:     Order forms and information can be found on the table in the foyer.  Orders and payments are due on Sunday, May 20th and are to be handed in to Janice Corkum or Philip Himmelman.

Worship at Hillside Pines:         Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm

Request for E-mail Addresses:     If you have not received messages from West Side United (and Rev. Neil) lately it might be that we do not have your current e-mail address.  Send us a message and we’ll add your name to our contact list.  Our e-mail address is:   westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com .  You can also check us out on Facebook (“West Side United Church – Pentz NS”) or on our website:  westsideunitedchurch.ca


Announcements for May 6, 2018

Extension of Sympathy:        Our sympathy and support are extended to Joan Arnold and family as they journey through a time of grief and loss for her partner George Smith.  A graveside funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at 11:00 am with a time of fellowship and luncheon in our church hall.


Meeting of Session will be held on Monday, May 7th at 10:30 am.


United Church Women Meetings:

  • the Friendship Unit will meet on Monday, May 7th, 2:30 pm at the home of Shirley Goulding, 274 New Cumberland Road.

  • the Rainbow Unit will meet on Wednesday May 9th at the home of Veronica Meisner at 1:00 pm.


Grocery Card Program:    Orders and payment for the grocery cards are to be handed in to Philip or Janice by Sunday May 20th.  Order forms and information can be found on the table in the foyer.


On a Wing or a Prayer!!      The West Side Players are pleased to present this years dinner theatre, On a Wing and a Prayeron May 10-12.  Three nights of delicious turkey dinners and dramatic fun!  Friday and Saturday nights shows are already sold-out!  For Thursday tickets, call Cecilia (902-688-2631) or Bev (902-543-2272).



Announcements April 29, 2018

Ministry and Personnel Meeting

The Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee will meet at 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 3rd.  M&P oversees relationships within the pastoral charge ministry, particularly the roles and functions of paid leaders and employees.   The M&P Committee may also be involved in setting expectations for work carried out by volunteers.  If you have any items to bring to the committee, please give your comments to one of the members: Janice Corkum, Jean Schofield, Sandy Beckwith or Keith Sullivan.


On a Wing or a Prayer!!  

The West Side Players are pleased to present this years dinner theatre, On a Wing and a Prayeron May 10-12.  Three nights of delicious turkey dinners and dramatic fun!  Get your tickets as soon as possible……Saturday nights show is already sold-out!  For tickets, call Cecilia (902-688-2631) or Bev (902-543-2272)


Spring Cleaning?

Are you spring cleaning these days?  Remember to set aside those items you no longer need / want for Julys Summer Fling!  Mark your calendar for a day of activity on July 14th.


Stay Informed!

To keep informed about upcoming events or items of interest

check out our Church Website  (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca)

or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia)                                                                                                                   



Announcements April 22, 2018



We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.



Thursday Luncheons

There is one more spring luncheon this coming Thursday, April 26th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.  More information about the menu is available in the hall.  Also, check out the easel for ways to help with this annual fund-raiser.


A silent auction is also being held during the Thursday Luncheons.  Proceeds from this auction will be used to purchase some items for use in the kitchen to better serve those who join us for meals and events.


On a Wing or a Prayer!!  

The West Side Players are pleased to present this years dinner theatre, On a Wing and a Prayeron May 10-12.  Three nights of delicious turkey dinners and dramatic fun!  Get your tickets as soon as possible……Saturday nights show is already sold-out!  For tickets, call Cecilia (902-688-2631) or Bev (902-543-2272)


Spring Cleaning?

Are you spring cleaning these days?  Remember to set aside those items you no longer need / want for Julys Summer Fling!  Mark your calendar for a day of activity on July 14th.


Contact during Vacation:     

While Rev. Neil and Philip are away on days of vacation (April 9 - 25), Rev. Wilfred Pelley will be covering in cases of pastoral urgencies and emergencies.  Wilf can be contacted at 902-530-5238.



To keep informed about upcoming events or items of interest

check out our Church Website  (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca)

or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia)


Announcements for April 15, 2018


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.


Aprils Thursday Luncheons have begun and will continue on April 19th and 26th.  More information about the menu is available in the hall.  Also, check out the easel for ways to help with this annual fund-raiser.


A silent auction will also be held during the Thursday Luncheons.  Proceeds from this auction will be used to purchase some items for use in the kitchen to better serve those who join us for meals and events.


The annual Porridge for Parkinsons will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 8:00-11:00 am. Join us at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall for a great breakfast in support of Parkinsons disease research.  For additional information, please contact Chris McBain at 902 688 1188 or email cmcbain@eastlink.ca


The Dinner Theatre is coming!  The Dinner Theatre is coming!  Three nights of delicious turkey dinners and dramatic fun!  Get your tickets as soon as possible……Saturday nights show is already sold-out!


Contact during Vacation:     While Rev. Neil and Philip are away on days of vacation (April 9 - 25), Rev. Wilfred Pelley will be covering in cases of pastoral urgencies and emergencies.  Wilf can be contacted at 902-530-5238.



To keep informed about upcoming events or items of interest

check out our Church Website  (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca)

or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia)








Announcements April 8, 2018

A silent auction will be held during the Thursday Luncheons.  Proceeds from this auction will be used to purchase some items for use in the kitchen to better serve those who join us for meals and events.


The annual Porridge for Parkinsons will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 8:00-11:00 am. Join us at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall for a great breakfast in support of Parkinsons disease research.  For additional information, please contact Chris McBain at 902 688 1188 or email cmcbain@eastlink.ca


Contact during Vacation:     While Rev. Neil and Philip are away on days of vacation (April 9 - 25), Rev. Wilfred Pelley will be covering in cases of pastoral urgencies and emergencies.  Wilf can be contacted at 902-530-5238.


Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte Brooks at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sundays bulletin.



To keep informed about upcoming events or items of interest

check out our Church Website  (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca)

or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia)





Announcements April 1, 2018

Many Thanks to all those who assisted with our recent Meat Lasagna event.  There are still small ($7) and medium ($11) Lasagna and some small ($7) Macaroni & Cheese.  Talk to Philip or Janice if you are interested.


A silent auction will be held during the Thursday Luncheons.  Proceeds from this auction will be used to purchase some items for use in the kitchen to better serve those who join us for meals and events.


Contact during Vacation:     While Rev. Neil and Philip are away on days of vacation (April 9 - 25), Rev. Wilfred Pelley will be covering in cases of pastoral urgencies and emergencies.  Wilf can be contacted at 902-530-5238.


Weekly Offering Envelopes:        If you would like to obtain weekly offering envelopes or for information about starting or changing your pre-arranged remittance (PAR), please contact Kathy Sullivan at 523-2602 or kathysull@gmail.com


Announcements:       To include announcements or information in the bulletin, contact Charlotte Brooks at 688- 2978 or brooks@staff.ednet.ns.ca   Please do so by Wednesday evenings to be included in Sundays bulletin.



To keep informed about upcoming events or items of interest

check out our Church Website  (www.westsideunitedchurch.ca)

or on Facebook   (West Side United Church Pentz, Nova Scotia)





Announcements March 25, 2018

Services during Holy Week:     

  • Maundy Thursday March 29th - 7:00 pm

  • Good Friday March 30th - 10:30 am

  • Easter Sunrise Service April 1st - 6:30 am at the Hache cottage on Bells Island

  • Easter Sunday Communion at West Side United, April 1st - 10:30 am


Worship at Hillside Pines:     Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm.


Popular Musical Production to be Presented Locally!!    Please refer to the poster in the hallway for details.  The musical theatre hit, Godspell, will be presented this coming week in a variety of South Shore churches.  Showtime is 7:30 pm and cost of admission is $20-25.



Announcements, March 11,2018

We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


A Board of Stewards meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm in the choir room.



The Lenten Study Group using the daily Lenten reflection resource,Why I Believe meets each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in the office to share insights about the reading from the past week.  There are a couple of extra books on the foyer table if you wish to acquire one for your personal Lenten journey or to be part of the study group.


Meat Lasagna Order Forms can be picked up in the foyer.  Orders to be placed by March 18th and pick-up is on Saturday March 24th.  There are three sizes:  Small ($7); Medium ($11); and Large ($16).  For more information contact Philip or Neil at 902-688-1580.

A sign-up sheet for volunteers willing to help out with the preparations or building of the Lasagna will be posted soon.


Services during Holy Week:      A listing of services and times of worship from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday will be finalized shortly.


LGBTQ+ Games Night:      Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the church  hall.


Worship at Hillside Pines:     Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm.



Announcements, March 4, 2018


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.

The Lenten Study Group using the daily Lenten reflection resource,Why I Believe meets each Wednesday evening at 7 pm in the office to share insights about the reading from the past week.  There are a couple of extra books on the foyer table if you wish to acquire one for your personal Lenten journey or to be part of the study group.


Meat Lasagna Order Forms can be picked up in the foyer.  Orders to be placed by March 18th and pick-up is on Saturday March 24th.  There are three sizes:  Small ($7); Medium ($11); and Large ($16).  For more information contact Philip or Neil at 902-688-1580.

A sign-up sheet for volunteers willing to to help out with the preparations or building of the Lasagna will be posted soon.


Services during Holy Week:      A listing of services and times of worship from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday will be finalized shortly.


LGBTQ+ Games Night:      Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the church  hall.


Worship at Hillside Pines:     Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm.





Announcements, February 25, 2018



Congratulations to Nina and Earl Teal on the occasion of their 60th Wedding Anniversary on February 28th.


Meat Lasagna Order Forms can be picked up in the foyer.  Orders to be placed by March 18th and pick-up is on Saturday March 24th.  A sign-up sheet for helpers will be posted later.


Anyone wanting to subscribe to the United Church Observer for 2018 should contact Janis Moore (902.688.2934) before the end of February. The subscription rate is $25.00 for the year.


Lenten Study Group using the Daily Lenten Reflection Book Why I Believewill continue on Wednesda




Announcements February 18, 2018


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.



Many thanks to all those who helped to make our Pancake and Sausage Supper on Shrove Tuesday another wonderful event.  We served about 125 meals.


The Board of Stewards will meet following worship today in the church hall.


Orders/Payments for the Grocery Card Program are due today.  The next time to order Grocery Cards will be near the end of May.  There is information about this on the foyer table or talk to Philip Himmelman for more information.


LGBTQ+ Games Night:    Tuesday, February 20th, 7:00-9:00 pm in the church hall


Meat Lasagna Order Forms can be picked up in the foyer.  Orders to be placed by March 18th and pick-up is on Saturday March 24th.  A sign-up sheet for helpers will be posted later.


Anyone wanting to subscribe to the United Church Observer for 2018 should contact Janis Moore (902.688.2934) before the end of February. The subscription rate is $25.00 for the year.


Lenten Study Group using the Daily Lenten Reflection Book Why I Believewill begin on Wednesday, February 21 at 7 pm in the Office.



Announcements February 11, 2018

Pancake and Sausage Supper at West Side United, Shrove Tuesday February 13, 2018; 4:30 - 6:30 pm.  

Receipts for 2017 Donations are available for pick-up in the foyer.  If you see some there for family members or neighbours you can drop off of drop in the mail for us that would be great.  If there are discrepancies or changes to be made to your receipt please contact Kathy Sullivan before February 17th.

Anyone wanting to subscribe to the United Church Observer for 2018 should contact Janis Moore (902.688.2934) before the end of February. The subscription rate is $25.00 for the year.


LGBTQ+ Games Night:   Tuesday, Feb 19, 7 -9 pm in the church hall.


Lenten Study Group using the Daily Lenten Reflection Book “Why I Believe” will begin on Wednesday, February 21st at 7 pm in the Office.



Announcements, February 4, 2018


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


The Fundraising Committee will be meeting immediately after worship today along with a planning and organizing time for the upcoming Thursday Luncheons in April.  This is open to all who wish to lend a helping hand at our events.


The Friendship Unit UCW will meet on Monday, February 5th, 2:30 pm at the home of Kathy Sullivan, 260 Old Pentz Road.


A reminder that our Annual Meeting will be held next Sunday, February 11th.  We begin with worship at 10:30 am, share a Pot Luck Lunch and then move into the business portion of our meeting.  Copies of the Annual Report are available today in the foyer as you leave.


Lenten Studies:    A study group will be held during the Season of Lent each Wednesday evening at 7 pm in the church office.  We will be using the Daily Lenten Reflection Book "Why I Believe" for our time of conversation and study.  Copies have been ordered and will be distributed to those who wish to participate or for their own personal time of reflection.


Pancake and Sausage Supper at West Side United, Shrove Tuesday February 13, 2018; 4:30 - 6:30 pm.  To help with this event we need individuals who can be servers and provide desserts and a few bottles of syrup.  Check the sign-up sheet in the foyer.  There are also  posters which need to be distributed.  Feel free to pick one or two up and post in various locations.














Announcements January 28, 2018


Official Board Meeting today following the service of worship.  The  purpose of this meeting is to vote on Remit #6  (One Order of Ministry).


Lenten Daily Reflection Book Why I Believe:     If you would like to obtain a copy of this resource for participation in the Lenten Study or your

personal time of reflection there is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

Pancake and Sausage Supper at West Side United, Shrove Tuesday February 13, 2018; 4:30 - 6:30 pm.  To help with this event we need individuals

who can be servers and provide desserts and a few bottles of syrup.  Check the sign-up sheet in the foyer.  There are also  posters which need to be

distributed.  Feel free to pick one or two up and post in various locations.

Ministry and Personnel Committee Meeting, Thursday, Feb 4th.       If you have any personal concerns related to West Side, please contact

Janice Corkum, Sandy Beckwith, Jean Schofield or Keith Sullivan.



Announcements January 21, 2018


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated

into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


In Loving Memory:      Todays worship bulletins are dedicated in memory of Herb Terris by wife Darlene.


Guest Speaker:    Today we are happy to welcome Rev. Lee Simpson of Mahone Bay as our guest worship leader. She and Rev. Neil  are participating

in a pulpit exchange and he is preaching in Blue Rocks and Mahone Bay.


Worship at Hillside Pines:      Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:30 pm.

Official Board Meeting:  January 28th following the service of worship;  the  purpose of this meeting is to vote on Remit #6  (One Order of Ministry).

2017 Annual Report:     With 2017 behind us it is now time to work on the Annual Report.  Reports from committees should be submitted by

today (written or e-mailed).  Reports will be distributed by February 4th and the Annual Meeting (Worship, Potluck Lunch & Meeting) will be held on

February 11th (storm date will be the following Sunday).

Lenten Daily Reflection Book Why I Believe:     If you would like to obtain a copy of this resource for participation in the Lenten Study or

your personal time of reflection there is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

Pancake and Sausage Supper at West Side United, Shrove Tuesday February 13, 2018; 4:30 - 6:30 pm.  To help with this event we need individuals

who can be servers and provide desserts and a few bottles of syrup.  Check the sign-up sheet in the foyer.  There are also  posters which

need to be distributed.  Feel free to pick one or two up and post in various locations.



Announcements January 14, 2018


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and

integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us.


Epiphany Open House:      Philip and Rev. Neil invite you to join them at their home this afternoon from 2:00 - 6:00 pm

for their Annual Epiphany Open House.  The Manse is located next door to West Side United (civic number #2740).



Guest Speaker Next Sunday:    
Rev. Lee Simpson of Mahone Bay will be our guest speaker on Sunday January 21st  (which is also Birthday Sunday)  as she

and Rev. Neil participate in a pulpit exchange (he will preach in Blue Rocks and Mahone Bay).

Session Meeting:    

Monday, January 15th at 10:30 am

LGBTQ+ Games Night       Tuesday, January 16th  from 7:00 to 9:00 pm hosted in the

Church hall.

Worship at Hillside Pines:      Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:30 pm.


Official Board Meeting: 

January 28th following the service of worship;  the  purpose of this meeting is to vote on Remit #6  (One Order of Ministry).

2017 Annual Report:    

With 2017 behind us it is now time to work on the Annual Report.  Reports from committees are to be submitted by

January 21st (written or e-mailed).  Reports will be distributed by February 4th and the Annual Meeting (Worship,

Potluck Lunch & Meeting) will be held on February 11th (storm date will be the
following Sunday).

Lenten Daily Reflection Book “Why I Believe”:     If you would like to obtain a copy of this

resource for participation in the Lenten Study or your personal time of reflection there is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.




Announcements January 7, 2018



We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated

into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


Congratulations !!    Our Rev. Neil McEwen has recently been awarded a Canada 150Outstanding Canadian Honour for his work in the

areas of Diversity and Inclusion.  He was recognized by MP Bernadette Jordan at a ceremony in her Bridgewater office during a Holiday

Open House in December 2017 and presented with a certificate and limited edition copper Canada 150 pin crafted from the Parliament

Buildings recycled roof material.    Congratulations Rev. Neil !!!


Rainbow Unit Annual Meeting:      Wednesday January 10th at 1:00 pm at the home of Edith Berrigan.


Epiphany Open House:      Philip and Rev. Neil invite you to join them at their home on Sunday, January 14th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm for their Annual

Epiphany Open House.  The Manse is located next door to West Side United (civic number #2740).  If it is a nice day some folks use

the church parking lot and walk over helps to work up an appetite; tasty treats and a hot cup of tea/coffee will be waiting for you.

Session Meeting:     Monday, January 15th at 10:30 am

Guest Speaker:   Rev. Lee Simpson of Mahone Bay will be our guest speaker on Sunday January 21st  (which is also Birthday Sunday)  as

she and Rev. Neil participate in a pulpit exchange (he will preach in Blue Rocks and Mahone Bay).

Official Board Meeting:    January 28th following the service of worship; the  purpose of this meeting is to vote on Remit #6 One

Order of Ministry.

2017 Annual Report:     With 2017 behind us it is now time to work on the Annual Report.  Reports from committees are to be

submitted by January 21st (written or e-mailed).  Reports will be distributed by February 4th and the Annual

Meeting (Worship, Potluck Lunch & Meeting) will be held on February 11th (storm date will be the following Sunday).


Announcements December 24, 2017


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


Worship Service Schedule:

December 25th          No Service of Worship

December 31st        No Service of Worship

January 7th, 2018,10:30 am         Epiphany Sunday

January 14th afternoon          Open House at the Manse


Memorial Wreath:

The wreath on the main doors is a gift from Blair and Joan Corkum in memory of family members.


Christmas Tree:

Thanks to Robert and Cecilia Haughn for the Christmas tree in the Sanctuary:  thanks to Cecil Haughn for decorating it so beautifully.


Donations Before Year-End:  

If you would like to make a final donation prior to the end of the year, the last Sunday Worship to do so is at the Christmas Eve Service.  Donations can also be dropped off to the church (or to Rev. Neil) by December 28th to be included in your 2017 Income Tax Receipt.   The Board of Stewards would like to thank everyone who has offered their gifts of time, talents and treasures throughout the year.  Thanks!!!


2018 Offering Envelopes

Next year’s offering envelopes can be found in the foyer.  If you cannot find your name, or would like to have weekly envelopes (which are used to ensure a charitable donation receipt at year-end) talk to Kathy Sullivan or Rev. Neil.


Counters Needed:  

We request individuals to sign up to be counters of the offering collected during worship for 2018 – sign-up sheet is in the foyer.



Announcements December 17, 2017


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


Upcoming Services of Worship

December 24th, 6:30 pm         Christmas Eve Service

December 25th          No Service of Worship

December 31st        No Service of Worship

January 7th, 2018,10:30 am         Epiphany Sunday

January 14th afternoon          Open House at the Manse


We extend sympathy and support to the family and friends of Jeff Lohnes of West LaHave.  A funeral service was held in Bridgewater last Thursday.


The Mitten Tree

Thanks to all those who adorned the "Mitten & More Tree" over the past few weeks.  We collected: 37 pairs of mittens; 8 pairs of socks; 1 scarf; 16 hats/toques; and 5 infant/baby outfits.  These items will be passed along to help keep others warm during the winter months.


LGBTQ+ Games Night:

An LGBTQ+ Games Night is being hosted at West Side United on Tuesday, December 19th.  This month, the evening will begin with a Potluck Supper at 6:00 pm followed by games.  The evening will wrap up by 9:00 pm.


Donations Before Year-End:  If you would like to make a final donation prior to the end of the year, the last Sunday Worship to do so is at the Christmas Eve Service.  Donations can also be dropped off to the church (or to Rev. Neil) by December 28th to be included in your 2017 Income Tax Receipt.   The Board of Stewards would like to thank everyone who has offered their gifts of time, talents and treasures throughout the year.  Thanks!!!


2018 Offering Envelopes

Next year’s offering envelopes can be found in the foyer.  If you cannot find your name, or would like to have weekly envelopes (which are used to ensure a charitable donation receipt at year-end) talk to Kathy Sullivan or Rev. Neil.


Counters Needed:  

We request individuals to sign up to be counters of the offering collected during worship for 2018 – sign-up sheet is in the foyer.



Announcements December 10, 2017


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.



In Memory:

Todays bulletins are dedicated in memory of Rhoda (Baker) Huey and Glenda (Huey) Powers.  Deeply missed and lovingly remembered by their family and friends


Upcoming Services of Worship

December 10th, 10:30 am Birthday Sunday

December 17th, 10:30 am Service of Love and Light

(Candle Lighting & Communion)

December 24th, 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Service

December 25th   No Service of Worship

December 31st No Service of Worship

January 7th, 2018,10:30 am Epiphany Sunday

January 14th afternoon   Open House at the Manse


Many Thanks!

Thanks to all who assisted with the Bethlehem Bazaar on November 25th.  We raised between $3400 and $3500.  Good work everyone!


2018 Offering Envelopes

Next years offering envelopes can be found in the foyer.  If you cannot find your name, or would like to have weekly envelopes (which are used to ensure a charitable donation receipt at year-end) talk to Kathy Sullivan or Rev. Neil.


Property & Maintenance Committee Meeting:  

After worship on Sunday, December 10th.


Coins For The Cause

Coins for the Cause will be collected in mid-December.  You can drop off your bottle or place your donation in a weekly offering envelope under OTHER.


Counters Needed:  

We request individuals to sign up to be counters of the offering collected during worship for 2018 sign-up sheet is in the foyer.





Announcements December 3, 2017


We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:30 am at West Side United Church.  A program for children is held each week and integrated into our time of worship.  We hope you can join us each week.


Upcoming Services of Worship

December 10th - 10:30 AM - Birthday Sunday

December 17th – 10:30 AM - Service of Love and Light

(Candle Lighting & Communion)

December 24th – 6:30 PM – Christmas Eve Service

December 25th – No Service of Worship

December 31st – No Service of Worship

January 7, 2018 - 10:30 AM – Epiphany Sunday

January 14th  - Open House at The Manse in Afternoon


Many Thanks!  Thanks to all who assisted with the Bethlehem Bazaar on November 25th.  We raised between $3400 and $3500.  Good Work Everyone!


2018 Offering Envelopes can be found in the foyer.  Can’t find your name or would like to have weekly envelopes (which are used to ensure a charitable donation receipt at year-end) talk to Kathy Sullivan or Rev. Neil.


Property & Maintenance Committee Meeting:  after worship on Sunday, December 10th.


Coins For The Cause will be collected in Mid-December.  You can drop off your bottle or place your donation in a weekly offering envelop under OTHER.


Counters Needed:  We request individuals to sign up to be counters of the offering collected during worship for 2018 – sign-up sheet is in the foyer.


The Community Potluck Supper will be held on Tuesday, December 5th.  Plan to arrive around 6:00 pm and we will plan to eat by 6:30 pm.  We will be collecting our "Bag of Blessings" for the Food Bank, along with items for LaHave Manor and donations for the Mission & Service Fund.  After supper we will sing some carols and share in our Advent Tree Lighting Ceremony.  This is a time for all in our community, neighbours and friends to gather so please extend the invitation to join us.



Announcements, November 19, 2017


Official Board Meeting: Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 pm


Mitten Tree;

Our Mitten Tree will be available during November to be trimmed with mittens, hats, scarves, gloves, and socks which will be taken to a community organization in early December.


Fill a Bag for the Food Bank:

If you haven't yet picked up your bag (or a donation envelope) for the Food Bank they are on a table in the hall.  We are invited to bring our

bag/donation to the Community Potluck Supper on December 5th.


LGBTQ+ Games Night:

We offer our hall for this group to meet next on Tuesday, November 21st, 7:00-9:00 pm at West Side United.  LGBTQ+ stands for:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and the + is for those who are supporters and allies.  This group has the hall & kitchen booked for the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month.


Bethlehem Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, November 25th at 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  There are lots of ways to lend a helping hand for this wonderful event, including:  Initial Set-Up after worship on November 19th;  preparing our market spaces any evening during the week except Tuesday;   signing up as Helpers at our various tables;   making some delicious treats to offer for sale at the bake sale table (a suggested price list can be found on the table in the foyer):  Clean-up Crew.  Check the easel in the foyer for more information


Coins For The Cause will be collected in Mid-December.  You can drop off your bottle or place your donation in a weekly offering envelop under OTHER.


Counters Needed:  

We need a few more individuals to sign up to be counters of the offering collected during worship for the rest of 2017 and the new list for 2018 has also been posted.  Please consider offering to fill these vacancies.



Announcements for November 12, 2017


Upcoming Meetings

Session Monday, November 13th at 10:30 am

Board of Stewards Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 pm

Official Board