November 18th

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL’S

Monday Tots and Us @ 10:00 a.m.

St. Paul’s Band Rehearsal @ 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday Chairs’ Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday

  UCW Over and Above Meeting @ 1:00 p.m.

Mindfulness Times & meditation @ 8:00 a.m.

Bowling Club @ 6:45 p.m. 

Thursday

Mindfulness Times & meditation @ 6:30 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Potluck and Praise @ 5:30 p.m.

Pubs & Pews @ 7:00 pm.  - The King’s Arms 


UPCOMING EVENTS

November 27 St. Paul’s Coffee Time @ El Spero Restaurant

November 28 Advent Devotional (4 weeks)

December 6 Book Club 

December 7 St. Paul’s Bridge Club

December 11 Palermo Coffee Time

 

December 12 UCW Pot Luck Luncheon  

 

 Civitan Christmas Cake - Now that the bazaar is over it is time for me to sell Christmas cake on behalf of Civitan. Your support over the past few years has been wonderful and I am hoping for similar support this year. The cost remains the same - $10 each or three for $25. I have both dark and light.  I will not be in Watt Hall today but will be back again next Sunday. My email address is pfreedman@cogeco.ca and my telephone number is 905-631-5568. I thank you in anticipation of your continued support.  Pat Freedman.

 

 Pubs & Pews - a men’s social night, will meet on November 24th at 7pm at The King’s Arms, 323 Church St., Oakville.

The Joint Needs Assessment Committee Update.

Presentation of the report to the Congregation is TODAY after the worship service.

 

 

Saturday, November 24th, come and join us for an evening of "Potluck and Praise." Bring a dish to pass, bring your own dishes and cutlery, and we'll provide the drinks.  Gather with others as we break bread together, and as we take time to sing and worship.  We begin at 5:30pm, and if lots stay to clean up, we'll all be out by 7:30pm.

 

Advent devotional - Deborah is putting in an order for “Celebrating Abundance,” by Walter Brueggemann, Advent devotional.  The cost is $18.  She will gather with others who want to have conversation around the book on Wednesdays at 10am, November 28, December 5, 12, and 19.

 

SPovember has begun. You might notice some people of St.  Paul’s looking a little unkempt this morning. For the month of November, many have committed to not shaving their faces for the whole month. Many are doing this to support St. Paul’s and its ministry. You can sponsor the person of your choice by letting Jeff know (laffer1@hotmail.com) or by seeing him after church in Watt Hall. As an added incentive, Jeff has promised to shave off his full, glorious beard if $2500 is raised. If by some miracle, we raise $5000, he will wax his chest. He doesn’t think we can make it. In fact, he’s banking on it. Come out and support St. Paul’s and hear four people on each Sunday in November speak about what St. Paul’s means to them.

Attention Parents!!! Christmas is fast approaching and the

 

Attention Parents!!! Christmas is fast approaching and the Nurturing Care Committee would like to send a Christmas card to any students attending College or University. If you have a child studying in a post - secondary school and you would like them to receive a card, please give the office their name and address or contact Judy DeVenne at jdevenne1@gmail.com by December 2nd. Only those names we receive from parents will receive a card. Thank you for helping us to connect with our young people.

 

Christmas Shopping - Come downstairs for coffee after the service today. Browse around the Bazaar table for gift ideas. We have Barbie doll clothes, beautiful scarves, aprons, towels, slippers, and many more to see. Don't forget to buy some of our mitts and hats for Wesley Urban Ministries? Happy shopping.

 

The cold weather is coming! On behalf of Wesley Urban Ministry, Outreach is asking the congregation to please donate hats, socks and mitts for all ages. Please place your donations in the baskets provided in the foyer. Thank you.

 

 

The 34th Annual Oakville Prayer Breakfast -Join John Edelman on Wednesday,  December 5th, 2018 at The Oakville Conference Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville as he shares her life experiences as a vibrant Christian businessman in the automotive industry and how he tries to live out his faith. Tickets available Online:www.OakvillePrayerBreakfast.com. $25.00/person; table of 10, includes hot breakfast. Hot buffet breakfast 6:45 a.m., program: 7:15 a.m. -  9:00 a.m.

More info, please see in bulletin board.

Wow! What a great day! Our 2018 Holiday Jingle Bazaar was again a resounding success. And how could it be otherwise, with so many people involved?

A big thank you to all those who helped in the decorating and set up, and in restoring the church afterwards on Saturday.  Thank you to all who made or donated items for the various tables, who worked on the tables, in Santa's Cafe, in the Snack Shack, in the parking lot, providing directions, manning the doors, and providing musical entertainment.  We couldn't have done it without everyone's help and support.  And another big thank you to our shoppers, who showed that they appreciated our efforts. How satisfying it is to see people return year after year to enjoy the fun and fellowship of our bazaar.

Well done St. Paul's.

 

Thank you from Jewellery Table - To those donors we were not able to thank personally, please accept our grateful thanks for contributing to another successful sale. Your contributions were much appreciated. The Jewellery Team.

 

Refugee Team Update – The Refugee Team would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the Congregation of St. Paul’s. We’re overwhelmed by your generosity and loving spirit. To date, $2, 435 had been raised for the Refugee Fund.

Thank you very much.

 

Hamilton Conference/Halton Presbytery - Region 9

 

For those of you who may not have seen the Region 9 Review that was on the St. Paul’s bulletin board, we thought we would bring you up to date on what is happening in the wider church. We are all familiar with the Presbytery and Conference system that has served the United Church well over the last decades.  In the past year or so, votes have been held at either Presbytery or Congregational levels on a series of what are called “remits” to make changes in the Church as we know it.  One of those changes is to eliminate extra levels of structure (Conference and Presbytery) and replace them with a Regional System. St. Paul’s United Oakville will be in the new Region 9 which encompasses the Presbyteries of Erie, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara and areas of Norval and Georgetown. One of the duties that is expected of every member of the Order of Ministry in the United Church is that he or she would provide their talents to serve the wider Church – just as those of us do who volunteer at the St. Paul’s local level.  We have been very fortunate to have a minister, Deborah Laforet, who has felt the call to support the Church as a whole.  She has served as both a Co-Chair and as Chair of Halton Presbytery.  She was asked to let her name stand for election to the position of President of Hamilton Conference. Since Conference will cease to exist at the end of 2018, the new Region 9 will replace it and since last Spring, Deborah has been working with the Region 9 team as Chair to ensure that the change from the Presbytery/Conference structure to the Regional structure will be a smooth one.  All of this is without any remuneration whatsoever, while still ensuring that her work of ministry at St. Paul’s does not suffer in any way.

Congratulations Deborah!!!!

 

Sanctuary Renovation Update - As most of you remember, we are moving forward with the Sanctuary Renovation, but first we need to sever and sell the Manse.  This process involves receiving approval from Halton Presbytery, which was received in October, and then working through the Town of Oakville to first re-zone the manse property to residential (RL2-0 to be exact) and then apply to have the lot severed. This is proving to be a little more complicated, although most of the Town staff feel it should be completed – it is just going to take time.  We should be able to manage the costs within the amount stated in the proposal. We have engaged a survey firm to survey the manse lot and they have agreed to survey the complete church property for the same fee.  These surveys provide the basis for most of the other work we need to complete. During our initial meeting in October with the Town Planning department, they stated we should hire a Planner to guide us through the process, and we would need an Arborist report relating to the manse property.  They also require an engineering report showing that the water and sewer services for the manse do not cross property lines.  These specific needs were not pointed out at our prior meeting two years ago, but our $20,000 budget should handle most of the costs.  Any overrun should be minimal and have no real effect on the overall costs.

We have met with a planner who has had extensive interaction with the Town of Oakville including five years working in the Town’s planning department on policy development.  He currently works as a consultant for the Town as well as individuals such as ourselves.  The Planner will help source and manage the other individuals needed to satisfy the requirements of the Town.

One of the activities we need to complete prior to filing our submission for re-zoning will be to hold a public meeting about our plans.  The Town will provide a list of all of the addresses we are to invite and they will also guide the messaging that goes to these households.  We will need to document the meeting including questions asked and answers given and that will become part of our application to the town. As you can see, this is a fascinating process which will take a little time, but there is nothing that should stop it from being completed other than a problem with water and sewer systems (if they cross lot lines, we have a serious roadblock to severing the lots).  More to come as we complete the requirements.

Harold & David - October 31, 2018