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November 2018

11November

Remembrance Sunday

November 11th is Remembrance Sunday. We gather in gratitude, and give thanks to God for his promise of peace, and to honor the memory of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and who have served and died in the horrors of war. We also gather to be renewed in the effort of peace and hope for a better world. Our service begins with the Act of Remembrance. This includes singing God Save The Queen, the laying of the wreath by one of our veterans, The Last Post, Reveille, and O Canada. One of the children read In Flander’s Fields during the kids’ time. There will be nursery and Sunday School. As a part of our service, we light the “candles of remembrance of hope.” This has become a meaningful part of our remembrance. People are invited up (if they wish) to light a candle at the front in memory of someone who has died in war, or as a prayer for peace. Together, let’s praise and glorify the Prince of Peace.

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17November

The Santa Clause Parade!

Barrie's Santa Clause Parade is happening on Saturday, November 17th beginning at 5pm. And Westminster is entering a float! There will be a nativity scene and fun music -- it's a great way to celebrate Christmas and offer a joyful reminder about what the season is all about! Our float is being coordinated by elder Guy Gagnon. This years theme is "Christmas Past, Present and Future." The route will be the same as last year: departing from Tiffin and Lakeshore, heading straight up Tiffin to Bradford Street. We will then head North on Bradford to Dunlop, then through Downtown Barrie, where we will be part of the Downtown Barrie Tree Lighting festivities! Be sure to join in!

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18November
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Sunday Service – November 18

On Sunday, November 18 we gather at 10:01am to worship the Living God! (Here is our location via Google Maps.) Our friendly, bright nursery will be open. And our fully Sunday School (pre-school to high school) will be in operation. We we will sing songs of praise, pray together, learn from the Bible, and encourage one another. Plus, our pastor will start a new teaching series. Here's a description. Before the world of contracts and fine print, do you remember hearing about agreements (even big ones) that were made on shake of a hand? Remember when someone could be trusted “at their word”? There is something powerful about someone who can be trusted to do what they say they’re going to do. Even if you disagree with them, you appreciate the integrity they show when they deliver on a promise. Why is that? First, it’s just plain honest. And we like that. But second, it may be because we live in an age of verbal mistrust. ‘Talk is cheap,’ some people say. Why? Because so many people break promises. Friends, family members, governments… The list seems to go on and on. It’s hard to know what to believe when people say one thing but do another. That’s why, when someone keeps their word, it is a powerful and inspiring thing. On November 18 and 25 at Westminster we’ll have a new, 2-part teaching series called “My Word – How to be a person of your word in a world of verbal mistrust.” Pastor Ruttan will open the Bible and explore what it teaches us about verbal integrity. We’ll also learn about the very powerful and positive impact we have in people’s lives when we do so. On Sunday, let's be a part of something bigger together.

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18November
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

My Word – a new Sunday series at Westminster

Before the world of contracts and fine print, do you remember hearing about agreements (even big ones) that were made on the shake of a hand? Remember when someone could be trusted "at their word"? There is something powerful about someone who can be trusted to do what they say they're going to do. Even if you disagree with them, you appreciate the integrity they show when they deliver on a promise. Why is that? First, it's just plain honest. And we like that. But second, it may be because we live in an age of verbal mistrust. 'Talk is cheap,' some people say. Why? Because so many people break promises. Friends, family members, governments... The list seems to go on and on. It's hard to know what to believe when people say one thing but do something else. That's why, when someone keeps their word, it is a powerful and inspiring thing. On November 18 and 25 at Westminster we'll have a new, 2-part teaching series called "My Word - How to be a person of your word in a world of verbal mistrust." Pastor Ruttan will open the Bible and explore what it teaches us about verbal integrity. You'll also learn about the very powerful and positive impact you have in other people's lives when you are someone who can be trusted. https://youtu.be/07D8zstQutg

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25November

Sunday Service – November 25

On Sunday, November 25 we gather at 10:01am to worship the Living God! (Here is our location via Google Maps.) Our friendly, bright nursery will be open. And our fully Sunday School (pre-school to high school) will be in operation. There will be a rehearsal for this year's Christmas Pageant! (There are many different role opportunities for children of different ages.) We we will sing songs of praise, pray together, learn from the Bible, and encourage one another. Plus, our pastor will continue our new teaching series. Here’s a description. Before the world of contracts and fine print, do you remember hearing about agreements (even big ones) that were made on shake of a hand? Remember when someone could be trusted “at their word”? There is something powerful about someone who can be trusted to do what they say they’re going to do. Even if you disagree with them, you appreciate the integrity they show when they deliver on a promise. Why is that? First, it’s just plain honest. And we like that. But second, it may be because we live in an age of verbal mistrust. ‘Talk is cheap,’ some people say. Why? Because so many people break promises. Friends, family members, governments… The list seems to go on and on. It’s hard to know what to believe when people say one thing but do another. That’s why, when someone keeps their word, it is a powerful and inspiring thing. On November 18 and 25 at Westminster we're having a 2-part teaching series called “My Word – How to be a person of your word in a world of verbal mistrust.” Pastor Ruttan will open the Bible and explore what it teaches us about verbal integrity. On November 25th the focus will be on the very powerful and positive impact we…

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25November
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

New or Newish to Westminster Evening

On Sunday, November 25 from 6:30 to 7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall we are hosting a ‘New or Newish to Westminster Evening.’ It’s an evening of coffee, juice and snacks to help people who feel they are new or “newish” to the congregation to learn more about the church, how it works, and the different ministries and programs. There area lot of new faces around the church. Maybe you're one of them! It will be a friendly and informative evening led by Kim Sanderson, our Coordinator of Congregational Life, and Pastor Ruttan. There will be a short presentation and a time for some Q and A’s. Consider yourself invited!

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December 2018

01December

Christmas Bake Sale Plus

Our popular Christmas Bake Sale Plus will be on Saturday, December 1st from 9am to noon! Every is invited to come buy some Christmas baking. It's a great way to get ready for the holidays. In addition to plenty of baking, we will have a table for jams, jellies and pickles, as well as some for Gently Used Jewellery, Books and Christmas items. Vendors are welcome at $30 per 6-foot table. If you have any questions please call our church office at 705-728-0541.  

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02December
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Advent Begins! – Sunday service

On Sunday, December 2nd we celebrate the first Sunday in Advent! This is the 4-week period leading up to Christmas–the birth of Christ. We will light the first candle of Advent, the candle of hope. The bright, welcoming nursery and full Sunday School (preschool to high school) will be open. And in the service we’ll sing, praise, pray, learn and centre ourselves in the Lord through scripture. We will also celebrate the Sacrament of Communion (sometimes called The Lord’s Supper). During the service there will also be a special financial appeal for the Deacon’s Fund. This is something we do every time we celebrate Communion. It’s a fund that we build up to help those struggling financially both inside and outside the congregation. Plus, if you missed picking up a gift item from our ‘Giving Tree’ at the front of the sanctuary as a part of our project to sponsor a local family of six and two youths in need for Christmas, you can do so on this day. Our pastor will teach about a much-neglected (and even unpopular) aspect of Advent and Christmas. But it's something that is essential if we want to go deeper and more authentic with our faith. Join in. You’ll be glad you did. Advent begins!

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06December
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Drop and Shop

Would you like an evening to do some Christmas shopping, holiday baking, or just go to dinner? On Thursday, December 6th, 2018, the Jr. Youth Group will be hosting a pizza party with fun filled activities for children in the church hall from 5:30 - 8:30 pm! Signup sheet is located in the front lobby of the church beginning on November 25th. The deadline for signup is Monday, December 1st. Please see Julie Cuhna or Pastor Ruttan if you have any questions. A freewill offering will be available with proceeds being donated to a church supported charity.

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09December
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Sunday Service – December 9

On Sunday, December 9th we celebrate the second Sunday in Advent. Advent is the 4-week period leading up to Christmas–the birth of Christ. We will light the second candle of Advent, the candle of peace. The welcoming, well staffed nursery and Sunday School (preschool to high school) will be open. And in the service we’ll sing some of the great songs of Advent, praise, pray, and learn together in faith. Please note that if you are contributing to our project to sponsor a local family of six and two youths in need for Christmas, your gifts/donations are due this day. Our pastor will teach about a much-neglected (and even unpopular) aspect of Advent and Christmas. Join in. You’ll be glad you did. Let's be a part of something bigger together as we journey through Advent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEDL5VbgoU0

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