Announcements for September 25

Today's Reader: Anne Laybolt

Our food bank has been given a new refrigerator by an anonymous donor. Sincere thanks to the donor!

The Worship Committee will meet after the service on Sunday, October 2.

The first fall meeting of the UCW's Annetta Rose Unit will be this Tuesday, September 27, at 1:30 at the home of Donna Kuhn (339 Caldwell Road). New members would be most welcome.

The UCW's general meeting will be Tuesday, October 4, in the parlour at 12 noon. Come for lunch, worship, and fellowship. A warm welcome is extended to all newcomers.

The fall flea market is Saturday, October 15. (Lots of items are needed, so the Stewardship Committee applauds and appreciates your decluttering efforts.) The Christmas Tea & Sale will be on Saturday, December 3.

An Update from the Refugee Sponsorship Committee on the Al Gawabra Family
from Coordinator Joanie Veitch
The Al Gawabra family is, in general, doing well. They have settled into a rhythm of life now and rely on our group members less and less, as they can easily navigate daily life by themselves.
The back-to-school transition has gone well for Ibrahim, and the adults are all back in English classes. The Al Gawabras recently attended a Mooseheads hockey game (their first!), and they have two invitations from Heart of Dartmouth members for Thanksgiving dinners (one on Sunday and one on Monday).
Word was received over the summer that the second application for the parents and brothers of Mahasen's niece and nephew (Maes and Alaa) has cleared the Winnipeg processing centre and is now in Jordan, awaiting processing. It's not known how long that part of the process will take; the hope is that they will be here before Christmas. If any needs (e.g., furniture; funding) come up for them later, an announcement will be made then.
As always, anyone who would like to be connected with the family to meet them for visits or outings can contact Joanie, who will happily arrange a meeting.

Major New Fundraiser: Showcase - Downtown Dartmouth
The Stewardship Committee will be partnering with downtown Dartmouth businesses to present a fashion show and silent auction on Saturday, November 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Often people do not realize the excellent variety of shops and services just down the street from our church. When several businesses were approached about this idea, their positive response was tremendous.
Your support is needed to make this event successful. The Stewardship Committee is seeking volunteers to canvas downtown businesses for silent auction items.
You might visit five businesses, or as many or as few as you like. You will have an introductory letter, an auction item form, and a poster to take with you. (The committee will also record where you are going, so there's no duplication.)
The committee hopes to start canvassing the first week in October. If you can help with this, please see one of the members as soon as possible. You can also give them your name at today's Sunday lunch. Talk to Bonnie Hudson, Carol Hiltz, Audrey Cox, Yvonne Bannerman, Melanie Rendell, Sue Skerrett, or Pat Rowell.