Officially recognized in Canada since 1996, this is a time to honour the contributions and struggles of peoples of African descent. This could also be a time for congregations to make a commitment to becoming more culturally sensitive, racially inclusive, and justice-conscious. Union United in Montreal has been the home of a vibrant Black congregation for more than a century; Wilbur Howard became the church’s first Black Moderator in 1974. The leadership and participation of Black peoples and congregations continues today. But the commitment to becoming more culturally sensitive, racially inclusive, and justice-conscious continues year round.
For the month of February, we are looking for granola bars, individual hot chocolate, cereal bars, Mr. Noodles and $5 Tim Horton Gift Card (or $5 can be placed in the piggy bank.) You can add these items to the basket at the front of the Sanctuary marked “Faith Formation Special Projects.” Thank you for your continued support.
The Faith Formation Committee would like to remember our university students with a care package during final exams in April. If you have a university student in your family, whether it is a son/daughter, niece/nephew or grandchild, please contact the office with his/her address no later than March 15th. We hope it will remind our young folk of the support they have at Bridgewater United Church
Quilters of all skill levels are welcome to join us in the parlour for fun and fellowship. Bring your lunch and stay for the day, or drop in for a couple hours. Coffee pot will be on. Bring your own project and sewing supplies. Iron and ironing board will be provided.
The BUC Youth Group will be again participating in The Coldest Night of the Year, which is a family-friendly walk that raises money for Souls Harbour Bridgewater who serve the hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community.
This year, our walk is going towards hiring a helping hand for Pastor Vicky, so she can be out in the community more, and do a bit more counselling. This walk will go to all things Bridgewater, affectionately known by our staff as "Little Souls". Help our little Mission grow some roots. We are the little Mission That Could.
Souls Harbour helps with:
1. Neighbours struggling with food security
We serve over 50,000 meals in Bridgewater, Halifax and now
2. Neighbours overcoming addictions
Our Life Recovery Shelter in under construction right now
3. Neighbours with disabilities & mental illness
We're hiring a Life Coach to provide job readiness training
To donate to the BUC Youth Group Team, follow the link below or speak to Team Captain, Tracy Rafuse. Every little bit helps.
Are you interested in joining the membership of Bridgewater United Church? On Sunday, April 14th, we will be welcoming new members by Baptism, Confirmation or by Transfer of Membership from another congregation. Please contact the Church Office at (902) 543-4833 for more information.
Heritage Day 2019 Honouree Maud Lewis
Maud Lewis, a Nova Scotia folk artist, was born Maud Kathleen Dowley to John and Agnes Dowley, in the town of Yarmouth, March 7, 1903. Maud lived with her husband Everett Lewis in a small house in Marshalltown Nova Scotia. Despite living with arthritis, and in poverty most of her life, her folk art paintings garnered much attraction and interest. Maud achieved national recognition in the mid 60’s, becoming known as one of Canada’s best-known folk artists. Her art and restored house are on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Maud deceased in July 1970, but her reputation as an inspiring folk artist continues to grow. Through newspaper, magazine articles, television documentaries, and more recently, a biographical drama film named “Maudie”, Maud Lewis has become well known internationally.
“Souper” Bowl Sunday is February 3rd. Let us use all the publicity to remind us of the needs of others. What a great thing it would be if everyone in our Church brought a can of soup for the Food Bank in addition to their regular Food Bank contribution. The Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Bank continues to serve many people weekly.
Would you like to renew or subscribe to The United Church Observer magazine? Each annual subscription is $25 which needs to be made payable to Bridgewater United Church no later than March 3rd. Founded in 1829, it is the oldest continuously published magazine in North America and the second oldest in the English-speaking world. It has won international acclaim for journalistic excellence and garnered more awards for writing than any other Canadian religious publication.
UCW and Ways and Means will be cooking a Saturday Night Take-Out Dinner for you. Meal includes Baked Beans, Ham, Coleslaw, Homemade Brown Bread and a choice of Dessert. $10.00 per person. Proceeds go towards the day-to-day expenses of our Church. Pick-up will be between 3:00pm-5:00pm and local delivery is an option.
Quilters of all skill levels are welcome to join us in the parlour for fun and fellowship. Bring your lunch and stay for the day, or drop in for a couple hours. Coffee pot will be on. Bring your own project and sewing supplies. Iron and ironing board will be provided. We will be meeting once a month.
It is that time of year again, when committees should be preparing their program reports for inclusion in the Annual Report. The Church Office asks that all program and financial reports be typed and emailed in a Word Document or on a flash drive no later than Wednesday, January 23rd. NO PDF FILES. Reports are needed from the following: Ministry Team, Church Council, Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees’ Financial Report, Ministry and Personnel Committee, Worship Committee, Faith Formation Committee, Finance Committee, Finance Committee Financial Reports, Property Committee, Nominating Committee, Pastoral Care Committee, Communications Committee, United Church Women (UCW), Memorial Ministry, Ways and Means Ministry, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Senior Choir, Small Group Ministry, Affirming Ministry Team, B.U.C. Mission Trip, Bridgewater Inter-Church Council Representative, South Shore Presbytery Representative, 3rd Bridgewater Scout Group Committee, Bridgewater Day Care and Wee Wisdom Nursery School.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry gathers together in fellowship to knit prayer shawls. Prayers shawls are available to be distributed to anyone in the community who might be in need of comfort and prayer. Prayer shawls are also given as a gift to those who are baptized as a reminder of the prayers that the congregation offers to them as they grow in faith. For more information please contact Angela Clifton at (902) 527-2739 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome to join us for this time of knitting and fellowship.
Calling all youth in Grade 6 to Grade 12! The Faith Formation Committee is committed to providing an environment where youth of the Church can come and hang out, chat, have fun and learn new skills once a month. This is an open-forum for discussions and the activities will be based on what the Youth want to do. Bring a friend!
BUC Youth Group will be going bowling at Bowl-More Lanes on January 18th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Parents can drop-off and pick-up at the bowling alley. Please let Tracy know if you will be in attendance, so we book enough lanes. All are welcome.
Bridgewater United Church presents Rhythms of Life performed by Moja Makani on Friday, January 18th at 7:00pm. Please join us at 6:30pm for performances from the Bridgewater United Church Combined Choir. Promoting Cultural Diversity through Music ~ African, Blues and Caribbean. No tickets necessary. Free Will Offering. Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
The traditional date for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25. The octave (eight days) has been celebrated continuously since 1894, but was a dream of many Christian leaders since the early years of the 19th century.
Please join us for the Bridgewater Inter-Church Council Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Worship Services. All are invited to attend these Ecumenical Services. By coming together, the theme calls us to move from shared prayer to shared action. Indonesian Christians invite us to be a united witness, and an agent of Christ’s healing grace in a broken world, by making specific commitments to justice, equality, and unity. ~ “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).
January 21st – 25th at 12:00pm at The Salvation Army; 116 Pleasant Street;
Monday – Lead by Lighthouse Community Church
Tuesday – Lead by Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Wednesday – Lead by Bridgewater United Church
Thursday – Lead by Bridgewater Baptist Church
Friday – Lead by The Salvation Army
January 26th at 9:00am - Breakfast at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; 25 Phoenix Street
3rd Bridgewater Scouts are conducting a bottle drive on Saturday, January 5th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. If you have any refundable bottles and did not receive a flyer in our collection area, please drop them off at Bridgewater United Church during those times. Thank you for your continued support.
It is with sadness that we tell you that Maude Borgal, age 96, passed away peacefully at Hillside Pines on December 26th. Please hold her daughter, Donna and step-daughter, Cecelia and families in your thoughts and prayers.
Maude Borgal – age 96, passed away peacefully at Hillside Pines, Bridgewater on December 26, 2018. Born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland to Morgan and Emily Matthews, she was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Percy who passed away in 1992. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Bob, Claude, Eugene and sister, Rose. Maude is survived by her daughter, Donna Booth (Gary); step-daughter, Cecelia Wilson; grandsons, Jason Booth (Jenn); Ryan Booth (Alexandria); great-grandchildren, Tyler, Fallon, Araya, Madison, Jordan; sister-in-law, Marge Borgal, Halifax; many nieces and nephews.
Maude was a member of the Kiwanis Club, enjoyed bowling, knitting and being with friends and family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hillside Pines for their great compassion and care during Maude’s time spend there. A celebration of life will be held Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2-4 pm in Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater. A public Interment will be held following the service in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater, Angela Clifton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.