NEWS & VIEWS
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From the bulletin Sept 25, 2016

Welcome to Worship at St. Paul's. May you experience the enlivening presence of God as you gather with God's family to celebrate God's amazing grace.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Regular Hours: 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Thursday. Please leave a message and someone will return your call. Mikal may reached by email at lioninwinter@stpaulssimcoe.com

COFFEE:
CONNECTING AFTER WORSHIP The opportunity to chat and connect face to face following our experience of being engaged with God in worship has proven to be a valuable part of life at St. Paul's. Several folk have ably assisted with the preparation of refreshments for this time (Thanks!). There is a sign up list for assistants in the library, with mostly vacant spaces for the Fall. If you can be part of this ministry on occasion, please choose an action and a time (or several). Thank you.<

PARKING PROTOCOL
please leave the spaces on Lot Street for those with mobility challenges. So plan to arrive a couple of minutes early and use other parking spaces. At 10:25 a.m. use any space available. Thank you.

WANTED: CHILDREN AND YOUTH
We would like to add your families', friends' and neighbours' children to our Sunday School programs. Please help yourself to a brochure and invite the children/youth you know to join our church family.

Elders, please collect your News 'N Views from the table in the lower lobby. There are extra copies available on the information table.
COMMUNION WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 2 AT 10:30 A.M.


HEADPHONES:

If anyone would like to use headphones during the service, please speak to one of the ushers.

For those who subscribe to "These Days", your issue for October, November & December can be found in your mail slot.


OPEN HOUSE

Jay turns 65 on October 4th! His wife, Hope, is having an Open House at their home, October 1st from 2 to 5 PM. All are welcome!


EXCITING NEWS:

There's a new community hub coming to downtown Simcoe! The old LCBO building has been purchased by Church Out Serving, and will be repurposed into a gathering place for friends and neighbours to meet, relax, have a coffee, learn about food and delicious ways to prepare it, and celebrate many good things local! There will be countless opportunities for YOU, and all of us together, to love our neighbours as Jesus did! You are invited to an Open House next week Sunday, October 2, between 11:30am-2:30pm. Come, see and hear more about the exciting plans and possibilities for this space ... at 83 Sydenham St., across from The Brick.


BOOK CLUB UPDATE


ST. PAUL'S BOOK CLUB Our second book will be "The Shack" by William P. Young. Copies of the book may be obtained from the church office or from Judy. The discussion meeting has been set for Thursday, October 13th at 2 PM. All are welcome to join in, and feel free to bring a friend.

St. Paul's This Week

Tuesday St. Paul's Court 6:30 PM
Wednesday Community Life 9:30 AM
Thursday Senior Choir 7:30 PM


IN OUR COMMUNITY - BULLETIN BOARD NOTICES


"RIDE FOR REFUGE"


October 1, 2016 in London to support PWS and D Funds raised will go to support maternal and child health in Malawi and Afghanistan. For more information, see the bulletin board or www.canada.rideforrefuge.org/charity/pwsd

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES CRAFTS OF THE WORLD SALE


First Baptist Church, October 21 & 22 A sign-up sheet for volunteers can be found on the information table. Our contact person is Leigh at 519-428-0676.

A PCC MISSION MOMENT:


A PCC MISSION MOMENT: DETERMINED TO RISE ABOVE HUNGER Witness Ngofi used to have no trouble harvesting enough food for her family in Malawi. But periods of erratic, unpredictable weather have made it increasingly difficult for her to protect her crops. When Witness heard that a Presbyterian World Service & Development-supported conservation agriculture program was starting in her village, she signed up right away. Conservation agriculture is a system of farming that helps revitalize the soil and increase yields. The process was challenging at first-the methods strayed from traditional farming and prompted discouraging remarks from other farmers. But despite having little rain, Witness's crop of maize was soon thriving. As her plot continued to flourish, she became a role model for other farmers determined to overcome hunger for the long-term. PWS and D supports food security for subsistence farmers

NATIONAL PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN'S GATHERING


"ROOTED IN LOVE" NEXT MAY 19-22, 2017 Mission Circle WMS wants to encourage younger women to develop an interest in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. This conference is an exciting opportunity! It will be at a Toronto hotel, and the cost includes three breakfasts and three dinner, exciting speakers, workshops, worship, and fun. Early registration (before November 30, 2016) is $375. After that date it is $475. Our Mission Circle group is offering $100 per person to encourage younger women who haven't gone before to get involved. There is more information in the church library or online www.womensgathering.ca .

LOOKING AHEAD


KIDS' QUEST


Kids' Quest is a Christian Booth at the Norfolk County Fair, designed for children. Many churches host this booth. This year, St. Paul's shift is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th A group of volunteers is needed to help as greeters, supervisors of the bouncy castle, face painters and storytellers. For more information, see the clipboard on the table in the library or contact Linda S. at 519-428-5396 or by email at ianandlindashaw@gmail.com. If you don't already have a police check, Linda can help you with that, but don't wait too long, checks take approximately 2 weeks.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE


Sunday, October 9th Please help us continue the tradition of decorating our church with nonperishable foods. These items are collected by our Mission Committee and are then delivered to Quetzal Family Homes. Please begin collecting your items and bring them with you Thanksgiving Sunday.

KIRKIN O' THE TARTAN


On November 6th, enjoy the Kirkin O' The Tartan service and stay for refreshments afterwards. Helpers are needed for various tasks, such as set-up, decorating, food preparation....including short bread, serving and clean-up. Please see the sign-up sheets in the Front Foyer. On a related note, if anyone knows the whereabouts of the decorations for the Kirkin 'O the Tartan service, please contact Bruce at 519-426-9947. Thank you.

SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE Videos of the conference can be located at Click to video Stream Here

Luanne is the new Director of the NORFOLK NOTE-ABLES This local Children's Choir is welcoming new members, ages 8-18, on Tuesday evenings, starting Sept. 8, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. For more information, please contact Luanne at either 519-755-8802 or via email at Norfolk.NoteAbles@gmail.com.


Learning Opportunities
Copies of the sermons can be found on our website: www.stpaulssimcoe.com Hard copies are available in the narthex.

Looking for more information on events?
If you look in our Calendar section, you will see what is happening!

2015 Annual Reports are available through the church office.

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