Congregational Newsletter for the week of
November 27 – December 3, 2022

Sunday, December 4, 2022, Second Sunday in Advent
Worship leader – Rev. Dr. Judith Visser
Scripture Readings: Magnificat (VU 898), Luke 1: 46 – 55 (The Message)
Reflection: “Mary’s Song”

Peace is a ribbon that circles the earth…

Advent 2 invites us to reflect on peace. Hope and peace are closely connected— hope gives us the dream, and peace is the dream coming to life. On Advent 2 (December 4) our congregation will partner with the Elmvale Food Bank to participate in an act of hope and peace-building. You are invited to bring your donations of food (see the list of most-needed items at the end of this newsletter) and place them in the baskets in the sanctuary. Thank you for sharing in the dream.
Here are some ways to reflect on peace during this second Advent week:

 Listen for the cry of a jay defying the arrival of winter.
 Listen for the wind that carries snow to cover the earth for a season of rest.
 Remember the first cry of a child, and the song of Peace on Earth!
 Listen for the cries of those who need peace in our world today.
 Every now and then, whisper or say aloud: Peace is being built!
(adapted from Minutes for Mission 2014)

Quote of the Day

….”Be at peace with your own soul, then heaven and earth will be at peace with you.”
Saint Isaac the Syrian


The tradition of “white gifts” comes to us from a small Methodist church in Ohio in the early 20th century. As the story goes, a minister’s wife who wanted to shift the focus away from gifts received at the Sunday School Christmas party invited people instead to bring gifts—gifts for Jesus that could be shared with people who did not have very much. The gifts were to be wrapped in white paper so that no one’s gift would be assessed or judged for its value.

On Sunday December 4, you are invited to bring your “white gifts” to Midhurst United Church to be gathered during worship. Rather than paper-wrapping your gifts, we invite you to use one or more of the white bags provided at the church. This year’s donations will go to the Elmvale & District Food Bank (please see the list below of preferred items). Thank you for joyfully participating in this act of caring commitment to our community!
Tomato juice , Mustard, Cereal, Apple juice, Mayonnaise, Cheese Whiz, Pancake mix, Relish, Cookies, Maple syrup, Pickles, Ketchup, Canned fruit, BBQ Sauce

Monetary donations are always welcomed!

Prayer Requests- A clipboard has been placed on a lectern just inside the sanctuary for congregants to place their prayer requests. The list will be brought up with collection. Judith will also invite other congregants for any concerns or celebrations they may want included.


“Getting Ready for Emmanuel”

Sunday December 11 @ 10:30 AM
All children in attendance that day will be invited to take part in the play….

Light in the Shadows

If you have experienced loss this past year
(or carry a lingering loss from longer ago),
this Christmas season may be a difficult one for you.
Midhurst United Church offers a brief service of quiet reflection
at 7 PM on Tuesday December 20 2022.
Perhaps you would find some comfort and encouragement
in this gathering for community prayer and candle-lighting.
Or perhaps you know of someone
who might appreciate an invitation and your accompaniment…

News from the Mission and Outreach Committee

On November 24th, Cornerstone to Recovery had their grand opening.
Their home is called The Garden on Dunlop St. W.
The Director is Lori-Ann Seward seen in the picture with Betty Anne. MUC supported them with the pots and pans for their new kitchen and beautiful scarves knitted by MUC members with an accompanying note wishing them strength on their journey.

Midhurst Arts& Crafts Tea Room

Hosting the Tea Room over Saturday and Sunday was very successful with over 150 participants. Starting with the beautiful decorations for Christmas in the sanctuary, and adding tasty sandwiches, homemade baking, and tea/coffee certainly made an inviting atmosphere for all. A lovely beginning to the Christmas season.
Sincere thanks to all who supported with contributions of food, work or buying tickets.

Up-coming Services at Midhurst United Church

ADVENT 2 (Peace): Sunday December 4 – 10:30 AM (White Gifts)
ADVENT 3 (Joy): Sunday December 11 – 10:30 AM (Pageant Play)
ADVENT 4 (Love): Sunday December 18 – 10:30 AM (Carol Fest)
LIGHT IN THE SHADOWS: Tuesday December 20 – 7:00 PM (Reflective Candlelight Service)
CHRISTMAS EVE EARLY: Saturday December 24 – 4:30 PM (Family Service)
CHRISTMAS EVE LATE: Saturday December 24 – 11:00 PM (Communion)

We are pleased to announce that Taizé in Barrie is back!

The following lists services as of November 25, 2022:

Friday, December 9th 7:45 pm Holy Spirit Parish 650 Essa Road
Friday, January 20th 7:30 pm Trinity Anglican Church 24 Collier Street
Friday, February 24th 7:30 pm Westside Evangelical Lutheran Church 510 Ferndale Drive N.

Note: There are still a couple of churches that are finalizing dates for a service. This list will be updated as we get additional information.
Please join with us in reflection and meditation through prayer, song, Scripture and silence. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a service, please email Susan at
Please extend this invitation to your friends and family.

Susan Stott-Hood
For the Barrie Taizé Community – A partnership of Christian Churches

Invitation to submit your photos

I am always looking for images to use for the Weekly Newsletter and the Sunday Worship PowerPoint.…. I would love to see your photos that you have taken……please send them to me at Thanks, Peggy

Coffee Hour after Church:

Coffee Hour after the worship service has resumed and the Pastoral Care Committee is looking for volunteers to host. Please see the sign-up sheet on the table in the Link.

Door Greeters:

Please see the sign-up sheet on the table in the Link if you would like to volunteer to be a Sunday Morning Door Greeter before the Worship Service.

Are you new to Midhurst United Church?

If you have been attending our worship services at Midhurst United Church or on Zoom, welcome to our Church Community! If you would like your name, address, phone number and email address added to our Church Directory, please email the church office with your information:

2022 Prayer List:

Each week, Shining Waters Regional Council are asking that we pray for other congregations in our ministry.
This week we pray for……
Cheltenham United Church
Heritage United Church, Markham
Dalston United Church
Countryside United Church, Dalston

What’s coming up at Midhurst United Church:

Amnesty International

Do you ever wonder what you can do
to make this world a safer, better place?

The simple act of writing letters

through the Amnesty International program
can have a significant positive influence
in the lives of people around the world
who are suffering human rights abuses.

You are invited to drop in
to the Old Sanctuary at Midhurst United Church
Tuesday December 6 any time between 3:30 – 7:00 PM
to participate in the annual, Write for Rights letter-writing campaign.
Case studies, sample letters, writing materials, and postage
will all be provided.

What’s coming up at Midhurst United Church:

•Monday, December 12 – Save the Date! Congregational Potluck @ MUC 6:00 p.m. hosted by the Pastoral Care Committee – Sign-up Sheet in the Link or call the Church Office
•Tuesday, December 13 – 7:00 p.m. *Zoom Meeting of Midhurst United Church Council
*Please note – The Tea on Tuesday Afternoon Study Group is now on a break and will meet again on Tuesday, January 10.

Rides for Thelma Coutts and Irene Cole:

If you are able to pick-up Thelma Coutts and Irene Cole on Sunday mornings and drive them to Church and home again, please contact Thelma directly @ or call her @ 705 302 0018 and Irene @ 705 722 8195. *Please note ~ Thelma now leaves her walker at Whispering Pines and so there is no need to load it in your vehicle. Upon arrival at the Church, Thelma uses the walker that is located in the Link. A list is posted in the Link for volunteers to drive Thelma and Irene to/from Church.

Google Calendar:

We encourage you to use the Google Calendar to add events or to view what is happening at Midhurst United Church. Here is the Link:

Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:30 on ZOOM or in-person.

How to Join by ZOOM
The ZOOM link has not changed

Meeting ID: 948 706 557 Passcode: Midhurst
ZOOM by phone
Dial by your location +1 647 374 4685 (from a location in Canada)
Meeting ID: 948 706 557 Passcode: 56266156

Church Office Hours: (Secretary)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:30 – 11:30, 1:00 – 3:00, Friday 9:30 – 11:30