The Messenger- December 2023

Poinsettia Tree

The poinsettia tree is going artificial! The flowers will last for many years, which in turn will be more cost favourable as well as a lot safer, as watering the real plants was quite an undertaking on a ladder! We will also be able to enjoy the tree for a longer period each Christmas Season. We would be grateful for your donations to help cover the cost of the flowers. Donations can be placed on the plate (please mark your envelope "poinsettia"), dropped off at the Church Office or you may e-transfer your donation to and mark it poinsettia tree. If you would like your donation to be in memory of or in honour of someone special, please make note of your wishes on your envelope.

Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau is in full swing and, not surprisingly, our registrations are up from last year. We will be helping around 400 people, many of them children. As White Gift Sunday approaches, if your preference is to buy a gift/ toy for a child, please pick up an Angel from the Angel Trees at Young’s Home Hardware or the Ecoden, and return the gift in a gift bag with the Angel attached either to where you got it or to church for White Gift Sunday. Our main focus this year though is to address food insecurity, so the best option, as you can, is to put a monetary donation in an envelope and bring it for White Gift Sunday, so we can buy groceries and grocery gift cards. Cheques should be made out to Mount Forest Christmas Bureau. Donations of $25 or more will get a tax receipt (if you give cash, remember to include your name and address!). Alternatively, e-transfers will be accepted at Our church family has always been a huge part of the success of this endeavour, and I thank you so much for your generosity! Daphne Rappard, chair. 

Woodland Mitten Tree

The Mitten Tree is up at the Woodland Church! Please hang your donated mittens, hats, neck warmers (not scarves) and socks on our tree until 

Dec. 15th. The items collected will be delivered to Victoria Cross Public School, Egremont Community School and St. Mary’s School to children who are in need of cold weather clothing. Donations may also be dropped off at the church office. Thank you for your continued support of this annual project.

Coming Up In Worship

December 10 – Advent 2 – Patty Sinnamon – Sunday School Pageant

There will be no Service at Woodland United on Dec. 10

December 17- Advent 3 – Norm Eygrenraam

Christmas Eve Services

December 24 – Advent 4 – Christmas Eve

7:00 pm – Family Service, Led by Patty Sinnamon

10:00 pm – Candle Light Service, Led by Patty Sinnamon

Image by articgoneape from Pixabay

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

The Season of Advent

As you are busy preparing and attending community and family gatherings, pause and marvel at the miracle of the season.

Merry Christmas!

If you’d like the Pastoral Care Team to pray for you or someone you know or are aware of any hospitalizations, sickness, or special occasions, please contact one of the following members of the team.

Betty Seminowicz at 519-923-5416, Email:


Daphne Rappard at 519-323-2505,


We would also be happy to have one of our team members visit you in person or by phone. All requests are shared only with the Pastoral Care Team and are kept confidential.

Search Committee

Lene MacLean (Chair), Janice Benson (Secretary), Marg Mitchell, Diane Johnson,

Dan MacArthur, Mike Burke

 Leadership Team

Bob McFarlane, Laurie Aitken, Al Leach, Betty Seminowicz, Norm Eygenraam,

Gerry Wilkinson, Lene MacLean, Rick Sinnamon, Patty Sinnamon, Diane Johnson,

Daphne Rappard Armstrong