The Messenger- November 2023

We will remember them

Freedom comes with a cost. Think about that for a minute. For something to be free, there is always a loss. It could be monetary leaving with financial loss, or physical, which could be a loss in mobility or dealing with chronic pain. Someone we love passes but is now free from pain and suffering, we feel the loss but they are free.

War comes with a cost beyond the loss of lives. It tears families apart, destroys towns, and puts people and countries against one another. It causes fear and loss of security. Peace and silence are no longer felt or heard. We take everyday life, with its freedoms and peace, for granted. Stop and look at what you have and be thankful that you are not living in the middle of a war-torn town or country right now. Sure, life can be tough, but it is never so bad that it couldn’t be worse.

Pray for peace, safety, security, and an end to war for those who are currently experiencing or impacted by conflict. Do not forget those who continue to serve and protect us. Most of all, let us not forget those who served and fought or made the ultimate sacrifice so we may have freedom and peace today.

With deepest sympathies

It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of a couple of members of our church family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

The sympathy of our congregations goes out to Sue Lawson and her family on the passing of Grant Lawson on October 28th, 2023.

A memorial service will be held at Mount Forest United Church, on Saturday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m., with visitation at the church from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Following the service, all are invited to the church hall for refreshments and fellowship.

Further details can be found on the England Funeral Home website at

The sympathy of our congregations goes out to Cindy Bayer and her family on the passing of Joan McIntyre on November 1st, 2023.

Visitation will be held at the England Funeral Home on

Sunday, November 5th, from 2:00-4:00, where a funeral service will be conducted on Monday, November 6th at 12:00 p.m., with visitation from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Further details can be found on the England Funeral Home website at

The leaves have fallen!


We need you and your rake! Help with raking leaves and other small yard work jobs would be greatly appreciated! Contact Dan MacArthur at 705-665-6956 if you are able to help.

Community Dinner

Fall Community Dinner! Will be held on Sunday, November 12th at

5:30 p.m. By donation.

The Mission and Service Committee welcomes volunteer help on Saturday, November 11th, at 8:30 a.m. to help with set up and preparation for the community supper as well as help with serving and cleanup on Sunday, November 12th. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside the fellowship hall.

Community Cantata Choir

Community Cantata Choir: will be holding their annual Christmas Cantata on Dec. 17 and 18 in Mount Forest and Arthur.  If you are interested in joining the choir, rehearsals begin Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at

Grace Anglican Church in Arthur.

Contribution Envelopes

The number of contribution envelope sets that are required to be ordered continues to decline each year. This results in some reorganization of envelope numbers. If you are on PAR and do not use or require a set of envelopes, please contact the church office. A new contribution number will be assigned that will identify you as a PAR contributor and can be used to make donations other than your monthly PAR contribution. If you have any questions or wish to make changes to your PAR contributions, contact Juliann at 519-323-1910. 

Christmas Bazaar

“Dashing Through the Denim”

A Country Christmas

brought to you by the United Church Women (UCW) of

Mount Forest United Church

Saturday, November 25th

BAZAAR 10 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. - $15.00

HOT LUNCHEON - Turkey or chili, tea biscuits, salad, and dessert.


COUNTRY CUPBOARD – pickles, jams, jellies, preserves.

CANDY & SQUARES – fudge and all sorts of goodies ready to be put away for Christmas guests.

BAKING –pies, fruitcakes, Christmas puddings, tarts, tea biscuits, breads, and goodies to be tucked into your freezer and ready for Christmas.

COOKIES BY THE DOZEN – dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies. Donations of cookies are appreciated. Please label the kind and if they contain nuts.

TOONEY TABLE – Get a surprise gift.

CRAFTS & CHRISTMAS – unique and one-of-a-kind new items.


SILENT AUCTION – special items that you would be proud to use or display in your home. Bidding closes at 1:00 p.m.

Donations to all tables would be greatly appreciated. Workers to help serve lunch, assist with selling, or help with clean-up would be greatly appreciated.

Gifts with Vision

Gifts with vision catalogues have arrived! There is so much to highlight this year. Food security, safe water, reliable power, clean laundry, and even bus tokens are things most of us take for granted. For many people, these things are not possible for various reasons. Many of this year’s gifts reflect these realities. Help Build a Well gift has a new location this year: the villages of Am-am and Madalipey in the Philippines. The clearing of forests has caused local creeks to run dry and water is scarce. Gifts with vision will help provide a stable source of water for family farms and homes.


Closer to home there is Operation Backpack in North Dundas, Ontario, where The House of Lazarus provides food every Friday to children and youth in need. Teachers slip the food into children’s backpacks, so no one feels singled out and students come to school Mondays well-fed and ready to learn.


The catalogue highlights only some of the gifts available, check their website the complete list of gifts along with many other resources like gift cards, order forms, and even a short Gifts with Vision video and stories of how Gifts with a Vision is making a difference!

Sing! Chorus Choir's Christmas Concerts

Sing! Chorus Choir's Christmas concerts at the Walkerton Victoria Jubilee Hall are as follows:

Thursday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.,

Saturday, November 25 at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 26 at 2 p.m.

Adult tickets are $20 and children are $5. Tickets can be ordered/purchased from Susan MacArthur at 519.313.5442.

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