Friday Five – June 24, 2022

This is our LAST Friday Five now until the Fall!  “But how will I know what is happening at UTMC?!” Great question!  For the summer months we will announce everything you need to know on Sunday mornings during announcements.  We are going to have a printed “summer bulletin” that will be the same for the summer and updated as needed.  These will be available at our Sunday services.  We will also send out emails with any important updates. 
 
Over the last couple of years, the backend we use for our website has been increasingly difficult to use (causing many frustrating moments when we’re trying to keep you all up to date!).  The decision was made to upgrade to a more efficient and easy to update website.  We are working hard in the office with Selah Studios (Aiden Walker’s company) to update our website, logo, and the ways we share information with you and our community!  While these updates are not quite ready, we anticipate that we will be able to share these exciting changes with you mid-August.  
 
Our current website isn’t going anywhere – just yet.  You will still be able to access it during the transition (and the address will remain the same once the switch is made).  You will continue to see Worship Companions over the summer, as well as the Worship Lyrics will be posted each week for our outdoor services (with limited printed copies available at the services).  
 
With all of that said – this week we want to highlight a few things about the summer months. 
 
  • The calendar is now up to date for July/August (just scroll through the months using the arrows at the top of the calendar) https://www.utmc.ca/calendar.
  • We will be sharing in Communion in our outdoor service on the First Sunday of the month (July 3 & August 7).  
  • Kids Care will be available outside during our outdoor morning services (accept for Sunday August 21 when Alyssa is sharing her update).  Our evening ones on July 31 & August 28 there will be no Kids Care and will have more of a family focus and we encourage you to bring your kids to worship with you.  
  • Nursery will be available inside during each service.  
  • Sunday September 4 we will not have our own UTMC Worship Service, but encourage you to attend the Community Service at the Fair.  This year they have asked Jesse Britton (YFC) to share the message, so we want to go and support him this year. 
  • Don’t forget to save the date for our special 20th Anniversary Concert with Kevin Pauls.  Sunday, September 11 at 6pm.
 
 
The office will remain open regular hours (M-F 9am-12pm) throughout the summer with the exception of these dates:
 
Friday July 1
Friday July 8
Friday July 29 
Friday September 2 
 
Lisa will be on holidays June 29 – July 10.
Pastor Nate & his family will be on Holidays July 18-31 and August 22-28.
Pastor Brian & his family will be on Holidays August 1-14.
 
Back to THIS week! Sunday we will celebrate & honour our Graduates.  Pastor Nate will be preaching this Sunday the last sermon in his month long series “Sent”.  You can find the Worship Companion with Sermon Notes here:  https://www.utmc.ca/worship-companion-june-26-2022/.
 
 
 
Today is the LAST day to check out the Online Auction!  
We still have some needs for SNACKS!  Sign up on Sunday!
JULY 3 is the LAST DAY to give towards the group gifts!


Friday Five June 17, 2022

 
 
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Fathers at UTMC!  We pray you have a wonderful weekend. 
Pastor Nate will be preaching on Sunday – “I Need A Dad” 1 Corinthians 4:14-19.  For a special Father’s Day Worship Companion and Sermon Notes – head to the blog page.  https://www.utmc.ca/worship-companion-june-19-2022/
 
Thank you to everyone who supported Simon & Laurel in their Tour For Teens biking last weekend!  They had a wonderful day and raised just over $1800 for YFC Mitchell!  
 
YFC Auction goes live online today at Noon!  You can check it out this week and get your tickets for the dinner next Saturday, June 25.  Click the image below for the link.  Jesse & Victoria are looking for a couple more volunteers for a couple of hours at the Dinner, if you would like to help hand out meals,
please call Jesse at 519-801-6614.
 
 
Sign up sheets are still available for donating snacks for Sports Camp.  You can do that on Sunday or call/email the church office.
We are now collecting donations for the group gifts for these families.  If you would like to give, you can use a special giving envelope (some at the church outside Sanctuary), tithe.ly app, or through e-transfer (with a memo of what it is for).  
 
 


Friday Five June 12, 2022

 
We have an important update about our Summer Outdoor Service time! 
We have changed the service time to 9:30am. 
Please make note of that for when we start outdoor services on July 3. 
 
SAVE THE DATE! 
Sunday September 11 @ 6pm 
UTMC 20th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE/CONCERT
with Canadian Christian Recording Artist
Kevin Pauls
(This will be our Sunday service that day, there will be no morning service. More details to follow)
 
Thank you to everyone who supported the YFC table last week for Tour For Teens & the Dinner!  Simon & Laurel will ride tomorrow in the Tour for Teens, keep them in your prayers. You can still sign up for the “Dinner on the Thames” and check out the Auction next week – the link will be below.   
 
Pastor Brian has put together Sign up sheets if you would like to contribute to the snacks for Sports Camp.  They are on the bulletin board outside of the sanctuary doors.  If you would like to contribute financially, you can also get in touch with the office of Pastor Brian.  For those who are online, you can email the office and we can write your name in.  He’s looking for Seedless Watermelons, Oranges, Peanut Free Cookies, Potato Chips (small bags) & Applesauce.  
 
 
There have been several asking for envelopes that are not numbered, to give a special offering or tithes.  We have some now at the Resource Table right outside the Sanctuary.  If you are giving a donation that would be receipted, please be sure to include your name on the envelope. For giving towards group gifts such as a Wedding or Family Sunday, it is not receipted and you can just write the amount on the outside.
This will be the LAST Sunday to give towards the gift for Curtis & Caitlyn Bergsma & the FIRST Sunday to give towards Family Sunday. 
 
 
Pastor Nate continues his month long series “Sent” this week – take some time to prepare your hearts for Sunday with the Worship Companion he’s put together.  There is something for everyone, including a kids video this week.  You’ll also find the Sermon Notes linked there as well. Worship Companion – June 12 2022 – Upper Thames Missionary Church (utmc.ca) 
 
 
Stay following the Service for a live stream with one of our Missionaries – Michael Van Oostveen in Guatemala! It will be wonderful to hear from him! 
 
 


Friday Five June 3, 2022

 
We have an important update about our Summer Outdoor Service time! 
We have changed the service time to 9:30am. 
Please make note of that for when we start outdoor services on July 3. 
 
SAVE THE DATE! 
Sunday September 11 @ 6pm 
UTMC 20th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE/CONCERT
with Canadian Christian Recording Artist
Kevin Pauls
(This will be our Sunday service that day, there will be no morning service. More details to follow)
 
 
JUNE CALENDAR
 
This Sunday, Jesse Britton will have a table at the back of the sanctuary with YFC sign up info for the 2 fundraisers happening in June.  Laurel Aldridge will join him so that you can pledge towards Simon & Laurel for the Tour For Teens they’re participating in on June 11.  The link for that will also be below, along with the link for YFC Dinner/Auction fundraiser. 
 
This week’s sermon will start the month long series called “SENT”.  Pastor Nate sent out an email yesterday with the link for the Worship Companion (where you will now also find the sermon notes each week).  Be sure to check it out – this week includes a Children’s Video & a beautiful Worship Song.  https://www.utmc.ca/worship-companion-june-5-2022/
 
 
 
There will be a sign up list for Snacks at the back of the Sanctuary!


Friday Five May 27, 2022

 
We are looking forward to having Teen Challenge with us this Sunday!  Join us at 9:49 for worship with Pastor Nate and then the Ministry Team from Teen Challenge will be sharing.  There will be Sunday School following the service.  Come back Sunday evening at 7pm for our Worship Night.
 
 
 
We received a note from the Rastorfer Family that they asked us to share with the church family.
 

Hello Church Family, we want to thank our church family for praying for our sister in law Martine. So many miracles have been happening this week and we give God all the glory! Today she spoke for the first time, we couldn’t make out in the video what was being said but there was noise praise the Lord! She also has been regaining movement in her fingers and legs, and she can smile again it is beautiful!

Thank you for walking with us through this, for praying, for meals, and for encouragement, we love you church family!

Please continue to pray for Martine and family, as it is still a long road ahead.

Love

Teresa and Ken and family

 

Simon & Laurel Aldridge will be riding in the Tour For Teens YFC Fundraiser.  If you would like to Sponsor them, please head to this page:  https://swoyfc.com/product-category/mitchell/


Friday Five – May 20, 2022

 
It’s hard to believe we are already at the May long weekend!  Please remember our Sr. Youth, Pastor Brian & Victoria as they travel to the Niagara area for Phoenix Fest.  They leave today after school and return on Monday.  We also want to remember those in our congregation that are away this weekend, we pray for safe travels and wonderful times spent with family and friends.
 
It may be a holiday weekend, but we are excited to gather together on Sunday morning to worship our King!  How good it is to join as one body of believers to pray, sing and hear the Word of God.  We encourage you to come Sunday at 9:49am.
 
Many of you know Pastor Nate & some of his family have been sick this week.  Pastor Nate is going to preach his sermon from home and we will have it playing during our service on Sunday.  There is no Worship Companion or Notes this week, but you can prepare your hearts with the reading of Luke 1:8-17.
 
One special announcement today, Norm & Jeannie Rolleman are volunteers with the non profit “Helping Hands” that is a support group for people in our community with various mental health needs.  Helping Hands will be having a bake sale/garage sale to raise money for their group – during the town wide sale Saturday May 28.  If you are interested in donating any items or baked goods for their sale, could you please get in touch with Jeannie as soon as possible.  If you have any questions at all, she will be happy to chat with you.
 
If you are new at UTMC, we have a Family Sunday every July to celebrate the births in our church over the year (July – July).  This is our alternative to traditional baby showers.  We will be collecting money once again, from our congregation to go towards gift cards for each family.  Be sure to join us following the service for cake & fellowship!  If you would like to give towards the gifts, you can do so through the church office, by e-transfer (please make a note that it is for Family Sunday), or through our tithe.ly app and select Family Sunday.  


Friday Five – May 13, 2022

There are several things to take note of today.  As we look forward to some exciting events in the coming months, let us remember to pray for for one another and for our community.  As Pastor Brian reminded us this week in Pause 2 Pray, there are youth heading to a youth conference May long weekend, there are those preparing for graduations, summer holidays and sports camp that we can be praying for. 
 
Pastor Nate will be preaching this Sunday, “Breakfast with Jesus” from John 21:1-14.  You can download Sermon Notes at https://www.utmc.ca/category/sermon-notes/For this week’s Worship Companion head to https://www.utmc.ca/worship-companion-may-15-2022/.
 
 
Simon & Laurel Aldridge will be riding in the Tour For Teens YFC Fundraiser.  If you would like to Sponsor them, please head to this page:  https://swoyfc.com/product-category/mitchell/


Friday Five May 6, 2022

 
The church office will be closed Friday May 13.  Admin is available Monday to Wednesday and Pastor Nate & Pastor Brian will be available in the office Monday to Thursday. 
 
Save the Date for YFC Banquet and Auction Pick up – Saturday June 24 in the Lion’s Park.  Details for tickets and online auction will be coming next week.  There is another YFC Fundraiser “Tour For Teens” that is happening and you can find the details below.   
 
Join us on Sunday as we honour Mothers during our service.  Pastor Nate has prepared a wonderful Worship Companion https://www.utmc.ca/worship-companion-may-8-2022/ and has Sermon Notes for you as well. https://www.utmc.ca/category/sermon-notes/  There will be no Sunday School on Sunday. 
 
Simon & Laurel Aldridge will be riding in the Tour For Teens YFC Fundraiser.  If you would like to Sponsor them, please head to this page:  https://swoyfc.com/product-category/mitchell/
 
Sign up Sheets coming – be thinking about how you may be able to help in one of these ways!
 
 
 
 


Friday Five – April 29, 2022

 

Promise Keeper Evening:
All men are welcome to come out this evening to the church for 7pm (in the Den) to watch the livestream event.  Registration isn’t required, come if you’re able!
 

Celebrate Recovery Announcement:

Life’s Healing Choices is an eight-week study of the Eight Recovery Principles of Celebrate Recovery based on the Beatitudes of Jesus.  Through making each of these choices, you will discover God’s pathway to wholeness, spiritual maturity, and happiness – one healing choice at a time. 
To register call 519-271-5407 ext. 5.  Meetings begin May 1, 7:00pm at Elgin Missionary Church.  
 
May’s Calendar is available now (click over to May) https://www.utmc.ca/calendar
 
 
Pastor Nate will be preaching this week from Luke 24:13-34 “Faithfulness in Failure”.  We will also be taking Communion together during Sunday’s service.  For Sermon Notes: https://www.utmc.ca/category/sermon-notes/  Head over to Pastor Nate’s Worship Companion Blog to prepare your hearts for this week’s message!  There’s a video for your kids this week as well.   https://www.utmc.ca/worship-companion-may-1-2022/ 
 
 



Friday Five – April 22, 2022

 

Celebrate Recovery Announcement:

Life’s Healing Choices is an eight-week study of the Eight Recovery Principles of Celebrate Recovery based on the Beatitudes of Jesus.  Through making each of these choices, you will discover God’s pathway to wholeness, spiritual maturity, and happiness – one healing choice at a time.  To register call 519-271-5407 ext. 5.  Meetings begin May 1, 7:00pm at Elgin Missionary Church.  
 
There will be no Ambassadors meetings now until a picnic in June.  Details of that will be coming soon. 
  
Pastor Brian will be preaching Sunday on “The Great Commission”. “This Sunday we are going to be picking up right after the resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ in the gospel of Matthew.  This section is very well known, and we will spend some time walking through why it’s so important and why it’s also leaves us with hope and encouragement.”