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Week leading up to
March 19, 2023
Worship in Holy Week | Jesus at the Movies | Maple Syrup Festival | Join the UCW | God's Mission Our Gifts | and more!
Worship in Holy Week
Palm Sunday, April 2
10:30am     Hope Springs (In-Person/Online)
We’ll start Holy Week by marking Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem and beginning the journey to the Cross.

Holy Thursday, April 6
8:30 pm     Online only

**Tentative** Through Scripture, music, and poetry, we’ll share in the Last Supper together.

Good Friday, April 7
11:00 am     Hope Springs (In-Person/Online)
7:00 pm     St. Andrew’s in Alma (In-Person)

Follow Jesus along the Way to the Cross.

Easter Sunday, April 9
7:00 am     Bissell Park, Elora (In-Person)
7:00 am     Alma Community Centre (In-Person)

Greet the sunrise in the joy of resurrection!

10:30 am     Hope Springs (In-Person/Online)
Jesus Christ is Risen Today! Hallelujah!
Jesus at the Movies
Our friends at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Fergus are showing 3 Jesus movies during Holy Week. 
Mon., April 3, 7:00 pm
Jesus Christ, Superstar

Tues., April 4, 7:00 pm
Son of Man

Wed., April 5, 7:00 pm

Free of charge. Discussion following each movie.

St. Andrew’s Church,
325 St. George St. West, Fergus
Elmira Maple Syrup Festiva
Hope Springs is carrying on Alma UC’s tradition
Saturday, April 1st

We’re selling Back Bacon on a Bun!

Funds raised will support our congregation’s life and work
Less than a week to go! Wahoo!

Thank you to all who volunteered to help. You can still sign up too

Jobs are available for all ages. Help out for as long or as short a time as you can offer. Just indicate on the sign-up sheet what your intentions are for helping. Families are welcome to help as a group
  • Set-up crew (4-7am)
  • Cooking and Sales crews (throughout the day)
  • Clean-up crew (3-5pm)
Sign-up in the Welcome Centre or contact the Office.
For more info, please talk with Robert Koeslag.
United Church Women

Did you know that you can still be part of the UCW?
Local United Church Women units have closed In many congregations, including ours. This leaves women with no local group to be part of.
 However, you can become an individual member of our Western Ontario Waterways region’s UCW. You’ll receive regular news and information by email or regular mail.

Want to become a member of UCW to receive this information? You can obtain an Individual Membership Application form and necessary information to join from our church office.
The UCW WOW Annual Meeting is being held on April 22nd, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at Forest Hill United Church, Kitchener. Bring a bag lunch.
This Week
March 27-April 2
Elora Preschool (Lower level)

Tuesday    7:00 pm
Gospel of John film  (online)

Tuesday     7:15 pm
CW Singers     (Sanctuary)

Wednesday   12:00 pm
Jean Sparry Funeral
Giddy Funeral Home
Reception at Hope Springs

Wednesday     3:00 pm
Visioning Reference Team
(Bissell Room)
Thursday    1:30 pm
Gospel of John film  (Bissell Room)

Thursday     6:30 pm
HSUC Choir   (Bissell Room)

Friday     8:00 pm
AA Group     (Fellowship Hall)

Saturday    7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Sunday     10:30 am
Palm Sunday
Hope Springs Worship
Your Belief and Support Make All the Difference

Arwa’s family found a place to belong at Montreal City Mission

We all need someone who believes in us. Someone who supports our dreams. Here’s one story of how your belief and support make all the difference.

In 2017, Arwa was a Palestinian refugee who had just arrived in Montreal. She had made a harrowing journey, travelling from Saudi Arabia through New York City with three children in tow. “It wasn’t easy for me. I was a single mom in a new country with new people. I was struggling for housing and looking for a job. It wasn’t easy at all,” she says.

Arwa sought help at Montreal City Mission, an outreach ministry your Mission & Service gifts support. There, her whole family found a place to belong. Arwa’s children made friends, and she benefited from training programs and events.

It wasn’t long before Arwa gathered a group of women together to form a catering cooperative called Women Weaving Their Dreams, which specializes in homemade Middle Eastern meals. The group was going strong and the women were becoming more financially secure when COVID-19 struck.

No stranger to hardship, Arwa was determined to help others through the pandemic. She initiated a sewing circle to make masks. In a relatively short period of time, the women of this sewing group made over 2,000 cloth masks for unhoused people and people with low incomes in their community. “I was so happy to help people,” says Arwa, whose extraordinary leadership skills landed her a full-time job at Montreal City Mission.

“I consider myself a lucky person that I got to know this organization. It has become not only my full-time job, not only my provider. It has become my home. I hope to see more and more women getting the same chance to have this better life for their families,” she says. “I wanted a country that could hold me and hug me my whole life long. I found it in Canada.”

Your Mission & Service gifts support people’s dreams for a better life—amazing people who make their communities and our country stronger.

You can give to the United Church's Mission & Service through our congregation. More information is in the "Your Offerings Matter" section.

Ways to Help in Hope Springs
Our congregation is about people using and sharing their many gifts, so together we can join in God's work. There will be many, many ways for you to take part. Might one of these fit you?
  • Sing in the Choir
  • Join the music Praise Team
  • Greet people coming to worship
  • Read the Bible in worship
  • Lead prayer in worship
  • Run the tech system on Sundays
  • Prepare refreshements for after-worship fellowship time
  • Visit folks on behalf of the congregation
  • Be on the Children's Worship (Sunday School) team
  • Help lead Youth Group
  • Prepare the bread/juice for Communion
  • Serve Communion during worship
  • Count and record the Offering
We provide the training and support you'll need.

You can find out more by filling out a simple online form. Just click the button below. Or, you contact the church office (519-846-0122).
Let Us Know How You Can Help
Your Offerings Matter
Your offerings are an important way you share in our life and mission together. Here is information about how you can give.

You can give to 
  • our congregation's General Fund
  • the United Church of Canada’s Mission & Service
  • Project Welcome Refugee Sponsorship
  • our Building Fund

You can give by

The Offering Plates on Sunday
These are at the back of our Sanctuary as you come in from the Welcome Centre. You can give by cash or cheque. For tax receipt information, please use an envelope with your name and address.

Pre-Authorized Giving
Monthly offerings automatically deducted from your account. It’s easy! Please contact Jim Fairles to set this up. (

Made out to Hope Springs United Church. Please indicate if you want your gift directed to particular funds. You can send your donation here:
Hope Springs United Church
75 Geddes Street
Elora ON  N0B 1S0
Your bank's website will have information about how to do this. When signing up, please use this email address for the payee:

Canada Helps
This online service lets you donate using your credit card. Just go to our Canada Helps page by clicking here.
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Greg Smith-Young
Minister for Worship, Christian Formation and Pastoral Care
519.846.2542 (home)

Barb Smith-Young
Minister for Children and Youth
519.846.2542 (home)

Betty Weinstein
Music Director
Doris Detta
Office Administrator

Jim Fairles
Treasurer and Bookkeeper

Suzanne Flewelling
Building Cleaner
Official Board Chairperson
Amy Weaver

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Amy Weaver, Bonnie Young

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Robert Koeslag, Sue Shifflett
Willa Hopkinson, John Wilkie
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