Dunsford United Church Worship Service – September 27, 2020

Welcome to our community of faith family. Come share open hearts, open doors and open minds. Experience spiritual living built on belonging, believing, blessing. Not confined to our building, we are people who are everywhere, every day. We are free to be ourselves, included, accepted, welcomed and people who help each other.

Mission Statement: We are a diverse, intentional, inclusive, compassionate, hope-filled Christian family of faith, seeking to respect everyone’s individuality and dignity as Jesus modelled, creating safe space, to demonstrate the spirit of God’s love through worship, work, growth, and respect for all creation. We celebrate and value people of every age, health, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family configuration, background, ability, interest, culture, economic circumstance and faith journey. All are encouraged to be in full participation in the life and work of all ministries. We endeavor to be aware of, and responsive to, the needs in our community and beyond.       

We warmly welcome everyone and extend a special welcome to all guests today.

This morning thank-you to:

Greeters: Carolle and Carol

Candle Lighter: Cliff

Scripture Reader: Aryanna

Media Technologists: Sound: Mary; PowerPoint: Teddy; Zoom: Abi

Soloist and Scripture into Script Reader 2: Brenda

Soloist and Announcements: Christena-Lynn

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no junior church. All children should remain in their family bubble at their seats. Please ensure your family has picked up their JAM pack (Jesus and Me backpack) JAM packs should remain at the church. Each child has a notebook in the JAMPack and children’s worship bulletins are in Ziploc bags.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no fellowship or refreshments times following worship. Please proceed outside immediately following worship as directed.

Bold print – Congregational response              

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not currently permitted to have congregational speaking or singing. Today we will have some soloist accompaniment the hymns to help us continue to adjust to these many new ways of being together safely and following public health and UCCAN.

Thank-you for your understanding and patience.

* – rise in body or spirit (stand or remain sitting according to your comfort.)

To Ponder: Please provide feedback as we learn these new ways of being together and a part.  What sacred bundles are on your heart?

* GATHERING MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “All Who Hunger” VU #460 v. 1 Words: Walter Mathams

All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wandering.  Here, in truth, we will be fed.

You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS:

Surely God is in this place. Help me notice.

Welcome and thank-you for joining us on this seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Creation Time 3, September 27, 2020.  We are an affirming ministry of the United Church of Canada. Wherever you are, whoever you are, there is room for all.

MUSICAL PRELUDE and LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES:

As we light the Christ candle, may the symbol of the colour orange renew in us connection to creation, to vulnerabilities—our own, our indigenous brothers and sisters and all those feeling challenged in this season.

As we light the community candle, may we feel the deep connection with those who have been neighbours here before us and the neighbourhoods we faithfully serve, that we might make a difference and be in peace with one another.

As we light the candle for our world, we pray for peace and healing in all of creation, that Christ’s light and love shines.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LANDS: 

We acknowledge, honour and respect this land and the Anishnabeg/Mississauga peoples with whom Treaty 20, Williams treaty, was signed, on the lands where we are and we acknowledge also and give thanks for the lands and people of treaties and unceded territories of all who are worshiping. It is up to all of us to live into truth, respect, reconciliation and right relations.

CALL TO WORSHIP:

Creator Spirit, open our hearts and minds.

          May we hear all you speak to us today.

God, you are everywhere in everything.

          We come connecting with all that is sacred.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “Deep in Our Hearts” MV #154 Words: John Oldham

Deep in our hearts there is a common vision; Deep in our hearts there is a common song;

Deep in our hearts there is a common story, telling Creation that we are one.

Deep in our hearts there is a common purpose; Deep in our hearts there is a common goal;

Deep in our hearts there is a sacred message, justice and peace in harmony.

Deep in our hearts there is a common longing; Deep in our hearts there is a common theme;

Deep in our hearts there is a common current, flowing to freedom like a stream.

Deep in our hearts there is a common vision; Deep in our hearts there is a common song;

Deep in our hearts there is a common story, telling Creation that we are one.

OPENING PRAYER/ASSURANCE/WORDS OF HOPE:

I invite you to pray in whatever way is comfortable for you. Placing your feet on the floor to receive the earth connection beneath you, opening yourself to notice and be aware of your body and breath. We breathe in together, inviting the holy, the divine, the sacred to fill our being and as we breathe out we let go of tension and stress, allowing ourselves to be open to the silence.

A few moments of silence

Vibrant God, Your creation explodes with the colours of the rainbow.
Your peoples reveal the beauty of diversity.
We remember today when the joy and dignity of a precious child was destroyed.
We lament today for the childhoods lost through the residential school system.
We mourn for the spirits crushed and the futures compromised.
Celebrate the hope and joy of every child.
Tell the stories of resistance that make us stronger.
Build the bonds of solidarity to ensure “never again”.

Confront us to make a difference, to stand up against injustice, bullying and inequity, to live in peace and care for all of Creation.

FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART:

In the name of the one who was child among us. Amen

WORDS OF HOPE:

“Children Learn What They Live” by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have goals.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

So why these orange shirts? It came out of one little girl’s experience. Phyllis Jack Webstad shares about her orange shirt, from when she was six and taken to residential school in Williams Lake, BC in 1973. We are wearing orange today and on Wednesday to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. May we be open to listening and hearing in love and respect.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “Jesus, Friend of Little Children” VU #340

Jesus, friend of little children, let me be one too;

take my hand, and ever keep me close to you.

Teach me how to grow in goodness, daily as I grow.

You have been a child, and surely you must know.

Never leave me, nor forsake me; ever be my friend;

for I need you, from life’s dawning to its end.

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD:  Exodus 17:1–6 and Matthew 21:28-30 NRSV

Exodus 17:1-7 – Aryanna


17:1 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.

17:2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”

17:3 But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?”

17:4 So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

17:5 The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.

17:6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 

Matthew 21:28-30 NRSV – Sharon

21:28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’

21:29 He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went.

21:30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go.

Scripture into Script: Cliff: Voice; Sharon: Reader 1; Brenda: Reader 2

Voice: Come, beloved. Come and be a blessing to the people in need. There is much to be done, and I have equipped you to serve and heal. Come, the time is now to work for hope and justice.


Reader 1: I’m ready, Lord. Just look at me! I will go into the fields of need and bring your words of compassion and justice! I just have to finish this one little task before I go.

Voice: The time to serve is now. The task you so urgently need to complete will still be there when you have done as I have asked. Why do you hesitate?

Reader 1: I’m not hesitating, exactly. Well, you know what I mean. Do you really need me to come right now? Can’t I have a little time? OK, I’ll come, I promise.

Voice: Come, dear one. I have need of your gifts and talents. There is much work to be done, and I have chosen you to be part of this great service.Reader 2: Listen, Lord! I know you need everyone to help, but I’m really not the person. I’m not good enough. I don’t have the talents everyone else seems to have. I don’t know why you are asking me. Surely there are others who are much more qualified than I am. I just can’t do this right now. I know you understand.

Voice: And the first one, who said that they would come, did not come. Instead, the task that seemed so urgent claimed them. The words were strong, but the commitment was not. However, the second one, who believed they were not good enough and did not have the talent, did come and work. Each one that God has called is given strength and courage. Each one has talent and abilities that are needed in this world for healing. Each one is loved by God and strengthened by God’s compassionate forgiveness. It is easy to say yes and then back down. It is also easy to say no claiming inability. But God knows us better. God calls to each of us. How can we, who have received so much from God, say no. Come, dear friends, the time is now to serve. Right now, in this place, in this hour, in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “Victorious” Solo by Christena-Lynn Erglis

MESSAGE:  Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts and meditations of all our hearts bring praise to you O God who is always with us.  May we uphold our sacred bundles and strive for all that brings us closer to you. In Jesus name. Amen.

Parched and thirsty, the people in the desert are fed up. They have had enough and think they would prefer to turn back. Last week we read of their hunger and the mana and quail being provided. They were overwhelmed by God’s provision for them. but now they are thirsty. They need water. They want a new assurance God is with them. Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggeman.

Frames it this way: What person crushed by depression or deep mourning or pressing need hasn’t asked, “Where is God?” Such a person doesn’t want to hear church talk or complex theology. “Show me” they cry   and we cry! As the Israelites continue their transitions into their new identity, as a free people, they are not feeling all the possibilities ahead or embracing the transformation taking place. They claim they had it better when they were in captivity. Fear and scarcity clouded their memory of the oppression, abuses, injustices of being an enslaved people. In Exodus, the people are crying out, living into their question Hey God are you there? a question we daily live into as well. They only sense their misery and are not noticing, not lifting up all the ways in which God has been with them. In desperation Moses cries out to God, fearful of being stoned. Professor Karoline Lewis reminds us of God’s threefold response. God hears, and responds, goes ahead of Moses and provides!

The water is given and the Israelites are satisfied for another fleeting moment, “ready to complain another day”! We sometimes forget all our God moments Think of your own desert experiences, fears, scarcity, and how easily we can get triggered and have the past resurface in our lives. “God are you with us or not?” Some of us may be in that desert right now. We can also be in a space of yes, we know God is with us but we are struggling to feel it. As we face our present circumstances, fears and second wave pandemic, rising numbers, we may be triggered to the early days of pandemic six months ago.  It is a real and challenging journey we are walking.

Adults who attended residential schools carry the lifelong affects of their experiences. Phyllis Jack Websted’s orange shirt confronts us to do all we can to be able to follow the way of love and mean it. We are called to listen to the stories and hear them, honour them, to be open to love. These are sacred bundles! Many of you, have watched children grow through this church and have been there to prayerfully support their families as each milestone is celebrated. Phyllis would have been about the age of Phoenix when she was taken from her family. At six Phyllis’ initial excitement for this new school was quickly lost —  from her new shirt and clothing taken from her to enduring three hundred sleeps before seeing a family member. She was the third generation of her family to be taken to residential school. Phyllis, her mom and her grandmother before her, had to wonder Creator are you with us?

How do you connect with times of wanting a response from God, some assurance?

What life giving waters have refreshed your parched body, mind and spirit this week?

In Matthew today, we meet Jesus in the outer temple in Jerusalem, nearing the end of his public ministry, talking to a group of people, giving them life giving spiritual water. The chief priests come by to listen. The chief priests had a lot of wealth and power. They were looking after things for the Romans, in exchange for being able to retain their temple. In the verses that proceed this parable, the chief priests try to trick and trap Jesus with a question about authority, in a legalistic word game. They know they are intentionally not asking a reasonable question. Seeing their ploy, Jesus instead turns table and asks them a trick question relating to John’s Baptism. No matter what answer Jesus had given, the answer was a trap. No matter what answer the chief priests gave Jesus, it was a trap. The chief priests knew it and Jesus knew it! Jesus challenges them to walk the talk of God’s love! He does so with three parables, the first of which we hear today. One person said no they would not go to work in the vineyard, but then changed their mind and went to work. The other said yes they would help but they did not follow through.

The authorities are being asked to be accountable for their actions, for their words and choices and we can apply that to our own choices for living. Are we living as God among us, are we embracing ways that honour our faith. Gandhi is quoted for saying he loves our Christ but not so much people who call themselves Christians.  Gandhi’s observations were that people did not often act like the Christ they professed to follow! “say what you mean, mean what you say and do what you said you were going to do” Engage in confidence and  love and trust to commit to yes and follow through.

Can you sense how living our faith is like our Christ candle? The flame glows through the body of the candle, much like our faith glows through us. We can’t just keep the candle and not use it, save it for some future special time. The time is now!

Unshared, our faith can dim. If the wax just puddles and builds up, the flame can dim until it is poured out, spread and renewed. We might light candles in memory of loved ones, in the window keeping home fires burning. This week we lit candles for the guaranteed livable income program. Sharing our faith can be messy and filled with wonder. When we share, our faith becomes stronger. That light can become brighter and we feel more connected to the light that shines through us! As you gaze upon a candle that has burned down, notice its beauty and gift. What does a burning candle mean for you?

We take the light into the world, the melted parts symbolic of service given and the smoke that moves into the air carried by each of us.

The children of Israel needed the light to burn brighter, the reassurance of water that re-fueled their body, rekindled faith and assurance of God with them. The Israelites lamented for a more constant sense and assurance of God’s presence and action in their lives. The chief priests needed to walk the talk following an authority of God’s love. Phyllis Websted asks us to listen and respond, to be open and hear the sacred stories. Name your sacred bundles, drink of the living water, let your light shine! Now is the time to serve!   Celebrate we do know God is with us and we act in love. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:

God, Creator and Great Mystery, we praise you for the Sacred Fires that burn today and for the prayer-filled smoke that you receive and bless. We offer our deep gratitude that the Fire’s light informs and guides our journey. We pray, just as the Elders prayed, for renewal and for the restoration of beauty to the land and its people.

We acknowledge the diverse and abundant gifts of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. We recognize that their knowledge and wisdom have benefited generations past and present, and that this blessing will continue for generations to come. We remember the many who are committed to the healing of family, community, and nations.

We pray for Mother Earth, the waters, the winds, for our siblings the animals, birds, and fish, and all of life that surrounds us. We pray that we will walk the good Red Road of life, and that we will walk with courage, honesty, humility, love, respect, truth and wisdom.

Holy One, Great Comforter and Healer, we lift up all those struggling to carry burdens, memories and stories so heartbreaking. for all the ways that children are not valued as sacred bundles, for all those struggling with mental health and mental illness. Open our hearts, our minds and our arms to receive and comfort, support and encourage those who need hope.

We pray for the Residential School survivors who are still struggling. We pray for all the intergenerational survivors dealing with the trauma that was passed on due to lack of culturally appropriate healing services and programs. We pray for our own need to be educated as we work together to shine a light on injustice. On Orange Shirt Day, we come filled with compassion and the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

Spirit of Life, renew in us the thirst to be spiritually renewed and revived. God of all trust, help us lay down burdens, reclaiming our joy. Thank-you that we find you in everything, everywhere. We do come with our many joys and concerns, hear us now as we name them in our hearts…

We pray in humility and hope, and in the name, of our brother Jesus, the one who lights our path to wholeness, justice and peace who taught us to pray:  

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever! Amen.

WE ARE SENT OUT IN FAITH TO SERVE

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” VU #481 Words: Omer Westendorf

Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing, the people of God from this dwelling take leave. The supper is ended, O now be extended the fruits of this service in all who believe.

The seed of Christ’s teaching, receptive souls reaching, shall blossom in action for God and for all. God’s grace did invite us, God’s love shall unite us to work for the kingdom and answer its call.

With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, the tasks of our everyday life we will face.

Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing God’s children of each tribe and race.

With your feast you feed us, with your light now lead us; unite us as one in this life that we share. Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving give honour to Christ and the name that we bear.

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

Go now in peace. We go forth to share streams and rivers of love. We seek to notice God’s presence, to be accountable, to honour and protect all of our sacred bundles, to drink of life-giving water, to listen and learn.

Set a place for all who hunger. Fill the cup of all who thirst. And as you go, may the Spirit of power and love attend you, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ uphold you, and may the great faithfulness of our God sustain you, now and forever. Amen.

CHORAL RESPONSE:  MINISTRY OF MUSIC:

“I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” VU #575 verse 1

I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere Lord, anytime!

I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere Lord, anytime!

Congregational Announcements

POSTLUDE

Resources:

Opening prayerAdapted from a prayer by Jennifer Henry, Kairos Canada

Scripture into Script by Nancy C. Townley, Ministry Matters, classic worship connection for Oct. 1, 2017

Opening of Prayers of the People  adapted, a prayer for Indigenous Day of Prayer by the Rev. Maggie Dieter, former Executive Minister, Aboriginal Ministries and Indigenous Justice; and Bill Snow, Stoney Nakoda First Nation, Alberta, member of the Indigenous Justice and Residential School Committee

https://www.united-church.ca/pra…/we-praise-you-sacred-fires

second part of Prayers of People adapted from a prayer from Honarine Scott, the Healing Programs coordinator of the Indigenous Ministries Circle.

VIDEO: Phyllis Jack Webstad shares about her orange shirt, from when she was six and taken to residential school in Williams Lake, BC in 1973.

A Few Announcements …

Greetings from Sharon

Thank-you to all who celebrated worship with us this past Sunday! We are trying very hard to figure things out and are so grateful for the kindness, patience, gratitude of all. We appreciate that at times, things can be difficult and it is frustrating. We are following protocols and appreciate everyone’s effort to do so. An ad says: Be kind. Wear a mask. Be safe. Wash your hands frequently. Be smart. Observe physical distancing and stay home if you are not feeling well!

As we try to make things work, we are gathering in-person for worship, can offer service via TV monitor in the hall, gather by Zoom on-line and DUC will hopefully be putting services up on the Dunsford United Church YouTube as soon as they have the capacity. In the meanwhile I have been doing a recording off my phone to make available. So appreciate the kindness of folks who appreciate the efforts. If anyone has tech experience, recommends or can help us in some way, we welcome your support. The service will continue to also be distributed by email and by Canada Post for those without internet.

A reminder that this Sunday is orange shirt day. Everyone is encouraged to wear orange on Sunday and again on Wednesday September 30, when people across Canada will be invited to wear orange. we wear orange, thinking about indigenous children, removed from their families, from their places of safety and security, taken to residential schools. What sacred bundles are on your heart? What do you thirst for? In Exodus the people are thirsty and frustrated. God provides water from the rock at Horeb. We are confronted by the challenges of doing what you say you are going to do and meaning it and times of being confronted that we don’t feel enough but we try anyway! Come join us as we journey deeper into our faith.  

Next Sunday October 4, you are invited to bring a photo of a pet… current, past or one you are hoping for, or just hold animals on your heart. Oct. 4 is Blessing of Animals as we think about the Patron Saint of Animals St. Francis of Assisi and a messenger of peace and care of creation. For those joining by Zoom or watching YouTube, give your animal friends a special pat.

In all you do, honour who you are and whose you are! Stay safe and stay well.

A Note About Kidney Foundation Walk and Research:  We are so grateful for all the dialysis unit at Ross Memorial Hospital does for people needing this treatment. Doris Dames, who has had more than a thousand treatments, each about four hours in length can attest to the kindness and care of staff. She has been a mentor, ambassador and advocate. Due to COVID, she is participating in the annual walk for the kidney foundation in an adapted manner this year. Each participant does their walk on their own time and chosen place for safety. Doris, her daughter and granddaughter will be doing their walk beginning at the dialysis unit door and ending there. Each treatment is several hundred dollars. It all adds up! Thank you for your support of Doris in her walk again this year.

Re-Opening Team Update from Carolle:

Thank you so much to the small group who have faithfully and tirelessly continued, for several months, to keep track and plan for DUC reopening.

Recent Government announcements do NOT affect our Church supervised reopening. They are for, “unorganized and private social gatherings”, which reduced those numbers to “10 indoors and 25 outdoors”, as new covid-19 cases are being traced to private parties, weddings, college and university gatherings.

DUC reopening rules were not our choice but mandated by our Health Unit and ECORC rules from United church of Canada.

*** Please note from ECORC:  ***

“Remember, should you have an outbreak, members of your community of faith could become very ill or die. In case of an outbreak, your actions will face media scrutiny. Failure to have adequately assessed the risk and created a plan may open you to legal liability and void your insurance coverage.”.

Again, more jobs fall on fewer numbers, due to the fact that almost half decided not to come back at this time.

Please stay positive with the wishes of the majority surveyed, who said, we want the church to reopen. Please respect the rule that you do not enter the church until invited by the Greeter at the front door. (9:40 please. We will adjust as needed.) If someone is in your regular, up close bubble, you may sit together, but if not, then 6 feet is the rule.

Please bring your coat to your seat and hang it over the pew in front of you. Winter boots will be tracking salt to our seats. Does anyone have a connection with a car company? I was thinking that the disposable floor mats would help reduce cleaning if we put them in the pews being used. Any other ideas?

Due to the fact that our income has been reduced , kitchen facilities are not being used and that our washrooms are only  used with in a very limited time line, we turned the 40 gallon hot water tank off  to help reduce our hydro bill. There is soap and cold water as well as hand sanitizer available. The Health Unit said that, “kitchen facilities had to have hot and cold running water”. No mention of washrooms. Arvada has used the kettle to boil some water if needed for cleaning. 

Important message from the Mission Board

We are sorry to announce that Gregory P has advised the board of Dunsford United Church that he intends to break the contract we currently have with him for the services of Treasurer. We wish to thank Greg for his hard work getting our books set up on a new system and providing excellent bookkeeping services for us since 2018. Greg has assured us that he will continue in his role until the end of this year and provide the year-end reports for 2020. We are sad to see him go and wish him well in his future endeavors. 

We will now be actively recruiting for a Treasurer which will be a paid position. If you yourself, or someone you know has accounting or bookkeeping experience that would work well in this role, we invite you to contact the church office or a board member. Please provide contact information so that we can forward more details when a job description becomes available.

Yours in Christ, Carol E

UCW update: The ladies will not be meeting in October.

Needed: Two people (members of the same household would be best) to run the PowerPoint and sound system. Please contact the office if you are willing to help on Sundays.

Please remember in your prayersthose dealing with physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual difficulties, their care providers, those at home, in nursing homes and in hospital who are facing illness, bereavement and other life challenges.

Please let us know if someone is ill, in hospital or going through a challenging time.

PAR is a direct debit program through an automatic monthly withdrawal from your bank account. It is a convenient way to provide consistent, year-round financial support to our church. Completed forms may be sealed in an envelope, attention: Kathy Prentice, and placed on the offering plate.  If you are already on PAR (pre-authorized remittance), THANK YOU! We encourage you to continue to make your financial offerings to the church. Offerings can be made by cheque, through PayPal or on the new website soon, by clicking the “Canada Helps” donation button on our website.  Please do what you can to continue to support our ongoing mission and ministry together. 

No offering is being collected during worship as part of our COVID-19 protocols. Your offering can be placed in the offering plate on the table as you exit worship.

Letter from the Chair of the Mission Board: September 22, 2020

Dear friends,

It’s harvest time! As you think about the harvests you have brought in from your gardens and fields, let me tell you about the harvests we have been reaping at Dunsford United Church!

  • We learned how to have meetings while staying safe in our own homes
  • We connected with each other by phone and with lawn and porch visits, sharing and caring
  • We executed a plan to be able to hold worship services in our church during a pandemic
  • We created family JAM packs for children to further explore the weekly message during our intergenerational services
  • We updated our church web site – check it out at dunsfordunitedchurch.com
  • We connected our church camera to our laptop and sound system to livestream our church services
  • We continue to work on technology upgrades to make our livestream experience better

As Thanksgiving approaches, I invite you to think of the experiences that you have had over the last six months and name for yourselves the blessings you have been able to harvest.

On behalf of the Mission Board, I extend to you all a warm invitation to come out on Sunday, October 11 at 10 a.m. as Nancy Payne leads our Thanksgiving/Anniversary worship service. We will also be livestreaming through zoom for those who would like to participate from home.

As we celebrate our church anniversary this year, I ask you to consider making a special gift to our church through an anniversary offering. You may leave a marked envelope in the offering plate or send your cheque to Kathy Prentice or the church office. We also have a convenient “Donate Now” button on our web site that will allow you to use a credit card or Paypal to make your donation. The Mission Board, staff members and volunteers have all been doing their best to keep costs low over the spring and summer. But without the help of our annual fundraisers, we continue to struggle with our financial commitments. All donations received will be greatly appreciated.

I thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our community of faith and I wish you all the best through this fall season.

Yours in Christ,

Carol E                                                     

Chair of Mission Board                                          

DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

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Junior Choir Director and Church Bookings: CL Erglis (call/text) 705-879-0303

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