Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – October 7, 2020

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.     


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Greetings from Sharon

We are safe and sound in Nova Scotia, feeling healthy and well, day 2 of self-isolation. We do a daily on-line check-in with public health. There are presently zero cases in the province, and they aim to keep it that way. We will be in quarantine until October 19.

The wedding on Saturday was perfectly perfect and we were all so very blessed. Protocols were in place and while it made for interesting moments, it all worked. The wedding was outside and during the ceremony the sun began shining and it was a special gift. It rained on Friday and it rained on Sunday but was perfect for the Saturday wedding. No greater gift than the gift of love!

There were 20 or maybe 21 in the sanctuary Sunday. I heard 20 but I know there was one or more who arrived later and not sure when the count I was told was done. Sylvia and Brenda blessed us with music Sunday. We acknowledged World Communion even though we were not celebrating the sacraments in the sanctuary due to health restrictions in the pandemic and we our blessing of animals via photos, in our heads and hearts worked, with those at home being able to have their pet with them. Creativity!

Speaking of which, please remember to send in any photos of your memorabilia, photos of veterans, or meaningful images for Remembrance Day observances to be held November 8. C L can add them into the PowerPoint for the day if she has received them by Wed. November 4.

I am very much looking forward to our Thanksgiving and anniversary service this Sunday, October 11. I will join by Zoom. Our worship leader and guest preacher is Nancy Payne. Kevin Fitzpatrick is leading worship October 18, 25 and November 1. Kevin is also covering pastoral emergencies.

Stay safe and stay well. As much as possible, minimize your contacts and offer abundance of thanks for health and well-being.

We will continue to get through all of this.

Prayerfully,

Sharon

Financial Update for September from the Treasurer, Greg Phillips

Opening balance: $41,874.46

Closing balance: $40,693.96

Operations Acct: $(29,223.24)

Income: $5,925.23

Expenses: $7,105.73

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.

Mission & Service: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”  Mark 12:31 (NRSV)

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you for all you do to live out Jesus’ call to love one another through your gifts to Mission & Service.  God’s compassionate presence is made real by the beautiful things that are happening because of your generosity.

We are grateful to the people of Dunsford United Church who have generously given $8,000 in 2019 to enable life-saving and life-changing work through our shared Mission & Service.

Mission & Service takes on a new importance as the church responds to the worldwide COVID-19 crisis.  Our ministries in Canada and across the world are acting quickly to help people whose lives have suddenly changed.  In-person outreach programs closed by social distancing have been replaced by food distribution and finding safe homes for people who are homeless.  Hospital chaplains are caring for COVID-19 victims and their families.  People are being helped to adapt to pandemic conditions and taught how to keep the virus from spreading.  Virtual camps and education programs are being offered to support families in isolation at home. 

Your gifts to Mission & Service make all this possible.  You are truly an example of what it means to love one another!  Please continue to be a part of our amazing ministry.

Blessings,

The Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott, Moderator, The United Church

Sarah Charters, Acting Director of Philanthropy

Kidney Walk: Doris raised $415 and thanks everyone who supported her.

SAVE THE DATE ORANGE THE WORLD
End Violence Against Women and Girls
Zoom webinar Wednesday, November 4, 11:30 am to 1 pm   Presented by GRANquinte and United Nations Association (Quinte) in collaboration with Three Oaks Foundation. Sponsored by East Central Ontario Regional Council, United Church of Canada.   The Orange Campaign is an annual United Nations global initiative to encourage action toward eliminating violence against women and girls. The 16 days between November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), and December 10 (Human Rights Day) are designated as Days of Activism. The colour orange, since it is such a bright and optimistic one, has become a key theme world-wide for the campaign representing a future free from violence.

The Dunsford Community Food Bank would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. I want to thank George Clarke for donating turkeys and carrots and Kathy Prentice for donating a large ham. Our families really appreciate everything the community is doing. Stay safe and stay well.  Your food bank coordinator, Fay

faycarslake@hotmail.com or 1-705-341-3166

Bits from Brenda


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