Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – November 4, 2020

Update from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit:

Use of Non-Medical Masks Face Coverings During Religious Services

Everyone must wear a mask at all times when indoors attending a place of worship.

The only exceptions are anyone who:

  • Is younger than two years of age;
  • Has a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering
  • Is unable to put on or remove a mask or face covering without help from another person.
  • Needs to temporarily remove their mask or face covering while in the indoor area, as it may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
  • Is being reasonably accommodated in accordance with the Human Rights Code.
  • Performs work for the business or organization, is in an area that is not accessible to members of the public, and is able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres (6 feet) from every other person while in the indoor area.

Greetings from Sharon

As the November winds blow and the weather shows its unpredictability, it can be a mirror for some of our own feelings and reactions as the pandemic keeps holding us with high numbers and deep concerns. Some days we are so aware of the impacts of COVID-19 and its restrictions and changes in what is needed, and sometimes there are moments when all feels okay. We keep remembering that God has not brought us this far to leave us! In the midst of chaos, we can find calm, peace and draw strength.

We must be vigilant in our efforts.

As you heard on Sunday in worship, and can read in Carol’s letter, we are again pivoting, being sensitive to the realities of this time and place. Everyone is encouraged to join this Sunday in-person or join in via Zoom to take part in our observations for Remembrance Day during worship Nov. 8 at 10:00 A.M. We are very grateful for Hailey Elliott and Tyler Elliott who will be laying the wreath, and to Brenda, Sylvia, Brian and Cliff for special music ministries.

On November 15, 22, and 29, we will be meeting by Zoom at 10:00 A.M. There will be no in-person worship. Please continue to watch the newsletter for ways to participate in the special food bank collection being done Sun. Dec. 6. Fay Carslake is working with Carol Embury to bring this together. Can you help by picking up donations in the community, dropping off food at the church, receiving donations. Let Carol know.

Dec. 13 will be our only “in-person”, in the sanctuary seasonal worship. This will be Advent 3 Joy. Dec. 20 we will meet by Zoom and Dec. 24 will be an outside service beside the manger. More details to follow.

If you are interested in worship and all its dynamics, please come to the church Thurs. Nov. 12 at 5:30 for a worship meeting or join in by Zoom. With much gratitude to C L, who will be setting up the worship meeting via Zoom for anyone who wants to chat about worship but prefers to join via internet or phone in.

Stay safe and stay well.

Prayerfully,

Sharon

Update from the Mission Board:

In a motion approved by the Dunsford Executive on Thurs. October 29, 2020, Dunsford United Church is again pivoting in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on our life and work. For safety, health, cost savings and with prayerful sensitivity to attendance patterns, people resources, what the congregation survey suggested and what has been experienced at DUC during September and October, in-person will now be held only once a month.  

The Sundays between in-person services will take advantage of other forms of doing ministry together. The Worship team will be working hard to make sure there are opportunities for worship as well as caring for our community in the coming months until we are once again allowed to have a full sanctuary for Sunday services. Sunday, December 6th (our White Gift Sunday) is going to be a food drive day for the Dunsford Food Bank. Other Sundays may offer virtual Bible study or Christmas music. An outdoor Christmas Eve event is in the works and we are looking for interested persons to form a planning team for that occasion. We are still in early planning stages so stay tuned for updates in the coming days and weeks and please lend a hand where you are able.

Save these tentative dates for these in-person worship services in the sanctuary, if public health continues to allow us to safely gather: Nov. 8 (Remembrance Day); Dec. 13 (Advent 3 Joy); Jan. 10 (Epiphany/Baptism of Our Lord;) and Feb.14 (Love, Fellowship and Friendships)

We can also confirm now that Karen Hart has been successfully recruited to take on the position of Treasurer for our church. Karen has lived in Dunsford, right across from the church, for several years and has excellent experience. We will be welcoming her aboard before the end of this year.

White Gift Sunday Food Bank Drive

Please collect non-perishable items for a Food Bank drive taking place at Dunsford United Church on Sunday, Dec. 6. Tentatively, we will have the church hall open for drive-through donations from 2-4 p.m. We would also like to provide porch pickups and are looking for volunteers who would be willing to be driver/collectors. The Kawartha Lakes Food Source has a fun “Reverse Advent Calendar” which lists 30 items that would be beneficial donations at this time of year. 

Here is a link to their website  https://kawarthalakesfoodsource.com/introducing-our-reverse-advent-calendar-for-the-2020-holiday-season/

As we are moving towards the Christmas season with pandemic restrictions and precautions still upon us, it is anticipated that the need will be great so please encourage your friends and neighbours to get involved as well!

For those who would like to volunteer to help, please call or email me ASAP so that we can firm up times for our advertising. Thank you!

Carol Embury 705-738-3183 emburyc@gmail.com

Financial Update for October from the Treasurer, Greg Phillips

Opening balance: $40,693.96

Closing balance: $39,064.16

Operations Acct: $(30,907.04)

Income: $6053.26

Expenses: $7683.26

Mission & Service Food for the North toonie campaign. This year, due to Covid, we encourage congregations to embrace the “fill the pill bottle” spirit, but to participate by providing a cheque to their church marked “Food for the North”.  Reminder: Don’t forget to include your name and envelope number so your donation is recognized and counts toward your M&S annual givings.  Thank you for participating. 

The Dunsford Community Food Bank: Fay Carslake is the Coordinator and may be reached at faycarslake@hotmail.com or 705-341-3699

   Bits from Brenda


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