Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – November 11, 2020

Message from the Chair of the Mission Board

Dear Friends,

As you have now heard, Rev. Sharon has submitted her resignation and we wish her well in finding a position that she feels called into. We keep her in our prayers.

As we prepare to say goodbye to Sharon, a rather daunting task lays before us. I ask you to think about where you would like to see Dunsford United Church a year from now. Can we summon the energy and determination to find ourselves a new leader for our ministry here or are we ready to let this little country church join the list of those that have closed their doors for good? We will be assigned a liaison person from the East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada who will help us work through the times ahead. I expect that we may have a temporary minister appointed to us so that we will have spiritual support during this time. I apologize for the somber tone of my message this week, but we seem to be entering a turning point in our history. We need a strong Mission Board to carry on and our board seems to be falling apart. Families with young children have left and our Junior Church numbers have gone into another slump. Energy seems to be waning for our big fundraising events which we need to boost our bank account. You, the people whose names are on the roll of this church, need to make the decision for its future.

I wanted to get this unpleasant business out of the way before we move into the Advent Season. This is a time for celebration and joy and it will be difficult enough during a pandemic. The worship team is working hard to put together both in-person and online music and worship throughout Advent that we hope you will enjoy. May you experience hope, peace, joy and love as we move towards Christmas. Together, we will find our way through this.

With thanks,

Carol Embury

Chair, Mission Board

Greetings from Sharon for November 11, 2020

On this day of remembering we lift up all who have gone to war and especially those who have given their lives. We remember all the ways people serve and can consider our own service to God. As we contemplate these new times of transition, while living through pandemic, we embrace possibilities. As always it takes a village, a team effort of everyone coming together and working together, committed to action into the new season of life ahead.

As we move forward in our last few months together, I pray you will continue to find deep wisdom as to what God is inviting you to take part in, in the life and work of Dunsford United. The pandemic continues to affect all of our lives and we know there is more to come. We have recorded a worship service in the sanctuary today with thanks to Brenda, Carol E, Christena-Lynn, Diane and Cliff supporting Brenda, Cliff and I in this new adventure of recording from our sanctuary. Please watch for an update via email.

Keep watching for more news about Advent and Christmas.

A reminder that there is a worship team meeting tomorrow (Thursday November 12, 2020) at 5:30. If you are interested in providing support, sharing ideas, getting involved, or just to learn what we are planning, please meet at the church hall or join via Zoom.

Let’s keep encouraging and supporting one another in all the ways that we can as we move forward in faith.

Stay safe and stay well.

Prayerfully, Sharon

Fill Our “Bank”

Drive-thru Food Drive

Sunday, December 6

2 – 4 p.m.

We are accepting canned food and non-perishable items along with personal hygiene products. We thank you for your generosity!

Drop off your donations to attendants at the Dunsford United Church parking lot.

Main subdivisions will receive door to door collection, so please have your donations on your front step by 2 to ensure social distancing. If someone does knock on your door, they will step back to talk to you.

If you are in a rural area and would like a pickup, please call 705-793-2511 and leave a message at the church office and someone will return your call.

All donations collected through this drive will be received by the Dunsford Food Bank for local distribution – Thank You!

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

Toronto United Church Council’s annual Heart & Vision Awards Concert recognizes individuals whose work advances social justice. This year, the award will be presented to Reverend Dr. Anthony Bailey and Dr. Hazel E. Hume Bigby for their significant contributions to the church’s and Canada’s understanding of the systemic nature of anti-Black racism within our nation. Please join us for a free online celebration at 7 pm on Monday, November 16 featuring the music of Jackie Richardson. Register at https://heartandvision2020.eventbrite.ca to receive the Zoom link.

Reminder: Everyone must wear a mask, at all times, when indoors attending a place of worship. For more information, visit the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit:

Bits from Brenda

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