Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – December 2, 2020
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Greetings from The Chair: Advent 2 – PEACE
We receive a card from Project Ploughshares (a disarmament, peace-promoting organization) every year. The quote on the front of this year’s card is “without justice and love, peace will always be a great illusion” – Dom Helder Camara, 1909-1999 Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil.
May you experience justice and love and find peace. May you practise justice and love and share peace.
A New Church Profile Needed
As we look towards our future as a Community of Faith, we will need to create for ourselves a new Church Profile. The United Church of Canada provides a guide document for creation of the profile and it should be done annually. Ours was last done in 2015. Although working on a profile during Covid restrictions may be challenging, it can also be a very rewarding experience. Please contact the church office or the Mission Board Chair if you are interested in being a part of this team.
Food Drive Sunday, Dec. 6
Please remember our food drive this Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. Non-perishable food along with household and personal use items will be much appreciated! You can do a drive through drop off at the church parking lot or let us know if you need a porch pickup. Call Carol at 705-738-3183 before Sunday. Donations will go to the Dunsford Food Bank.
Greetings from Sharon:
Hoping you are settling into this simpler season of Advent. While it may not be easier, being so different, we are getting through it. How fortunate we are to know the true meaning of Christmas, the real reason for the season. Praying this season of love will bless you. A reminder that if you missed watching Sunday’s worship of Advent 1 Hope, we celebrated Communion virtually and also observed our Tinsel and Tears/Blue Christmas/Longest Night as we recognize season of grief, pain, loneliness and cope with feelings of loss. Continue to pray for all the people on your “Christmas list” and lift each other up, creatively connecting with each other sharing your love and compassion. Please give me a phone call if you would like to chat, send a text, email or let me know if you might like to set up a Zoom call so we can virtually connect. This time of year, porch visits are not so easy. If you might like to arrange to come and share a time of prayer in the sanctuary, please call me and we can set up a time. It will be a might chilly, but we will be out of the elements and the peace and serenity of our sanctuary may speak to your heart. We could be physically distanced, and I would be happy to pray with you and chat, allowing you to enjoy in- person the beautiful decorating for Christmas Diane Claridge has done. I can accommodate any day to meet at the church. Alternately, Christena-Lynn is working in the office on Wednesdays and can schedule a time for you to be in the sanctuary on your own, on the morning of Wednesday December 9, or during the day on December 16. I am not certain if the office is closing on December 23 and December 30. We will be using the sanctuary to record on Wednesday afternoon December 9 to complete our next prerecording of worship. While you are not physically present, please know the small worship and tech team feels you with us.
As part of our Advent offerings, I am inviting people to share in a story and prayer time with Cliff and I through prerecording on YouTube. It has been a tradition to read new and old, children’s stories during Advent. Drop by my YouTube channel and enjoy a few minutes of story and prayer. Many of the stories will be from our personal collection, lovingly shared in our home each year. Come enjoy!
A reminder that for this Sunday, December 6, Carol Embury has prepared some material for our reflection and spiritual care which C L will be including. As this is our white gift Sunday, everyone is reminded of the “fill the bank” food drive with drop off between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. on Sunday December 6, 2020. Please call Carol Embury or Fay Carslake if you can help. We hope folks can make it out for our next in-person worship Sunday December 13, 2020 at 10:00 A.M.
The Executive of Dunsford United meets tomorrow evening at 7:00 P.M. by Zoom. Pray for the recommendations from the worship team and planning for the new year.
Upcoming Worship Dates:
Dec. 6 Advent 3 Peace White Gift – no worship service. Carol will be emailing special readings and our focus is community outreach of our “white gifts.” Community Food Bank Food Drive… See reminders in this newsletter
** Dec. 13 Advent 3 Joy – In-service worship in the sanctuary
Dec. 20 Advent 4 Love – Will be a pre-recorded service on YouTube.
December 24 Christmas Eve
Option 1: Pre-recorded worship service on YouTube
** Option 2: In-person gathering 4:00 P.M. Outside in the manger at the stable beside the church building.
Dec. 27 Comfy Cozy Sunday pre-recorded for YouTube
** Please continue to monitor for updates for our in-person events. We cannot predict if restrictions might occur through public health because of the pandemic that will change our ability to gather in-person.
Stay safe and stay well.
Church Financial Update for November, from the Treasurer, Greg Phillips:
This month we had $6680 in wage subsidies for the last 4 months come in so that helped turn our numbers around this month.
Opening balance: $39,061.41
Closing balance: $41,140.63
Operations Acct: $(28,855.57)
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, attention Kathy. Please do what you can to continue to support our ongoing mission and ministry together.
Reminders for in-Person Services – masks and outerwear
Everyone must wear a mask, at all times, when indoors attending a place of worship. For more information, visit https://www.hkpr.on.ca
Please bring all personal belongings such as coats, sweaters, hats, umbrellas, boots or other outerwear to your pew. The pew in front of you and behind you will be empty, so you can place outerwear if you would like. We are entering at the narthex but exiting at the front of the sanctuary.
Fill Our “Bank” Drive-thru Food Drive
Sunday, Dec 6 from 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-341-3699
Bits from Brenda
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