Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – December 9, 2020
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Greetings from The Chair: Advent 3 – JOY
We hear the word “joy” quite a lot these days. Lotto 649 commercials say “joy is playing together” while a pharmacy advertises “12 days of joy”. Kind of a fast and loose way to use the word in advertising. It is a nice, catchy, short word that’s sort of fund to say and almost brings a smile to the face as you say it. No wonder that Christmas season advertising uses it a lot!
A quick check with Mr. Googly tells me the word joy appears at least 180 times in the bible, the count being different depending on which version of the bible you are referencing. If you are up for a challenge, find all the references you can. You can never experience too much joy!
May the joy of Advent be with you this month and often throughout the year.
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 – A BIG Success!
What a fantastic response to the food drive for the Dunsford Food Bank!! Fay reports that the shelves are full and there is some extra cash to buy even more. Thank you to everyone who made a donation and a special thank you to my three amigos Judy Stephens, Carolle Boyce and Mary McKay for helping with the collection.
Vacancies – I was disappointed to have to receive a letter from four wonderful, hard working women who have contributed so much to the Worship Team over the years. Diane, Christena-Lynn, Mary M, and Sylvia will all be stepping down at the end of the year. We are so grateful for their many combined talents and contributions over the years. Ladies, Thank You for everything! You will be missed very much!
This leaves us with a severe shortage of team members on Worship and also on Ministry and Personnel. In addition, we are in need of a vice-chair for the Mission Board. If you have ever thought that you might want to join one of our church teams, this would be a great time to do so. Please give this your prayerful consideration. Thank you.
Greetings from Sharon
In this third week of Advent, advent adventures abound but this year they seem of the most unusual kind. Most of us continue to essentially shelter in place – not on the run with our usual December hustle and bustle, get togethers and such; this year, creating space for continued deeper reflections. Perhaps like me, you are invited to travel in your mind’s eye with mindful memory moments. We’ve had a lot of conversations that reminisce with “Remember when …? Or When was it…?” We have thought about each decade of our existence mining what we can from each period of our lives with Christmas blessings. Photo albums can be consulted to fill in details, some people can be contacted to clarify details that have become blurred or missing, and the rest we allow our imagination to create. We continue to be taken to Jesus, to be drawn ever more closely to God, the source of all love. As we approach the Sunday of joy on December 13, 2020, some of us may be struggling. There may be other words that we are connecting with. If it is hard to feel joy, perhaps take a moment to pause, share a piece of scripture from the Christmas story, listen to a favourite Christmas carol and allow yourself to be present in the stillness saying the words: hope, peace, joy, love. Let these words resonate from within. Feel a shift, even if very small! Receive again these words from Luke 2:10,11 “…the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” We lean into our faith, looking for the Christ child, leading us to Bethlehem, loving one another ever-learning. Reach out this season and connect. Give me a phone call, a text, an email, arrange for a virtual face to face. Perhaps we can share a virtual cup of tea, you in your small corner and I in mine, made more blessed by the time we share together. Pre-recording of some worship is taking place in the sanctuary today, Dec. 9. Hope you can come to our in-person worship this Sunday, Dec. 13. It is also available on YouTube. Continue to monitor my personal YouTube channel for Advent stories and prayers with Cliff and I. All Sharon’s videos are available on Sharon’s YouTube channel.
Thanks for your continued prayers and kind wishes. Thanks also for all who supported the white gift outreach. We were so impressed by the work of volunteers at the drop off Sunday afternoon and know that all is so appreciated. Thanks to Carol, Carolle, Judy and Mary, and to Fay and her family at the Food bank.
Upcoming Worship Dates:
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.
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.
The Church Office will be closed Wed. Dec. 30th, 2020.
The Dunsford Community Food Bank: Fay Carslake is the Coordinator and may be reached at email@example.com or 705-341-3699
“Bows from Brenda” Video I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus – YouTube
From East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada
Goodwill to All: A Public, Intentional, Explicit Conversation on Anti-Racism in the Church: Join us as we examine the path forward in light of the United Church of Canada’s declaration to become an Anti-Racist Denomination Hosted by Tony Snow, Indigenous Lead, Chinook Winds Region and co-presented by Affirming Connections.
Dec 10, 7:30pm MST (9:30pm EST)
Rev. Dr. Paul Walfall – First United Church
Dec 17, 7:30pm MST (9:30pm EST)
Rev. Murray Pruden – Executive Minister, Indigenous Ministries and Justice and
Spirit River Striped Wolf – Student Association Mount Royal University President
Dec 20, 2pm MST, Rev. Dr. Bernice Saulteaux – National Elders Council, UCC
Register here: https://bit.ly/3fznzw5
or contact Tony Snow firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Dress Fundraiser:
My name is Adele Boy. I am a member of the Sandford-Zephyr Church family in the Uxbridge region and a Licensed Lay Worship Leader in the United Church of Canada. I write to you today as a community member of the Maamawi Collective in the Uxbridge area. It is a collective of volunteers who strive to produce a source of information about and create positive connections with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples. The name loosely translates as “walking together” and comes from the Ojibwe language. Walking together in a good way. At this time we are beginning our awareness and fundraising ‘Red Dress Pin’ and note card Campaign in support of Missing, Murdered and Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirited Persons (MMIWG2S). The campaign has been designed with input and artwork from local First Nations artists. The proceeds will be directed to a local indigenous women’s group. In the words of Mim Harder (Hodinohshoni and Anishinaabeg) and Matthew Stephens (Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nations) “May we continue to walk together”
Blue Christmas Service led by Moderator Richard Bott
TODAY: Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 7:30 p.m. EST / 4:30 p.m. PST
As we near one year of changed life because of COVID-19, we would like to offer a denomination-wide service of lament for Advent led by Moderator Richard Bott. If you’ve got one, you might want to bring a candle―battery or match operated―for this time of prayer, reflection, and song.
This will be a bilingual event. We’re offering simultaneous translation through our Zoom account, so if you wish to make use of this service, please be sure to connect to us through Zoom. The program will also be livestreamed to YouTube without the extra translation channels.