Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – December 16, 2020
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Greetings from The Chair: Advent 4 – LOVE
A pandemic is the perfect time to reach out to our neighbours with love in our hearts. It will be the small acts of kindness that will be remembered when we all look back on these months. I appreciate the words of support and encouragement I have received as your new Chair this year. Wishing you love and blessings always.
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.
Due to technical difficulties, we are unable to provide a recorded copy of the Dec. 13 worship service on our Dunsford UC channel. Please see Sharon’s YouTube channel for a link.
Even during this pandemic, Diane C. has beautifully decorated the church, although on a much smaller scale than usual. Our thanks to Diane, Carol E. for taking the video, and Brenda for the background music. Christmas Sanctuary 2020 – YouTube
Greetings from Sharon
Well friends, the days are flying by and I pray the joy of the Lord is touching your hearts. With so much going on, it may feel like the joy is there for fleeting moments, but a moment of joy is so powerful. Thank-you everyone for the beautiful holiday floral arrangement that arrived at my house on Monday, on behalf of the Dunsford Community of Faith. It was a beautiful gift and I offer my heartfelt thanks for the kindness, with a special thanks to Carol E, who I am thinking was the kind elf, on behalf of our whole Dunsford family of faith.
Thank-you to all who were able to join us in-person Sunday, or virtually and for your many kind connections with me this month. Please reach out 705 875-8837.
Thank-you to all who have tried to make Zoom work in livestream and recording and for those who have tried to tune in. We are not there yet! Tech issues continue to provide their challenges and sadly again, the Zoom did not work well Sunday. So grateful for efforts but Carol indicates the quality was very poor and not worth trying to put on the Dunsford United Church YouTube link. If you know anyone who might assist with troubleshooting and help find a resolve, please contact Carol E or the office to leave a message. Please watch for updates and progress in the new year.
Cliff and I have recorded off a cellphone and while amateur, we offer the worship on my personal YouTube channel. You are warmly invited to tune in at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu14-ljzw3VOWqvvBC3KP3A
Also enjoy the continued postings of Advent stories and prayers with Cliff and I as Cliff reads me Christmas stories.
Some prayer updates
Henry continues to adjust to having sight only in his left eye, and it is not expected that any vision can be restored to his right eye. He is managing very well. His recent PSA test showed his levels at zero and we are so very thankful for this great news. Testing will continue every three months for the next five years. Nancy and Henry ask for prayers for Bekki and family as Bekki’s sister-in-law, Ian’s sister, is palliative, having been journeying with cancer for twelve years. Please hold all in prayer.
Kristen remains in hospital in Toronto following major surgery last Thursday. Your texts, emails and prayers mean so much as she continues on this journey of recovery and healing.
Shirley W. was out on Sunday and provided the wonderful update that Jim is doing really well following his hip replacement surgery. With therapy having begun on Monday, we pray for Jim’s continued healing as well.
We continue to lift up all who are struggling, lonely, ill, grieving. Please extend your heart of love, caring and compassion. Stay connected with each other and support each other with calls, texts, emails, virtual connections and prayers.
Continue to lift up the needs of our Community of Faith. We celebrate that Kevin will be at Dunsford United as temporary supply minister, providing spiritual care and ministry. We are so grateful. Watch for updates in the new year. Kathleen Whyte is the liaison assigned to work with Dunsford United Church as you move into this next season of your life as a community of faith. Prayerfully discern how you are being called in participating in sharing the on-going story of your faith and Dunsford United Church. It takes a village, and everyone is needed! Contact Carol E or another member of nominating team or executive to learn more. Discern how you might nurture your gifts in sharing the story of Dunsford’s life and work.
Dec. 20 Advent 4 Love -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. (Weather permitting and according to guidelines of our local public health).
We will gather outside in the manger at the stable for a brief family worship at 4:00 P.M.
Some people may wish to stand, bring chairs, park along the road and remain in their vehicles, and we will have some chairs available if folks need them.
We are asking people to stay within their family bubbles and be distanced as much as possible.
Everyone is invited to bring a long their cell phone to use the flashlight feature, a regular flashlight, battery operated candle or to turn on vehicle lights as we close our time together.
Dec. 27 Comfy Cozy Sunday pre-recorded for YouTube
Moderator, Richard Bott’s Christmas message
Dunsford District Elementary School Parent Council is doing a Mabel’s Labels fundraiser until the end of the year. Contact the school 705 793-2088.
The Church Office will be closed Wed. Dec. 30th.
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”
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 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”