Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – March 10, 2021
Update from the Chair
Anna Thurston – We were terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Anna Thurston on February 25th. Anna touched many lives in our community of faith and well beyond. There is a lovely obituary on Mackey’s web site https://www.mackeys.ca/memorials/anna-louise-thurston/2921942/obituary.php and in the local paper. Our thoughts are with Anna and Jack’s family and we hold them all in our prayers.
A Celebration of Life service is by invitation only on Saturday, March 13 at 2 p.m. The family has requested that Dunsford United Church live stream the service in our sanctuary and they have extended a small number of invitations. We are opening up the remainder of space to anyone who would like to attend and has not been invited already. Space is limited so you must register to reserve a spot by phoning me at 705-738-3183 (H) or 705-928-2352 (C). All Covid-19 protocols will be followed.
Masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed.
Annual General Meeting – Thank you to all who were able to attend the annual meeting! A combination of zoom and in person gathering, the meeting was a bit awkward to navigate through as chair, but the attendance of 32 people made it worth the effort. Special thanks to Christena-Lynn for acting as zoom host.
At the meeting, Gloria Thurston re-joined the Mission Board as an at large member. Helen Ryall re-joined the M&P committee. John Lummis offered to extend his chair position on M&P for another year, but our constitution requires him to take a year off. He will remain on the committee and lend his experience to the team. Many thanks to Gloria, Helen and John.
We are still short on members of the Mission Board and Worship team and M&P now is in need of a chair. Please prayerfully consider how you might help.
Kawartha Lakes moves into ‘Yellow-Protect’ on March 8 – What you need to know:
- As of 12:01 am on March 8, the HKPR District Health Unit region will move into the Yellow-Protect category.
- New restrictions are in place for businesses and organizations. Click below link for sector specific details.
Corrected link for ZOOM gathering for Two Spirit LGBTQIA+ folk in our region on Sunday, March 14
Thank you, with our sincere apology for the error.
Judy Amsbury and Rev. Elizabeth Macdonald
BIPOC Support Circle
An opportunity for sharing, support, and spiritual care around experiences of racism and racial trauma for Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour in The United Church of Canada. Facilitated by Keitha Ogbogu (lead pastor, West Springs Church), this gathering will offer a protected space to grieve and heal together.
Please note that this gathering is open exclusively to Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour in the United Church. If you have any questions, please contact Ren Ito in the Church in Mission Unit of the General Council Office. Register early, as space is limited.
When: Thursday March 11, 2021, 5:00‒7:00 p.m. PST (6:00‒8:00 p.m. MST / 7:00‒9:00 p.m. CST / 8:00‒10:00 p.m. EST / 9:00‒11:00 p.m. AST).
Sacred People, Sacred Earth: Day of Action
On March 11, 2021, people of faith around the world will launch and participate in a huge faith-climate day of action called Sacred People, Sacred Earth. The event is organized by Green Faith International, and the idea is to organize a local gathering with your community and register it on the main event webpage or join one that has already been listed. Here are three events you can join:
- March 11, 11:00 a.m. ET: For the Love of Creation’s Letter Writing via Zoom
- March 11, 7:00 p.m. ET: For the Love of Creation’s A Faithful Climate Conversation
- March 11, 11:00 a.m. ET: Montreal City Mission’s virtual gathering, hosted by United Church Minister the Rev. Wendy Evans
The Rev. Wendy Evans, who represented the United Church at the most recent UN Climate Conference in 2019, has written a blog post all about it.
What: Candlelight vigil to remember those who have died of COVID-19 and reflect on the hope that lies ahead.
1. Light a candle at 7 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, March 11, 2021
2. Online: All day on Thursday, March 11, 2021
1. At 7 p.m. (ET):
- Step out onto your balcony, porch or driveway and light a candle to honour the lives lost due to COVID-19
- Encourage your family, friends and neighbours to get involved
- Share your tribute on social media using the hashtags #Candle4COVID and #TogetherWeCanDoIt
2. Online all day:
- Profile your online presence with the image of a lit candle and the hashtags #Candle4COVID and #TogetherWeCanDoIt
A reminder to members of the public to follow public health measures in effect in their respective communities and regions. This includes minimizing contacts, wearing masks, practising physical distancing, washing your hands frequently and following public health advice regarding gatherings inside and outside.
Tot Spot Childcare Centre, Heritage Christian School is hiring
Do you have a passion when it comes to young children? We are looking for people to join our team at Tot Spot Experience an asset but we are willing to train the right candidates. We are a God centred program that works with children ages 18 months up to the age of 6. We are located in Heritage Christian School in Lindsay, Ontario.
The following positions are available: We are looking for casual part time staff to work directly with children. We are also looking for a supply kitchen cook. If you are curious or interested, please send your resume along with a Christian statement of faith to Jo Ann Edney email@example.com
Bits from Brenda
Dunsford Community Food Bank: Contact Fay Carslake 705-341-3699 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Office Hours: Wed. 9-5
Visit our new website: www.dunsfordunitedchurch.com
Worship Minister (Supply): Kevin Fitzpatrick 705-340-0973 / email@example.com
Envelope Steward: Kathy