Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – March 17, 2021
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2021!
A stained glass re-creation of St. Patrick holding a shamrock, found in Junction City, Ohio. Photo by Nheyob/Wikimedia Commons.
Although the holiday originally started as a Christian feast day celebrating the life of St. Patrick and the spreading of Christianity to Ireland, today, it is a day of revelry and a celebration of all things Irish. Don’t forget to wear green!
Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He is credited with successfully spreading Christianity throughout Ireland—hence the Christian celebration of his life and name.
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Update from the Chair
We will be welcoming Rev. Anne Hepburn (retired) as our main pulpit supply minister beginning on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021! Anne is well known to many of us as she was our minister from September 2008 to October 2013 and we are so happy to welcome her back. The board and Search team are seeking input on how to proceed with providing worship materials to our community of faith.
Are you reading your weekly bulletin? Does this printed material meet your needs? Would you like to try a live zoom meeting on Sunday morning in addition to the transcript? Maybe a pre-recorded service would suit you better? Please provide feedback by telephone or email on this subject. Anne is wanting to serve DUC in the most effective ways possible.
We are currently seeking other worship leaders to provide service materials when Anne is not scheduled to be with us. An update will be provided as to who, what and when as we get those plans confirmed.
Anyone who is interested in acting as the board recording secretary or the region representative is asked to please let me know. Mary Lou has expressed an interest in the worship team but is not able to handle all three positions.
We continue to seek out a chair for M&P as well and there is currently no Vice Chair of the Mission Board.
Please prayerfully consider how you might help.
From ECORC (Regional Council):
Children, Youth and Young Adult Leaders
Sharon Hull, the Regional Council staff person for All Ages invites you to sign up for this new and improved mailing list to stay in touch and stay informed.
Long Term Care Crisis – We would like to form an ECORC Long Term Care Network and we need your help!
There was a small group of us from ECORC who were able to join in a national conversation on the crisis in long term care facilities. We would like to connect with others in our Regional Council who are also concerned about the quality of both spiritual and physical care in long term care facilities. Together we can make a difference.
Please click this link to join a mailing list to gather together https://ecorcuccan.ca/ecorc-long-term-care-network-mailing-list/
If you have any questions please email Sharon Hull at email@example.com
Attention all Allies within East Central Ontario Regional Council – The ECORC Affirming Forum needs to hear from you!
“Share, Ask, Answer! Creating a truly Affirming Regional Council- Zoom on March 21st
What needs to happen for East Central Ontario Regional Council to become a truly Affirming Ministry? Please come join with other Allies to have an open discussion and gathering.
Please use the link below to register for a zoom gathering on March 21, 2021 at 2:00pm – Deadline to register is March 17th.
Upcoming GLI Network Meeting
We were thrilled and energized by our first Guaranteed Livable Income Network event in Feb and excited to tell you about our second online gathering on Tues March 23 at 7pm.
We’ll hear from members of the youth wing of Basic Income Canada on what a GLI means for those just beginning their working lives in a time of such uncertainty and upheaval and Lois Wilson, former Moderator of the United Church and retired Senator on the decades long push for GLI in this country and on what our faith can help us unlearn about people living in poverty.
Also, we’ll get an update on our podcast GLI Club and more info about a nation-wide Guaranteed Livable Income vigil set for April 8.
Finally, there will be an option to engage in break-out rooms for discussion and some “myth busting” around poverty.
To receive the zoom link for the March 23, 2021 GLI Network gathering and any future gatherings please register for the ECORC Guaranteed Livable Income Mailing List. You will get a confirmation message right away and a link to the zoom meeting closer to March 23. Use this link to Register:
For more information contact one of the Network Coordinators,
Cathy Russell Duggan firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac Mundy email@example.com
Allan Smith-Reeve firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Book Study
Rev. Cathy Duggan of Bloomfield United Church hosts an online book study of Evelyn Forget’s book Basic Income For Canadians: >From the COVID 19 Emergency to Financial Security For All in which Forget makes a compelling, compassionate, easy to understand and evidence based case for a federal program of Guaranteed Livable Income in Canada.
We will discuss the book’s contents, explore connections with scripture and consider how working for Guaranteed Livable Income in Canada aligns with our Christian call to “seek justice and resist evil”.
The study will meet via zoom on Tuesday’s starting on March 9, 16, 30 and April 7th at 7pm. Basic Income for Canadians is available through Amazon in paperback and kindle formats. You do NOT need to have the book to attend.
Click HERE to register.
For more information email Cathy at email@example.com or phone/text 613-438-3631
From The United Church of Canada
March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day provides another excellent opportunity to further focus and continue to commit to dismantling racism in worship and community life.
This day could be an opportunity to share more about the United Church’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist denomination, and then to consider making a similar commitment in your community of faith. The United Church worship resources focused on anti-racism and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination can also be used throughout the year.
General Council 43 Recall Meeting
There will be a special online meeting of the 43rd General Council on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, airing live on YouTube. Commissioners will be asked to decide whether the 44th General Council 2022 will be an in-person or online-only event.
The lingering effects of the pandemic may still be felt in 2022, and the church needs to decide now how it will meet that year before it has to sign contracts with the meeting and accommodation facilities in Calgary.
A Cross-Canada Day of Prayer for Hong Kong has been initiated by the Mustard Seeds Hong Kong Concern Group and organized in collaboration with The Canadian Council of Churches. The event invites churches to participate during their Sunday services by praying for peace and justice to transform the church, society, and people of Hong Kong and to join others across Canada in an evening prayer gathering conducted virtually, on March 21 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Please register and join us.
Our Congregational Finances during the Pandemic webinars have proven so popular that we’ve invited Erik Mathiesen and Clyde Harris back monthly this winter to keep us up to date on the latest news and advice for church treasurers. Each session will provide information that’s current as of the day of delivery. Since the government programs continue to change as we move through the pandemic, be sure you stay up to date on the things that could make a difference to your church and ministry. Please join us: March 24, 7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT. Find out more, register, and submit your questions for the panelists ahead of time.
Stories of Our Faith: Rural and Homeless – Gary’s Story:
In rural communities, poverty can be hard to spot. People rarely ask for money on the street. There are no downtown cores to gather in and few, if any shelters, to turn to. Lack of public transit and nearby resources means that too often people are left to suffer alone. Gary would have starved or frozen to death without House of Lazarus, a Mission & Service partner, stepping up to help. This story highlights the unique face of poverty in rural communities and the many ways your Mission & Service gifts are making a difference.
Digital Book Launch
Please join us online for the launch of the latest book from United Church Publishing House, Gathered for Preaching: A Sourcebook for Lay Leaders and Clergy, by Ross Bartlett; March 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT. Sign up today and reserve your spot. Bring your own cheese and crackers!
United in Learning is also holding a webinar that will explore some of the themes in Gathered for Preaching the book. The book–and the webinar–grew out of articles that originally appeared in Gathering Magazine. We’ll “workshop” some of the foundational ideas in the book, and invite participants to reflect together on a few of the basic questions that underlie the preparation of a good sermon. Find out more and register at United in Learning.
About Gathered for Preaching: A growing number of people are hearing the call from both their churches and the Spirit to take up the essential ministry of preaching. Ross Bartlett explores many key practices and ideas that beginner preachers need to consider and experienced speakers may benefit from revisiting. He challenges us to be the very best we can be so that God’s people may hear the good news for their lives. Believing that we can all master the skills of clear communication, Ross Bartlett invites the reader on a journey of discovery. Gathered for Preaching is available in print or as an e-book from UCRDstore.
Bits from Brenda
This is the last “Bits from Brenda”. I thank her for all the comics/cartoons/words of wisdom that she provided over these many months. ☺ Christena-Lynn
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