4.34B Dynamic Dunsford News from The Pews for the week of February 16, 2020


Mission Statement


We strive to be a welcoming Christian family, seeking to demonstrate the spirit of God’s love through worship, work, growth, and respect for all creation. We endeavor to be aware of, and responsive to, the needs in our community and beyond.


Greetings All


Here goes with attempt #2 going out Sun. Feb. 16. Thanks to Carolle and Carol who alerted me the newsletter did not distribute properly on Wednesday.


Check out events on google calendar as an additional way to access what’s happening at Dunsford United Church. Feel free to share this calendar link with others. Print and put where you can see it. Please contact Christena-Lynn Erglis to alert her of items to add or issues with google calendar.



The Dunsford United Church 2019 Annual Report is available. Thanks C L, for all this work of compiling the life and work of DUC and to all for their contributions. Please go to the home page of our website where you can click on the report to read electronically. Print copies are available in the sanctuary. Please read . What do you lift up as positive? Where do you feel gratitude? Hope? Energy? Dancing with the Spirit? Resilience? How and Where do you experience Christ in these reports? How and where do you experience yourself in the life and work of Dunsford United Church? If anyone has questions prior to the meeting March 1,we will have an informal gathering for Q and A during fellowship on Sun. Feb. 23, to answer what we can and learn what we need to prepare to answer March 1. Please mark March 1 on your calendar and plan to be at worship if at all possible. It is also a potluck lunch March 1.

Continued prayers appreciated


“If we could spread love as quickly as we spread hate and negativity, what an amazing world we could live in. (Mindful Christianity Today) Imagine it! Believe it and live it! Dance with the Spirit and let love shine




Join us Thurs. Feb. 13 for friendship and fellowship, feasting and fun!

Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested. Tomorrow, Thurs. Feb. 13 beginning at 4:00 P.M., Valentine cartoon classics Winnie the Pooh and Charlie Brown, with Valentine crafts available, simple pasta supper at 5:30 and the family feature movie is Beauty and the Beast live action 2017 release. Come for whatever parts you can! Please invite others.


Fri. Feb. 21 another provincial teachers strike day across all unions and Dunsford is Open as a Community Hub for Teachers and Hosting a Family Fun Morning Movie and Breakfast

Join us at 9:30 for breakfast and a movie. Come in your comfy attire, PJ’s are fine! Bring a favourite stuffie, a sleeping bag or blanket if you wish and  settle in to watch the animated Disney classic 102 Dalmatians. Please invite others. This is fun for all ages event!


The 2019 tax receipts were available as of Feb. 2. If you did not pick yours up. Please see Kathy Prentice!

As we prepare to gather for the annual congregational meeting, it is a great time to re-visit priorities and  prayerfully discern givings. Anew PAR form is in the congregational annual report.

Consistent Giving – What’s it all about?

Have you heard of PAR? It is the United Church Pre-Authorized Remittance program for individuals to make automatic monthly donations to their congregation

from their bank accounts. If you have automatic withdrawals from your bank account to pay your bills, taxes, or mortgage, then you already understand the

PAR principle. Besides being convenient, using PAR for your offering ensures consistent monthly giving to help our church’s ministry. With PAR, even when

you are away you can be reassured that the needs of the congregation can continue to be met.

as easy as 1, 2, 3 !

1. Prayerfully decide what you will give each year, and divide that amount by 12 to arrive at a monthly donation.

2. Fill out the authorization form.

3. Attach a “voided” cheque.

The amount will be transferred from your account to our congregation's account on the 20th of each month. You can modify or cancel your donation, change

how it is designated, or change your information at any time.

 Please speak to Kathy Prentice, our envelope steward, if you want to learn more about PAR or have any questions about givings.

Have you ever thought about budgets beyond the facts and figures lines on the printout? A narrative budget in a community of faith, in our personal lives, invites us to think about the story of our “incomes” and “outcomes! “Read with the openness to life-giving difference every day. The income we pay for snow removal feeds families and helps them meet their needs, and we are safer coming to worship. The income for our cleaners generates help and work for a family supporting them as they tirelessly take care of cleaning inside every week.  How grateful we are for heat and light in our building and ability to be warm regardless of the freezing temperatures. The paper for our orders of service, newsletters, annual reports tell others of our faith and work and remind us of Christ, always present in our thoughts, prayers, words and actions.

  Continue to pray for  all aspects of the life and work of our community of faith. We are so grateful for the many ways we are humbled to serve God, being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus every day.


Fundraiser Gardening Campaign:

the Spring " In the Bulb there is a Flower" fundraiser will start March 1st and will run for 6 weeks, ending Sunday, April the 12th. Please contact Mary Lou Lummiss for more details and to receive order catalogues.


Let Sharon know by Feb. 16 if you want her to order you this book: Cameron  Trimble’s book Piloting Church: Helping Your Congregation Take Flight (Chalice Press: St. Louis, MO, 2019)


Are you interested in cooking? Sign up for a cooking event, Wed. Feb. 19.It begins at 1:00 P.M. It will be approximately 2 hours. Bring a container to take home your cooking! Contact Carol Embury to help and to participate. RSVP is needed.

Save the Date: March 8 Special Musicians Visit

Ukulele group is coming March 8th to join us with special music during worship. Please invite others.


Taking Care—Essential Oil Offerings with Mary Lou Lummiss

I will host  Essential Oil Workshops on Thursday February the 20th and Thursday, March 19th from 7 to 8:30.

The first Workshop will be called, " Chasing Away the Cold and Flu Bug". We will  focus on prevention and treatment. Roller balls to support the immune system, and cold and sinus as well along with a chest rub serum for respiratory infections and a spray for a sore throat. 


The second one will be called, " Don't be a Pain" and will focus on Pain Management: Arthritis, migraine, and general aches and pains. 


I am planning on these for the future:

1. Keeping our Wee Ones Healthy- Oils for children

2. Self-Care because You Matter- facial and body care

3. Kicking the Chemicals to the Curb: Cleaning your home in a healthy way

4. Bug out the Bugs- inspect spray and remedies for itch

5. Cooking with Oils- Using food grade oils to enhance your health. 

6.  Tummy Talk- - Looking at Gut Health and remedies for the upset  tummy.


Please share the first two known dates with others and invite folks to participate in these informative evening sessions.


Position Vacancies:

New members are welcome on any of our teams—Mission board, management team (trustees, finance and property); worship team,  Christian education (junior church),leadership development team (M and P) media booth team, outreach. Do you have an idea of something we might be doing, let your Mission board know. We have specific position vacancy for the position of vice-chair as Carol Embury moves from vice-chair to position of chair March 1. We welcome Carol’s leadership and express our thanks and gratitude for Alexis’ leadership as chair these past three years.


Spirit Moving at Dynamic Dunsford:


Gratitude and thanks to cookie bakers on Wednesday Feb. 5 Helen, Gloria, Diane and Nancy who are spoiling us with four different kinds of home baked from scratch cookies! The whole building smelled decadent. Neighbours gifting neighbours.


Gratitude and thanks to Abi, Teddy, Anna and Phoenix for opening the church Feb. 6 to offer hospitality to teachers and visitors. Thanks for hearts for Have a Heart 2020” with hearts going to our Prime Minister. Thanks for yoga, songs, board games, toys, tech learning and fun together!


Gratitude and thanks to Judy, Myrna and Diane for dropping in to welcome and talk with teachers during school closure days. Neighbours hosting neighbours.


Gratitude and thanks to all who joined in the ecumenical service Feb. 9. Neighbours worshipping and feasting with neighbours.


Gratitude and thanks for families coming together and for teachers coming to our building during school closure days. Community hospitality and welcome for all.


Please contact Sharon with your noticing of Spirit Moving… a word or deed shared, a song that lifted your spirit, something that captured your awareness of God’s presence.



Upcoming Events




Next worship is February 23., the last Sunday before Lent. Faith and love transforms us! It is transfiguration Sunday.  Don’t miss it!  Invite others to church. Celebrate wherever you are, whatever you do and pray for the ones you are with and who are all around you!


Mon. Feb. 17 Family Day


Wed. Feb. 19, 2020  “Free for All”

Wednesdays (Something for everyone every Wednesday Refreshments available in the kitchen all day! To go cups available! Come for something warm or cold, a sweet or other treat.


9:15 Mindfulness, Meditation and Prayer(All welcome in sanctuary)

10:00 Gentle Exercise (church hall)

11:00 Craft and Chat (nursery)

Noon-ish Brown bag lunch bunch (church hall)


Wed. Feb. 19 Community Cooking at 1:00 P.M. RSVP to Carol Embury (see poster on bulletin board)


Thurs. Feb. 20 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. Essential Oils " Chasing Away the Cold and Flu Bug” Contact Mary Lou


Fri. Feb. 21 9:30 A.M. PJ Day, Breakfast and the Movie 102 Dalmatians


Sun. Feb. 23 Following worship, during fellowship, if there are any questions about reports or upcoming annual meeting March 1, we will try to answer or gather questions and work towards having answers March 1.


Wed. Feb. 26 Ash Wednesday


Thurs. Feb. 27 Wear pink day and stand up against bullying.

Thurs. Feb. 27 Simple Supper and a family fun movie “Ratatouille” Check-in with Myrna, Nancy, Vicki and Helen who are all working on the meal if you can help.


Sun. March 1 Annual Congregational Meeting followed by potluck lunch


Fri. March 6 World Day of Prayer St. John’s Anglican Church Dunsford 1:30 P.M.


Sun. March 8 Special musical guests ukulele group.


Thurs. March 12 A simple green supper and family friendly movie!5:30 P.M. Come if you can and wear green as we have some St. Patrick’s fun! If you have fun green food dish ideas or a recommend for a family friendly movie, please contact Sharon!


Sun. March 15 PIE Day is back! We’ll observe PIE day, Call Sharon if you can ring pie! Invite everyone to come and stay after church to Eat lots of pie! Affirm United observes the second National PIE day March 14. Lots of folks are celebrating with St. Luke’s Downeyville’s Irish celebrations Sat. night so we are hosting pie day Sunday after worship. Our record last year was four slices of pie, which had multiple partakers! Pie celebrations begin at  about 11:15.


Thurs. March 19 Don't be a Pain" focus on Pain Management: Arthritis, migraine, and general aches and pains. 


 Save the Date Reminders: Sun. April 5 Palm Sunday Communion and Pancake lunch;  Thurs. April9 Maundy Thursday; Fri. April 10 Good Friday; Sun. April 12 Easter Sunday; Sat. May 1 yard and bake sale; May 23-24 ECORC Annual Spring meeting at Pickering Village United Church, Ajax; Sun. May 24 lunch after worship (Helen and Gloria coordinators);  Sun. June 7 Communion and UCCAN anniversary (for June 10 95th anniversary); June 14 Cambridge Bell Choir joins us with special music offerings and outdoor picnic lunch follows (weather permitting);       July27 to July 31VIBE kids summer camp at DUC 



Please let us know if someone is ill, in hospital or going through a challenging time.


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Peace, Justice, Grace and Blessings,




United Church Crest

1981 Sturgeon Rd,

Dunsford, ON

K0M 1L0

Phone:  (705) 793-2511

Email: dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca


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