2.12 Dynamic Dunsford News from The Pews for the week of September 17, 2017


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


A note of thanks, Jack and Anna Thurston, 60 years married Sept. 14



On behalf of my family I would like to express gratitude for the generosity of the church congregation. The donations of money and food to the Dunsford Food Bank will make a real difference in the lives of others. The UCW assistance with food and set up were a great help, thanks especially to Gloria and Carolle for all your efforts. Rev Sharon, thank you for your warm and thoughtful words, one of our cousins said, "The service was like being in a warm embrace", and an accurate description of the experience. We appreciate Cliff's generosity in sharing pictures he took throughout the day; we will have warm memories of all of you to look back on.

It was very meaningful for mom and dad to share their celebration with their church family. Thank you again for all your kindness.


Best regards, Janet

Information of the Week:      


We had eleven artists in grades 4-7, out making piggy banks with clay Tuesday. Olivia will fire them and the children will paint them. On Thursday we had 11 artists in grades JK-3. Five of our older artists returned Thursday to provide help as art buddies to support our younger artists which was so much appreciated. We greatly appreciate Alexis donating snacks on Tues/Thurs. and Abi donating some snacks Thurs. and providing help.  So proud of these young artists and Olivia is doing a fantastic job!


Presbytery Updates:

The presbytery is exploring an education event about reconciliation partnering UCw, local congregations and wider presbytery to focus on the UCW initiative Shannon’s Dream. We look forward to this.


There is a presbytery initiative about updating information on the presbytery website Sat. Oct. 14 in Woodville at 9:30. Contact is Wanda Stride, the minister at Woodville if interested.


There is a youth retreat Nov. 3 – 5 for anyone 12 and older. There is a poster for the event.


The Conference Annual Meeting has been moved to April 26-28, 2018 in Nappanee Ontario.  It has been moved up a month to accommodate the work of the General Council 43 taking place in July at UOIT, Oshawa.

Kawartha Highlands Presbytery has agreed by consensus to proceed with exploration and education to learn what it is to become an affirming presbytery. As a local community of faith, we are invited to consider undertaking exploration and education in becoming affirming. All are invited to Pride Parade Sept. 23 at 2:00. If you are able to walk in the parade as part of the United Church, meet in front of city hall in Peterborough at 1:30. For all interested a brunch takes place at Emmanuel at 11 o’clock. Affirm United is also hosting a rainbow potluck at 4:30 on Sun. Sept. 24. All are welcome.


Tween group (grades 4-7) meets this Sunday night from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.


Christmas team, are you interested in joining? Call/text Sharon 705 875-8837 or email Sharon.We meet Sept. 25 at 6:30 P.M. All welcome. Let the community know!


On Friday Sept. 29 Sharon is at an all day workshop sponsored by Elder Abuse Ontario and the Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee. “Hidden Victims: Opening Doors to Innovative Re Programs Responses for Older Adult Victims Abuse This is a regional conference. The focus is elder abuse. Innovative response programs from various regions in Ontario highlighting key successes, challenges and opportunities for adaptation in other communities. It should be an informative learning day.


World Communion is Oct. 1. We will celebrate with different breads. Do you have a favourite Recipe or a unique bread to donate. We will put on display in sanctuary during worship and hope to share in a feast of breads following during worship. Any jam or jelly makers, bruschetta makers or the like are invited to bring along a dish of preserves to have available to sample during fellowship.


Tuesday October 3, there is a meeting at the Dunsford Public Library at 4:00 P.M. about programs and to move forward with discussing community events. Let others know and come out if you can.


Brain Fitness is Oct. 3, plan to join us at 6:30! It will be very informative!


Blessing of Animals Wed. Oct. 4 6:30 P.M.

We hope to do this in park, weather permitting, but church hall is alternate. Invite people to bring along animals for blessing. Ensure they have appropriate carriers, are on leash or whatever is needed to appropriately ensure handler can maintain control of any animals brought for a blessing. Invite others along for an informal time of worship. Theme “All God’s Critters Got A Place In the Choir”


Upcoming Events


Next worship is Sunday September 24, 2017 at 10 A.M. As we celebrate Pentecost 16 and welcome our new music director Brenda Shield. I know we’ll make her feel part of the dynamic Dunsford family. It is Creation Time 3.From Exodus we will read of the mana and quail God provides and from Matthew the struggle of fairness when wages are paid out to day labourers. Come if you can! Celebrate wherever you are, whatever you do and pray for the ones you are with and who are all around you! Invite a friend, a neighbour or a family to come to worship.


Junior choir practices every Sunday right after worship (about 11:15 A.M.)

Senior choir practices every Thursday at 7:00 P.M.


Sun. Sept. 24 Tween Youth Group 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.


Dunsford United


Mon. Sept. 25 Christmas Team Meeting 6:30 P.M.


Tues. Sept. 26 Arts Grade 4-7 painting focus,  Meet at Dunsford school 3:30, walk to church, snack and activities until 6:00 P.M.(must pre-register)


Wed Sept 27th 10-12 The "Baby's Own" program for moms and babies


Thurs. Sept 28 JK-3 painting focus, Meet at Dunsford School 3:30 walk to church, snack and activities until 6:00 P.M. (must pre-register)


Sun. Oct. 1 World Communion


Tues. Oct. 3 Arts Grade 4-7 mixed media focus,  Meet at Dunsford school 3:30, walk to church, snack and activities until 6:00 P.M.(must pre-register)


Tues. Oct. 3 4:00 at Dunsford Community Centre, library meeting for anyone in community.


Tues. Oct. 3 Brain Fitness 6:30-8:30 Bring a carload and help encourage brain fitness for everyone!


Wed Oct 4th 10-12 The "Baby's Own" program for moms and babies


Wed. Oct. 4 Blessing of Animals6:30 P.M.


Thur. Oct. 5 Arts JK-3 mixed media focus,  Meet at Dunsford school 3:30, walk to church, snack and activities until 6:00 P.M.(must pre-register)


Sun. Oct. 8 Thanksgiving & Anniversary Service


Wed Oct 11th 10-12 The "Baby's Own" program for moms and babies

Wed Oct 18th 10-12 The "Baby's Own" program for moms and babies

Wed Oct.  25th 10-12 The "Baby's Own" program for moms and babies

For events at the Dunsford Community Centre, contact Fay Carslake for details and visit website dunsfordcommunitycentre.ca


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


Thank-you for continued support of our Food Bank.


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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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