2.29 Dynamic Dunsford News from The Pews for the week of January 14, 2018


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



Are we following the star? Filled with hope? Remembering God is always with us? Giving our best and then some? Jesus told Philip “follow me” Jesus continues to invite us, to call us to follow and come and see!


Information of the Week:


It is not too late to come join us at Cambridge United Church, Sun. Jan. 21 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. Please come if you can to take part in the World Religion Day family fun event.

This World Religion Day event is January 21, 2018 with a special youth focus: The Future Faces of Faith. Families of the youth groups are especially invited to attend this event. It starts at 4 pm with a pot-luck meal, followed by an interactive presentation. If you call the office administrator, Pam Burt, she can take down numbers and add your potluck item to the list. Their announcement directs: Put your name on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the office, with what you plan to bring to the pot-luck. People of all ages are welcome!

Cambridge United Church, 61 Cambridge St. N. Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4C9 csuc@nexicom.net 705-324-3547.


Birthday Cards! Birthday Cards! Birthday Cards for Our Children and Youth!

I have children’s Christian birthday cards. I have stamps. I have lists of names, birthdates and address contact information. I even have a typed message insert I hope to have book marks too! What I need is people to pick up a good old fashioned pen, which I also have lots of, and help me by addressing cards and writing inside each card which I cannot do. Please see me after church Sun. Jan. 21 if you can stay and help by writing out a few cards. I need Jan., Feb. and March cards written but we can get as many done as we have people to help.


We Need You:

Are you prayerfully discerning how God is calling you to share your time and talent in the life and work of dynamic Dunsford? We need everyone to be mindful! Abi Campbell, who stepped up to our need for a treasurer, for which we are so grateful, has expressed a willingness to be a co-coordinator for Junior Church when Debbie Cowling retires from this role in June. We need one or two people who would be willing to share in the leadership of this position. If we have two or three, each responsible for an aspect of coordination according to strengths and interests, we can develop an outline of who is doing what and establish “go-to” people. Likewise Diane Claridge announced her retirement from leadership last March, effective this March as team leader for our spirit team that umbrellas several groups. At this point the nomination team has not shared any names of folks expressing interest. We would like to make that a co-coordinator role as well and are looking for two or three people to share the leadership roles. Carolle Boyce has agreed to extend her role as team leader for the management team, which comprises trustees and all matters of property and finance. This will be her fourth year in this role and she will be transitioning over this next year from her role as team leader chair. We are so indebted to her for her commitment and leadership. We need one or two additional people to provide leadership for this team as well, bringing that team’s leadership to two or three co-leaders. We need to avoid the church pattern that allows all the work to a small core of people and exhausts people who are wearing multiple hats. We all need to be contributing our time and talent. We are blessed with so many wonderful things happening. Let’s keep us all dynamic! Please speak to Alexis, Diane or Carolle, who are the members of the nominating team, should you be interested in these or other roles. As many hands share the work, the load is lessened for all.


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Save the upcoming dates: Sat. Jan. 27 “Family Literacy Day” Join us at the Dunsford library for drop-in kids crafts (10-12), take-home literacy ideas, cake and celebrating love of literacy! Library open 9-1.


Feb. 11 ecumenical worship 10:00 A.M., lunch at community centre, weather permitting—sledding on hill in afternoon on Dunsford hill, sculpture making in the Laura Thurston Campbell Park, snacks & board games, movie at Dunsford church


Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes liturgy @12:30 in church hall (bring bag lunch to join us)


March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration, church hall


March 25 Palm Sunday Pancake lunch and Easter egg hunt for children

March 30 Good Friday Service10 A.M.


From Our Community:


Dunsford Community Food Bank (DCFB):

Donation envelopes – watch for the yellow envelopes! These will be available at Dunsford United and at St. John’s Anglican Church. Yellow DCFB envelopes placed on the offering plates will be passed on to the food bank directly, not part of Dunsford United Church or St. John’s counting or recording. Items the food bank would especially appreciate at this time includes: juice boxes, sugar, instant coffee, canned vegetables. The food bank greatly appreciates donations of containers suitable for condiments as items such as ketchup and mustard are bought in large size and distributed in smaller quantities. Plastic bottles and jars, such as emptied, washed ketchup, mustard, salad dressing bottles are appreciated. Glass containers can be used as well, as often there are not enough plastic ones available. Plastic grocery bags are also very much appreciated. Speak to Nancy if you have items you are no longer using at your home, as there may be a need for donated household and clothing items, particularly winter gear.


Dunsford Library invites everyone to the drop in craft for kids Sat. Jan. 20 between10 and noon, with the library open 9 to 1. There is a special family day literacy craft happening at the library also on Sat. Jan. 27. Come enjoy some cake to celebrate family literacy day Jan. 27. Check out how to use apps like overdrive and hoopla which allow borrowing of digital eBooks, movies, music and TV programs, all free services with your free library card.


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


Upcoming Events



Next worship is Sunday Jan. 21, 2018 at 10 A.M. As we celebrate Epiphany 3 as Jesus calls some fishermen to be fishers of people and calls us!, 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.


SAGES, Gentle Exercise, through Community Care, Wednesdays 10 A.M. – 11 A.M., Come join in!


Craft & Chat meets every Wednesday 11 A.M. – noon. Bring a new or current craft you are working on or something you’d like to learn. Bring a bag lunch and stay. We work in the nursery so little ones can access toys! Please join us.


 Junior choir practices every Sunday right after worship (about 11:15 A.M.)All children and youth welcome.


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


Sat. Jan. 20 Noreen’s 90th birthday celebration! 1:00 P.M. In lieu of gifts, donations of items to the food bank are welcome.


Sun. Jan. 21 World Religion Day event, Cambridge United, Potluck followed by event 4-7 P.M. Cambridge United Church Lindsay ON


Sat. Jan. 27 Family Literacy Day Family Fun Event


Sun. Feb. 11 Ecumenical Worship at Community Centre


Sun. Feb. 11 Family Fun Event, afternoon, weather permitting – sledding on hill, sculpture making in park, board games and food in church hall


Wed. Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes 12:30 in church hall; bring bag lunch to join us for lunch


Sun. Feb. 18 Lent 1 Holy Communion

Sun. March 25 Palm Sunday, Pancake lunch, speak to MaryLou and John Lummiss if you can help.

Sun. March 25 Palm Sunday Easter Egg Hunt following worship, speak to Debbie Cowling if you can help


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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