Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – September 2, 2020

Mission Statement: We are a diverse, intentional, inclusive, compassionate, hope-filled Christian family of faith, seeking to respect everyone’s individuality and dignity as Jesus modelled, creating safe space, to demonstrate the spirit of God’s love through worship, work, growth, and respect for all creation. We celebrate and value people of every age, health, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family configuration, background, ability, interest, culture, economic circumstance and faith journey. All are encouraged to be in full participation in the life and work of all ministries. We endeavor to be aware of, and responsive to, the needs in our community and beyond.     

Continued Prayers for: Kristen Elliott, Henry Draper, Gloria Thurston and Ralph Harrison.

Keep connected by Zoom on Sundays and Wednesdays
Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M. for ministry of music, hymn sing and connection, conversation and catch-up.  Thank you to Brian Gowan who will be providing the music this Sunday in Brenda’s absence.

Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. for a virtual coffee break to check-in.

Letter from Chair of the Board dated September 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

As we head into the fall weather, I bring you another update from the Mission Board. We are pleased to welcome back Rev. Sharon from her vacation and study leave and we are working together now to complete our plans to offer you some new worship alternatives.

Our thanks go out to Carolle Boyce and her team who have worked on the reopening plan which is included in this week’s newsletter. We appreciate the speed and the thoroughness that they put into this project and we await word from the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) to give their approval of the plan.

As you read through the plan, you will get a feel for the changes that we have made to be able to open the church and be in compliance with all health regulations. We ask that you remember to bring a mask to wear and follow social distancing while both inside and outside the church.

We must have some committed individuals from our faith community to serve in important roles in order to make this plan a reality. Each week, we will need technical people (2) who will sit at the back desk with a plastic barrier between them. They will operate the video and audio equipment as in the past. A scripture reader will be sent the reading by phone or email and will be given a portable microphone so that they may read from their seat. The usual role of greeter(s) will change somewhat and have some additional duties. As people arrive, they will be greeted, screened, and directed to take a seat in the marked pews or overflow area in the hall. After the service, they will be directed by the same greeter(s) to the exit. Greeters will also be responsible for providing friendly reminders to those who may have forgotten to put their mask back on or keep proper social distancing.

We are both nervous and excited to bring back the “in person” worship to Dunsford United. Rev. Sharon and music director Brenda are ready to resume their work in the sanctuary. But we will rely heavily on volunteers to take on the above roles weekly. If we do not have the people willing and available to fill these positions, our reopening will have to be delayed until we do.

If you are among those who wish to return to sanctuary worship on Sunday mornings, please give prayerful consideration to our request for help. Carolle Boyce will be happy to take your name and dates available for any of the above roles. You can phone 705-793-2533 or email carolleboyce@gmail.com.

Thank you for your patience, kindness and care for each other over these past five months. We hope to start seeing more of you soon! Please watch your newsletter next week for more updates on reopening.


Carol Embury

Greetings from Sharon,

We will be continuing to explore, experiment, try to support all our various situations for worship. Some of us maybe returning to in-person worship. Some of us maybe receiving an email transcript and can access any links. Some of us may get a print copy mailed to us without link access. We are hoping the hymn lyrics will provide ministry to those who can only read the print. Some of us may be experiencing worship livestream and some of you will access YouTube to participate in worship at your convenience. Some of us are experiencing a sabbath from any kind of formal worship and seeking our spiritual nurturing in different ways.

Praying that you are finding a way to be spiritually fed. We are so grateful for the love and support for our church.

While we keep trying, learning, falling down and getting back up, we ask for your kindness, compassion and support. Our community of faith is a small, rural dynamic and one of our great strengths is the way we love and care for each other, the strength of our fellowship and always sharing and caring. Thank-you for your holy manners and patience, perseverance, and determination. You are loved and beloved!

Your prayers are so appreciated, and we welcome feedback of how we can continue to provide spiritual care. If you have had time to visit other virtual offerings, talked with others about what other churches are doing, we welcome your wisdom.

Thank-you for the difference you make every day!

Doris Dames is walking in the Kidney Walk on September 27. If you would like to support her, donations can be mailed to her at 2 Heritage Way, #108, Lindsay, ON, K9V 5P5.  For more information on this event, go to kidneywalk.ca

New General Secretary for United Church of Canada:

The United Church of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Michael Blair as its new General Secretary beginning November 1, 2020. 

The Rev. Blair replaces Nora Sanders, who is retiring after almost 14 years as General Secretary. The Rev. Blair was appointed by the church’s General Council Executive during their online meeting August 27 after a search process that lasted 10 months. Sanders says, “I have worked with Michael for 12 years. I know his deep faith and sense of call to continue the life and work of the United Church in this time, with all its complexities

Orange Shirt Day:

On September 30, people all across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. Indigenous Ministries and Justice at The United Church of Canada asks you to participate in Orange Shirt Day!

Dunsford Pastoral Care Phoning Team: Please contact the office 705-793-2511 or Carol Embury if you would like a call or if you know of someone else who would.
Please let us know if someone is ill, in hospital or going through a challenging time.

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter, they may send an email to the church at dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca and ask to be added to the list.  To receive a mailed copy, they can call the church at 705-793-2511 and provide their name and address.

All Sharon’s recordings may be found at Sharon Ballantyne YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu14-ljzw3VOWqvvBC3KP3A

The Dunsford Community Food Bank: Fay Carslake is now the Board Chair and Volunteer Coordinator. faycarslake@hotmail.com or 1-705-341-3166.

Thanks to Brenda for providing this:

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