Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – September 9, 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.

From Carol Embury, Chair of the Board:


The time has arrived! Dunsford United Church will be reopening for worship services beginning September 13 at 10 a.m.

We are pleased to offer in person worship for those who would like to attend. A printed worship guide will continue to be supplied through email and Canada Post as well. A big “Thank You” goes out to all those who have worked hard to make this possible.  

This is an exciting time for our community of faith and we are proceeding with cautious optimism. Please remember to bring your mask and practise social distancing while on church property. Stay safe, be kind.

Greetings from Sharon,

I pray you are doing well and adjusting to these transitions from summer to more fall like weather, though we are appreciating the little moments of summer that linger. It is with great excitement, and priority of safety that we anticipate our first in-person worship opportunity on Sept. 13. Thank-you for your patience as we continue to figure things out and learn together. Feedback is most welcome. Please see separate note in this issue regarding opening. Please know my heart will be welcoming us all whether we are in-person, staying at home, travelling or receiving the ministries of another on-line worship opportunity. Whatever your worship choice, may you find nourishment body, mind and spirit as you worship the Lord. I miss you all so very much. Please stay safe and stay well. The effects of COVID-19 continue to impact us all.  Please reach out to me to arrange for a visit, a call, text time or email catch-up.



JAMPacks for families with Young Children:

We will not be able to offer junior church at this time but are excited to have all families joining us in -person. Sharon and Cliff have created some JAMPacks to support your time with us in the sanctuary each Sunday.  To help keep us all safe, each family will have a JAMPack. This is a Jesus and Me backpack. A tag with your family name will be added to each JAMPack. This means only your family will use it. Inside are markers, pencils, pencil crayons and that sort of stuff. There is a notebook for each child. Your JAMPack will stay at the church and be available for you each week your family is at Dunsford United Church.

When opportunities emerge, when public health and UCCAN say it is safe to gather for a time outside or in the church hall, one of the children from within a family bubble can take the JAMPack outside or to the hall with the junior church leaders. We also have large almost one metre hoops to help create a safe bubble. Each child will get a puzzle mat with a number on it. Each are numbered so a child can recognize his/her number and name will be added. The same mat will be used by only that child each week.  These will also remain at the church.

All families are encouraged to bring additional resources from home to have at their pew, to use during worship. Feel free to keep these inside your JAMPack or to bring from home each week.  

We are not permitted to sing as a group, but shakers or rhythm instruments have been placed around the church and others brought from home are welcomed. These can be used during appropriate music times.

Financial Update for August from the Treasurer, Greg Phillips.

Opening balance: $39,504.25

Closing balance: $41,874.46

Operations Acct: $(27,968.14)

Income: $9029.14 (includes payroll supplement for two periods)

Expenses: $6658.93

We are still waiting on the HST return.  Will apply for modified wage subsidy next week

If you are already on PAR (pre-authorized remittance), THANK YOU! We encourage you to continue to make your financial offerings to the church. Offerings can be made by cheque, through PayPal or on the new website soon, by clicking the “Canada Helps” donation button on our website.  Please do what you can to continue to support our ongoing mission and ministry together. 

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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