Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – September 23, 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.     

September 22, 2020

Dear friends,

It’s harvest time! As you think about the harvests you have brought in from your gardens and fields, let me tell you about the harvests we have been reaping at Dunsford United Church!

  • We learned how to have meetings while staying safe in our own homes
  • We connected with each other by phone and with lawn and porch visits, sharing and caring
  • We executed a plan to be able to hold worship services in our church during a pandemic
  • We created family JAM packs for children to further explore the weekly message during our intergenerational services
  • We updated our church web site – check it out at dunsfordunitedchurch.com
  • We connected our church camera to our laptop and sound system to livestream our church services
  • We continue to work on technology upgrades to make our livestream experience better

As Thanksgiving approaches, I invite you to think of the experiences that you have had over the last six months and name for yourselves the blessings you have been able to harvest.

On behalf of the Mission Board, I extend to you all a warm invitation to come out on Sunday, October 11 at 10 a.m. as Nancy Payne leads our Thanksgiving/Anniversary worship service. We will also be livestreaming through zoom for those who would like to participate from home.

As we celebrate our church anniversary this year, I ask you to consider making a special gift to our church through an anniversary offering. You may leave a marked envelope in the offering plate or send your cheque to Kathy Prentice or the church office. We also have a convenient “Donate Now” button on our web site that will allow you to use a credit card or Paypal to make your donation. The Mission Board, staff members and volunteers have all been doing their best to keep costs low over the spring and summer. But without the help of our annual fundraisers, we continue to struggle with our financial commitments. All donations received will be greatly appreciated.

I thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our community of faith and I wish you all the best through this fall season.

Yours in Christ,

Carol Embury                                                     

Chair of Mission Board                                          

Greetings from Sharon

Thank-you to all who celebrated worship with us this past Sunday! We are trying very hard to figure things out and are so grateful for the kindness, patience, gratitude of all. We appreciate that at times, things can be difficult and it is frustrating. We are following protocols and appreciate everyone’s effort to do so. An ad says: Be kind. Wear a mask. Be safe. Wash your hands frequently. Be smart. Observe physical distancing and stay home if you are not feeling well!

As we try to make things work, we are gathering in-person for worship, can offer service via TV monitor in the hall, gather by Zoom on-line and DUC will hopefully be putting services up on the Dunsford United Church YouTube as soon as they have the capacity. In the meanwhile I have been doing a recording off my phone to make available. So appreciate the kindness of folks who appreciate the efforts. If anyone has tech experience, recommends or can help us in some way, we welcome your support. The service will continue to also be distributed by email and by Canada Post for those without internet.

A reminder that this Sunday is orange shirt day. Everyone is encouraged to wear orange on Sunday and again on Wednesday September 30, when people across Canada will be invited to wear orange. we wear orange, thinking about indigenous children, removed from their families, from their places of safety and security, taken to residential schools. What sacred bundles are on your heart? What do you thirst for? In Exodus the people are thirsty and frustrated. God provides water from the rock at Horeb. We are confronted by the challenges of doing what you say you are going to do and meaning it and times of being confronted that we don’t feel enough but we try anyway! Come join us as we journey deeper into our faith.  

Next Sunday October 4, you are invited to bring a photo of a pet… current, past or one you are hoping for, or just hold animals on your heart. Oct. 4 is Blessing of Animals as we think about the Patron Saint of Animals St. Francis of Assisi and a messenger of peace and care of creation. For those joining by Zoom or watching YouTube, give your animal friends a special pat.

In all you do, honour who you are and whose you are! Stay safe and stay well.

A Note About Kidney Foundation Walk and Research:  We are so grateful for all the dialysis unit at Ross Memorial Hospital does for people needing this treatment. Doris Dames, who has had more than a thousand treatments, each about four hours in length can attest to the kindness and care of staff. She has been a mentor, ambassador and advocate. Due to COVID, she is participating in the annual walk for the kidney foundation in an adapted manner this year. Each participant does their walk on their own time and chosen place for safety. Doris, her daughter and granddaughter will be doing their walk beginning at the dialysis unit door and ending there. Each treatment is several hundred dollars. It all adds up! Thank you for your support of Doris in her walk again this year.

Re-Opening Team Update from Carolle Boyce:

Thank you so much to the small group who have faithfully and tirelessly continued, for several months, to keep track and plan for DUC reopening.

Recent Government announcements do NOT affect our Church supervised reopening. They are for, “unorganized and private social gatherings”, which reduced those numbers to “10 indoors and 25 outdoors”, as new covid-19 cases are being traced to private parties, weddings, college and university gatherings.

DUC reopening rules were not our choice but mandated by our Health Unit and ECORC rules from United church of Canada.

*** Please note from ECORC:  ***

“Remember, should you have an outbreak, members of your community of faith could become very ill or die. In case of an outbreak, your actions will face media scrutiny. Failure to have adequately assessed the risk and created a plan may open you to legal liability and void your insurance coverage.”.

Again, more jobs fall on fewer numbers, due to the fact that almost half decided not to come back at this time.

Please stay positive with the wishes of the majority surveyed, who said, we want the church to reopen.

Please respect the rule that you do not enter the church until invited by the Greeter at the front door. (9:40 please. We will adjust as needed.)

If someone is in your regular, up close bubble, you may sit together, but if not, then 6 feet is the rule.

Please bring your coat to your seat and hang it over the pew in front of you.

Winter boots will be tracking salt to our seats. Does anyone have a connection with a car company? I was thinking that the disposable floor mats would help reduce cleaning if we put them in the pews being used. Any other ideas?

Due to the fact that our income has been reduced , kitchen facilities are not being used and that our washrooms are only  used with in a very limited time line, we turned the 40 gallon hot water tank off  to help reduce our hydro bill. There is soap and cold water as well as hand sanitizer available. The Health Unit said that, “kitchen facilities had to have hot and cold running water”. No mention of washrooms. Arvada has used the kettle to boil some water if needed for cleaning. 

Update from the Board:

We are sorry to announce that Gregory Phillips has advised the board of Dunsford United Church that he intends to break the contract we currently have with him for the services of Treasurer. We wish to thank Greg for his hard work getting our books set up on a new system and providing excellent bookkeeping services for us since 2018. Greg has assured us that he will continue in his role until the end of this year and provide the year-end reports for 2020. We are sad to see him go and wish him well in his future endeavors. 

We will now be actively recruiting for a Treasurer which will be a paid position. If you yourself, or someone you know has accounting or bookkeeping experience that would work well in this role, we invite you to contact the church office or a board member. Please provide contact information so that we can forward more details when a job description becomes available.

Yours in Christ, Carol Embury

PAR is a direct debit program through an automatic monthly withdrawal from your bank account. It is a convenient way to provide consistent, year-round financial support to our church. Completed forms may be sealed in an envelope, attention: Kathy Prentice, and placed on the offering plate.

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. 

No offering is being collected during worship as part of our COVID-19 protocols. Your offering can be placed in the offering plate on the table as you exit worship.

Reminder: Thursday September 30 is orange shirt day. Everyone is invited to wear orange on Sunday September 27.

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

Yay, we are back!

There’s a chill in the air, but a warmth in Dunsford United Church.

Come join us!

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