Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – October 28, 2020

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Full Mission Board Meeting on Thursday, October 29th at 7 PM. The church hall will be open for those who are unable to access zoom from home. Please be prepared to wear a mask, sanitize your hands upon entering the building and practise social distancing. We have not met as a full board since the Covid-19 outbreak so I ask that you make every attempt to attend this meeting. Please confirm your intention to participate by calling or emailing me today and indicate if you will be part of the group at the church. Thank you all!

Carol Embury 705-738-3183 or emburyc@gmail.com

Needed for Sundays: People to run the PowerPoint, sound system and Zoom computer. Please contact the office if you are willing to help.

Greetings from Sharon for October 28, 2020

Was that really snow already? Even here on the Nova Scotia coast there was snow last night! Lots happening in the Zoomisphere for me this week. Today for example I have class for both Interim Ministry network and for Vibrant Faith Institute’s Faith Formation. We had class Tuesday for Faith Formation Tuesday as well and it was with a professor new to me. I was assigned to this professor for this next component over the next three to four months. I am the only Canadian in the cohort. My prof is in New Jersey and one of my classmates grew up in Morristown which is where the Seeing Eye is. One of my classmates was speaking about what a small church they work in as they only have four hundred people on a Sunday 😊 Our prof reminded all of context in south in the USA churches more often are in the thousands so four hundred is small there but where he is in NJ 20 is small. Lots of awesome stuff. I am meeting also this week with ECORC more in our seasonal study, this time focusing on children and youth contrasted with last week’s adult focus. I have so many great notes from all these diverse studies and am so grateful to be taking part in this continuing education time. Tomorrow evening our full Mission Board is meeting. It will be a “multi-access” or “hybrid” meeting in which some people will meet in the church hall and some via Zoom. Amazing what we are able to do. My thanks to Kevin for the wonderful worship on Peace Sunday last week and we look forward to Kevin with us this week as well. If you have not joined in livestream, please consider giving it a try. The link to join is in this newsletter and all you need to do typically after Zoom has been loaded on your device is click the link, possibly enter a password and wait for the host to let you in. The Mission Board will be discussing the various ways to offer worship. If interested, you have ideas or feedback, kindly contact Carol Embury. Please continue to keep the life and work of our pastoral charge in your prayers and to pray for and connect with each other.



Remembrance Day Reminder

Please send photos to C L (dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca) by next Wednesday if you have anything you might like her to place in the PowerPoint slide deck. These could be pictures of loved ones who were/are vets, currently serving, medals, uniforms, special information, documents, media, book covers, whatever speaks to you. Our Remembrance Day service is Sun. Nov. 8.

Yesterday, October 27, 2020, United Church sent out several items about upcoming events. This is from UCCAN Essentials newsletter:

Join Clyde Harris and Erik Mathiesen tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28, for a new Congregational Finances During the Pandemic webinar! Whether you’re working on 2020 financial forecasts or a 2021 budget, all treasurers face more moving parts than ever before.
Earlier this month, the federal government announced major subsidy program extensions which will likely impact both your current year forecast and any 2021 budgeting. There are likely to be other changes too.

The webinar will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT.

Affirming Workshop Webinar Saturday November 14

ZOOM Join Discussion: Becoming a fully Affirming Regional Council

Thank you for your participation in the Affirming Forum presentation at the East Central Ontario Regional Council Fall meeting in September. We would like to further discuss how to move from an Interim Affirming Regional Council to an Affirming Regional Council and we need your input. Please use the link below to register for an online webinar on Saturday November 14th from 10 to noon.

Are You a Church Social Media Manager or Communicator?

Do you do social media or communications for your United Church of Canada church or community of faith? Do you do online marketing or promotion for your church? Are you the person who runs the church website or writes the newsletter? If so, we invite you to join this Facebook group to share best practices, build consistency of practice, share posts and information, develop guidelines, and most of all, support each other! We look forward to connecting with you.

Gifts with Vision: Each Gift with Vision provides support for specific Mission & Service partners for special projects.  Two catalogues are available at the church, or to order online: https://giftswithvision.ca/

Concerned about the climate? Want to learn more? Mark your calendars and register to attend these Canada-wide Climate Justice online forums each Monday in November, at 4:30 PT, 5:30 MT, 6:30 CT, 7:30 ET, 8:30 AT, and 9:00 NT. For the Love of Creation is an initiative of more than 30 national churches and faith-based organizations, including The United Church of Canada.

November 2: Communicating Climate Change
November 9: Advocating for Climate Justice
November 16: Grieving, Healing, and Connecting with Creation (English Only)
November 23: Creation Care: A Letter of the Faithful
November 30: Climate Action Now!

Questions? Email flc.pac@gmail.com. English/French translation will be available for all sessions except November 16.

A Conversation with Jack Saddleback

Save the date! Join us on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time for “Finding One’s Identity: A Conversation with Jack Saddleback.” The talk will begin at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time and will last 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Afterwards, there will be a separate link for Indigenous participants to join Jack in a breakout room for a 20-minute chat. The event will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Jack Saddleback is a Cree Two-Spirited Champion. His life story embodies how one man’s spirit can help transform a community as well as individuals. We all need his message of self-awareness, identity, and embracing our authentic self.

For more details, watch the Indigenous Ministries Facebook page. We hope you can join us!

Mission & Service “Food for the North Toonie Campaign” runs until November 30th. Rather than filling pill bottles with toonies, M&S encourages providing a cheque to your church, marked with “Food for the North”, with your name and envelope number so your donation is recognized towards your annual givings.

The Dunsford Community Food Bank: Fay Carslake is the Coordinator and may be reached at faycarslake@hotmail.com or 705-341-3699

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