Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – November 25, 2020
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Greetings from The Chair: Advent 1 – HOPE
Our eldest daughter has a tattoo of a feather and the word “Hope”. She tells us that it’s meaning is “Hang On Pain Ends”. So many are in pain these days for many reasons. Sometimes it is obvious, but often it is well hidden. As we enter this Christmas season make a little time to call a friend, family member or neighbour. Think especially of those who are isolated and probably lonely. Doing so could mean the difference between hopeless, and hopeful.
With warm wishes,
Greetings from Sharon
One month to Christmas… and our sense of hustle and bustle is very different this year. How are you doing with the oddly strange, quiet? Don’t go it alone! Please call if you need a listening ear. As we move into Advent, we may find a heavier heart with sense of loss, grief, of exhaustion from pivoting and pivoting some more, of limits and restrictions and changes in our behaviours.
I am drawn to the Grinch as he tried to take away all that he thought was important to the residents of Whoville, only to discover that Christmas came just the same time for reflection, feel the grace and gratitude! God is with us, always and forever! Prepare to welcome the babe of Bethlehem, our infant king, our prince of Peace as we prepare the way for the Lord.
Watch on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu14-ljzw3VOWqvvBC3KP3A for additional postings through Advent as we observe this Advent season. This Sunday we share in Communion and you are invited to have some food and drink available to participate. Send me a picture if you would like. We will also be observing Tinsel and Tears. Special thanks to Carol for assuring last Sunday’s service Nov. 22 and this Sunday’s service Nov. 29 is on Dunsford United Church YouTube channel.
Please support the community food bank in the “Fill the Bank” campaign December 6, 2020.
We know the numbers with COVID-19 are rising. In Toronto and Peel where they went into new lockdown any religious gatherings for worship, weddings and funerals have numbers placed at ten as maximum. If our part of Ontario changes its directives, we can do worship recording with five people. We can also record from home if needed. We anticipate YouTube being available for us. Durham County is in orange zone and Peterborough was moved to yellow effective Monday. Concerns for people from the hardest hit areas like Toronto and Peel who may drive further out to participate in restaurant use and shopping opportunities are concerning. Public health is monitoring, and we are asked to assess wants and needs, line-ups and to weigh in on crowd factors as we consider our needs. For those shopping on-line, I saw reports of “porch pirating” in Lindsay. This means people are stealing parcels delivered to people’s porches. Local authorities are inviting us to make the shipping destination be to a place where someone is home or in the workspace office. Our reality is in the City of Kawartha Lakes, people seem to continue to make safe choices and generally health is saying, though somewhat controversially, that contact tracing is for smaller numbers than previously.
The executive will keep you posted of decisions for December 13 and 24 for in-person worship opportunities. Stay cautious and discern choices with care. There is no price tag for health. Thank-you for continuing to follow protocols for your own safety, for those you love, essential workers and all people!
Sharon’s YouTube channel for November 29, Advent 1 Hope:
Sylvia’s special ministry of music “He Is Here”. Carol has included for the closing of this worship. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59hhLxdTmm4&feature=youtu.be
Brenda provides additional solos and accompaniment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05wJ-56jQzs
Advent Special Family Time… watch for some special postings in Advent of story and prayer times and some other Advent offerings on Sharon’s YouTube channel.
Dec. 6 Advent 3 Peace White Gift – no worship service. Carol will be emailing special readings and our focus is community outreach of our “white gifts.” Community Food Bank Food Drive… See reminders in this newsletter.
Dec. 13 Advent 3 Joy In-service worship in the sanctuary
Dec. 20 Advent 4 Love will be a pre-recorded service on YouTube.
December 24 Christmas Eve
Option 1: pre-recorded worship service on YouTube
Option 2: In-person gathering 4:00 P.M. Outside in the manger at the stable beside the church building.
Dec. 27 Comfy Cozy Sunday pre-recorded for YouTube
Advent Message from Moderator Richard Bott: He reminds us that for everything there is a season. Advent and Christmas will be different this year; we will need to keep our physical distance and cover our faces. Perhaps the distance this pandemic brings can allow us to prepare our spiritual life for the coming of the Christ child.
The Executive of the General Council of The United Church of Canada issued an apology last week for its role in separating mothers and their babies in maternity homes it operated from the end of World War II to 1980. “Women told us that they felt pressured, coerced, or forced to give up their babies, and the church recognizes it participated in the culture of shame that surrounded unmarried mothers at that time,” says the Rev. Daniel Hayward, chairperson of the church’s Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee that recommended the apology. Read the full news piece.
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Advent begins this Sunday—are you ready?
Reminder: Everyone must wear a mask, at all times, when indoors attending a place of worship. For more information, visit https://www.hkpr.on.ca
Fill Our “Bank” Drive-thru Food Drive Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2 – 4 p.m.
We are accepting canned food and non-perishable items along with personal hygiene products. We thank you for your generosity!
Drop off your donations to attendants at the Dunsford United Church parking lot.
Main subdivisions will receive door to door collection, so please have your donations on your front step by 2 to ensure social distancing. If someone does knock on your door, they will step back to talk to you.
If you are in a rural area and would like a pickup, please call 705-793-2511 and leave a message at the church office and someone will return your call.
All donations collected through this drive will be received by the Dunsford Food Bank for local distribution – Thank You!
The Dunsford Community Food Bank: Fay Carslake is the Coordinator and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-341-3699
New Short Story Collection by Janet Stobie – Breakthrough Moments Stories with a Twist. Make new connections between the Bible’s wisdom and current issues in your life with Janet’s eye-witness accounts of Bible stories. Each chapter contains: Scripture, Janet’s Story, Prayer and Discussion Questions. Enjoy the stories at home. Use for UCW meetings, Sunday morning worship, Bible Study, Youth Meetings & Fundraisers
Virtual Book Launch on Zoom Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 7 p.m. Eastern with Singer/Songwriter/Biblical Storyteller, Linnea Good
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Sample all of Janet’s books: www.janetstobie.com They are great gifts.
Bits from Brenda