Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – March 31, 2021

Update from the Chair

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter!

Worship Schedule

Easter Sunday, April 4, Welcome back Anne Hepburn! Our worship service will be live by zoom. I will be hosting and will open the zoom meeting at 9:40 a.m. for some meet and greet time with Anne. At 10:00 a.m. we will have a bit of recorded music and then begin the service. We invite everyone to join us as you are able! The service will also be recorded so that it can be viewed later on the church YouTube channel. At least that’s the plan…

Anne has also provided some worship material for us for Good Friday which you will receive following this newsletter.

Schedule for April is as follows:

April 4 – Rev. Anne Hepburn

April 11 – Lisa Norman LLWL

April 18 – Rev. Anne Hepburn

April 25 – Lisa Norman LLWL

Vacancies – Please prayerfully consider how you might help!

Pulpit Supply Assistant – To arrange pulpit supply for the weeks that Anne will not be available. You can work from home and a contact list is provided. We will require pulpit supply for worship services for the foreseeable future. This position will be part of the Worship Team.

Mission Board Recording Secretary – To record minutes of board meetings (including executive meetings) in the manner according to the United Church Manual for distribution and church archives. All details are documented for guidance.

Region Representative – To act as the church liaison to the East Central Ontario Regional Council, attending meetings and advising our community of faith as to updates from the region council.

Worship Team (several openings) – Mary Lou has expressed an interest in the worship team but is not able to handle the two above positions that she currently holds as well as worship.

Chair for M&P committee – currently our team of two members requires a chair to join them. The chair person will be a member of the Mission Board executive.

Vice Chair of the Mission Board – To fill in as Chair when the Chair is unable to perform all duties.


Carol 705-738-3183 emburyc@gmail.com

Dunsford United Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

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Time: Apr 4, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Update from Kathy (Grandma):

Matthew, Melanie and big brother Logan welcomed Gryffynn Matthew on Sunday March 21, 2021. 


Invitation to Worship: Moderator’s Good Friday Service

On the morning of April 2, join the Moderator and members of the General Council Executive for a Good Friday service on the United Church’s YouTube channel. We will gather online to remember stories of Jesus’ final hour, and sing and pray together. Find out more.

Moderator’s Easter Message

This year’s Easter message is a unique take on the Easter story after Mary Magdalene’s visit to the tomb. Eavesdrop on a conversation between Mary and the disciple Peter on what she saw or didn’t see. (Written by Moderator Richard Bott—and thank you to Alydia Smith for her participation!)

Stories of Our Mission: Work Brings New Life: Jesse’s Story Part 2

Supporting job training and employment programs has never been more important than it is today. Because of the pandemic, 114 million more jobs were lost in 2020 than in 2019—that’s four times more jobs than were lost during the global financial crisis in 2009. Your gifts through Mission & Service support programs that help people like Jesse find meaningful employment and renewed life. It’s one of the ways we can participate in God’s holy, resurrecting work every day.


Nominations for General Council 44 Commissioners
Nominations open from April 1 to 17, 2021
The national governing body for our church is the General Council (GC), and its next full meeting will be GC44 in July, 2022.  The meeting will, for the first time in the history of our church, be conducted entirely on-line.  Before the COVID pandemic, GC44 was planned for Calgary.

Voting delegates to GC44, known as commissioners, will be elected across the country in 2021 by Regional Councils and the National Indigenous Council.  This will allow education sessions for commissioners to begin early in 2022.   Commissioners serve until the next full meeting of the General Council, normally a period of 3 years.

As the national decision-making body for our church, GC commissioners have a range of responsibilities, including:

1/   electing a new Moderator for a 3-year term, and the members of the General Council Executive.
2/  setting policies for the church, and dealing with proposals from the Regional Councils.
3/  setting the budget framework for the next 3 years, and approving the assessment formula for Communities of Faith.
4/  oversight of denominational level ministry and mission.

Our East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) will elect approximately 15 commissioners at our spring 2021 meeting, plus alternates.  The Nominations Committee is seeking expressions of interest from all those who feel called to offer their gifts in this role.  In addition, one of the GC44 commissioners will be selected to the role of Leading Elder.  The Leading Elder serves as a member of the ECORC Assembly of Elders, and serves a key role in liaison between the Assembly of Elders and the General Council.  This role entails a greater commitment of time and energy than for the other commissioners.

Nominations will be open from April 1 to April 17, and the expression of interest forms may be found HERE.  On May 12, there will be an on-line gathering, organized by the Assembly of Elders, for all those who submitted expressions of interest to introduce themselves to members of the Regional Council.  Council members will then rank the nominees, and this information will be used subsequently by the Nominations Team to develop a slate of recommended nominations.  The full Regional Council will vote on the nominations at the spring ECORC meeting.

The role of GC commissioner is a vital and satisfying one, and we ask that all of you prayerfully consider who among us have the spiritual gifts to serve in this role.

For further information, please contact the Nominations team:

Wanda Stride (chair): minister@trinitystandrews.ca
Tom Smart: tom.smart1@icloud.com  

Opportunities to Offer Your Spiritual Gifts to the Wider United Church
Nominations open from April 1 to 17, 2021

We all have different spiritual gifts to offer, and we can use those gifts in many different settings…our own community of faith, local community organizations, and in our
 interactions with all those we meet.  But, have you ever considered widening the impact of your gifts, by offering them to the broader United Church of Canada?  Our East Central Ontario Regional Council has opportunities for a variety of different gifts to be shared.  As detailed at the end of this note, there are opportunities in areas such as:
1/ enhancing church mission through the best use of our buildings and property
2/ strengthening the relationships between communities of faith and those who offer ministry to them
3/ building local and global mission partnerships
4/ promoting equitable access to all our teams and meetings
5/ guiding our Regional Council by offering leadership and vision
6/ creating a space and an awareness of what full inclusion would look like, and supporting ECORC becoming an affirming body.
Please prayerfully consider if you are being called to offer your gifts to the wider church.  Please consider if you know someone else who has the needed gifts, and encourage them to apply.
Nominations will be open from April 1 to April 17, and can be submitted via our website.  Please click HERE to fill out the nominations form. Elections will occur at the spring meeting of the Regional Council on June 5.
Our Regional Council teams offer you a rewarding way to make a real different to the wider church, and to the wider world.  Your gifts are truly needed…please consider sharing them for the benefit of us all.
For more information, please contact any of the following ECORC Nominations Team members:
Wanda Stride (chair): minister@trinitystandrews.ca
 Tom Smart: tom.smart1@icloud.com 
ECORC Opportunities:
Assembly of Elders, four people, including one person under the age of 30 (youth).
The executive of the ECORC is known as the Assembly of Elders. The assembly of elders shall have 12 members who share responsibility for overall mission and vision as established by the Regional Council. The Assembly of Elders meets at least six times annually, and members will serve on at least one team and be a conduit of information between the Assembly of Elders and the Team. The Assembly of Elders will elect a Speaker, who serves for a term of up to six months, a term which can be renewed for consecutive terms. Alternate Speakers may be elected. Terms are three years in length, with youth having the option of one- year terms.
Covenant Support Team, two people.
The Covenant Support Team has 12 members, eight of whom are elected by ECORC, and the team meets at least six times annually. The covenant Support Team supports and nurtures the relationships between the East Central Ontario Regional Council and Communities of Faith, Retirees, Licensed Lay Worship Leaders, and those in paid accountable ministry. In other words, those who are in a covenant relationship with the Regional Council. The large scope of work for this Team is assisted by the Pastoral Liaison, LLWL and Retirees Forums; through their collective wisdom and experience, recommendations for policies and decision making are made to the Covenant Support Team. The Covenant Support Team shall serve, support and provide oversight of Communities of Faith, Ministry Personnel and Pastoral Relationships.
Equity Team, at least four people including one person under the age of 30 (youth).
The Equity Team shall have at least 8 members, including 5 of whom are elected by the ECORC and meets approximately 6 times annually. The Equity Team advises the Assembly of Elders and all other East Central Ontario Regional Council meeting and event organizers on matters concerning accessibility, privilege and equity. The Equity Team will address any concerns raised and will help facilitate educational and learning events within the ECORC. The Equity Team will support the Equity Monitors and maintain an equity checklist for organizers. Terms are two or three years in length, with youth having the option of a one-year term.
Formation, Nurture and Justice Team, three people including one person under the age of 30 (Youth)
The Formation, Nurture and Justice Team shall have at least 8 members, including 5 who are elected by the ECORC. The Team meets approximately 6 times annually. The Team serves the Regional Council in areas of global and local mission partnerships, ministry with all ages, honouring and living into cultural mission and ministry and living in covenant with Mother Earth and All My Relations. This Team supports the work of the ECORC youth executive, supports the work for right relations as well as clusters and networks. This team also fosters dialogue between various levels of church governance. Terms are two or three years in length, with youth having the option of a one-year term.
Mission Through Property Team, 4 people.
The Mission Through Property team Team shall have 11 members, including 8 elected by the ECORC.  The team supports and provides oversight of the financial responsibilities of the East Central Ontario Regional Council, and of the financial viability and property matters of the Communities of Faith.  In the area of stewardship, the team encourages and supports individual generosity and discipleship of resources.  The team oversees the revenue from the assessment of Communities of Faith, and develops and manages the budget of the Regional Council.  For property, the team provides support and guidance to Communities of Faith on all matters pertaining to property, including requests to buy, sell, mortgage, exchange, renovate, lease, or otherwise deal with Community of Faith property.
Affirming Forum, 2 people
The Affirming Forum has 10 Members who meet about 6 times a year as a full forum and other times in smaller planning groups. Beginning with but not limited to a focus on 2SLGBTQIA+ the Affirming Forum has been supporting and working with the East Central Ontario Regional Council and its Assembly of Elders, Teams and Forums to create space for, increase awareness of and commitment to fuller inclusion of greater diversity in every aspect of church worship, work and life.  The Affirming Forum’s initial priority since the establishment of regions has been to encourage and facilitate ECORC moving from being an interim to permanent Affirming Ministry.
Nominations Team, one person needed. 
The Nominations Team shall have 7 members, six of whom are elected by the ECORC. The team meets as necessary leading up to ECORC meetings, or as needed by the Assembly of Elders. The Nominations Team serves the ECORC by recommending appointments and or elections to the Assembly of Elders, Teams, Forums and Task Groups as well as individuals to positions as requested by the ECORC, its Assembly of Elders or the Executive Minister; Every three years, the Nominations Team also recommends election of individuals to serve as commissioners to the General Council. Terms are two or three years in length.

Dunsford Community Food Bank: Contact Fay Carslake 705-341-3699 or faycarslake@hotmail.com


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