Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – April 28, 2021

Update from the Chair

It’s almost May, folks! Hang in there.

Zoom Worship Schedule

May 2 – Rev. Anne Hepburn

May 9 – Worship At Home: “Mother’s Day” (no zoom meeting)

May 16 – Rev. Anne Hepburn

May 23 – Lisa Norman

A big thank you going out to Gloria Thurston who will provide us with a worship at home package for Mother’s Day Sunday!

Services – Oh dear, oh dear…what to do when you’re the host and you can’t get zoom to work properly on your computer? Poor Lisa had to show her own video hymns and there was no recording of the service on Sunday, April 25th. Attendance was an amazing 19 and all were able to see and hear the service well, except me. ☹

Hosting – Training is under way for a couple of my volunteers with more sessions to follow. Hopefully, there will soon be some more hosts that will be able to be scheduled in or help out in an unscheduled way when things like the above happen!

Now Under Way! – Abigail Campbell will be leading Jr. Church at 11 a.m. following the zoom service and using the same zoom connection as the service. Children are invited to join in for their special worship time together.

Vacancies – We are quickly approaching critical problems due to lack of human resources. Please prayerfully consider how you might help!

A brief description of all positions can be found in the March 31 and April 4 newsletters. To date, none of these positions have been filled.

Pulpit Supply Assistant, Mission Board Recording Secretary, Region Representative.

Worship Team (several openings), Chair M&P committee, Vice Chair of the Mission Board.



Our Condolences to the Kennedy family, formerly of Dunsford

Deborah Loumae Kennedy passed away on April 21, 2021. Deb was the beloved wife of Douglas M. Kennedy. Donations to the Dunsford United Church or the Dunsford Community Centre would be appreciated by the family.


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

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Do you have announcements, celebrations, good news, photos, etc. to share? Send them to dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca and it will be included in the newsletter. Thank you!


A Worship Service of Apology and Lament for the Church’s Role in Coerced Adoptions

Join us online at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 9, on the United Church’s YouTube channel for a special worship service of apology and lament for the church’s role in coerced adoptions. During the service, the United Church will acknowledge its role in forced adoptions through maternity homes operated by the church, and the Moderator will offer a formal apology to mothers and all affected by historical adoption practices. 

[Image credit: iStock]

Stop the Latest Palestinian Evictions in East Jerusalem

The Israeli government plans to evict 195 people in 15 families from their homes in East Jerusalem on May 2, 2021. Two settler organizations are behind these specific evictions, which are illegal under international law and according to Canadian policy regarding the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem. As time is of the essence, church members are asked to respond as quickly as possible by sending a letter opposing the evictions to Foreign Affairs Minister the Hon. Marc Garneau and their own Member of Parliament. Find out more about how you can take action.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo]

Congregational Board of Trustees Handbook: New Edition

Better known as the Trustees Handbook, this resource has been completely rewritten. It summarizes and explains the role and responsibilities of trustees; the rules, policies, and procedures they must follow; and guidance on best practices to comply with United Church property rules and other legal requirements. This handbook is also for regional councils, congregations, and their governing bodies because they each have specific roles in congregational property matters. Available to download from the Handbooks and Guidelines webpage.

[Photo credit: Claudia Kutchukian/The United Church of Canada]

MISSION & SERVICE: Women Work for Change in Zambia

Heavy water drums. Scorching sun. Poor sanitation. Violence. Not being able to attend school. These are some of the issues faced by women and girls in charge of collecting water around the world. It’s one of many that Mission & Service partner Women for Change is addressing in Zambia. Your Mission & Service gifts help empower women and girls in rural areas across the country.

Credit: Women for Change, Zambia


General Council News & Events
Strategic Planning Process 2021 The 43rd General Council will receive a major report, recommending mission, vision, and key strategic priorities for The United Church of Canada at its October 2021 meeting. Following the major gathering of the commissioners in July 2018 in Oshawa, they agreed to meet annually until the 44th General Council to consider urgent matters of denominational importance. This strategic planning process aimed at providing a common direction for 2022‒2024 is one of those key urgent matters. Consultations are happening across the church through focus groups, interviews, and surveys. Five Moderator’s Town Hall events are also planned and open to all members, with an emphasis on those in paid and volunteer leadership. All are welcome at these Town Halls. Please plan to attend only one. The dates and registrations for the Moderator’s Town Halls on the strategic plan are now open. Our RC is invited to join sessions May 1 or May 4th in English. The session being held in French takes place on May 6. Members of the Indigenous Church will be contacted about joining focus groups in May and June. All church leaders and members are invited to register for one of the sessions. Regular updates will be posted on this site. Following the Town Halls, the full report will be sent to the General Council Executive’s meeting on September 25, 2021, before being proposed to the October meeting of all the 43rd General Council Commissioners.

COVID-19 Update: As we continue through the pandemic, we ask that you please stay safe and follow all local health and provincial regulations.  The Stay-at-Home order is in place until May 19, 2021, as the province continues to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.

Children, Youth and Young Adult Leaders
Sharon Hull, the Regional Council staff person for All Ages invites you to sign up for this new and improved mailing list to stay in touch and stay informed.
First Third’s Ministry Forum (Children, Youth and Young Adults) We would like your input on Regional Council Children, Youth and Young Adult events. If you are a Child, Youth, Young Adult or a leader in Ministry for this group please consider joining our forum. We will meet online 2 to 4 times a year to discuss Regional Council events for First Third’s Ministry (Child to Age 30). Please email Sharon Hull @ shull@united-church.ca if you are interested in being a part of the Forum or if you have any questions.
Indigenous Justice and Right Relations Forum
More Consultation Needed in Bill C-15 Implementation The National Indigenous Council of The United Church of Canada has written to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs as it meets to review Bill C-15: An act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Council expressed its concern about the breadth and depth of community consultation in drafting the bill about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and noted that, “When we make decisions we take the time necessary to seek the wisdom and counsel of our communities.” “Because of our own inability to consult within our communities,” the Council concluded, “we have decided that we as the National Indigenous Council of the United Church cannot at this time make an informed statement either in support of or against Bill C-15.” Other faith communities have signalled their support for the Bill. Citing its ongoing commitment to a new relationship, the National Indigenous Council closed its brief by stating: “We are Indigenous Peoples and Nations, not a single group nor a select organization. We must all be present in the process of consultation and cooperation that the Bill foresees. We hope that you will respect our ways of decision-making.”
Trekking Across Canada Together

Trinity St Andrew’s United Church in Brighton is inviting you on a special pilgrimage. From now until Indigenous day of prayer, June 21, we are trekking across Canada together, and learning about the people through whose traditional territory we will be walking. If you would like to take part, please click HERE for more information and how to register.     We are making excellent progress. There are 26 walkers from Brighton, Warkwarth, Whitby, Spencerville, Peterborough, Brockville!… and we have landed about 77 kilometres east of Montreal as we travel from Pugwash, Nova Scotia. Please visit the website by clicking HERE to see where we have been this week! You will also find the current map as well as past updates. 

This week our walkers have landed just outside of Montreal. We are grateful that Satewas (Harvey) and Susan Gabriel from Kanehsatake are able to join us from 10:30-11:30 on Friday.  Harvey has been busy translating the Bible into Mohawk, and Susan has expanded her backyard blueberry patch to include 700 bushes, and 5 or 6 rows of raspberries!  Both have been very involved in their local and national United Church.  It has been 30 years since the Oka conflict occurred in their community…much to learn about together!  Join us via zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84424657593?pwd=SjlxMEMzK003OFAvUWEzYUErS3Bwdz09     ORANGE SHIRT DAY: EVERY CHILD MATTERS – Bulk Shirt Order
Orange Shirt Day, September 30th, commemorates the residential school experience, witnessing to and honouring the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and our commitment to the ongoing process of reconciliation.  Chief Justice Murray Sinclair challenged all of the participants to keep the reconciliation process alive, as a result of the realization that every former student had similar stories. There is a wealth of information available, for example at https://www.orangeshirtday.org/
The number of shirts available is limited and orders will be taken until May 31. The cost of each shirt is $22 which includes tax and shipping. Any profit will go to East Central Ontario Regional Council. 

The 2021 design was created by Shayne Hommy, a grade 11 student in Dawson Creek. Learn what Orange Shirt Day means to Shayne as well as find much more information and how to order by clicking this link.

U.C.W News & Events

3 ply Masks Now Available!
Specially designed 3 ply, 100% cotton, reversible, pre-washed masks that have the narrow elastic with clear barrell adjusters. Available in two new designs: the UCW crest or the UCC crest for both Clergy and Non-Clergy masks. These masks are $15.00 each with $2.50 shipping if required across Canada. All proceeds from the UCW masks will go to the UCW 60th Anniversary project “Change for Women of Zambia” which ends in July 2022. For the UCC crest, proceeds from these masks will go to “El Salvador Food Security” program which is a sister church we support as a United Church. Available colours are: Royal Blue (main colour) as well as Deep Purple, Black, Kelly Green, Pink and Red. All masks are made by Marilyn Rodger.
  For more information and/or to place your order, please contact Marilyn at marilynrodger@aol.com
Events & Information of Interest
May 3-9 is Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada, and this year, the United Church will mark Mental Health Sunday (May 2) for the first time. Worship resources will be coming soon, and during the week itself there will be live sessions with chaplains and ministers on the church’s Facebook page. General Council Office staff person Amy Crawford has also written a blog post entitled “Breaking the Silence about Mental Health”.

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


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