Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – May 5, 2021

Reminder: There will be no zoom meeting on Sunday, May 9th.

Update from the Chair

This week, Anne and three of our lay people will attend the first of four training sessions on “stewardship best practices” available through the United Church of Canada. Thank you to Anne, John, Carolle, and Abigail for donating their time towards this. The board will receive a report in June from the group and we pray for their learnings to help us on our journey.

Zoom Worship Schedule

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

May 16 – Rev. Anne Hepburn

May 23 – Lisa Norman

May 30 – 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!

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 above happen!

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.



Update from the Church Office

Cheer Ministry: After 15 years, Doris is stepping down from her role due to deteriorating eyesight.  We are forever thankful for the time she has given to this ministry.

There is an immediate need for someone to take over this ministry. Cards are sent to the congregation for special birthdays, anniversaries, baby congratulations, thinking of you, get well, and sympathy.  The cost of the cards and stamps is reimbursed by the UCW.  If you feel this is something you are called to do, please contact the church office 705-793-2511. 

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

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 Prayer for Mother’s Day

Loving God, help us make Mother’s Day more meaningful.

Help us make it a time of generosity through our Mission & Service that helps change the lives of families at home and around the world.

Help us make it even more of a celebration of those extraordinary people in our lives we call mom, who are like mothers to us, and to people of all genders, as well as trans and non-binary persons who offer mothering care.

Help us make it more supportive of mothers who have lost children, children who have lost mothers, women who long to be mothers, and those who choose not to be mothers.

Help us make it more open to those who don’t fit the traditional model of family and feel left out during this holiday.

Help us make it more caring of single moms, new moms, and those looking after their moms during the pandemic without the social supports that are usually in place.

Help us make it more aware of those whose mothering responsibilities stretch across decades to span a lifetime.

Help us make it more loving for those who want to draw closer to their mother and more healing for those who need to keep a distance.

Help us make Mother’s Day more, O God.

More generous…more open…more caring.

We pray this in your holy name.


Stories of Our Mission: Make Mother’s Day More Meaningful, Inclusive, and Compassionate

Are you a mother who wants to make a difference? Do you have a mother or someone like a mother that you want to honour? Do you know people who have lost mothers or mothers who have lost a child? Does anyone you know find Mother’s Day hard for other reasons? Are there people in your life whose non-traditional family unit deserves recognition and celebration? This Mother’s Day, you can help families in need and reach out to honour and support your loved ones at the same time. Find out how you can help.

Rise Up Strong

“As you may know, street health and harm reduction workers working on the frontlines have been under pressure for a while now with a lack of affordable housing and the ongoing opioid epidemic. The pandemic has only made things more challenging for these frontline workers. Now, more than ever, street health workers need our support to ensure that they stay well, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  

“Several street health workers from Ottawa Inner City Health and from the Somerset West community in Ottawa have recently collaborated with singer/songwriter Pat Mayberry (who has composed several hymns for the United Church) to produce a song/video entitled “Rise Up Strong”. In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, please view and share Rise Up Strong to spread the word that we need to care for street health workers’ mental and spiritual wellbeing, as they care for our most vulnerable community members.” – Soul Space Ottawa

Full permission is provided to Music United and its partners to share and post the video in its entirety, crediting Pat Mayberry and Soul Space Ottawa.

LifeSpeak Mental Health Marathon

Mental health is a vital part of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects our decision making, how we cope with stress, and relate to others. LifeSpeak’s Mental Health marathon sets out to help you prioritize and understand your mental well-being and how it can affect others. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Children’s mental health
  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental health inquiries
  • Mental health and relationships

LifeSpeak’s Mental Health marathon will include four “Ask the Expert” sessions between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT on May 5. The French versions will be on May 6 between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT.

Be sure to check out Lifespeak’s online library which offers helpful videos on mental health. Some of these include:

LifeSpeak is an extension of the Employee and Family Assistance Program, to help keep you and your family mentally and physically healthy.

[Image credit: LifeSpeak]

Webinar: The Church Has Left the Building: How Will We Combine Online and In-Person Church?

United in Learning (in partnership with Toronto United Church Council) is offering a three-part series on online church when we are back in the church building. Since the onset of the pandemic, you have pivoted most of your activities into some version of online based communication. When you have access to the church building again, what will this mean for the online community you have created? How will you continue to be in relationship with those who have joined online? Find out more and register.

United Church Bookstore: Feed your Soul during Mental Health Awareness Week

Our “Feed your Soul” collection offers books designed to lift your spirits in these times of solitude and uncertainty. We invite you to take a moment to browse the collection and find a book or two to bring you peace, renewal, and hope.


General Council News
CHURCH LAUNCHES INCLUSIVE MOTHER’S DAY CAMPAIGN Typically, Mother’s Day is a time when we celebrate mothers. Which is great, but not for everyone. This Mother’s Day, The United Church of Canada is running a unique campaign not only to raise money for families in need but also to make the holiday itself more inclusive. The campaign called “Make Mother’s Day More” expands the traditional focus of the holiday to recognize painful mothering relationships, acknowledge loss, and celebrate those who play a mothering role, including transgender and non-binary people. The campaign will support United Church partner organizations offering things like parenting classes, medical clinics, safe shelter, and education for children. Click HERE to read the full letter and you can view a video by clicking HERE.
GLI Network Event
We have been invited by our friends in the Antler River Watershed, Horseshoe Falls and Western Ontario Waterways Regional Councils for a session entitled, Talking To Politicians So They Will Listen – May 6 @ 12:10 pm to 1:00pm.  Ted McMeekin, former MPP and Mission & Stewardship Officer (Hamilton Conference, UCC) will be leading the session. Through stories and concrete examples, Ted will help us start thinking about talking to politicians so they will listen. Ted has a strong background in supporting the introduction of a Guaranteed Livable Income in Canada and we encourage you to sign up to attend this event.
Click the poster below to register and receive the Zoom link.
Meeting Registration – Zoom
Connecting resources with ministry Toronto United Church Council May 25th, June 1st, June 8th, 7:00 PM

Since the onset of the pandemic, you have pivoted most of your activities into some version of online based communication. You have tried out multiple online apps and other platforms in order to reach out to as many members as possible as well as new visitors. Going forward, you will have access to the church building again. What will this mean for the online community you have created? How will you continue to be in relationship with those who have joined online? United in Learning in partnership with Toronto United Church Council is offering a 3-part series on online church when we are back in the church building. Click HERE for more information and to register. 

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