Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – May 26, 2021

Update from the Chair

Hello everyone.

Like me, I’m sure you have all been awaiting the end of the province’s stay-at-home-order on June 2. Although it will be ended, we are looking at slow steps to increase our social contacts. Given the latest guidelines coming in three stages, I do not anticipate that we will be able to worship inside the church until at least mid August. We will continue to meet by zoom, send out a print copy of the service, and (try to) offer a recorded copy of our service on YouTube.

Zoom Worship Schedule

May 30 – Lisa Norman

June 6 – Rev. Anne Hepburn

June 13 – Lisa Norman

June 20 – Rev. Anne Hepburn (Holy Communion)

Vacancies – Folks, this is going to be the last week that I talk about how badly we need vacancies filled. I am tired of asking and I am sure you are tired of reading. Some of you maybe skip this section all together. Please pray for this church community as we will have some tough decisions to make in the coming weeks and months.



PRAYERS: Please keep 10-year-old Annabella in your prayers as she recovers from surgery in SickKids Hospital.

CONGRATULATIONS to Vicki and Brian, celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Fri., May 28th.

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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!


Church Union Online Service

Save the date! On June 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET, join Moderator Richard Bott and others for a special online worship service to celebrate the 96th anniversary of The United Church of Canada. This service will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Please bring water with you to participate in the service.

Stories of Our Mission: Outdoor Ministry Supports Well-Being of Children

Photo of a smiling mother, Rev. Trisha Elliott and her son Aidan climbing a tree.

In the 17 years that statistics have been gathered, no children have died falling out of trees. Yet increasing fears about playground injuries and stranger danger, along with more screen time, mean that only a third of Canadian school-aged children meet physical activity guidelines. Getting outside is good for children. Enter United Church camps. The perfect story for Environment Sunday.

[Image credit: Trisha Elliott/The United Church of Canada]

United Church Bookstore: Clearance Sale Continues!

The United Church Bookstore clearance sale continues with gusto, with new titles being added daily. Shop now, and discover books from as little as $0.99! The store is making space for fresh new titles to be added, so shop while quantities last and stock up for summer. When they’re gone, they’re gone! From children’s books, to devotionals, and everything in between, you’re sure to find a title or two to take home.


Call for Photos
Thank you so much to those who have already sent in some photos! What a great response and I look forward to seeing many more!

The website Home Page has already been updated this week with photo’s sent in from Trinity United Church in Bobcaygeon showing off their gardens. The orange flowers are called “Fritillaria Imperialis” or the more common name is “Crown Imperial”. 

Keep the photos coming! Please send photos to me at KWilson@united-church.ca and then watch the newsletter and/or website to see your submissions!

Here is a gorgeous peony bloom submitted by Erin Poirier from Westminster United Church Whitby. 
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.  

May 19 – Update & an Invitation
Good morning cross-country trekkers!
This week we took our time a little… relatively speaking! Thirty four of us walked more than 233 hours, which means we have just about made it to Vancouver! We are resting on the northern shore of Indian Arm, or Say Nuth Khaw Yum, a fjord extending north from the Burrard Inlet of North Vancouver. To get here we passed through the traditional territory of the Beaver, Cree, Ojibway, Stoney, Metis, Secwépemc, St’át’imc, Interior Salish and the Coastal Salish. A lot was learned this week!! Please click HERE to see what we learned and view the map on our webpage. 
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.
Interfaith, Intercultural Forum
A beautiful worship service for Pentacost and personal reflection conducted by United Church ministers for Asian Heritage Month. Presented in Bunun, Korean, Cantonese, Japanese, Tagalog, Kapangpangan and English, reflecting the Pentacost vision of a common story. Subtitles in English. Download: https://bit.ly/3eXAObf
For Asian Heritage Month 2021, Klaus Simon Bondoc shares how his discovery of God’s love and acceptance led him on the path toward ministry. Click HERE to read the full story. 
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
Network News

Clusters and Networks in ECORC: Calling all Communities of Faith! Are you part of a cluster or network? What are you passionate about and want to connect with others to collaborate together. ECORC currently has the Guaranteed Livable Income network that has formed and we are trying to set up the Long Term Care Crisis and Care of Creation networks (please see links below to join these mailing lists). What other Networks are you interested in? Do you need help connecting to others? Is there an interest in reforming clusters? Clusters and Networks are independent but some staff support is available to help start them, please contact Sharon Hull at shull@united-church.ca. Add your name to the Guaranteed Livable Income Network mailing list with this link  Add your name to the Long Term Care Crisis Network mailing list with this link Add your name to the Care of Creation Network mailing list with this link 
Camp Quin Mo Lac
Join us for our 2nd LIVE Zoom Auction on May 30 at 4:00 p.m.! If you have an item to contribute, please email your idea to: kids@campqml.org. This could be a great opportunity to have your business or art project on display for the QML community to see. An additional silent auction may be possible if we have too many items for the live event. Proceeds will go toward helping QML get through another challenging season. This was such a great time last year and we are excited to have Wendell White joining us again with his professional auctioneering skills. We hope you can join us because these online events have been a wonderful way to reconnect with QML friends! A link will be provided closer to the date.

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