Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – June 2, 2021
Update from the Chair
Meeting by zoom for Sunday morning worship may be inconsistent for the next while. I made a commitment to host for April and May and was hopeful that some other people would be able to continue after that. Please check the newsletter for confirmation of meetings each week. Brian will host this Sunday and CL will continue to email and send out a print copy of the service. If there is no zoom then there will be no YouTube video either. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
June 6 – Rev. Anne Hepburn
June 13 – Lisa Norman
June 20 – Rev. Anne Hepburn (Holy Communion)
June 27 – Darlene Hallett
Update from the office: If you are signed up for the weekly newsletter and/or bulletin, but do not receive one or both, kindly contact the office. Thank you.
Kamloops BC Grave site discovery
As I followed the disturbing news from out west, I was sad and angry.
It seems so impossibly dreadful that such things could happen and especially so by members of the church (the ones who ran the schools).
Yet today in the paper retired Senator Murray Sinclair said that we should not be surprised by this news because it was mentioned many times during the peace and reconciliation hearings that there were mass graves and unspeakable cruelties perpetrated upon the students.
I am wrestling with the whole topic and will share my thinking as we move forward.
Update from the Called to Be the Church Financial Workshop – Inspiring Videos
PRAYERS: Please keep 10-year-old Annabella in your prayers as she continues to recover from surgery at home.
Thank you: Thanks to everyone who noticed and extended best wishes to us by card and calls and flowers as we continue to celebrate 50 years together. Brian and Vicki
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The profit and loss, and balance sheet for May 2021 are attached to this email.
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Kamloops Residential School: A Time for Mourning and Support
Rocks gathered to honour the 215 children found in a mass grave at
Kamloops Residential School. Tobacco was offered for each child.
Credit: Russel Burns
This message comes from Indigenous Ministries and Justice at The United Church of Canada:
As news came on May 28, 2021, that the remains of 215 children were found in a mass unmarked grave on the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, we entered into a time of mourning for these relatives, their families, and their communities… Indigenous Ministries asks all of the church to continue in this time of mourning and of support for each other as we grieve this loss, and others that we do not yet know about.
Read the full statement, which includes a brief reflection from Russelle Burns and prayers from the Moderator and the Rev. Murray Pruden, National Executive Minister, Indigenous Ministries & Justice.
If you are a residential school or intergenerational survivor and this content is upsetting, please call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
LifeSpeak’s June Campaign: LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit People and Mental Health
June is officially recognized as Pride month. It’s a time in which the LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit community is recognized and celebrated here in Canada and other regions. LifeSpeak’s campaign sets out to help us better understand the social and mental health considerations for these communities.
Check out these helpful videos which deal with key topics such as:
- Coming out as LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit
- Same sex couple-hood and parenthood
- The effect of homophobia on mental health
Be sure to join the “Ask the Expert” session on June 28 at noon ET as Michael Bach (Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP), Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion) speaks on the topic, “Talking to Your Kids and Coworkers about the LGBTQIA+ Community.” Learn more.
The French version will be on June 29 at noon ET, with Nadia Brabant. Find out more.
LifeSpeak is an extension of the Employee and Family Assistance Program, to help keep you and your family mentally and physically healthy. You can access the service from any computer or mobile device—visit United-Church.lifespeak.com, choose option “Access Through Group Account,” and enter password “wellness”.
Union Day Service of Celebration
On Thursday, June 10, 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.
United Church Bookstore: Summer Sale Continues
Throughout June, we celebrate both Pride month and Indigenous History Month. As the United Church Bookstore clearance sale continues, titles are being added that can help you explore these themes, like Mary Jo Leddy’s Why Are We Here? A Meditation on Canada, Yours, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery, edited by Steve Heinrichs, and Generous Spaciousness: Responding to the Gay Christians in the Church.
The store is making space for fresh new titles to be added, so shop while quantities last and stock up for summer. From children’s books, to devotionals, and everything in between, you’re sure to find a title or two to take home and enjoy!
|Cross-Canada Online Celebration of the|
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
June 5th, 3 – 4 p.m.
Rev Rosemary Lambie and Rev Michael Blair
will be reading a scripture passage.
For more information go to:
www.weekofprayer.ca AND www.semainedepriere.ca
Thank you to all who have registered for the ECORC Spring Meeting on June 4th and 5th. We have decided to extend the registration and will now keep the form open until Thursday, June 3rd at 4pm. An email will be sent on Thursday evening to all of those who are registered and it will contain the Zoom link for both Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Below are the documents for the meeting:
- 2021 Annual Report Book
- Sept 25-27, 2020 Annual General Meeting Minutes – Draft
- ECORC Annual General Meeting Motions
- ECORC Mission Objective Priority Setting
- ECORC Affirming Forum: Proposed Purpose & Plan of Action for 2021-22
- ECORC Policy Regarding Anti-Racism
- GC 44 Commissioner Nominee’s Biographies
Finally, if you still need to register, please click HERE to go to our event webpage where you can find all the above documents as well.
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