Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – July 28, 2021

Update from the Chair


We have a plan to reopen the church to in person services beginning September 12. Covid protocols including physical distancing, wearing of masks and hand sanitizing will be part of the plan. Please be prepared to return with a focus on keeping everyone safe.


As of this writing, we have had only one person volunteer for the stewardship team (see recommendation #3 below). If this team is not assembled in the immediate future, the search committee will have to leave their work on hold and we will have to use pulpit supply indefinitely. I see and hear that energy for contributing time towards the operation of this community of faith is waning and I understand all the reasons for this. But if we don’t have the people power to support this church then we will have to pursue a “Plan B”.

Stewardship Report

The Mission Board met with course participants on July 8th to review the Stewardship Report. A copy of the report is now available through the church office. There were 9 recommendations made by the course instructor and the board voted in favour of proceeding with immediate follow-up.


1– to review our Mission Statement with an eye to focusing on who we are and how we are living out our mission

Recommendation # 1: Since your sense of mission and ministry is reasonably current, your community of faith simply needs to continue to monitor it and live it out. Showing how you are achieving your mission is a great tool to inspire participants.

Abigail will be contacting members by telephone to advise of a meeting tentatively set for Thursday, July 29th. As we have moved into Step 3, a group may be able to meet in person in the church hall, or we could combine in-person and live participants

2– to form a Stewardship team of at least three people who will work on a one year and a three year plan

Recommendation # 3: As you currently do NOT have an active stewardship team, creating one needs to be a priority. Recruit a Stewardship Team for a specific term (3 years?). The new team must receive training on both the role of the team and on stewardship best practices, and the Team should report regularly to the governing body. The new team should seriously consider taking the Called to be the Church: The Journey module 1 –Best Practices course.

Please contact Carol Embury if you are interested in being part of the Stewardship Team.

Zoom News

Recordings of the services are currently suspended. CL will continue to email and send out print copies. There is also a convenient copy of all of our services (bulletins) on our fantastic web site! and a link on the home page to our Sunday Worship zoom meetings. Join us live Sunday mornings for chat 9:30 to 10 and service at 10!

Worship Schedule

August 1 – Lisa Norman

August 8 – Anne Hepburn

August 15 – Anne Hepburn

August 22 – Documentary “Finding Peter Bryce”



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A note from Fay:

A surprise 80th birthday for Betty Thurston and a 90th birthday for Jack Thurston will be held on Sunday, August 22. They are also celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary. It is a drive-by or drop in depending on your comfort level all Covid protocols will be in place. Please remember it’s a surprise if you have any questions contact Fay.

Also, I wanted to thank everyone for their continued support and keeping our food bank running so smoothly.  Our volunteers are amazing, our donors are even more amazing, and our recipients are very grateful.  The food bank is running really well and we look forward to many more successful years.  Fay

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

Food Bank Fundraiser: Sun. Aug 8 from 12 – 4 for Little Britain and Dunsford will be held in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Presb. Church, Lindsay.  There will be a raffle, bake sale, Paw Patrol, and more.

Prayer request: Please keep Emma in your prayers as she continues on her cancer journey.  The family is so thankful for the quilt given to Emma from the church.

Cheer Ministry: Please call Mary when a church member/family needs to be remembered with a card: thinking of you; get well; or special birthday/anniversary wishes.


Resources to Bring the Children Home

The United Church of Canada is making funds available to support the work of Indigenous communities for the identification of unmarked graves, knowledge gathering, and ceremony to honour the children who did not return home from its 15 residential schools. 

Read the full news piece.

[Photo credit: ©THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito]

Emancipation Day Resources

The World Council of Churches recently presented an ecumenical webinar on “Acting Together in Canadian Churches to Observe the International Decade for People of African Descent.” From this webinar, an ecumenical group was formed, who quickly discerned that producing a video for the first National Emancipation Day (August 1, 2021) would be a great endeavour. Thanks to all those who participated! We hope you enjoy the celebration of the first national emancipation day.

In addition, The Black Clergy Network of The United Church of Canada will present a panel discussion on “Challenging Colonial Legacies through the Commemoration of Emancipation.” This conversation will livestream on The Black Clergy Network’s YouTube channel on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT.

Featuring Dr. Dian McCallum, Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, Rev. Dr. Japhet Ndhlovu, Rev. Dr. Steed Davidson, and Rev. Sadekie Lyttle-Forbes. All are invited!

Young Black Scholarship Program

The Young Black Scholarship Program project has just concluded its research phase on Black experiences in Canadian churches. The project is part of the United Church’s commitment to the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, and the researchers are excited to share what they learned and be part of animating our church’s continued effort to become an anti-racist church.

Would it be possible for your church to host an event together? It would include theme-centred creative presentations from the findings of our researchers, which would then be the basis for interactive conversations with those attending the event.

If your church is interested in hosting an event, please contact Emo Yango at 416-231-7680 x4522, or email eyango@united-church.ca.


Photo Gallery

This weeks photo gallery includes:

  1. Submitted by Pastor Ian Robb; new life
  2. Submitted by Phil Hobbs; a beautiful peony blossom
  3. Submitted by Patty Latour; poppies in bloom
  4. Submitted by Kathy Davidson; Great Horned Owlette (young owl)

Have summer photos to share? Photos can be emailed to me at KWilson@united-church.ca

Moderator’s Statement on Residential School Burial Sites

Bringing these children the honour we denied them in life.
Published On: July 19, 2021

To Residential School Survivors, Families, and Communities:

I want to acknowledge the pain that you, as survivors of residential schools, families, and communities, are experiencing. We understand that the pain endured at these schools went far beyond their walls and grounds into community and through generations.

Please view the full statement HERE.

The Pay it Forward part of The United Church of Canada’s campaign in support of global partners

Matching Vaccine Donations Announced: The pandemic is not over until it is over for everyone. Published On: July 15, 2021

The Pay it Forward part of The United Church of Canada’s campaign in support of global partners, encouraging people to buy a vaccine for someone in another country, will now be matched by government funds.Pay It Forward is part of the church’s COVID-19: Global Response. Now in its second week, the campaign urges people to advocate, donate, and buy a vaccine to be administered in the Global South, where pandemic-related suffering continues to increase. Pay it Forward offers the chance to buy a vaccine for just $25 for someone in a country where vaccines are in short supply and are distributed through UNICEF’s networks.

To read the complete article, please click HERE

Information from Nominations Team

Nominations for General Council 44 Commissioners
Now open for a second calling – nomination form will close on September 20, 2021

Can you imagine yourself making decisions, meeting new people and engaging Christ’s mission on a national level? Please click HERE for more information!

Indigenous Justice and Respectful Relationships Forum

Photos submitted by Sharon Phelps: Remembering the Children of Residential School in Kamloops BC. Picture taken in Bobcaygeon, Ontario in June of 2021

“Every Child Matters” Masks
As a request and with permission I have added this “Every Child Matters” in Orange to my collection of fund raising masks. The artist for the logo is Andy Everson, from the Northwest Coast. All proceeds going to “The Indigenous Ministry Healing Fund” UCC. They are of 3 ply 100% reversible cotton with adjustable narrow elastics. Price is $15.00 plus $2.50 shipping (I can get 1 to 4 in package for this amount). E Transfer or Personal Cheque accepted. To order email marilynrodger@aol.com. Thanks for your support.
UCW News & Events

UCWers from ECOR, EOOR & Guests are invited to “LET IT GO!” at UCW Quin-Mo-Lac Fellowship Day. Hosted by Kente UCW on Sat, August 28th (rain date August 29th) Please click HERE for more information and to register!

Kawartha Highland Cluster 2021 Virtual VBS
(zoom and camp in a bag)

We have been operating as VIBE, Venturing in Biblical Experiences through Lindsay Presbytery, Kawartha Highlands Presbytery and now as a part of ECORC for 16 years.
This year we faced many challenges in offering a virtual program based on a mixed audience not wanting any excessive computer time and those not completely comfortable with an in person camp. The idea of using the Go Project curriculum with a mix of zoom and camp in a bag seems to be a great solution.
We were able to get a Canada Summer Jobs Grant for a part time virtual camp and through many challenges it is up and running. We just started on July 19th with a small group but with great enthusiasm. Our leaders Heather and Amanda engaged the kids in story, prayer, song and crafts. The families have already posted their off line challenges including finding the colour of the day scavenger hunt items, their Grow a Rainbow results and their Rainbow Mosaic window.
We look forward to more kids joining when our August camp begins on the 9th. The August camp runs Monday to Thursday for a 2 week session, zoom on Monday and Thursday mornings and camp in a bag for Tuesday and Wednesday. If you were part of the Kawartha Highlands cluster or are on our borders or are just looking for a low key fun time adventure in biblical experiences based on the rainbow theme please contact us at vibe.vbs@gmail.com
Mary-Margaret Boone

The QML Tuck Shop is Open!

If you are the kind of person who takes great pride in being efficient, then we have news for you! For a limited time, you have the opportunity to support Quin-Mo-Lac and to purchase some rare, special edition camp clothing. For 3 weeks only, we have opened up an online tuck shop for all of our QML family. When you make a purchase and place a pre-order, you will be helping the camp weather these challenging times and you will look great doing so! Please click this LINK for more information!

Job opportunities

Faith and the Common Good is looking for a half-time communicator. Join our team to help build a more resilient and sustainable Canada
• Do you believe that our diverse faith and spiritual communities can be a force for good?
• Are you passionate about protecting our environment for future generations?
• Do you thrive working in multi-cultural, multi-faith, grass-roots environments?
• Do you have a sense of humor about life?
If you answered a strong “Yes!” to all these questions, join our network! Click HERE to view the complete job description!

Faith and the Common Good is looking for a half-time communicator. Join our team to help build a more resilient and sustainable Canada
• Do you believe that our diverse faith and spiritual communities can be a force for good?
• Are you passionate about protecting our environment for future generations?
• Do you thrive working in multi-cultural, multi-faith, grass-roots environments?
• Do you have a sense of humor about life?
If you answered a strong “Yes!” to all these questions, join our network! Click HERE to view the complete job description!

Highland Hills Pastoral Charge is looking for a warm and enthusiastic Church Administrator who is comfortable with technology and works well with others who will assist the minister in the daily life of the Charge and ensure office routines and responsibilities are met. To see the complete job description and to apply, please click HERE.

Events Of Interest

Then Let Us Sing!
Announcing: Website launch and call for submissions to the online hymn and worship music portal, Then Let Us Sing! United Church Publishing House is excited to announce the website launch for Then Let Us Sing! (www.thenletussing.ca), an online music portal that will make all of the United Church’s hymn resources available in one digital location and under one copyright license. Click HERE to read more!!


Church Office Hours: Wed. 9-5

Tel: 705-793-2511

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