Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – Aug 4, 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.

The July 29th tentative meeting did not take place. Please watch for a new date and kindly let us know if you are interested in participating.

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 website! 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 8 – Anne Hepburn – ***Transcript only. No service on zoom this Sunday ***

August 15 – Anne Hepburn

August 22 – Documentary “Finding Peter Bryce” – Carol Embury 705 738-3183

August 29 – Darlene Hallett



A note from Ken and Sandra:

Phyllis Pitts (Thurston) passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021.  She passed away peacefully at the RMH at the grand age of 101.  She was probably the oldest living Thurston.  She was so smart and was until she passed away.  The visitation was on Wed. July 28th at the Mackey Funeral Home with the service the following day at Fairview Baptist Church in Lindsay.

Interment at the Dunsford Cemetery.  Her parents, Hazel and Beatrice Thurston lived right beside the church for many years.  Beatrice was a dedicated organist at Dunsford United Church and a wonderful lady.

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.

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

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 at 1085 County Rd. 24. 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.

Prayer request: Please keep Emma in your prayers as she continues on her cancer journey. 

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.


Vaccine Justice: Pay It Forward with Gifts with Vision

[Photo credit: UNICEF]

Give the gift of a two-shot dose of vaccine in a country still struggling through the worst of the pandemic, and support the worldwide effort to protect people from COVID-19. The Government of Canada will be matching your gift donation dollar for dollar until September 6. Share a gift today!

Take Action: Say No to Extrajudicial Killing of Palestinian Children

[Photo: 11-year-old Mohammad Mo’ayyad Bahjat Abu Sara and 17-year-old Mohammad Munir Mohammad Tamimi, who were recently killed by the Israeli military. Credit: Defense for Children International-Palestine]

The United Church of Canada has written a letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs The Hon. Marc Garneau, calling on him to take action to protect Palestinian children and human rights defenders in Palestine and Israel. Find out how you can take action to help.


UN Decade for People of African Descent

As part of its commitment to the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, The United Church of Canada produces a yearly prayer cycle for use on social media and beyond. You can find the cycle for 2021 online, in the Downloads section.

Your Generosity Matters: Thank You for Believing: Arwa’s Story

[Photo credit: Arwa Nofal]

“[This organization] has become not only my full-time job, not only my provider. It has become my home. I hope to see more and more women getting the same chance to have this better life for their families,” saysArwa Nofal, a Palestinian refugee whose life changed thanks to a Mission & Service partner.

A video of Arwa’s story is available.

United Church Bookstore: Summer Reads from the United Church Publishing House

[Photo credit: 2photo-pots-X on Unsplash]

Still on the hunt for a summer read or two? This week, the United Church Bookstore team recommends Seeking Sabbath by David Shepherd and The Other Side of the River by Alf Dumont. Both are about journeys of discovery―perfect for some summer contemplation!And remember, the bookstore is now accepting debit card payments.


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