Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – August 25, 2021
Update from the Chair
EXCITING REOPENING NEWS!
On Sunday, September 12 at 10 a.m. we will be having our first in person worship service in 2021 and it is shaping up to be pretty special! Rev. Anne Hepburn will bring the message AND Brenda Shield will be at the keyboard as our music supply person AND Christena-Lynn will sing a solo for us!
Greg Phillips has connected our new computer system for the media booth – “Thanks Greg!” – and we are looking for people to sign up to work in the back corner.
Soloists are most welcome for our fall worship Sundays so check over your music and your calendars. Let’s get those dates filled!
Covid protocols including physical distancing, wearing of masks and hand sanitizing will be part of the plan. Let’s rejoice in returning and keep everyone safe.
JUST ONE MORE!
We now have Carolle B and John L on the stewardship team (see recommendation #3 below). At least three people should form this team.
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.
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!
August 29 – Darlene Hallett – host Carolle B
September 5 – Lisa Norman – host ?
September 12 – Anne Hepburn – In our Sanctuary!
September 19 – Anne Hepburn
Dear Wonderful Friends of Dunsford United Church,
I want to update you about my Supervised Ministry Education, the last piece of my learning process before Ordination.
You have been part of this journey as I discerned Ministry, and my family were active in the congregation of Dunsford United Church. Michelle and I were Co-Chairs of Christian Development and took an active role in the Children’s Ministry there. We shared in the Christian values of teaching Sunday School to your children and ours, with support from all of you to nurture our roles as teachers and leaders with Children and Youth, and you all took a part in helping us be an important piece of the community of faith at Dunsford.
You affirmed my call to Ministry and gave me support as I journeyed through the process to be accepted as a Candidate of Ordained Ministry. You were there with me in Spirit, during interviews with the Candidacy Board, through my education requirements, both undergrad and my Master of Divinity, you were interested in every aspect of this journey. And your encouragement was valued and appreciated, while I studied theology, or preached on scripture, or prepared for an interview, you were there.
I now have been approved for my Supervised Ministry Education, in two parts, as Congregational Minister at Janetville Pastoral Charge for 16 hours a week, leading that congregation in word and sacrament, as I support them as spiritual leader, as they work through some concerns of visioning for the future. I also share my time with Grace United Church in Peterborough, as Youth, Young Family and Community Outreach Minister for 14 hours a week. In that role, I support young families with youth and children, teaching Christian values that speaks to discipleship. Part of that is community outreach, that speaks to being part of the ministries at Grace that commit themselves to being God’s hands and feet in the world to be social justice that speaks love and compassion as Jesus modeled for his followers and commissioned his followers to go out into the world and continue his ministry.
As I take on these two important roles that compliment each other, and overlap in many ways to create beneficial opportunity for learning, I thank you for providing the essential elements to learn and grow, and discern my calling to this vocation. I continue to keep you in prayer and I know you are with my family and I as we continue in this journey of faith, and you journey with us through prayer, and encouragement.
Blessings and Prayers
Janetville Pastoral Charge
Janetville United Church – Mt. Horeb United Church
Youth, Young Families and Community Outreach Minister
Grace United Church – Peterborough, ON
Congratulations to Becky and Alex, who are getting married on Sept. 11th. May they both be blessed with lifelong happiness!
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Prayer request: Please keep Emma in your prayers.
Update from the family: On behalf of Kevin, Julie, Emma and Kate I would like to thank you for the quilt for Emma and the shawl blanket for Kate. Also for your Prayers and kindness it truly means so much to all of us. Please know we received good news this week the tumor has started to shrink she is just finishing up her third cycle of chemo and two more to go. God Bless Sue
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.
UN Climate Conference: COP26
The United Church of Canada and For the Love of Creation are forming an ecumenical virtual delegation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26). Delegates will participate, learn, and advocate at COP and share to the wider church and beyond to bring attention to and grow support for climate justice. Your energy, experience, knowledge, hard work, voice, faith, and creativity are needed! Find out more.
The deadline to apply is September 13, 2021.
Achieving Work Life Balance
This past year has brought a lot of changes to our daily lives. We’ve had to adapt to new situations, from working remotely to home-schooling—keeping balance and harmony was a challenge.
Back to work and school considerations are moving to the forefront for many of us as September approaches. With kids returning to in-class learning and work places slowly reopening, this is the perfect opportunity to re-invigorate familiar patterns or establish new routines, prioritize self-care to stay grounded, and keep work-life balance in mind. This video series from LifeSpeak will help you meet the demands of home and work in order to feel healthier and strengthen your personal and working relationships. The video series is also offered in French. Log in using the Group Account option. The password is “wellness”.
UCRDstore.ca has spiritual and mental wellness resources to help you achieve a work-life balance. Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life and Sacred Rest both describe the benefit of breaking away from the culture of 24/7 productivity to restore our spiritual and mental health.
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Your Generosity Matters: 535 New Ministries Embrace the Spirit
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