Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – September 8, 2021

Update from the Chair


I would like to know who we are reaching through this newsletter. If you are a reader, please reply with an email to me or a quick phone call if you get a print copy. I would appreciate it!


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! 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.

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. We will be using YouTube videos for music but we welcome soloists for music features. If you have a musical talent, we would be blessed by your sharing. Please check over your music and your calendars. Let’s get those dates filled!


We now have Carolle and John on the stewardship team. At least three people should form this team. Please contact Carol Embury for more information.

Worship Schedule

September 12 – Anne Hepburn – In our Sanctuary!

September 19 – Anne Hepburn

September 26 – Lorrie McConnell

October 3 – Anne Hepburn

We have leaders booked for pulpit supply for MOST Sundays in 2021. In October, we have two unfilled dates that we are looking for church volunteers to organize and lead a service or other activity. There are lots of resources on the United Church web site for worship ideas. The available dates are October 17 and 31.



CHURCH FINANCES: Attached are the Balance Sheet, and Profit and Loss for August.

Kevin Fitzpatrick is having a covenanting service at Grace United, Peterborough, on Sun. Oct 17 at 2 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

Prayer request: Please keep Emma in your prayers.

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.

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

Note from Mary-Margaret Boone: Save the date: Sept. 22nd 7-9 pm on Zoom

•       Our 2021 VIBE team is inviting all leaders involved in youth programs to share how they are reaching youth during Covid. The VIBE team will share the challenges of offering a virtual camp and have tips to offer.

•       Even if you cannot attend, please consider sharing your stories, both the successes and the challenges so that we can share tips in our region. All who register will receive a zoom link the Monday before the session. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Sharon Hull at shull@united-church.ca if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you!





United Church Election Resources

With less than two weeks left to go until voting day (Monday, September 20) you will likely notice an increase in advertisements and all-candidates meetings. There is now a candidate on every corner and social media feed! Find out which candidate will serve you and your community best by asking questions using United Church of Canada election resources found on our Faith and Politics webpage.

Called to Be the Church: Coming Soon!

United Church of Canada communities of faith, watch for the newly updated version of the stewardship and congregational giving program “Called to Be the Church” which will be available as a free download starting in late October. This resource offers everything you need to get a congregational giving program off the ground in 2022! New worship resources for the five weeks in Epiphany include full sermons, liturgy, and children/youth programming to use in January. Find out more.

Call for Nominations: Centennial Celebrations Committee

In a few short years, it will be the 100th anniversary of The United Church of Canada. The Centennial Celebrations Committee will reflect on the church’s complicated history and plan a way for the whole church to participate in recognizing, acknowledging, and celebrating who we are and who we might be on this momentous anniversary. Nominate someone or express your own interest by next Wednesday, September 15.

Your Generosity Matters: No Longer Asking “Where Will I Eat?”

When the pandemic first struck, guests at Our Place were asking “Where will I eat?” Thanks to the generosity of supporters, that’s no longer a question. Find out more.

[Photo credit: Our Place Society]

United Church Bookstore: New Book Alert!

The United Church Bookstore is excited to be carrying Following: Embodied Discipleship in a Digital Age co-authored by United Church minister Andria Irwin and Jason Byassee. If you’re keen for tips on navigating the in-person/digital space and how to ace your digital ministry, this is the book for you!


Regional Council News and Events
Reminder of ECORC’s upcoming meetings in September: Tuesday, September 7th at 1pm: Facilitation Team Meeting Thursday, September 9th from 7-9:30pm: Pre-Meeting for Proposals Wednesday, September 15th from 7-9:30pm: Pre-Meeting for Budget Friday, September 24th at 9am – Assembly of Elders Meeting Wednesday, September 29th from 7-9:30pm: Pre-Meeting Affirming Celebration If you plan to attend the pre-meetings and haven’t registered, please do so by clicking this direct link
Indigenous Justice and Respectful Relationships Forum
Nakuset, well-known Indigenous activist and Executive Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montréal, is Cree from Lac la Ronge, SK. As a young child she was taken from her home in Thompson, Manitoba, and adopted into a Jewish family in Montreal. The 2020 award-winning short film Becoming Nakuset is her story. Join us for this virtual event as we hear from this survivor of the Sixties Scoop who struggled to reclaim her identity.  Following a screening of the 12-minute documentary, Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister, Chinook Winds Region, will guide us through a Listening Circle with Nakuset and Dan Milner, also a survivor of the Sixties Scoop agenda. Sponsored by the Anti-Racism Learning Series, Kingsway-Lambton United Church, in partnership with Indigenous Ministries and Justice of The United Church of Canada and United in Learning. This session will be recorded and will be available in United in Learning’s Recorded Webinars sectionRegistration For more information and to register, visit United in Learning.
Orange Shirt Day 2021 Indigenous Ministries and Justice at The United Church of Canada encourages everyone to participate in Orange Shirt Day on September 30! This is also the first observance of a National Day for Truth… continue reading HERE.
“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.
Retiree’s Forum
We welcome back “Java with Jean” this month! 

Topic: IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS, “Is Prayer Enough?”
Time: Thursday, Sept 9, 2021 10:00 AM America/Toronto

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Anti-Racism, Interfaith, Intercultural Forum
Are you or your congregation looking for a meaningful way to continue your anti-racism work? Then consider engaging with this brand new 40-day program of learning, reflection, activities, advocacy, and action. Each day from Tuesday, October 12 to Friday, November 26 (with the exception of Sundays) there will be a new reflection on anti-racism, as well as activities suitable for adults and children. These activities can be done alone, as a family, or in groups. Find out more!
Children, Youth and Young Adult Leaders
Sharon Hull, the Regional Council staff person for All Ages invites you to sign up for this new and improved mailing list to stay in touch and stay informed.
All First Third Ministry leaders (children, youth and young adult leaders) are invited to attend an information session on Wednesday September 22 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm by zoom. We will have our 2021 VIBE team as presenters to discuss the online/camp in a bag sessions that was run this year. It was a big learning curve to move this in person camp to online and we have some tips to share. There will also be time for questions and talking about your plans for ministry in these challenging times. We are using a google form to register and collect some information, please consider sharing information even if you can’t attend on Sept 22. All who register will receive a zoom link the Monday before the session. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Sharon Hull at shull@united-church.ca if you have any questions.

Please use this link to register: https://forms.gle/17U8ogvbSXPstU9m8
Network News
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 
GLI Club Podcast
In response to the United Church of Canada’s initiative to advocate for a Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) in Canada, Rev. Cathy Russell of Bloomfield United Church and Rev. Isaac Mundy of Trenton United Church have launched a new limited run podcast called GLI Club. In this podcast (a kind of radio program you listen to on your computer) we’ll be speaking with an amazing group of experts for a faith-filled discussion about the movement to introduce Basic Income in Canada. Just click the link below to listen to our first episode as Rev. Cathy and Rev. Isaac speak with Dr. Evelyn Forget, author of Basic Income for Canadians. Dr. Forget helps us to understand GLI essentials, and she responds to some of the most common concerns about how this program could work: https://gliclub.podbean.com

Please copy and share this link widely for use in your congregations or to help folks in the wider community learn more about this important United Church project.
Climate Action Month Starts September 1st 
**To receive updates on Climate Action Month, subscribe to the KAIROS e-newsletter and select Ecological Justice as an area of interest.**
Climate Action Month (CAM) falls as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery; as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases yet another dire warning for the planet; as calls for truth and reconciliation reach new levels of urgency in Canada; and as Canadians prepare for a federal election. Let’s take action together this September! Each day in September, KAIROS will share information on a topic related to climate change, with the goal of motivating and inspiring a daily practice of taking action for the climate. The month will be centered around weekly themes, with supporting resources for each, including reports, videos, theological reflection, events and more. We will highlight the work of KAIROS member churches, feature stories from global partners, and showcase communities that are taking concrete steps to address the climate emergency. Read more in the Overview of CAM. Every Friday, we will feature actions related to the weekly themes and every Saturday we invite folks to make space to connect with Creation in whatever way is accessible and available to you. We will provide some resources for contemplation as an option to guide those moments of connection.

Weekly themes: Sept 1-4: Season of Creation Sept 5-11: Climate Ambition and Just Transition Sept 12-18: Indigenous Rights Sept 19-25: Global Climate Justice Sept 26-30: Climate Solutions Click HERE for more information!
Bridges Peterborough Fall 2021 Newsletter: Check out what’s happening at Bridges Peterborough!
Events Of Interest
The Spire and Sydenham Street United Church invite you to join us as local authors Jamie Swift and Elaine Power introduce their important anti-poverty strategy, featuring stories from Canada’s Basic Income pilot participants. Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 4:00 pm. For more information, please click HERE.
NEW! KAIROS Federal Election Resource
Election day in Canada is September 20. KAIROS encourages everyone to learn about the issues, read the party platforms, and exercise their democratic right to vote. Election 2021 comes at a kairos time when multiple crises converge, and opportunities arise for transformational change. This KAIROS resource offers details on some of the most salient issues of our time: ecological justice, gender justice, Indigenous rights, and migrant justice. It also includes questions for candidates, which include personal commitments, and encourage a deeper review and investment in a policy. Be sure to follow up with the candidate on your request, if you are able. This is a great opportunity to educate candidates on these critical issues. Click HERE for more information.
Visit Old Hay Bay Church this fall!
The church will be open weekends through the end of September for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and including Labour Day, Monday, September 6th.

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!!


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