Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – September 15, 2021

Update from the Chair


A big thank you to Anne, Brenda, Christena-Lynn, Carolle (greeter/screener), Mary Lou (media booth), and Diane (decorations) for their parts in bringing together a lovely service for our first worship in the sanctuary in 2021! We had an attendance of 35 which required using the hall for the overflow. Although this arrangement is not the way we would like to worship together, we are still required to follow the covid restrictions imposed upon us all and keeping everyone safe is our top priority.

It has been suggested that seats could be reserved ahead of time. Unfortunately, this sort of system means having someone dedicated to booking and assigning seats. We currently do not have staff or volunteer time to be able to accommodate such a system. Please plan to arrive early to assure a seat in the sanctuary.

Our new computer system is working smoothly 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 for more information.

Worship Schedule

September 19 – Anne Hepburn

September 26 – Lorrie McConnell

October 3 – Anne Hepburn

October 10 – “Thanksgiving” – 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.


I was notified by just 10 people that they are reading this newsletter though I believe there are many more than that. This is our main way to communicate with our members and supporters and there are times when we have some important information to send out. I trust that the majority of newsletter recipients are reading.


Carol 705-738-3183 emburyc@gmail.com

Note from Anne:

Hi everyone,

It was so wonderful to see you all on Sunday!

As I mentioned on Sunday I would like to create a drop in time on Wednesdays for chatting or crafts. I am pretty flexible and open to what you might bring to ZOOM!

CL will set up a zoom meeting for 10:30 am next week and will include the link here in today’s newsletter. If it works we can try another on the 6th of Oct.


Dunsford United Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Chat and Craft Drop In

Time: Sep 22, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/tZcuceqqrTIvH90fVodjCskEqJrzCrdfcZtf/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGrrT0pGNectRyORpwqA4_ob-rztlhYgvoNminqBypwcQjTJ8hQKJFtFN7T

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Meeting ID: 833 6323 9559

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Please keep in your prayers:

Marion Walden and Marg Wansbrough, and their families, on the passing of their sister, Jan Brown on August 18th.

Emma Junkin as she continues on her cancer journey.

The family of Ian Wilson, who passed away at 87 years. With his wife Virginia, 2 daughters, they were long time members of Queen St. United. Ian was raised on the farm south of Dunsford at the corner of Sturgeon Rd. and 4 Points. Parents Lee and Alice. Alice played the piano for a few years at DUC, as well as many community functions and dances. Sisters Kathleen and Margaret, brother Keith.

Cheer Ministry: Please call Mary McKay at 705-328-5573 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


A sad note from the UCW:

Pat Burley who passed away on September 10th. There will be a private service due to Covid. Condolences may be sent to Bob at 4804 Hwy 7 Omemee K0L 2W0.  Pat has been presbyterial president, presbyterial secretary, and a portfolio holder. She was a wonderful asset to UCW at every level. She will be missed.  – Roberta Plunkett, UCW

General Council News and Events
​​​​​​​The Government of Canada recently passed legislation making September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Bill responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s call to action number 80 which calls on the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish the holiday to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools and honour the survivors, their families, and communities. The new holiday only applies to federally regulated employers. The United Church of Canada and its communities of faith are not federally regulated employers. They are governed by provincial employment statutes. The General and regional councils will be closed on September 30 this year while conversations with the National Indigenous Council and the National Indigenous Elders Council determine future practice. Communities of faith may offer September 30th as a designated paid holiday for their ministry personnel and employees at the discretion of their governing body and the guidance of their regional council. This day provides an opportunity for Canadians to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. As this day also coincides with Orange Short day, Indigenous Ministries and Justice will be curating an online event and offering some resources for Orange Shirt Day. This may present itself as a day of quiet reflection or participation in a community event.
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.
Regional Council News and Events
Reminder of ECORC’s upcoming meetings in September: 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
For those registered for the pre-meeting event this evening, I sent an email out yesterday afternoon with information and your zoom link. If you did not receive it, or if you want to attend and haven’t registered, please email me at kwilson@united-church.ca and I can help you. 
Indigenous Justice and Respectful Relationships Forum
This year, Every Child Matters is growing from a single day to a full week of Truth and Reconciliation programming. This year, we’re proud to announce that Every Child Matters is growing from a single day to a full week of Truth and Reconciliation programming. Last year’s unprecedented online event was attended by over 500,000 students, teachers, and general public attendees. Together, we can build on the success of Every Child Matters and continue the conversation on First Nations treaties, Métis and Inuit Land Claims, and the residential school system. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Truth and Reconciliation Week will take place virtually the week of September 27 through October 1, 2021. Please click HERE for more information and to register. Registration is free.
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
Awesome Learning Opportunities in Bridging Poverty & Privilege; Register Now
Dear ECORC Neighbours,
As someone interested in bridging poverty & privilege, we wanted to invite you to TWO great learning opportunities this fall: Click HERE to check them out!!
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.
Events Of Interest
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!
Toronto United Church Council’s 13th Annual Heart & Vision (online) Event
The Heart & Vision Awards recognize significant contributions to social justice. In 2021, the awards will be presented to two individuals who, through their community and literary work, address the roots and contemporary reality of systemic racism in Canada, and offer us all an alternative vision of love and hope. We invite you to celebrate them with us at a special online event on October 18th, 2021! More information HERE!    


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