Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – September 29, 2021

Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – September 29, 2021

Update from the Chair

Worship Services at D.U.C.

October 3 – Anne Hepburn

October 10 “Thanksgiving” – Anne Hepburn – soloist Christena-Lynn Erglis

October 17 – World Food Sunday – Christena-Lynn Erglis

October 24 – Lisa Norman

Thank you to CL who stepped up to offer leadership on October 17 for World Food Sunday! October 31 is still open at this time. There are lots of resources on the United Church web site for worship ideas.

I believe we have rounded the learning curve on our Power Point and sound board usage. Remember, working in the back corner assures you a seat in the sanctuary 😉!!

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.




Communion – Oct 3

Please bring your own elements for communion this week.

I look forward to celebrating communion together in person this week.

To simplify the service and keep ourselves safe I ask that you pack a little jar of juice and bring your bread or wafer to drink and eat during the service.

Thanksgiving service & Anniversary Sunday

If anyone has pictures or memories of Dunsford in the past (near or distant), it would be fun to share and reflect upon them.

Please send to CL or me and I will work on including them next week!

Chat and Craft through Zoom Wed. Oct. 6th at 10:30 AM. Join Zoom Meeting


Please keep in your prayers:

Emma 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.

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

  ORANGE SHIRT DAY 2021 Moderator Richard Bott reflects on Orange Shirt Day 2021, and invites you to join him in prayer – Please click HERE.
Indigenous Children Then, Now, and Tomorrow: Online Panel
Indigenous Ministries and Justice is hosting an Orange Shirt Day panel on September 29, 2021 at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. ET. Panelists Allison Forsberg, Jocelyn Formsma, Leeann Shimoda, and the Rev. Murray Pruden will explore how Indigenous children and families were and continue to be impacted by colonialism.

They will answer a series of questions posed by our moderator Springwater Hester-Meawassige, which will touch on a range of topics including Indigenous Children in Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, Millennial Scoop, and bringing our children home. For more information or to sign up please visit the United in Learning website.
Orange Shirt Day Vigil (Facebook Live)
Executive Minister Murray Pruden will be hosting a candle light vigil to honor the children who never made it home from Residential Schools and survivors. Please join us for an evening of remembering and please bring a candle or a light. Please click this LINK which will open the Facebook event page for more information.      “215” A very powerful and moving video:
In late May of 2021, the remains of 215 children were found at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978. I was devastated to learn the terrible truth, the truth that elders of Indigenous tribes have known for a long time but we were unable to verify until now. These schools were run by the Church on behalf of the government. As a Christian and a Canadian – this is my lament and protest song.

“215” Written by Brian Doerksen & Cheryl Bear

Click to view the YouTube video     SCAN! (Seniors for Climate Action Now) September 30th Holiday Letter
The attached letter is a good model for our churches who might ask their MPP and the Premier about making September 30 a provincial holiday. We should also acknowledge the organization, and we also have a statement from the postal workers union, which you can view HERE.     Truth and Reconciliation Acknowledgements

The Uxbridge and surrounding areas are marking National Day For Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 with a walk headed by at least three churches in town (the Presbyterian,  the Anglican and the United  churches will all take part.)  Walkers will be accompanied by an Indigenous drummer and will walk from the local arena to the municipal offices in Uxbridge. Members of Maamawii Collective will be hanging orange ribbons on trees in the downtown core on Sunday, September 26 from 10 AM until noon when members of the public are welcome to join in this act of remembrance . The ribbons will remain until after October 3rd, the day on which a red dress acknowledgement will be held.

The Red Dress Acknowledgement is a travelling installation of approximately 60 dresses that will be mounted on poles and installed in Elgin Park in October 3 Rd. The installation has appeared in Unionville, Stouffville and Uxbridge and it is hoped that other towns will use the dresses  to create their own recognition and awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women. Becky Big Canoe from Georgina Island will speak to members of the public assembled in Elgin Park by the bandshell. All members of the public are invited to join and use their own red dresses if desired. The Red Dress Acknowledgement is sponsored by Maamawii Collective of Uxbridge.
Orange Shirts in Solidarity!
Join us in recognizing National Truth and Reconciliation Day in Peterborough!
Show up in your orange shirt to demonstrate our collective solidarity! We’ll gather in the parking lot for some brief reflections and will take a group photo.
Please wear a mask, and self-screen before coming.
In addition to the sacred fire at Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre – sacred fire – 12:00 to 3:00 pm, 159 King Street, or 580 Cameron St, Peterborough two other events are planned for Sept 30: Memory, Truth and Justice group – TRC and MMIWG calls – 4:00 pm, Confederation Park (across from City Hall) Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough: Thursday, Sept 30, 2021 at 6:30 – 7 PM; Location: parking lot at 775 Weller St, Peterborough Come to one – or all of these events and show your support and respect for this day of recommitment. 
This year, Every Child Matters is growing from a single day to a full week of Truth and Reconciliation programming.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Truth and Reconciliation Week will take place virtually the week of September 27 through October 1, 2021. 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. Please click HERE for more information and to register. Registration is free.
“Every Child Matters” Masks
A special update from Marilyn: She would like to thank everyone for their support as she has currently raised $2000 through this initiative and is anticipating reaching the $3000 mark!
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.  
Photo Gallery
Call for photos! As the seasons begin to change, I am now looking for end of summer/fall photos from around our region! Please send them to me at kwilson@united-church.ca and then watch for your photos to be featured on the website and/or ECORC’s e-news!

This weeks photo gallery: Submitted by Freda Burns: Along Gilmore Rd in Tamworth Submitted by Rev. Phil Wilson: Old Hay Bay Church Submitted by Student Minister Aaron Miechkota: Photo taken by Rev Read Sherman on September 4, 2021. He got a front row seat on the ferry on his way to visit Cressy Glenora United Church for the covenanting service of myself as the new Student Minister. Submitted by Pastor Ian Robb: The Wonder of Water
General Council News and Events
All Saints Memorial Service Join Moderator Richard Bott and others for a special All Saints Day service, remembering those we have lost through the pandemic. Please submit names of the deceased by October 1 for inclusion in this memorial service (every effort will be made to include names received past this date). This service will livestream on the United Church YouTube channel.
Formation, Nurture and Justice
The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel is September 19—26, 2021. Church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.

This week we would like to share a story with you, written by Adele Boy (A. Margaret) for the United Church General Council office when she was an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine and Israel in 2018. Resources exist for services regarding Palestine and Israel and Adele is available as a guest speaker regarding her experiences as an EA.

Walking through Jerusalem After two years of pondering and waiting, hoping and praying, training and studying to serve as an ecumenical accompanier (EA), my flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv arrived.  I landed on time, excited and very alert despite the long full flight, crying children, murmuring families, and the sleepless night. As I walked by the walls adorned with images of famous Israelis, I summoned all my dramatic arts skills as I approached the immigration desk. I was immensely relieved to be asked only one question, “Is this your first visit to Israel?” My energetic response was, “Yes and I am very excited to be here.” At that point, the officer handed me my passport and three-month visa and said, “Enjoy your stay in Israel.” I couldn’t believe it. I found myself turning around to confirm that I was truly in Tel Aviv.

To continue this story, please click HERE.
Network News
GLI Club: Episode 2   Rev. Ed Bentley joins us for a conversation about how we can begin to broaden our understanding of God’s work of justice as we advocate for the introduction of a Guaranteed Livable Income. To listen, please click this LINK
Events of Interest
Visit Old Hay Bay Church this fall! Just a reminder, the church will be open weekends through the end of September.
Virtual Tour of Palestine
There are a few places left for our Virtual Tour of Palestine coming up on three Wednesdays October 13th, 20th and 27th, 2021. These sessions, led by Adele Boy, a former Ecumenical Accompanier, and Barbara Lloyd, combine videos and discussions that relate to historical and Geopolitical realities in this region. No experience necessary. For registration, please contact Barbara Lloyd at barblloyd@rogers.com before September 30th.


Save the Date!

ENGAGE! Love and Justice Ministries of The United Church of Canada

The Church in Mission Unit invites you to celebrate and learn with us about the many love and justice ministries of our church. November 3-7, the unit is hosting ENGAGE! an online love and justice gathering. Join us to worship, build community, and learn together. Throughout this five-day online event we will:

Engage deep spirituality

Engage daring justice

Engage courageous community

Engage bold discipleship

Engage hope

This will be an online event, and once you register, you’ll receive information about how to easily access our gathering. Tickets are free! We encourage you to make a donation, if you are able. 

Please contact edge@united-church.ca for more information and watch for more information coming soon!


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