Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – October 13, 2021

Update from the Chair

Worship Services at D.U.C.

October 17 – World Food Sunday – Christena-Lynn Erglis

October 24 – Lisa Norman

October 31 – Stewardship Sunday – Carolle

November 7 – Remembrance Day – Rev. Anne – Brian special music

What a lovely Thanksgiving/Anniversary/Baptism service we had! Thank you to Christena-Lynn for the special music. We had a beautiful October weekend with lots of sunshine. I hope everyone had a chance to have some safe visiting with some of their family and friends.

CL comes through for us again in the tech area. Running the Power Point presentation for the service is now easier than ever thanks to the ability to imbed the YouTube videos! If that is totally beyond your comprehension, let me just say that running everything from one program is much easier than switching back and forth between two. Excuse us if you catch us doing a happy dance in the media 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.

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING –  Summary of discussion

It is too soon to give up on Dunsford United. Our small community needs to have a church presence and it would be a shame to have anything happen to the church.

We need to focus on being a welcoming community. Some past congregants have left due to hurt feelings. We will all need to reflect on our own ways of being in community with each other and with the larger community. Are we excluding people by our actions or our lacking sensitivity? Are we a social club as opposed to a spiritual group?

We don’t mean anything to the community and that needs to change – offer more community services (via zoom?) to the locals, i.e. trauma and health services. The U.C.C. does not necessarily meet these needs. It is unrealistic to expect the community to come to us.

There is lots of good information in the Stewardship Report and those who took the course found it to be eye-opening. It is important to share this information and raise awareness of our situation. The stewardship team will present highlights of the report received through the course taken and respond to questions at the Oct 31 Sunday service. Over the coming weeks, the newsletter will also feature parts of the report.

Ideas span from scaling down to focus on what we can comfortably handle to increasing our ministry by securing a line of credit and hiring a minister and youth leader and getting a music director and choir going again.

The workload needs to be equalized as energy levels have been waning. It will take a lot of effort just to keep our Ministry where it was.

2022 – We will continue using pulpit supply as long as needed. For the first quarter, Anne will provide her schedule for 2 Sundays per month and Abigail will seek to fill the other Sundays from the availability list. Carol will see that everyone we hire gets paid.



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

Alzheimer Society – It’s that time of year again!  The UCW have set out a collection basket for the next two weeks.  You will find it on the table with the collection plate.  Please give what you can.

Celebrating 50 Years

Please join us for an anniversary open house,

celebrating Ken & Sandra

Please drop by Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 1-4 pm

Best Wishes Only, Your presence is our gift.

~~ We are asking that those attending be fully vaccinated ~~

Face masks will be available

Kidney Walk Update: More donations came in since the last newsletter and Doris raised over $700.  She thanks everyone who donated.

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


Affirming Forum
We did it – all of us together!! ECORC is now officially fully Affirming!!  Last June Regional Council delegates approved the 2021-22 Action Plan and voted in favour of becoming fully Affirming. On September 29/21 during a Zoom Celebration,  Affirm United/S’Affirmer Ensemble recognized this decision and officially designated East Central Ontario Regional Council as fully Affirming.  Thanks to all who participated in our Affirming Celebration and those who gave leadership:  Guest Speaker, Jordan Sullivan; Musicians, Kerri & Alex Jebson, Wanda Stride, Mariko Bown Kai and David Kai; AU/SE representative, Linda Hutchinson; ECORC Executive Minister, Rosemary Lambie, ECORC Speaker, Paul Reed; Equity Monitors, Sharon Woodrow & Mary-Margaret Boone and Tech Team, Sharon Hull and Karen Wilson.  Let’s keep this celebration going as together we move forward together – living into the fullness of all we can become as fully Affirming  East Central Ontario Regional Council!! With much gratitude for all we have shared so far on this Affirming journey and growing hope about all the Affirming adventures ahead!! 

Elizabeth Macdonald on behalf of ECORC Affirming Forum.    

Formation, Nurture and Justice

During 2020, ECORC’S Faith Formation, Nurture and Justice Committee voted to support the Orange the World campaign initiated locally by GRANquinte, in partnership with the United Nations Association, Quinte Branch, and FNJT.  A very successful event followed.  We thank the Committee for voting to once again approve the 2021 campaign. GRANquinte is a member group of Grandmothers Advocacy Network, a non-partisan network of volunteers across Canada, created to advocate for the human rights of grandmothers and vulnerable youth of sub-Saharan Africa. However, our concerns affect all generations, nationalities and communities. We educate to raise public awareness and advocate to influence national and global policy-makers in the areas of health, education, economic security and ending gender-based violence.

For more information, please click this LINK.

The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel took place on September 19—26, 2021. Church organizations, congregations, and people of faith were 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.

To describe Sarah* in a few words is a difficult task as she is a complex woman. She’s a strong, dynamic woman of conscience who lives in several worlds. This sounds complicated and it is.

I first met Sarah at our introduction to our EAPPI placement.  She attended the ‘thank you party’ that the outgoing team was holding for its contacts. We spoke at length about her work for the organization, Combatants for Peace.  (From their mission statement on their website, Combatants for Peace describes their formation in the following manner:  In 2006 Israeli and Palestinian former combatants laid down their weapons and established the organization.  It is founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. We work to end the Israeli occupation through nonviolence to build a peaceful future for all.)  It was immediately obvious to me that Sarah was a self-possessed confident woman, exuding warmth and a commitment to humanity.  I was intrigued to learn more about her and was able to do that over coffee a few months later.

To continue the article, please click HERE.

Events of Interest
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 Ekua Asabea Blair and Lawrence Hill 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 online event on October 18th!

NEW! Guest artists include Jackie RichardsonBilly Newton-Davis, Julie Michels and a special appearance by Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke.

Click this LINK for more information and to register!

Click the posters to open the email application if you would like to register


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