Newsletter – October 13, 2021

Update from the Chair

Worship Services at D.U.C.

October 24 – Lisa

October 31 – Stewardship Sunday – Carolle

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

November 14 – Lisa

Thank you to Christena-Lynn for leading the worship service on World Food Day. It was very meaningful and well presented!

A surprise piece of scrap plexiglass (thank you to Larry and Alexis) has become the answer to our trip hazard in the media booth! With a few tools and the skills of Brian , we now have a super, free-standing barrier on the desk. More happy dancing in the back corner. Thanks Brian!

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.

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.



Alzheimer Society – It’s that time of year again!  The UCW will keep the collection basket out for this week.  You will find it on the table with the collection plate.  Please give what you can.

Zoom – Chat and Craft Drop In – Wed. Oct 27, 2021 10:30 AM

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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

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


Regional Council News and Events
SAVE THE DATE! ECORC’s 2022 Annual Spring Meeting
Friday April 29th 6:30 – 9:00 pm and Saturday April 30th 9:00 am to 12 noon
ECORC’s Annual Fall Meeting
An email was sent out yesterday with a direct link to your meeting materials. If you did not receive it, please let me know.

For those who have registered prior to 3:00 pm today, I will be sending out the Zoom link and any other information you will need for the meeting, later this afternoon. If you find that you have NOT received the email, please email me at and I will send the information to you. My plan is to have it out to you by 5:00 pm. 

A reminder of the times: Friday, October 15th: 6:30-9:00pm (Zoom room opens at 6:15)Saturday, October 16th: 9am-12pm (Zoom room opens at 8:45)We look forward to seeing you!
Clergy Check In
Tuesday mornings at 10:45 amECO RC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Join Zoom Meeting ID: 990 9432 5638
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Retiree’s Forum
Join us this morning at 10am! Zoom will open at 9:45 with discussion starting at 10am till 11am.

Ian Robb is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: Java with Jean 
Time: Oct 14, 2021 10.00 AM America/Toronto 

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Indigenous Justice & Respectful Relationships
The discovery of the unmarked graves of more than a thousand children this summer stunned most of us.  It also left many of us wondering what we can do to support changes leading to right relationship with and justice for Canada’s First Peoples. On Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the Joint Truth and Reconciliation Action Group, supported by three United Churches in  Kingston (Faith, Chalmers and Sydenham Street) decided that we could open the sanctuary at Sydenham Street to all comers for quiet reflection and prayer. Visitors were invited to light a candle and stay for as long as they wished and many did.  Learning the truth of the past, our past, is a hard first step along a long path towards healing and reconciliation for all who share this land we know as Canada.  
First Third Ministry Information Session
“We Are Not Alone” in First Third’s Ministry (Children and Youth Leaders) Let us SHARE 3 Webinar Opportunities (each is repeated in 2 different time slots)

The first webinar opportunity is Tuesday Oct. 19 @ 7-8:30pm  OR  Wednesday Oct. 20 @ 10-11:30am

Click HERE for more information!
Emmanuel College News and Events
Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts (CRIC) is offering a rich and varied roster of events over the fall, including a panel discussion on Transgender Theologies and Activism, two book launches, a conversation on the history of Home Missions, and a series of seminars (continuing into winter 2022), Things They Didn’t Teach Me in SeminaryAttached is a listing of our fall 2021 lineup. Please feel free to share this with your communities, colleagues, friends and family via email, websites and social media. Full event details and registration links are available on the CRIC events page.
Events of Interest
Pathways Toward Regeneration, Annual Theology Conference, ONLINE only – October 18 – 20, 2021
Sponsored by: The Queen’s Theology Alumni/ae Association, The Buttars Fund, Hilliker Preaching Lectureship FundFind all the information HERE!
CCS Friday—Unanswered Questions about 9/11

The next CCS Friday on November 5 at noon (Winnipeg time), will be an online discussion of Ray McGinnis’ recent book, Unanswered Question about 9/11 (with a study guide for churches).  Join in as Ray, guest, author, and CCS grad, shares what he learned about the families of those killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on Sept. 11, 2001, and their attempts to get answers from their government. CCS Fridays are Online conversations once a month to help us all to respond faithfully to emerging issues in local contexts.  These workshops are open to anyone who might be interested. Each session will be on a Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 CT in the form of a Zoom workshop.  There will be a presentation that will be recorded for future viewing, plus opportunities to engage with the ideas in small groups. 
These sessions are free, but you must register: 
The last CCS Friday of the year will be on December 10 with Natalie Wiggs-Stevenson discussing her book Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art and theological methodologies.


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