Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – October 27, 2021

Update from the Chair

Worship Services at D.U.C.

October 31 – Stewardship Sunday – Carolle

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

November 14 – Lisa Norman – soloist Christena-Lynn

November 21 – Anne Hepburn

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.



…and here’s a newsflash…

Lyle and Carol are thrilled to announce that their new grandson has arrived!  Bruce Emile Jonathan was born on Oct. 22, weighing in at 7 lb, 4 oz. Baby Bruce resides with his parents Rob and Janine in North Bay and the new family unit is doing quite well.

REMINDER FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP: Under Ontario’s current COVID-19 restrictions, the following is allowed:

  • Indoor and outdoor weddings, funerals and religious services can take place.
  • Capacity at these services is limited to the number of people who can distance at least two metres. NOTE: This limit is removed if the venue hosting the service implements proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn inside.
  • Mask use is also recommended outdoors if you cannot stay 2 metres apart from someone outside your household
  • Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies can still be offered
  • Consider livestreaming services for those who are unable or do not feel comfortable attending in-person
  • Receptions are permitted, with up to 25 people indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors

(Source: HKPR District Health Unit website: https://www.hkpr.on.ca/2020/03/20/covid-19-and-places-of-worship/)

Notes from Gloria, UCW President

The UCW would like to thank you very much for your generous donations to the Alzheimer Society.  You donated $114.00.  Way to go!!

The UCW ladies are assembling outdoor evergreen planters to sell prior to Christmas.  Do you have wide ribbon (Christmas Colours) that would help decorate the planters?  Please bring to church on Oct. 31st or Nov. 7th.  Thank you.

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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

General Council News and Events
Vaccine Expectations for Ministry Personnel
The United Church of Canada’s Office of Vocation is releasing its expectations that ministry personnel will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the vulnerable in their churches and communities. “We have been asked by local churches and regional councils for support and a position on vaccination” explains Rev. Norm Seli, the chair of the Board of Vocation, responsible for the Office of Vocation, which oversees ministry personnel. Learn more: https://united-church.ca/news/vaccine-expectation-ministers
Regional Council News and Events
ECORC’s Annual Fall Meeting has concluded!
Thank you so much for joining us this past weekend for our Fall General Meeting! Post meeting documents are being added as they are available. Please check back often over the next week or so. For those who attended the meeting, there is now an evaluation form on the website (use link above) that we ask you to take a few minutes to complete. This helps us in planning our next meeting. We thank you in advance for your time. 
Coming soon!! Please watch your email as we prepare to ask for your help in designing a new, permanent logo for ECORC!!
Pastoral Relations
Clergy Check In
Tuesday mornings at 10:45 am – if you need the Zoom link, please click HERE.
LLWL List Information
For those Community’s of Faith looking for a Licensed Lay Worship Leader, please view the list on our website OR contact Carol Cundy via email. The list on the website is only those who wished to be listed publicly. Carol has the full list. 
October is Clergy Appreciation Month
Romans 10:15 – How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of Peace and bring glad tidings of good things.

The Board of Vocation feels tremendous gratitude for the dedication and commitment of the Ministers who work tirelessly for their communities. We understand and appreciate that it takes many hours of the day to be creative, steadfast and perform the work that is necessary to fulfil that commitment of creating an atmosphere of peace and love in your church community. We see that this can be difficult in the face of the pandemic and unrest in other parts of the world as it affects us all. We want you to know that we as a board are grateful and send you our prayers in support of your well-being. Communities of faith and pastoral charges are also invited to find creative ways to show their appreciation for their ministry personnel. See the link below for some suggestions. Learn more: October is Clergy Appreciation Month – East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada (ecorcuccan.ca)
Indigenous Justice & Respectful Relationships
Book Launch: Honouring the Declaration – October 28
Honouring the Declaration provides academic resources to help the United Church live out its commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation. This book was developed by the faculty of St. Andrew’s College in collaboration with Indigenous scholars and activists. A book launch will be held on October 28; download poster for details.

Download flyer (PDF): https://bit.ly/2021-10-28-Book-HonouringDeclaration-flyer Download poster (JPG): https://bit.ly/2021-10-28-Book-HonouringDeclaration-poster
Please find this new addition to support Indigenous initiatives .  The red dress campaign is used to bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. The Sisters in Spirit initiative was a program led by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). All proceeds from the red dress pins will go to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s fund. The Dress is Red vinyl with a broach, it is 2 1/2 inches long and $10.00 each. If needed shipping packages are $2.50 for up to 6 dresses. Place all orders with Marilynrodger@aol.com.  For more information about the initiatives please use these links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisters_in_Spirit and https://www.nwac.ca/.
Affirming Forum
Bay of Quinte UCW ECORC is holding its Affirming Ministry Celebration Wednesday Oct 27 during our ZOOM Midweek Event during which Jackie Harper will present the Affirm United/S’Affirmer Ensemble certificate. Thank you to ECORC for posting information and to Linda Hutchinson who has sent a note of congratulations. If there are others in the Regional Council who might like to send congratulations to be read on the day, they may be sent to Cheryl Mound via email at cdmound@gmail.com

To register for the event please email Helen Cox hecox@rogers.com
Anti-Racism, Interfaith, Intercultural Forum
The United Church of Canada’s interfaith document on Hinduism in Canada
is titled HONOURING THE DIVINE IN YOU.  All of our work in Church and
Community seeks to live into this reality.  Last Sunday, the City of Belleville
celebrated The Hindu Festival of Lights at City Hall.  Rev. Dr. Aruna Alexander
was invited by the City’s Diversity, Dignity and Inclusion Committee to bring
a historical perspective to the work of inclusion from 2014 to 2021.  She
contributed to the UCC’s booklet, as well as initiated the process for City Hall
Belleville to join the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and
Discrimination. The Festival of Lights celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil.
During the month of October, worship content, blogs and activities to celebrate Latin American Heritage Month will be available through the United Church of Canada. There will also be a special Zoom webinar on Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 pm with members of the Camino de Emaús congregation, who will share stories of escaping brutal dictatorships and finding solidarity and welcome in Quebec. Find out more about the creation of this community of faith and how they settled into a new home in a foreign land. Mark your calendars! Learn more: October is Latin American Heritage Month | The United Church of Canada (united-church.ca)
Children, Youth and Young Adults
Youth Intern Application:
This application is for youth ages 15 – 19 to apply to the youth intern position. Each Regional Council will have 5 youth intern positions. Our Regional council has voted to also have 1 of the youth interns be a full commissioner for GC44. Please see the link to the application below for more information. Please reach out to Sharon Hull @ shull@united-church.ca if you have any questions. Youth Forum Delegates
For First Third’s Ministry leaders (children, youth and young adult) please join in our second webinar on Advent and Christmas program ideas, offered in two time slots Thursday Oct. 28 @ 2-3:15pm   OR   Thursday Nov. 4 @ 7-8:15pm. 

Please see the poster for more details.
Formation, Nurture and Justice
For the Love of Creation:
Join us for the 2021 Fall Symposium! Saturday, October 30 at 11 am ET
This gathering will mark a key moment in our journey, in Canada’s climate plan, and in global climate action as we engage with COP 26 (November 2021). We will hear the collective theological reflections in the Letter of the Faithful, learn about how our advocacy goals have evolved, and engage with faith leaders, theologians, climate organizers. For more information and to register, please click on the link below.
This week we would like to share another 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.

Oday Fayez is a 29-year-old university accounting graduate.  He is married and works on his family’s organic farm inside the Seam Zone in Tulkarm.  Recently, to make ends meet, he found a part-time job in roofing.  He told me that he cried some tears when he realized he could not support his family and had to find extra work.

The Seam Zone is an agricultural area in the West Bank located east of the Greenline and west of The Wall.  One Israeli soldier explained that Israel is on the west side of The Wall and no-man’s land (Seam Zone) is in the middle.  The West Bank is on the other side.  This is technically incorrect as the Seam Zone belonged to the Palestinians who are now permitted entrance only with a registered permit. It is guarded by armed IDF soldiers and gates are opened to allow access only at certain times of the day.  In 2004, the International Court of Justice found that the construction of The Wall, in the occupied territory, was against international law as it did not follow the Greenline but entered into Palestinian land. Interestingly enough, settlers and persons of Jewish descent, from all over the world, can move freely in and out of the Seam Zone, while Palestinians must use a permit to continue to live in and/or have access to and work on their own land.

Continue the article HERE.
Clicking the poster will open an email application for contacting Marilyn Rodger marilynrodger@aol.com
Upcoming Covenanting Services
Covenanting Service 
Covenanting Service between Cathy Gradante and Bridgenorth United Church Service the following Sunday Oct 24 at 10:30 – Please contact the church for Covid protocols.
United Community Ministry (UCM) Covenanting Service for Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Cunningham
Monday Oct. 25th, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 pm at Trinity United Church, Cannington 
Participation options: 
1. Attend in person- Must pre-register by emailing Ruth at falldingucm@gmail.com by October 24th with your name & phone number (contact tracing, capacity limits, masks, distancing). Let Ruth know when you pre-register if you will require use of the elevator. Arrive a few minutes early in order to be “checked in” at the front door to the church. 
 2. Watch the service through a live Zoom link (link will be sent out to all UCM members). No need to pre-register unless you are not a UCM member. Those folks can also request the link by emailing falldingucm@gmail.com
 3. Watch the recorded Zoom service on your own time. 
For the sake of supporting Elizabeth and the power of “being in the moment”/”in the Spirit” we are hoping that as many folks as possible are able to join us in person or in the live Zoom. 
Events of Interest
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:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scOyvqzMtHdDn9rFw92whQ4Z2NqonzKg2 
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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