Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – November 24, 2021

Update from the Chair

Fundraiser: The Christmas cookie sale will take place on Sunday Dec. 12 at the church after worship. Please drop off cookies on Wednesday Dec. 8 from 9 am to 5 pm or Thursday morning from 9 am to 12. The tins will be packed Dec. 9th in the afternoon.  Thank you all for your contributions to this church fundraiser whether it is baking, packing, selling or buying it is sure to be a success with all of us working together!

Worship Services at D.U.C.

November 28 – Lisa Norman – Soloist Sylvia Van Belle

December 5 – Anne Hepburn – Soloist Brian Gowan

December 12 – Lisa Norman – Soloist Christena-Lynn Erglis, and others are invited to sign up for this date.  

Lisa is looking to put together a musical service with many Ministries of Music.  Anyone who would like to offer a gift of singing, or instrumental music for that service, please inform the office by Wednesday Dec. 1st so that the information can be passed on to Lisa in time to prepare the service.  Thank you.

December 19 – Anne Hepburn

We have been getting some pretty good turnouts at our Sunday services! There is no plan for us to move to checking vaccine status so we are still limited in our capacity. We have been allowing for people to sit together who are agreeable to being considered a “bubble”. However, masks MUST remain on at all times while inside the building. As you meet outdoors for a chat, please do not crowd around the hall doors where people continue to exit. Remember that, although you may feel comfortable outdoors chatting without your mask on, others may not feel so comfortable having to pass within six feet of you. It is our goal to make certain that all feel safe when they attend church. Your cooperation is very much appreciated. 😊

Christmas Is Coming!

Christmas Eve and Boxing Day services will be church led so we are looking for volunteers to put together a fun but meaningful Christmas Eve service and maybe a laid-back kind of Boxing Day service. Please let me know if you are willing to help.

Gifts of music ♫

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.



Kevin Fitzpatrick

It was a pleasure to attend the covenanting service for Kevin on Sunday at Janetville United Church.  He organized a meaningful service with much beautiful music.

Rev Jan Stobie preached with her usual flair and drew us into the moments of Kevin’s journey.

On behalf of the Dunsford congregation I extended your deep congratulations and best wishes.

Rev Anne

Laying on of Hands at Janetville United

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Ann Hurren, Muriel Oliver, Randy Scott and Rev. Jan Stobie

Laying on of hands
Photo Courtesy of Christena-Lynn

Kevin’s Covenanting with Grace United in Peterborough

Kevin with his new stole, and Sharon in the background

Kevin gifted a green and gold stole

Photo courtesy of Christena-Lynn Erglis

Please keep in your prayers: Emma as she continues on her cancer journey; Tracie recovering from a car accident.

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


Reverend Rodney Smith-Merkley is the Regional Council’s Minister for Indigenous Justice and Respectful Relationships and can be contacted by:

Phone: 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6164
Email: RSMerkley@united-church.ca
Webpage: Indigenous Justice & Respectful Relationships – East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada (ecorcuccan.ca)

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An Invitation to Sharing our Stories about Murraybun…

On what would have been his 100th birthday, Nov. 30th at 4:45pm at Curve Lake Community Church – limited to 50 participants with masks, RSVP 2revrod@gmail.com 

Or join via zoom https://united-church.zoom.us/j/96982476268

What to expect…some small group sharing in 4’s in person and on-line, followed by a number of individuals sharing stories (please contact Rodney at email above or 705-313-2775 if you have a story to share), and viewing of a recorded interview with Murray just over a year ago.

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