Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – December 1, 2021
UPDATE FROM THE CHAIR
Worship Services at D.U.C.
December 5 (Peace) – Anne Hepburn – Blue Christmas
December 12 (Joy) – Lisa Norman – special music service
December 19 (Love) – Anne Hepburn
December 24 Christmas Eve – Carols and Christmas Story??
December 26 – ??
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!
STILL LOOKING FOR ONE MORE!
We now have Carolle and John on the stewardship team. At least three people should form this team. Please contact Carol for more information.
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!
Wreaths for Sale through UCW: Doris has made three wreaths for the UCW fundraiser. Two have been sold and the third and final wreath will be sold this Sunday. The cost is $40. Rev. Anne’s door is pictured below with the one she purchased.
Please keep in your prayers: Emma as she continues on her cancer journey; Tracie recovering from a car accident.
Cheer Ministry: Please call Mary McKay at 705-328-5573 when a church member/family needs to be remembered with a card: thinking of you; get well; or special birthday/anniversary wishes.
Mission and Service: Build Bridges of Peace
“We’re all human. All created by the same divine being.”
December is one of the holiest months of the year. Along with Christmas, there’s the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, winter solstice rituals, as well as spiritually significant days for Buddhists, Muslims, and Zoroastrians. That makes this month a good one to remember what unites us.
And it’s important we do. In October, Global Affairs Canada stated that, worldwide, the right to practise, choose, and change one’s religion or belief is increasingly under attack. According to the Pew Research Centre, in 2018 more than a quarter of the world’s countries experienced hostilities caused by religious hatred, mob violence related to religion, terrorism, and harassment of women for violating religious codes.
“I think we have a great lack of understanding of other faith traditions. Lack of understanding breeds contempt and fear. The more we understand and the more we talk, there’s a greater opportunity to break down some of the walls of fear. We can’t do that if we keep talking about us and them,” says John Dowds, City of Edmonton Chaplain in a film called Building Bridges.
The film is produced by the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action, a Mission & Service partner. Your gifts through Mission & Service support the centre―the first of its kind in Canada―to hold interfaith celebrations, dialogues, and learning events. You can watch Building Bridges(opens in a new tab) on the centre’s website, and faith communities are encouraged to host a screening. This is one way your Mission & Service gifts not only transform the lives of others but can also change yours for the better, too.
Karen Lumly Kerr from the Society of Edmonton Atheists speaks compellingly about finding common ground in the film: “We all have to learn how to cooperate and figure out how to get along…trying to understand each other a little bit better and finding your common ground. What things do you all believe in? What things do you all find important?”
“Look at my veins, they’re blue,” says Indigenous Elder Fernie Marty, lifting his arm slightly before the camera. “It’s so important to understand our own values and understandings and share them openly and honestly. When we don’t share who we are as individuals, the different cultures, it creates fears…. All of us have blue veins. That tells me we’re all royalty. We’re all equal. None of us is superior to the others. We’re all human. All created by the same divine being,” he says.
Each one of us needs to take a clear and public stand against intolerance and for love. During this month, which is so much about spiritual deepening for so many of us, let us take that stand. Let’s build bridges of peace with all of our neighbours.
Thank you for your generosity through Mission & Service(opens in a new tab). Your gifts support organizations that remind us there’s more that unites us than divides.
DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH
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