Newsletter – December 8, 2021

Update from the Chair

Worship Services at D.U.C.

December 12 (Joy) – Lisa Norman – special music service

December 19 (Love) – Anne Hepburn – Communion Service

December 24 Christmas Eve – Carols and Christmas Story

December 26 – Cancelled – relax and refuel at home

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 service is on! Gloria, Carolle, Sylvia and Abigail have all offered up their help with a music and stories service.

December 26th service, as noted above, has been cancelled as per a vote by the mission board. We will gather again on January 2nd.

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.

Sincerely,

Carol

Fundraiser: The Christmas cookie sale will take place on Sunday Dec. 12 at the church after worship. 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!

Please keep in your prayers: Emma as she continues on her cancer journey; Tracie as she continues to recover from a car accident; Kristen as she recovers from surgery.

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

Mission and Service: Generosity Makes Hearts Sing with Joy

“Music is the language of the spirit.”

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God,” says the book of Colossians 3:16.

From the beginning of time, people have known that nothing stirs the heart and brings people together quite like music. Music has the power to change our world, and when we harness it, we do too.

That’s why Embracing the Spirit grants supported through your Mission & Service gifts and Seeds of Hope grants administered by the United Church Foundation fund music projects that build community and tend to the soul across our United Church.

For example, your generosity makes a joyful noise at Sprucedale United Church in Chatham, Ontario, where an outreach ministry provides free ukulele lessons to adults so they can provide entertainment to local retirement and nursing homes. Thanks to your support, Prairie Points Pastoral Charge in southwestern Alberta received a grant to license songs to create a condensed songbook for use in hospitals and lodges. At Port Nelson United Church in Burlington, Ontario, your gifts helped fund a new handbell choir and in Kamloops United Church, Kamloops, British Columbia, a drop-in pride choir for LGBTQ2S+ community members and allies.

“When harnessed for good, music helps us take important steps to social justice,” says Sarah Charters, Director of Philanthropy and President of the United Church Foundation. “Looking back, music has played a key role in anti-war, civil rights, and women’s movements. How many of us on a personal level have been motivated to make a life change after listening to a song or turn to music to soothe our spirit? Music is the language of the spirit,” she says.

Your generosity means that our United Church can pool resources to make an incredible impact in local communities from coast to coast. An impact none of us could ever make alone. Thank you for fostering spirituality, community, and inspiring social change through music. Your generosity makes hearts sing with joy.

DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

Church Office Hours: Wed. 9-5

Tel: 705-793-2511

Email: dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca


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