WINFIELD UNITED CHURCH

NEWS & UPDATES

Hello Friends,
 
This note has been six months in the making, ever since we shuttered the building in mid March. During these past six months, we have figured out Zoom and how to come together on Sunday mornings for our service as well as many other small group offerings. What I'm excited to share with you today is that at our meeting onTuesday, Council approved our Safety Plan with the first in-person Sunday service taking place September 20th at 10 am. Attendance will be small this first Sunday back seeing those who have been unable to access Zoom as our first gathering. Services will continue to livestream through Zoom to connect those of us who will participate from home. As I write this, we are working on a short video displaying the layout of the church under COVID configurations and what it will be like to return to the building. It will be shared with you all as soon as it is ready.  Here are the highlights of the Safety Plan:
 
Registration:  You will now need to register ahead of time to attend a Sunday service, by emailing or calling the Church office.  There will also be a registration option on our website. Your first stop upon entering the building will be to check-in at the registration table.  More details will be provided in next week's newsletter.
 
Masks:  You will need to wear a mask to enter the building and during the service. We know this is uncomfortable for some but it gives us a heightened sense of public safety if we are not always assured of being able to keep a safe distance. Masks will be available if you do not have your own.
 
Music and SInging:  We will have a soloist each Sunday to lead the singing. The rest of us will listen and hum along. We are all missing singing and we will sing again. This measure once again gives us some added protection.
 
I need to tell you that these measures are not meant to take all the joy out of returning to our building. Our joy will be found in taking small steps to reconnect with a sacred space and those we find there. These requirements and your willing participation will give us a sense of security and confidence that we have made a good decision in reopening. This week, BC's Chief Medical Health Officer clamped down on music volume in public places to prevent people from singing out loud and we are taking the recent upswing in cases seriously.  We are most fortunate that Lake Country has not been adversely affected but we do not take this for granted. This plan and the decision to reopen will be continually monitored.
 
Thank you everyone for your support during this time of change. Let us keep our focus and attention on all that we have. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
Peace and good health to you all,
Joan

LAST WEEK

Watch last week's service
Read last week's reflection

Thank you for your steadfast and continued support of Winfield United Church.  During this time of closure and summer activity,  we are holding steady and thank you for keeping our boat afloat.  Donations can be mailed or e-transfered to the Church office:

3751 Woodsdale Rd.
Lake Country, BC
V4V 1X2
winfieldunitedchurch@shaw.ca

Lost & Found

Following jackets have been left in the church. If they belong to you, please contact the office to arrange a pick-up time. winfieldunitedchurch@shaw.ca or 250-766-4458.
If the owner can't be found we'll donate the jacket to the Thrift Store.

OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS

Monday, September 21
7:00 pm online with Zoom


Curious to find out about Amnesty Okanagan? Are you wanting to find out ways you can make a difference and defend human rights?
Join us for a free online webinar. We will provide an introduction to Amnesty International and some information about the current human rights campaigns we are working on and how you can connect with the Amnesty group here in the Okanagan. Hosted by Amnesty International Okanagan and Don Wright staff member of Amnesty International Canada.
Pre-registration on Eventbrite is required.
 Walkers and Talkers
The Walkers & Talkers Group resumes EVERY Friday at 9:30 am on the North side of Winfield United parking lot for an easy-going walk followed by easy-going conversation at a local café or restaurant. Find out about plans and location in the office from Verena. If you don’t want to walk or are unable to walk but would like to join for coffee, please call the office at 250-766-4458 to find out time and place.
Circle of Peace ONLINE
Everyone is welcome every Tuesday at 4 pm to connect hearts and voices.
The ZOOM link is emailed out every Tuesday.
HOLY CONVERSATION
Every Wednesday at 2:30 pm 
If you are interested in participating send an email to Verena and ask for the ZOOM link to join the virtual conversation.
Healing Pathways
For more information or to book your appointment contact Sandy Bogardis (250-766-2542) or Sharon Hartwick (250-548-0074).
Thrift Store Meeting
September 14, 9:00 am
UPCOMING FOR THE WEEK OF
September 2020
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CONTACT US

Minister
Rev. Joan Kessler
+1 (780) 512-3916

Church Office Administrator
Verena Velten

Pastoral Care
Sandy Bogardis
Fran Schulz
 
WEBSITE
Join virtual Sunday service

PRAYER LIST

Gregg Faber

Shirley Byrns

Sandy Hebert

Jim and Sharon Taylor and family

Don & Bev Sawatzky and family

Lynn & Don Lemp
If you have a prayer request you would like shared publicly in our email newsletter and website, please contact Joan or a member of the Pastoral Care Committee (Fran Schultz or Sandy Bogardis).  We will endeavor to respect the privacy of those named.
Requests can be submitted here. 

Attendance

for September 6
35 people on ZOOM 
When is your birthday?
The pastoral care team is kindly asking for your birthdate (day and month) so they can send out a birthday card on your special day. You can simply send an email back to the church or call 250-766-4458 and leave a message with your name and date. 
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