WINFIELD UNITED CHURCH

NEWS & UPDATES

Hi everyone,
 
Well, we did it!  We had a small gathering in the sanctuary this past Sunday, and aside from some technical issues that we will continue to sort as we go down this path, the service was well-received. This week, we opened registration to those who feel well and are in a position to come. You can do so by calling or emailing the Church or registering on our website.
 
This Sunday we will observe Orange Shirt Day as part of our service. This growing movement honors and remembers those who attended Residential Schools between the 1870s and 1996. You are welcome to wear an orange shirt this Sunday in show of support that Every Child Matters.

See you Sunday!
 
Peace, 
Joan

LAST WEEK

Watch last week's service
Read last week's reflection
Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place. ~Rumi
To Bless a New Space 

May our space we share in our togetherness be blessed.
May we feel one another’s presence in this shared setting of church, of home, of places of vacation and those of solitude.
In real time, in livestreaming and in the recorded and the delayed.
May the experience be genuine and heartfelt.
And the physical presence of this created space extend to friend and stranger alike
that the door of our hearts be open to all who seek community.
May the fullness of peace and joy embrace all who share this space.
That joyful conversation and hearty laughter and a spirit of collaboration, the unmuting of our microphones and from behind our masked faces rest on all who are part of this space.
Through the uncertainty, may our steps be blessed and sure with the safety and wellbeing of this community our paramount achievement.
We bless this space with all names that are holy.
Amen.
 
~ To mark our first joint Sunday service with In-Person and Zoom sharing space together. September 20,2020

NEXT SUNDAY

Blessing of the Animals

As part of our Season of Creation, and because many of us are accessing Zoom, we will have a blessing of the animals on Sunday, October 4th. You are invited to send a picture of your pet to Verena at the office. Please include your pet's name and we will put together a slideshow if we have enough photos.
Deadline for photo submissions is Thursday morning, October 1.

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

OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS

Book Study 

Our upcoming Book Study, Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad begins Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm on Zoom. To register for the Zoom link, please drop the church office a note or register on the website. I failed to mention in the announcement last week that you are responsible for getting your own copy. Mosaic Books, Kelowna Indigo, Amazon, the Public Library, Libby (online library app) are possible options. We did not do a group order because of the range of choices between hard copy and online preferences. This book is organized into a four-week study examining white privilege and our attitudes and actions towards people of color. I encourage you to come prepared to share your thoughts and reflections around the week's readings as this will create a rich experience of learning for all who participate.
 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
October 5, 9:00 am
Saturday Mornings: October 17, 2020 to December 5, 2020
9:30am to 11:30am

Topics include: Managing Pain and Symptoms, Providing Personal Care at Home, and Home Care vs. Long Term Care


For additional details, or to register for one or more sessions, please visit hospicecoha.org or call 250-763-5511.

There is no fee to register for these sessions.

*COHA will assist all family caregivers to ensure access to this program regardless of one's confidence or ability in using virtual technology.
UPCOMING FOR THE WEEK OF
September 2020
25

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

Kevin Thompson

Lynne Roming

Jean Hogue

Sandra & Roy and baby Emily

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 20
on ZOOM: 25 incl. 1 child
in Sanctuary: 19 incl. 2 children
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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