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News for
Week leading up to
September 19, 2021
Missing records found! Opportunities to Grow Deeper. Orange Shirt Day. Congregational Meetings. Your Faith Your Vote. And more!
Some Good News!
Earlier this week, a young person playing along the river at the foot of Geddes St. found some of our missing documents. We're very grateful to him and his mom who brought them to us. One of the books, a marriage register, has some water damage but is legible. We'll be scanning the pages for our records, then sending it to the United Church's archives for safekeeping. Unfortunately, the other recovered documents have been in the water, are muddy and wet, and suffered significantly damaged. The archives have given us some advice about trying to restore them enough so we can scan the pages. Here's hoping.
Growing as Disciples
Normally, Greg would be offering at least a couple of opportunities for us to gather in small groups for learning and growing together. Through this past year, we've learned that we can do this online too!

With so much up in the air this fall, he hasn't firmed up plans. Still, here are some ideas he's working on. More info to come.

Practicing God's Presence
Through daily prayer practices and getting together weekly online, we will become more aware, available, and attentive to God's Presence in our everyday lives. (This might begin in October.)

A Christmas Carol & the Christmas Gospel
We'll enjoy Charles Dickens' classic story of Scrooge's transformation, and see what it shows us about God's work in Jesus Christ to transform the world. (This might happen in December.)
Orange Shirt Day 2021
Indigenous Justice & Right Relations

On September 30, people all across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children who were taken from their communities and families to residential schools.

This Orange Shirt Day is also the first observance of a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. For settler Christians in particular, this is a time when we can reflect on our role in colonialism and the residential school system, and our ongoing responsibility to make reparations.

Here are some ways you can take part in Orange Shirt Day

  • Find out more about Orange Shirt Day on the website
  • Wear an orange shirt to Worship next Sunday, September 26 (online or in-person). 
  • Wear an orange shirt on Orange Shirt Day which is Thursday, September 30.
  • Also on September 30, join the United Church's Indigenous Ministries and Justice Executive Minister Murray Pruden for a candlelight vigil at 7:00 p.m. on the Indigenous Ministries Facebook page.

Orange Shirt Day is a time for us all to remember those events, their ongoing impact, and just as importantly the continuing strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples. Former Healing Programs Coordinator Honarine Scott has written a powerful reflection on this.

Congregational Meetings
Looking ahead, your Mission Board is planning a couple times for us to get together.

Church Hall Gathering    October 24 at 1:00pm    Online
This will be the Sunday we celebrate our congregation’s 186th anniversary. This will be an important time for the congregation to gather and have conversation. However, it will not be a formal meeting.

Congregation Mission & Leadership Meeting    November 21   time to be decided
This will be a formal meeting, with reports, discussion, and decisions including selecting new leadership for vacant positions. We will decided closer to the event whether it is in-person or online.

Since the pandemic began, we've had 1 congregational meeting. It was a Mission & Leadership meeting in September 2020. In March 2021 the Mission-Resources Boards approved our 2021 budget. In June 2020 we had a church hall gathering.
Living Your Faith with Your Vote
The United Church has information that can help you make your voting decision. We have always believed that following Jesus includes helping make ours a better society. Participating in our nation's political life is an important privilege, and can be a vital way for us to express our love for our neighbour.
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