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Week leading up to
September 5, 2021
Front Lawn Breaks, Break-In!, Indigenous Learning Opportunities, Worship Helpers, and more!
Starting September 9
Break-In at the Church Office!

Sometime during the night of September 25-26, our church office building was broken into. It was discovered the next morning. Police were called and are investigating. 

We don't know how the people (likely more than one) entered the building. The doors were locked and undamaged. There are some theories, but not evidence. They broke through the office door, damaging it and its frame. A picture frame in the office and another door in the back stairwell were also damaged. Fortunately, this was all the damage done.

They took away the heavy steel safe. As far as we can tell, this is all that was stolen. It has not been found. It contained a small amount of petty cash, about $100.

The greatest loss is many of our church records for the past 50 years or so. We kept these in the safe to protect them from fire. These include the original deed to the land from the 1860s (which gave the church "1/4 acre or therabouts," older minute books, and our registers of marriages, baptisms, and burials. These are for both Elora and Bethany UCs. While these have no monetary value, they are irreplaceable. They are important remembrances of important events in people's lives and part of the story of our congregation. We are still hopeful that the people who took them will realize they are of no benefit to them and return these.

While this is upsetting, we are grateful. No one was injured (though the thieves might have suffered some muscle strain moving the safe, it is very heavy!) It seems the thieves were not interested in causing damage. They could have destroyed many things in the building, including equipment belonging to the music school that was renting our building, but they did not. Such vandalism could have been much more costly and heart-breaking.

Moving forward, we'll be carrying out the necessary repairs. The locks on church doors are being changed. We're looking at ways to improve our security, while keeping our building as a place where people from many community groups gather. We'll also be looking at how we can store our important records more safely.

If you have questions or concerns, please be in touch: / 519-846-0122.
Justice & Right Relations . . .
Opportunities for learning and growing
Here are 2 short courses being offered this fall. They are online. They are open to everyone. Renison College at the University of Waterloo is presenting them. They are not for university credit, and excellent ways to learn.

Reconciliation: Discussions and Implications for Settler Peoples in Canada
Wednesdays 6pm-8pm    September 22-November 10 (8 weeks)    $275+HST

This is a journey of sharing and discussing how Indigenous and Settler peoples know each other through the stories that have been told of each other in the past and which continue in the present. These stories carry the ideologies, knowledge, beliefs, values and assumptions that form the basis of their interactions with one another. A critique of the notion of ‘Settler’ will be an ongoing dialogue. A discussion of the implications of oneself in these stories is discussed within the context of the reconciliation process that is underway in Canada. The course will include lively community engagement through readings, virtual meetings, discussion posts and videos all available online. There will be three on-line virtual meetings.
Click here to find out more

Myth-Busting: Deconstructing Indigenous-Canadian Relationships
Part 1

Thursdays 7pm-8pm    September 23-October 28 (6 weeks)    $200+HST

This course will give you skills to start:
    Immersing yourself in local Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) history and teachings. 
    Learning how colonization happened,
      and how it has shaped modern myths about Indigenous peoples. 
    Taking apart some concepts to help build better relationships as allies. 
    Using what you've learned to actively engage in decolonization. 
Later, Part 2 of the course will dig deeper into these issues.
Click here to find out more
Dehumidifier Needed

We need some dehumidifiers to keep the moisture down in our Fellowship Hall. If you have one you can donate to your church, please let us know!
Worship Helpers
We've sent out information about our fall worship in another email. Didn't receive it? Please let us know!

We want to being in-person worship again. To make it work, a lot of us are going to need to help out. We need Greeters, Ushers, Tech Operators, and Cleaners. You'll receive all the training you'll need to do these jobs safely and well. Interested? Please email
As we resume in-person activities, we are prioritizing the health of everyone who is in the building. We will do our best to create environments and activities that people will feel safe participating in.
Together, we will care for each other. Thank you.
We ask that everyone serving in volunteer roles in the building . . .

be vaccinated (both doses)

wear masks 

screen for Covid-19 symptoms

and sign-out of the building
Your Offerings Matter
Your offerings are an important way you share in our life and mission together. Here is information about how you can give.

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Pre-Authorized Giving
Monthly offerings automatically deducted from your account. It’s easy! Please contact Beverly Bond to set this up. (519.846.5597 |

Made out to “Elora United Church.” Please indicate if you want your gift directed to particular funds. You can send your donation here:
Elora United Church
75 Geddes Street
Elora ON  N0B 1S0
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Canada Helps
This online service lets you donate using your credit card. Just go to our Canada Helps page here.
Mailing: 75 Geddes Street, Elora ON, N0B 1S0

Bethany United Church
4th Line East & Sideroad 10 (near Inverhaugh)

Elora United Church
75 Geddes Street

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For both: 519.846.2542
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