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Week leading up to
March 12, 2023
Foodgrains Meeting | Maple Syrup Festival | New Leadership Teams | Advanced Care Planning | God's Mission Our Gifts
Foodgrains Bank Spring Meeting
Friday, March 24    10:00am
Central Pentecostal Church
7674 Colborne Street, Elora
Guest Speaker: Christina Philips
Canadian Foodgrains Bank Communications Manager

Christina will share about visiting emergency food assistance programs in Ethiopia and meeting with  conservation agriculture leaders in Kenya. Learn why the work of Foodgrains members and partners is so critical right now.

For more information contact Ken & Elizabeth Musselman | 519-846-9289
The Inverhaugh Community Foodgrains Bank project is a shared work of the Bethel Mennonite, Gale Presbyterian (Elmira), and Hope Springs congregations.
Elmira Maple Syrup Festiva
Hope Springs is carrying on Alma UC’s tradition
Saturday, April 1st

We’re selling Back Bacon on a Bun!

Funds raised will support our congregation’s life and work
Join our team
Jobs are available for all ages. Help out for as long or as short a time as you can offer. Just indicate on the sign-up sheet what your intentions are for helping. Families are welcome to help as a group
  • Set-up crew (4-7am)
  • Cooking and Sales crews (throughout the day)
  • Clean-up crew (3-5pm)
Sign-up in the Welcome Centre.
For more info, please talk with Robert Koeslag
New Leadership Teams
At our congregational meeting on Sunday, we agreed to these leadership teams for the coming year. They will guide out congregation as Hope Springs continue to come together.
Hope Springs's governing body

Official Board Chairperson
Amy Weaver

The Official Board does a lot of its work as 2 committees.
Tends to Hope Springs' life together as a community of Jesus' people.
Chris Grose, Judy McMullan
Amy Weaver, Bonnie Young

We still have room for 2 more on the Mission Committee. Please be in touch with Amy if you're interested.

Tends to Hope Springs' resources to support our life and work together.
Beverly Bond, Jim Fairles
Robert Koeslag, Sue Shifflett
Curates the relationships between Hope Springs and its staff.
Willa Hopkinson, John Wilkie
John Williams (chair)

Makes decisions about Hope Springs' property, insurance, and investments.
Gord Grose, Carl Hall
Betty-Anne McBey, Jeff Negrave
Sue Shifflett, Dave Smith
Morley Trask, Linda Wilkinson
Advanced Care Planning: Who Will Speak for You?
Part of Stone United Church's Spring Wellness series
Rosslyn Bentley will present an overview of Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Ontario and the “Speak Up” campaign as well as the many resources available on-line and the ACP workbook.
Wednesday, March 22     7:30 p.m.
In-Person and Online

About Rosslyn – Rosslyn Bentley is the Executive Director of the Woolwich Community Health Centre and an experienced healthcare manager. She was formerly the ED at Hospice Wellington in Guelph, and is an Accreditation Surveyor for the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and a passionate advocate of advance care planning.
Stone United Church
5370 Fourth Line Guelph/Eramosa

Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Following the talk there will be a time for questions, and then light refreshments will be served.

Joining Online? A link will be sent to you prior to the event.

Please register at Eventbrite. If you don’t have access to a computer and plan to attend in-person, you can leave a message at 519-856-4160.
This Week
March 13-19
Elora Preschool (Lower level)

Monday    7:00 pm
Visioning Reference Group (Bissell Room)

Tuesday    7:00 pm
Gospel of John film  (online)

Tuesday     7:15 pm
CW Singers     (Sanctuary)
Thursday    1:30 pm
Gospel of John film  (Bissell Room)

Thursday     6:30 pm
HSUC Choir   (Bissell Room)

Pretend You're Irish Day

Friday     8:00 pm
AA Group     (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday     10:30 am
Hope Springs Worship
Religion in the Service of Humanity
Being a Mediator of Peace and Understanding

The entanglement of religion and politics in the Middle East often divides communities and leads to conflict, particularly among young people. “We all agreed that it is important to focus on universal values and ethics, reject extremism, and make the necessary efforts to develop practical formulas for fruitful cooperation,” says Rima Bayan Sleem, a 33-year-old judicial assistant from Chouf, Lebanon.

Thanks to your Mission & Service gifts, Rima and 36 other young adults gathered in Beirut, Lebanon, for the World Student Christian Federation-Middle East Region (WSCF-ME) 2021.

“Cast your nets,” public beach, Sidon, Lebanon
Credit: WSCF-ME

They participated in an Interfaith Dialogue program that develops leaders skilled in preventing violence and fostering peace between communities.

WSCF-ME’s role is to be a mediator of peace and understanding amid all the overwhelming regional issues that include sectarian strife. “The Interfaith Dialogue program’s importance lies in the fact that it brings together youth from different religious backgrounds…to engage in a constructive peace-facilitating dialogue,” says Mira Neaimeh, Regional Executive for WSCF-ME. “I personally believe that change is done in small steps, starting from our regional gatherings that sow seeds of peace to be reaped in the future.”
The United Church of Canada is strongly committed to working ecumenically with Christians of diverse traditions and with people of other faiths for the common good, particularly in building peace and addressing shared concerns, such as climate change.

Your Mission & Service gifts help leaders in the Middle East and across the world collaborate and promote peaceful dialogue.
You can give to the United Church's Mission & Service through our congregation. More information is in the "Your Offerings Matter" section.
Ways to Help in Hope Springs
Our congregation is about people using and sharing their many gifts, so together we can join in God's work. There will be many, many ways for you to take part. Might one of these fit you?
  • Sing in the Choir
  • Join the music Praise Team
  • Greet people coming to worship
  • Read the Bible in worship
  • Lead prayer in worship
  • Run the tech system on Sundays
  • Prepare refreshements for after-worship fellowship time
  • Visit folks on behalf of the congregation
  • Be on the Children's Worship (Sunday School) team
  • Help lead Youth Group
  • Prepare the bread/juice for Communion
  • Serve Communion during worship
  • Count and record the Offering
We provide the training and support you'll need.

You can find out more by filling out a simple online form. Just click the button below. Or, you contact the church office (519-846-0122).
Let Us Know How You Can Help
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.

You can give to 
  • our congregation's General Fund
  • the United Church of Canada’s Mission & Service
  • Project Welcome Refugee Sponsorship
  • our Building Fund

You can give by

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

Made out to Hope Springs United Church. Please indicate if you want your gift directed to particular funds. You can send your donation here:
Hope Springs United Church
75 Geddes Street
Elora ON  N0B 1S0
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