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News for
Week leading up to
December 19, 2021
Covid Situation | Christmas Eve Worship | Longest Night
As you know, the health situation in our community is concerning. Our re-opening team is keeping a close eye on the most up-to-date health information. At this point, we are continuing with plans to have in-person worship this Sunday and on Christmas Eve. (People will be able to participate online as well.) However this could change quickly. We'll keep you informed as best as we can. You can find the latest updates on the Elora UC website ( or by calling the church office and listening to the recorded message (519.846.0122).
Christmas Eve Worship
4:30 pm    Children's Christmas Worship (online)
We've decided to move the campfire service online.
We’ll be singing carols and telling the Story.
It will be about 1/2 hour long.
Please contact Barb for sign-in information.

7:00 pm    Celebration Worship (Elora UC’s Sanctuary)
Sing favourite carols to celebrate the Saviour.
Share in the Christmas story.
Pre-registration will be required for those joining in-person.
You’ll also be able to join online (if the broadcasting tech is ready to go).

9:00 pm    Contemplative Worship (online)
A quiet time of singing and reflection.
Share in Holy Communion together.
We’ll be using Zoom. 
You'll need the sign-in info to join. It will be in next week's email.
Early next week we'll be sending more information, including how to pre-register and any changes in worship plans.
A Time of Prayer, Grieving, and Hope
December can be hard! Christmas cheer can feel distant and lost on us. Yet we feel pressure to put on a smile and a show. That's not right.

There is a tradition of holding a worship time on or close to the longest night of the year, December 21. Here is one you can share in online.
The Many is a worship collective that makes music to help give voice to faith and doubt, questions and fears, laments and longings, music that speaks to a non-violent God, a Jesus who is with us and for us, and to a Spirit who can't be easily defined or controlled. It's music for a movement of resistance to hatred and division, for reconciliation and restoration, and music that always reminds us "we are on this earth to love." 

This worship time is being offered on 2 different evenings, Saturday December 18 and Monday December 20. Both times it is at 9:00 pm (which is 8:00 in the central time zone; that's what you'll see on the website). To join in, they're asking people to make donation of whatever they can (the minimum is $1 US). 

Maybe this is what you need this Christmas Season. If it is, I hope it is a blessing to you.
(Once on the webpage, just select the evening you want)
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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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Mailing: 75 Geddes Street, Elora ON, N0B 1S0

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