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News for
Week leading up to
October 3, 2021
Restoring our records | Celebrate the Harvest | Church Hall Gathering | Helping with Disaster Strikes
Restoring our Records
Since some of our stolen church records were recovered along the Grand River, some excellent work has been done to restore them. Roz Burt, with Richard's help, has been carefully separating, cleaning, drying, and pressing the pages. While the books are no longer usable, we will be able to scan the pages and keep the information they contain. Once that's done, we'll be sending what's left to the United Church's archives. Thank you Roz!

The 4 books here are 
1) Minutes from the early 1900s
2) Minutes from the 1870s
3) Register of Church Members from 1901
4) our current Burial Register 
We've also recovered a Marriage Register from the 1980s-90s, which was in decent shape and has already been scanned. Other books are still missing.
Celebrate the Harvest
Inverhaugh Community Foodgrains Bank
A partnership of Bethany UC, Gale Presbyterian Church, and Bethel
Mennonite Church, the Inverhaugh Foodgrains Project is
celebrating this year’s harvest. Join us on October 16 at 2pm. Ken
and Elizabeth Musselman are hosting us. We’ll gather in their
garage where there is space to keep a distance from one another
and the doors can be open to have an 'outside' setting. Coffee and
a light snack will be provided.

Those interested in attending are asked to email Ken and Elizabeth
directly at for an idea of numbers and
to share contact information.
Elora UC Church Hall Gathering
Sunday, October 24 at 1:00pm    Online
This will be an important time for our congregation to gather and have conversation. (It's also be the Sunday we celebrate our 186th anniversary!)
God's Mission Our Gifts
Making a difference in the lives of those most at risk

When emergencies strike, people need help right away. First with the basics―shelter, food, clothing―and then with rebuilding. Increasingly, people around the world are facing a variety of disasters. Climate change, health crises, food insecurity, and violent conflicts that forcibly displace thousands are just some of the catastrophes that affect millions of people every day.

The United Church is part of a worldwide network that makes a difference in the lives of those most at risk. United Church partners and ecumenical relationships in over 120 countries mean that we are on the ground ready to help in times of emergencies.

You can give to Mission & Service through our congregation. You'll find information in the "offerings" section below.

The Serve the People Brigade of the Cordillera Disaster Response Network distributes rice to people in need in the Philippines despite risks. (Credit: Cordillera Disaster Response Network)

The United Church of Christ in the Philippines, a Mission & Service partner, shares this prayer with us. Let us pray, together:

Most gracious and merciful God,
      amidst the din of howling winds
      above the noise of rampaging waves
      atop the earthquakes and the shaking of the earth
we hear your voice: “Be still and know that I am God.”

Yes, even in times when we are prone not to be still,
at moments when we are sorely tempted to resort to flight,
we hear you and we pause to listen and to reflect, to stand still
and recognize that indeed you are the God who is with us,
that it is not in the wind or waves or in the earth’s tremors that you speak,
and that even when we walk through the shadow of the valley of death, that we are not alone
that even when we are put in the crucible of a fiery furnace,
that you are there to save.

In times like these, you speak to reassure us
      through that still, small voice
      through the concrete acts of solidarity of partners and friends
      through those who lovingly stretched out their helping hands
      to those ravaged by the storm
      to those who are desolate and in despair
      to those who are left with a threadbare of hope.

In times like these you assure us that we are not alone;
that we have sisters and brothers who are moved to walk the lonesome valley with us.
We thank you, for in times like these, your love and care are made more manifest and incarnate,
made alive in concrete deeds of lovingkindness and compassion.
To you we return all glory and praise.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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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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