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News for
Week leading up to
July 18, 2021
We need Movers, "Prophets of a Future Not Our Own," Pay your Vaccination Forward, and more!
We Need Movers URGENTLY
Our Fellowship Hall carpets will be getting a good cleaning! Suzanne, our church cleaner, will be doing this starting on Monday. We need 4 people to move things beforehand. Can you help? Please email or give Greg a call at 519.846.2542.
Sunday Worship in September
We're hoping to resume in-person worship in September. To make this work, a lot of us are going to need to help out. We'll be looking for 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
Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a poem in our worship time. Some of you asked for a copy.

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; servants, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
This is adapted from a prayer written for Cardinal Dearden by Father Ken Untener in 1979. It was quoted by Pope Francis in 2015. It is often attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, but he did not write it. However, it is in keeping with his life's work of justice and advocacy for the poor.
God's Mission Our Gifts
The Covid Pandemic is a global crisis.
It won’t end for us, until it ends for everyone.

While people in Canada are receiving COVID vaccines, people in many other parts of the world have no way to get them. Providing vaccines to these countries is only part of the story—the vaccines also have to get to the people who need them most. Support the worldwide effort to protect people from COVID-19, one vaccine at a time.

For $25, your gift will give one person access to the COVID-19 vaccine in a country where vaccines are in short supply.

Vaccine procurement, logistics, and delivery is provided through our partners at UNICEF.

Click here for the United Church's "Pay it Forward" vaccination campaign.
Our United Church Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Richard Bott, is asking United Church members to increase our advocacy efforts urging Canada to share more vaccines globally. We can also donate to the Covid-19 Global Appeal. And we can buy a vaccine for someone else through Gifts with Vision.
You can give to the United Church's Mission & Service which funds the whole range of our mission together. You can do this easily through our congregation. You'll find information in the "offerings" section below.
Continues throughout July
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 
You can give by

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
Your bank's website will have information about how to do this. When signing up, please use this email address for the payee:

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

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Elora United Church
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Greg Smith-Young:
Barb Smith-Young:
For both: 519.846.2542
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