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Week leading up to
November 14, 2021
Poem for Remembrance Day | Elora UCW | Projection System | June Wilkie's funeral | A Second Chance
by Malcolm Guite

November pierces with its bleak remembrance
Of all the bitterness and waste of war.
Our silence tries but fails to make a semblance
Of that lost peace they thought worth fighting for.

Our silence seethes instead with wraiths and whispers,
And all the restless rumour of new wars,
The shells are falling all around our vespers,
No moment is unscarred, there is no pause,

In every instant bloodied innocence
Falls to the weary earth ,and whilst we stand
Quiescence ends again in acquiescence,
And Abel’s blood still cries in every land

One silence only might redeem that blood
Only the silence of a dying God.

Image: Silent Cross (Margot Krebs Neale)
Elora UCW

The United Church Women group of Elora UC has decided that the time has come for it to disband.

This is sad news for our congregation. Also, we have so much to celebrate!
We are very grateful for the UCW. Its current members are Nancy Van Veen, Jean Sparry, Norma Wallace, Donna Mann, Shirley Moore, Eleanor Hall, Phyllis Waind, and Arlene Callaghan. These represent the hundreds of women who have belonged to the UCW through the years.

Before the UCW formed in 1965, there was the Women’s Missionary Society. For generations, these groups have been vital ways for women to serve God with our congregation and beyond. 

Many know the UCW through the work it did. Its yearly spring Shamrock Supper fall Grandma’s Attic were highlights which many of us enjoyed. As well, the UCW catered many events, not least after-funeral receptions. Their famous ‘triangle sandwiches’ are loved so much.

Did you know the UCW was also a sharing and caring group. They studied the Bible, and became aware of the wider world through speakers, films and discussion.  Singing favourite hymns and songs, accompanied by Shirley Moore on the piano, was always an important part of their gatherings. Tea, sandwiches, and dessert were at the top of the list, as were our twice yearly potluck lunches at Norma's home and lunches out at The Gorge Restaurant.

The UCW gives a big thank-you to the congregation for their support over the years.  Many dedicated members of the congregation helped with major fundraising events. They couldn’t have had the Shamrock Supper and Bake Sale/Grandma's Attic without them these past 10 years or so. As well they were always available to help with catering funeral lunches.  Steve Hornsby always set up tables, as did his father before him.  People like Pat Drimmie, Roz Burt and others could be counted on to help make sandwiches and supply squares. Some of the men found camaraderie in doing the dishes afterward.  We are so thankful to so many people who helped when the UCW’s numbers dwindled and fewer of them were able to be actively involved in the physical labour.

For years, the UCW sent cards to people in our congregation who experienced illness or grief. Eleanor sends birthday cards to those over 80 years, although we have no idea when someone turns "80" now. Maybe that threshold should be moved to "90," but Norma says she wants that card when she reaches the big 80! They also sent Christmas greetings to our church members in continuing care facilities as well as those who have moved to retirement communities.

We’re going to have a celebration time for the UCW in a Sunday Worship service, once more of us are able to gather safely and confidently.

With this sad milestone, we need to ask . . . what’s next? How can we, as a congregation, pick up the important work the UCW has done? Especially the ‘caring-and-connecting’ work? This will be important for us to pay attention too as we move forward.
Broadcasting System
Work continues to assemble the parts and set up our new camera and broadcasting system. Once it's in place, we'll be able to show worship services live over the internet, and other events too.

It will cost $11,500. We already have $7,000 raised! Can you help with the remaining $4,500? You can find info about giving to our Technology fund in the "Your Offerings Matter" section of this email.

If you'd like more information about the project, such as a cost breakdown, please ask Greg.
June Wilkie
A few weeks ago, June's family and some of her friends gathered for a funeral. We celebrated her life, and lived in God's comfort and hope. However, because of the pandemic, we know that many were not able to be part of this.Thankfully, the service was recorded, and John has generously shared it with us. 

If you would like to watch the service, here is the link: ( Because of technical issues, the video portion of the last song "Heavenly Aeroplane" was not seen on the live zoom or the recording. You can watch that video here:
God's Mission Our Gifts
“Without the support that I regularly get here, I don’t know where I’d be.”

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians experience mental health problems. Your Mission & Service gifts help.

In his own words, Chance shares how the mental health support he received through the Bissell Centre―an organization supported through your Mission & Service gifts―helped him change his life.

Chance at home in Hope Terrace (Credit: Bissell Centre)

“My name is Chance. I’m 25 years old and live at Hope Terrace, a permanent supportive home that is run by the Bissell Centre. I have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder—a type of brain injury with no cure—so I need help with things like coping with my emotions, keeping appointments, and cooking.

“Before I moved into the Hope Terrace residence, life was frustrating and stressful. I used to live at my grandmother’s house, along with my mom and four other family members. When everyone was home it was chaos, which made it even harder to manage my emotions—even happy emotions were too much at times.

“Mom and I knew I needed help, but we didn’t have money and we didn’t know where to start. So, a few years ago, I tagged along with my friend to Bissell Centre’s Easter meal. He was getting help from Bissell and seemed to like it enough. Maybe I could get help too?

“It was at that very meal that I first heard about Bissell’s mental health resources and the Hope Terrace house.

“When I was invited to move into Hope Terrace a few months later, Mom and I both agreed it would be a good decision. I finally felt some hope. Maybe life doesn’t have to be so hard all the time? Maybe I could have a better life?

“The staff here help me with the things that overwhelm me most—like budgeting, cooking, and dealing with my emotions. They are awesome! They’re really good, kind people—they’re my family.

“Without the support that I regularly get here, I don’t know where I’d be.”

Thank you for your generosity through Mission & Service. You can give to Mission & Service through out congregation. Find out more in the "offerings" section below.

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