The United Church of Canada E-ssentials - September 28, 2021
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Orange Shirt Day / National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

A photo from several years ago of General Council Office staff wearing orange shirts.

This Thursday, September 30, wear an orange shirt to remember and honour Indigenous children who were taken from their homes. Take a look at our collection of United Church Orange Shirt Day resources, including a video from the Moderator, prayers, reflections, and events to participate in.

Webinar: Indigenous Children Then, Now and Tomorrow

When: Wednesday, September 29, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. ET / 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. PT

In this webinar, panelists will explore how Indigenous children and families were and continue to be impacted by colonialism. They will answer a series of questions posed by our moderator Springwater Hester-Meawassige, which will touch on a range of topics including Indigenous Children in Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, Millennial Scoop, and bringing our children home. Find out more, and register.

Bulletin Covers Planning Kit for 2022

Photo collage of bulletin covers.

Is your community of faith planning for in-person worship for 2022 and wondering how to order bulletin covers? Because of the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and many congregations’ move to virtual worship services, United Church Bookstore is offering the 2021 and previous years’ bulletin covers to cover 2022. See the top of the bulletins page for a kit to help you plan your bulletin cover order. It includes an order planning worksheet, sponsor sheet, and lectionary for 2022.

GLI Worship Sunday

On October 17, 2021, the church is invited to celebrate GLI Worship Sunday as an opportunity to draw attention to the need and the growing call for a Guaranteed Livable Income. Worship resources can be found on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty worship page.

Watch this video message from Moderator Richard Bott promoting GLI Sunday. Moderator Bott has also recorded an introduction, a call to worship, and an opening prayer that you can use in your online worship service; these will be posted soon on the worship page.

Your Generosity Matters: Your Support Is There When Disaster Strikes

Photo of a man carrying a large bag of rice on his head.

In times of emergencies, your generosity is on the ground ready to help in over 120 countries where there are United Church partners and ecumenical relationships. Thank you!

[Photo credit: Cordillera Disaster Response Network]

United Church Bookstore: Last Days of Sale!

Photo of a cactus next to a pile of books on a sunny wooden table.

Fall has well and truly arrived, and with that comes the end of the United Church Bookstore's summer sale. You have a few days left to shop and pick up some bargains—but as of October 1, the sale section will be no more! And remember—there's free Canadian shipping with all orders over $80 with promo code SALEONSALE.

[Photo credit: the Bialons on Unsplash]

Worship Resources 

See our Worship Resources for upcoming Sundays and special celebrations.

October 3 - World Communion Sunday
October 3 - Creation Time 4
October 10 - Thanksgiving Sunday
October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 17 - World Food Sunday
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