You heard it through the Grace-Line
April 18, 2021
Earth Day Thursday April 22, 2021
Links for the week!
Watch Sunday Service 8 AM
Sunday Coffee after Church 11 AM
Wednesday Coffee 1 PM
|Wednesday UCW Meeting 7 PM
|To Join Click Here|
Please note the office is now closed due to COVID-19 protocols. Office staff will be working from home and monitoring email and phone messages.
Rev. Helen is presently on study leave until April 26. She will be available for pastoral care or emergencies during this time.
Sunday April 18 Guest Worship Leader Marilyn Stairs Sermon: What have we done to creation?
Residents who are 55 years of age and older (born in or before 1966) can obtain the COVID-19 vaccine from select pharmacies in Halton. To book an appointment at a participating pharmacy near you, visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations. Please contact the pharmacy directly as Halton region is unable to schedule appointments for pharmacies.
Continue Practicing Public Health Measures
Even after receiving the vaccine, please continue to practice all public health measures that remain in place, including staying home except for essential purposes, wearing a mask, and keeping a physical distance of at least two metres (six feet) from people outside of your household.
Variants of concern (VOCs) are strains of COVID-19 that are more transmissible, cause more severe illness, and may be less susceptible to protection from currently available vaccines. VOCs are on the rise in Halton and you can still transmit the virus even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, therefore those that have been vaccinated must continue to follow public health measures.
In addition, it takes time for the body to build immunity following vaccination however; you can expect good protection a few weeks after receiving the first dose.
For updates on who will be eligible next and for the latest information on vaccine safety and Halton’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
If anyone needs help with grocery shopping or pharmacy pick-ups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with someone who can help.
Anyone wishing to submit an announcement for the Grace-Line, please email the information to the church office before noon on Thursday.
Congregational News: (News about members of Grace may be emailed or phoned into the church office)
Quotes for the week
The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. -John Paul II
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein
Earth – there is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of the planet. -Brooke Medicine Eagle
Ways to Participate
Please note services are available to be watched anytime after 8 am Sunday morning. Previous services are also on our YouTube channel to watch at any time.
Grace United Church YouTube Channel: Click Here to Watch
- Sunday Worship is posted by 8:00 am
- Sunday “News You Can Use”, featuring Grace News
- Wednesday’s “Grace Notes”, are led by Marilyn Stairs.
- Grace Notes will not be available during April.
Sunday April 18 – After Church Zoom Coffee Time: 11 am – 12 To Join Click Here
Meeting ID: 858 2331 7359 Passcode: 916122
Wednesday April 21 – Coffee Time: 1 pm To Join Click Here
Because of the Stay-at-Home Order and our numbers, we will have to meet again on Zoom. Please join us at 1pm on Wednesday the 21st for a casual chat and to catch up with your friends.
Meeting ID: 894 1166 7715 Passcode: 687858
UCW Meeting: 7 pm To Join Click Here
All women of Grace United Church, and interested friends, are invited to join a UCW zoom session focusing on gardening and new growth. That’s on Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. See above for the Grace Line zoom link. Bring photos to share or send them to Donna in advance.
Meeting ID: 823 2938 7660 Passcode: 380091
Prayers for the People Requests: If you have something to be included, please email or call the church before Thursday each week.
A Note of Thanks from the Transition Team
The Hymn Survey was available until April 10. Tabulation of results has begun.
Thank you to those of you who took the time to submit the thirty-five (35) surveys whether completed individually or by couples or families. In total we have 50 favourite hymns and only 5 of those were noted on more than one survey:
4 – I the Lord of Sea and Sky/Here I am Lord VU 509
4 – Spirit of Gentleness VU 375
3 – This is My Father’s World/This is God’s Wondrous World VU 296
2 – How Great Thou Art VU 238
2 -I am the Light of the World VU 87
We recognize that this was not an easy task, especially as part of the survey asked that hymns be linked to our Core Values. Whether or not you chose to take on that challenge, your input is appreciated. Some of you expressed thanks for the opportunity saying that while it was hard it was also fun. Information on which hymns were chosen as helping to define the Core Values will be available in the weeks to come.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
We are happy to announce that there is now a simpler way to request a prayer shawl or chemo cap for you, a loved one, or a neighbour. Everything is free to donors and receivers.
Click Here and fill in a request form. Prayer shawls come in different shapes, sizes, and colours and we will attempt to match your preferences as closely as possible.
Please note that at this time our cupboard is full and we are declining any more donations of yarn.
News You Can Use Content:
If you have something to be included please contact Bob England before Friday each week. Remember to include a picture or video (we can help you make a video!)
- A birthday, anniversary or family celebration
- An church event that you would like to promote
- News about your group or committee
Ways to Support
Please consider making your gifts to Grace United:
- By cheque, made out to Grace United Church and mailed to 2111 Walkers Line Burlington, ON L7M 0Z2
- By e-transfer at donations@GraceUnitedChurchBurlington.com
- By donating on line using CanadaHelps Click Here
Thank you EVERYONE for your continued support.
Ways to Connect
You may send Rev Helen, Marilyn Stairs or the church office a request for prayers. Prayers go only to the Prayer Chain members and are kept in strict confidence. Marilyn Stairs email@example.com
Please email or phone the church office, especially if you or someone from the church community is struggling or ill.
Ways to Reach Out
Supporting Building Community…..
We want to be able to continue to support vulnerable community members during the stay-at-home order. The need for social connections and food still exists.
The Outreach committee met and discussed plans for the coming 4-5 months taking into account safety protocols.
On Thursday April 15th at 4 pm, the Cooking@Grace group met for a workshop on the Tinned Tuna Trifecta! In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, we talked about how we have changed our practices in the kitchen /home to be more eco-friendly.
We continue to monitor, stay in contact with and support families in the community who are facing challenges. This includes our single moms, seniors and other vulnerable groups. If anyone is aware of a family in need in our community, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seniors Chair Exercise yoga program by Susanne has moved back to an online format during the current Stay at Home order while Line Dancing has gone on hiatus.