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Grace News for the Week

Your Church News and Information Source for the week of October 25, 2020  

Quotes for the week:

“Good neighbors always spy on you to make sure you are doing well.” ~Pawan Mishra

“I’ve never met a person who does not want a safer world, better medical care and education for their children, and peace with their neighbours. I just don’t meet those people. What I meet, over and over again, as I travel around, is that the essential human condition is optimistic – in every one of these places.”   ~ Eric Schmidt

Announcements

Please keep your physical distance, wash hands frequently and wear your mask. Take Care and Stay Safe!

Ways to Participate

Grace United Church YouTube ChannelClick Here to Watch

  •     Sunday  Worship at 10:00 am, Rev. Helen Prior leading
  •     Sunday “News You Can Use”, this will feature what is happening at the church
  •     Wednesday Morning Grace Notes, a time of reflection, hosted by Marilyn Stairs

Sunday After Church Zoom Coffee Time:  11 am – 12   see your weekly email on how to connect

If you need help getting connected, please contact Larry Hatt 905-331-6054 or larryhatt@gmail.com

Sunday Service Content:

If you have something to be included in the Prayers of the People, please email or call the church before Thursday each week.

News You Can Use Content:

If you have something to be included in News You Can Use 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

Congregational News:  (News about members of Grace United Church may be emailed or phoned into the church office.)

Reaching Out:

Please email or phone the church office, especially if you or someone from the church community is struggling or ill.

Finance:

Thank you everyone for your continued financial support.

Cheques can continue to be sent directly to John until we are back to regular services in the church.  Post dated cheques are great, and all cheques should be made out to GRACE UNITED CHURCH.

Mailing address:  Grace United Church  2111 Walkers Line Burlington L7M 0Z2.

Several have already discovered the ease of donating using e-transfer.  It is instant and fee free.  John monitors e-tranfers regularly and ensures that these will be included in your givings.

Detailed directions on donating using e-transfers or CanadaHelps can be found on our website:  https://graceunitedchurchburlington.com/ under the “Make a Donation” tab.

Grief Support Group

Walton United Church and other area churches are sponsoring a Grief Support Group starting up on Wednesday October 28th,

running for 6 weeks , 7 pm to 8:30 pm online by Zoom. This education and support group is designed for those who are struggling with the death of a loved one. We will explore various aspects of grief–how grief affects our emotions, behaviours, body, mind and spirit, from a faith-based perspective. We will look at ways to find hope and a future in meaningful ways. The course is based on materials by Dr. Bill Webster, Centre for the Grief Journey. The cost per participant for course materials is $20.

Please contact Maeva Donalson at 905-845-7454 or maeva.k.d@hotmail.com for more information or to register.

Faith Formation Committee 

The Faith Formation Committee would like to invite all members, of all ages, to take on a Gratitude Challenge.  We have created a calendar for the month of October which we ask you to print out and follow each day.  This calendar features a scripture passage to reflect on as well as an activity which can help you to feel more grateful.  Click here to get your calendar

Ways to Connect  

UCW

All women are invited to join in the UCW Zoom meeting on  Wednesday October 28 at 7 pm.  The link will be sent to all who are presently on the mailing list. Please reply to Donna Lelievre at  papillon@cogeco.ca  if you want to join in and are not on the list. We are hoping to try out the ‘Kahoot’ site of fun trivia questions about the Gospels.

Men’s Breakfast Group

The Group may meet again outside weather permitting (and it is NOT looking good in the forecast).  So that’s at 8 am on Wednesday October 28th. If the weather turns better I will advise by email Tuesday afternoon.  Otherwise here are your Zoom links and we will meet on line at the same time:  see your weekly email on how to connect

Wednesday Coffee Time:  10 – 11:30 am

We will be meeting outside on the church property. Bring your own folding chair and drink.

Please email Linda Draddy or call (905) 802-8774 if you can join us. In case of inclement weather (last minute decision), Linda will contact you.

Fundraising:

“Did you read all about The Ghost of Candy Cane Traditions Past in the Wednesday e-blast?  Do not forget to forward your donation to John Allchin by:

  1. Forwarding an e-transfer to donations@GraceUnitedChurchBurlington.com OR
  2. Forwarding a cheque to the church, made out to Grace United Church,

In either case please indicate that your donation is in support of The Ghost of Candy Cane Traditions Past.   (All gifts will be included in your yearly givings tax receipt.)

Questions? Contact: Donna Lelievre at papillon@cogeco.ca or Carol Boyle at carolboyle@hotmail.com

Puzzle Project

Do you have a Passion for Puzzles but need some new ones to get you through the fall.  The Outreach Committee is creating a puzzle exchange.  The first step is to collect puzzles.  If you have any 500/1000 piece puzzles (with all the pieces) that you would like to donate to this project, please take them to the church and leave them inside the Red Box by the front door.

Once we have a number of them, we will let you know how to get on the exchange list.  Stay tuned for more info!

Mini Oven Mitts are Now for Sale

They are $10.00 for the large,$8.00 for medium and $7.00 for the small.  All profits will support the Garden Fund.  If you would like to order one, please contact Joan Hunt or the church office.  Delivery can be arranged.

Handmade Father Christmas

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone special or just something to give to yourself (come on you deserve a treat!) Shirley Bottaro has been working hard in her elf workshop making Father Christmas’.

These are available in red, green, royal blue, burgundy, black or white capes with fur trim and ornaments off-set colour of cloak and lining. They are 15” tall.  To see what they look like click here.
They are priced at $100.00 (tax inc), please note that $40.00 will be donated to Candy Cane Traditions.
To order call Shirley Bottaro 1-905-945-6209 or email ssbottaro@bell.net or leave your name and contact number with the Church Office (905-335-0090) or office@GraceUnitedChurchBurlington.com

Porch pick up or local delivery available.

Watch November 1st edition of News You Can Use for more information.

Ways to Reach Out 

Supporting Building Community…..     

Grace Elf Network (GEN)

The Outreach committee has started to plan for our Christmas Outreach programs in our community with changes made due to COVID19.  More information will be forthcoming soon.

Single Moms

We sent our Single Moms group a Thanksgiving email with some recipes and other links to community resources.

A member from the community has donated a small sofa bed that one of our single moms would like.  Neither party has a way to move it.  If you would be able to help, please let Rhonda know in the office.

Cooking@Grace!                      

We held a cooking session on Thursday October 15th with the theme of using leftovers (maybe from Thanksgiving) to create buddha bowls with a teriyaki gravy.  Our next session is on Thursday October 29th at 4 pm. If anyone would like to participate, here’s the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88635193296?pwd=TmFNQkxXTFhoSkxTTEJYeWRnbHpSZz09

Meeting ID: 886 3519 3296  Passcode: 453547

There is always room at the table!  Or screen!  Just let us know by emailing outreach@graceunitedchurchburlington.com.

The Outreach group distributed Seniors care packages to our Cooking@Grace group and other folks identified by the Care Network to let them know we were thinking of them.

Grace Moves (Safety precautions are in place)

The Seniors Strengthen and Stretch yoga program by Susanne has started again in the loft for previous participants.  Monday and Wednesday 1pm. Cost is $8/class for a 4-class session.

The Line Dancing program has started again in the sanctuary for previous participants to start.  Thursdays at 1pm.  Cost is $6/class.

Masks

We are going to be making winter or Christmas themed masks for our community families and other Outreach program families at Christmas.  If anyone is able to help with this please email us at outreach@graceunitedchurchburlington.com.  Depending upon response, we will be able to also offer them to members of our congregation.

Community Families

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 outreach@graceunitedchurchburlington.com.

Supporting Food Security….

 Food for Life

We provide food bags for around 60 families on Friday morning at Grace.  We continue to supplement the bags with items from our pantry or with fresh items that we purchase.

Food Pantry

Thanks to community neighbours who buy the Food Share bags at Freshco!

Wesley Update (Hamilton)

  1. The Day Program and Health Clinic moved this week to operate on a temporary basis out of 52 Catherine St. (Shower & washrooms provided outside in a trailer)
    2. 17,000 meals are being prepared by staff monthly (Grace provided funding for one of the meals in October)
    3. Supports 1,500 children, youth, and families
    4. NEW PROGRAM: Opened a COVID19 Isolation Centre
    5. Christmas Program: different this year due to COVID19 –  they will be  providing packed hampers to clients
    So the needs are great! If you care to support this outreach, financial donations to Wesley would be gratefully received…donations can be made online at wesley.ca, by e-transfer, and mail.

Grants

We have submitted a grant proposal to the 2020 New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) to fund accessible technology with 2 main components.  First is accessing tablets/ipads for those in the congregation/community who are without and would like to connect to programming or the ability to connect with family/friends.  The second is purchasing video cameras, computers etc to help with more flexibility in recording and sharing digital material from Grace including Sunday morning worship and the possibility of other events – musical, speakers etc.  We will not be advised of the success of our application until March 2021.

Church Office:

The office is operating back at the church, but will not be open to visitors. To maintain a safe work space, please contact the office by email or phone only. Thank you.