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You heard it through the Grace-Line 

May 22, 2022

If you have not already done so…

The Farewell Committee is planning the BBQ and would appreciate hearing from you,  

Please complete Helen’s Send-off BBQ RSVP

The deadline for RSVP is May 22 

Activities and Links for the week!    

Sunday Service       10 AM

 

If you chose to watch from home 

Click Here to Watch

After Service Coffee Time on ZOOM

Sunday at 11:30 AM

To Join Click Here
Men’s Breakfast

8:30 AM see below for location 

 
Coffee and Chat at Grace

Wednesday at 1 PM

 
UCW Meeting

Wednesday at 7PM

 
Senior Line Dancing in the Loft

Thursdays at 1 PM

 
Whale Cove donation drop off

Fridays 9 – 10:30 AM

 
Precious Metals for Grace

Saturday May 28th 2 – 4 PM

 

 

Grace is Collecting: Milk Bags and Eye Glasses

 

If you would like to submit an announcement for Grace-Line, please email the information to the church office before noon on Wednesday

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

 

Ways to Participate

Please note that proof of vaccination and masks are required to attend in-person services.

Sunday Service

Grace invites us all to gather together in the building for Sunday service at 10:00 AM.  If you prefer to worship with us virtually, watch our service on the Grace United Church YouTube Channel  

Every Sunday

After Church Coffee Time on ZOOM: 11:30 AM 

Pop in on ZOOM and catch up with some of the Grace family.  

To Join Click Here     Meeting ID: 886 1284 6020 Passcode: 617730

Wednesday May 25th

Men’s Breakfast Group:   8:30 AM                            

We will be gathering for in-person breakfast at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday.  Watch for special information about the location within Holiday Inn.  The Alloro is closing for 3 months for renovations, but the Inn is making alternative arrangements for us in one of their meeting rooms. Watch for more info in a Tuesday email. 

Paul is bringing a test run of a discussion about the Affirming Initiative

The Holiday Inn is on the South Service Rd off Harvester near Guelph Line. 

Coffee Time: 1 PM

If the weather is nice we will be meeting on the patio.  So put a chair in your trunk and come out and visit with your Grace friends.  

UCW meeting: 7 PM

The UCW is excited to announce that their meeting on Wednesday May 25 at 7:00 will be IN PERSON!  

All protocols will be in place for spacing and masking etc. and all women of the church are welcome. Should you need a refreshment, some of the best hostesses in the church regretfully need to request you bring your own. 

The two items on the agenda include planning for Candy Cane Traditions, followed by a seminar led by members of the Affirming Committee. Please check with Donna or Janice M. to receive your copy of their advance outline. 

Saturday May 28th

Precious Metals for Grace – 2- 4 PM

This is the last day for this unique event.  Grace will be hosting a Gold and Silver appraiser who will evaluate your items based on their gold and silver content only.

By selling these items for their gold and silver content, you can then donate the proceeds from the appraisal to the church and in turn receive a tax receipt.

You can choose to donate all, some or none of your proceeds to Grace.

A brochure outlining all of the details is on the Welcome table or speak to Sandy Wright. 

Grace United Church needs your help!

As the Summer approaches our Worship Volunteers also start to have vacation plans of their own and we need more help to keep our services running. Please consider if you could volunteer to help out at any point in the next few months with Greeting at the door, Setting up the Sanctuary, Reading Scripture or Handing out Communion Cups. Let Sheila Young shesskyoung@gmail.com know what Sunday(s) you might be available to help out and she will put you on the schedule. 

Thank you!!  Your Worship Committee

 

Ways to Support

How to make a donation to Grace United:

  1. By cheque, made out to Grace United Church and mailed to 2111 Walkers Line Burlington ON L7M 0Z2
  2. By e-transfer using donations@GraceUnitedChurchBurlington.com 
  3. Bring your donation to church with you on Sunday morning
  4. Donate on-line using CanadaHelps 

 

Ways to Stay Informed

Calling All Volunteers for MEGA Used Book Sale!

As the saying goes “many hands make light work” and never has it been more true than for our MEGA Used Book Sale taking place at Grace on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday June 4th!  The book sale is sponsored by Book Club @ GRACE, and all proceeds go to the church. It’s a big task, so everyone’s support is appreciated, whether you donate books, help with set up or on the days of the sale, or come and shop for your year’s reading. This is Grace’s FIRST book sale, so please help make it a big success! The last sale here, Tansley’s Mega Used Book Sale in April 2019 raised $6175.

In order to ensure we have coverage for the various tasks before, during and after the sale, we appreciate you taking a few moments to sign up for those days/times/duties of interest to you. Please use this link: Grace MEGA Used Book Sale – Volunteer Schedule . If you have any questions, or problems using the link, contact janicehatt@gmail.com

Note:  After service on Sunday May 29th, we will need to clear chairs & set up available tables. We welcome whoever is on site to help with this task. The congregation may bring in books that day and they can be put in sanctuary. (No textbooks or magazines, please.)

We are grateful for your support in making this a MEGA success!!

Farewell BBQ:

As you know, Helen’s time with us at Grace is coming to an end and we want to celebrate her, and her time with us as we wish her well on her next journey.  

We will be having a farewell gathering after church on Sunday June 12th. So mark your calendars. Registration has been extended until May 22 so make sure we know you are attending so we can plan the food.

Please complete Helen’s Send-off BBQ RSVP.

You are also being invited to donate towards the cost of a gift.  The donation can be made in several ways –

  • by cheque made out to Grace United Church and mailed to 2111 Walkers Line Burlington ON L7M 0Z2 
  • by e-transfer to donations@GraceUnitedChurchBurlington.com   
  • by leaving cash or a cheque (made out to Grace United Church) at the church on Sunday morning in the donation box 

You must indicate that this donation is for Helen’s gift and please note that this donation is not tax deductible.  Donations should be made by May 31st. 

 

Calling all Green Thumbs

The Property team is looking for some extra people who would be willing to help in the gardens at Grace this summer.  If you would like to join the grass cutting team or the gardening team please contact Property.

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

 

Ways to Connect

CARE NETWORK @ GRACE

Our new Care Network @ Grace is available to help everyone and anyone who needs support – perhaps a cheery voice on the other end of the phone, a visit, or help in any way. If you are in need or know someone who is, please feel free to contact any of us.

Janet Saunders  jebs1312@gmail.com or 905-336-2053

Barb McKeown  bmgolfngirl1@gmail.com or 905-336-2335

Marilyn Martin  marilynannemartin@gmail.com or 905-332-0254

Prayer Shawls:

Remember you can always request a prayer shawl, just visit the Prayer Shawl page on the website and fill out the request form.  If you need assistance placing an order you can also contact the church office. 

A Passion for Puzzles Update:

In the merry month of May you might like to take a break from gardening to do a puzzle, we have over 200 available to loan.  Please phone before you come & we will be pleased to assist you.  We are not taking any more puzzles at this time. Contact Sue or Dennis Marshall.

Prayer Chain: 

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.  

Reaching Out:

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

Affirming Moments – Nuggets of Nourishment.

Asian History and Achievement Month

Vivienne Poy, the first person of Asian ancestry to sit in the Senate, proposed a motion to recognize May as Asian Heritage Month in 2001, with an official declaration following in 2002 (photo by David Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

The Affirming Committee would like to recognize the achievements of Senator Vivienne Poy (nee Lee). Ms. Poy was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Jean Chretien in 1998. She was the first person of Asian Ancestry to sit in the Red Chamber.

Ms. Poy was born, May 15th, 1941, in Hong Kong and fled to mainland China with her family after Japan attacked Hong Kong in 1942. Ms. Poy moved to Montreal in 1959 and studied history at McGill and earned her master’s degree and PhD in history at U of T. The history scholar became a businessperson in 1981. After studying fashion at Seneca College, Ms. Poy founded Vivienne Poy Mode, which sold high-end knitwear. Ms. Poy is an accomplished author and publisher of histories and biographies. She was also governor of McGill University and chancellor of the University of Toronto.

The Affirming Committee would encourage you to read more about Vivienne Poy in her 1998 biography of her father entitled Building Bridges. Her life is fascinating. The U of T article below will give you further insight into Ms. Poy’s reflections 20 years after the inception of Asian History and Achievement Month. We would also encourage you to read either a fiction or non-fiction book by an Asian Author. This will provide you with a window into the world of this marginalized Canadian Community.

The Asian Canadian Community is a marginalized group in Canada because of the Historic Legislative Discrimination passed by the Canadian Government including but not limited to; slave wages and the most dangerous jobs building our National Railroad from coast to coast, The Chinese Head Tax, The Continuous Journey Law that kept the Southeast Asian Community from immigrating to Canada and Japanese Internment Camps during WWII.  Today many in the Asian community were subject to discrimination and violence because of misinformation from International Leaders that blamed China for the Covid Pandemic.  We need to be reminded that the Chinese people can not vote for their leaders and therefore have not control over policy.  Further, those who immigrate to Canada, are Canadian and not responsible for any international government decision.  

EZ – Everything Zoomer Former senator, chancellor – and U of T alumna – Vivienne Poy reflects on Asian Heritage Month, 20 years later | University of Toronto Alumni (utoronto.ca)

PRIDE FLAG (Take Two):

This is the second in a series on the origin, meaning, and evolution of the PRIDE Flag.

To recap, the original, multi-coloured Rainbow Flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 in San Francisco.  Last week we said we would explore the Progress Flag (2018) – but later realized we had missed an important step (one of many) – the origins of the transgender flag.

Monica Helms designed the transgender flag.  She is a transgender woman, author, activist, and US Navy Veteran.  Born in 1951, she started to “feel” like a girl when she was five years old and for decades was never able to confide this to anyone.

She served aboard two US Navy submarines for eight years (1970-1978) – during a time when being openly gay in the military meant a discharge and being “caught in the act” often meant a dishonourable discharge.

She married in the 1980’s and began raising two children. She made the decision to transition in the mid-1990’s, live as a female and commenced hormone therapy.  The marriage ended in divorce and initially family members were estranged, but later reconciled.

Monica reapplied to her local chapter of the US Submarine Veterans organization – now as a woman – received considerable resistance – but she persisted and became the first woman to join this particular organization.

She founded the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) in 2003 “to bring the fight for equality to the public arena”; in 2004 – TAVA sponsored the first ever Transgender Veterans March to the Veteran’s Memorial Wall – laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

She authored an autobiography published in 2019 – More Than Just A Flag.

She now lives in Georgia, with her wife, Darlene.  Although progress was being made regarding trans rights and issues, when Donald Trump was elected it was stymied – “he banned trans people from the military – told doctors and landlords they could discriminate against trans people – if he wins another term, Darlene and I will likely leave the country”.

And now the flag:

The flag was designed in 1999 – it is made of five horizontal stripes:  two (2) light blue (traditional colour for baby boys); two (2) pink (traditional colour for baby girls); one (1) white stripe in the middle representing those who are transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender (non-binary and gender-non-conforming) – there have been redesigns by others over the years to “better serve people of varying intersections”.

The flag was first flown in 2000 at the Phoenix Pride Parade – has since become a symbol of trans pride around the world (flown during Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance in November) – the original is now in the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History (2014).

SOURCES: 

https://www.military.com/history/how-navy-veteran-monica-helms-created-transgender-pride-flag.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Helms

https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/meet-the-navy-veteran-who-created-the-trans-pride-flag/

 

Ways to Reach Out 

Whale Cove collection:

We are collecting for WHALE COVE again this year, canned vegetables, canned meat & dish soap. Best before date must be 2023 or later! 

You can drop off items each Friday between 9:00 am and 10:30 AM.  There will be a designated container outside of church.  Items can also be brought on Sunday mornings.

Please do not drop off items at other times as there is no one at the church to collect them.

This collection will run until the end of August.

Supporting Community…

We continue to support families with grocery gift cards and non-perishable food items from our food pantry.

Seniors

Line Dancing in the loft

We are looking for some new dancers to come out and give it a try!  No experience needed, just a desire to have fun.  Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the loft.  $6 per session.

Supporting Food Security….

Food for Life

Approximately 75 families receive food each Friday morning at Grace.