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Grace-Line

You heard it through the Grace-Line 

September 19th, 2021

Links for the week!

 

 Watch Sunday Service          8 AM

 

Click Here to Watch

 Sunday Coffee                         11 AM     

To Join Click Here

Men’s Breakfast Group          9 AM

(Depending on Weather)

To Join Click Here
Wednesday Coffee                   1 PM

(Depending on Weather)

 

To Join Click Here

Wednesday UCW Meeting     7 PM

To Join Click Here

 

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

COVID-19 Info

Information is rapidly changing. To keep up to date, please visit the Halton Region website for up-to-date information.

 

Congregational News:

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

 

Quotes for the week 

I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.  -David Maraniss

 

Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God. -Radhanath Swami

 

Ways to Participate

Prayers of the People:  As we start a new church year we are going to re-start the concerns listed in our prayers of the people.  If you have people you would like included in the Prayers of the People please let us know before Thursday morning so they can be included in the up-coming Sunday and following weeks.

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 Service is posted by 8:00 am. This Sunday Helen Prior will be leading Worship
  • Sunday “News You Can Use”, featuring Grace News.

 

Sunday September 19                                             To Join Click Here

After Church Zoom Coffee Time:  11 am – 12            

Please join us for coffee on zoom after worship. Everyone is welcome!

Meeting ID: 842 5212 3893           Passcode: 935314

 

Wednesday September 22

Men’s Breakfast Group: 9 am                               To Join Click Here

The Men hope to meet on the Church Patio; in case of inclement weather, please join Zoom.

Meeting ID: 893 9472 9831 Passcode: 468240

 

Coffee Time: 1 pm                                                            To Join Click Here   

We hope to meet on the Church Patio, but in case of inclement weather, we will meet on Zoom using this link.

Meeting ID: 890 3816 3169           Passcode: 867573

 

UCW Meeting: 7 pm                                                       To Join Click Here

Here is the link for the zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 899 0985 8834  Passcode: 174745

 

Document Shredding Event

Saturday October 16th 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

All COVID Guidelines will be followed.

Come out to our mobile Shredding Event.  Documents destroyed right before your eyes (old taxes, bank statements, cheque books, legal files, bills, credit card statements, invoices, investment records, etc.)

Personal or Business papers.  A signed Certificate of Destruction can be issued as proof of secure destruction upon request.

A donation of $5 per grocery bag or $10 per banker’s box is suggested.  Exact change or cheques are preferred.

Please start to spread the word about this event.

UCW

Next UCW meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday September 22nd at 7 pm.

 

Affirming Ministry – Learning to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

Grace wants you!!

Further to last week’s announcement in Grace Line about the affirming ministry initiative, 2 people have stepped forward to join the existing 4-person committee.  The casting call is still open for additional volunteers to join the team.

Casting Call:    

  • Are you looking for a new and intriguing opportunity that may challenge your current thinking?
  • Do you like exploring new ideas and perspectives?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Are you comfortable facilitating small group discussions?
  • Do you have an open mind and an open heart?
  • Are you willing to learn to walk in someone else’s shoes?

Next Steps:

Once the Affirming Ministry Committee is established, the first step will be for the committee members to do their own individual and collective (e.g., regular meetings, possibly monthly) research in order to prepare learning opportunities (e.g., lunch-and-learn events after Sunday service) for the congregation as a whole.  As this will take some time to accomplish, and given the current COVID-19 state-of-affairs, we suspect that in-person learning opportunities will not occur before January 2022.

Timeline:

The timeline for completion of this process may take up to two years, and while we hope that all committee members will commit to the full process time period, we recognize that flexibility may be required for some members in order to participate.

So, if you are someone who is excited about this learning opportunity for Grace, please contact Kathryn Munn (kemunn91@gmail.com).

Your only prerequisite is that you come with an open heart and an open mind willing to learn and discern how to walk in someone else’s shoes.

 

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

 

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:

  1.   By cheque, made out to Grace United Church and mailed to Grace United Church
  2.   By e-transfer at donations@GraceUnitedChurchBurlington.com
  3.   By donating on line using CanadaHelps Click Here

Thank you for your continued support.

Ways to Connect

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.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Are you or someone you know in need of a prayer shawl?  If you would like to order one, follow this link and fill out the order form.

 

Ways to Reach Out  

Burlington Artscape – fundraiser for Joseph Brant Hospital

Burlington Artscape (organized by Jodi Harrison) displayed 51 leaves painted by local artists, on the lawn of Grace over 3 Sundays in August.  The theme of the collection was “for the love of Burlington”.  Hundreds of people came to Grace to view the leaves and purchase them.  All the leaf art was sold.  $37,500 was raised.  100% of the sales go to Joseph Brant Hospital!

In addition, Grace is happy to accept a generous donation of one of the Burlington Artscape leaves painted by Ashley Sharpe entitled “View the View” from an individual(s) (who wish to remain anonymous) who donated this original piece of artwork for Grace members and the surrounding community to enjoy. Thanks so much and the leaf will be on display in our gardens.

Ashley describes her work:

I chose to paint the clock at City Hall and the pier.  In previous years (before COVID) I attended many events downtown in the square in front of City Hall. It is a place to meet with friends and hang out enjoying the pier and Spencer Smith Park. Downtown is home and this colourful backdrop is where life is fun.

 

Indigenous Peoples

Orange Shirt Day (Every Child Matters)

Thank you to everyone for placing your orders for orange shirts.  The order for orange shirts has been placed with Staples and a separate email will be sent to those who ordered once they arrive and we can arrange for distribution.

Supporting Food Security…. 

Food for Life

We provide food bags for around 75 families on Friday mornings at Grace.  New families continue to seek food at our Food for Life program.  We continue to supplement the bags with items from our pantry or with fresh items that we purchase.   Thanks to Marsha and all the volunteers who have supported this program during COVID.

Fresh Food Box for Halton (FFBH) Program

You can place your orders for pick up in October by placing your order/paying by September 19th.

Please use this link on the Grace website

Please note that payment by e-transfer is to the food box email FFBHatGrace@gmail.com by the 19th of each month.  Do not e-transfer to the donations email for Grace.

Should you have any questions about the program, feel free to email us at FFBHatGrace@gmail.com.