Greetings Grace United Church!
Quote for the Week:
“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”
Rev. Helen will be on vacation for the month of July. Rev. Philip Gardner will be on call for any emergencies or pastoral care during this time. He may be reached on his cell at 905-523-6786 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Helen will be available commencing August 1st.
Summer Office Hours:
The church office will continue to operate remotely and will be open Wednesday and Thursday 9 am to 3 pm commencing Monday June 29th to September 7th.
Emails and voice mail will be monitored Monday to Friday for urgent messages. All other messages will be answered during summer office hours.
If you have a prayer request to be included in the Prayers of the People, please forward them to the church office at:email@example.com before Thursday each week.
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTt8mmMWmxccUEqh6CDoOxQ?
Sunday at 10 am. For Sunday Worship, stay connected, and informed
Wednesdays Grace Notes, hosted by Marilyn Stairs; this week’s focus was Psalm 33 with also a wonderful tribute to Canada Day.
Zoom Get-togethers: Se your weekly email for links to these meetings
Sunday Church Coffee Time from 11 am – 12
Wednesday morning from 10-11:30 am
If you need help on how to get connected, please contact Larry Hatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 905-331-6054
Worship Leaders for Upcoming Services:
July 5 – Marilyn Stairs
July 12 – Dale Martin
July 19 – Marilyn Stairs
July 26 – Kathryn Munn
August 2 – Marilyn Stairs
Please feel free to contact the church office by email or leave us a phone message, especially if you or someone from the church community is struggling or ill.
The People’s Corner (News about members of Grace United Church may be emailed or phoned into the church office.)
Winners of The Canadian Trivia Challenge
First Place – Janice Hatt Second Place – Donna Lelievre Thank you to those who participated in the challenge.
Although our ability to run all of our Outreach programmes for our local community are temporarily suspended, the need of social connections and food still exists. Our work in the community is still needed. If anyone has any suggestions on how we could serve our community in response to COVID-19, please email email@example.com.
Whale Cove Community ***NEW INITIATIVE***
St Raphael Catholic Church has been supporting an Indigenous Peoples Community, Whale Cove for a number of years by shipping containers of supplies to them. Whale Cove is a Nunavut community of just over 400 people located on the western shore of Hudson’s Bay above the tree line. There are no roads in or out so food is very expensive. To support this initiative, they have asked if we could provide 3 food items – regular long-grained rice (big bags will be split into smaller ones), small blueberry or strawberry jam and canola oil. They need our donations by the end of August as the next container will be packed and shipped in September. Every Friday during Food for Life (8: 30 am-10: 30 am) your donations can be dropped off at Grace United Church. There will be labelled bins available away from the Food for Life activity.
This is what is happening locally….
Please let us know if you need a mask by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting Building Community…..
We have purchased items for outdoor summer activity kits (eg bubbles, frisbees, sidewalk chalk etc.) for children in the community initially focusing on children of our Single Moms group. We are securing a registration list and will be distributing them in the next few weeks.
Youth Backpacks – School Supplies **LET’S PIVOT!**
We are pivoting from our usual process for our annual backpack program. We will be providing school supplies only (unless a new backpack is needed) and utilizing online awareness, registration and distribution of vouchers for pick up (vs hand delivery) since we do not have summer students this year as well as COVID-19 precautions. In the past we have helped up to 100 students get ready for school. This year we will be including hand sanitizer in the kits.
Seniors Cooking **BREAKING NEWS!**
The group voted on a long list of suggestions and the new name is (drumroll please….) Cooking@Grace! Our next meeting will be on July 9th with the theme of nostalgic food from our childhoods.
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 email@example.com.
Supporting Food Security….
Food for Life
We have settled in at around 67 families receiving food each Friday morning at Grace. We supplement their bags each week with additional pantry items, personal care products or fresh items such as milk, liquid eggs etc.
We continue to offer masks and craft kits to children for whoever needs them as well.
Food for Life (headquarters) needs packers this summer to pack the bags to be sent to the various distribution points in Halton. They will ensure safe practices. If you are interested or want to learn more, please contact Donna firstname.lastname@example.org and Emily email@example.com
Thanks to community neighbours who buy the Food Share bags at Freshco!