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Grace-Line

You heard it through the Grace-Line 

June 11, 2021

Links for the week!

Watch Sunday Service           10 AM Click Here to Watch
          Sunday Coffee                  11 AM To Join Click Here
      Wednesday Coffee                1 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. 

COVID-19 Info

 

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

We extend our sincere condolences to Myrna-Gail McDonald and family on the death of her brother this week. Please keep Myrna-Gail and her family in your prayers.

Anyone wishing to submit an announcement for the Grace-Line, please email the information to the church office before noon on Thursday.

Quotes for the week

Submit to pressure from peers and you move down to their level. Speak up for your own beliefs and you invite them up to your level. If you move with the crowd, you’ll get no further than the crowd. When 40 million people believe in a dumb idea, it’s still a dumb idea. Simply swimming with the tide leaves you nowhere. So if you believe in something that’s good, honest and bright-stand up for it. Maybe your peers will get smart and drift your way. (Advertising by United Technologies Inc. Wall Street Journal)

John Wesley’s Rule for Christian Living 

Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever…  You can!

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 Service is posted by 8:00 am.

Rev. Helen Prior leading

  • Sunday “News You Can Use”, featuring Grace News
  • Prayer Shawls Blessing on Sunday   If you wish to order a prayer shawl Click Here and fill in a request form.

 

Sunday June 13                                                    To Join Click Here

After Church Zoom Coffee Time:  11 am – 12      Meeting ID: 880 4536 7309   Passcode: 320706

Wednesday June 16

Coffee Time: 1 pm                                                         To Join Click Here

Please join us at 1 pm on Wednesday the 16th for a casual chat and to catch up with your friends. For further information, Email Linda Draddy about this week’s coffee time as it may qualify for an outdoor gathering. The following is the zoom link if required.

Meeting ID: 818 0212 3283   Passcode: 261807

 

Father’s Day

We will be celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday June 20th.  Last year we created a video honouring “Our Dad’s.”  If you would like to update last year’s submission or add in a new picture of your Dad please forward it to Revhelenb4@gmail.com  by Wednesday June 16th.

UCW

The next UCW meeting will be on Wednesday June 23rd at 7 pm.

And it will be an in-person meeting, on the church lawn (in two groups).

Please bring your own mask, lawn chair, pencil, clipboard or something similar to write on; also a funny wedding anecdote to share.

If you know the two busiest days of the weddings calendar-year in Las Vegas, you’re ahead of the game! Or wedding customs around the world? Or why does a bride wear a veil?

We will be masking and maintaining distances. Neither group has more than 8 or 9 people. In case of inclement weather the meeting will go virtual.

Church and facilities will be closed.  Please RSVP to papillon@cogeco.ca

 

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

Finance

Please consider making your gifts to Grace United:

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

Thank you EVERYONE for your continued support.

Ways to Connect 

News from Horseshoe Falls Regional Council:

A Summer Series

This summer, members of Horseshoe Falls are offering a summer series where we will explore racism, racial justice, and white privilege through the lens of media (books, poems, movies, etc.).  We will meet twice a month on Sunday evenings at 7pm from June to September.  Please register here.   The registration form shows the media we will be exploring throughout the summer and the dates we will explore them.  Watch this YouTube video for more information.

If you are a member of Horseshoe Falls Region, the Region will pay for one of the four books on the list, if you purchase them from the Grand River Bookstore (grandriverbooks.ca). If people appreciate engaging in this way, we will explore other topics in the future like Indigenous Justice, Anti-Asian Racism, and 2S and LGBTQIA+ Justice.

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.

Ways to Reach Out  

Supporting Building Community….

Fresh Food Box for Halton (FFBH) Program

This new revitalized program is about to launch. Kathryn Munn and Allyson Robertson will be Grace’s coordinators.  This important food security program was shut down due to the pandemic, but now has new life thanks to the Kerr Street Mission in Oakville.

Grace will be the pick-up location for small and large produce boxes in North Burlington twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. – right here.  Purchasers can place their monthly order by using the link to our Grace website where you will find the information you need.  The deadline to order is June 19th.

https://graceunitedchurchburlington.com/fresh-food-box-halton/

Small boxes are $10.00 and large boxes are $20.00.  Payment to be made through e-transfer to the food box email FFBHatGrace@gmail.com  by June 19th.

Should you have any questions about the program, feel free to email us.

Burlington Artscape

Get Ready Burlington! Something Creative and Unique is Happening this Summer!

Burlington Artscape in Support of Joseph Brant Hospital is an artist initiative bringing 50 local artists together to create outdoor art on 4’ aluminum leaf canvases! The theme is ‘The Love for Burlington’ and these creative, unique pieces will be on display in August as well as on our website.

100% of the proceeds go to Joseph Brant Hospital to help in this difficult time of COVID.

Now we are ‘CALLING ALL ARTISTS’ as an invitation to our wonderful art community throughout the region! Burlington! Oakville! Milton! Dundas! Deadline is June 14. Visit our website, click on ‘apply now’ and fill out the application to have an opportunity to be one of the 50. Your bio and work will be shared on social media and will be displayed on Burlington properties for years to come! Best of all Joseph Brant Hospital will get all the proceeds! What better way to bring the art community and our local businesses and citizens together for meaningful, and purposeful support.

Sign up today on our website! Follow our journey on Instagram: @burlingtonartscape

Remembering the 215 Children from the Kamloops Residential School

As news came on May 28, 2021, Canadians entered into a time of mourning for their relatives, their families, and their communities.  Gatherings were held around sacred fires across the country. Prayers were sung and spoken. Shoes were laid out on the steps of churches and government buildings. Flags were flown at half-mast from May 31 – June 8, 2021 (215 hours) in remembrance of the 215 children found buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The Healing Fund supports healing initiatives for survivors of the residential school system and its ongoing intergenerational impacts. Support for the Healing Fund is movement towards living out the United Church’s Apology to Indigenous Peoples (1986) and the Apology to Former Students of United Church Indian Residential Schools and to their Families and Communities (1998).

The Outreach Committee has made a donation of $215 to The Healing Fund.  If others would like to donate, e-transfers can be made at  donations@GraceUnitedChurchBurlington.com.  Please write in the memo line Healing Fund.  Funds are being collected until Tuesday June 15th and then will be sent to The Healing Fund.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed to date – over $1000 raised so far.

Opportunities for Personal Reconciliation

National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Reads Campaign

June is National Indigenous History Month and this year marks Canada’s sixth annual Indigenous Reads campaign.  Each year Pam Damoff, MP Oakville – North Burlington chooses a book written by an Indigenous author and invites us to read together throughout the month.  At the end of the month, she is planning on hosting a Zoom event to reflect on the book and discuss our reactions to it.

This year’s book is 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph, a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation and future hereditary chief.  The #1 national best-selling book is an essential guide to understanding the Indian Act and its repercussions on generations of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Six Nations Polytechnic College

We are currently in discussions with Six Nations Polytechnic College on how we can support their Heritage Language Programs.  We hope to have something in place for students starting in September.

We are also in discussions with them about how they could help Grace better understand and explore Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture.  If anyone has any ideas on what they would like to see, please let us know.

Whale Cove Community

Once again, this year, St Raphael Catholic Church will be shipping containers of supplies supporting the Indigenous Community of Whale Cove, Nunavut, a community of just over 400 people located on the western shore of Hudson’s Bay above the treeline.

We are collecting these until the end of August; 2 food items – white sugar and pasta sauce (preferably in cans) with expiration dates of 2022 or beyond.  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 labeled bins available away from the Food for Life activity.

Indigenous Canada Course

If you are interested in learning more about Indigenous histories and contemporary issues, the University of Alberta offers a free 12-week/lesson course that you can work through at your own pace.

From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada

First Nations University of Canada, Reconciliation Education and BMO launch free eLearning course (free until the end of June)

The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) has partnered with Reconciliation Education and BMO Financial Group to launch a Nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ eLearning course. The course is available for free for all Canadians throughout June, and is intended to “promote healing, equity and respect of Indigenous cultures and values in Canadian Society” through education.

This course has been developed to meet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action and recommendations, and includes a personal account as well as an introduction to the impact and legacy of Residential schools.

This is an opportunity to understand the Indigenous perspective and what actions we can take in our personal and professional lives to promote healing, equity and respect of Indigenous cultures and values in Canadian society.

Click here for more info about the course    Click here to access the free eLearning course

Virtual Paint Night

Join in some painting fun and discover the 2 Spirited teaching during the evening of June 14th from 6 pm – 8:30 pm.  Painting supplies can be purchased in advance at dollar stores.

https://www.grandmothersvoice.com/events/virtual-paint-night-celebrating-2slgbtqapngc-for-pride-month

Mush Hole Voices (Mohawk Institute Residential School)Every Thursday from 11 am-12 pm, residential school children survivors and intergenerational survivors talk about their journeys/stories – Tune in live!

Facebook.com/Grandmothersvoice and Youtube.com/Grandmothersvoice

Wesley Case for Kids’ Walk

Case for Kids’ Walk is a major fund-raiser in support of Wesley Urban Ministries’ Children’s Programs.  Wesley runs after-school programs for kids, summer camps, day care programs, tutoring programs, and school lunch programs. There are also programs to help teens on the street (coming from unsettled home situations) to find accommodation and jobs so they can live successfully and independently.  Due to Covid-19 the in-person walk at Bayfront Park is not possible again this year. Should you wish to support this program, you may donate online through Canadahelps and specify the Case for Kids Walk, or by cheque directly to Wesley.