You heard it through the Grace-Line January 15, 2021
Links for the week!
|Watch Sunday Service||Click Here|
|Come to Sunday Coffee time at 11:00 am||To Join Click Here|
|Come to Wednesday Coffee Time at 1:00 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.
Due to the new provincial COVID-19 protocols:
- The monthly Grace dinner delivery program has been temporarily suspended.
- No in building recording for church services will occur. Please note a number of readings were taped before the state of emergency was issued effective January 14th.
- If anyone needs help with grocery shopping or pharmacy pick-ups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with someone who can help.
Chairs of Committees and Groups – 2020 Annual Report:
If your Committee or Group has a Report to submit for the Annual Congregational Report, please forward it to the church office by the end of January 2021. Thank you
Anyone wishing to submit an announcement for the Grace-Line, please email the information to the church office before noon on Thursday.
(News about members of Grace may be emailed or phoned into the church office)
Our condolences are extended to Peter and Marilyn Stairs on the sudden passing of George Stairs, Peter’s brother. George was 68 and had a sudden heart attack and died immediately, he is survived by his wife Anne. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Quotes for the week:
“There is no security in following the call to adventure” – Joseph Campbell
“Faith isn’t about having everything figured out ahead of time; faith is about following the quiet voice of God without having everything figured out ahead of time.” – Rachel Held Evans
Ways to Participate
Grace United Church YouTube Channel: Click Here to Watch
- Sunday Worship is posted by 9:00 am, Rev. Helen Prior leading
- Sunday “News You Can Use”, featuring Grace News
After Church Zoom Coffee Time: 11 am – 12 To Join Click Here
or call in using 1 647 374 4685 or 1 647 558 0588 and
when prompted use Meeting ID: 824 6273 4891 Passcode: 623848
(these can also be used directly in the Zoom app)
If you need help getting connected, please contact Larry Hatt 905-331-6054 or email@example.com
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
Your statements and tax receipts for 2020 are in the mail!
We are fortunate to have such a generous and caring membership.
Thank you so much for your continuing financial support.
Ways to Connect
Grace Phone Tree Callers needed:
Some of the current members of the phone tree have retired from the team and we are looking for some new recruits. If you would like to become part of this team please contact Susan Ward-England You will be assigned a list of Grace members and will be asked to call them on a regular basis to keep in touch. Each list contains about 5 families. This is a great way to practice Grace’s Core Values of Kindness and Fellowship.
Everyone Can Make Phone Calls:
We would like to remind you that now that you have the Church Directory, take this time to reach out to those who you used to chat with at service on Sunday morning. We are all stuck at home so contact is so important now.
UCC Broadview Subscription:
The United Church Broadview is a monthly published magazine; the annual subscription cost is $25. The deadline for subscribing is January 31, 2021.
If you would like to subscribe, please send a cheque made out to Grace United Church directly to John Allchin or the church office, or make an e-transfer. Please indicate “Broadview Subscription”
Wednesday Coffee Time: 1:00 pm:
Join us on Zoom for a casual chat and to catch up with your friends. To Join Click Here
Meeting ID: 858 6531 5524 Passcode: 624862 to use directly in the Zoom app.
Collection of Christmas Cards:
It’s that time of year again, when we sadly take down the Christmas things for another season. But your cards can have a second chance! Once again this year, we’ll be collecting Christmas cards to create centrepieces and decorations for the North BurLINKton Christmas Feast. We’ll also collect unused cards, with envelopes, to distribute to Food for Life families before Christmas 2021. There is a labelled tote outside the front door of the church until the end of day Friday, 15 January where you can leave your cards. If you want more information, contact Janice Hatt firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks!
Many of you may not realize that Grace United has a Prayer Chain.
You may send myself, Rev Helen or the church office a request for prayers. We are going through some very difficult times and we are here for each other. Though I am no longer living in Burlington I am still an active member of Grace and I am continuing to manage the Prayer Chain. These prayers go only to the Prayer Chain members and are kept in strict confidence.
Please feel free to notify me if you would like a prayer for yourself, a friend or family member.
Blessings, Marilyn Stairs email@example.com
Please email or phone the church office, especially if you or someone from the church community is struggling or ill.
Ways to Reach Out
We want to be able to continue to support vulnerable community members during the stay-at-home order. The need for social connections and food still exists.
Supporting Building Community…..
Our first session for 2021 was on Thursday January 7 th . The session centred around using a grocery store rotisserie chicken to make a number of dishes for one or two. Chef Marcia made chicken pot pie in a mug, chicken salad and chicken fried rice. The rest of the chicken meat could be divided and frozen for future use. The bones would be put in a stock pot and used to make soup. Lots of options.
Our next session is on Thursday January 21 st at 4pm. At this session we will be doing a workshop on growing microgreens in soil and sprouts in a jar. There is always room on the screen! Just let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will need to know by Sunday January 17th , if you would like to join in as supplies are needed. Join Zoom Meeting
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.
The Seniors Chair Exercise yoga program by Susanne is looking to pivot to an online zoom format. Elements from yoga, breathing practices, QiGong and movement science will be incorporated. The class would initially be scheduled for Mondays at 1pm starting on January 18th with a cost of $8/class. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Susanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Line Dancing program is cancelled during the stay-at-home lockdown time period.
Supporting Food Security….
Food for Life
We provide food bags for around 70 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 community neighbours who buy the Food Share bags at Freshco!