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You heard it through the Grace-Line 

September 25, 2022

 

Activities and Links for the week!    

Sunday Service       10 AM

If you choose to watch from home 

Click Here to Watch

Orange Shirt Sunday

The Affirming Committee asks the congregation to wear Orange

Senior Strengthen and Stretch

Monday in the loft 1PM

Book club @ Grace

7 PM in the Narthex

Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall

Men’s Breakfast at Alloro’s in the Holiday Inn

Wednesday 8:30 AM

Senior Strengthen and Stretch

Wednesday in the loft 1PM

Coffee Time 

Thursday at 1 PM on the Patio

Choir 

Thursday 7:30 PM in Sanctuary

New Members welcome

Line Dancing 

Friday 11 AM in the loft 

Sunday September 25th, Orange Shirt Sunday

The Affirming Committee asks the congregation to wear Orange

On September 30, people all across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children who were taken from their communities and families to residential institutions.

This year, Indigenous communities across the country continue to share the truth they have always known: that many of the children who never returned home remain on the grounds of those institutions in unmarked burial sites. These communities are now seeking to honour the missing children.

On Orange Shirt Day we also observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. For non-Indigenous Christians in particular, this is a time to reflect on their role in colonialism and the ongoing responsibility to make reparations.

September 30th is the Annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters).

The Affirming Committee will be encouraging the congregation to wear Orange T-Shirts on September 25th.  T Shirts are available at Giant Tiger.

If you would like to learn more about this topic here are the names of 2 great books.

  1. The Orange Shirt Story by Phyliss Webstad;

and

  1. Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire.

The United Church of Canada is offering 2 sessions to learn more:

Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 – 8:00 PM ET

Survivors and inter-generational survivors of residential institutions are invited into a time of healing and learning with Laini Lascelles, who will be talking about Self-Care Through Connecting with the Land. Laini is from Delaware Nation of the Thames, and is Lenape, Anishnaabwe, and Mohawk. She’s a healer and grandmother, and has been working in First Nations communities for over 25 years. Laini acknowledges and attributes her learning and guidance from the Elders. She has worked in various settings and continues to encourage others and share the wisdom from her teachers.

You must register to participate in this event.

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET

At 7:00 PM ET, we invite you to join Leeann Shimoda, Independent First Nations Jordan’s Principle Coordinator, in a Zoom discussion of Jordan’s Principle. Leeann will be teaching on the background of and the ins and outs of Jordan’s Principle and answering any questions that come up.

This free event is open to anyone but may be particularly helpful to parents/caregivers of Indigenous children and people who work with Indigenous children.

You must register to participate in this event. 

The Affirming Committee hopes that members of Grace attend Considering Matthew Shepard on Friday, September 23 at 7.30pm at Port Nelson United Church, Burlington.  

Craig Hella Johnson’s three-part oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard, will be performed in Burlington by the ​renowned Elora Singers, one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada. It is offered to ​the public free of charge by the combined sponsorship of five welcoming and affirming local churches. 

 Read here for more information. 

 

Grace is Collecting: 

Plastic Grocery Bags, Milk Bags and Eye Glasses 

(bins are under the pew inside the front doors)

 

Grace United Church strives to be a nut and scent sensitive facility providing a safe and healthy environment for all who attend Grace United Church whether to worship or for any other purpose.

Scents are included in a very large range of products including: shampoo and conditioners, hair sprays, deodorants, colognes & aftershaves fragrances & perfumes, lotions & creams.

 

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

Thanksgiving Collection:

The Outreach team is asking the congregation to bring in personal care items which will be given to our Food for Life families on the Friday before Thanksgiving.  They are suggesting items such as: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap etc.

Items can be brought to the church on Sunday morning or dropped off during Church office hours.  A collection bin will be in the lobby. 

 

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

It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Joan Fradley this past Monday.  Grace sends our condolences and prayers to the Fradley family at this time.

Ways to Participate

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  Services are available both live-streamed and then in a recorded form.

 

Wednesday September 28th

Men’s Breakfast 8:30 AM

We will be gathering for breakfast at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday.    Although closed for the public, the Alloro Restaurant is continuing to provide us with our regular meeting place at the back of the restaurant.  

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

Thursday September 29th

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. 

Name Tags: 

When we began as “New Church” in July of 2019 name tags on lanyards were provided. We are reintroducing the use of nametags AND providing an opportunity for each person to order a new name tag with a magnet backing that will allow you to attach it at eye level without risk of damaging your clothes. Please complete the google form if you wish to order a new Grace United Church name tag showing our new logo, your name and optionally your preferred pronouns. There is no set charge for the new name tags but a donation to offset costs is appreciated – you can feed the fish on the name tag table. 

For now – please pick up your lanyard/name tag this Sunday (September 25) from the table at the back of the sanctuary and then take it home with you after the service. We encourage you to continue wearing this name tag weekly until the new name tags are available or if you choose not to order a new one. Whichever name tag you choose to wear, we ask that you take it home with you weekly. After the service on September 25, any unclaimed name tag will be placed in the corresponding mail slot. 

 

Ways to Get Involved in Grace

Candy Cane Traditions News!   Saturday, November 5th

The JAR ROOM at the Candy Cane Traditions bazaar is always a huge hit!  UCW is NOW beginning to collect jars for this year’s bazaar.  Do you have a filled jar you could donate? 

We are asking the congregation to please collect and fill empty jars with prizes that equal $5.00.  For example, you could fill a jar with candy (nut free), toiletries (such as nail polish), tea, jam, preserves,or gift cards.   

There is a separate table in the jar room with kid’s jars.  You could fill these jars with small toys (such as cars), crayons, stickers, puzzles or games.   

Each donated jar will be assigned a number and a corresponding ticket will be sold randomly to bazaar visitors for $5.00 each.  The number they draw is matched to a jar with that number.  Everyone is a winner! 

Please help us make this year’s JAR ROOM another great success!

Filled Jars will be collected at the back of the church every Sunday.

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

A note from Ministry and Personnel

We are looking for a permanent “Administration Coordinator” for our office at Grace United Church. We have been fortunate to have a member of our congregation step in and fill this role on a temporary basis but we are now looking for someone who is interested in a permanent part-time position (20 – 30 hours a week with seasonal flexibility) to join our staff team.  The ideal candidate will be one whose skill set matches the key requirements for this position:

  1.     An ability to demonstrate excellent software manipulation skills
  2.     Is able to provide a current clear Police Check with Vulnerable sector screening
  3.     An ability to be present at church location at least 4 days per week
  4.     Is able to demonstrate highly advanced communication skills
  5.     An understanding of how church life/processes work, would be an asset

If you/or someone you know may be interested please contact the church office office@graceunitedchurchburlington.com for the position description.

 

October is the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving. October 10 is World Mental Health Day. October is known as Spina Bifida Awareness Month and also as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you know that it is also Clergy Appreciation Month in the United Church of Canada? During October we, the Ministry and Personnel Committee, are encouraging each member of the congregation to appreciate Dale as our Supply Minister, and, in keeping with our Core Value of Leadership to find ways to recognize and show appreciation for our other staff, Michael, Susan, Juan and anyone providing leadership within the congregation. 

Here are some suggestions of how you might do this:

  • Write a thank you note (or several) to the leader(s)  who make a difference at Grace. You could write to current leaders, those who made an impact in our amalgamation, or someone that you think might lead in the future.
  • Send a letter of appreciation and encouragement or an email. (If you attend in person worship you can save the postage and use the mail slots). Explain why/how someone’s contributions make a difference to you personally.  
  • Consider all the people at Grace, especially those who do all the important behind the scenes work and ensure that everything goes smoothly. 

 

Welcome to the Consolidation and Renewal Team and WE NEED YOUR INPUT

This past Sunday we introduced the members of our newly established Consolidation and Renewal Team and explained more about the team and its purpose.  

At this time we are asking everyone to provide your input and questions as it relates to our purpose.  Specifically, we would love to hear your thoughts to the following question: 

Name one thing (as it relates to worship space/furniture) that would enhance Grace United moving forward as one? 

Input can be provided to any team member, or to our team email at:  consolidationandrenewalteam@gmail.com 

To learn more about this team and its purpose please visit the website

 

Next weekend is the big day!

Document Shredding Event

Saturday October 1st, 2022  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Start telling your family and friends about this event, it has become a community tradition.  You will be receiving an email from the church early in the week, we ask that you forward this to all of your local contacts so that we can get the word out.

Clean out your desk, closets and storage lockers and collect your old papers  (old taxes, bank/credit card statements, cheque books, legal files, bills, invoices, investment records, etc.)

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

 

Ways to Connect

Care Network @ Grace

Our 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. 

Prayer Chain Requests:  If you would like to have our prayer team include your concern in their prayers, please contact Sue Stephen

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

Calling all Card Players

Our online card group is looking for some fresh players. If you would like to join in and play with the group on Trickster each Tuesday afternoon please contact Bonnie Blackie for more info.

A Passion for Puzzles Update:

Are you starting to plan for the fall and the cooler weather?  Don’t forget about our Passion for Puzzle program! 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.

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 

Thanksgiving Collection:

The Outreach team is asking the congregation to bring in personal care items which will be given to our Food for Life families on the Friday before Thanksgiving.  They are suggesting items such as: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap etc.

Items can be brought to the church on Sunday morning or dropped off during Church office hours.  A collection bin will be in the lobby. 

Grace Moves

Strengthen and Stretch Yoga meets on Monday and Wednesday at 1PM in the loft.  New members welcome.

Classes focus on becoming fit with stretching and flexibility, strength training and balance.  Exercises can be done sitting or standing.  Cost is still $8 per class and you can pay by session.

Email yogawithsusanne@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

Line Dancing resumes this week on Friday at 11 AM in the loft.  This is a great way to get moving and make some new friends at the same time!

North BurLINKton dinners are back!!! 

The community dinners have started up again, the next dinner being on September 28th.   Volunteer opportunities await!  Just come over to the Glad Tidings kitchen (1401 Guelph Line) with hat in hand @ 3pm and stay as long as you have energy & time for. The goal is to have dinner ready to serve @ 6pm.  This program runs on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.