Grace United Church
Updates for the Week of May 24, 2020
Thoughts for the Week:
Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.
Joseph waited 13 years, Abraham waited 25 years, Moses waited 40 years, even Jesus waited 30 years. If God is making you wait, you’re in good company.
Greetings Grace United Church!
Please be advised of the New Zoom Chat Links Everyone is invited! see your weekly email for the links
Sunday Church Coffee Time Sunday from 11 am – 12
Wednesday morning from 10-11:30 am
Youtube Channel: For Sunday Worship, stay connected, and informed https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTt8mmMWmxccUEqh6CDoOxQ?
Church Closure: The building is closed and our Administrator, Rhonda Robertson is working from home. Rhonda will be retrieving emails remotely and picking up voice messages daily.
Just a reminder that there are a number of ways that you can help to support the church during this time:
- Contact John Allchin firstname.lastname@example.org increase your PAR donation or to set up a PAR account. Envelope users can easily change to pre-authorized monthly donations (PAR)…for just the duration of the lockdown if you choose.
- Send a cheque to John (cheques should still be made out to Tansley United Church). see weekly email for address
- Make a donation using Canada Helps https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/tansley-united-church/
Thank you everyone for your continued support.
Family Information Update: Thank you to everyone for completing the survey. For those who haven’t we need your updated information, direction as to how your information can be used by the church, and an emergency contact (that is not your spouse). Please have one person from your family complete the survey at the link https://www.research.net/r/QVBJDSD
Please feel free to update Rev Helen with an email or phone call (1-519-362-0469), 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.)
Easter Flower Money
I still have all the money that I collected for the Easter flower orders and, as it doesn’t look like we will be able to get together any time soon, I would like to have your permission to do something with this money.
I would like to offer you some options to choose from:
- You could donate your Easter flower money to the church – I would make sure it was donated in your name or
- If you gave me a cheque, I could tear it up or
- If you gave me cash, I could e-transfer the money back to you.
Could you please either: email me at email@example.com or phone me at 905-332-9574 with your instructions.
Please let me know what you would like done with your money.
Thank you! Jennifer Brezina
Although our ability to run all of our Outreach programs for our local community are temporarily suspended, the need of social connections and food still exists. Our work in the community is still needed.
This is what is happening….
We have distributed well in excess of 200 non-medical masks to our congregation, Single Moms, seniors cooking group, Food for Life families etc. Thanks to all our sewers!
Please let us know if you need a mask by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have inventory of fabric and elastic or tee-shirt material if needed.
Besides meeting local needs, we are working to build an inventory of an additional 100 masks for Wesley Urban Ministries. This is our continuing focus! Right now we have 65 adult masks and 25 children’s masks in inventory. So, if you could help, that would be awesome!
We have received requests for support in grocery/pharmacy shopping by some members of our congregation. If you would be willing to shop and do porch-side delivery, please email email@example.com. Payment for the groceries could be by e-transfer to minimize contact.
If you need help with groceries or pharmacy shopping or other essential needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know and we will be able to find support for you.
Supporting Building Community…..
We have made up craft kits for the children in the Single Moms program. We also received a donation of craft kits from North BurLINKton Community as well. We are working on a way to get them distributed. Thanks to everyone who donated craft supplies. We will be distributing children’s masks to those who need them.
Our most recent Zoom cooking session was held on Thursday May 21st. Chef Marica shared a recipe of tuna casserole for 1 or 2! Each participant shared a story of a recipe they recently tried or a new ingredient or often a memorable past failure which always is humorous with distance! We changed the format to allow for more discussion which has always been the cornerstone/main objective of this program to bring people together and allow folks to continue with their connections. This is a lonely time for isolated people who have no or limited family support. This is becoming more and more evident as time in isolation progresses and will only continue to escalate. This type of program offers a lifeline to people and something for them to look forward to. This program is working extremely well! Next session is on June 4th (#5!). The discussion theme will be a food trivia challenge!
We continue to monitor and stay in contact with families in the community to make sure we are aware of any needs. This includes are single moms, seniors and other vulnerable groups. More food was delivered this week to an individual in need who is unable to access our Food for Life program. If anyone is aware of a family in need in our community, please email email@example.com.
Supporting Food Security….
Food for Life
60 families came to our church this Friday morning to get food in pre-packaged bags from the FFL warehouse. We supplemented their bags this past week with a pasta, pasta sauce and a can of beans. Thanks Access Storage Burlington!
We distributed craft kits to 12 children. We also distributed more non-medical masks to those who needed them.
We would like to supplement the Food for Life bags in a coming week with personal care items like shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, soap etc. If anyone would like to donate these items, you can pull up at the entry to the church on Thursday May 28th from 1 to 3 pm. You won’t even have to get out of your car!
Dinner Night Out
The North BurLINKton Dinner Night Out team is continuing to cook casserole type meals to contribute to the Wellington Square led initiative of a take-out meal program to help feed our most vulnerable.
We continue to receive groceries from Food Share to boost our inventory as it is quite low now. Thanks to folks in the community/congregation who purchased these bags at Freshco! We also received a direct donation of non-perishable food items from a member of the community who wanted to help out. Such generosity!
Thanks to all the volunteers!!
Thank you to all our volunteers who contribute their time to help run our Outreach programming into our community. Your empathy and compassion make such a difference. Thank you for making our church an inclusive and a friendly part of our community.