MIDHURST UNITED CHURCH EMAIL – week of November 22-28
Sunday November 28
First Sunday in Advent
Reflection – Hope is a Star
This is a communion service. On-line worshippers are invited to have something to eat and drink to share in this feast. (Individual elements will be provided for worshippers in the sanctuary.)
In person or on ZOOM – see details below
Proof of Vaccination is NOW required at MUC for all in-person events including worship pending further changes from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) -some exceptions apply
MUC Council approved this change to provide the most access for the most people to in-person MUC events and worship. Over the past month, informally, we have noted that all adult in-person worshippers have been double vaccinated, but now we are formally checking this to be in compliance with MoH directives.
People are being invited to complete a waiver letter authorizing MUC to keep their name on a list once their proof has been confirmed, so that they don’t have to show this proof every time. A copy of this letter is an attachment to this email so you can fill it out in advance for faster confirmation. 25 of the 35 people in attendance on Nov. 21 have already completed this process.
If you do not yet have a vaccine certificate (proof) you can go to https://covid-19.ontario.ca/proof-covid-19-vaccination to get it. (You will need your green health card.) If you do not have a computer and printer, or a smart phone, please phone the church and leave a message. Someone can be available to help you do this, at the church, on Sunday morning before church.
Please arrive to the church a few minutes early if you have not yet completed the proof-of-vaccine process. The form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
SAVE THE DATE – December 12, 2:00pm.
Covenanting Service between MUC and Judith
This is a celebration connecting Judith formally to Midhurst United Church (sort of like a wedding) and is a serious occasion (think wedding vows) but can also be fun (think wedding reception).
Dress: black tie and formal gowns are optional;
fancy hats and bow ties are encouraged;
masks for in-person are required!
We have been in our PJs and sweats long enough, so decide what formal looks like for you and join in the celebration in-person or on ZOOM (worship link see below).
GIVING TUESDAY November 30 (or any Tuesday)– PAY IT FORWARD
The COVID-19 crisis won’t end for anyone until it ends for everyone. And in some parts of the world, no end is in sight. Our Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance reports that out of all the vaccines administered around the world, less than 2 percent reached Africa and less than 7 percent reached South America. Many countries in the Global South and East won’t even be able to start a vaccine program until 2022. If this continues, these countries won’t reach vaccination goals until 2024…if ever. For just $25, you can save a life by providing a full vaccination to someone in the world who needs one. Click here to make a gift today! #GivingTuesdayGiveaVaccination
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And from the Property Management Committee
The Property Management Committee would like to thank the volunteers who came out this past Saturday to help with the fall clean up.
It was a great success. The garbage bin storage area has been moved off the pavement area and out of the way; lots of leaves were moved out of the ditches and off site; and a heating cable has been installed in the front eavestrough (thanks Liz for the donation of the cable); and with the many hands that helped it was all done in just a few hours. We are now ready for winter at MUC – Let the snow begin!! Ooops, I spoke too soon.
Food Drive for Elmvale and District Food Bank
Again this year we are encouraging MUC to get involved in the Christmas Food Drive for Elmvale and District Food Bank. Just like last year, Cindy and Allan Mills have placed a food drive box on their front porch at 10 Maplecrest Road Midhurst, so you can easily place food items there, 24/7. Especially needed are:
- Soda Crackers,
- Canned Green or Yellow Beans
- Canned Stew
- Vegetable and Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Jello Pudding Mix,
- Hamburger Helper,
- School Snacks,
- Snack Crackers,
- Toilet Paper, Kleenex
If you prefer to make a cash donation, please go to the Food bank website https://elmvaledistrictfoodbank.net/ to submit this or contact Betty Anne Taylor at 705-331-7961 to arrange monetary pick up. (Charitable receipts are available either way.)
From United In Learning – A John the Baptist Christmas
an Advent-Unwrapped webinar
November 23, 2021 12:00 noon ET / 9:00 am PT
John the Baptist has a style all his own. All that time in the river baptizing people—dressed in camel’s hair, I have to wonder if he ever dries out completely. He lives on a diet of locusts and wild honey. He’s a big pile of damp wool, sticky from honey, with a few stray locust legs caught in his beard. And just when you think well, maybe we can clean him up a bit—he opens his mouth and starts yelling at people, “Repent!” When the guys from the temple come his way, the first thing he does is call them names “You brood of vipers, what do you want?”
John the Baptist is pretty much my favorite character. He holds space for all who “don’t clean up well” for Advent and Christmas—whether that’s us, friends, family, or people in our communities who struggle to fit into this season every year. After nearly two years of pandemic stress, loss, change, and uncertainty, I know I’m feeling a little sticky and damp and socially clumsy myself. How about you?
The traumatic impact, the aftermath of pandemic experiences means that this might be a “John the Baptist” Christmas for more people than usual. What does that mean? How can we manage? What are the gifts that accompany this reality? Join me as we make room for him, and discover who comes along, too.
Diane Strickland (she/her) is a trauma care professional certified as a Community & Workplace Traumatologist and as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist in the Therapist track. Diane served as the United Church resource person in two natural disasters, and maintains a private practice supporting people one on one. She has been ordained for 34 years and been producing resources for the church since the pandemic began, including a primer on Trauma Informed Ministry and a video series Self Care: Reframing It for Reclaiming It, as well as the free series Pandemic Practicums and podcasts with McKillop United Church, Lethbridge.
This session will be recorded, and will be available in the United-In-Learning Recorded Webinars section
A Thank You Letter for the Gift Given
I would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to the bountiful gift basket delivered to me. The basket with all of its goodies was just like an early Christmas gift, and I felt like a kid again. The homemade jams and pickles, and maple syrup have already been a delight for me to taste and on a few occasions, to share. The complimentary tickets for your roast beef dinner was happily shared with my mom. We reminisced about attending the dinners in-person a few years ago. The colours of the prayer scarf are my favourite, and it offers me much calmness as I begin my day.
Working with each of the teams, in-person, by Zoom and telephone, was a blessed experience for me.
Many blessings to your community of faith as you begin this new journey.
Islay Scott – Shining Waters Regional Council Liaison
When was the last time you looked at the Broadview magazine? There are copies of past issues in the Link – please pick up a couple that interest you and take them home. This thought-filled magazine (formerly the United Church Observer) comes eight times a year and will keep you in touch with religious perspectives, social and ecological justice – current issues and efforts to address these – in Canada and around the world. Cost is $25 for a new subscription and $20 for each additional gift subscription. There is a special appeal to purchase gift subscriptions for someone who is incarcerated. (The church gets several copies for anyone to read which you are welcome to borrow; but trust me, you are more likely to read it if it is delivered to your home mailbox. 😊) https://broadview.org/
Join us for worship at 10:30 on ZOOM or IN-PERSON.
All people who come to the sanctuary for worship must show proof of vaccination. Masks are required. We look forward to worshipping with you in person when you are comfortable gathering and singing with a group.
How to Join by ZOOM
The ZOOM link has not changed https://us02web.zoom.us/j/948706557?pwd=L1hMN1pITWpvN2dOZVpLdXFNM3FuUT09
Meeting ID: 948 706 557 Passcode: Midhurst
ZOOM by phone
Dial by your location +1 647 374 4685 (from a location in Canada)
Meeting ID: 948 706 557 Passcode: 56266156