Newsletter

MIDHURST UNITED CHURCH

Congregational Newsletter for the week of May 15 – May 21, 2022

Sunday, May 22, 2022, Easter 6

Worship leader – Rev. Dr. Judith Visser

Readings: Psalm 67, Acts 16: 9 – 15

Reflection: “An Ethic of Hospitality”

WORDS TO REFLECT ON…

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.

You are not obligated to complete the work…. but neither are you free to abandon it.”

~ a Jewish proverb, quoted by Abby Wambach

Fifth Sunday Celebration

Sunday, May 29, 10:30 a.m.

Experience Worship with a bit of a twist……

Comfy seating along with the usual chairs….

A shared conversation during sermon time…

Lots of Music!!

Casual dress…

Coffee and muffins, either during or after worship….

*If you play an instrument and would like to be part of the Music Team that day, please contact Peggy @ the Church Office 705 722 6331, so we can get you the music……and, please plan to be at Choir practice on Wed. May 25 @ 7:00 p.m.

Have you ever wished you could put in your two cents while the preacher is rambling on through the sermon??  Well, here’s your chance!  On Sunday May 29, this year’s MUC preacher is inviting you to join in an informal conversation during the “sermon” time.  Don’t worry, she’ll get the conversation going.  If you want a heads-up about the topic, see the attachment below (Fifth Sunday Bible Reading) for the biblical text that will be under discussion…

https://www.midhurstunitedchurch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/FIFTH-SUNDAY-BIBLE-READING.pdf

Rides for Thelma:

Thelma Coutts has expressed a desire to return to in-person Sunday Worship. In the past volunteers have signed up to pick up Thelma and bring her to Church and drive her home following the service. If you are able to pick-up Thelma, please contact Thelma directly @ thelcoudob@rogers.com or call her @ 705 302 0018. A list will be posted in the Link for volunteers to drive Thelma to/from Church.

Coffee Hour after Church:

We are back to enjoying coffee hour and social time following the Worship Service. There is a sign-up sheet in the Link if you would like to volunteer to host coffee-hour.

Door Greeters:

Please see the sign-up sheet on the table in the Link if you would like to volunteer to be a Sunday Morning Door Greeter before the Worship Service.

Are you new to Midhurst United Church?

If you have been attending our worship services at Midhurst United Church or on Zoom, welcome to our Church Community! If you would like your name, address, phone number and email address added to our Spring Church Directory, please email the church office with your information: office@midhurstunitedhchurch.ca  The new Spring Church Directory is going to be printed in the coming weeks.

Up-coming Events at Midhurst United Church:

Saturday, May 28thSpring Roast Beef Dinner (Pick-up only)

Tickets are available by calling Liz Stiff @ 705 722 7208.or go to this link to order your tickets through Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-away-roast-beef-dinner-tickets-332207821537

**note: ticket sales end Tuesday May 24th **

*Please let your friends, neighbours and family know about this great dinner!

 *There is a sign-up board in the Link at the Church – volunteers are needed to help with dinner. Thanks!

Saturday, June 4thPlant and Bake Sale8:00 a.m. – noon

Spring really is going to arrive for good …. any day now! ….and therefore, we’re planning our Plant and Bake Sale at MUC for Saturday, June 4. This is an important fundraiser for the church and as in the past we need your help. When you start tending your gardens think of any plants you want to split or be rid of (e.g., Hosta’s, lilies, irises, sedum), pot the plants, identify (colour very helpful) and keep them healthy. This is also an opportunity to find a new home for any garden ornaments, garden tools or decorative pots you no longer want.
We are also in need of medium or large sized pots. If you have any you don’t need, please leave them at the church to the right of the front door under the overhang.
Any questions regarding the plant sale can be directed to Lynda Johnson

Saturday, July 9, Life in the Garden Tour :10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Our Life in the Garden Tour is back! We’re planning a tour of at least six amazing gardens which will include lunch at MUC and a Silent Auction. Passports will be $30 each and will be available for sale by June 4. Details to follow.

Wild Church Barrie: Into the Woods Newsletter

‘Back to nature’ – Robert Storm Petersen (Storm P.), 1945 – Wikimedia

Hey Wilders….

Hope all are well as we make our way through May.

Our next gathering will be Sunday, May 29, 4-5 pm, at 1110 Hwy 26 Midhurst (Simcoe Admin Building).

As you arrive, park in the lot on the far left. I will be waiting by the gazebo in the far corner where the trail begins. As always, dress for the weather.

The Psalm for May 29, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, is very involved with Nature.

Excerpts from Psalm 97
97:1 The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
97:2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
97:4 His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.
97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.
97:6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.
97:9 For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
97:11 Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

The theme for this month’s gathering is taken from “Open Space Magazine” May 2022, vol.14, no. 3, published by Jesuit Forum:

Living Water: The Spiritual Ecology of Water

Ecological Justice

Indian Court Rules That Nature Has Legal Status on Par With Humans—and That Humans Are Required to Protect It

New Reports Show Forests Need Far More Funding to Help the Climate, and Even Then, They Can’t Do It All

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04052022/forest-funding-climate-changeredd/utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=15f7f72f8f-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-15f7f72f8f-329464801

Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred

by Victoria Loorz and Mirabai Starr

Wild Church Network – Home

https://www.wildchurchnetwork.com/

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Bruce Sweet

Shining Waters Regional Council

The United Church of Canada 2022 Prayer List:

Each week, Shining Waters Regional Council are asking that we pray for other congregations in our ministry.

This week we pray for……

Bradford United Church
Wesley United Church – Stouffville
North Bramalea United Church, Brampton
Sandhill United Church, Caledon

**Please note…. the Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 23 – Victoria Day.

Join us for Sunday worship at 10:30 on ZOOM or in-person.

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