A message in the Time of COVID-19 and EASTER

 

Pastor Barb Dawson DLM had started our church on  the Lenten Journey which due to circumstances can no longer be done at Worship with us.
Here is her message for us!

Dear Friends:

Back on February 26th the global Christian community began it’s traditional 40-day Lenten journey that takes us to Easter Sunday. On March 1st, when we gathered for the first Sunday in Lent we had no idea how ‘uncharted’ this 2020 journey would be as word of COVID-19’s spread started to fill the airwaves. The pace of the virus and the changes it has activated has left our heads spinning, and filled them with worries about the health of our families, friends, local and global communities.

Throughout Canada, as well as many other countries, concerted efforts to ‘flatten the curve’, as a way of preventing the overwhelming of our health care system, has brought us all together in a common purpose despite our shared practice of being apart. People’s health has been and remains the primary concern but we know there are many secondary concerns impacting lives, particularly the economic fall out as we witness massive job loss as an unavoidable consequence of mitigation efforts.

Thankfully a variety of assistance efforts are underway to address immediate needs accompanied with an honest assessment around the need for long term support. We should be encouraged by this and by all the creative and loving ways that people are reaching out to one another. When weighed down by news of  infection rates and lives lost, we hear stories of kindness and we rebound, wondering what our reaching out story could be while still practicing social distancing.

Even as we seek to help in the ways we can, it is an important time for ‘self-care’. A time to recognize our own stress levels and the need to engage in various practices to lessen the anxiety. When I got home from service last week, I checked in with George to see what Keith, the minister at Avondale U.C. had shared. George had made notes.

Keith had offered 5 practices to ease the stress and anxiety that is bound to be there in times such as these. Here’s a summary.

  • Breath
  • Limit media time – get the information you need and shut it off
  • Stay in touch
  • Be kind
  • Pray – Keith added ‘if you don’t pray, pray anyway’

I have no doubt that George took those notes because he figured I could use their wisdom, particularly when it comes to reducing my ‘news’ intake. Despite the wisdom of this guidance I failed to heed it leading to a disrupted Sunday night sleep with my mind spinning endless tales, refusing to shut down. I now adhere to limited media time and am sleeping much better. Applying these 5 practices can serve to give us much needed balance in times of crisis as well as when life is running smoothly.

Sticking with lists, Hillhurst United Church in Calgary put out a list of ’10 Commandments’ that outlines necessary actions and attitudes that assists in the balancing of our communal life and concerns.

Here are the ’10 Commandments for Covid-19’.

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Don’t be a racist
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Don’t panic
  5. Provide for the vulnerable & isolated
  6. Love and check in on your neighbours
  7. Don’t profit from panic or hoard
  8. Respect those on the front lines
  9. Avoid negative social media. Be hopeful!
  10. Breathe deeply – from a distance

It feels strangely symbolic that this pandemic would take hold during this season of Lent with it’s focus on ‘trials and testing’. The wilderness story, which is central to this season, tells of Jesus testing and his trying time experiencing isolation, physical needs and temptation. It was during this time, often identified as ‘liminal’ time, that he discovered inner resources of wisdom, compassion and strength and applied them to his immediate situation and the ones yet to come. Jesus emerged out of that time, clearer about his own call to be an agent for change and a guide to others for doing the same. His ministry was shaped by that wilderness experience, it grounded him as he went about inviting and engaging others in the work of transforming systems of oppression and greed. Jesus ministry helped to inspire and mobilize a ‘people power’ movement that worked for peace and justice, through the sharing of resources and deepening of community ties.

We are in a transformative time with immense challenges ahead but such times afford us an opportunity to re-evaluate and revise the maps (worldviews) that have gotten us lost as a species. It will be a time to mobilize for change. It will require all of us and the sharing of our time, talent and treasure. Gifts are flowing already, coming from every direction to keep us afloat in these uncharted waters. In these times when we cannot meet together in person there a variety of ways to be a worshipping community.

As a small church live streaming is not an option but if you visit Avondale United Church’s website and click on the blue button ‘Listen Live’. The service begins at 10 a.m. You can sing along with hymns, join in with the Lord’s prayer and reconnect with the music of long-time friend and musical gift giver, Dan.

Click Link Below:
avondaleunitedstratford.com/audio/

If you want to be inspired give Peace United Church’s website look at www.peaceunited.ca  – click on Peace News and get Chris’ latest essay. Chris writes beautifully and has a knack for getting to the hearts of things. The United Church’s website also has a variety of opportunities and information.

Last week I reflected on a couple of lines of the United Church Creed and as I conclude I’m thinking that perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on it even more,  particularly the opening line ‘We Are Not Alone’. We need to really let that sink in and be the word of hope it is, a word of hope that will sustain us in these unprecedented times.

Peace Be with You! Barb

Announcements 2020

Special Zoom instructions.

If you click the link on your desktop computer you should be able to view and listen.

Innerkip United Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting click on the link on July 12 at 1:30 p.m.
(You can link to the meeting through you web Browser directly without needing to install Zoom.)

https://zoom.us/j/99887806231?pwd=R0g0dUdiN3pPSGo1MjJxNmtRMGJGZz09

Meeting ID: 998 8780 6231
Password: 1234

Dial by your location

+1 778 907 2071 Canada
+1 204 272 7920 Canada
+1 438 809 7799 Canada
+1 587 328 1099 Canada

+1 647 374 4685 Canada (Toronto phone numbers)
+1 647 558 0588 Canada

By Phone : Key in the meeting ID and the password when prompted:

Meeting ID: 998 8780 6231
Password: 1234

Join us for worship,friendship and community in 2020!


Link to PDF of the current newsletter and announcements:

Announcements April 9 2020

 

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Worship Services at Innerkip United Church

Church Services are suspended for the next 4 weeks including Easter Sunday April 12.

Worship Leader Barb Dawson DLM.
Barb will be with us through Lent.

 

 

 


EASTWOOD UNITED CHURCH  No Regular Worship Service.
Closing Service was be held on November 24 at 6:00 p.m.
The church building has been sold and the Congregation will disband. 

Check Innerkip United  Facebook page for pictures.


Contact Us: innerkipeastwood@gmail.com

For Emergency Pastoral Care, please call the church office at 519-602-6692 for contact information on the answering system.

Church Office Hours:
The Office is staffed  Monday,Wednesday, and Thursday
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you wish to meet in person call, e-mail or leave a voicemail message.

MAILING ADDRESS for Innerkip Eastwood Pastoral Charge
(Eastwood United & Innerkip United Churches)
PO BOX 137
INNERKIP  ON
N0J 1M0

Note: Innerkip United Church will now be unlocked only during Office Hours.

*Bookings are suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 Emergency.
If you wish to have an event in the church outside of these hours, please book the church with the office. Eastwood United Church is locked at all times except for special requests.

Regular Worship  is suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 Emergency.
Time:
Innerkip United 11:00

Eastwood United Church: 
After 153 years the last regular worship service was held October 17, 2019. The Official Closing of the Sanctuary Service was held November 24, 2019.

Fish Fry Supper

Innerkip Community
Centre
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
Adults: $17
Children 6 – 12 years : $7
Children Under 6 FREE

For Tickets, call:
Ken 469-3866 Pat 469-3332
Church Office 519-602-6692

TAKEOUT AVAILABLE

 

Join us for worship,friendship and community in 2018!

Contact Us: innerkipeastwood@gmail.com

For Pastoral Care, please call the church office at

519-602-6692 or 519-878-3064

(Karen’s cell), or email RevKaren@execulink.com

OFFICE HRS:

Mon – Thur 9 am-12:30 pm.

MAILING ADDRESS for EUC and IUC: PO BOX 137

INNERKIP, ON N0J 1M0

Innerkip United Church is regularly unlocked between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm.

If you wish to have an event in the church outside of these hours, please book the church with the office. Eastwood United Church is locked at all times except for special requests.

Dec 31 Joint Service at Innerkip at 11:00 a.m.
(Eastwood United Cancelled that morning)

January 7: Regular Worship Times: EUC 9:15 AM & IUC 11:00 AM

 

Link to PDF of this week’s announcements:  2017-12-22 Join us for worship:

 

 

 

 

 

The Announcements for December 1

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Dec 1 2017 Join us for worship

The Edited Text  version:

Join us for worship,friendship and community in 2017!

Contact Us: innerkipeastwood@gmail.com

For Pastoral Care, please call the church office at

519-602-6692 or 519-878-3064

(Karen’s cell), or email revkaren@execulink.com

OFFICE HRS:

Mon – Thur 9 am-12:30 pm.

MAILING ADDRESS for EUC and IUC: PO BOX 137

INNERKIP, ON N0J 1M0

Innerkip United Church is regularly unlocked between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm.

If you wish to have an event in the church outside of these

hours, please book the church with the office. Eastwood United Church is locked at all times except for special requests.

 

Regular Worship Times: EUC 9:15 AM & IUC 11:00 AM

DEC 3: ADVENT 1. VOLUNTEERS TO LIGHT CANDLES THROUGHOUT ADVENT ARE NEEDED. PLEASE SPEAK TO REV. KAREN.

Donations to the M&S fund made in memory of a loved one can be placed on the pulpit throughout Advent up until Christmas Eve. A candle on the Memorial Tree of Lights will be lit in their honour.

DEC 10: ADVENT 2. We celebrate Holy Communion at both churches.

Joint EUC and IUC Choirs will be singing with JOY!

DEC 17: ADVENT 3. Regular Worship services at both churches.

DEC 24: ADVENT 4. Christmas pageant at the morning services at both churches.

CHRISTMAS EVE: The waiting is over! Welcome the Christ child at this special candlelight service.

6:00 PM at Eastwood United Church

7:30 PM at Innerkip United Church

 

WONDERNITE

DEC 1 FROM 5-7 PM.

“GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS”

COME FOR A HOT MEAL,

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES, AND FAMILY WORSHIP.

CHRISTMAS PLACE ~ Donations of gifts for the Christmas Place can now be left at either church until

Dec. 3. Please help continue this tradition in Oxford County for folks to be able to put gifts under their Christmas trees. Gifts for all ages, males and females are welcome!

Any gift you would want to give your own family is perfect!

GIFTS with VISION ~ The new catalogue is now available, full of

Sunday, Dec 10: The vocal students of Dan VanWInden will

be performing at their Christmas recital at 7 PM at Innerkip United Church. All welcome!

ANNUAL UCW CHRISTMAS LUNCH ON DEC 8 AT

PUDDICOMBE HOUSE IN NEW

HAMBURG FOLLOWED BY A

TOUR OF CASTLE KILBRIDE IN

BADEN

(COST IS $5 PER PERSON)

LEAVING THE CHURCH AT 11:30 AM. PLEASE RSVP TO ELLY LEGALLAIS BY DEC 1.

JUST A  REMINDER that VON

exercises held in the IUC hall will end on Thursday, December 21 for

gifts that offer compassion, build community, and provide hope

throughout Canada and across the world. Pick up a catalogue today or visit giftswithvision.ca to order online.

the Christmas break and resume on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 11 am.

CHURCH ACCOUNTS to OCTOBER 31, 2017

 

WE HEARD YOUR COMMENTS AND REVAMPED THE IRELAND TOUR!! CHECK IT OUT!

IRISH EXPLORER ~ 9 day Tour (June 5-13, 2018) from Dublin to Dublin enjoying breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and

historic attractions! Visit Dublin, Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Dingle Penisula, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Waterford, and more!!!!

$2180 per person based on double occupancy.

$100 from each ticket purchased will be donated to IUC in support of church programs.

Speak to Starr or email the church for a complete itinerary.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support of the Mission of Hope to

Nicaragua. 2018 will be my 11th experience and each one is unique. This year Woodstock Hospital has donated a number of laptops after their latest technology upgrade, which we will deliver to several schools.

There may not be much space for many items in addition to the school supplies already received. Room will be found for 2018 scenic/animal/bird/flower calendars which are always appreciated.

The easiest support is financial: a cheque made out to IPC ( Innerkip Presbyterian

Church) with Nicaragua in the memo line will generate a receipt. The deadline

of Sunday December 10thwill help avoid a last minute rush.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Muchas gracias!! Blessings, Mary Lou.

Nancy Vandenberghe from Dundas UC is available to provide the Wings of

Hope ministry for seniors to our churches.  Nancy offers confidential companionship through: home visits, friendly phone calls, a listening ear, rides to appointments, music, prayer, small outings (for coffee, for groceries), practical guidance, and referral to community resources.

If this ministry is something that you would welcome for your self or for someone else who would benefit, please call Nancy Vandenberghe  519-532-4649.

Donations to the WINGS of HOPE can be placed in the offering plates at both churches.

PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES OUT TO INNERKIP OR EASTWOOD UNITED CHURCH.

 

Our mailing address is:

PO Box 137, Innerkip, ON N0J 1M0

 

Street Address: Innerkip United Church · 11 Vincent St. Innerkip, On N0J 1M0 Copyright © 2017