AUGUST 2nd - NO WORSHIP SERVICE
We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has been watching our You Tube worship services over the past while. It is truly a pleasure being able to provide these services for you. We are going to take a one week break from YouTube to give everyone involved a well deserved rest, so there will be no service on August 2. We will resume YouTube services on August 9.
It is through your continued support by watching these worship services that we feel energized each and every week. It would be wonderful if each of you sent the YouTube link to a friend or family member who you think would enjoy watching. By doing this we can expand our internet church family. Let’s aim high.
Finally, a huge thank you for your continued financial support. As I’m sure you are aware, because of COVID 19, the church has been unable to hold any of our fund raising events. As you can expect, this has created a strain on the church’s finances. Each and every dollar you have been able to give has allowed Annesley United Church to continue serving its members and community. Please continue to give by dropping your donations off at the office during the week, or by going onto Canada Helps and typing in Annesley United Church and following the directions.
Again, thanks to everyone and stay safe. You are welcome to watch one of your favourite services from past weeks, or one that you may have missed. All are still posted on the YouTube channel.
Another survey will be sent to you soon, from the team searching for a Minister.
Look for it soon in your inbox.
FundScrip: The next order date will be July 31st. This month’s promotions are Walmart (3%)
Esso or Mobil (up to 20%). An order form is attached.
Annesley United Church is having its first ever Virtual Auction Sale. It will be conducted through Rockford Auction Centre. The items or services are to be brought to the Church & left in the basement storage room by August 31st, 2020. The donations can come from individuals, shops or corporations. New or in as new used condition. Please ensure that any electronics or appliances are in good working order. No Clothes, please. Donations may consist of : Handmade crafts, knitting, crocheting, quilting, rug hooking, sewing, grapevine wreaths or other handmade Christmas
décor, jewelry, pottery, paintings, stained glass, woodworking, used items in good working order- clean and like new, small kitchen appliances, chinaware, dishes, vintage or antique collectibles, sports cards, gift certificates gift cards (FundScrip), coffee table books. Donors can be recognized or can be anonymous. Rockford Auction has an audience of up to 14,000 households. We are looking to have the auction in mid October. We are looking forward to receiving your items. We will give you more details on the process of the online auction in the near future.
Annesley library is following the suggestions of the Walter Harris Library in Markdale. All books on the shelf will be presently unavailable unless requested and delivered personally. All returned books will remain in isolation for 2 days before being put back on the shelf. Our library is a gift of resources for support, comfort and education. Please keep it vital by using it.
This week’s featured book, new to our library: It’s OK That You’re NOT OK Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine. This new book to the library offers an opportunity to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it.
Call or email Patti at 519-986-3019 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to borrow this heartfelt, straightforward and wise book.
Reusable Cloth Masks- Nancy Edwards has sewn and provided several reusable (washable) masks, to be given to anyone who needs a mask. There are two sizes: Adult (14+), and Children’s (4-12). If you need masks, you are welcome to come to the church office to get them. She also has a pattern and some elastic available, if anyone is interested in sewing some. Thank you, Nancy!
Reopening Task Force– a committee has been meeting to discuss the process to resume services in the church building on September 20th. The committee realizes that the weekly YouTube and delivered services only work toward satisfying spiritual needs of the viewers, and they are looking for ways to possibly hold an event that can help with the need to socialize, but the restrictions to this point have not allowed an event to be held. There has been a discussion to do a “phase in” by inviting people to attend the taping of services, which usually takes place on Thursday afternoons. The survey that was sent out indicates that many people would be interested in attending the tapings. Members of the reopening Task Force participated in a Question and Answer session with Dr. Ian Arra, Medical officer of Health on July 28th. Central Westside United Church in Owen Sound has started to hold services, and they have a very good “Covid 19” communication on their website, describing the process of resuming services. We encourage everyone to read it. www.centralwestside.ca
Centering Prayer - Rev. John invited us all to take moments of quiet reflection. Consider joining others in silent prayer every Monday at 2. Twenty minutes of stillness without instruction or definition. Universal energy and individual peace is powerful.
Prayer Shawl Ministry is an important part of Annesley's outreach. Warm and cozy shawls are given to those of the congregation and community who are bereaved or seriously ill. The appropriate yarn must be purchased. If you would like to help, put your donation in an envelope marked Prayer Shawl and your name and send it to the church office.
The Annesley Gardeners are still meeting on Tuesday mornings to work on the gardens at Annesley. In the gardens, we can practice “social distancing”. If you are interested in helping, come to the church on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Please note that the gardeners have enough flowerpots and gardening items, so you can recycle yours at home instead of bringing them to the church.
The Reopening Task Committee met on June 9th at 10:00 a.m. to talk about the reopening of the church and what that entails. The committee are looking at Sunday, September 20th for our first church service. That could change, as everything could change. We also discussed many phases that have to be all in place before reopening can be done.
COVID 19 Testing: Grey County Paramedic Services, in partnership with the Grey Bruce Health Unit are providing at-home COVID-19 testing for those that meet criteria but are unable to get to their local assessment centre. Clients wanting this service must call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456 extension 3000 (Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to undergo screening to ensure eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, a visit will be scheduled to the home.
When the dust settles.
We will realize how little we need,
How much we have,
And, the value of human connection
NO AUGUST 2nd 2020 Video Worship Service
With the declared State of Emergency in Ontario due to the COVID-19 pandemic, regular worship services and booked activities at Annesley will be cancelled until further notice, when another meeting will be held to review the situation.
If you require Pastoral Care, please call David Fries at 519-986-1499, or Rev. John at 519-270-5373.
We have a willing group of volunteers who will assist you with errands such as grocery shopping if you are unable to leave your home. Call the office at 519-986-3019 to make arrangements for this.
Please don’t forget that Annesley United Church will still have expenses during this time. Members who are not currently on pre-authorized remittance (PAR) for regular church donations are encouraged to continue their donations by sending cheques to Annesley United Church, P.O. Box 573, Markdale, ON, N0C 1H0, or by credit card through CanadaHelps.org Annesley United Church- Markdale Pastoral Charge is listed, and Canada Helps will forward the donation to us. Individual donations to Mission and Service can also continue to be made online through Canada Helps. Also, don't forget the ongoing Coin Bank fund raiser.
The Coin Bank Fund Raiser has returned!
Thank you in advance for participating in Annesley's second "Pill Bottle" fundraiser. The first, in 2017, was a great success. Filled with quarters, the little bottles hold over $25, with loonies, $50, and with toonies, almost $100! Just think that for roughly the cost of 2 coffees per week for 30 weeks, we can raise over $7,000. Think of that! With minimal effort we just effectively add a second sold out Turkey Supper to our Fundraising year! We CAN do it!
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