14th July, 2023 Announcements

You are welcome to join us for the July 16th Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. in person!

If you feel unwell, or cannot attend in person, the services are live streamed at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, and will be posted to the YouTube channel for future viewing. To watch the Annesley Sunday Services on YouTube:  Annesley United Church’s YouTube Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/c/AnnesleyUnitedChurch

Summer Services

All summer services up to and including August 27 will start at 10:00 a.m. This is to accommodate a trial participation in worship with Southampton UC and others, using Hub Technology on July 23rd and 30th. All services will continue to be in person and streamed live.  There will be no services on August 6th and 13th.

Coffee Time and Sundae Sundays!

July 23rd and August 27th will be SUNDAE SUNDAYS! Stay after the service for an ice cream treat and conversation!  Also, do you secretly wish to host a coffee hour?  Let us know if you would like to host coffee time for a Sunday.

Help Needed to Complete Questionnaire

We are participating in a Collaborative Ministry Questionnaire for Congregations, to reflect who we are as a congregation, and to see if our vision aligns with another congregation, so that we could work together toward a common goal.      We need YOUR help!

There is one more chance to participate, and it will only take 15 minutes or so of your time:

July 12th (Wed.) at Noon (with pizza!)

Your input is appreciated.

Save the Date! Aaron Dimoff to perform at Annesley

Renowned local Bass Baritone of Opera, Classical, Soloist of major choral works, Aaron Dimoff will be performing August 26th at Annesley United Church.  Aaron has performed in opera and choral performances in Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton, London, Kincardine in lead roles. In his teenage years he was involved with Owen Sound in music theatre doing musicals. Aaron is returning home to provide an evening with the classics including opera arias, sacred music and music theatre solos. Save the date. August 26th , 7pm. Tickets details to be announced.

Upcoming Concert – Granite Hill

Based out of southwestern Ontario, Granite Hill  is a band that  includes members with many years of experience in bluegrass as well as other musical genres. They entertain with a mixture of contemporary and traditional bluegrass material, including harmony vocals, dynamic instrumentals, and even a few numbers imported from country or folk. The Dimoffs are long time friends with Doug McNaughton. He is a master fiddle teacher who has taught the likes of Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster , The Becketts  Tyler and Linsey and also many Nashville fiddlers.  Reserve the dates of August 19th for a concert at 7 pm and they will also join us for Aug.20th Sunday worship. Ticket prices to be announced.

• Doug McNaughton is a master fiddle teacher and contest judge with extensive experience playing fiddle for country acts such as Marie Bottrell and Terry Sumsion.

• Norm Tellier is a veteran player in groups Clean Sweep, Northern City Limits, General Store and the Commercial Bluegrass Band. He is a two-time recipient of the CCBA “Mandolin Player of the Year” award, and sings most of the tenor harmony.

• Steve Greer has over 40 years of experience performing and recording with various artists. Steve’s 5-string banjo style compliments the Granite Hill ensemble, and he adds baritone harmony vocals on many numbers as well.

• Al Draper is one of the strongest lead singers in Canadian bluegrass today. He brings many years of experience on guitar and has a passion for music and bluegrass harmony. Al also handles the band’s sound requirements.

• Bill Carson has played bass in bluegrass bands Blackwell Sideroad and Northern City Limits in years past. His clear lead and harmony vocals add depth to the Granite Hill repertoire.

FundScrip – Next order date is NEXT Sunday, July 23rd.

July promotions are: The Keg (7% ) Cineplex, Famous Players, Galaxy Theatres (5%), Air BnB (5%)Order forms can be found below, or at the office. Download an updated order form here:


From the Affirming Ministry Team

Thank you to the congregation members who represented Annesley in the Owen Sound Pride Parade on Saturday June 17. It was a joyful, colourful, noisy and inspiring event with more than 400 paraders! We met with other local United Church members and ministers pre parade and walked as a group along the streets of  downtown Owen Sound to the farmer’s market area. We carried the Annesley banner as well as a Pride flag provided by the Western Ontario Waterways regional council.  It was great to see so many people of all ages turn out to watch the parade, including those in our congregation. The owensoundhub, in their online article about the parade, mentioned that community churches are reaching out to the LBGTQ+ community in Grey Bruce. Pride month is coming to a close, but it’s important for us to support and be allies for the LBGTQ+ community all year round.

Annesley’s Summer Newsletter

Annesley’s Summer Newsletter is here:


Religious and Cultural Heritage Destruction in Tigray, Ethiopia

 Since a brutal, genocidal, largely civil war started in Ethiopia in 2020, irreplaceable cultural icons have been destroyed, stolen or sold to private collectors around the world. Moreover, the guardians of this priceless heritage, the priests and monks who live and work in monasteries across Tigray, have been cruelly targeted and killed by the thousands. As virtually all of the traceable heritage and culture of Ethiopia originated in Tigray, this conflict is ostensibly a war on Ethiopia by Ethiopians, and the mass killings and sexual gender based violence are meant to erase thousands of years of ethnicity across Tigray.

Tigray is a land of precious heritages with thousands of monasteries and churches. These are Tigray heritage icons and their historical objects and sacred items have been intentionally targeted, and represent a grave dishonoring of cultural values and works of great beauty.”  Dr. Hagos Abraha, Philologist, post doctoral researcher at the Studies for Manuscript Culture, University of Hamburg.

Ethiopia is destroying its own culture by destroying the Tigrayan heritage.” Dr. Michael Gervers, Professor of History, Expert in Ethiopian Art and Culture, University of Toronto.

The treasures in our country are very ancient, we cannot find them elsewhere or replace them.” Birhan Yeshiwas, Historical Treasures Curator at the National Museum, Ethiopia.

Please speak out against these atrocities! Join us in this effort on our website, tigrayatwar.org   Make your voice heard.

The 2022 Annual Report

The Annual Report for 2022 is available HERE:

2022 ANNUAL REPORTDownload

Brenda & Peter Dimoff: CDs available due to popular demand

We have all been enjoying the music of Brenda and Peter Dimoff during the Sunday services. Many people have asked where they can get a copy of their CD, so Brenda and Peter have graciously responded by producing copies of the CD, as a fund raiser for Annesley!  For a donation of $20 or more to Annesley, you receive a copy of this wonderful CD.  They will be available each Sunday, or at the office during the week. 

Annesley’s email address is changing

Eastlink is discontinuing our email address at the end of the year, so we will begin sending and receiving most emails from : annesleyuc@gmail.com     E-transfers can be sent to annesleyunited@gmail.com

Online Auction – Back in 2023

Annesley will be organizing an online auction through the Rockford Auction Centre, probably mid September, so please save your items for donation! More details to follow.

Movie nights are coming back

After a 3 year COVID break, movie nights will be returning to Annesley! More details to be announced.

The Annesley Choir – An invitation from Brenda Dimoff

To all people who love to sing and share their joy of praising God, I invite you, no matter what age you are or skill level, to join with the choir each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. It is a time of preparation for the upcoming services. The atmosphere is relaxed, educational and fun. Please contact me, Brenda Dimoff, if interested to find out more about choir. WE NEED ALTOS! You can call me at 519-794-0874 or email at dimoff@gbtel.ca  I look forward to new faces and  voices.    Brenda Dimoff

Grey County Cares

Support our Ukrainian refugees in Grey County by buying a button for $10 or more – donations go directly to Ukrainian refugees in Grey County. Sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Buttons are in the office.

Visioning Team’s Final Report

It is not too late to volunteer to help with one of the tasks identified in the Visioning Team’s Report. Your ideas and help are needed!

A Copy of the Visioning Team’s Final Report can be found here:


Prayer Shawl Ministry 

The 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. If you know anyone in the community who would benefit from receiving a prayer shawl, please call the office at 519-986-3019.

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