20th May, 2022 Announcements

You are welcome to join us May 22nd in Person!!

COVID-19 Protocols (Masks, No singing, Distancing, Pre-screening and vaccine verification at the door).

If you feel unwell, or are not comfortable attending in person, the services are live streamed at 10:30 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


Important Meeting on May 29th at 9:45 a.m. (before Sunday Service)

The  interim report from the Visioning Team has been received, and it contains recommendations for the building.  We encourage all Annesley people to attend.  Your input is needed for decisions to be made that require using money from the Investment/Memorial Fund.  Annesley’s future  will be discussed.  Copies of the Visioning Team’s Interim Report will be sent to everyone, and it will be in the May Newsletter.

The Knit Wits – change of meeting date for May

The Knit Wits will be meeting on May 30th at 1:30 p.m. in the Parlour, instead of May 23rd, which is the Victoria Day holiday.

Hike for Hospice – May 29th after service

A group from Annesley will be participating in the annual Grey Bruce Hike for Hospice right after the service on May 29th. The Hike for Hospice brings together families, friends and palliative care supporters to celebrate and honour the lives of loved ones and brings awareness and raises funds for local Hospice Palliative care services. Last year, 217 residents and their families called Chapman House their home. The residential hospice palliative care at Chapman House is provided at no cost to residents and their families.

Currently, Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce receives funding for 50% of their operating costs annually.  We want to help raise funds to support the other 50%, so that we can ensure quality Hospice Palliative Care continues in Grey Bruce!  

This year, Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce is holding a virtual event, and we are excited to participate!  Please help them in their efforts to support Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce by donating today. Here is a link to donate: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/residential-hospice-of-grey-bruce-inc/p2p/GreyBruceHikeforHospice2022/team/annesley-united-church/

FundScrip – Next Order date is Sunday, May 29th

May promotions are:  Walmart (3.5%),  The Ultimate Dining Card  (Harvey’s, Montana’s, etc. 10%)  The order form has been updated, so make sure you are using the 2022 version.


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 or in the Narthex on Sundays.

New in the library

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen – Mark Nepo                                   Having experienced hearing loss, Nep affirms that listening is one of the most mysterious and challenging art forms. “Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through. Listening is the doorway to everything that matters.”  This remarkable guide unpacks the many ways we are called to redefine ourselves and to name what is meaningful as we face challenges.

Update: donations for health care workers

Thanks to the amazing generosity of this congregation, in a wonderful response for a request for donations, we received funds to send “thank you” lunches to both the staff at Grey Gables and the Markdale hospital. And then happily, we realized we had enough money remaining to give Tim Horton’s gift cards to the nursing and administration staff at the Participation Lodge in Holland Centre. These folks have also worked so hard during the pandemic to keep their residents safe. As well we still have enough donated money to give Tim Horton’s gift cards to the local emergency medical response staff! This means that this Spring approximately 130 local health care workers have received gifts from Annesley acknowledging their dedication and sacrifice in keeping our community safe during this pandemic. Again, thank you so much Annesley folks for donating to this worthwhile project.                                                             Members of the Centering Prayer group

The Annesley Garden Club

The Annesley Gardeners are looking for anyone who would like to meet on Tuesday mornings to work in the Annesley Gardens. No experience necessary, just an interest in plants and working in the outdoors.  Call Noreen Brodie at 519-986-3162 for more information.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is again meeting in the Annesley Sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. on Fridays. Contact Lynn at 519-986-3707 for details.

2021 Annual Report

A copy of the Annual Report is HERE: 2021 Annual Report-ANNUAL-REPORTDownload

Annesley’s Latest Newsletter is Here! A May Newsletter is being planned

If there is anything that you would like to have included, please have it into the office by Tuesday, May 24th

https://www.markdaleunited.ca/wp-D excontent/uploads/2022/03/March2022Newsletter.pdf

Emergency Response — Ukraine

On February 24th, the armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine erupted, costing precious lives and creating a humanitarian crisis as people flee from the conflict. The U.N. estimates that hundreds of thousands of people, displaced from their homes, are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Many have lost friends and loved ones, struggle to meet their basic needs, and face an uncertain future.

You can help. Right now, people urgently need shelter, clean water, food, and medical attention.

Please show your support by making a gift today:

-Online https://united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/conflict-ukraine   via our secure donation page.                                                                                     

-Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.                                                                                                                   

-Send a cheque or money order to:   The United Church of Canada Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note “Emergency Response—Ukraine” on the face of your cheque.    Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief, with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage.

The Grey Highlands Fire Department

Reminds you to CHECK YOUR ALARMS! Test your smoke and CO alarms monthly and change the batteries every 6 months. If you are unable to check your alarms on your own and you live in Grey Highlands, contact the GH Fire Department and we will be happy to complete a Home Alarm Safety Visit. Contact: 519-986-1216 ext. 227 fireadmin@greyhighlands.ca

Grey Smoke -Grey Highlands Fire and Fire Services -Then and Now

This documentary is about professionals. Dedicated volunteer men and women that have served the people of Grey Highlands in times of need for over 150 years. A story about fire and firefighting, told by firefighters. From the early days of wood structures and horse drawn equipment, to the latest in hi tech protection, the program also reveals some of the darker sides of what these special people face every time they get in a fire truck. Challenges, tragedy, lessons learned, physical and mental preparation, triumph and satisfaction – all are part of our most ancient association with fire. View the documentary on the Grey Highlands Cultural Channel, or using this link:

Grey Smoke – Grey Highlands Fire and Fire Services Then and Now

Seniors ASK

Seniors ASK is a FREE program that specializes in helping seniors/caregivers by answering questions they may have in any area of concern to them, either locally or beyond Grey/Bruce. 519-374-9495 Senior friendly…Senior focused. When you have a question, JUST ASK. 

COVID-19 Policy November 21st, 2021

The Annesley Board has consulted with members of the congregation, other United churches in the area and around Ontario, contacts with Western Ontario Waterways  & Shining Waters Regional Councils, and  the Grey Bruce Health Unit to make a decision concerning requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations to attend services and events in the Annesley building.  It has been decided that until further notice, we will require verification of full (double) vaccination for anyone 12+ to attend any services and events in the building.  Many people advised that they were reluctant to attend unless this policy was adopted. We hope to continue to meet the spiritual needs of anyone who cannot attend, for any reason, through our live stream and recorded services. We recognize the positive and negative impacts this policy will have on various people, and do not want to exclude anyone, especially anyone who needs Pastoral Care.  Please advise if Pastoral Care is needed no matter what your vaccination status may be.  We will revisit this decision in the spring of 2022, at our Annual Congregational meeting to be held in April 2022. 

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.

Harriston Meat Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Harriston Meat Packers fund raiser.  $2,563 was raised for the Annesley General Fund !               

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