3rd June, 2022 Announcements

You are welcome to join us June 5th 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


Annesley Quilters – Monday June 6th

The Annesley Quilters are meeting Monday, June 6th, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to make some quilts for Ukrainian families in the area.  Everyone is invited to help – no sewing experience required. COVID protocols will still be in effect: ( Masks, vaccines required, distancing). We ask that people bring their own lunch.

Memorial gathering for Velma Spencer

There will be a memorial gathering for Velma on June 18th at her house at 33 Sproule St.  It will be drop in from 1 -3 and very informal. Let anyone who knew Velma know that they are welcome.

Outdoor Service and Picnic – June 19th

The June 19th service will be outdoors at Rotary Park, followed by a picnic!  10:30 a.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and lunch. Beverages and an ice cream treat will be provided. Parking is available on the west side of the park, with some wheelchair accessible sites on the east side closer to the pavilion. Should the weather be unsuitable for an outdoor gathering, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall at Annesley.  There will be no live stream that week.

Help Needed

You can play a vital role in Annesley’s future but we need your help! Now that the Board and congregation have accepted the Visioning Team’s Interim Report and recommendations, we must start the work now! Yes, it will be work, but it can be fun and satisfying to see the accomplishments of our work.

A Building Steering Committee comprised of representatives of the Property Committee, Visioning Team and volunteers will oversee the completion of each of the seven tasks identified in the Interim Report:

Task #1- Renovations of the kitchen

Task #2-Address accessibility…particularly the lower level

Task#3-Set a rental fee structure for building /area/room rentals

Task #4 and #5-Marketing and Promotion of the varied rental options

including brochures and website

Task #6- regarding the implications Staffing needs to meet the increased demands of rentals

Task #7-Consultation with a chartered accountant regarding the implications of increasing rental income

Volunteers are also needed to assist with a thorough tidying and clean up of the clutter in the church.

Please carefully and prayerfully consider your role, gifts, skills, knowledge, expertise and time in this grand venture and submit your name to Patti or any member of the Visioning Team and the area(s) that you can offer any assistance. Thank you for your consideration!

 The Visioning Team:  Kathy Fraser, Dale Beare, Jill Lawford, Lynn Wyvill, Bill Legate, Lacy Sciamanna

FundScrip – Next Order date is Sunday, June 26th

June promotions are:  Ultramar (2.5%), Oliver & Bonacini (7%)  Hello Fresh and Chef’s Plate (9%) 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.

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 !               

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!

http://May2022Newsletter (1).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.

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.

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