4th August, 2023 Announcements

There will be no services on Aug. 6th and 13th.    

To watch past Annesley Sunday Services on YouTube: Annesley United Church’s YouTube Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/c/AnnesleyUnitedChurch                                               

Summer Services

There will be no services on August 6th and 13th. The August 20th and August 27th services  will start at 10:00 a.m.  The August 20th service will include Granite Hill (see announcement below). The September 3rd service will be a picnic at 10:30 a.m. at Rotary Park

Coffee Time and Sundae Sundays!

We are in need of someone to help with the preparation, serving and cleanup on that day.  Please call the office (519) 986-3019 or Heather Spry (519) 986-1710 if you can do the Sundae Sunday on August 27th.   Thank you.

 Aaron Dimoff to perform at Annesley – August 26th

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. Plan to attend on August 26th , 7pm. Tickets are available at the Annesley office, Susan’s Deli, and Artemesia Cheese. You can also buy tickets online HERE: annesley.events $20 in advance (children under12 free), 25 at the door, or $15 for a ticket to watch online.

Concert August 19th – Granite Hill Bluegrass

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. To attend on August 19th , tickets are available at the Annesley office, Susan’s Deli, and Artemesia Cheese. You can also buy tickets online HERE: annesley.events $20 in advance (children under 12 free), $25 at the door.

• 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.


Whether Sunday School is to resume, as advertised on  September 10th  remains up to you.  Yes, we are in urgent need of help, but before that we need those interested in this endeavour to meet in August. We need to re-examine our vision and determine the availability of help, in the form of leadership and weekly support. A healthy dose of inspiration would also prove invaluable. Please speak with John Lewis (519-379-1685).     Thank You.

Markdale Pride – Pizza Party

Sunday August 13th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. – Rotary Park. Families, Friends and Allies are all welcome. Rain location is Annesley United Church.

Online Auction – October 6th, 2023

The online auction will be held on October 6th through Rockford Auction Centre. We will begin receiving auction donations on Tuesday, September 5th during normal office hours (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) up until September 22nd. Viewing of auction items will be available on Wednesday, September 27th. All donations must be accompanied by a donor sheet available from the office with a full description. Pick up of items will be on Saturday, October 7th. For further information please contact Diane Lyons at (519) 317-5717 or lyons110@ gmail.com or Dale Beare at (519) 270-0785 or dale.beare49@gmail.com. Volunteers will be needed. Thank you.

FundScrip – Next order date is August 27th

Order forms can be found below, or at the office. Download an updated order form here:



Thank you to everyone who helped by completing the Collaborative Ministry Questionnaire. We have summarized the 31 responses, submitted Annesley’s results, and we will share them soon.

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

Movie nights are coming back

After a 3 year COVID break, movie nights will be returning to Annesley! More details to be announced.5

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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