White Oaks United Church Update – COVID-19
ALL ACTIVITIES AT OUR CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
May the grace and peace of Christ be yours in these anxious times.
We are concerned about the effect that social isolation might have on our members and have and continue to put into place measures to help us stay in touch with one another. This includes communication by telephone to check in with one another, and also some form of Sunday worship made available through the internet and/or phone.
We ask you to continue to practice good hygiene such as hand-washing (saying the Lord’s Prayer while you wash gives you the recommended time), coughing into a tissue or the crook of your elbow, and social distancing (1-2 metres) when you are with others.
We also hope that you will continue to hold one another in your prayers and take the initiative to be in contact with each another – especially those who are in self-quarantine or in lock-down at a long-term care facility.
I am holding you in my prayers and sending virtual hugs.
A Letter to the congregation at White Oaks United Church
Dear White Oaks Church family
I know it was not too long ago that you received the last letter to the congregation. However there are some things that we would like to inform you of and during this time it is always good to get something a bit different to read, especially during these colder days when it is a bit harder to get out. We are all missing human contact and that was quite evident on Thursday as folks were spending time talking together outside the church after picking up their Lenten package even though it was quite chilly.
How blessed we are during these long months to have Rev. Anne as our spiritual leader. The effort she and the worship team have put into keeping us connected and involved has been amazing and I know that at times they must all be feeling the weight of it all. So, on behalf of all of us that are not nearly as talented we graciously thank you folks.
Just like everything else we will not be having our usual annual meeting as we normally would however we will attempt to have a brief meeting on Zoom immediately following the Zoom church service on February 28th. You should have already received the annual report and we will review the report, finances and vote on the new budget at that time.
Some other news to inform you of and that is. Rev. Nancy Waterman has informed the United Church of her planned retirement effective April 21st, 2021. She feels that ministering to White Oaks has been a great blessing in her life and she is thankful for the opportunity to know us. Her and Glenn have sold their home and will be downsizing to a townhome condominium in Byron. She wishes us well and we wish her well in the future. She looks forward to visiting with us when circumstances allow. A retirement celebration is planned for the future. If you would like to contribute to a retirement gift please mark your envelope accordingly.
With Nancy’s retirement, we have a lot of work ahead of us. We need to form a Search Committee, usually a group of approximately seven participants that represent the complete spectrum or our congregation. This committee will be tasked with updating our congregational profile and other documents to declare a vacancy. These will be posted so that applicants can view them and determine their interest in our congregation. We are looking for volunteers for this committee. If you are interested please make it known to Dave Thompson and/or John Schulze. We will try to finalize the group at the Annual Meeting.
In closing we wish you all well. Try to stay connected over the next while and hopefully as the days get a little longer and the cold temperatures are replaced with warmer spring days our spirits will be lifted too.
Yours in Christ,
Dave Thompson, Chair of Council and John Schulze, Vice Chair of Council
Here is today’s spiritual practice.
Wednesday, May 12th
rise in me.
Scripture: Mark 16:19-20
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them,
was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them and confirmed
the message by the signs that accompanied it.
Hymn to Accompany Scripture
VU192 Forsaking Chariots of Fire
Holy One, Jesus is with you,
yet he is still with us.
I offer you thanks and praise
for this mystery of faith.
(Prayers of thanksgiving and praise)
Saviour, work with me as with those first disciples:
enable me to proclaim the good news of God’s love
and to live it…
Show me the people I can love and serve today…
O Christ, I pray for the church universal…
I pray for my church:
show us our mission and enable us to do it…
transform our current reality…
use us for your miraculous purposes…
I pray for my family…
for my friends and neighbours…
for the world and its needs…
I Jesus’ name and in his words:
God of wonders,
God of welcome,
God of comfort,
God of compassion
God of justice,
God of Jesus,
bless me and make me a blessing –
today and every day.
Be safe. Keep well. Stay connected.
With love and prayers,
Sunday morning worship is at 10:25 where we seek to connect God’s ways with our lives through scripture, music and prayer. Sometimes with presentations of video, drama, and liturgical dance.
Our active Sunday School grows the children of our younger families and teaches the Way of Jesus.
A well-equipped and professionally staffed nursery is available for children age 3 and younger at any point during the worship service.
Refreshments and Fellowship Time follow the Service.