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Original Annual Report Artwork (1989-2008)

September Blessings!

Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

September seems to be flying along in a stretch of warm sunny days. I am excited to see peeks of fall colour – the beginning of yellowed birch leaves, red starting to glow in the sumac bushes and maple trees. Autumn can be a hectic time of meetings and packing lunches and after-school activities. It can be a time of introspection and country drives and hot mugs of tea.
 As we watch squirrels scurrying to store food for the winter, we might be reminded that autumn can be a time of preparation. What do you need to be prepared for colder weather and shorter days? Are you thinking about Christmas knitting projects to be finished (or started)? Wondering if your winter tires have another season in them?
For some of us, winter is a time of increased isolation, or vulnerability to a seasonal affective disorder. What do you need to prepare for winter – mentally and spiritually? How will you stay connected when the roads and sidewalks are icy? Do you need a check up with your doctor before the days and moods turn cloudy, chilly and grey?
 Scripture offers us encouragement in Phillippians 4:13 “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” 
 I have a sticker in my planner that offers a corollary to this verse “You can do anything (But you can’t do everything)”. 
 While the scripture verse initially encourages me to risk boldly and act; as I sit with it longer, I hear the encouragement that I do not need to do everything on my own. I can ask for help, I can spend time in prayer, I can leave some tasks for others. I can rely on Christ’s strength, which is shared among everyone.
 Of all the things to do this fall, which ones call out to you? Where are you going to need to borrow a little extra strength? What things can you set down? What energy will you need to squirrel away for winter?
 
Blessings
Rev. Michelle


Prayers for the People of Ukraine

Lord God,
We ask you to hold the people of Ukraine deep in your heart.
Protect them, we pray;
from violence,
from political gamesmanship,
from being used and abused.

Give, we pray,
the nations of the world the courage
and the wisdom
to stand up for justice
and the courage too,
to dare to care―generously.

Lord, in your mercy,
take from us all
the tendencies in us
that seek to lord it over others:
take from us those traits
that see us pursuing our own needs and wants
before those of others.

Teach us how to live in love
and dignity
and respect―following your example.
In your name and for your sake,
Amen

The invasion of Ukraine is costing precious lives and creating a humanitarian crisis as people flee to safety. The United Nations reports that a growing number of over a million people, displaced from their homes, are seeking refuge in their neighbouring countries. Many have lost friends, loved ones, and property; struggle to meet their basic needs, and face an uncertain future.

United Church Mission & Service partners are responding to the rapidly unfolding crisis.You can help. Right now, people urgently need shelter, clean water, food, and medical attention.Please show your support by making a gift today.

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 memo line.

White Oaks United Church Update – COVID-19

Effective September 11th 2022, providing proof of vaccination is no longer required and masking will not be mandatory. Coffee time will resume following worship.

Council strongly encourages everyone to follow the guidance of the Middlesex London Medical Officer of Health and the following recommendations:

1)    Stay up to date with vaccinations, including third and fourth doses when eligible
2)    Wear a mask indoors particularly in common areas (i.e. hallways, bathrooms) when other groups are present
3)    Maintain social distancing

4)   Stay home if you are not well 
5)   Avoid large public indoor gatherings, if possible

While relaxing the requirements places the onus on individuals to protect themselves and others, we remain committed to collective care for vulnerable people. We ask that you respect the needs and comfort levels of each other. For example, prior to sitting beside someone, please ask permission and respect the response.

Council reserves the right to review this decision and alter restrictions and policies if the situation changes and/or more stringent recommendations are made by the London Middlesex Health Unit.  

If you have any questions about our safety protocols, please send a note to churchoffice@whiteoaksunitedchurch.ca and it will be directed to Council.

Services start at 10:25 am, so remember to come a little early on Sunday morning to ensure extra time to settle before worship begins.

Be well, stay safe and keep connected.

Worship:

Sunday morning worship is at 10:25 am 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.

Everyone is welcome at our church! Our building is wheelchair accessible, and children are welcome to stay with their families in the sanctuary, with activity bags available.

Your offering may be dropped off during office hours:   Tues 9-1  Thurs 9-12 and Friday 9-12

Mission Statement:

Open to God

Joyfully worshipping in diverse ways

Seeking and finding God in all of life

Celebrating many ways of experiencing God

Open to New Life

Exploring questions of faith and spirituality

Cultivating life-changing experiences

Making a difference in the world.

Open to You

Embracing individuality and inclusivity

Nurturing strong relationships

Welcoming everyone

Land Acknowlegment:

We are a Congregation of the United Church of Canada, located in the White Oaks neighbourhood of London, Ontario. We are in the Antler (or Thames) River watershed, and this territory has been occupied by Indigenous peoples for millenia. We settlers and newcomers live here under the covenants of the London township and Sombra treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon covenant Wampum. We acknowledge these lands and waters as the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandoran and Lunaapeewak peoples of Turtle Island. We seek to live in right relationship with our neighbours: the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, the Oneida Nation of the Thames and the Munsee Delaware Nations.

CONTACT US:

1901 Jalna Blvd
London, Ontario N6E 3V9
Canada