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
Fall is always a beautiful time of year with all of the changing colours and this year the colours in our area seem to be especially good. This year however, we are all feeling a bit more concerned and troubled as we continue to cope with all that is happening. For many of us this is the first time in our lives that we have had to deal with a situation such as this and while it is difficult, we should all be very thankful that we live in Canada.
We were hoping that as we entered the fall months we might be able to start returning to some sort of normalcy in both our personal and church lives, but unfortunately given the resurgence in cases of infection, council at our last meeting thought it prudent to put any plans on hold for now. A working Group had even prepared a protocol document to be used when we did start to gather again and it is attached along with this letter. In the interim Rev. Anne will continue to provide her Daily Spiritual Practice each day and along with the Worship Team record and post the Church Service each week. Laurie McAndrew has been very diligent at producing wonderful musical offerings and will continue to do this through the fall and of course we will continue to have our Thursday morning Zoom coffee hour each week. Rev. Anne is also going to be starting a Zoom virtual bible study in November for all who are interested.
We are also trying to think of other connections that we might make. These will probably have to be in some sort of virtual form and more information will follow as things materialize. Usually as we move closer to Christmas we have a number of fundraisers both to help support the life and work of the church and also the community. Your support for both the Alzheimer Coffee Sunday and the Men’s Mission was greatly appreciated. Unfortunately the Christmas Bazaar, which is one of the biggest fundraisers for the church will not be happening this year and that will have a major impact both financially and socially.
Thank all of you for continuing to support the church financially with your church offering over this very difficult period in all of our lives.
In closing I would ask all of you to connect with other members of our church family during this time of being separated. It is amazing the difference a phone call or email can make to others during this time of being apart.
Let us all pray that we can remain well both in body and mind and hopefully we can be together soon.
Yours in Christ,
Dave Thompson, Chair of Council and John Schulze, Vice Chair of Council
Here are this week’s links.
Here is today’s spiritual practice.
Wednesday, November 25th
Scripture: John 5:19-24
Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you,
the Son can do nothing on his own,
but only what he sees the Father doing;
for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.
The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself
is doing; and he will show him greater works than these,
so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father
raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives
life to whomsoever he wishes. The Father judges no one
but has given all judgement to the Son, so that all may honour
the Son just as they honour the Father. Anyone who does
not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him.
Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word
and believes him who sent me has eternal life,
and does not come under judgement,
but has passed from death to life.
Hymn to Accompany Scripture:
VU 330 Jesus Shall Reign
I believe, Lord, that because I have seen you
I have seen the Father –
a loving, compassionate, accepting Parent –
One who seeks to heal and bless and make new.
I rest now in the Father’s love
as I once rested in my mother’s arms.
(Resting in God)
In you, precious Saviour, I have passed from death to life;
help me to do so every day –
living in you,
abiding in love,
seeking the best for others…
I pray that the United Church may have life
in and through Jesus…
that my congregation may have life
in and through Jesus…
I pray for the earth and all its creatures…
for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters…
for front line workers in this second Covid wave…
for people to keep one another safe…
I pray for my loved ones…
for issues that are close to my heart.
God of compassion, hear my prayers,
and in your love answer,
for I pray in Jesus’ name
and in his words:
The blessing of the Holy Three,
Father, Son, and Spirit,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer
stand beside me,
go before me,
pick up after me,
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.