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
DAILY SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Here is today’s spiritual practice.
Saturday, October 24th
Scripture: Psalm 119:41-48
Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
your salvation according to your promise.
Then I shall have an answer for those who taunt me,
for I trust in your word.
Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
for my hope is in your ordinances.
I will keep your law continually,
for ever and ever.
I shall walk at liberty,
for I have sought your precepts.
I will also speak of your decrees before kings,
and shall not be put to shame;
I find my delight in your commandments,
because I love them.
I revere your commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.
Hymn to Accompany Scripture
VU 368 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
God of steadfast love,
God of salvation,
I admit that I have never thought
of having reverence or delight for your commandments,
but I think I am catching a glimmer of what the psalmist meant.
Without them, human life would be chaos,
and in them there is a vision of hope.
Be with me now as I meditate on your ways.
(Reflection on scripture and life)
I pray, O God, for those whose loved ones have been murdered:
for the families of missing and murdered indigenous women…
for the families of those killed by police…
for the families of those murdered in domestic violence…
I pray for victims of theft:
for those who have been scammed…
for those whose houses have been burgled…
for those who businesses have been defrauded…
I pray for those in prison that their lives may be changed…
for police and prison guards…
for lawyers and judges…
God of love,
hear the prayers of my heart
for my family and friends…
for issues about which I am passionate..
All this I ask in Jesus’ name
as I pray the words he taught:
Delight in the commandments,
trust in God’s word,
faithfulness to God’s law
be mine this day
that I may serve and love Christ
in my neighbour.
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.