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.
Friday, November 27th
Scripture: Revelation 19:1-9
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice
of a great multitude in heaven, saying,
‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God,
for his judgements are true and just;
he has judged the great whore
who corrupted the earth with her fornication,
and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants.’
Once more they said, ‘Hallelujah!
The smoke goes up from her for ever and ever.’
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures
fell down and worshipped God who is seated on the throne,
saying, ‘Amen. Hallelujah!’
And from the throne came a voice saying,
‘Praise our God, all you his servants,
and all who fear him, small and great.’
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude,
like the sound of many waters and like the sound of
mighty thunder-peals, crying out, ‘Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready;
to her it has been granted to be clothed
with fine linen, bright and pure’—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said to me, ‘Write this:
Blessed are those who are invited
to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’
And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’
Hymn to Accompany Scripture:
VU 217 All Creatures of our God and King
I long for the day, O God,
when all creation and all peoples will be renewed
and all will shout and sing: Hallelujah!
In the meantime, I join my heart and voice
with the hosts of heaven,
with mighty waters,
with peals of thunder,
and with all who love you
to praise your holy name!
(Prayers of praise)
God of justice and truth,
I pray for peace and an end to starvation in Yemen…
for peace in Ethiopia…
for health care workers…
for all affected financially by the pandemic…
for leaders in every nation…
I pray for an effective vaccine to be speedily available…
I pray for those close to my heart…
All this prayers I lift up in the name of Jesus,
and I pray as he taught:
on my lips
and in my heart –
a song to sing
and love to share
today and always.
Be safe. Stay well. Keep 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.