Work and Witness of the Church
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Opportunities to Grow in Faith and Community
While we cannot be together in body, we can continue to be together in spirit. We encourage you to reach out; call a friend; call a neighbour. Share Kindness, Justice and Hope wherever you can. Below are some ways you can keep in touch with the Cummer Community while we are physically separated:
Daily Coffee Klatsch: Weekdays at 10:00 am. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join the staff and other members of the congregation for a chance to connect and chat. If you can’t access the Zoom platform, you can still dial in for a chat.
Beatitudes Study Group: Tuesday, September 21, 6:45 pm.
Trustees: Thursday, September 23, 6:00 pm
Choir Check-in: Thursday, September 23, 7:30 pm
Congregational Meeting: Sunday, September 26, following the service to provide an update on Renovations, Congregational Goals, and general updates from the Executive Board.
Broadview Magazine Discussion Group: The first fall zoom meeting will be Monday, September 27, 7:15 pm (changed from September 20 due to the election). We will discuss articles in the July/August and September issues. If you would like to join the discussion and are not currently on the list, please contact Janice Coles. The zoom link will be emailed to participants the day before the meeting. Broadview magazine also has a weekly e-newsletter and monthly Broadview National Online Reading Club. To join, free of charge, register at www.broadview.org. The next online Reading Club is Monday, October 4, 7:00 pm.
Reflection Walk: Wednesday, September 29, 10:00 am. Join our gentle nature walk! Borrowing from a variety of faith traditions, we’ll make several stops along the way for some quiet reflection on gratitude for gifts given – particularly the ways that nature helps us be more aware of the presence of the HOLY all around us. These will be guided reflections, with time for silence, before walking further along the path. Our walk will take place at Pomona Mills Park, meeting in the parking lot of the Pomona Mills Tennis Club, just off John Street. Please bring along a light camp stool or folding chair, so we’ll be able to rest and enjoy our quiet times of reflection. And if you have any extras, please bring them along to share if need be. You’re welcome to bring a bag lunch, should you want to share a little companionship afterwards. Participation in this walk will be limited to 10 people, Please contact Heather in the office to register - and let her know if you are able to offer a ride to someone who needs transportation. Tentative rain day is Thursday, September 30…same time, same place. A second walk is tentatively planned for Saturday, October 16 if interest is there. Hope to see you there!
All Saints Memorial Service: Monday, November 1, 12:00 pm. Join Moderator Richard Bott and others for a special All Saints Day service, remembering those we have lost through the pandemic (for whatever reason). Please submit names of the deceased by October 1 for inclusion in this memorial service (every effort will be made to include names received past this date). This service will livestream on the United Church YouTube channel. For information, or to submit a name, visit https://united-church.ca/events/all-saints-memorial-service
These Days: The October/November/December edition has arrived. Please contact Heather in the office to arrange to get your copy.
Joybook 2021! Reminding everyone to update their contact information (form was previously provided with the Monday Highlights – if you need us to resend it, please contact the church office) and take a picture if you can and forward them both to CummerJoybook@gmail.com. As well, everyone gets their own page to draw a picture, tell a joke, share lyrics to a song or just let us know what you had in your Joy suitcase this past year to bring a smile to your face. Also, what are you looking forward to when we return to our church building together? Any questions? Email CummerJoybook@gmail.com or phone Barbara Puckering and leave a message and she will get back to you. Please have your submissions in asap. We hope to have the Joybook ready before we return to 53 Cummer.
Offering: Even though we cannot gather physically for Sunday worship, you can still support the church financially, through a variety of options:
Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR): specify a set amount to be deducted from your bank account on a monthly basis. Contact Sally Hogarth to enrol or change your donation amount.
Interac-email money transfers. You may send transfers through your on line banking to email@example.com . In the comment box please include your envelope# (or other contact info) and where the funds are to be designated (ie. General fund, M&S, Renovations, DVRR, Drop-Inn, etc.).
Mail your offering (cheque) to the church office. We generally pick up the mail on Wednesday morning. The mailing address is:
Cummer Avenue United Church
c/o Willowdale Emmanuel United Church
349 Kenneth Avenue, Toronto, ON M2N 4V9
Opportunities to Reach Out to Others and Work for Social Justice
40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism: Are you looking for a meaningful way to continue your anti-racism work? Then consider engaging with this brand new United Church 40-day program of learning, reflection, activities, advocacy, and action. Each day from Tuesday, October 12 to Friday, November 26 (with the exception of Sundays) there will be a new reflection on anti-racism, as well as activities suitable for adults and children. These activities can be done alone, as a family, or in groups and do not need to be done sequentially. For more information or to sign up for the newsletter to keep up-to-date visit: https://united-church.ca/social-action/justice-initiatives/anti-racism/40-days-engagement-anti-racism
Support for Modular Housing at 175 Cummer: At the worship service last Sunday it was suggested by Barbara McNutt that members of the Congregation write letters in support the modular housing project at 175 Cummer. Jim Dillane has drafted the attached letter for people to use as a model. Please feel free to add your personal comments – for example, Barbara McNutt compared this need for support to the hospitality shown by Gander, NL, to 9/11 airline passengers twenty years ago so put that idea in her letter; she could also imagine the boost a secure home would give to 60 people. The squeaky wheel is getting opposition grease, so she urges more noise from supporters.
The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel is September 19 - 26, 2021. Church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. For more information, including a blog post by a former Ecumenical Accompanier which laments the brutality witnessed in Palestine and Israel, while celebrating brief moments of compassion, visit: https://united-church.ca/blogs/round-table/seeking-grace-and-end-occupation
Appeal for Haiti: The United Church of Canada is in contact with Mission & Service partners in Haiti to find out how we can support their communities. We are also asking for prayers for our partners and the Haitian United Church community in Canada, who are trying to contact family and friends in the devastation. To read more about the situation or to make a gift to support immediate needs including emergency shelter, clean water, and food, visit: https://united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/earthquake-haiti.
Next Sunday (September 26):
Theme: Prayer Changes Things
Texts: James 5:7-16
Sunday, October 3: Unconventional Realm of God, World Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 10: Grace, Gratitude and Gifts; Thanksgiving
Sunday, October 17: God Provides Refuge through Us
Sunday, October 24: Using Our Gifts to Challenge the System
Sunday, October 31: Gifting New Life