"A Village Church With A Heart For The World"
               

November 29, 2020


                        Minister:  Rev. Wendy MacLean                               Music Director:  Tim Hallman

 12 Perth St., PO Box 113, Lyn, ON, K0E 1M0
(613)498-0281 (Phone)   (613)498-2589 (Fax)
Office Hours:  Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
lynunitedchurch@cogeco.net                www.lynunitedchurch.com             Follow on Twitter:  @Ch1United


People not attending in person can find us on Christ United Church Facebook at 10:30am.
We will be live-streaming - Pray for Us!


 If you know of anyone in the hospital please call the office at 613-498-0281

or Lois at 613-498-3225.

In Sanctuary Service:  While we recognize that there are still community-acquired cases of Covid-19 in our area, we have consulted with local health authorities and council has given the ok for us to begin in-sanctuary services on November 29, 2020, barring any community spikes or provincial restrictions between now and then. We anticipate that the same folks who indicated that they would attend will be interesting in attending again now. For those not planning to attend in person just yet, we will be trying to live-stream again, and we will deliver paper copies of the service to those

who do not have internet.

 

A reminder that worship will be a little different from what we are accustomed to. When you arrive at the church you will be asked to line up at the main doors of the sanctuary, socially distanced and wearing masks. You will be greeted and your name will be checked off by one usher then you will be directed to a seat by another. Seats will be socially distanced, groups of families will be seated together, and the sanctuary will be filled from front to back as people arrive. Masks will be worn throughout the service and there will be no communal singing, though Tim and one or two choir members will be able to sing from the front of the church. At the end of the service all will be asked to remain seated and the ushers will direct people to leave, emptying the pews from back to front. There will be no communion or coffee hour and the only access to Fellowship Hall will be to the washrooms if needed. Hand sanitizer will be easily available, as will disinfectant wipes in the washrooms. All surfaces including touch points and pews will be sanitized immediately before and after each service.

These precautions may seem excessive to some, but until the provincial Covid-19 numbers go down significantly they remain necessary, and should numbers spike in our area we will be returning to on-line only services. Whether we are worshiping in the sanctuary or online, remember that we are always worshiping together, be it in person or in spirit.

White Gift Sunday is December 13 this year. We are fortunate to have Leigh Bursey from Brockville Street Friends to speak with us that day about the homeless in Brockville, and how we can help to support them. Your White Gifts of new clothing, personal items or cash donations to assist the local homeless will be most welcome on that Sunday morning at church. If you will not be attending and would like to donate items or money, or even offer to volunteer, please feel free to message Brockville Street Friends on Facebook to find out how you can do so. 


Worship Leaders Needed:  As you know Rev. Wendy is on half time.  All of the Sunday services have been covered until year end 2020.  If you are interested in leading or co-leading a service, between January and June 2021, please contact Liz Healy at 613 345 5747.  We would help with it if you wish or you could invite a guest speaker to join you.  Also, if you have any ideas of someone with a message to deliver, we would like to hear about that as well.          Enhanced Worship Team

​Christmas Sock Event:  It may not be any surprise to you, but this Christmas will be different from any other that we have enjoyed in the past.

The Outreach Team will again this year have the Sock Event.  As you may recall, we have collected during past Christmas times, socks for the women and children at Interval House in Brockville.  If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please consider participating.

To have your donation picked up, contact Fred Vickery at 613-342-9229 (please leave a message); message me on Facebook or contact by e-mail at  -  fredcv@myhighspeed.ca.

We can still help others in their time of difficulty in this challenging year.

Year End Tax Receipts:  Please ensure that the office has your correct mailing address for your tax receipts. 

Bee's Boutique Feature of the Week:    Lap Quilts (generous size - larger than a prayer quilt) beautifully pieced and tied $45. Christmas gift for someone OR maybe for yourself ??  Hand knitted touques available too. Interested or more details contact Liz 613-345-5747 or Brenda 613-345-1478. Please feel free to share info with family and friends. All proceeds to Christ United Church general fund.  
 
In Remembering Loved Ones
 A gift of thanks given in memory of loved ones.
 Contact Lois at 613-498-3225.



Advent 2020 “Village People”

“A village church with a heart for the world.”

This is our identity statement for our ministry at Christ United Church, based on our vision and experience, our prayers and our mission in the world.
Over the years, our ministry has often leaned more in the direction of the village than the world, but we trust that each one of us matters, and makes a difference in the world.
COVID 19 has had a huge impact on how we experience community. We don’t bump into each other at the grocery store, or movies, funerals or community concerts. Our worshipping community and Bible study meet in CYBERSPACE: on ZOOM (which is interactive), YOUTUBE, and Facebook.

Are we a “cybervillage”?

During the season of Advent, we will meet on ZOOM to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ’, considering in new ways what it means to be a “village”; how our stories create a spiritual village throughout the ages; how mission creates a village; and how Jesus meets us in our everyday activities as a friend and neighbour.

Please join us! Not because you are an expert, but because you are part of this new village we are creating in cyberspace as a village church with a heart for the world! We love the many ways we see things!

 Wednesdays in Advent at 10:15:

December 2: Advent 2: Homecoming
Isaiah 40:1-11
Mark 1:1-8

https://zoom.us/j/3117968439?pwd=QW9UVjVqV05sQU5rN1A2UG85SWZGQT09

December 9: Advent 3:  Homelessness
Isaiah 61:1-4; 8-11
Luke 1:47-55

December 16: Advent 4: God’s House
2 Samuel 7:1-11; 16
Luke 1-26-38

 

STEWARDSHIP SECONDS
First Sunday of Advent - Hope

Let us remember the gifts we have received from God,

and in our turn become God's giving hands in this world.



Regional Council Prayer Cycle – November 29, 2020

Prayers this week for a Community of Faith
in the Region is for:  JOHNSTOWN


Eastern Ontario Outaouais Region news:

https://eoorc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EOORCnews-2020-11-25.pdf



 Office Hours:  The office is closed but will open again on Friday, November 27, 2020.  Please contact Lois Leroux, at home, 613-498-3225, cell 613-803-8433.
 or
613-498-0281 (Church) and leave a message.
or
Email: lynunitedchurch@cogeco.net