The World Day of Prayer 2021 service video, prepared by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, can be accessed by going to wicc.org and clicking on the One Hour Service Video button. This is available now.
If anyone would like to make a donation they may do so by donating online at wicc.org or mailing a cheque to: WICC, 47 Queen’s Park Cres. E. Toronto, ON M5S 2C3
Hi All, Check out London Road West United Church Facebook and find a weekly Sunday lesson for kids and craft for each of the Sundays in Lent.
MORE SEPTEMBER NEWS
Hi again. Just a few updates from our last letter.
We have been promising you virtual services – and we are now up and running as of today.
Rev. Marilyn, along with retired Minister Rev. Jill Rogers will be providing virtual worship and we hope you enjoy all we have to offer. This is a project in the making – so please bare with us.
The services may be reached through our website – www.londonroadwestunitedchurch.com under “Virtual Services”. You should see the date – in this case, September 20th, 2020, click and you will be able to watch from that page.
The link below will take you directly to the “You Tube” view of all services, again listed by date.
Simply click on the date you wish to see and Watch/Listen in the comfort of your own home.
If you have a friend or family member who does not have access to the virtual world, please take some time to share the service from your own device, be it a cell phone or an Ipad. Or ask a family member if they could look this up and share it with you. We hope to reach all of our congregation in some manner with a “Sunday Morning” service at any time.
If you are out and about, check out our “Harvest Wagon” Thanks to Colleen Trott for her handiwork on the banner – it looks great. It is our desire to remind people that we are still here, alive and part of the community even if we can’t be open. The idea is to highlight our Thankfulness for all our good blessings.
If you have items from your garden – pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks – anything to continue decorating our wagon, please feel free to add them. But we are also looking for any extra produce – fruits/vegetables from your garden, or canned goods, which will be donated to the Inn of the Good Shepherd as we get enough to share. So, if you have anything to offer over the next few weeks, please add it to the wagon anytime. We hope you will help make this a feature of our front yard.
Our Beef Dinner is set to go for Saturday, September 26th. If you haven’t placed your order yet – you only have until tomorrow to do so. Call 519-542-2084 and leave a message with your order.
We will also have Beef Pies ready on Monday, September 28th – Price is $4.00 per pie.
If you’d like to order, please call 519-542-2084 and leave a message with your name, telephone number and number of pies. We will call you back with a curbside pick up time.
Lastly our UCW held an outside get together this week and a book review which was most enjoyable (Where the Crawdads Sing). We are hoping to do so again, probably late October and the book we are reviewing is “The House By The Sea” by Santa Montefiore. We wanted to give you plenty of time to read the book and be ready for a lively discussion, in some manner. Watch for more information on date, etc.
As always, we thank you for your continued support.
If you have a chance to “surf the net”, I invite you to search out Susan Cohen Pearlman Film – called Tears – Be Kind Today. This 3 min film has won the Oscar for the best animated movie – and we can all find a take away from this clip.
Be Safe and Stay Healthy
Hello to everyone – It looks and feels like summer has left us and we are moving into “Fall” very quickly. You can feel it in the air. This can be quite a beautiful season and we’ll look forward to the changing colours over the next few weeks.
We hope you continue to be well and we realize that we are all missing being together as a Church.
We always endeavour to keep the congregation up-to-date on what is happening here at LRW and we hope you find this newsletter informational.
Our Search Committee will continue to meet on a regular basis.
In the meantime, we have secured Rev. Marilyn Townsend-Smith and Rev. Jill Rogers to provide pulpit supply and pastoral care as required. We hope to begin weekly virtual services this month and you will receive an email with a link and instructions on how to access the virtual services once the process is in place.
Also, we would encourage anyone who has a pastoral care need or a need of any kind to contact the Church office at 519-542-2084. Please leave a message, the telephone is monitored daily, and your concern will be directed to the appropriate person.
If you are aware of someone who is celebrating a special occasion or who could use a “ spiritual lift” with a card from the Church, please let Dorothy Jackson know at 519-542-5021.
Our Session Elders & Pastoral Care Team continue to make contact with our church members and should you have a concern, you can certainly talk to them when they make contact.
Rev. Marilyn and Rev. Jill will also be making contact with members of the congregation and we hope you will feel comfortable in speaking with them.
The Re-Opening committee have met and put forth their recommendations. After lengthy and in-depth research of the insurance requirements, the recommendation from the Re-Opening Committee is that we are unable to open at this time. In contacting our insurance brokers regarding our coverage, the most important information is that “COVID-19 is not an insured peril under the UCC Protect Program. This means that not only does the church itself not have coverage, but that we nave no individual Officers, Directors and Volunteers liability coverage for any claims arising due to the COVID-19 virus.“
As a result of a lengthy Official Board discussion, the consensus of Official Board is that we will not open in October and a re-opening date is indefinite at this time.
We wish to thank the Re-Opening Committee for their work and especially Doug Beatty for his in-depth review and understanding of the insurance situation. Our main concern is the safety of our congregation and those who volunteer their time. During this difficult time, we are learning something about ourselves, our friends, our church and our community and hopefully that will assist us in moving forward so something good will come of all the disruptions we have endured over the last 6 months.
Below you will see the highlights from our Official Board meeting held on Wednesday evening.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OFFICIAL BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 9th , 2020 AT 6:30 PM
Meeting held via teleconference
• Our Treasurer reported that as of the end of August, our financial position is behind by $12,000 from our budget, and of course this will be due to our closure. We continue to have the normal maintenance expenses but see some savings in janitorial expense and no costs for a Minister over the last nine months.
• We continue to say “Thank You” to all those on PAR and all the members who faithfully send cheques during this time when we can’t be open. We sincerely appreciate your continued support
• The Re-Opening Committee provided an up-dated report setting out the ramifications of our insurance. As a result, we will not open October 18th as originally communicated. At this time there is no date set for re-opening.
• We will begin virtual services in September and notify the congregation by email when and how to access these services.
• The Re-Opening Committee will reconvene to clarify their role and decide if they are willing to continue with looking at re-opening protocol and changes to the rules and regulations.
Our up-coming Curbside Beef Dinner will proceed on Saturday, September 26th following rules and regulations set out by the Health Unit.
As always, we Thank You for your continued support.
If you have any questions concerning the above please let us know.
We hope you continue to be safe and healthy. If you have any suggestions on how we can reach out to you or those of our congregation more effectively, please let us know.
Random Acts of Kindness from the CBC
Blessing to All
SING to the LORD a new song;
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
SING to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day,
Declare his glory among the nations,
His marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Psalm 96, verses 1-4
As has been a tradition here at LRW, we usually have a “Music Sunday” in August.
Since we are unable to be together in worship and since we cannot Sing and “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” at this time and perhaps even into the next little while, I thought I’d share some music that was recorded from music Sundays in the past, along with a reflection and some “food for thought”. LRW has been graced with musical talent over the years and I hope you enjoy the selections.
Simply click on the music and let it take you back awhile.
London Road West has a long history and has been here on this same land for 167 years.
People may not know the name exactly, but they always say – oh the “red brick church on the corner” Well here is a song “The Little Red Church” performed by Grace Mitchell Hall, daughters, Carol Monteith and Norma Griffin.
In these up and down times, when all seems lost and dreary, just remember you can always have a little talk with Jesus anytime. Listen to the Danby/Searson Quartet – Russell Danby, son Larry Danby and grandsons – Mike & Jeff Searson
As we look around at all the beautiful flowers this time of year, we are continually reminded of God’s goodness. As part of the “Bible Garden” one flower caught my attention –
the “Anemone” (Lily of the Field) – from Matthew 6, verses 28 – 30.
I admired this flower last fall and thought, Oh I’ll plant this new flower – new to me by the sounds of it.
These are wild field flowers in Palestine and almost certainly the wild anemones that were referred to by Jesus as the “lilies of the field” in his sermon on the mount, as they still grow wild near the Lake of Galilee.
How interesting that we sometimes think something is new when actually it was here all along. And how interesting that through all of time, God is with us – His goodness is all around – we can feel His presence everywhere!
Here is our own LRW Choir singing “Surely the Presence”
It is incredible to watch life flow through nature; the way the waves rise and fall at the beach, the way the sun and moon dance their routine of day and night, the way a flower grows and blooms from a tiny seed. Behind the beauty of nature lies an awe-inspiring God.
We are filled with wonder as we see his painted skies each day, and as we notice the way He clothes every living thing with garments more intricate than what our top fashion designers could imagine. Just think of the many unique patterns on a butterfly’s wings for example, the many different shapes flower petals can have.
Perhaps as we seek to understand earth’s nature more, we will also grow to understand the nature of God who made it all.
Here is the Sunshine Quartet – Carol Monteith, Mary Moore, Carol Ritchie & Betty Allison
I came across this little story and felt it was worth sharing –
Sunflowers turn according to the position of the sun, in other words, they “chase the light”. – You might already know this; but there is another fact that you probably do not know!
Have you ever wondered what happens on cloudy and rainy days when the sun is completely covered by clouds? An Interesting question, isn’t it?
Perhaps you think the sunflower withers or turns its head towards the ground.
Is this what crossed your mind? Well, that is incorrect!
They turn towards each other to share their energy.
Nature’s perfecting is amazing. Now let’s apply this reflection to our lives. Many people may become low-spirited, the most vulnerable ones, sometimes, become depressed.
How about following the example of the beautiful sunflowers – “Supporting and empowering each other”
Let us take on the “Sun-flower” trait of turning towards each other on their cloudy and gloomy days.
Spread goodness… it will come back to you.
Here is a husband & wife Duet by two who have long gone, but what a pleasure to have caught this on tape after all these years. Evelyn & Russell Danby singing “Something Beautiful”
As we enter into another week, a week of unknowns and a continued time of self distancing, when it is even difficult to recognize someone under their mask if we are out and about, we hope you will remember those we cannot be with, those who are suffering from anxiety and frustration, those who find this time lonely, those who are unwell or who are grieving, those we long to be with again, – help us reach out – make a telephone call, send a little note, contact someone you haven’t talked to in a while – make their day by saying “Hi, how are You” Remember we are all in this together – and we will come together again soon.
I’ll leave you with a little blessing, sung by “AS IS” – This was a teenage quartet comprising of
Jennifer (Allison) Nickles, Jessica Allison, Mike & Jeff Searson – “Undivided”
Stay well & God Bless