PARISH NEWS -6 June 2021
On Sunday 13th June there will be a special Diocesan Service to celebrate PRIDE. The service is called ‘Fiercely Loved: You Belong’ and will premiere on the Diocesan Facebook and YouTube channels at 4pm.
TWO WAYS TO HELP:
Can you help our local community in one of two ways:
Can you donate reusable grocery bags (all sizes) to help us meet a need at Ellen Osler Home?
Can you donate any of the following items for Dundas Food Bank: shampoo, hand soap, shower gel, laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes (new in package), baby food, baby formula, diapers, feminine hygiene products, mouthwash, dental floss, dishwashing liquid?
Boxes are outside the parking lot entrance to the church for drop off at any time. THANK YOU!
1. FOLLOW UP
Approximately two hundred submissions, including that from the Association of Dundas Churches and EcoWham opposing the proposal of applicant, One Properties Real Estate Inc. of Toronto to relocate the Ancaster wetland to accommodate warehouses, was rejected by the Board of the Hamilton Conservation Authority at its meeting June 3. Super! The facts presented about the damage to the ecosystem if this proposal was approved, together with public outcry obviously had an impact. This resulted in the right decision not to grant a permit. Many thanks to all who helped make this happen. Coverage of the meeting was reported in the Friday June 4th edition of the Hamilton Spectator.
2. CLIMATE JUSTICE NIAGARA is hosting another zoom webinar on Thursday, June 17th 6.30-8.00 p.m. please follow the link on Eventbrite to register. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/157117640091
Our presenter for the evening is Mike Balkwill the Campaign Director for Wellington Water Watchers.
Mike’s first discussion called: Social Justice in a Climate Crisis will be followed by breakout rooms for discussion. His second talk is titled: Does the Exodus story have lessons for Social Justice and the Climate Crisis? Mike has a lively manner and will likely make you think about the way that we are living and impacting the earth and those in need.
This week Mike will be joining clergy around the Diocese for the annual clergy conference which is being held online all-day Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Mike will not be available on those days to respond to calls or messages. Please keep Bishop Susan and all the clergy of the Diocese in your prayers as they meet together and consider the post-pandemic future of the church.
ZOOM COFFEE HOUR
Coffee hour is a time each week to connect with one another, to chat, offer support, share stories and be together as God’s church in friendship. We meet at 10am on Thursday morning.
All are welcome to join us via Zoom:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 886 2472 4911 Passcode: 574297
PAINTING AND CLEANING
In the coming weeks we are hopeful that some restrictions on gathering will be lifted. We would like to use that opportunity to undertake some cleaning and painting and maintenance tasks around the building. If you are able and willing to be contacted to take part in small working groups when permitted, please contact our Warden Terese Heron, or leave your name with the Parish Office. Please note that masks will be worn, and distancing and limited numbers observed when this occurs.
PARISH PRAYER LIST
Last week we sent out a special email letting people know that we are renewing the parish prayer list. This is so we can join as a parish in prayer for people in need, naming them before God. If you would like a name added to this list you must have the permission of the person concerned. Please send the name and reason for prayer to the Rector directly or via the parish office. The first names only will be read aloud on Sundays as part of our parish intercessions.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
A Prayer for Pride
Loving God, you created us in your image,
And saw that what you had made was good.
We thank you for the gift of our diversity,
for the beauty of our sexuality and gender identity,
and for the gift of our 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
We pray for those who are filled with fear and doubt,
and for our 2SLGBTQIA+ family throughout the world
who are persecuted or oppressed;
that your love, justice and peace
may be extended to all people,
and our love for one another
mirror yours for all your children.
May the rainbow of our lives,
reflect the glory of your image in us.
By Mike Deed