“‘…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
December 12th is White Gift Sunday. You are invited to support Christmas Care by donating non-perishable food items and/or a gift for a child 12 years of age and under. Of particular need is peanut butter, jam, jelly and cheese whiz in regular or family size. Please do not to wrap any items including gift(s) for children. The Christmas Care program will be providing 45 baskets this year.
Gifts for Mission & Services support ministries across Canada and around the world in a wide variety of outreach initiatives including peace and justice work undertaken with global partners, funding for seven theological schools and three education centres that educate and equip future church leaders. One example is Stella’s Circle in St. John’s, NL for people struggling with homelessness or other social barriers. They receive a range of compassionate, practical support to improve their lives, including community-building and wellness programs that comfort the spirit. Stella’s Inclusion Choir is a joyful place where members can connect, make music in a warm and inclusive environment, and then enjoy a delicious nutritious supper together.
How it Works
The United Church of Canada developed Gifts with Vision in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to relatives, friends, and loved ones that are in direct support of the church’s Mission & Service partners.
For example, you can choose to alleviate poverty and hunger in communities across Canada, in the industrialized Western nations, and in the global South. Together, our actions can not only to feed the hungry and care for the poor, but also change systems that perpetuate resource inequities.
And, you’ll always receive a charitable tax receipt. To choose the type of initiative you want to support, visit Gifts with Vision here
White Privilege February, 2020
The following is a summarized reflection on white privilege by Beth Baskin, Program Coordinator, Social Analysis and Congregational Engagement, the United Church of Canada.
“White Privilege is the norm that allows me to go through my day without really having to think about what I do or say. The system work pretty well for me. This is a problem.
The Problem is that I (and lots of others) can go through life ignoring racism and the resulting oppression and exclusion. I will be a poorer person for the lack of diversity and understanding in my life an faith, but really, unless I go out of my way to be in relationships with those who the systems exclude, I can live in my White bubble. This choice will give me occasional pangs of sadness for the oppressed but have no real consequences for my day-to-day living.
Supporting Ministry Personnel February 2020
We must find real, tangible ways to change our church to honour and incorporate ways of being, knowing, and deciding that are not the dominant church norm.”
The United Church of Canada also oversees funds to support ministry personnel and lay members during times of extraordinary financial hardship, personal or vocational assessment, post-secondary education and sabbatical leave. Three funds are specifically by Mission and Services funds. These are used to assist 1) personnel experiencing difficulties in maintaining employment in the church because of the known, or perceived, sexual orientation or identity, 2) those who are on administrative leave or suspension as part of a disciplinary process and 3) costs of counselling for ministry personnel or are survivors of sexual abuse and individuals who experienced sexual misconduct in a United Church context.
After several months of meetings, discussions etc, the congregation created a new Mission, Vision and Value Statements!
Our Mission: Believe. Be Kind. Belong.
Our Vision: With God’s help, as a diverse family, we are devoted to building an engaged, passionate, and spiritually healthy community of people.
- In Jesus Christ our Saviour
- In sharing and celebrating our faith, as we all grow in God together
- That small things done with great love will change the world
- In our Community
- We meet human needs in God’s name without discrimination
- We love and care for one another as God’s people
- We focus upon those who are yearning to grow in love and compassion and those who are not
- We create a Church that can be a safe gathering place for all people
- We connect people to Jesus Christ and to each other
- We strive to serve the people not only living in our area, but also other all over the world
- We provide opportunities for service, outreach, and improvement in our community