Beacon United Church
Fall Newsletter 2021
‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore, my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover, my flesh will live in hope. ~Acts 2:25-26
When Shelley and I sat down to start putting this newsletter together, the image of “living in hope” seems so appropriate. As you will see as you read through it, we are planning to resume many of the activities that we have been unable to offer for the past 18 months.
But all of these plans are contingent on what happens with Covid-19 restrictions over the next few weeks and months. And so, as we prepare for the coming season we are indeed, “living in hope”.
But for us as a Church, hope is about far more than crossing our fingers and holding our breath. It is about trusting that even if our plans do not come to fruition, that does not mean that our “hope” is lost.
Our hope is based not in what we are able to plan or accomplish, but rather what the Divine Mystery we call God is able to accomplish through us.
And so, as we prepare for the uncertainty of the fall season ahead of us, we live in hope trusting that whatever happens we will not be shaken and we will indeed have reasons to be glad and rejoice.
Ways and Means
The Ways and Means Committee has met this year through Zoom meetings and most recently in a socially-distanced in-person meeting. We have several events planned up until Christmas. These events are all dependent on Public Health restrictions allowing us to conduct them. September Yard, September, Mission and Service Fundraiser Luncheon – following church service; October Antique Sale; November, Dinner Theatre; November Craft and Hobby Show; December Advent – Light and Life Campaign. If you have items to donate or wish to help out with any of these events, please contact the church office or Stephen Sollows.
It is my hope to re-start our community meals in October. This will be dependent on a few factors. Public Health restrictions allowing us to conduct the event, Food Health & Safety protocols, meeting as a committee to discuss if we should move forward with the suppers and committed volunteers. So, Church and Community will meet on Wednesday the 29th of September @ 7pm. Stay safe and God Bless.
Shelley Melanson, Church and Community
Mission and Service Report
We all know the wonderful work done by the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church. Every Sunday during our worship service, a “Minute for Mission” is read, describing the many places in Canada and around the world where our donations support the important work of projects and schools. So far, from January to July 2020, our donations amounted to $5,452.51 and in January to July 2021 our donations amounted to $5639.00 increasing our giving’s by $186.49 from 2020 to 2021. Although we know that finances have been difficult for many during COVID 19, we met our goal of $10,000.00. This year we set our goal a little higher ($10,700.00),and asking if you could increase your M&S donation or by making your first donation to M&S so we can reach that goal. Thank you so much for your donations and support for Mission and Service.
Ruth Ricker, M&S Fund Treasurer
This fall our Worship Planning Team has decided to begin using a story-based lectionary that focuses on the stories of our faith rather than individual scripture verses. If you would like more information, please speak to Rev. Sharon
Our fall Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, September 14th, at 10 am in the Church Parlour. This will be a combined in-person and Zoom Bible Study. Those gathering in person are reminded that at this time the wearing of masks is still required. The Zoom invitation will be sent each week.
Monday Morning Coffee
At this time, we are still not be able to resume our Monday Morning Coffee Hour, but we hope that as soon as regulations change, we will be able to begin again.
Saturday September 25th
Beacon United Church will be holding a Yard Sale from 8am to noon. Prices will vary from a dollar or two up to a few more expensive items. At the same time, the Beacon Community Garden Council will be holding a Garden Market offering fresh produce as well as baked and canned items.
Sunday September 26th
Following our worship service, everyone is invited to join us for a Soup and Sandwich lunch in support of Mission & Service. This fundraiser will be by donation only.
Saturday October 16th
Beacon United Church will be holding an Antique Sale from 8am to noon. Come and explore some of the wonderful things that have been donated to Beacon.
Friday Nov 5th & Saturday November 6th
Dinner Theater is Back! This year we will be offering a new Theater production along with a Turkey Dinner complete with appetizer and dessert. Watch for more information.
Saturday November 13th
Our Annual Craft & Hobby Sale will be returning this year on November 13th from 9am to 2pm. Admission is $2. Lunch will be available for a cost of $8.
Sunday October 3
We will be celebrating World Wide Communion Sunday with the sharing of communion. All are welcome to join us.
Sunday October 10
Everyone is invited to join us for a service of Thanksgiving on October 10th. This is our chance to remember that despite all the difficulties we may have experienced over the past year, we still have a great deal to be grateful for.
Sunday November 7th
Each year Beacon United Church remembers all those associated with our church who lost their lives in times of war. This year our Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, November 7th.
Sunday November 21st
As we close out the Season of Pentecost and begin to prepare for the Season of Advent, we will be celebrating Reign of Christ Sunday with the sharing of Communion.