Knox Shuniah United Church

1 Shuniah Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7A 2Y7 Canada

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Weekly Announcements

Posted by Harmony United Church on October 16, 2020 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Harmony United Church



Telephone: 345-5065



email: [email protected]




Announcements - October 18th, 2020



Serving & Helping…



If you aware of anyone who is in hospital or


requires a pastoral telephone call, please notify the


Church Office.




Do you have a suggestion for any of our church


committees? If so, please put it in our locked


mailbox until further notice. The Committee Chair


will be notified of your suggestion.





Harmony’s Facebook Page site administrators are



Gary Pederson and Teri Lynch. Please share any



ideas and words that may bring comfort or joy to



members of our congregation, and pictures of



what you are doing to keep busy: Teri and Gary



can be contacted at [email protected] &



[email protected]




Greeters, Scripture Readers and Coffee



Hosts/Hostesses will be needed when we get back



together again. Please call the church office to



indicate your interest: 345-5065.






Monthly GO Team Collection: 3rd Sunday of the



Month. (October’s collection will benefit “The



Mission for Seafarers”.)




Donations of Canadian Tire Money are gratefully


appreciated to help offset our operating costs.






Broadview Magazines are available. Please come


by during office hours if you would like one.




Lillian Gillson would welcome calls or visits. She


can be reached at 768-0589, or via the Glacier


Ridge desk: 343-0242.




 

Events Happening at Harmony United



Until our banking arrangements have been



finalized, please continue to make out your



cheques to Knox United Church. Many thanks to




those who have been dropping off giving




envelopes and donations in the church’s locked




mailbox!






The Outreach Team is planning a Yard Sale which


will be held Saturday, October 31st from 9:30 a.m.


– 1:30 p.m. in Crittall Hall. Masks and distancing


will be required. We need items to sell that are


clean, and nearly new. Please, no televisions, or


heavy objects. Volunteers are also needed.


Monies  will be shared between the Current River


Churches   Food Cupboard and the School Milk


Fund. 



For more information, please contact Linda


Hammond @ 345-1958.





How to Worship from Home



(Courtesy of Murray Young …;))


Streamed services from Trinity United Church:


http://trinityunited.church/livestream/


Click on “TRINITY LIVE” to connect to live


streaming shortly before, or during a service



To watch a service at a later time, click on the


small circle labelled “PREVIOUS BROADCASTS”.


They will appear, with the most recent to the left.



You can also view the streamed services on


Trinity’s Facebook page.





October Service Leaders:




October 18th – Diana Hannaford Wilcox (St. Paul’s)



October 25th – Christina Stricker (Harmony)



 

Westminster, First-Wesley, and Broadway have


attempted to open their sanctuaries for Sunday


Worship. The other four United Churches will


remain closed for Sunday Worship until further


notice. They will, however, continue to support and


collaborate on the live-streaming services as we


have been doing since March.





 

COFFEE DROP-IN

 

Wednesday Mornings


(rain date – Thursday)


10:30 a.m.


Gentlemen Welcome!!!

 

Harmony Garden or Crittall Hall,


depending on the weather.


Bring your chair and your coffee/tea/beverage.


 

Note: Safe distancing will be in effect!



No bathroom is available.


 

ALL ARE WELCOME!



 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in Church Office Hours Due to COVID 19


 

Wednesday: Approximately 11:30 a.m.


 

Friday: Approximately 9:15 a.m.


 

If an emergency arises, please feel free to call


Patricia at home:


623-6821.


You can also leave her a



message, or send an email to


 

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign In Clipboards



During our response to COVID-19, please ensure


that you sign one of the two clipboards … in


Crittall Hall, or in the entrance to the Sanctuary.


Please note your name, the date, time in, time out,


and your telephone number.


 



Events Happening in Our Sister Churches and

Organizations…



FOOD DRIVE FOR RFDA Saturday, October 17th 


from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Westminster United


Church (parking lot). They will accept monetary


donations, or the following food items:


Spices/herbs/salt & pepper


Canned tuna, ham, chicken


Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce


Dried lentils, beans, peas, and barley


Peanut butter


Mayonnaise, mustard, etc.

 

 

Yard Sale!!!!!

Posted by Harmony United Church on October 16, 2020 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


FLASH!!!!


The Outreach Team is planning a Yard Sale which


will be held Saturday, October 31st from 9:30 a.m.


– 1:30 p.m. in Crittall Hall.



Masks and distancing will be required.  We need


items to sell that are clean, and nearly new.



Please, no televisions or heavy objects. Volunteers


are also  needed.   Monies will be shared  between


the Current River  Churches Food Cupboard and


theSchool Milk Fund. For more  information,


please contact Linda  Hammond @ 345-1958.



Items may  be dropped at the church office:


Wednesdays from 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.



Fridays, from 9:15   a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


 


From Ruth Kamo

Posted by Harmony United Church on October 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

(Courtesy of Ruth Kamo)

 

Word for Today: Act 2:42 


They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the


fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers.




Thought for Today:



So this was the early church, the gathering of free families living a new


way of life. What was first on their minds I guess, was, so tell us about


Jesus? What was He like, what did He say. And the apostle told the new


believers. Keep in mind, no Bibles, no written words no data shows with


ten easy points. I can imagine it went something like: There was this time


when we were on a lake and a storm came up …” Or: we met a leper


one day…”, and, another apostle interjects, there was two of them wasn’t


there?” And so it would go on and the stories were told and a picture was


created concerning this Jesus. No absolutes. Just, I imagine: This was


what it was like. This was what I felt as He spoke; this is what I saw. The


message of Jesus is a heart thing not a scientific dissertation. Did our


hearts not burn within us? asked one disciple after meeting the risen


Jesus. Not, didn’t it blow our minds? Rather, did not our hearts burn


within us. If our hearts do not ‘burn within’, in an encounter with Jesus, I


doubt we have truly met Him, nor do we have anything meaningful to share.

Quote for Today: Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. Goethe

Your Prayer for Today: Lord, today when I read your word let it be not just


my mind but may it find its way by grace to my heart. In Jesus' Name


Amen.




You’ve got to laugh!


 

A man died and went up to heaven. Upon arriving he noticed two signs


One said “Men Who Are Bossed By Their wives,” the other one said


“Men Not Bossed By Their Wives.” After closer inspection he noticed


that while next to the first sign was a big line, by the second sign there


was just one man. After getting even closer he realized it was his friend


Harry. “Hey Harry” the man questioned “what in the world are you doing


here? Your wife bosses you around more then anybody.” “I don’t know”


Harry replied “my wife told me to stand here.”



The leader of the vegetarian society just couldn’t control himself


anymore. He just needed to try some pork, just to see what it tasted like.


So one summer day he told his members he was going on a vacation.


He packed out of town, and headed to the nearest restaurant. After


sitting down, he ordered a roasted pig, and patiently waited for his


delicacy. After just a few minutes, he heard someone call his name, and


to his great chagrin he saw one of his fellow members walking towards


him. Just at that same moment, the waiter walked over, with a huge


platter, holding a full roasted pig with an apple in it’s mouth. “Isn’t that


something,” says the leader after only a moment’s pause, “all I do is


order an apple, and look what it comes with!”




For the children....



How excited was the gardener about spring? So excited he wet his


plants.



Does February like March? No, but April May



When do monkeys fall from the sky? During APE-ril showers



What season is it best to go on a trampoline? Springtime



What do you call a rabbit with flees? Bugs Bunny



What goes up when the rain goes down? Umbrellas



What month of the year is the shortest? May (only 3 letters)



 

 

Please …


 

Remember to complete your Re-Opening Surveys that were


emailed/mailed to you.


It is essential we receive your replies by October


12th.




 

If you wish to give the information to Patricia over the phone rather than


mailing in your survey, please call her during office hours:



 

Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.


Friday: 9:15 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Sing In During COVID

Posted by Harmony United Church on October 3, 2020 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Sign In Clipboards...



During our response to COVID-19,


please  ensure that you sign one of


the two


clipboards ... in Crittall Hall, or in the


entrance to the Sanctuary. Please



note your name, the date, time in,


time out, and your telephone


number.

Surveys

Posted by Harmony United Church on October 3, 2020 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Remember to complete your Re-


Opening Surveys that were


emailed/mailed to you. It is


essential we receive your replies


by October 12th.




If you wish to give the information


to Patricia over the phone rather


than mailing in your survey,


please call her during office


hours:



Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.



Friday: 9:15 a.m.



 


October 11th Announcements

Posted by Harmony United Church on September 25, 2020 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Harmony United Church



Telephone: 345-5065



email: [email protected]







Announcements 



October 11th,


2020




Serving & Helping


If you aware of anyone who is in hospital or requires a pastoral telephone call, please notify the

Church Office.



Do you have a suggestion for any of our church committees? If so, please put it in our locked

mailbox until further notice. The Committee Chair will be notified of your suggestion.



Harmony’s Facebook Page site administrators are Gary Pederson and Teri Lynch. Please share

any ideas and words that may bring comfort or joy to members of our congregation, and pictures

of what you are doing to keep busy: Teri and Gary can be contacted at

[email protected] & [email protected]



Greeters, Scripture Readers and Coffee Hosts/Hostesses will be needed when we get back

together again. Please call the church office to indicate your interest: 345-5065.



Monthly GO Team Collection: 3rd Sunday of the Month. (October’s collection will benefit “The

Mission for Seafarers”.)



Donations of Canadian Tire Money are gratefully appreciated to help offset our operating costs!



Broadview Magazines are available. Please come by during office hours if you would like one.



Lillian Gillson would welcome calls or visits. She can be reached at 768-0589, or via the Glacier


Ridge desk: 343-0242.




 

Events Happening at Harmony United



Until our banking arrangements have been finalized, please continue to make out your


cheques to Knox United Church. Many thanks to those who have been dropping off giving


envelopes and donations in the church’s locked mailbox!




How to Worship from Home


(Courtesy of Murray Young …;)


Streamed services from Trinity United Church: http://trinityunited.church/livestream/



Click on “TRINITY LIVE” to connect to live streaming shortly before, or during a service



To watch a service at a later time, click on the small circle labelled “PREVIOUS



BROADCASTS”. They will appear, with the most recent to the left.



You can also view the streamed services on Trinity’s Facebook page.





October Service Leaders:



 

October 11th – Anne McDonald (St. Paul’s)



October 18th – Diana Hannaford Wilcox (St. Paul’s)



October 25th – Christina Stricker (Harmony)



 

Westminster, First-Wesley, and Broadway have attempted to open their sanctuaries for


Sunday Worship. The other four United Churches will remain closed for Sunday Worship


until further notice. They will, however, continue to support and collaborate on the live-


streaming services as we have been doing since March.



 

COFFEE DROP-IN


 

Wednesday Mornings


(rain date – Thursday)


10:30 a.m.


Gentlemen Welcome!!!


 

Harmony Garden


1 Shuniah St.


Bring your chair and your coffee/tea/beverage


 

Note: Safe distancing will be in effect!


No bathroom is available!


 

ALL ARE WELCOME!



 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Change in Church Office Hours Due to COVID 19



 

Wednesday: Approximately 11:30 a.m.



Friday: Approximately 9:15 a.m.



 

If an emergency arises, please feel free to call Patricia at home:



623-6821.


You can also leave her a message, or send an email to


[email protected]

 

 

 

 


Church Opening Update

Posted by Harmony United Church on August 20, 2020 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Good day fellow members and friends of Harmony United Church:


It is a good thing that the Church is not a building. Of course, the Bible tells us how important it is to gather together and we all look forward to returning to church again as soon and safely as we can. But, even when we haven’t been able to come to church, God has used this time to bring us together as the Church in love and service toward one another and our community.


We are all looking forward to the day the building doors are open once again, but that time isn’t now. Our church will not reopen yet but here’s what we are doing.


We have assembled a team of people from our church to help us monitor the COVID-19 situation in our area and guide us in making a wise, safe reopening plan when the time is right.


We will keep in touch with other churches in the area, including those who have reopened their buildings and learned a few lessons along the way.


We will continue to participate in the LIVESTREAM from Trinity, Coffee-Drop In on Wednesday mornings, and phone calls to those who are housebound.


As we meet with our reopening task force and stay on top of TBPHU recommendations, the health and safety of our congregation is at the forefront of your minds. This is some of the criteria that guides our decision.



We need to see continued decline of cases

We need to obtain safety items and have a plan in place for safe entry and exit.


We need to determine who can assist with leading services… as there are now 4 United churches in town without ministers the available Lay Leaders will be in huge demand.


We will determine the best way to use our resources (financial and people).

Until our criteria is met, we’ll continue with our online services and virtual ministry. Please continue to check your email for updates.


At Harmony United, we are a family that can make it through anything together because the God of hope guides us through uncertainty. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.


 

Richard & Ruth Kamo


Rev. Joyce's Final Message

Posted by Harmony United Church on August 3, 2020 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Minister's Message


 

July 30th, 2020


“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;


and the greatest of these is love.”


1st Corinthians 13:13


 

It is with a deep sense of gratitude but also sadness that I write my last weekly message to you, the good people of Harmony United Church. I am grateful to have served as your minister for over a year, for we have shared so many special times together. I will miss seeing you on a regular basis, sharing spirit-filled worship, visiting together in times of joy and times of sorrow, enjoying times of music, fun, amazing food, and laughter, and doing our best to serve God together in our community and in our world. Peter and I feel truly blessed to have been part of this church family.


 

I will be on holiday during the month of August, and will be retiring (again!) after that. I was ordained 30 years ago, and have had so many great and varied experiences. But now it's time for new experiences. With COVID 19 restrictions still in place, our holiday travel, like that of many of you, will be limited to exploring our local area. We have been fortunate enough to be able to reserve a cabin for a week at the Sleeping Giant Park, and look forward to rest and relaxation in that lovely setting.


 

I have great affection for all of you, dear friends, and will hold you in my heart and in my prayers. I also pray that Rev. Sakala and his family will soon be able to come to our city, and that his ministry with you will be a great blessing, as I know your warmth and support will be a great blessing to him and his family. You are special!


 

God bless you,


 

(Rev.) Joyce Fergus-Moore



Coffee Drop In

Posted by Harmony United Church on July 30, 2020 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

COFFEE DROP-IN


 

Wednesday Mornings


(rain date – Thursday)


10:30 a.m.


 

Harmony Garden


1 Shuniah St.


Bring your chair and your coffee/tea/beverage


 

Note: Safe distancing will be in effect!


No bathroom available!


 

ALL ARE WELCOME!


Rev. Joyce's Weekly Message

Posted by Harmony United Church on July 30, 2020 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Minister's Message


July 23rd, 2020


“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”


Ovid


 

This advice from Ovid, a philosopher of ancient Greece, seems particularly relevant in these challenging times of dealing with a global pandemic when there is no end in sight. There is an underlying level of stress associated with that, and ongoing stress leads to a profound sense of weariness. As people steeped in the Protestant work ethic, it's often hard for us to recognize and admit that we are just plain tired.


 

It is not only OK to rest when we are tired, it is the good and faithful thing to do. Jesus took time out on the lake when he needed rest so that he could have the strength to care for others. Surely we too can let things go awhile and lay down our weary heads when we need rest and renewal. Summer is a wonderful time to pause, feel the warmth of the sun, and wonder at the beauty of God's creation.


 

God's holy presence in all creation was highlighted in our worship service last Sunday. Thank you to all our music-makers and singers for your amazing and inspiring offerings. If you didn't have a chance to take it in, you can find it on the Trinity UC archives (July 19th livestream).


 

Dear friends, I pray for your health and happiness in these mid-summer days.


Peace be with you,


 

(Rev.) Joyce Fergus-Moore


 

 



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