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Harmony United Church
email: [email protected]
web site: http://www.harmonyunited.webs.com
Easter Sunday Announcements
April 4th, 2021
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. 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 during this challenging time. Teri and Gary can be contacted at [email protected] & [email protected]
Monthly GO Team Collection: 3rd Sunday of the Month. (April’s collection will benefit the “P.R.O. Kids Thunder Bay ”.)
Donations of Canadian Tire Money are gratefully appreciated to help offset our operating costs!
Lillian Gillson would welcome calls. She can be reached at 768-0589, or via the Glacier Ridge desk: 343-0242.
Events Happening at Harmony United…
FINALLY!!!!! You may now make out your cheques to Harmony United Church. Many thanks to those who have been dropping off giving envelopes and donations in the church’s locked mailbox!
Wednesday’s Coffee Drop In and “Home Group” are cancelled until further notice.
How to Worship from Home…
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.
Worship Service Outline: For those of you who would like a copy of the service emailed out to you, before or after presentation, please contact me by email and I will send whatever is available each week. This may not always include the sermon. I'll send whatever I can. [email protected]
Rev. Rob Smith is leading Virtual Lectionary Bible Study on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. through ZOOM. The participants explore the scriptures for the coming Sunday. I hope you will join us. We are averaging about 6 people. We can always find another place at the table for you. Here is the ZOOM invitation for the study:
Time: Mondays, @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada) ongoing throughout 2021.
Meeting ID: 846 7957 7617
Sign In Clipboards
During our response to COVID-19, please ensure that you sign one of the three clipboards … in the foyer near Crittall Hall, on the table in Cameron Hall, and in the entrance to the Sanctuary. Please note your name, the date, time in, time out, and your telephone number.
Local United Church Activities:
St. Paul’s and Harmony – “Music, Meditation and Muffins” a YouTube service that will be ready to view every Wednesday morning. Call St. Paul’s for the link.
April 4th – Easter Sunday – Trinity will coordinate and Rev. Dr. Randy Boyd will offer the meditation
April 11th – Second Sunday of Easter – St. Paul’s will coordinate and Cyndy and Diana will offer the meditation
April 18th – Third Sunday of Easter – Harmony will coordinate and Christina Stricker will offer the meditation
April 25th – Fourth Sunday of Easter – First-Wesley will coordinate; Rev. Louise Hart will coordinate
May 2nd – Fifth Sunday of Easter – Pinegrove will coordinate and Rev. Rob Smith will offer the meditation
Church Office Hours
Patricia will attempt to come into the office as required until further notice.
If an emergency arises, please feel free to call her at home:
You can also leave her a message, or send an email to:
A huge thank you to the individuals who shared in delivering the Easter Newsletter that was prepared by Ruth Kamo:
Lynda’s Story … from “Your Generosity Matters”
Everyone belongs; that belief anchors our United Church. It’s why your Mission & Service gifts support gatherings of people who are left on the margins of society and support education events that help us learn what we can do about it. Disability is one aspect of social justice the United Church is working on.
Did you know that one in five Canadians live with at least one disability? That’s 6.2 million people. Of these, 1.2 million can’t afford aids, devices, or prescription medications. People living with severe disabilities have half the income of those with none. Seniors are almost twice as likely to have a disability as people who are of working age.
Disability is an issue that affects us all. That’s why the United Church partners with people from other denominations to raise awareness. People like Anglican disability activist Lynda Katsuno, who is widely considered a pioneer in the field. Lynda has lived with disability since she was in a car accident in 1973. At the time, she was a primary school teacher and loved her job working with children. “I became a disability activist when I realized it takes political will to change society for the better.” —Lynda
After the accident, she wasn’t sure if she would be able to return to what she loved because the school wasn’t accessible. Lynda credits a committed principal and board of education superintendent for making the changes that would enable her to return to her job. “I became a disability activist when I realized it takes political will to change society for the better. Our community is made stronger when we include people with disabilities.
If people with disabilities were fully welcome, the world would be a richer place. It would be a place where there is hope and no fear,” she says. Ideals of mutuality, inclusivity, and justice drive Lynda’s passion to make the world a better place for all.
“I don’t want to be seen as a poor, pathetic person. I want to be seen as a child of God,” she says.
Your generosity supports events and education that help create healthy, strong, welcoming communities inside and outside the church. Communities where no one is left out. Where we are all valued as children of God. Let’s build a world where everyone belongs.
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us….
How do the ways we think and believe affect what we do? Who do we welcome, and who do we find challenging to welcome? What role does fear play in judgment and exclusion?
At a Gathering
For everyone present today, we give you thanks, gracious God. For the scope of talent and ability here, we are grateful. We are blessed to have this community. As we gather, make us mindful of those outside these walls. Draw our awareness to those who confront barriers of all kinds. Encourage us to find ways to remove obstacles to the grace and belonging we witness in Jesus. We’re here to make a difference, to make your mission our life’s work. May it be so. Amen.
For Personal Devotion
Remove my fear of vulnerability, O Great One. Slow down my judgment. Erase my urge to label and limit. Embed Your Spirit into the heart of my fear so that uniqueness excites me, so that diversity enthralls me, so that welcome guides me. Let me be changed. Strengthened. Blessed to be a blessing. Amen.
“I want to be seen as someone who can give back. Many people think of the issue of disabilities as people who suffer. It’s social exclusion of people that leads to injustice.” — Lynda
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Humour – Courtesy of Ruth Kamo
A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his
father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. His father
said he'd make a deal with his son: “You bring your grades up from
a C to a B average, study your Bible, and get your hair cut. Then
we'll talk about the car.”
The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for
the offer, and they agreed on it.
After about six weeks his father said: “Son, you've brought your
grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your
Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut.”
The boy said: “You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and
I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair,
John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair ~ and there's
even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”
You're going to love the Dad's reply: “Did you also notice that they
all walked everywhere they went?”
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Bill’s Story … (from “Your Generosity Matters”
None of us can go a single day without having an impact on someone’s life. And we can’t
always predict how what we do to help change a life might wind up changing ours, too.
Take Bill Darnell. Bill’s love affair with nature began at camp, but it didn’t end there. Far
from it. Bill’s childhood experience of camp wound up inspiring one of the world’s most
influential environmental movements. “Camping had a big effect on me. I grew up in
suburbia and didn’t have much access to the natural world. Camping was an opportunity
to go out and be in nature. It was amazing. Being at camp solidified my strong connection
with the natural world,” he says.
Bill’s early camp experience instilled such a love of nature that when he became an adult,
he became an environmental activist. “When I was 25 years old, not far removed from my
years in camp, I saw that they were testing nuclear weapons. That was so obviously wrong
that I felt I had to do something to stop it,” he says. “Camping made an incredible
difference in my life….
I give thanks to those who support it through Mission & Service."
The Incredible Difference Your Gifts Make: Bill’s Story continued …
So Bill and a small group of friends anxiously climbed on board an 85 foot fishing boat
later dubbed Greenpeace. Together, they set sale for Alaska to stop the testing of a nuclear
bomb. Greenpeace as a movement was born.
Bill’s story proves that camping experiences in childhood can lead to a lifelong
commitment to care for God’s creation.
As scientists and activists sound the alarm around climate change and experts report that
not spending enough time outside is having an impact on our children’s health and well-
being, outdoor ministry has never been more crucial.
It’s just one of the many reasons why Mission & Service really matters. Your Mission &
Service gifts support over two dozen United Church-run camps across the country. Every
year, your generosity gives thousands of children an opportunity to go to camp. There,
they learn life skills, meet other campers, explore faith, and spend time outside. Like Bill,
some young people may leave camp so impressed by the natural environment that they
get on board a movement to take care of it. “Camping made an incredible difference in my
life. I know it will make an incredible difference to young people across Canada. I give
thanks to those who support it,” Bill says.
Please make a gift to Mission & Service today. Your support not only makes a difference
right now but also has an impact on the future for all of us who are blessed to live in the
beautiful world God created.
Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.
Describe a time when generosity has multiplied like the loaves and fish in Matthew’s story. The meal recounted in Matthew’s story takes place outside. Where in creation is your spirit fed? Consider a time when something good you have done or been a part of has had a remarkable outcome.
At a Gathering:
O God, place generosity at the centre of our gathering. Let us be generous in our outlook, generous in our decisions, and generous with each other.
If our thinking gets too small, too narrowly focused on ourselves, remind us again of your mission to love large. Call up for us the image of Jesus making a meal for thousands out of a small offering. Turn us from our tightly held can’ts toward the good we can do when we come together in Your way. Amen.
For Personal Devotion:
God, break open the kernel of every good thing I do, however small. Scatter my generosity around Your beautiful world. Let my gratitude for all that I have take root. Let it grow strong as wheat. Bake it. Break it. Share it. Make my life a sacrament, my offerings more than enough. Amen
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Welcome to the New Minutes for Mission!
Friends, COVID-19 has changed everything–including how we tell the amazing stories of the life-changing difference Mission & Service makes. Meet eight real people whose lives have changed thanks to your gifts. These stories are offered with prayers and scripture readings for personal and small group devotions. Videos and slides that can be adapted for a variety of screens, plus shorter versions of each Minute suited to social media and bulletins, are available online. Eight stories—is that all? No! In addition to these stories, there will be special Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas stories available in multiple formats, and all year long we will be sharing news features that describe up-to-the-minute ways your Mission & Service gifts are making a difference. We will be sharing as many stories as ever with you, but now they will be delivered differently so we can share the good news of what your support is doing right now. Why the changes? Before the pandemic, we sent Minutes for Mission booklets to print nearly a year ahead of when you read them. Many of these stories centred on ways we help people face to face or described large in-person gatherings we anticipated would happen. When we were all thrust into social isolation, the stories seemed out of touch. Our materials, which were geared to hour-long in-person worship, didn’t work for everyone anymore. Your Mission & Service gifts are critical as the pandemic makes Canadians and people around the world even more vulnerable. We want to share how your support helps transform and save lives right now.
The United Church of Canada
What else is different? Some stories will be deeply personal; others will be breaking news. Our core Minutes for Mission stories–the eight in this booklet—can be mixed and matched to suit any situation or medium you may have, and accompanying devotions ensure that our church’s mission is deeply rooted in our faith practice. Where can I get these incredible stories and offer feedback? Access all the stories online at www.united-church.ca. Click “Mission & Service” on the homepage or search “Stories of Our Mission.” You can also subscribe to the God’s Mission, Our Gifts e-newsletter and have all the current stories delivered right to your inbox every month. Visit www.united-church.ca/e-newsletters. We are working hard to adapt to the changing times, and we’d love to hear your feedback. Sharing the amazing results of your gifts is our top priority. We are grateful for any advice you can offer to help us do that better. As you can see in these stories, through Mission & Service we help transform and save lives, inspire meaning and purpose, and build a better world. Every day. Thank you for your generosity!
Rev. Trisha Elliott
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On behalf of the entire Harmony United Church Family, a heartfelt
“THANK YOU” goes out to Betty Whittingham who has been tireless in
her dedication to bring a ray of sunshine into all of our lives.
During this past year of pandemic, Betty has selflessly prepared and
delivered greeting cards to all.
It has been a busy year for Betty with a variety of 42 cards, and 119
Christmas greetings, going out without cost to the church through her
own generosity. Her contribution to bringing joy to us all during this
difficult time must be recognized as a true Christian endeavour.
Betty, from all of your friends at Harmony, saying “THANK YOU” is
simply not enough for your kindness and thoughtfulness.
(Submitted by Arlien Hall Wesa)
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Rev. Rob Smith is leading Virtual Lectionary Bible Study on Mondays at
1:00 p.m. through ZOOM. The participants explore the scriptures for the
coming Sunday. The regional lectionary Bible study by ZOOM will start
again on Monday, January 11th at 1 p.m. I hope you will join us. We are
averaging about 6 people. We can always find another place at the table
for you. Here is the ZOOM invitation for the study:
Time: Jan 11, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 846 7957 7617
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The Worship Committee thanks Christina Stricker for
her unfailing leadership and contributions almost every
week to the Sunday Live Stream Services. We are
grateful to all of the choir members of Harmony, and
readers, for their willing contributions.
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Worship Service Outline:
For those of you who would like a
copy of the service emailed out to
you, before or after presentation,
please contact me by email and I
will send whatever is available each
week. This may not always include
the sermon. I'll send whatever I can.
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Harmony United Church
email: [email protected]
web site: http://www.harmonyunited.webs.com
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
• 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. April's 's collection will
benefit “P.R.O. Kids Thunder Bay”.)
• Donations of Canadian Tire Money are gratefully appreciated to
help offset our operating costs!
• New Broadview Magazines are
available. Please come by during office hours if you would like one.
• Lillian Gillson would welcome calls. She can be reached
at 768-0589, or via the Glacier Ridge desk: 343-0242.
Events Happening at Harmony United...
• Our banking arrangements have been
finalized! You may now make your cheques out to
"Harmony United Church". Many thanks to
those who have been dropping off giving
envelopes and donations in the church’s locked
• Wednesday’s 'Coffee Drop In' and 'Home Group'
are cancelled until further notice.
Attention all wanna-be SINGERS!!
Here's a rare
opportunity to practise your singing from home!
All are invited to join in Harmony's Church Choir
practices, as we continue to meet via ZOOM
(or telephone) on Thurs. evenings at 7 p.m.
The ZOOM meetings open at 6:45, for those that
want to come early to "chat." At 7:00 p.m. we start with
vocal warm- ups, then sing through the hymns of the week, and
work on learning our different parts of anthems. Because Zoom
doesn't precisely synchronize all the voices, the leader will "mute"
everyone but herself (or it will sound like chaos!) while we are
singing. This makes for a safe experience practising your singing -
because you are the only one that will hear you singing - as you
sing at home following the voice of the leader, and the piano.
Although, in some ways it's not as good as singing together in
person, Kim is leading Zoom practices each week with 2 different
small choirs, and both are finding it enjoyable and valuable. If you'd
like more information, or want to know the simple process of
joining with a computer, ipad or by telephone, phone Harmony's
choir director, Kim Fuzzen at 473-5271.
Sign In Clipboards During our response to
Please ensure that you sign one of the three
clipboards ... in Crittall Hall, the Office or in the
entrance to the Sanctuary. Please note your name,
the date, time in, time out, and your telephone
(Courtesy of Christina Stricker)
“Chickenpox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don't think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you're older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don't just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it's been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.
Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they're going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you're going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don't just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it's been around for years, and been studied medically for years.
HIV is a virus. It attacks the immune system and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years. As well, it has been studied medically for many years.
Now with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is So far, the symptoms may include:
Acute respiratory distress
Lung damage (potentially permanent)
Loss of taste (a neurological symptom)
Diarrhea Nausea or vomiting
Loss of appetite
Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young)
Blood clots S
COVID toes (weird, right?)
People testing positive for COVID-19 have been documented to be sick even after 60 days. Many people are sick for weeks, get better, and then experience a rapid and sudden flare up and get sick all over again. A man in Seattle was hospitalized for a total of 62 days, and while he was well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood.
Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused deaths.
This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know. For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity: How dare you? How dare you risk the lives of others so cavalierly? How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as “getting it over with”, when literally no one knows who will be the lucky “mild symptoms” case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30-year-olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died. Infants and children too. How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don't yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend:
baseline precautions such as: - Frequent hand-washing
Reduced social/public contact or interaction
Covering your cough or sneeze
Avoiding touching your face
Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces
The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren't immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts. I reject the notion that it's “just a virus” and we'll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance.
|Posted by Harmony United Church on May 7, 2020 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
From Christina Stricker …
I received a brief note from Rev. Sakala yesterday. He expressed his appreciation for the photos I sent and shared the family's excitement at becoming part of the Harmony Family. They all chuckled at the Balloon-Head choir and enjoyed the creativity expressed. (Thanks to Ruth and Richard for that one!)
Some of the photos I sent included 'eating with church folks' pictures - he remarks that one of his professors in the past once said 'a strong church will always have a good kitchen'. When I asked if his congregation celebrated by eating as often as we seem to he replied that they ate together for Special occasions as 'we do not find it easy to prepare a meal for over 300 people every Sunday'!!! I wonder how they will respond to our coffee times, for about 50+ people, usually every Sunday. I'm sure they will all enjoy the fellowship time we share.
I did include one of my own photos of one of those mornings when the fluffy snow sits on everything like pillows and is so beautiful. I asked whether the family would be delighted or horrified. He responded that although he has been in snow no one else in the family has experienced it: they are excited enough to be looking forward to coming into physical contact with snow rather than just seeing it in movies and books. Their only question was 'what do you do when you wake up I the morning and you find the car buried in snow?'
Rev. and his family try to keep up with the whole COVID event around the world but especially how it affects Canada and the steps being taken as we all work our way through.
Finally, the family appreciate the prayers and kindnesses we offer by our friendship and they look forward to the time when we can 'recognize one another in person'.
So that is the most recent update to share.