|Posted by Harmony United Church on January 11, 2021 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
In light of current events in Washington, our Moderator Richard Bott offers the following prayer:
Prayer for Our US Neighbours
As we follow our newsfeeds,
and observe with horror
what is happening in the capital of the United States of America,
we call on you, Creator of All Love.
We painfully remember peaceful protests of tangible and documented injustices,
led by Black and Indigenous peoples
who were sadly met with undue hostility and violence,
and characterized as rioters,
in contrast to how the violent clashes incited by Trump supporters
on baseless claims is being responded to
and reported on.
We pray for those who are most acutely experiencing the terror caused by these actions,
and those who deeply understand the hatred and racism that such acts fuel.
We call on you, Prince of Peace,
and pray for your wisdom, your guidance, and your love,
that those who are rioting would leave Washington,
so that elected decision-makers can go back
to their chambers,
to the lawful work that they have been given
by the people of the United States.
We pray, with all that we are,
―Moderator Richard Bott, Adele Halliday, and Alydia Smith
|Posted by Harmony United Church on January 9, 2021 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
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
|Posted by Harmony United Church on January 9, 2021 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
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.
|Posted by Harmony United Church on December 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
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.
|Posted by Harmony United Church on November 26, 2020 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Here is some Good News from Zambia!
It is just a beginning, but Rev. Sakala has received a letter from Immigration Canada to go and get the 'Medicals' part of the process completed within the next ninety days. Hallelujah! One caveat: only Rev. Mastard has his letter, the rest of the family are still waiting for theirs, but we all live in hope. The completed Medicals are the last stage before the issuing of Visas.
The Sally Sunshine in me suggests that the four applications of the Sakala Family would be more or less attached to one another so the other three notices should appear soon.
In a recent Chronicle Journal newspaper article it was reported that Immigration Canada is about 90% back on track in their processing of Immigration Applications. This is good news as everything was virtually shut down since March. There is a backlog, of course, but it seems that Immigration Canada is eager(!) to work through this backlog as quickly as possible. And the best news is that Rev. M's letter indicates his application is still 'on the table', not lost forever in an administrative wilderness. Carry on Immigration Canada!!!!
(Submitted by Christina Stricker, Chair of the Search Committee)
|Posted by Harmony United Church on November 13, 2020 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
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. (March's collection will
benefit “The Current River Churches Food Cupboard”.)
• 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...
• 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
• 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.
|Posted by Harmony United Church on March 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
The Earth is Crying Out
What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?
I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad. As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:
It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should too. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.
It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport.
It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.
It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.
It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.
It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.
It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.
It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.
It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.
It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.
It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.
It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass. Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great corrector. It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.
|Posted by Harmony United Church on March 19, 2020 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
TRINITY UNITED CHURCH
30 S. Algoma Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 3A8
Ph. (807) 345-5621 Email: [email protected]
March 18, 2020
As you are probably aware, the Trinity Council decided last Sunday to go online with our worship services for the next two weeks – and then see where things stand. Since then the province has directed churches to close in order to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus.
BUT that doesn’t mean that we won’t be worshipping together. We have been talking with the other churches in the city and we will be providing a city-wide online service for all the churches. All the clergy will be involved and we have some very special music planned. I hope you’ll see this as a great opportunity to come together and address a common challenge.
We’re hoping that you won’t just decide to take a break from church. The church has never been defined by walls or buildings, but by the spirit and community, and we’re hoping that everyone will make a special effort to be online the next few Sundays to show our support and to witness that this virus won’t stop us from being the church. For while we may not be physically together, we will be virtually and spiritually one community of faith. Even as we self-isolate, we are not alone.
There are a number of ways to connect to the service:
You can go to our website, www.trinityunited.church/livestream (actually the home page “trinityunited.church” has a link to the livestream and you can just click that button to go to the livestream page.) You’ll find a media player on the page – just click the “Play” button and you’re all set. If you have any trouble, sometimes it helps to Refresh the browser page.
Or you can join us on Facebook – just search for “Trinity United, Thunder Bay.”
If you have a ROKU box or a smart TV with a ROKU channel, search for our channel there – “Trinity United Thunder Bay”, and then you can add the channel and watch the service on your TV.
Some of you may not have a computer or internet. What I’d invite you to do is ask a family member to come over with their cell phone and watch it on that. Even those without the technology have family (or close friends) who do, and wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience to share your regular worship time with a grandson or granddaughter!
You’ll notice on the website that there is a Donate button. If you want to make an offering, feel free to use that button. Any donations that come in from other churches will be forwarded to them. This also might be a good time to consider signing up for PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittances) and your support can continue while you are unable to attend in person.
You’ll also note that there is a Chat Box on livestream page. I encourage you to let us know you are there and feel free to engage in a conversation with others.
The Council will evaluate near the end of the two weeks and let you know what will be happening going forward. All events at the church are cancelled or postponed. Feel free to call the church if you have any questions.
So, stay safe everyone, and “see” you on Sunday!
|Posted by Harmony United Church on June 29, 2018 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|