DORCHESTER UNITED CHURCH NEWSLETTER
"Jesus said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty
again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be
thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water
gushing up to eternal life.'"
John 3: 13, 14 (This passage is the focus of the sermon on March 19)
Greetings and blessing to you all, my friends,
As we continue our walk through Lent, we realize in this season of
contemplation that we all truly thirst for many things in our lives. Some
of the most important things for which we thirst are love, a sense of
belonging and community, forgiveness, healing and peace. In the passage
above, Jesus is in conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, and
he provides comfort and grace to her in all of these ways as he recounts
for her the sense of being apart which dominates her life. Jesus' keen
insight into her heart and soul cause her to become an revitalized
believer, one who shares her story with all who will listen.
We too yearn for such comfort and grace, and in a community of believers
many of these things are provided, but the essence of such comfort and
peace come from the spark of the Spirit which is in each of us, which comes
from Jesus. It is when we open our hearts, minds and eyes to truly see, and
then feel compelled to truly be Jesus' hands and feet in the world by
reaching out to others that we fill this void, that we quench our thirst,
or perhaps more properly, we invite Jesus into our very core, trusting in
his love and forgiveness.
There are many exciting and energizing ways in which our congregation is
reaching out to others, near and far, and these are detailed elsewhere in
this newsletter - our visioning to make a true difference in our community
by extending a loving 'wrap-around' embrace to those in need in our
community, within our church family, and to the Rajeh family, refugees
whose arrival we have been eagerly anticipating for many months. We will
have several opportunities to meet them, offering a sincere and heart-felt
welcome to their new homeland.
The Holy Week services listed in this newsletter, I hope, will provide a
profoundly moving experience as Jesus moves to the cross, and beyond.
Please join us for our Maundy Thursday service, where, if you choose, you
may have your feet washed (this is entirely optional, and there is
certainly no pressure to participate in this part of the service), an
experience that can be deeply powerful. The joys of Easter are so much more
poignant and meaningful if we have also walked with Jesus to the cross on
Good Friday, and I sincerely hope that you will all consider attending this
service at 11 a.m. on April 14.
We are currently recording and sharing on CD all of our church services, so
if there is anyone who would like a copy, or if you know of anyone who
would appreciate receiving one, please let me or the Worship Committee
May God bless you all in the coming weeks, and as our bulletin reads each
week, "Wherever you are, whoever you are, join us in our journey!" Rev.
As I'm writing this, Spring is supposed to be just around the corner, but
Mother Nature has other ideas. As the new chairman of the Church Board I am
looking forward to a great year for Dorchester United Church. Our Refugee
family has safely arrived, the proposals from the Initiatives Work Group
are being implemented, and we're going to have a Ham and Oyster Supper!
Reverend Larry faithfully continues to lead us at Sunday Services, and
spends much time doing pastoral care during the week. For this we are truly
thankful. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Sundays
and at events during the week.
Welcome to the Rajeh Family
Our refugee family arrived in Toronto on Thursday, March 9th.
They were welcomed to Canada by relatives who presently reside in London.
The Rajeh family are settling in temporarily with close relatives- Ahmed
and Suzanne-and should have their own apartment or townhouse in London near
Hyde Park and Oxford St. (Fiddlers Green) in April. Please keep Fateh,
Wafaa, Mohamad and Douha in your thoughts and prayers as they settle into
their new home in Canada.
Visioning Working Group
Our congregation is very supportive of the 4 initiatives introduced at
the Annual Meeting in February - supporting the Food Bank in
Dorchester, Messages/Words of Encouragement; the Good Neighbour Project
and the Holy Diner. At this time, we ask that you prayerfully consider
participating, as you are able, in the 3 initiatives mentioned below:
Food Bank Donations
are welcome on any Sunday. Items of particular needed at this time are
school snacks (granola bars, pudding and fruit cups) as well as gift cards
and cash donations used to purchase fresh produce, dairy and meat. Please
find envelopes for monetary donations at the back of the sanctuary. These
gifts may be placed on the offertory plates. Foodland cash register
receipts are also welcome.
Rides to Church
: We encourage congregation members to think about those needing a ride to
and from church. The Visioning Working Group is open to suggestions that
address this need. Please see Cathy Baskerville or Rev. Larry with your
Good Neighbour Project:
This is a local initiative linked with the Canadian Food Grains Bank. You
are invited to support this project by attending the Blessing of the Seeds
Service on Sunday, April 23 at the Anglican Church on King St. in
Thorndale. There will be a short service at 2 p.m. with music by the Thames
Centre Community Choir.
Calendar of Events
March 19th - 3rd Sunday of Lent
March 22nd - Lenten Book Study - Book "He Set His Face to Jerusalem" 2 pm
March 24th - Ham & Oyster Supper 6 pm Dorchester United Church.
March 26th - 4th Sunday of Lent
March 29th - Lenten Book Study - 2 pm
April 2nd - 5th Sunday of Lent
- Lenten Book Study - 2 pm
April 9th - Palm Sunday Service
- Lenten Book Study - 2 pm
Belmont U.C. Lenten service lead by Rev. Larry (dinner at 6 p.m.
[donation] and service begins at 6:45)
April 13th - Maundy Thursday Service - 7 pm
April 14th - Good Friday Church Service - 11 am
- Church Breakfast - 8:15 am
- Easter Church Service & Communion
April 23rd - Earth Sunday
April 30th - Regular Church Service
May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th - Regular Church Services
June 4th - Regular Church Service
June 11th - Church Picnic - Worship in the
Parking lot and the picnic is in the basement. Bring your lawn chair, 1
main course, 1 dessert and your dishes.
June 18th - Father's Day Service
June 25th - Church Service and Communion
July 1st to July 31st - Church is CLOSED
Keep collecting those pop cans - They can be dropped
off at the church or at Ernie Reid's in the car port (4356 Hamilton
Road, - green bin)
for saving the plastic sleeves from your "junk mail". They are put to
good use at the London Food Bank and may be placed in a small basket on
the window ledge at the back of the sanctuary or you may give them to
any church member.
items are welcome any Sunday.
Friday, March 24th, 2017
Dorchester United Church 6 p.m.
Adults $20; Child 6 - 12 $10;
5 & under Free
Tickets at 519-268-0983
Check the ad in the Signpost for any upcoming events
or call the church at 519-268-3154 and someone will get back to you.