The Church is alive and well! Gathered activities may be suspended but we are on the go! We keep in contact with each other through – Facebook, Website, email or the answering machine.
VIRTUAL CHURCH continues via a webinar at www.portwallisunitedchurch.ca/virtual Please invite your neighbours to join us. People are also watching Port Wallis Worship on our Facebook page and on YouTube. As we gather for worship, please join us in lighting a candle every Sunday symbolizing the Light of Christ in our midst.
PRAYER CIRCLE IN OUR CONGREGATION
If you want to add someone to our prayer circle, please let us know at the office (902-435-3644). As well, if someone is in the hospital, please let us know. In your prayers, remember Reta, Mary, Blaine, Joan, Johnny, Gwen, John, Daryl, Kay, Woody, Barbe, Harry, Lorrie, Peggy and Vern, members of the RCMP, members of Canadian Armed Forces and the families of those who lost loved ones. Please remember the family of the little boy from Truro.
Let us remember those who are working in Nursing Homes, Hospitals, grocery stores, those who are driving busses, delivery trucks, taxis, and those picking up garbage. Remember those who are maintaining the infrastructure of our province. Remember those who are without work, over worked or fearful for their future.
“United Churches for Dartmouth” is a gathering of 6 Charges in our city and together we host a daily devotion at 10:00 AM. In addition, we have a “Kids’ Corner” where we have a Children’s Time and story. Krista Elizabeth, Shannon, Mark, Shirley and Wanda all have interesting posts and craft ideas. Shirley has an interesting craft on Noah’s ark and elephants.
Would someone like to start on-line Sunday School posts? Make a short video of a craft, teach a story, or???? Reach out if this is you.
Here is an interesting link for parents who wish to continue Sunday School activities for their children (and to provide an activity) https://www.mylittlehouse.org/
Offerings during the pandemic — 3 ways:
= E-transfer – email@example.com If you wish your offering to go to a specific purpose or FUND, please mention this in the note which accompanies your e-transfer;
= PAR, Pre-Authorized Remittance – application forms available on line. Go to Port Wallis United Church then Outreach then at the bottom is ‘Donations’;
= cheques to the Church Office – 263 Waverley Road, Dartmouth, NS B2X 2C8
Weekly Virtual Coffee Chats
Tuesday morning 10:00-10:45 and Thursday afternoon 2:00-2:45. Email the church firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the link info. Once you receive the link, just click on it and then you are there with your friends. You will need to download ZOOM but this is easy and we can walk you through it. This is a time to have a visit with your friends as we enjoy a cuppa together.
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to Kevin and Mabel FitzGerald.
FOOD BANK DONATIONS
Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Paul will be at the Church to receive food stuffs. Apple Juice at Superstore for $0.66 per bottle and No Frills 20 lbs potatoes for $4.97. Please observe physical distancing.
GROCERY STORE CARDS
Our Fundraiser is still happening with a few changes. Please phone or email the office and leave your name and phone number as well what denominations of cards you want to order and for Sobeys or Superstore. 10, 25,50, 100, 200
Also note if you are ordering one as a donation to give to someone in need.
We will reach back out to arrange deliver of the cards.
Thank You to all the people who supported the drive for Grocery Cards – we have enough to see us through the summer.
Margaret’s House is providing takeout meals that are distributed from the courtyard between 11 – 12:30 Monday to Saturday. They try and send people off with several meals in the hope that they will need to visit less frequently. Donations of money are gratefully received as well. Thanks to “The Canteen” for cooking meals during this time.
North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre (NDORC) foodbank of which Port Wallis is a key member, money is most helpful as it allows them to refill supplies that are low. There are two ways to donate:
Mail a cheque to the NDORC or North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre 44 Hester St. Dartmouth B3A 1K2.
A donation can be made through Canada Helps to the North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre at this link https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/north-dartmouth-outreach-resource-centre-society/
If you are quarantined and need food, we have people who will pick up food for you and deliver it to your door. Please call the Church Office 902-435-3644 and leave a message on the answering machine. We will contact you as soon as we receive your message.
If you are wrestling with isolation, loneliness or need to speak to someone, call the church answering machine 902-435-3644 and Ivan will be in contact with you as soon as he gets the message.
It’s Mother’s Day – Remember to call your mother.
This past week was Volunteer Appreciation and we are so thankful for all those who volunteer to keep Port Wallis an active and vibrant presence in our community. We may not be together right now but we have always been a welcoming and strong congregation. We offer a heartfelt thank you for the work that is done by the volunteers at Port Wallis! Hopefully we will be able to be together in July for a delicious strawberry shortcake in recognition of our volunteers!!
Music Department (from Adam)
If virtual choir was not for you, I invite you to take part in this virtual band. The piece is “Come O Holy Spirit” from More Voices.
How does a virtual band work? Much more flexibly than a virtual choir!
I invite you to play trumpets, flutes, recorders, keyboards, violins, clarinets – heck, spoons, if that’s all you’ve got. You can record the melody, play chords, play the bass line – I’ve also written out a possible alto part (harmony part), derived from the original, but much easier to see. Play however many parts as you’d like, and send them to me, and I’ll adjust the final product accordingly. Just as with the virtual choir, doubling up on recordings will help with the richness of the sound.
Please forward this email to anybody you think would be interested.
The form of the song is a little confusing, so I’ll just write it below:
For an intro, I played the chorus, going straight to the second ending.
Intro (chorus 2nd ending)
V1 Chorus 1st ending, Chorus 2nd ending
V2 Chorus 1st ending, Chorus 2nd ending
V3 Chorus 1 ending, Chorus skip to the 3rd ending
When you record yourself playing, you should be playing along to the recording – however, we don’t want to hear the recording in the background of your recording. We only want to hear your instrument, so it is important that you use headphones to listen to the part while you are recording.
There are a couple of different ways to do this, depending on the technology available to you. Contact Adam for further information through the church email.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, the Rev. Robert Richmond, and Wardens Edy Guy Francois and Martha Barnstead, send our greetings and blessings to our community, and welcome you to share our weekly virtual services on Sundays at 10 am, either on our website: www.standrewsdartmouth.ca or on facebook:
We can be reached by mail at 8 Locks Road, Dartmouth NS B2X 2J4, or through the church 902-435-2987 email email@example.com.
Faithful Footprints Atlantic Webinar
Does your green team or building committee need some advice about how to improve your faith community’s building in the future? Join Ben Grieder from the Ecology Action Centre and local climate champions for an interactive online webinar where you can learn about how you can make your faith-based institution buildings more energy efficient and environmentally friendly! Open to all faith-based institutions.
First event: Faithful Footprints Atlantic Webinar
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Second event: Faithful Footprints Atlantic Webinar
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM RSVP by emailing email@example.com
Breaking the Silence,(BTS) is a Justice, Mission and Outreach Committee partner,
For several years, in early May, many of you have ordered cases of Breaking the Silence coffee at the wholesale price for pick-up at Annual Meetings.
Although that cannot happen right now, you can still purchase Breaking the Silence coffee for your church and for personal use. You have several options: Purchase it at the Just Us! coffee display at Sobey’s, Foodland, and participating Coop Stores; Purchase it from Just Us! (justuscoffee.com/ ) with free shipping for retail orders over $50 and wholesale orders over $200 (churches can become wholesale customers); In the Halifax area, order with free delivery from Susanne Litke https://bts390790953.wordpress.com/
Why buy Breaking the Silence coffee? The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Solidarity Network (BTS) has been a long-term partner of the Church in Action Committee, now the Justice, Mission and Outreach Committees. BTS partners with the CCDA (the Highlands Committee of Small Farmers) ~ a collective of coffee farmers in Guatemala ~ and with Just Us! Fair Trade Coffee Roasters Co-op ~ to bring fair trade, organic coffee to the Maritimes. The proceeds of each bag of coffee purchased supports BTS human rights solidarity work.
The wandering minister…. I am taking my ‘almost daily’ walks through the area of Port Wallis. This gives me an opportunity to pray for you, sometimes see you, and at all times, allows me to give thanks for all the people of Port Wallis area.
Remember WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN, eat healthily, and call a friend to renew God’s Gift to you in them.
God is with us. We are not alone