New Vision Notes Fri June 17 2022

Fri Jun 17 2022

  1. It’s Case for Kids throughout June. We’ll continue through the month to collect for Wesley Urban Ministries’ Case for Kids.
  2. We will be celebrating many things this Sunday, June 19. It will be New Vision’s Eighth Anniversary, The Indigenous Day of Prayer in the United Church of Canada, and Christian Family Sunday Part II (ie. the father aspect of the gender spectrum).
  3. I was reminded in a letter of appreciation from our Moderator a few weeks ago that this year is the 30th anniversary of my ordination: I am grateful to the Worship Committee’s invitation to be New Vision’s anniversary speaker this year, and I promise not to do a retrospective.
  4. We will mark the covenants between Horseshoe Falls Regional Council, New Vision United Church and me the following Sunday, June 26, as part of our Sunday morning worship. New Vision and I have been together since New Vision began, but it was only two years ago that we moved from an annual appointment by the regional council to a permanent, called relationship. This is a great example of “better late than never” in two ways: i) from the beginning the people of New Vision just made it happen and the wider church has been catching up and ii) two years ago when New Vision “called” me (after 6 years of ‘living together’) we decided we would mark the shift in relationship we had when we were able to do so in person. The moment has come.
  5. Coordinating team opportunity for a booth shared with other Affirming United Churches at Pride Reunited July 8th and 9th, Hamilton Convention Centre. Contact me at this email address if you would like to join in.
  6. New Vision is joining in with the pandemic-begun Gore Park Outreach Program on Saturday mornings by providing them use of our kitchen Saturday morning for the hot meal they serve their guests at noon in the Park. They have begun! There will be more news as our pilot project with them develops.
  7. Here our current in-person gathering approach: i) we will form the circle again in the lower hall, distancing the seats by a metre for the time being. ii) people may join the circle if they are willing to wear a mask.
  8. The reason for the masks is that we will allow ourselves to sing, and masking reduces the distance air we expel travels with the increased effort singing.
  9. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  10. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone. Call 1 647 374 4685, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday again, or for the first time –

Rev Ian