New Vision Notes Sat Mar 27 2021

Notes Sat Mar 27 2021

1. Palm Fronds for Palm Sunday (March 28, tomorrow) have been ordered and will be distributed today Saturday, March 27th at the west side parking lot at City Hall (exit off Bay Street) from 10 am to 11am, rain or shine. We will deliver the Palms to those who wish them, and will be seeking volunteers to help with the delivery. We will be asking the ‘callers’ who keep in touch with our folks on the ‘Phone list’ to advise them of the Palm pickup, or arrange for a delivery of the palms. For more information, reach out to Dan Peace (
2. A video recording of the United Church’s International Day for the Elimination of Racism webinar called “A Biblical and Theological Exploration on Preaching Race and Racism” from last Sunday is available on the United Church’s YouTube channel here.
3. We will share in a Maundy Thursday agape feast (more to follow on this tomorrow at our worship gathering) and then a service of the shadows (Tenebrae) in our zoom worship gathering room on Thursday, Apr 1 at 7 pm.
4. A brief worship gathering will take place in the New Vision virtual worship room on Good Friday at 10:30 am.
5. Our Regional Council social justice officer is inviting Hamilton residents to contact their ward councilor to encourage them to pause changes to the City’s Official Plan initiated by the province that would cause more urban sprawl. For more information for your email follow this link to a petition you may also choose to sign.
6. Looking ahead: Our Rockville United Church in suburban Washington D.C. friends who are partners in  the Al Zahar family from Syria to Canada refugee project will be joining us as a congregation for our virtual worship gathering on Sunday, Apr 18 at the usual time of 10:30 am.
7. Hamilton moves back into the Province of Ontario’s “grey zone” this Monday. I am sad to say this means that New Vision folks without access to Zoom will have to wait for a while more to participate in person at 24 Main W in our Zoom worship gathering on Sundays. I know those gathering on Zoom keenly miss those who have been gathering in person. I am looking forward to the day we can meet again in person, and I am sad that this is the second Easter we will not be able to gather in person as a Christian faith community.
8. 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.
9. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone toll free. Call 1 855 703 8985, 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.
10. For updates on New Vision plans in the post Covid-19 emergency recovery, please visit

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

Rev Ian