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news on this week’s service: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Gordon United Church WELCOMES Melanie Ihmels, Candidate for Diaconal Ministry with the United Church of Canada. Melanie will be with us during Rev. Heidi’s sabbatical. She says: I am thrilled to join you all here at Gordon United Church in beautiful Langford, BC. I am excited to welcome new visitors and established congregants to this Back to Basics series! We will be exploring our personal beliefs as Christians and United Church participants; this week we continue exploring
The Lord’s Prayer!
This is the direct link to Sunday’s service.
This is the direct link to Tim’s Hymns on SoundCloud. So uplifting!
This is the direct link to Pat Wilson’s Flutelady page on SoundCloud. Beautiful!
This is the direct link to Jeanne Campbell’s piano concert at St. Mary’s Anglican in Oak Bay, July 22. Jeanne shares her beautiful playing for our church services during Tim’s vacations. Due to the hiatus in on-site services, we were sorry to miss her time with us this summer.
COVID-19 NEWS AT GORDON UNITED CHURCH
July 10, 2020
Gordon United Church is remaining at a Level 1 Stage protocol as per the recommendation of Pacific Mountain Regional Council, at least until September. This means there will be no tenant groups in the building except for two groups in their ground floor, separate, leased spaces.
The Church Council approved a Stage One Re-Opening Plan that allows for outdoor worship and our first outdoor service was held July 5th, with pre-registration required due to the “50 people and under” provincial restriction for gatherings. Participants registered by phone through the church office, with priority given to those unable to access online services. A two-metre distance was maintained, and people brought their own chairs or sat in their cars in order to reduce cleaning. Masks were encouraged. Washrooms were available on a limited basis (one person or family group at a time). The date of the next service is unknown, but those unable to attend the first will be first on the list for the second.
Some tenants are requesting space in the parking lot for meetings, and this can be negotiated, though without access to the building. The costs of cleaning and sanitizing according to the best standards is high, and Council has yet to determine a means of operating without a difficult financial burden on the church and on tenants/renters. The office and building remain closed, though staff and volunteers may be in and out, so if you need to drop something off, please leaves us a message.
Financially, the church is in a position in which we will soon have to access our reserve funds – see the Financial Update above. This is not ideal, and these funds will not last forever, so if you are able to increase your giving or make an extra donation that would be a huge help. We recognize that finances are tight for many, and appreciate all the ways you are contributing to church and community in this difficult time. Thanks be to God for the generosity and care of God’s people! The Church Council
A reminder that Rev. Heidi will be away on vacation mid-July and will begin Sabbatical on August 1st. Melanie Ihmels will be taking over half-time clergy duties until October 31st.
Welcome to the Gordon United Church webpage! Gordon United, like many churches, feels like family for many people who attend. The bigger the family the better, as all are our sisters and brothers in Christ. Our goal is to be both a welcoming congregation for those who come in but also an active part of the community beyond the church building.
This is a group of people who really enjoy being together, and would be glad to have you become a part of the family. All ages, abilities, or backgrounds are invited to become involved in the life of this Christian community. A special welcome is extended to our LGBTQ2S+ friends.
Bringing the generations together is important to the congregation.
Worship is a mixture of the traditional and the contemporary, preaching is Biblical and related to everyday life. Members of the congregation take an active part in leading worship.
Gordon United strives to make a difference by deepening and acting on our faith; responding to God’s ancient call to live justly and peaceably. Join us any time, as often as you like. We hope that you will consider making Gordon United your church home.
Gordon United Church has been known to be a very friendly church. We try to make everyone feel welcomed and “at home”. Please talk to us if you have ideas on ways for improvements so that we can be the best that we can possibly be for our community within the Church and outside of our walls.
There are opportunities to get to know one another, to learn together, and to make a difference in the community and in the world. The United Church of Canada is a “big-tent” denomination, with lots of variety in how people follow Jesus and what they believe. This is a place where asking questions is not just allowed, but encouraged!
All who wish to explore what it means to follow Jesus are welcome in this place. So please come and join us exactly as you are — you are welcome in your blue jeans. Coffee/tea/juice is always served after the service. I look forward to meeting you.