Our Living Statement...
Strathearn United Church is a loving Christian community living by faith and action, communicating through worship, education, fellowship and outreach, greeting the future with hope.
Our family is a vibrant one, finding fellowship in a variety of activities. Even in a virtual world, the Strathearn community finds ways to connect. In addition to annual and seasonal events, our Book Club and Christian Conversations are still going strong, and we stay connected to the larger church through community initiatives and outreach.
Official Board updates:
We are continuing with weekly indoor worship services
❖ Safety Protocols: As of July 1st, the Board has decided to lift the mask safety protocol until further notice. Masks are no longer mandatory and may be
worn at the discretion of each individual. We ask that you please respect those around you. Use safe distancing and hand sanitizer as needed, and please
stay home if you are sick.
❖ Connect & Share: During the summer, please join us for informal gathering in the Memorial Garden following worship. Please bring your own beverage.
❖ YouTube: Sunday worship will be on our YouTube channel when volunteers are available to record.
❖ Official Board Meetings: The Board will meet August 10th at 7:00 pm on Zoom.
We're on YouTube!
Check out our virtual worship videos here:
Please note: Summer office hours are in effect. Office is closed Monday and Friday in July and August
Aug 3: Tai Chi 10 AM
Aug 7: 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Aug 10: Tai Chi 10 AM
Official Board Meeting 7 PM
Aug 14: 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Aug 17: Tai Chi 10 AM
Aug 21: 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Aug 22-26: Rena on holidays
Aug 24: Tai Chi 10 AM
Aug 28: 12th Sunday after Pentecost
we stand with ukraine
New Hymn Addresses the Invasion of Ukraine
Walter Farquharson and Richard Hall have written a hymn, addressing the Ukraine invasion: "I Will Sing To Our God". Walter has written new lyrics for the music, composed in 1985 by Richard. The biblical inspiration is Exodus 15, The Song of Moses & Miriam. The current inspiration is Russia's invasion of Ukraine. As the situation in Ukraine is timely, they are sending the hymn with the invitation to use and copy freely if it is useful. They are not seeking royalties. Please feel free to forward it to anyone who might have use for it.
Statement for Peace in Ukraine and Donations Link
The invasion of Ukraine is costing precious lives and creating a humanitarian crisis as people flee to safety. The United Church of Canada has joined with partners who witness and work for peace and justice in the world, by issuing a statement condemning the invasion of Ukraine. You can see the statement and other information here, and find a link here to make a donation to support United Church Mission & Service partners responding to rapidly emerging needs. We add our prayers of concern and support for the people of Ukraine, and for their families and friends here and throughout the world.
Key protocols for Strathearn in-person worship services:
• Physical distancing of 6 feet required at all times within church
• Attendees are to only use designated washroom
• Entry to church is at front and elevator doors only
Lectures with Rev. Sandy
July 13, 2022: Languages of the Bible
Sandy addresses the key languages, spoken and written, as associated with both the first and second Testaments. He considers the history of these languages and their impact on Biblical interpretation.
You're invited to listen to the recording of this lecture by visiting the Strathearn United Church YouTube page
Bonus content: Strathearn United Church is pleased to share the United Church of Canada’s Song of Faith.
June 1, 2022: The Protestant Reformation and its Legacy
Sandy addressed key factors that prompted and supported the Reformation and introduced us to some of the religious leaders at this critical time in the history of the church, including Martin Luther. He then went on to speak of a number of the results of the Protestant Reformation, including its impact on legal, educational and cultural values, many of which are with us today.
The lecture may be accessed by clicking on the following link:
May 4th, 2022 - “The 1st Era of Definitions”, addressing the period from the end of the Jewish Revolt to the rule of Emperor Constantine and the establishment of Christianity as an institution. Rev. Sandy explains the meaning of “Era of Definition”, then provides context, history and Biblical references regarding the 1st Era. Learn about what happened in those earliest days, when Christianity moved from evangelizing to scattered communities, to an Imperial Christian faith.
View the recording here: https://youtu.be/SN-xEWj7GaE
Lecture notes are also available and may be obtained by contacting the church office
April 6th, 2022 - Holy Week: A Hero’s Narrative, as described in the Gospels”, looks at the events from Palm Sunday, through the Last Supper and Jesus’ arrest. In his lecture, Rev. Sandy explores gaps between the evidence-based history and the Gospel narratives. He also offers insights as to why the Gospels differ in their narrative of the Passion.
View the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBuV6eJ28F0
Lecture notes are available here:
mission and outreach projects
“Forever Greene Mission & Outreach Legacy”
Summer Essentials Campaign:
There will be a collection bin in the Narthex during July for summer essentials, e.g. water bottles, sunscreen, hats, caps. Items will be collected and dropped off at the Bissell Centre
Mission & Outreach will continue to remember Dan Greene’s Christian spirit, past support and commitment with a yearly community-based campaign of hope, joy and giving.