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Unionville Presbyterian Church

  1. 1. • What we’ve accomplished • & where we’re going Unionville Presbyterian Church 2020: Year in Review
  2. 2. What we’ve accomplished … and where we’re going
  3. 3. Unionville Presbyterian Church: a community church where all are welcome
  4. 4. We come together as a faith community
  5. 5. Worshipping together, like this
  6. 6. … and like this
  7. 7. And sharing God’s light in our lives
  8. 8. Singing praises
  9. 9. Sharing God’s gifts in our community
  10. 10. … and beyond
  11. 11. Supporting each other in faith, individually
  12. 12. … and in groups
  13. 13. Serving soup & roll, as an opportunity for fellowship, and a fundraiser.
  14. 14. With the men assuming kitchen duties on Mother’s day
  15. 15. … and through UPC’s Care Network
  16. 16. Bearing in mind Charlie Brown’s words
  17. 17. And reaching out to others
  18. 18. We celebrated the sacraments, like Holy Communion … this way
  19. 19. …. and like this … and this way
  20. 20. Baptisms continued, observing COVID precautions
  21. 21. … for children & adults
  22. 22. We celebrated special events in the life of the church, like Christmas. Although not like this, as in former years …
  23. 23. … we celebrated Christ’s birth together, remembering his message of hope, peace, joy & love.
  24. 24. We found ways to create together, as in Lorne’s Advent wreath-making workshop
  25. 25. In the face of a world pandemic, we took to heart Charlie Brown’s message to Linus
  26. 26. … and in response we made significant donations to assist individuals & families in need in York Region
  27. 27. And at Easter, instead of our usual celebrations together at UPC
  28. 28. … we celebrated more like the disciples did on the first Easter
  29. 29. We acted on warnings to …
  30. 30. Marty reassured & inspired us, and led us into the world of meeting virtually for worship, groups, meetings, & staying connected.
  31. 31. Julie continued to manage UPC’s administrative affairs on site each day, and to provide a valuable link between English & Mandarin speakers.
  32. 32. Rachad continued his ministry of music bringing calm in the midst of storms, finding creative ways to provide meaningful music for worship services, including video recordings of himself playing as well as voice recordings including some of our own choir members.
  33. 33. Rev. Grace Chang continued her ongoing leadership of our Mandarin congregation. Grace works with Marty to ensure that Mandarin speaking people are welcomed and have a place at UPC to grow in their faith.
  34. 34. Thank you to Rev. Heather Jones, who regularly takes part in the leadership of worship services with Marty and has led the service in Marty’s absence.
  35. 35. We learned to master new technology, and became- Zoomers!
  36. 36. participating in services & meetings virtually, even while away on vacation.
  37. 37. Several members became Zoom masters, and “drove the bus” for our Sunday services
  38. 38. Bible study & Harry Potter groups continued online.
  39. 39. ENJOY Group met weekly by Zoom, & celebrated Chinese New Year with the Mandarin ENJOY group.
  40. 40. Joint ENJOY celebration for Chinese New Year
  41. 41. At times we felt like …
  42. 42. We all experimented with new ways of doing things. Some of us even tried cutting our own hair.
  43. 43. By the time of the 2nd wave in the fall, many of us felt like this …
  44. 44. … but Marty, Julie & Rachad supplied us with support, inspiration & motivators, like these daily quarantine questions
  45. 45. We encouraged each other to …
  46. 46. We recognized that we’re not all in the same boat.
  47. 47. … and that
  48. 48. So in recognition of the tremendous sacrifices by our essential workers of all kinds, we expressed our appreciation.
  49. 49. • donated to staff meals on duty, • supplied chocolates for the chaplain to distribute to staff And UPC members:
  50. 50. We considered that …
  51. 51. … and supplied weekly hot, healthy, home-cooked meals for 5 ENJOY group members who live alone.
  52. 52. The meals were prepared & delivered each week by our own team of UPC’ers
  53. 53. UPC’s beginner & intermediate ESL classes had to be suspended during COVID.
  54. 54. But advanced level classes continued regularly online. There were 120 separate classes taught in 2020, equivalent to about 160 hours of teaching.
  55. 55. We focused on the rainbows in the storm.
  56. 56. The UPC kitchen renovation was started • a
  57. 57. … and completed, thanks to the management & skill of UPC’ers, and funds from HIA.
  58. 58. UPC’s square foot gardens continued to thrive
  59. 59. Individuals shared their personal stories of courage & faith.
  60. 60. … and we all wore hats as support
  61. 61. Regretfully four of our beloved UPC members died in 2020. We hold them dear in our hearts.
  62. 62. Grace Connor
  63. 63. Dolores Gibb
  64. 64. Mendal McEwen
  65. 65. Jean Armstrong
  66. 66. Outdoor Movie Night: A group of 6 youth volunteered to build an outdoor movie screen, then hosted a successful outdoor evening movie event. Increasing COVID numbers made it impossible to continue, but hopefully we can later in 2021.
  67. 67. Some members advocated for a more equal & just society, supporting the BLM movement.
  68. 68. Some are trained facilitators of Kairos blanket exercises, and some have been meeting online to learn more about systemic racism and to pursue a UPC anti-racism initiative.
  69. 69. Rev. Grace Chang continued to provide leadership for the Mandarin speaking congregation, both in person and virtually.
  70. 70. Numerous combined services were held, both in person and virtually
  71. 71. Both congregations participated in Holy Communion services together,
  72. 72. … and three members of the Mandarin speaking congregation joined UPC’s Session. We were thrilled to have them join as elders.
  73. 73. The children met together.
  74. 74. … and the two congregations celebrated Chinese New Year together,
  75. 75. As a community hub, we’ve welcomed numerous other community groups to UPC, e.g. CHATS
  76. 76. Evergreen Hospice
  77. 77. Chinese Family Services
  78. 78. The Social Services Network
  79. 79. And by the end of 2020, we were convinced that …
  80. 80. We ushered in the new year with an online New Years Eve celebration
  81. 81. … with renewed enthusiasm for the next year.
  82. 82. The year 2020 has been a year of great achievement in living out our SILK values of: service, inclusion, love, & kindness.
  83. 83. And we have proceeded into 2021 in peace, in faith, and in love..

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