June 14th, 2020, 10:30 A.M.
9:00 a.m. Worship Service @ Bell Lane, 55 Diana CANCELLED
10:30 a.m. Worship ONLINE AT twitch.tv/sydenhamheritageuc

Click here for a copy of the bulletin. The service will not follow this exactly, but will give you a good sense of what to expect.

The Word comes to life for us this morning from Genesis 1:1-2:4a & Matthew 28:16-20.

Message – Happy Birthday UCC

Sincere sympathy from the congregation of Sydenham-Heritage United Church is extended to the family of Lillian Bowerman, who has passed away.

Please join us for coffee after the service. If you are using the chat window, click on the link there.
If not, go to zoom.us, click on “join a meeting” and for meeting ID enter 206 091 532

Rev. Dr. Paul Shepherd, Minister
Rev. William MacKinnon, Minister of Pastoral Care
Rev. Wayne Myhre, Minister Emeritus
Rev. Con Estoesta, Minister Emeritus; Volunteer Associate Minister (VAM)
Joan McSpadden, Diaconal Minister Emeritus
Charlie Henderson, Interim Music Director
Aileen Johnston, Sunday School Superintendent
Linda Brown, Custodian
Aileen Johnston, Office Coordinator
Audio/Video Techs, Lyle Sylvester, Jim Linington
Organists Bell Lane, Cynthia Advincula, Ruth Sylvester, Pat Dawood

This Sunday, June 14th is Charlie Henderson’s last Sunday adding his musical talents to our on-line services. Join us as we wish Charlie all the best in his new adventure. Thank you, Charlie!


Second Chances
Our gifts for Mission & Service support community ministries like Stella’s Circle. People come to Emmanuel House at Stella’s Circle for a variety of reasons. Some have experienced mental illness or addiction, and others have suffered emotional stress or trauma or had a conflict with the law. The staff and volunteers at Emmanuel House are dedicated to helping them move forward in their lives.

Emmanuel House is a 14-bed, residential counselling centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where people of all genders live for four months at a time. They participate in group and individual counselling on topics such as addiction, recovery, mindfulness, trauma, and personal effectiveness skills. Residents also participate in therapeutic yoga, recreational activities, and household chores. Emmanuel House was the home of Stella’s Circle founder Stella Burry.

The staff assist residents with concrete issues related to their adjustment back into the community and being able to live independently. Many receive help finding safe and supportive housing or obtain employment assistance. The approach at Emmanuel House is a strengths-focused recovery model.

Ivy Lundrigan is a social worker at Emmanuel House. She expresses what it means to work with residents:

I am always in awe of the strength, resilience, and courage that come through these doors. Sometimes they don’t have mush hope when they arrive, but with support and guidance, they are able to move forward with their lives. I’m grateful to be part of that process.

White Privilege
Our gifts to Mission & Service work to create opportunities to understand what it means to be an intercultural church. Here is a story about one of those opportunities.

Beth Baskin, Program Coordinator, Social Analysis and Congregational Engagement, in the Church in Mission Unit of The United Church of Canada, reflects on White Privilege:

As someone who supported a delegation to the Global White Privilege Conference in May 2018 and supports the White Privilege Working Group, I spend a lot of time thinking about it.

White Privilege is the norm that allows me to go through my day without really having to think about what I do or say. The systems work pretty well for me. This is a problem.

The problem is that I (and lots of others) can go through life ignoring racism and the resulting oppression and exclusion. I will be a poorer person for the lack of diversity and understanding in my life and faith, but really, unless I go out of my way to be in relationships with those whom the systems exclude, I can live in my White bubble. This choice will give me occasional pangs of sadness for the oppressed but have no real consequences for my day-to-day living.

It is my job and the job of the White Privilege Working Group, among others, to ask the questions that lead us to understand others’ cultures and experiences. We must find real, tangible ways to change our church to honour and incorporate ways of being, knowing, and deciding that are not the dominant church norm.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.