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  • Masking: masking inside our church building is optional. As your church board we know this to be an emotional and very personal choice, so remember to be kind and respect each other’s decision to mask or not mask. The board will continue to monitor monthly as agreed upon and will keep the congregation advised and included accordingly.

HELP NEEDED putting the Annual Report together on
Friday, February 10th at 9am. If you are able to help please
come prepared to get your exercise by walking around the table collating the report.
Thank you, Aileen


Do you sing? Or know someone who does?

Do you play an instrument? Or know someone who does?
Do you belong to a group that sings?
Do you belong to a group that plays instruments together?
Do you teach a music class?
Are you part of a music class?
If you answer yes to any of these questions we are definitely looking for you.
Sydenham-Heritage United Church is organizing a Music Celebration Series this spring. We have the dates picked, the themes picked, the venue booked and the only thing missing is you!
We are proposing four dates/four themes or genres and one venue….YOU provide the entertainment.
April 15 – Country Music
April 22 – Love Songs
April 29 – 50’s/60’s Sock Hop
May 6 – 70’s/ 80’s Chart Toppers
If you are interested in participating in any (or all) of the themed music dates listed above, please contact the church at 519-753-1248 and leave your name and phone number or send an email to the attention of Terry Matheson to Sydenham.heritage@gmail.com with the subject line MUSIC CELEBRATION SERIES telling us what you would like to sing or play and when.
Help us get the word out to entertainers wanting to sing and play again and let’s make music together this spring!  Please tell your friends and family – the more people know about this, the more opportunity to fill four concert dates for our friends, family and our community with musical entertainment!

Please remember if you turn anything on (such as the coffee maker) you are responsible for making sure it is turned off and anything you dirty (such as cups) you need to clean and put away.


The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2023.
There will be a BBQ that day. The congregation is being asked to bring a salad or a dessert as a potluck. Also bring your own plates and cutlery. Tea, coffee and juice will be provided.
When the service is over, the congregation will go to the auditorium to eat. After the meal the congregation will return to the sanctuary for the annual meeting. Please plan on attending the meeting. Everyone’s voice is important to participate.


Fraud Prevention Seminar:
The Fraud and Safety Seminar held on September 29 was well attended by 31 persons from our congregation and several from other Brantford United churches. The following links have been provided by our presenters:

Protecting against fraud

How a fraudster might approach you

Types of fraud

Protecting Your Financial Information Checklist


Updates from Worship:
Would you be interested in Greeting/ Ushering Sunday mornings? Would you like to participate in Sunday worship as a lay leader? If you answered ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ please contact a member of the worship committee or leave your contact information with the church office 519-753-1248… remember WE ARE THE CHURCH!


OUTREACH PROJECT
We are making sandwiches weekly for Roger Boyd’s Men’s Street Ministry in Brantford. The Stewardship /Outreach committee are looking for people to help make sandwiches every Wednesday at 10:30 am. You can volunteer for a long time commitment or give of what ever time you wish too!
We are no longer collecting winter items but you can donate men’s socks in a bin outside the office or donate monetarily at the office or thru your church envelope! There is a great need as Chaplain Boyd gives out 700 lunches a week in Brantford, Hamilton and soon Simcoe too.

Recycling opportunities:
As you know the Fix-it Crew of Sydenham-Heritage collect papers to recycle to Hartmann Manufacturing to make egg cartons. The revenue from the sale of paper goes to help maintain the solar panels.
The Fix-it Crew would like to start a new fund raiser. It will begin collecting aluminum beverage cans. The money raised will go to funding the supplies for coffee hour after the church service. If this fund raiser is successful there will be no need to contribute to coffee and tea after church.
So save your aluminum tins, put them in clear plastic garbage bags and drop them off at church in the same area as you do the paper. Don’t forget to remove the pull-tabs because we have a drop off for those too!!

Remember along with newspapers & aluminum cans we are also recycling milk bags, pop pull-tabs & empty medicine containers – drop off containers for these items can be found outside the church office.


“OUR DAILY BREAD” March – May 2023
are available in the Sydenham Street entrance or in front of the office.

DONATIONS, Memorials and OFFERINGS

While we are unable to attend weekly Church services, please remember your weekly givings/offerings are still very important to the work of the church and the maintenance of the church building.

We would like to take a minute to remind you that now would be a good time to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) where your givings could be deducted from your bank account monthly and direct paid to the church’s bank account – if you’re interested in this method of contributing, call the office to make arrangements.

Also, you can drop off your memorial donations/envelopes/cheques/cash givings at the church office any morning during the week, just call ahead to ensure you have access (and remember we have a mail slot in the Dundas Street Door access).

Another method is to send us an E-Transfer with online banking. If this is new to you, just follow these steps:
1) You need to be set up for On-line banking.
2) After signing in to your On-Line banking account, the menu (normally on left side) should have an option for E-Transfer – click on it.
3) You will need to add contact (Sydenham-Heritage U.C.) and method of contact (church email address sydenham.heritage@gmail.com).
4) Select the account you wish money to be taken from as well as the amount and insert in appropriate boxes.
5) Message is optional (can indicate where you want money to go e.g. General Funds, Benevolent fund, etc.).
6) Then you need to select a question from list or make up your own (e.g. “what is this for”) and then insert answer with no spaces in appropriate box.
7) Click Send.
8) Final but very important step is to send an email attention:  Treasurer (sydenham.heritage@gmail.com) with the answer.

You also have a another method to donate to the church.  Sydenham-Heritage United Church is now registered with CanadaHelps.org which is an on-line donation platform that will allow you to donate to any Canadian registered charity.  Keep in mind that when you donate through this platform, your tax receipt will be from Canada Helps and that donation will not appear on your Sydenham-Heritage tax receipt, but your donation does go to the Church’s general account.

Click on the Donate through Canada Helps link below and you will be re-directed to their donation form.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!


OFFICE REMINDER

Please be sure to let the office know if you have moved, changed your phone number etc. so that we can keep our records up to date.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

If you have an announcement you wish to put in the Sunday bulletin please be sure to have into the office by 10am Thursday.


Your Communications Team is very excited about an upcoming audio/visual project they have started working on and would very much like to include contributions from our church family in this process.

We would love to have your contributions of videos and photos that show life at Sydenham-Heritage, special events, services, field trips, dinners, auctions, concerts, anything that shows our church family interacting and working together.
Keep in mind that we will be sharing the photos/videos that you provide for this project on social media platforms, so you would need to consent to having your photos/videos shared when you provide them to us. For this reason, any photos/videos used will not include children.
If you would be interested in contributing please contact anyone on the communications team: Terry, Anne, or Rev. Paul


Wanted!!
Musicians, singers and those who just love music. Are you interested in adding your voice or musical instrument to our Music Ministry? Please join us for choir practice on line using the link provided on the website calendar or leave your name and contact information at the office and we’ll contact you!


Music Director would like to hear from you….
If you would like to request a piece of music, please email the church sydenham.heritage@gmail.com or call the office (519-753-1248) and leave your request for Trevor.


Prayer Group. Please join me in a quiet time of Prayer, devotions and reflections.
A time to connect with the Divine and with each other.
Find the Zoom link on the church calendar.
Join us Tuesdays at 6:30 PM on Zoom.
Yvonne Wright


DROP OFFS:
Papers may be left at the top of the stairs when raining or in front of the wooden shed if nice weather.
Anything else please drop off during office hours and ensure that whatever you are dropping off is marked as to who/what it is for and who it is from.

Thank you


Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone in our church family who may be in need of Pastoral Care due to illness, the death of a loved one, etc. please contact Rev. Paul Shepherd (Phone/Text/WhatsApp: 647-700-7129 – Email: paul.shuc@gmail.com) or let the office know by phone (519-753-1248) or email (sydenham.heritage@gmail.com).


POLICE CHECKS

If you are working with any of our youth you are required to have a police check which includes the vulnerable sector check. The cost is $20 and will be reimbursed to you. Please see Aileen in the office to get a letter to take to the police station.


TECH PEOPLE NEEDED

We’re looking for anyone interested in helping with running the sound & video systems for Sunday Services, Funerals, Weddings, drama productions etc. If you are interested please contact the office.