THOUGHT & PRAYERS - ANNOUNCEMENTS - EVENTS
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

The Search Committee has concluded their search and is ready to present a candidate for the congregation to consider.
 The Board is calling a Congregational Meeting for Monday, July 19 at 7:00 pm via Zoom for the purpose of confirming the Call of an ordained Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care at Marshall Memorial United Church.

The Zoom link to attend the meeting is:
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Meeting ID: 868 3088 1539
Passcode: 034863
Or if you are unable to join by computer, you can call one of:
       +1 647 374 4685 Canada
       +1 647 558 0588 Canada
Meeting ID: 868 3088 1539

This meeting is your opportunity to hear about the candidate we would like you to consider and be part of this very important decision about our future. We hope as many members and adherents as possible will attend. By the nature of Zoom, there is only one vote per computer device. If you would prefer to vote as individuals rather than as a household, we recommend using more than one computer if possible.
July 21 Sanctuary Prayer Meeting
 
As Rev. Kevin closes this Sunday’s service (July 18th), he invites everyone to come to our Marshal sanctuary for a time of prayer. We welcome everyone to come to our sanctuary and enjoy its beauty in an atmosphere of prayer Wednesday evening, July 21, from 7 to 8 pm for a simple prayer experience.
 
Within this week’s Scripture (Mark 6: 30-56) Jesus performs three miracles: Jesus feeds thousands, Jesus comes to his followers by walking on the water and Jesus heals many people of all type of illness. Often our approach to life is centered on our abilities and resources, however there are times when our abilities alone are insufficient and our resources are unable to meet the need. Then we can come to Jesus and Jesus comes to us, in generous hospitality to meet with our circumstances.
 
This evening of prayer will be a simple time of waiting before Jesus within the beauty of our sanctuary. Rev. Kevin, and others, will be available to pray for individuals as requested. Here are some ground rules: 1, You will not be asked to share any topic for prayer publicly. We know that God knows and any specific prayer topic is between you and God. We will support you! 2. We will share in some Bible verses encouraging us to pray. 3. We will maintain our Covid protocols so that everyone may be relaxed and safe! Please provide and wear your own mask.
 
We welcome you to come to our sanctuary and enjoy its beauty in an atmosphere of prayer Wednesday evening July 21 from 7 to 8 pm for this simple prayer experience.
 Rev. Kevin

RE-OPENING

I am happy to announce tentative dates for two upcoming events that will be part of our re-opening process.
We are planning on celebrating a return to in person activities with our annual Corn Boil and Barbeque which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8th

Our second event will hopefully mark our return to in person worship on Sunday, September 12th. Both of these celebrations will be subject to Provincial protocols and safety measures.
We will continue to provide regular updates concerning these events as we develop our re-opening plans.

    Jan Thompson
Board Chair
OUR SERVICES
This week we will joined by the staff and congregants from Ryerson United Church. Rev. Taylor will be leading our Service this week.  The service is available via Livestream beginning at 9am Sunday morning and archived for viewing anytime.  

Children's Sunday School will happen via ZOOM: 10am for Little Zoomies (ages 4-7) and 10:40 am for Big Zoomers (ages 8+). Just text your e-mail and time preference to Heather at 905-978-7610. 

You can also watch our services directly from YouTube. After entering YouTube, search for our channel, Marshall Memorial United Church and click "Subscribe" once (free of charge) so the site is added to your YouTube for easy retrieval.

If you would like to listen to our service please call our dedicated phone line at 905-648-4552, that allows you access to listen to our taped worship services from start to finish. 
FROM THE TREASURER

We want to thank everyone who has been donating faithfully to Marshall Memorial. With the summer months approaching it will be even more important to try to maintain a regular giving pattern so that we can meet our Church’s needs. There are many ways to give:
  • Cheques mailed to the Church
  • eTransfer using marshallmemorial@gmail.com as the recipient address
  • Donate button at www.mmuc.org.
  • Start regular giving through PAD by contacting Henrietta, our Office Manager, at marshallmemorial@gmail.com or by phone at 905-648-4631.
Blessings, Barbara Mahaffy

Marshall’s Watching The Chosen!
Have you heard of The Chosen? It is a video series based on the Gospels available on a FREE app! It’s also the largest, most ambitious completely crowd-sourced production project ever.
We (John & Judy VanDuzer) are planning to start watching it this summer, and thought some of you might like to join us. Our thought is to choose an evening once a week, watch one 30-minute episode together on Zoom and chat a bit afterward. What do you think?

If you are interested, please complete this Doodle Poll so we can pick an evening that works for everyone:

We’ll start in a couple of weeks once we have an evening chosen.  

Here’s a link to their website so you can check it out…
SUMMERTIME BIBLE READING
 
For the months of July and August, our Daily Read & Reflect Scriptures include both morning and evening readings.
 
The morning readings will be familiar to you – the Psalms. Reading the Psalms on a regular basis is a valuable practice to enrich your faith, your knowledge of God, and your prayer life. The Psalms are ‘the hymn book of Israel’ and many Christian hymns and praise songs are based on them as well. They are also excellent scriptures for praying as your own, as they cover a wide range of emotions and responses to God.
 
The evening readings will be less familiar – the Minor Prophets. The Minor Prophets are the last books of the Christian Old Testament. They are designated ‘minor’ not because they are unimportant but because they are shorter in length than the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Reading the prophets is something that we don’t often do, but they offer us a clear vision of the Kingdom of God as well as confirmation of God’s love and faithfulness. Although the writings of the prophets are firmly embedded in the history of the Old Testament, they can also help us interpret our own times in a prophetic way.
 
It is important to remember that prophetic writing is its own genre and thus has distinctive features, such as its use of symbolism. The nature of the prophetic writing seems a bit harsh to us, but the purpose of their message is to act as a counter-cultural ‘corrective’ for God’s people when they are in danger of neglecting or abandoning the ways of God for the ways of the world.
 
To give you a bit of background, we have attached a brief overview of the Minor Prophets. As well, if you decide that over the summer you would like to study these scriptures in more depth, we have also included a Bible study guide for the Minor Prophets that will help you understand their messages more clearly. 
REV. TAYLOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION
You can reach Rev. Kevin at 905-979-1751 or by email. Please call first before coming to the church. 

FROM THE OFFICE

Office hours for the summer are Monday - Thursday from 9-12. If you need to contact me please call 905-648-4631 or email me at marshallmemorial@gmail.com