THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
We remember Rev.  LeSage as he is off on disability.  We pray that he feels the Lord's healing hands upon him and gives him patience and strength.

OUR SERVICES
For the time being, we will be continuing to worship via Livestream at 9am Sunday morning. Rev. Kevin Taylor will be leading the service.
 
Children's Sunday School will happen via ZOOM: 10AM for Little Zoomies (ages 4-7) and 10:35 AM for Big Zoomers (ages 8+). Just text your e-mail and time preference to Heather at 905-978-7610. 

Cable 14 is now showing our service Sunday evenings at 6pm!  Please note that Sunday, September 6th will be the last service to be broadcast by Cable 14.

You can also watch our services from YouTube.  You can click "Subscribe" once (free of charge) so the site is added to your YouTube for easy retrieval.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

REV. TAYLOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION
Rev. Kevin Taylor will be in the office in the mornings Monday-Thursday if you would like to talk to him or schedule a visit.  You can reach him at 905-979-1751 or by email.  Please call first before coming to the church. 

FROM REV. KEVIN
Hello to everyone,
 
Lauren and I are grateful for this opportunity to serve Marshall Memorial United Church; to seek God's ways as we walk together in God's world. You are a great group of people.
 
Of course we recognize that our opportunity comes to us as a result of Etienne's ill health. We pray for him supporting his journey to recovery. Etienne's experience is of holding, within his heart, a desire that his body will not accommodate. Our brother needs prayers of support and communications of encouragement. Lauren and I realize that our opportunity to serve is a precious trust coming to us because of the misfortune of another. We ask for your prayer support.
 
We, together as a congregation, have a lot of work to accomplish! It will take much effort to remain "nimble" in our planning and our attitudes as we move toward worship within the social context of pandemic. We will encounter two issues. One is the ministry coming from our congregation through media, and perhaps, beginning to happen within our church building. The second issue is about the "how" of coming together as a congregation. Although faith tells us to keep ministering, science tells us how we may gather together safely. It will require much effort to maintain excellent ministry while re-imagining the structure of worship, small group study and Marshall's vibrant social life.
 
Of course, (and this is the important part) "We are not alone"! Our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is present inside of each of us, within our leadership meetings and on the outside, surrounding us within providence. We look forward into the earth-bound future even as we look upward to God by whom we may navigate the very unknown. At the center of this frantic world, of the congregation, and of our own lives is Jesus; the cross, the resurrection and the gift of new life. This pandemic cannot touch that holy center. Because Jesus is greater than our circumstances we may possess a positivity that points beyond ourselves and enables us to live as Jesus would have us and so be the church in the midst of society. What a great opportunity to exemplify our vision to: "Walk in God's way and Serve in God's world!"
 
Looking forward, with great curiosity, to the coming months together.
Rev. Kevin

REGULAR OFFERINGS
Thank you to members who have maintained their givings through PAD, e-transfer, Canada Helps or mailed-in cheques. If you are wondering how to maintain your offerings when we are not in our Sanctuary:
  • Mail cheques to Marshall Memorial United Church, 20 Gilbert St, Ancaster L9G 1R4 (mail is being picked up every day).
  • eTransfer using marshallmemorial@gmail.com as the recipient address. This function is available from most online banking sites
  • Donate button at www.mmuc.org/give or go directly to the Canada Helps site with the link https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/19884.
  • Sign up for PAD to make a regular contribution through your bank account. Contact Henrietta at marshallmemorial@gmail.com or by phone at 905-648-4631 to start PAD or to make changes to your current PAD offerings.
CASE FOR KIDS UPDATE - WESLEY MINISTRIES
Wow! A big thank you for all your efforts raising funds and awareness for Case for Kids! We are thrilled that we were able to raise just over $90,000 through the Case for Kids Campaign. This supports means more than ever, with all of Wesley's Before and After school programs and Early ON family programs opening in September.
 
Wesley is collecting donations of knapsacks and supplies for our annual Knapsack Drive. 

From all of us at Wesley

PHOTO DIRECTORY UPDATE
The pictures for the Photo-directory ordered in February are being delivered directly to the homes of those who ordered them. For those who had their April times cancelled due to COVID or were unable to make the February booking, we have new dates booked with the photographer. September 17, 18 and 19th will be available and done safely in the Gathering Place. Contact Kerry Radigan at radigankerry@gmail.com for more information or to book a time (30 minute increments).
 
CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT
Read & Reflect Daily Scripture Readings:  Attached is the calendar of daily scripture readings for August, based on the Common Lectionary. Regular reflection on scripture is the number one catalyst for spiritual growth, and following along with this calendar will give you a framework to guide your devotional reading.
 
Even better is to read the Bible in community! You can join our private Facebook group - Members and Friends of Marshall Memorial - for posts related to the readings. If you are not a member, please contact Richard Hamilton on Facebook for an invitation.
  
CLOTH FACE MASKS
Another batch has arrived!  We are very grateful to Diane Paton who has made and donated a number of cloth face masks to be given to people at Marshall Church.  If you would like to have one, please  email or phone the church office (also provide your mailing address) and a free mask will be mailed to you.  Thank you Diane for your work and generosity, as you help us protect ourselves and others.

For all those feeling creative and wanting to make their own, this link will lead you to directions that one of our members used to make her own.

UCC - E-SSENTIALS
Please follow this link for the latest from the United Church of Canada.

LIVING ROCK MINISTRIES
Living Rock Ministries, with support from the City of Hamilton, is hosting the 18th Annual Arts of August Youth Art Showcase. In the context of COVID-19 and social isolation, this is an opportunity for youth, 13-25 years of age, from all over Hamilton to find hope and meaning through artistic expressions around the themes of Peace, Love, Equality and Culture. 

Mediums include visual arts, photography, sculpture, literary (poems, articles 1,000 words and less), performance (music, spoken word, dance, drama up to 5 minutes), video and group projects. The art showcase will be held virtually on Thursday, August 27th, 2020 at 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The show will be broad-casted through Instagram Live, Hometown Hub and Cable 14. For more information visit https://www.livingrock.ca/arts-of-august.

OFFICE HOURS
The church office is open Monday-Thursday 9-noon.  Need a face mask?  We've got them.  Want to make a contribution to Givings?  Want something to go in the Newsletter? Have a prayer request?  Send me an email or call (905.647.4631).  

A PRAYER DURING TIMES OF COVID-19
In this time of COVID-19, we pray:

When we aren't sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can't touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."
For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world...
we pray
for safety,
for health,
for wholeness.
May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
the sick-
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.
Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.
In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
we pray.
May it be so.

-A prayer during times of COVID-19 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.