IN-PERSON WORSHIP – Delta will worship in person on the First Sunday of Advent, November 28. We suggest, if you are able, that you print the bulletin at home and bring it with you. The responses will be displayed on the screen, but you may find it easier to follow along with a bulletin in your hands. If you are unable to come in person, you may watch the service online as it is happening, or whenever it is convenient, by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/911588902987761
COVID-19 GUIDELINES – Please remember that we are still living with a pandemic and that many people who received vaccines still got sick. Participating in worship increases everyone’s chances of catching the virus, so, in order to minimize the risk, please wear your mask while you are in the building and keep two meters distant from your neighbours. We can’t sing, but we may hum into our masks with our mouths closed. Following worship, please leave the building and visit with your friends outdoors.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – On Sunday, we say farewell to Denise Forget who has served as Delta United Church’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator and who has gone on to take another position. Delta UC has hired Maggie Ford to take Denise’s place to work with Delta’s children. Maggie introduces herself: “I am currently finishing my BA at Redeemer University, where I have been studying English (Writing), Philosophy, and Art. I’m originally from London, Ontario, but I’ve called the Hamilton area home for the last five years. For hobbies, I love to read, cook and bake, skateboard, and I especially love to be outside.”
WHITE-GIFT SUNDAY – Beginning November 28, please bring your unwrapped gifts to the church on the first three Sundays of Advent to support Wesley Urban Ministries.
KIDS-ONLY SHOPPING – Delta United Church’s Annual “Kids-Only Shopping Day” will take place on Saturday, December 4, in the Friendship Centre and Memory Hall. We have a registration process for shoppers and volunteers this year. This will help this event run smoothly and we will have all the info for contact tracing. All shoppers will be required to wear a mask along with our volunteers! Parents will NOT be allowed in the church. They will drop their child off, provide a contact number and will be asked to come back 30 minutes later to pick up their child. We will be providing a number to match your child that you will be required to have at the time of pick up. Registration is an absolute MUST this year (We will not accommodate ‘walk-ins’ unless they would like to wait to see if there is a cancellation.) and can be done by emailing Melissa Noble Kidsonlyshopping@gmail.com. When you register you will be given a window of time for the child to shop. If you, or your family have a child who would like to shop, or if you are able to volunteer or know someone else who can volunteer on the day, please contact Melissa ASAP.
COMMUNION – On Sunday Dec. 5, we will celebrate Advent Communion. All are invited to join in this celebration with us. On Communion Sundays, our custom is to take up a loose change offering to support the ministry of Edith’s Pantry, giving food assistance to people in the community. The Mission and Outreach Committee for Delta United Church will re-open “Edith’s Pantry” in time for the holiday season. Because of your generous donations, this ministry has helped support upwards of five families in our immediate neighbourhood with food and personal supplies. A list of needed items is available at the church.
BAKE SALE – Following worship on Sunday Dec. 5, UCW will host a Christmas Bake Sale in Memory Hall. Fruit pies, Belgium Cookies, Christmas squares and cookies will be offered. Leftover meat pies and MAYBE some mac-‘n’-cheese will be available. Payment in cash or cheque to ‘Delta UCW’ only, please.
LONGEST NIGHT / BLUE CHRISTMAS / SERVICE OF HOPE – It has been our custom to conduct an evening service during the week before Christmas, for people to remember loved ones by lighting a candle. If you would like to participate in this, please tell Garry by email. If numbers warrant, it will be held on Thursday, December 16, at 7pm.
OFFICE HOURS – The minister usually is at his desk on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The congregation may call during those times. In the case of a pastoral emergency, the congregation may call outside of those hours.
OUR NEW ROOF – The model of the DUC building is a reminder that we have a new roof to pay for. Please consider making regular contributions to our Roof Fund.
SUPPORTING DELTA UNITED CHURCH – There are three ways to make your offering:
1. E-Transfer – You can make your contribution via online banking by sending it to: deltaunitedhamilton[at]gmail[dot]com.
2. Cheque – You can mail a cheque to: Delta United Church, 47 Ottawa Street South, Hamilton, ON, L8K 2C9.
3. PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) – You can authorize your bank to make an automatic monthly contribution.
Income tax receipts will be issued at the end of the year. Thank you for faithfully supporting Delta United Church.
Edith’s Pantry remains closed as a precaution against COVID-19.
If you need food, please contact: Emergency Food Pantry (Eva Rothwell Centre) 905-526-1558 x419
The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Mississaugas and Anishinaabe First Nations, governed by
the Dish With One Spoon Treaty of 1701, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and protect the resources around the Great Lakes.
The dish is the land and all its bounty… There is just one dish, and we are all responsible to replenish it, so it doesn’t become empty.
Likewise, there is just one spoon, so that we each take what we need and then pass the spoon to the next person.
And it’s a spoon, not a knife, because we need to share and resolve our conflicts in a non-violent manner.
In 1764, the Treaty was extended to settlers as part of the Treaty of Niagara, and to this day we are all Treaty People living on Treaty Land.
We have a responsibility to understand the Treaty and to make sure everyone shares equally in our common wealth.
Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize that we must do more
to learn about the rich history of this land so we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and stewards.