Welcome to Jubilee United Church
Jubilee United Church is an Affirming Ministry, offering welcome and companionship to all people regardless of sexual orientation or designation.
Jubilee United Church was created by the coming together of Bethesda, Donminster and Victoria Village, and most recently, St. John’s United Churches. Embracing the gifts of these congregations and the many individuals who have joined our community since 2000, we continue to grow. We acknowledge the sacred land upon which Jubilee United Church stands. People have been on this land for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the “Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant”, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Virtual Worship - Sunday, October 18th at 1030 am - You are Invited!
Daily Biblical Reflection with Rev. Norm Seli
Mon-Fri Currently reading John’s Gospel.
Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
This update comes to you on Saturday, October 17th
As always the link to Sunday’s service is just above this message. It will run at 1030am and will be available when you want to watch it subsequent to the initial viewing.
A 54 minute service of Word, Music, Preaching and Prayer. We will featuring Exodus 33:12-23 (Moses wants to witness God’s glory) and Matthew 22:15-22 (Jesus is confronted about paying tax). Cyndi Clinton is reading for us, Bri-anne has provided a digital Lockdown Brothers’ reading and Shirley Criscione provides a little video and commentary to begin our service. I will be preaching and because Bri-anne included her wedding pictures in last week’s sermon, I have included mine in this week’s sermon.
Sunday’s service is also available as a podcast. The link is here on the website, look for “Podcast”
The podcast link will also give you access to podcasts from Monday through Friday, in which I read and wonder my way through John’s Gospel. Just audio recordings of the daily video meditations – but without having to look at my face.
Speaking of faces, I am always keen to get your pictures – nature, faces, masks, life… Pictures help us to make our Sunday Services personal – it’s always good to share a beautiful moment or see a friendly face in this time of great caution.
On Sunday, November 8th, we will be recognizing Remembrance Sunday. We will be virtual, but we will have Last Post and two minutes of silence. I would be very grateful for any pictures or memories that you would like to share with me for Remembrance Sunday. An email with a story or a memory of someone who served and should be honoured on Remembrance Day. Maybe it’s you… or a loved one… a relative or a neighbour. Memories and stories can be written down and emailed, audio recordings of your memories or video would also be very welcome. Pictures of yourself or loved ones who served their country by taking up arms would be most gratefully received – please include the name of person and rank (if appropriate). As a reminder, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Youth Group are starting a new project: Errand Saturday. On the first Saturday of each month, the youth group (assisted by some able drivers) are hoping that they can help you with some small errands. We want to make things a little more manageable for those who are wise (or required) to stay at home. We can do a small grocery shopping, do a pick up or delivery of something to a friend, we can take your Foodbank or Clothing Donations and make sure that they get where they are needed. Our first Saturday, will be November 7th. You can let us know how we can help by contacting the Church Office (416-447-6846; email@example.com) or me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will confirm a time for Saturday, November 7th.
AND finally, in lieu of a Limerick, I share the good news that the Scouts have turned Apple Day into a month long virtual event. You can make a donation (with tax receipt) to support our 8th Don Mills Scouts in this difficult time, through Canada Helps. www.scoutapples.com/8thdonmills/
I know that they will appreciate your support.
See you tomorrow at Worship!
In Faith and Hope
Rev. Norm Seli (on behalf of the Jubilee Team)
Here are some of the most requested links:
Sunday Check in, 1130am -1230 https://zoom.us/j/756954235
Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday at 11am – noon https://zoom.us/j/348451849
Daily Check in, 530-630pm https://zoom.us/j/846416417
Daily Meditations and Worship Services are on my Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgNHaEdFtqnOUxgkRdty9vQ?view_as=subscriber
COVID 19 Response
There are many opinions, concerns and procedures being shared on both mainstream and social media, we are relying on:
Toronto Public Health https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/
As well as The United Church of Canada https://www.united-church.ca/news/covid-19-united-church-statement
The Jubil-AIR Radio Theatre Company is ready to broadcast! Sunday (August 9) at 7pm - and anytime thereafter. Join the Jubilee cast as they re-imagine a classic Burns and Allen Radio show from 1945.
On Sunday, June 23, 2013, we celebrated together Jubilee being officially an “Affirming Ministry.”
What that means is that we are recognized and take responsibility for inviting, welcoming, and including all people who want to experience the love of God and ministry of Jesus Christ as expressed in our community – regardless of sexual orientation or designation. We take on, as a ministry, the care and comfort of those marginalized and victimized by others for their identity as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered (LGBT) people. As much as it is about LGBT people, it is about a wider diversity as well. It is about inviting, welcoming, and including those who feel left out because of age, culture, or perceived / experienced abilities. Becoming an Affirming Ministry is a celebration and commitment to embrace diversity intentionally, graciously, and compassionately – the way that Jesus did.
With your help, we will continue to be a loving, inclusive and responsible community.
- Outreach Programs, Discussion Groups
- Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups
- Children’s Groups, Youth Groups
- Bible Studies, Non-Traditional Worship
- Women and Men, Young and Old
- Families and Individuals
- By the Book and Heretical
- Hungry and Satisfied
- Understanding and Questioning
You are invited to join us.
How to Find Us
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