Join us for an Earth Day ‘at home’ challenge from April 19-25!
It’s time to celebrate Earth Day again, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events that were planned have been cancelled in order to keep everyone safe.
The good news is that there other ways we can celebrate this important day, while staying at home and sticking with those in your household!
Join us for an Earth Day ‘at home’ Challenge, beginning April 19 at 8 a.m., and running until April 25 at 10 p.m. New missions will be posted daily, complete one or all! Each mission completed will earn an entry to win a solar charging backpack, valued at $80!
To participate, download the free GooseChase app or visit the GooseChase website and enter game code: Oakville2021.
Last year some of our congregation took part in a discussion of White Fragility. This year we will be reading 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. This relatively short and easy-to-read book describes what Chief Joseph believes to be the main issues with the Indian Act and argues that it should be eliminated. Please join Katy Joaquim or me in a thought-provoking discussion about this book and what it says about our past, present and future with the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. The Zoom book discussion is planned for Monday, June 7th at 7:30 pm. Please contact Sandra Onufryk at email@example.com to sign up.
‘Update to Pollinator Garden – progress is being made however we still need your volunteer support to see this project through! The location has been chosen – swing by the church and have a look!’
Isaiah 24:4-6 “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.”
Jeremiah 2:7 “I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.”
Scientists, politicians, activists and Canadians in general recognize that our world is in trouble. Species are declining at a rapid rate and the planet is warming quickly. What can we do that will make a difference? In a 2019 survey our congregation cited the natural environment and the local poor as our top two priorities.
In response to this directive Outreach has responded with plans for a Pollinator Garden that will provide a habitat for those all important creatures such as butterflies that make life on earth possible. The garden is planned for the entrance to the church on the southern side of the driveway as it provides ample sun. Technical help in the selection of plants is already available but Outreach is seeking individuals with a keen interest in the environment or gardening to help plant the garden and tend it over the summer as the first year is very important in establishing the plants. If you or your friends would like to be a part of this initiative please contact Hugh Wanless at hpwanless@gmail or 905-399-6678. If we do not have a core of volunteers to ensure the health of the new plantings we will be unable to proceed with the project.
The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) provides Halton residents, aged 16 and over, experiencing a mental health crisis with immediate outreach and support. Anyone can call the COAST crisis line which is answered by a trained mental health crisis worker 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.
The committee has been hard at work making changes to respect COVID protocols and protect our customers and volunteers. With that in mind, we will be curbside pickup only on April 17th. We are offering last year’s prices and have added some new products to the lineup, while offering some “old favourites”, and Green Horizon “Big Yellow Bags” of soil and Mulch are back too.
We are encouraging all customers to order early to avoid disappointment! All fertilizer and seed products must be pre-ordered and pre-paid by April 15th and picked up at the church on April 17th. You can order: online from the comfort of your home office; mail your order with payment postmarked no later than April 8th; drop your order form (with payment) into the secure mailbox at the rear door of the church by April 15th; or have a volunteer pick up your order form.
Public, Intentional, Explicit Inclusion of LGBTQ2SIA+ People
Why PIE? PIE = Public. Intentional. Explicit.
Those are the standards we hold ourselves and our welcome to when we seek to live into being Affirming, Welcoming, or Inclusive people and communities. What’s in YOUR Affirming PIE? What ingredients would you use? How do you want to fold in Public, Intentional, and Explicit (PIE) elements? This year we celebrate with a PIE recipe shared with you! The ingredients…two cups of inclusion, a tablespoon of sparkle, a quarter cup of love – you get the idea! Think about how our faith community could continue to build our PIE, or how we are starting to cook something up.
Public, Intentional, Explicit Inclusion of LGBTQ2SIA+ People
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan in Halton region and to seek your help in notifying older adult members of your community.
In alignment with the provincial government’s three-phased vaccination plan, we are pleased to share that starting today, Wednesday March 3, 2021, Halton residents who are 80 years of age and older can book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a Halton COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic:
Gellert Community Centre, 10241 Eighth Line, Georgetown
St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville
Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road, Burlington
Milton Centre for the Arts, 1010 Main Street East, Milton
Joseph Brant Hospital, 1245 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
Please remember that these clinics are not open to the general public at this time and are only for Halton residents that are eligible. There are no walk-in appointments.
A variety of print and digital materials are available for community partners, which provide older adults with important information about how they can book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are asking for your help with distributing materials to your community members, depending on what is most appropriate for your community. Our goal is to make sure that all older adults in Halton have access to the important information they need in order to be vaccinated.
We greatly appreciate any support you can provide help older adults in Halton to receive their vaccine and thank you in advance for your participation.
Registration postcard PDF (available to order in print free of charge)
Vaccine fact sheet PDF (available to order in print free of charge)
Car travel guidelines PDF (available to order in print free of charge)
Please utilize whichever material(s) is most appropriate for your organization, community and capacity.
To order print materials, please respond to this email with the following information:
Contact and Organization Name
Type of material
Number of prints requested per material
The materials will be mailed directly to you and should arrive within 7 days. In the coming weeks, translated materials will become available on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
Should you wish to integrate any of the above messaging into your own materials, Halton Region only asks that you deliver the messaging as it is provided in the materials attached.
Helping those 80 and over to book an appointment
Effective Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Halton residents aged 80 and older can book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine online at halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
Some older adults may find it challenging to book an appointment online, therefore we are seeking support from community organizations to help their members. You may consider developing a volunteer group that can help older adults to book their appointment. Registering online is the fastest and easiest way to book an appointment. Please ensure that volunteers receive the older adult’s permission before helping them with the registration process as they may have to share personal health information.
Residents who cannot register online can call 311 and a customer service representative will be available to help. Please note that there may be a wait to speak to a customer service representative.
Supporting older adults with transportation
Some older adults may require transportation supports to attend their clinic appointment. Halton residents 80 years of age and older who have booked an appointment at a Halton COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic can select one of the available options:
· Option 1: For those who are able to, we request that they drive to the clinic or make arrangements for a ride from a family member or support person;
· Option 2: Regular users of Specialized Local Municipal Transit (Activan, care-a-van, Handivan or Milton access+) can contact their service provider directly to arrange transportation to and from their appointment, free of charge;
· Option 3: Those without access to specialized transportation can book a private taxi directly with select service providers (telephone numbers on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines) to arrange transportation to and from their appointment, free of charge.
Please also consider how your organization can help community members attend their appointment. It is important that proper infection prevention and control measures are practiced by anyone who provides transportation to someone who is not part of their household. Share the attached and linked COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines: Car Travel for guidance.