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Gratitude and thanks

The Beach United community is so fortunate to have talented people who support our ministry in many ways. One of those is Kim Echlin and I would like thank Kim for sharing with us a reading of her new book earlier this year. Now we are thrilled to congratulate her on winning the 2021 Toronto Book Award for “Speak Silence”.

The 2021 Toronto Book Awards’ volunteer jury described Echlin's novel as a story of tragedy and community rebuilding. In the story, a Toronto journalist travels to war-torn Europe to reunite with her former lover and report on a festival in Sarajevo. What she finds is a network of women determined to move beyond their country’s shame. In an impeccably well-researched text, Echlin portrays the horrors of the Bosnian war through the stories of systemic sexual assault in three generations of a Muslim family with prose that portrays both horror and hope.

As we approach the Thanksgiving weekend, it is important to remember that we can hold the pains of this world with love. We can choose to build hope as we express gratitude for blessings received, whilst also being agents for change in the world.

On this day we say
grace.
this day we say
grateful.
this day we say
blessing.
this day we are released
into God’s keeping
and held
in gladness and love. —Jan Richardson

With gratitude and thanks,
Karen Dale, in ministry with Beach United Church



MORE EVENTS & WEBSITE LINKS click the blue links to connect

Congregational Meeting Sunday Oct 10, 9am
Beach United is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Congregational Meeting
Time: Oct 10, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85765564264?pwd=dDNKdjV5bzhJQWl0TXBqT2lodko4QT09
Meeting ID: 857 6556 4264
Passcode: 299500

Livestream Thanksgiving Communion October 10th
The service will be live-streamed via Facebook on Sunday Oct 10th at 10.30 am, from the sanctuary of BUC. Worship leaders Karen Dale & Steven Webb. Please have bread and juice [or equivalent] ready, to participate in the celebration of communion.

Here is the link to participate in the live-stream https://www.facebook.com/beachunitedchurch/live

The video will also be posted later on Facebook and the Spirit Connect webpage which also contains resources used in the service.
https://beachunitedchurch.com/worship-and-music/spirit-connect/
https://www.facebook.com/beachunitedchurch

WATCH JAZZ & REFLECTION LIVESTREAM at home
Sat Oct 2, 4.30 pm Facebook Livestream with Paul Novotny, Joe Sealy & Jackie Richardson, exploring the theme “Alone Together”. The livestream will be recorded and be available for viewing through Facebook for one month. Livestream link is available by donation.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jazz-and-reflection-alone-together-tickets-168422721895

NEW! Organ Recital: Video release Oct 17th. Beach United is thrilled to present organist Chelsea Barton from Auburn, New York as we launch our popular organ recital series for 2021/22. Video link by donation through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/autumn-winds-an-organ-recital-tickets-170156696259?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Children & Youth: check out the new activity “The Gratitude Tree”.
https://beachunitedchurch.com/children-and-youth-initiatives

Music for the Soul: presents Clara Engel in an on-line video concert, available now until October 15. Clara’s music has been described as “minimalist holy blues from another galaxy”. The video link is available by donation on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/music-for-the-soul-clara-engel-tickets-167062926711

Racial Justice Action Group – has been reading and making lists of some great books from Indigenous authors and Black and other authors of colour. https://beachunitedchurch.com/2021/09/racial-justice-reading-list
All are welcome to join this group, please contact Mary Anne Lemm maryanne.alton@sympatico.ca



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