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URGENT – Services CANCELLED – Please read

To the family of Duff’s Church,

As you are well aware, COVID-19 has begun impacting our lives in a great many ways. In order to keep our community safe and healthy from this quickly spreading virus, the Session and I have made the decision to close the church for March 15, March 22 and March 29.
Hopefully we will be able to reopen and resume services by Palm Sunday, April 5th, however, until you are informed differently, there will be no gatherings at Duff’s Church ie) no worship, no meetings, etc. For now, Robyn and I will be maintaining our regular office hours and the parish nurse will let you know about when her programs will resume.
Until further notice, the AGM is postponed.
Please keep in touch with me and/ or your elder should you need anything. We want to know about health updates, how you are doing through this and what we can do to support you. You will receive worship notes in the form of prayers and meditations for the weeks when we are unable to gather as a community. Please know that you are being held in prayers for safety and good health.
In the meantime, wash your hands, watch for symptoms – sore throat, persistent cough, high fever, nose and chest congestion – and seek medical attention as necessary.
As ever, God is our refuge.
Peace to you this day and always,
Rev Jane

Announcements for March 15 2020

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and LUNCHEON

** Sunday March 15st, Noon **

Please join us after service for the AGM – if you live on the east side of Brock Road or Gordon Street please bring desserts and those living on the west side please bring sandwiches.

MARCH BREAK YOUTH DAYS IN THE WORKS!!

Monday the 16th and Wednesday the 18th, 10am to 4pm, (lunch included!)
Bring a friend or two…or three! – If there are enough of you , Rev Jane will run two fun filled days for youth at DPC. RSVP to revswat@outlook.com or text her cell 519.766.2009

OUTREACH COMMUNITY MEETING
Sunday, March 22nd, after the service
Please note the change of date.  If you are interested in helping with ECM (Ecumenical Campus Ministry) student meals for April 1st or the Pancake Breakfast on Good Friday, this is your invitation to join us in the Welcome Room.

MOVIE OF THE MONTH

Wednesday, March 25th, 1:30pm

Join us for fellowship and popcorn as we watch  “Resurrection” which is based on a short story by Max Lucado. Claudius is a Roman guard who winds up amidst a cover up regarding Christ’s execution and the events following. This movie is a story of a man’s quest for truth of which the discoveries lead to his own personal resurrection.

LUNCH’N’LEARN – Speaking Up: Advance Care Planning

Wednesday, April 8th,  11am

Join us for lunch and learn about future planning presented by Hospice Wellington

ONGOING at DUFF’S

Mondays @ 7:30pm – Puslinch Fitness

Join us in Nanson Hall for an hour of exercise with a certified instructor.  The first class is free and $5 per class after the initial class. Bring your stability ball and try cardio drumming.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:30am to 10:30am – SMART Fitness

OTHER EVENTS

PUSLINCH COMMUNITY CENTRE (23 Brock Rd S, Puslinch)

Wednesday April 1 – SENIOR’S SPRING POTLUCK LUNCHEON – 12pm Featuring music by “Surf and Sand”, Betty and Flo Hawaiian Steel Guitar Music. Everyone and their friends are welcome. An RSVP is appreciated (janetc@sentex.net) but not required.

ARKELL UNITED CHURCH (600 Arkell Road, Arkell)

Tuesday, March 17th – SENIORS LUNCH – 12pm Wear green for St Patrick’s Day and join in an afternoon of food, music cards and fellowship.

Friday, March 27th  – CHILI DINNER – 5pm and 6pm sittings. Adults: $15, Children: 5-12 $7, Under 5: free Followed by music from Musical Hootenannny.

CRIEFF HILLS RETREAT CENTRE (7098 Concession 1, Puslinch)

Sunday April 12 – EASTER BRUNCH – Seatings at 11:30am and 12:45pm  $25 per person, $10 children under 12. Reservations required. Email: programs@crieffhills.com

Saturday, May 9th – BIRD BANDING AND SPRING HIKES  8:30am to noon. Drop by the picnic shelter to watch birds being banded and released. Bring the whole family! Registration not required. $5 donation appreciated.

Tuesdays in May – BLUEBIRD TRAIL WALKS – 9:30am. with Marion Robertson, weather permitting. Email: programs@crieffhills.com

KIRKWALL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (1545 Kirkwall Road, Hamilton/Flamborough)

Sunday March 22nd – CHILI LUNCH – 11:30 till 1 pm There will be a variety of chili recipes, veggies, buns and butter, and an assortment of homemade cakes. Free will offering for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and all donations are matched 4:1 by the Canadian Government.

 

First Saturday of Each Month – MEN’S BREAKFAST – 8:30am  Come for a hot breakfast, some music and a guest speaker.  All men are welcome and we encourage you to please bring your friends and neighbours.

Fireside schedule for 2020-2021

The Fireside Club is open to all adults, young & old, and the young at heart.

Our focus is in promoting Christian Fellowship and undertaking projects that benefit our congregation as a whole.

This is your invitation and we extend a warm welcome to YOU!

President                               Brenda Law

Vice President                     Glenna Smith

Secretary                              Gillian Mahnke

Assistant Secretary             Karen Harding

Treasurer                              Lois Mast

Pianist                                 Lois Mast

Card Secretary                   Etta Vandenheuvel

Examiner                             Mike Evelyn

 Programme Committee      Neil & Janice McCaig                                            Fred & Brenda Law

 Bazaar Committee   Judy Nederpelt    Marion Hunter  Glenna Smith  Florence Peer         

                                                        Nominating Committee     George & Ruth Nap  Murray & Carolyn Vandenheuvel

 Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of each month, except February, July and August, at 7:30 pm in Nanson Hall, unless otherwise announced.  Anyone who wishes not to, or cannot serve on a committee, please notify one of the programme committee.

 

March 3rd 2020

“Annual Meeting & Spring”

Committee – Doug & Glenna Smith

Etta Vandenheuvel & Bill Hanning

 

April 7th 2020

“Easter”

Committee – Karen Harding & Rev. Jane Swatridge

Bill & Joyce Shepherd

 

May 5th 2020

“Work Bee”

Committee – Jules Ganning & the Board of

Managers + Helpers

 

June 10th 2020

 (Please note this is a Wednesday)

“Grand River Raceway”

Committee – Neil & Janice McCaig

Dave & Judy McCaig

 

September 20th 2020

“Kummoniwannago Sunday”

Committee – Ken & Audrey Gunson

Church School Teachers

 

October 17th 2020

“Duff’s Bazaar”

 

November 3rd 2020

“Fun Night”

Committee – Fred & Brenda Law

Gillian Mahnke, Marion Hunter & Lois Mast

 

December 1st 2020

“Christmas”

Committee – George & Ruth Nap

Paul & Wendy McDonald and Doug Gilmour

 

January 5th 2021

“Annual Meeting”

Committee – Murray & Carolyn Vandenheuvel

John & Norma Gilmour

Fred & Brenda Law