Check out this CBC article reporting on Cole Harbour Cares latest endeavor to help with sponsoring more of Khaled’s family members to come to Canada.
Our annual auction will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 6:30pm
RSVP (for In-Person & Zoom Participation): November 14, 2020
Donations Cut-off Date: November 9, 2020
*All procedures recommended by CHWUC’s COVID-19 Committee will be followed during this event.
The auction will be held in the Sanctuary, with appropriate Social Distancing, following all rules developed by the COVID-19 Committee.
All In-Person attendees will have to be registered by November 14, 2020.
There will also be the opportunity to attend by Zoom with these attendees also registered by November 14, 2020. These attendees will be emailed the Zoom link.Registration, for in-person & Zoom attendance, will include name, phone number, and email address. Registration can be done by filling out the online form found at: https://forms.gle/GypuSCEUki1mfqxG8 or by calling the Church office or Janet Barker.
If you can’t attend in person or by Zoom, you can let us know your maximum bid for an item or have a bidding proxy, as has been our practice in the past. Payments can be made either in person (cash or cheque) when picking up your item or by E-transfer to the church.
Please contact Janet Barker or Marylou Foster by November 9, 2020, if you would like to donate an item for the auction. We will email the list of available items to all registrants in the week before the auction.
The COVID-19 Committee has worked hard the last few months by gathering information and best practices for the safest way possible for CHWUC to reopen. We know other churches have already done this but we needed guidelines that would suit CHWUC. We believe we have done this and at the Board Meeting on September 16ththe plan was approved for an opening date of November 1st, 2020 at 10:30am.
It will be our opportunity to gather and celebrate our faith together again in person AND via live-stream online.
There will be protocols and guidelines to follow for those who wish to attend church service in person. Those can be found below:
WORSHIPPING TOGETHER IN THE BUILDING
THE WEARING OF NON-MEDICAL FACE MASKS WILL BE MANDATORY FOR ALL ACTIVITIES WITHIN COLE HARBOUR WOODSIDE UNITED CHURCH
DO NOT ATTEND WORSHIP IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING:
- a fever
- a new or changed chronic cough,
- a sore throat that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
- a runny nose that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
- nasal congestion that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
- shortness of breath that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
- traveled or had contact with someone who travelled outside of the Atlantic region within the last 14 days
- had unprotected close contact with individuals who have a confirmed or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19
Process for a Service
- People will call church office to reserve a seat and answer Covid questionnaire over the phone BEFORE 1:00 p.m. each Friday
- Church secretary will create a Seating Chart for the service and
- On day of service, all people will check in with greeter in the narthex
- Attendees must line up with 6ft distancing as they enter and get checked in
- Greeter will ask if anything has changed in relation to the Covid questionnaire.
If yes, they will be denied entry
- People will enter the sanctuary, deposit any envelopes in the Offering Plate and go directly to their assigned seating
- After service is over, attendees will exit via the emergency exit in the sanctuary
Sanctuary Usage (All service types – Funeral, Wedding, Worship, etc.)
- All attendees must register with office that they wish to attend the service
- Attendees will be assigned a seat number and they must sit in the seat assigned
- Attendance will be limited to 74 persons
- Attendees must wear masks
- Attendees will enter via the main front doors
- All attendees must disinfect their hands before entering
- All personal items must kept with and taken out by attendees
- ONLY the washrooms in hallway by the nursery will be available
- Nobody is to enter the main hall
- There will be no singing by the congregation
- After service, attendees will exit via the emergency exit.
In Memory of Paul Gillis
It is with great sorrow that we say good-bye to our big-hearted and fun loving caretaker, Paul. All of us send our support and love to Susan, the family and all of Paul’s loved ones.
His funeral will be held this Thursday, September 24th in the Sanctuary and will be by invitation only. However, the service will be live streamed via YouTube for everyone to watch. Once the link is created, it will be sent out to all and posted here.
When Jim and I left Cole Harbour on Feb 27th to go to Florida and our car broke down 1 hour into our journey, we had to return to Halifax and our two month trip was delayed a whole day. At the time, we thought that was the worst thing that could happen to us. Little did we know what was in store for not only us, but everybody.
From the disbelief of COVID-19 to the tragic death of our good friend and great CHC supporter, Kathy Warren, and then to the horrific details of the last weekend it is hard to see any relief from the overwhelming grief that has overcome us.
I thought I would reach out to our Muslim friends and send them our thoughts and prayers during Ramadan. Yesterday I received a text from Israa and I thought I should share it with you.
Hi Anne, It’s been a year and we’re here. It has been the most beautiful year for me, and I am so happy that I got to know you and know people like you. I wish you all your life full of happiness and joy.
All of us miss seeing everybody.
Even though we feel that the world has gone mad, it is the texts from the people that Cole Harbour Cares has helped that keeps us moving forward.
At the present time, Cole Harbour Cares may not be meeting but donations are still coming in from the pledges. There are half a dozen churches that still want to hear our story when the pandemic restrictions ease. We will get through this and we will continue to fund raise when the time is right.
In the meantime, hold the people in your “bubble” a little tighter
Till we meet again,
CANCELLATIONS: Please share!
* All activities, including the 9:30am and 10:30am services will be cancelled for the next 3 weeks. Check our social media accounts and website soon to hear a Sunday message (and possibly the opportunity to watch a service). We are currently looking into alternative methods.
* Church office remains open for phone calls Monday-Friday for all questions and pastoral requests. Please stay away from the building or call to make an appointment if you need to.
* Dinner theatre has been put on hold until the fall. The date in the fall has not yet been determined.
– Those who have already paid, keep a hold of your ticket as a voucher for first dibs on the fall show! If you would prefer a refund, that can be arranged as well by contacting the church.
– Lost track of your ticket? Not to worry, the dinner theatre crew has a complete list of everyone who has paid and been issued a ticket.
If you know of a church member who does not have access to the internet or email, please reach out to them and share the church information. Thank you!
Update from Cole Harbour Cares
In 2007, years before civil war erupted in their homeland of Syria, Khaled and his wife, Nour, emigrated to Nova Scotia. Young, ambitious and hard working, they soon became part of our community. Nour worked as a medical lab technologist at the QEII hospital in Halifax while Khaled learned the restaurant business.
By 2013, Khaled had bought Station 1, a restaurant in Dartmouth. Nour was now the working mother of two. Tragically, the Syrian civil war had begun. Many of Khaled’s friends and former co-workers, now Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, reached out to him pleading for help. Khaled and Nour approached the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) to ask if there was a refugee sponsorship group working in the Dartmouth area to help Nour’s family relocate to Nova Scotia.
Fortunately, Cole Harbour Cares (CHC), our refugee sponsorship group, with members from the congregations of Cole Harbour Woodside United Church, St. Andrews Anglican Church, Woodlawn United Church, along with community members from Dartmouth, was registered with ISANS. When CHC contacted Khaled to help sponsor his wife’s family, Khaled and Nour, with the help of friends at the lab dept of QEII hospital, had already sponsored Nour’s family from Turkey. However, Khaled told us he had a former co-worker, with a family of five, who were refugees living in Jordan, waiting for sponsors. CHC gladly sponsored this family, who years later still live, go to school and work in our area.
When this year long sponsorship was up, CHC prepared to disband but Khaled had another request. A friend, whose home and restaurant was destroyed in Syria, was now a refugee with a young family, living in Lebanon. Would we help them? CHC revitalized the group and agreed to sponsor this second family. With Khaled’s encouragement, and the dedication of CHC, this family of five is now thriving in Dartmouth. It is wonderful both of CHC’s families have stayed in Nova Scotia, learned English, and successfully found jobs.
Khaled didn’t stop there. During the years CHC was working with these two families, he approached other sponsorship groups to help more Syrians begin new lives in the safety and care of generous Nova Scotians. He, himself, also formed a group of 5 to sponsor Syrian friends. In the last few years, Khaled has selflessly helped more than 20 Syrian refugees settle in Nova Scotia. They have stayed and prospered, found jobs and put down roots in our communities.
CHC has decided we would like to sponsor one more family. Khaled’s. Because of all the work and years of dedication Khaled has given to other refugees, we want to sponsor members of Khaled’s Syrian family. We need your help.
CHC cannot do this alone. We are asking other sponsorship groups, other churches and community members, to join us in making this dream come true. Khaled has done so much for Nova Scotia in helping sponsor groups bring Syrians here. Please join us in our efforts for his family.
There are five members of Khaled’s family we wish to sponsor: two nephews who are 22 and 27 years old and his 31-year-old niece, her husband and child. The fundraising requirement to sponsor Khaled’s family is $16,000 for each single male and $23,000 for the young family.
Working together we can help provide these young family members with a bright future in the warmth and safety of Nova Scotia.