April, 2019. Pastoral Updated News for Clinton United Church

To all of our church family,

 Spring has arrived, and so has our new minister, the Rev. Cathy Larmond!  Moving in is proceeding, and furniture, books, and three sons and pet dog and three cats are familiarizing themselves with their newly updated manse.  Members of the interview team conducted the March 24 service, so she could experience our worship format, and then she led worship the next Sunday. We are certainly looking forward to her enthusiastic style of Ministry.

  Lent is here, and a number of special services will be held:

Palm Sunday service will feature a Cantata. . . Listen as the music and narration tell the story leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and Resurrection.  Presented by the joint choirs of Blyth United Church and Clinton United Church

Good Friday Service 10:30 am  . . . remembering the events of the death of Jesus . . 

Easter Sunrise Service, 8 am @ Lion’s Park experience God’s gift of resurrection in the beauty of nature. . . light breakfast

Easter Service with Communion 10:30 am . . .   come celebrate Easter!

We have had a longstanding involvement with Camp Menesetung, and the traditional spring cleanup will take place, once again the last Saturday of this month - April 27 from 9 a.m. until noon.  They always serve a great lunch, food, the conversations, as well as the fellowship make for a very satisfying outing.  High school volunteer hours are acknowledged.  Summer Camp registrations are available at the church office or online on the Camp website.

 Our youth worship has been enhanced by the work of Mary Ross.  For the first time, a field trip to St. Timothy's (Tim Hortons) was undertaken.  Mary and six warmly dressed children walked to Timmie’s and talked about our Christian faith while enjoying some refreshments at a very popular Clinton meeting place.  Join us for Sunday School and youth worship.

  Church activities continue during the week, with quilters, shuffleboards, prayer shawl knitters, and choristers all meeting at various times during the week. The United Church women continue to serve our church community with fundraising events, their most recent completed activity - a Cascade of Coins, raised over three thousand dollars for our church, Next event Coffee Party & mini bazaar at Clinton United, Thursday, May 9. -- coffee, muffins, biscuits and jam.  Baking, turkey pies, & quilts.  Something for everyone.  Proceeds to UCW projects

The first of our community suppers is scheduled for May 2 from 4:30 to 7 pm.  Turkey will be on the menu. Tickets are available from many members or from the office.

Almost Famous Players  are returning to entertain you on Sunday, May 5 @ 2 p.m.  Come out and enjoy this afternoon.

“Yard Sale”   May 24th & 25th! Bring in your quality saleable donations after May 3, placing on stage behind the curtains.  ~ Bedding, kitchen items, appliances large and small, toys, books, outdoor and indoor furniture, tools.  No electronics, clothing!  

Large item pick up.  Call Jane @ 482-3848   There will be something for everyone.  See you there……

Our 13th Anniversary of Clinton United will take place on Sunday, June 2 with special music by the Snell Family.  Following our service, lunch and celebration cake with the proceeds going to Camp Menesetung.  


  We hope you will be able to come to celebrate and worship with us as your schedules allow.  It will be great to spend time together!

Chair,  Maarten Bokhout 

Ministerial Appointment

Clinton United is searching for a full-time ordained or diaconal minister starting immediately.  We are a small town church with a warm family feeling and dedicated volunteers.  Pastoral Care, community outreach and music are a strong  component in our ‘United family’.
To find out more click here:  Presbytery Vacancy Scroll down to "Clinton Pastoral Charges" to see details of the opening and application forms.

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The position includes accommodations at the Church Manse which is within short walking distance to the Church. Details of the property can be found using the above link.





Dear members, adherents and friends of Clinton United Church,

      Happy spring!  The weather has finally changed.  We had some April showers, but precipitation in the form of freezing rains and snow has not stopped May flowers from appearing!  As the trees begin to develop their leafy beauty once again, we want to bring you up to date on happenings at Clinton United...

      While most of you already know, some of you have not yet heard that our minister, Randy Covey, is retiring after five and a half years' service in our community.  This is his final "settled" position in the United Church of Canada.  He will stand down at the end of June and will take up a one year appointed position in Cambridge.  His final worship service will be June 10, and it will be an opportunity to wish him and Sharon God’s blessing on their future endeavors to present them with parting gifts, and to share food and drink amongst ourselves following the service.

      The process of replacing Rev. Covey has begun.  A committee has been struck and we hope to have Presbytery approve the vacancy before the summer.  While this process unfolds, we will be served by various local clergy, diaconal ministers and lay readers.

      Once again, a successful community turkey dinner was organized by our supper committee.  Over six hundred meals were prepared by dozens of volunteers who contributed food, their time and their energy to cook and serve the food, wash up the thousands of dishes and utensils, and store and replace the many chairs and tables to their usual locations.  A huge Thank You to all who contributed!  Almost seven thousand dollars was raised.

       For the past number of years, a variety of renovations and repairs have been conducted at our church.  A major project has been to repair the windows in the sanctuary and the entrance of our building.  Thanks to your contributions, and a financial donation from Presbytery, the final four windows can now be restored.

       We would be remiss if we did not recognize the quiet work done by our dedicated Pastoral care committee members and the United Church Women who assist Rev. Randy in reaching out to the shut-ins and sick with visits, sympathy cards, phone calls and other messages of support.  In a real sense, we are a family, and we hope that, as we move through this year, we will do this with a sense of purpose, continuing to reach out to those in need, and supporting one another as we seek to live out the Gospel message.



Maarten Bokhout

Chair, Official Board Clinton United Church . . .  on behalf of our congregation.


Calendar of Events in the weeks ahead:

Summer Registration Camp Menesetung online www.campmenesetung.ca or forms on church bulletin board

Sunday, June 3rd    Anniversary Sunday … Baptism Sunday

    Special music guests a young people group called “Fellowship of the Ringers”

After worship join us for coffee and celebration cake and ice cream

FUN and GAMES & FAITH TALK  Overnight Event @ Clinton United Youth Grade 5+ (Teen & Adult Leadership)

Friday, June 8 @7pm - Saturday, June 9 @10:30

$5 covers snack and breakfast   (Youth are welcome to attend even if they don’t sleep over)

Please register Kathy Douglas 519-523-4380/441-0656 (cell) kathymdouglas@hotmail.com

Sunday, June 10th  Rev. Randy’s final service at Clinton United during which Communion will be served.   An opportunity to say farewell and to wish Randy and Sharon well on their next new journey. 

    Following the service . . . . Turkey on a Bun lunch and more . . .  free will offering proceeds will go to Rev Randy’s farewell gift.

        Kathy’s Kitchen Kids will go down after Children’s Time to decorate the special cupcakes for our lunch.

Sunday, June 17th   The start of our summer guest speakers with Marlene Peck 

Sunday, June 24  10:30 a.m. Outdoor Service with Kathy Douglas and Picnic in the Park.  

Bring your lawn chairs, plates and cutlery for the potluck lunch to the Lion’s Park.  Beverages provided. Games for the youth and youth at heart.

JULY and AUGUST SERVICES  Come out and listen to our guest speakers and special music during our summer break    pulpit supply will be Marlene Peck, Susan Barnett and Barbara Hicks


Youth Event Notices       Soon to come....watch for dates and times in July.    Call Kathy for details. 

Soccer Day and Swimming    Grocery Shopping and Cooking Day         Games at Lions Park and Picnic Day

Rev. Randy Covey is retiring

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As some of you may have heard, Rev. Randy is retiring and his last official service will be Sunday June 10th. On Saturday, May 26 at the Greek Canadian Community Centre in London, Randy Covey was celebrated into retirement.  He was blessed by Kate Crawford (Retirement Chair) , Past Moderator Gary Patterson, Executive Secretary Cheryl-Ann Stadalbauer-Sampa, President Joyce Payne and all those in gathered in the room.

Easter Sunday Pageant 2018


On Easter Sunday, the Sunday School youth participated in an Easter pageant The youth helped to unpack what the Easter message means today. They began with scripture and the story of the women who came to anoint Jesus's body.

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When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

Narrator : Indeed WHO?  Our world is loaded with troubles.  Injustice seems to abound.  Every day we either live it or hear about the challenges and troubles brought on by humanity often towards each other.  Our story, this Easter story, brings us hope in the face of these challenges.  If we are going to be well, we need to see hope.. justice... equity... action.  NOT- Death, mean spirited-ness, greed, disrespect, intolerance, anger and fear.  But these injustices are like stones....huge and heavy...almost too big for us to move.   BUT...our Easter story reminds us they can be moved.

 “Who will roll away the stone,” they asked?  “Who will roll the stones of Greed, Self Doubt, Bullying, War, Climate Change, Racism  away so that we can find hope.?”  


We here at Clinton United will change these negative ways into positive ways.  Young people, please come forward and take stone.


Young People asked to come forward and take parts of the stone (boxes with words printed of Greed, Self Doubt, Bullying, War, Climate Change, Racism on one side


and on another side positive words printed of Respect, Environmentalism, Empathy, Sympathy, Trust, Authenticity.  

As they turn the negative words around they reveal the positive words.  And then turning once again the stones to reveal the letters in the word EASTER.


To end....EASTER is left standing.


Thanks to ministry team, Kathy and Randy and the Youth of Clinton UC for creating and presenting this poignant message.

The Nativity Scripture Story with the Clinton United Church Sunday School Kids

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Each year the children of Clinton United Church re-enact the story of the birth of Jesus. This year, with the magic of technology, they have created this electronic version, which was presented at a special service a few weeks ago. It will be presented again at our Christmas Eve morning service and be narrated by our children's youth minister Kathy Douglas. For those of you who can't make it I have recreated it below for your enjoyment.


This is part of our sacred story.  We tell it over and over.  Do you know it?





Long ago, when King Herod ruled Judea (now part of Israel), God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl's name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph.

The angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.” Mary was very surprised by this and wondered what the angel meant. The angel said to her 'Don't be afraid, God has been very kind to you. You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a baby boy and you will call him Jesus. He is God’s child and his kingdom will never end.” Mary was very afraid but she trusted God. 'Let it happen as God chooses.' she replied to the angel. 



Joseph was worried too when he found out that Mary was expecting a baby before their marriage had taken place. He wondered if he should put off the wedding altogether. 


Then an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said: 'Don't be afraid to have Mary as your wife.' The angel explained that Mary had been chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus which means 'Saviour' because he would save people. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel had told him to do and asked Mary to be his wife.


At this time, the land where Mary and Joseph lived was part of the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor Augustus wanted to have a list of all the people in the empire, to make sure they paid their taxes. He ordered everyone to return to the town where their families originally came from, and have their names registered..


Mary and Joseph traveled a long way (about 70 miles) from Nazareth to Bethlehem, because that is where Joseph's family came from. Most people walked but some lucky people had a donkey to help carry the goods needed for the journey. Joseph and Mary traveled very slowly because Mary's baby was due to be born soon.

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When they reached Bethlehem they had problems finding somewhere to stay. So many people had come to register their names in the census, that every house was full and every bed was taken in all of the guest rooms.


A friendly InnKeeper told them there was no room for them but that they could find a warm place in a stable with the animals.


So in the place where the animals slept, Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Child of God.


In those days it was the custom to wrap newborn babies tightly in a long cloth called 'swaddling clothes'. Jesus' bed was the manger that the animals ate their hay from.  He was safe.


In the hills and fields outside Bethlehem, shepherds looked after their sheep through the long night.
As the new day began, suddenly an angel appeared before them and the glory of God shone around them. The shepherds were very, very scared, but the angel said, 'Don't be afraid. I have good news for you and everyone. Today in Bethlehem a Saviour has been born for you. You will find the baby lying in a manger.


Then many more angels appeared, lighting up the sky.


The shepherds heard them praising God singing: 'Glory to God in highest, and peace to everyone on earth.' 


When the angels had gone the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem to see what has happened.' So the shepherds went to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph. The baby Jesus was lying in a manger as they had been told. When they saw him, they told everyone what the angel had said and everyone who heard the story were astonished. Then the shepherds returned to their sheep, praising God for sending his Son to be their Saviour.


When Jesus was born, a brand new bright star appeared in sky.


Some Wise Men in faraway countries saw the star and guessed what it meant. They were very clever people that studied the stars and had read in very old writings that a new star would appear when a great leader was born. They set out to find the new king and bring him gifts.
The Wise Men followed the star towards the country of Judea and when they got to the capital called Jerusalem they began to ask people: 'Where is the child who is born to be king of the Jews?'


Herod, the king of Judea, heard this and it made him very angry to think that someone might be going to take his place as king. Herod sent for the Wise Men to come to him. He told them to go on following the star until they had found the baby king. He said: 'When you have found him, let me know where he is, so that I can go and worship him.'. But Herod did not tell them that he really had an evil plan in mind to kill the new king.


The Wise Men followed the star towards Bethlehem (where it said that the king would be born in the old writings). It seemed to stop and shine directly down upon the place where Jesus was. The Wise Men entered the house where they now lived and found Jesus with Mary, they bowed down and worshipped him. 


The Wise Men spread the the gifts they had brought before Jesus. The gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Wise Men were warned in a dream, by God, not to go back to Herod. So they returned home to their countries in the East by a different way and Herod did not find Jesus.


For Now...Jesus was safe.

Special thanks to:

  -  Jacqci Vercruyssen ICT SHSM Communication Technology Teacher Central Huron Secondary                           School
  -  Bryanna Evey Photographer and Photo Designer
  -  the students of Central Huron Secondary School
  -  the Pageant Stars, the Clinton United Church Sunday School Kids.



Tis the Christmas Season, and what better way to get into the spirit than taking the family out to a Christmas Concert. Some great Christmas fare with a bonus that your donations will go to great causes.

A Christmas Concert, Friday, December 15, 7 pm @ Brucefield Community United Church   Presenting a play entitle ‘Velma’s Diner’.

Free Will offering in support of Room to Grow.

HURONSONG Christmas Concerts

Goderich                                                   Seaforth

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2:30 pm                     Monday, Dec. 18, 7:30 pm
Lakeshore United                                Northside United
with Glister Children’s Chorus            with Meghan De Jager & friends

Benefit for Huron Women’s Shelter

Admission: Freewill Donation