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Greetings

Peace be with you! 

Staying Connected 

Coffee Hour - Sunday May 3 at 10 am

Join us on zoom for a “bring your own coffee” community gathering time. This has been a wonderful way for all of us to keep in touch with one another and share important life updates. Simply click here on Sunday morning at 10 am to share the peace of Christ with one another and share how you’re doing. You can also join by phone! Call 1-438-809-7799 and enter 88024485751# when prompted. 

Worship Service - Sunday May 3 at 10:30 am

Our service this week will be exploring the ideas of thresholds. How do we make sense of feeling in between what was and what will be? What are the challenges and opportunities that exist in this space? How might we understand this space as sacred? Check out this short On Being podcast, How Can I Stay Grounded in a Shifting World?, to lean into this topic a bit more before Sunday.

You can join our worship service using the same link and phone number as the coffee time.

Offering 

Mr. Rogers is known for saying that in times when it seems like the world is a horrible or scary place we can find hope by looking for the helpers. To learn more about the way help is showing up on the front lines right now, check out this article about the outreach work being done by United Church ministries across Canada.  Through the offering of your time, talent, and treasure - you are offering help which inspires others and restores hope.  I want to express my thanks to all of the Glen Morris community for the many ways people are being helpers right now. If you are able, please continue to support the church financially during this time. Our building may be closed but the work of the church continues! 

A message from Gail Fricker, minister at Knox United Church 

If you have recently heard a whirring sound coming from homes in Ayr, New Dundee and beyond, it was quite possibly the sound of a sewing machine.  Last Saturday Knox distributed 23 kits to some fantastic volunteers, and yesterday I picked up 110 completed gowns. These gowns will be thoroughly washed and disinfected, then distributed to the seven long-term care, and one retirement home, managed by Peoplecare in SW Ontario.This sewing project was initiated by Grace United Church in Tavistock, but has now become a huge project with over 3000 gowns being made in many communities. There are volunteer clusters in Meaford, Carlisle, Orangeville, Listowel, Embro, St. Thomas, Ayr, Cambridge, Woodstock, Stratford, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and Courtland. It is a wonderful community initiative! We are in this together.

The gowns are so colourful and fun – and have been well received by the staff and residents as a bright spot in their day! The fabric gowns are in some cases preferable to the disposables as they are roomier and of course made of sturdier material, which makes for a comfortable and secure feeling. In the photo below, you can see Waterloo Regional Police Service “shout-out” to the staff at AR Goudie in Kitchener. As you can see the staff are wearing the gowns!I would like to shout out a huge thank you to all of our sewers. Thank you!

If you would like to join the army of sewers, or if you know a friend or neighbor who would like to join – I will be delivering more kits next Wednesday (29th April) – just email me or call me if you would like a kit delivered – 519 703 1954.  [email protected]  Please pass the word – you do not need to be a member of any of our churches to participate.

For the Christian Community by Barbara Glasson

We are not people of fear:

we are people of courage.

We are not people who protect our own safety:

we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.

We are not people of greed:

we are people of generosity.

We are your people God,

giving and loving,

wherever we are,

whatever it costs

For as long as it takes

wherever you call us. 

 

Yours in Christ, 

Michiko