Rev. Beth's Weekly Letter - 3 Oct.

Saturday October 3, 2020

Dear Friends:

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

This was the Archbishop’s motto for 2019.  Like the Israelites who were held in captivity in Babylon, COVID-19 has held us captive. We have learned to adapt and create a new way to worship. We are doing a new thing! It is a new beginning! The music, the fellowship, the praise and the Communion have been moving and spirit-led.

Food Shelf and Open Arms continue to be thriving ministries.  Open Arms handed out over 120 take out meals this past Wednesday.  The package meal is a full meal and guests are most appreciative.

Food Shelf volunteers are busy on Tuesday packing bags full of food that is given out on Wednesdays. The items needed this week are:

  • powdered milk,
  • pasta sauce,
  • cereal
  • tea.

 Please bring your offerings on Tuesdays to the David Johnson Parish Hall between 10:00 to 11:00am.

Groceries: Meals on Wheels currently has a short-term program for seniors over 55 who are  struggling financially and could use some free groceries. Meals on Wheels staff will call them to get a list of groceries needed, pick up the groceries, and deliver them if they’ve

given their address. For anyone who provides an address but doesn’t want to give a name and phone number, Meals on Wheels can provide them with a generic bag of non-perishable items. If you or someone you know might be interested, please e-mail

Tom Zink at; or phone at (705)476-8681 for more information.

News from the General Synod:  St. John’s is featured in this document from the Anglican Church of Canada. Click  here and look for the article titled Mississauga Woman Traces Family History Back to North Bay Church.

Ms. Doris Lovell a member of St. John’s for many years,  died  in April. As a gift to St. John’s, Doris bequeathed $25,000. As a congregation we continue to be blessed by God’s abundance and generosity.

Prayer Warriors: During the COVID lockdown there was a group of fierce and dedicated prayer warriors. Each day, these warriors prayed for every member of the congregation. You were covered! The program has ended temporarily.  It is anticipated it will resume for the Advent season.   If you have a prayer need, let us know.  One of the warriors will be there for you. Call the office and ask for Dawn. 

Worship:  There are choices.  Church service live(!) is 10;30am Sunday or join Christ Church  at 10:00am with their live stream service.

Autumn is here…enjoy the colors.  Thanksgiving Sunday is soon.  It is a new beginning for us all.