Rev. Beth's Weekly Letter - Apr. 19

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

(Romans 12: 12)

April 19, 2020

Dear Friends:

Here we are in the Easter Season and  it is fifty days to Pentecost! Halleluiah!

Here is an update…..

Worship:  Click on our worship box beside the letter for the service.

Food Shelf and Open Arms:  Both these ministries are thriving.  Open Arms now prepares between 30 to 40 additional meals for the Warming Center as well as the 80 to 90 meals for the guests.   Food Shelf has been able to add some extra food supplies in the food bags because of  your incredible generosity. The Parish Hall is open from 10:00 to 11:00 on Tuesdays to drop off your food donations. The grocery list this week is:

  • dry noodle soup (Mr. Noodle or no name)
  • powdered milk,
  • canned vegetables,
  • pasta sauce

Special request: For this week only, there is a call out for maternity clothes (women’s size 10-14) and children’s clothing.  The children are two girls ages nine and four and a boy age six.  

Finances: Thank you for your continued support through your offerings.  As our treasurer tells us “We are currently holding our own” and that is good news.  E transfers have been very successful. Also you may post your contribution, use Canada Helps or EOP.

Prayer Warriors:  We have a new initiative….Praying for the Congregation.  Beginning April 26th each member of the congregation will have a Prayer Warrior who will pray for each of us daily. A Prayer Warrior has a list of 6 to 12 people and prays for the people on their list for one month.  The list changes each month. If you want to be a Prayer Warrior email sjdparish@  The lists are confidential and for this initiative only.  You may be interested the Parish Advisory Council (PAC) have all signed up to be Warriors!   Lookout for the power of prayer!

News about our parishioners: Doris Lovell a long time member of St. John’s died at Casselhome on Easter Monday.  Her obituary is at the Martyn Funeral Home   

A Noted Achievement: Rev. Reginald Philip Thompson-Gillard is Rita Patry’s twin brother and celebrates 65 years of ordination as a priest on May 1st.   Do send him a card noting his accomplishment. The wisdom of our elders gives us the broader perspective of history and how our faith has survived and flourished throughout the ages. His address is: Rev. Reg Thompson-Gillard, 47 Oakdale Road, North Bay, Ontario P1B 8Y6. 

Zoom Room Weekly Scripture Discussion with Rev. Marie Loewen on Wednesday mornings.   For more details email: 

What is the  COVID-19 pandemic teaching us?  From many of you it is that music really soothes the soul. Many  have submitted their tune or song that has strengthen their hope and joy.  Soon on our web page there will be a dedicated page for the play list of the COVID-19 favorites. This week’s piece All God’s Creatures- is from Dawn Clarke. You will be humming and dancing to this piece.  Share it with everyone! 

As always do stay well, safe and at least two meters apart!

Your sister in Christ,     

Beth Hewson+