Rev. Beth's Weekly Letter - Aug. 29

August 29th, 2020

Dear Friends:

Here are a few updates! 

Reopening:  As a friend recently said to me, “We need to reclaim our lives and learn how to live with COVID.”  Yes I agree however, I gain comfort that our Savior will be with us during these times and until the very end.” The church is ready for in-person worship; are you ready to return for our 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, September 13th? More information will follow in the next week.  If you would like to come ahead of time to see the changes made in the church – pews are taped, the carpet is marked, and the Narthex is clean and tidy – an instructional tour will be conducted on Wednesday, September 2nd from 1:00 to 2:00pm. 

Lay Readers Training:  You are invited – whether you are a lay reader or interested in what lay readers are all about, this is the training for you! The guest speakers and workshops are engaging and educational.  The training will be via Zoom and instruction on how to use Zoom is available.  For more details click here. 

Season of Creation:  The Season of Creation is observed from September 1st to October 4th. Christians around the world take this season to pray, educate and take action caring for God’s creation. You may want to read and compare the accounts of the two Creation stories in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. Or perhaps Google “creation” and read the biblical passages related to God’s powerfulness and his love in creating our universe.  Here is one resource   and a second resource .   Both resources will help kindle your thoughts and actions for the month.

Food Shelf: The intrepid and faithful volunteers have been at work stocking shelves and distributing bags of nutritious food to those in need.  The word is out on the street that the Food Shelf is back from a well-deserved holiday and the numbers of guests have increased.

What is needed for the Shelf are the following items:

  • canned tuna/meat
  • canned vegetables
  • canned spaghetti sauce.

The volunteers are at the David Johnson Parish Hall on Tuesday between 10:00 to 11:00am to receive your offerings.

On a poignant note: Donna Sakaluk – one of the creators of the Food Shelf ministry – died on August 23rd at Hospice.  Part of Donna’s legacy at St. John’s has been her consistent, overall management of the Food Shelf.  Donna had a heart for those in need.  Do read her obituary here.

Open Arms: The numbers are consistently high in providing a bag dinner for guests.  Also the team provides 20 meals to the Warming Center at its new location – the former OPP station near Chippewa High School.  Open Arms has been self-sufficient financially since its inception and continues to be.   It is interesting to note that with the pandemic, an unexpected expense has been the purchase of take away containers, cups, single servings of condiments and cutlery.  As we adjust to the demands of the pandemic, we learn the new costs of doing ministries.

Yikes!   The used Tim Horton’s dishwasher donated to the church about 4 years ago has given up the ghost.  If you have a lead on a commercial industrial type dishwasher let Irv Dyck know at sjdparish@gmail.com. A new one costs about $4,000! 

Worship Link is here.

Blessings on your week.

Your sister in Christ,

Beth+