Rev. Beth's Weekly Letter - June 14

Saturday June 13, 2020

Dear Friends:

Barnabas was the saint we honored at our Thursday Evening Prayer service.  He was known as a “good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith” (Acts 11:24)  The name Barnabas means Son of Encouragement. Barnabas would serve others graciously and gave generously.

The Barnabas’ we have in our lives gives us the courage and confidence to help us hold to God’s truth and our sacred beliefs.  Who is the Barnabas who has given you the confidence to move forward in your life and your faith?

As followers of Jesus we are called to be a Barnabas to others.  Who is it that you encourage and support as they grow in the image of God?   Take a moment now to thank your Barnabas and pray for the one you are mentoring.  

Updates

We will stay the course!  We have heard from the Ontario government that churches could open at 30% capacity.  Within the Diocese this caused a flood of emails and anxious phone calls.  Do read the Archbishop’s letter here for the direction and focus for our Diocese.

Evening Prayer Service  Mark your calendars – Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Look for the Zoom invitation on Wednesday evening.   Join this eclectic group for worship.

Food Shelf   Historically, the Food Shelf closes for the month of July.  Typically, during June the numbers decrease significantly. Currently the Food Shelf is well stocked due in large part to your generosity and abundance of food items. Thank you from the team. Look for more news for the reopening  in August letter.

Open Arms Café   The numbers are consistently high at Open Arms. At least 40 takeout meals are delivered to the Pete Palagino Arena Warming Center and between 75 to 85 are distributed from the Parish doors on Wednesday evening.

Offerings  The word from the treasurer is that at the end of May  “we are still holding our own”. The church does anticipate some bigger bills in June and July for  insurance and the Diocesan apportionment bill.   The e transfer has worked well.  Some parishioners have stated they will continue with this method in lieu of envelopes.   Food for thought.

Kindness   For your devotions and meditations, you may be interested in this  music from composer and artist Steve Bell.  Mr. Bell is a Canadian Christian singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Listen to his piece titled “Kindness” here  It is  based on the writings of Teresa of Avila, a 1600 century Spanish nun.

 

Worship    This is the link.

As the restrictions are lifted, pray that we will continue to be safe, cautious and kind to each other.

Beth+