Rev. Beth's Weekly Letter - June 7

June 6, 2020

Dear Friends:

We have experienced a tumultuous number of days that started with the death of George Floyd that ignited protests –both violent and peaceful- around the world. There were protests in Northern Ontario:  Sudbury last Sunday and North Bay today.

There have been many images that have challenged our beliefs as Christians and others that have reinforced our baptismal promises.

Our baptismal promises call us to seek and serve Christ in all persons, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.

Canada is not immune to racism.  It extends throughout our society. It impacts our vulnerable populations including but not limited to:  indigenous people, immigrants and people of color.

We know in our hearts that it is God’s love through His mercy and grace that the unjust structures that are tightly woven into our society can be transformed. Let us pray and work to end racism and injustice.

 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”        (1 John 4:7)

Updates:

Evening Prayer Service 7:00pm  Thursdays.  Our service has a long reach. This past week, Judi Zink (Tom Zink’s sister) described how it was living in Chicago in the after math of the protests.

Food Shelf: A message from Lynda Hughes and team….   The congregation has been very generous with their donations of food and funds from both Christ Church and St. John’s in support of the Food Bank.  Presently we have an ample supply of food on hand but will let you know when we are low on any items. Thank you God for this incredible generosity and abundance.

Summer Sabbath and The Need for Rest:  Do read the Archbishop’s pastoral letters on the meaning of Summer  Sabbath and The Need for Rest.

Cookie Fairies:  Be on the lookout for a delivery of sweet treats from the cookie fairies.  You never know when they may appear.

Landscaping:  Would you or a friend have an interest in cutting the lawn around the church? If there are three or four willing folk, it could be done on  a rotating schedule. Thank you to Rick Loder and Irv Dyck for making our yards and our church look welcoming and inviting.

Worship:  Join us for worship. Here is the link. 

Begin your Sabbath Rest.

Beth+