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Bits and Bites May 6, 2020
- Posted 2020-05-13 16:47:34

Whatever your cause, whatever your motivation, I hope you'll agree with me

that volunteer service is an extraordinary gift.

Neil Bush

 

I’m just guessing but, for the Christian, volunteering is one of those things that you file under, “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide”.  I’ll even bet that the Theologians among us will give us chapter and verse on the subject.  Jonah springs to mind.

 

But volunteering can be a real pick-me-up as well, particularly in times like these.  A few things come to mind, and we’d love to hear of others.

 

When you’re out doing your weekly shopping, all masked and sanitized, pick up a few bits and bobs for the Food Bank and drop them off at 39 Division Street, Port Colborne.  Jeanne Grimes and I are taking a big boxful over tomorrow so Well Done all contributors!  Cheque writing more your style?  We’ll deliver them for you too.

 

Keep that Peace a-passing!  Pick up the phone and check up on someone.  Gossip.  Do you know where that word comes from?  It’s Old English; literally ‘a person related to one in God’.  So, get dialling!  If you’re feeling really adventurous, I suppose you could dial random numbers and see who you get.  Hmmm.  Do let us know how that works out for you …  Not sure we have any funds to post bail.

 

I hear lots of people are using the time to deep clean.  Not me.  I don’t do that kinda stuff.  But if you’re so inclined, have you come across any old button boxes or mason jars full of buttons?  An amazing project has sprung up in Sherkston organizing people who crochet, knit, or sew “Mask Mates” – I think I mentioned them last week.  If they needed buttons last week, they’re DESPERATE this week.  They’ve only been going two weeks and they’ve had orders from all over Canada!  They’ve even had some from California and Washington, D.C.!  An order from Toronto for 2000 meant 4000 buttons!  So, if you have some – flat back, 5/8-1”, 2 or 4 hole – buttons, let me know or slide on over to their Facebook page:  “Mask Mate Ear-savers for Essential Workers”.  Mary Pat brought me some yesterday – Thanks!  And if you can do some making, better still.  (I can do two per episode of Coronation Street.  Top that!)

 

It seems we’re really showing our mettle these days, technology-wise.  The Zoom meetings of Bible Study, Ladies Bible Study, and Friday Morning Coffee Club are THE place to be on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays!  Want to get on board, Li’l Children?  (Sorry – gospel songs are my weakness.)  Email Rev. Adam (minister@thegp.ca) and he’ll get you set up.  Bring a friend!

 

And Big Thanks to everyone who has been getting their Givings in by Interac, cheques – even cash, which you can drop off to me or Linda Caldwell.  PayPal is also up and running although best for casual visitors as we do pay a commission on those. 

 

The online video Services are rockin’ (warts & all)!  Last Sunday chalked up 79 YouTube ‘hits’!  I guess we’ve got God on our side!

 

So.  Homework.  I’m guessing this was never your strong point, ever.  Cuz I ain’t been overwhelmed with responses.  Not being one to give up, I offer you a song.

 

Remember I asked if you could think of any songs that weren’t written as Praise Songs but could have been?  Well, I met a Nova Scotia folk singer at Mariposa in 2015 – Dave Gunning.  He had been given a ukulele for Christmas by his wife and children and, as he tells it, they went to bed at the end of the day leaving him and the dog to learn how to play it.  The two of them wrote this song which I would quite happily sing praising God:  https://davegunning.bandcamp.com/track/to-be-with-you

 

And, speaking of not hearing from people:  hey, you readers from other churches, wazzup?  How are you keeping busy?  I haven’t had much for, “Meanwhile, elsewhere” in a long time!  We’re all in this together!

 

Keep safe, keep well, and God bless!

 

Everyone has the potential to become an encourager.

You don't have to be rich. You don't have to be a genius.

You don't have to have it all together.

All you have to do is care about people and initiate.

John C. Maxwell

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