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Bits and Bites, October 1, 2020
- Posted 2020-10-01 14:19:00

“In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom.”

John Burroughs

Moses had a burning bush and we have our maple trees – it’s like having the Presbyterian emblem right outside our windows, isn’t it? Looks like it’s going to be a lovely autumn – Happy October 1st! Happy International Coffee Day, World Vegetarian Day, International Day of Older Persons (yay!) and National Seniors Day (double yay!) Who knew?

We have lots to look forward to this week.

Sunday is World Communion Sunday and you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to taking part. Yes, we’re still getting the video versions out on YouTube or on DVD. Get yourself organized at home with a drink and some bread and follow along. OR … join the team at The Gathering Place and try out the nifty new Communion packets; a double-decker pre-packed affair with wafer on top, juice below, all set out for you on your chair, ready. Or, at least, for the first 30 to show up – we’re still operating within government guidelines. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! (And if you want some for home, let us know SOON and we’ll drop one/some off for you.)

The Bible Study groups are rolling along via Zoom on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. I know you know all about getting your entry codes from Rev Adam ( but … have a think: do you know anyone else who might want to try it out? The door is – figuratively speaking – open so feel free to mention it.

Tomorrow’s Friday Morning Club is an in-person affair and the coffee’s hot from around 9.30 a.m. or so. Pop in ‘specially’ or call round after you’ve been to market – catch up on the news!

One bit of news is that Linda Caldwell, at last report, is doing just dandy following her knee op. She’s in Shaver Hospital for a day or two of rehab and will be coming home to Port; family is lined up to get her bouncing back into good health. She might not be doing the Lindy Hop anytime in the near future but she should be mobile before long. ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ eh, people? And big thanks, again, to Sheila Brown for tickling the ivories for us in Linda’s absence.

Good news from the Jennings tribe: Jessica, mother of Hayden, has bought Bremfield’s, moving from “super star baker/manager” to Owner! Congratulations, Jess, and … lucky boy, Hayden! Your mom owns a Bakery! Wow! Another good reason to keep our heads down and get through this Covid-thing: we have a group visit to Bremfield’s to arrange!

I know I mentioned it in Saturday’s email, and I know we still have Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en to get through but … you do know that, as of today, it’s 85 days ‘til Christmas? I only mention it because the Gifts of Change catalogue ( is online and you know how you hate leaving these things to the last minute … Just sayin’.

And, while you’re there, you might also like to take a peek at the Daily Prayer Mission Moment Calendar ( as mentioned last Sunday.

Thanks to everyone who has sent in their moments of stardom for the Campfire and gentle reminders to those who are still ‘in the process’. I’ll be stitching all the bits together starting Sunday so … hopefully I’ll have something ready for your Thanksgiving Weekend Viewing Pleasure – maybe not all glitzy Broadway, but it should provide a laff or two and a chance to be together, virtually.

So – That’s All Folks, at least for now. Stay safe, stay well, and God bless!

“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.”

Hal Borland

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