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Bits and Bites, December 3, 2020
- Posted 2020-12-03 12:13:49

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
Lewis Carroll

Well, I like snow, so I’m a happy bunny. Ask me again in February and I’ll say the same. (And I hear you all growling, “Famous last words, lady….”)

I had to have a Lewis Carroll quote to follow up on Rev. Adam’s most recent Message. I misled him on the video. Lewis Carroll didn’t actually write “Alice” at the Great Orme in North Wales; the girl who was the original “Alice” had her summer home there. Actually, some of you have been there, virtually, too if you saw an early Covid video of mountain goats wandering the streets of Llandudno at the Great Orme. It kinda went viral …

Anyway … people, we’re in Advent! We have cookies to bake, and glad tidings of Comfort & Joy (C&J) to deliver! We can offer up a big, “Thank you” to Georgia Smith who has put together goody bags of C&J to be dropped off for our seniors and home-bound, and a similar “thanks” to the Rev for the home delivery service.

I thanked Jeanne and Betty Lou in the last Bits & Bites for The GP’s lovely Christmas décor but I should also have thanked Marg Kerton who was part of the crew. I think Bob Shibley might have been pitching in as well – so a repeated and ongoing thanks for all that PLUS the setting up of our crèche. And let us not forget the cleaning crew; we might not be about in person as much but they’re still putting in the hours!

In fact, we’ll be using The GP a little bit less in the coming few weeks. For safety’s sake, Friday Morning Club has decided to go back on-line for the time being. Interested? Drop Rev Adam an email and he’ll get you all set up to join the gang on Zoom. Same goes for the Wednesday Bible Study group and the Thursday Ladies’ Bible Study; Rev. Adam holds the keys to all those kingdoms.

As of today, it’s 22 sleeps ‘til Christmas. I know you’ve got a lot on your minds but … this would be a Really Good Time to load your grocery cart with a few extras for the Food Bank. Drop it off here, at 39 Division St., or at the Centre on Nickel Street. Let’s get it stocked up in time to do the most good for the most people!

Not only food, either. The Give a Gift programme has been an annual project of Port Cares, providing low income parents and caregivers with free toys and gifts for the little ones in their lives – that’s around 100 kiddies who can look forward to Christmas morning. The project kicked off Tuesday but the Elves in the Port Cares workshop are still welcoming new, unwrapped toys, children's clothes, and gift cards for teenagers with open arms! (The Elves' open arms, that is. Well - the teenagers too, I guess.) Let’s help spread the C&J people; it’s all about the C&J.

So – I’ll either see you in person on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. or virtually at www.thegp.ca. If you can make it to The GP on Sunday, there’ll be a bit of an extra presentation that should be interesting! More later.

God rest you merry (and safe), and good tidings of Comfort & Joy to all.

“Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.”
Vesta M. Kelly

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