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Bits & Bites 15 July 2021
- Posted 2021-07-17 12:26:36

Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

William Shakespeare

Just about now (as I write) Rev. Adam will be on the airport shuttle, a first step on his long haul to Hungary for six weeks.  Last I saw of him, he was like a kid on Christmas Eve.  I think he has one whole suitcase devoted to toys for his nephew whom he will meet in person for the first time.  Gosh.  I’m getting excited just writing about it!  To say that, “our thoughts and prayers are with him,” would be an understatement;  also, “we’re looking forward to having you back”. 

In the meantime …

If you’re in need of Pastoral care, Rev. Larry (Beverly) is on call;  let the office know and the message will be passed along.  He’ll be doing most of the ‘supply’ through the holidays with the exception of Sunday #1 when ‘Brother’ Larry Fisher will be leading the flock. 

Rev. Adam may have gone fishin’ but we have a pretty full agenda – even considering it’s summer!

We’re recruiting.  George McKibbon is in charge of a new adventure for us;  we’re hoping to have a table at the Friday morning Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to noon throughout August (and a bit of July).  We’re working on making it look nice, and we need people who like to enthuse about The Gathering Place to help out.  We’ve got books and leaflets and a bit of a display in the works.  If you can contribute a few hours here and there, shoot George an email:  Mckibbongeorge@gmail.com

What will we be talking up?  You’ll be surprised …

First, the news we’ve been waiting for:  if we behave, and all goes well, the plan is to have our first in-person service on Sunday, September 12th!  “… For behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” (Isaiah 65:17-19)  It’s gonna be special!  It’s also going to kick off the other things in the works …

The Spiritual Direction series earlier this year was well worth doing … so we’re doing it again!  Learn how to form a ‘sense of the spiritual’, who you are and where you’re going, four evenings a week starting Tuesday,  September 14 at 7.00 p.m.

Then, how about a stroll in the country with good company?  There’s a mini-Pilgrimage being organized up Chippawa Road (scene of my childhood, and others at The GP) all the way to Bethel.  In the Bible, Bethel is where Jacob dozed off and climbed his ladder to heaven.  Not sure if the walk is rounded off with a nap but visions of heaven are a possibility.  The walk starts at the Main Street Tourism Centre (the Humberstone Township hall as was) on Saturday, October 2nd, 9.00 a.m.  

The news about the inhumanity of the Residential School system for First Nations children has rocked us – and rightly so.  I’ve previously sent out one email on the Presbyterian involvement and there’s more at www.presbyterian.ca to help you understand.  For those interested in going deeper, Ann McKibbon has found an on-line course from the University of Alberta – “Indigenous Canada”.  It’s free (or $60 if you want to take it as a credit course) and the idea is that we get a group together to do it together and meet weekly to discuss.  We’re taking names!

If you’re interested in any of these, shoot us an email (office@thegp.ca) and we’ll get you in the loop.

An update on our Refugees:  we’re on hold, awaiting news of our application to co-sponsor our Afghan family.  The Presbyterian National Office is helping us get all our papers in order so, ‘one more step along the world we go.’  If you’re interested in being part of the organizing team, let us know.

You’d never know we were slap-bang in the middle of the Dog Days of summer, would you, for all that we have in the works?  Get out your calendars and get those dates entered!  Got any news?  Drop us a line or give us a call.

Oh – and Happy Birthday and blessings to all our July babies.  I know Martin Bergerson is one – anyone else?

Keep safe, keep well, and God bless!

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

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