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Bits & Bites 29 July 2021
- Posted 2021-08-01 11:21:40

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes…

William Shakespeare

Sitting by an open window here, I swear I can almost hear the grass growing as it soaks up the rain.  I suppose I could have also started off today with Shakespeare’s, “When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain?”  The answer to that, as it currently stands and regardless of the weather, is September 12th – that’s when we’re hoping to start up in-person Services.  And I fully expect that there will be a few more than three of us looking forward to that!

I say this with some confidence as our Canada Day celebration of Rev. Adam’s pending Citizenship was a joyful reunion for many of us – a ‘dry run’ for things to come.  Thanks to everyone who sent copies of their photos and video clips of the day.  There’s a short video to remember the fun on our YouTube page here:  Looking at the viewing numbers, it’s been seen 12 times already and I only just put it up.  I’m pretty sure that over half of those are Hungarian.

Speaking of Hungarian, Rev. Adam is ensconced in the family cottage and seems to be at the beck and call of his nephew … and enjoying every minute of it.  I hear they’re sharing a paddling pool.  We’ll need photos, right?

While the cat’s away, the mice still have things to do.  First and foremost, we’re planning on having a table at the Port Colborne Farmers’ Markets on August 13th, 20th, 27th, September 3rd, and 10th.  We’ll have leaflets outlining various plans we have for the autumn – as mentioned in the last Bits & Bites – and a smile on our faces.  Can you pitch in?  Let George McKibbon know: 

905 631-8489 or

You’ll remember the Van de Laar family, Cassy, Jason, & children?  Well, there’s a new addition to the family:  Harriet Winnifred Holden Van de Laar. Born July 22nd at 12:37 am weighing 7lbs 2 oz 21 inches. Congratulation and blessings to the whole family and welcome, Harriet Winnifred!

Bible Studies, Wednesdays and Thursdays, carry on over the summer but Friday Morning Coffee Lounge is on hold until September.  The Food Bank box is still on my front steps at 39 Division Street, Port Colborne and great is our thanks to all who contribute!   If you’re in need of pastoral care, Rev. Larry is tending the sheepfold;  his cell number is 905-380-0484 with landline at 905-894-0484. 

So, rain or shine, keep safe and well!  Let us know any news of note that needs to be shared – birthdays, events, whatever.  Farewell, July;  onwards to August!

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
John Lubbock

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