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Bits and Bites March 25, 2020
- Posted 2020-03-25 13:58:36

Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

Susan Cain

My, isn’t it quiet? Well, sort of.

It’s an awful thing, this Covid 19, but the trick is to let it bring out the best in us, not the worst. Here at The Gathering Place we’ve been hatching some clever plans … and we’re open to suggestions so get your thinking caps on.

Thanks to everyone who applauded our first foray into on-line worship. Not too shabby, was it!? For those who missed it, it’s still up for a short time before it’s archived and we get another up for this coming Sunday. Take a look at We’re learning as we go and getting tooled up for a slicker presentation so … watch that space!

And – guess what? – we miss you guys. We’ve put together a small group to phone around the congregation to see what you’re up to. Do you need anything we can help with? (Needless to say – but I’ll say it anyway – “legally”?) Errands, prayer requests, a rousing chorus of some song or other? Maybe not that last one. You get the drift. But I promise we won’t be trying to clean your ducts, fix your Microsoft account, or sell you anything else.

A couple of people have been asking if they can contribute to the Church’s work by Interac transfer – which means transferring directly from bank accounts. We ARE looking in to it, and we’ll also be setting up the Presbyterians’ PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) system so we all have some options. And, of course, you can still drop cheques (no cash) into the outside mail box or cheques or cash into the Office on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.

  1. – for now. We’re obviously going to be keeping an eye on the situation and go day-by-day.

I was going to make a joke there but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Presbyterian joke about money.


Watcha doin’ to keep busy? Nothing? Right, I have some homework for you.

My mother had her favourite stories about growing up at First Presbyterian Church. I liked the one about a visiting minister who was all fire-and-brimstone in his preaching. He was also extremely short. So, when he came to preach, someone always put an orange crate in the pulpit so he could stand on it and be seen. This one Sunday, he was going at it hammer-and-tongs and came to the bit where he pounded the lectern once to emphasize that the Good would be going to Heaven and, banging the lectern again, the Sinners would go straight to … at which point, the orange crate broke and he disappeared from sight.

Many of you knew my mother. My mother swore that this is a true story from FPC.

So, your homework is to send us anecdotes – funny, whimsical, trivial, sad, whatever – of life in our Presbyterian church. They don’t even have to be old. I may have one or two more for future Bits & Bites but I don’t want to be the only one … !

Oh, and for all you readers out in the wide world beyond The Gathering Place regulars, Whazzup?

Keep well, people. Keep safe. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

“Every person has a story. Every story is a part of something Greater.”
Nathan Keys

Jane Thomas
The Gathering Place

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