Keep holding on to hope, resilience and embrace God’s love and grace! Feeling like you need a listening ear, please reach out.
Mental Health Sunday (the first Sunday in May) is part of the church’s effort to create communities of radical belonging for all people, including those living with mental health challenges.
Our moderator Richard Bott sent out this message this week:
Grace and peace to you, in Jesus’ name. Grace and peace to you, during a time in the world and in many of our lives that the stresses with which we are living are often heavy, and sometimes overwhelming.
During the past few weeks, I’ve found myself returning, over and over, to stories of healing in the scriptures. I’ve found myself coming back to two of them, as I struggle with my sense of inadequacy, my bouts of depression, my own mental health. The first tells of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years and couldn’t find help, reaching out to touch Jesus’ clothing that she might be healed. The other is of a man who was paralyzed, whose friends ripped open a roof so that they could get him close to Jesus. It’s not the healing or wholeness or the depth of their faith that is speaking to me right now. In this time, what brings tears to my eyes and hope to my heart is the image of the woman’s hand reaching out for help and finding it; of the friends using everything they had to get the man to the healer. Sometimes I can reach out, and I pray the help is there. Sometimes I can’t move, and I have to trust that those who love me will get me there.
This first week of May, with The United Church of Canada’s first Mental Health Sunday (May 2), the service of Apology for Forced Adoptions (May 9), all under the restrictions imposed by the third wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic, may be a time of particular stress for you and for members of your community of faith. General Council staff have worked to bring together a number of resources to support you and the people with whom you are in ministry. You’ll find these attached to this letter.
Please know that, in all of the ups and downs, in all of the times of struggle, I am holding you in prayer, and my tiny amount of love is added to the infinite love of God that surrounds you and keeps you, every moment of the day and night. When you’ve got it in you, I’d ask you to consider doing the same for me, and of all of your siblings in faith.
The peace of Christ holds us, the love of God enfolds us, and the Holy Spirit keeps us – now, and always. Thanks be to God!
In hope, The Right Reverend Richard Bott
From the Peterborough Public Health Unit Vaccine Update April 30, 2021
As of Friday April 30, booking will open for all individuals age 55 years of older. Peterborough has around 4000 appointments available at this time. We are hoping to promote this to 55+ residents as our data shows that only 59% of residents age 60-69 have received their first dose. However, we really want to get the word out to any residents that are eligible now. Please review the PPH eligibility guidance document
Please be aware doctors are reporting that tics are bad this year and this is the worst time of year for them.
Tapping for Releasing Stress.......New to tapping? Great! Please join us.
Presented by Fern Hearne
When ...May 13th
Time......7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where...Zoom... link (Sharon’s Zoom) Fern will send out link closer to date..
Next Steps in the Sanctuary Needs: The small group met April 29 and are proceeding forward with information gathering. Our key contact people on this group are Heather Aiton Landry and Neil Lebeau. For areas of accessibility and our hearing assist support contact Ross Allen. ”Shooting the room” will help us learn what is advised. A new blind is being ordered for the south window near the LCD computer to help reduce issues.
Do you have an interest, ideas. Send in your thoughts. We are also eager to explore grant opportunities. If interested in helping out with grant writing, or you have suggestions of granting opportunities, perhaps that other churches or community groups have been successful in obtaining, let us know. Consider joining our small task action group which is exploring a “scope of work” to address sound improvements in our church as we continue to figure out needs impacting gathering in-person and on-line. Areas being explored include: sound treatments, speakers, tech needs, visual esthetics, short term needs and long term dreams and wishes We continue to brainstorm and consider. Come join us… Heather Aiton Landry, Ross Allen, Sharon Ballantyne, Brian Landry, Neil Lebeau, Shelby Lebeau, Dustin Weihs.
Lay Supervision Team? What is that?
Grace continues to work towards being a learning site to welcome a candidate for ordination to complete his/her final placement. As a supervised ministry education site, Grace will support a candidate in a two year position. Board of Management has supported this as a part of Grace’s ongoing commitment to live into our vision of Engaging the Community. ECORC approved Grace as a site April 21.The candidate would come to us as a Minister of Young Families and Community Engagement, as well as supporting in particular the redevelopment of the Ministry of Compassion. We are excited by the possibilities for everyone. The Lay Supervision Team is a small group, which needs 7 members to accompany our candidate over these two years. If you might be interested in joining this valuable team to support a candidate let the office know, or contact George Flavell, chair of our Board of Management.
Service Animal Awareness-
Lions Foundation Canada Oakville School Fundraiser
Elizabeth Gray, a member of our congregation has a wonderful service animal, Lana, that provides mobility support. Lana and Elizabeth have been partners working together for the past two years. As part of their commitment as graduates, each year, graduates participate in a fundraiser walk for service animal awareness and fundraising. This year Elizabeth is to meet a target goal of one thousand dollars. If you might be able to help with a contribution, please visit
If you have questions, please feel free to email Joanne Gray. Her email is [email protected] Thank-you for your support.
Pies! Pies! Pies!
Not just any pies, George’s famous strawberry rhubarb pies … see Sheila’s worship reminder today!
Tidbits and Trivia:
UCCAN is preparing to celebrate 96 years as the United Church of Canada, which came into being June 10, 1925. The primary church denominations that formed the church included presbyterians, Methodists and congregationalists.
Please plan to drop in and share in fellowship by Zoom, Sunday May 2 following worship 2 livestream.
Sun. May 2 Easter 5 Sharon preaching, Communion, Susan Sweet Lebeau worship leader
Tues. May 4 Sharon not able to participate in lunch bunch and spiritual practices. All are welcome to join in and participate. Zoom room is available.
Lunch Bunch and Spiritual Practices noon to 1:00 P.M. Come have virtual lunch with us on Zoom.
Wed. May 5 evening Zoom Craft and Chat at 7:00 P.M. Join us! Bring whatever you like to craft or just come and chat!
Thursday May 6 craft and chat meets at 11:00 by Zoom.
Sun. May 9 Easter 6 Susan Sweet Lebeau preaching Christian Family Sunday Rural Sunday Paula Pound worship leader
Sat. May 15 National Chocolate Chip Day—have some fun with that!
Sun. May 16 Easter 7 Sharon preaching, Carol Allen worship leader
This is a struggling time for people. Everyone is carrying concerns and joys. Pray for all you love, for each other, for this community of faith and for needs locally, nationally, and globally. Thank-you for all prayers.
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