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Thanksgiving Greetings
 
Thankyou to everyone for your generosity of thoughts, words and actions in the many ways you keep the many ministries going in the life and work of Grace United Church. It is not easy in this pandemic. Every prayer you offer, every connection with people in and outside our church, acts of kindness, responsibility and role undertaken, support given blesses. Thankyou for caring about this community of faith.
 
Amid the challenges of on-going pandemic, fourth wave realities and our desire to get back to regular activities, programs and all that we long for, we continue to embrace our attitude of gratitude, especially as we enter into this thanksgiving weekend. Perhaps you are able to gather as a family, perhaps it is another quiet weekend, with or without creative connecting via Zoom facetime or a phone conversation. We give thanks. As many struggle with the complexities, turning to the Psalms often provides opportunity to connect with our lament, confusions, our praise and our thanksgiving. Hebrew Scriptures scholar Walter Brueggemann categories the psalms into psalms of orientation, reorientation and disorientation. These three categories might also reflect how we find ourselves in experiencing daily life in this global pandemic time. Amid any chaos, connect with calm!
Food donations for YES (Youth Emergency Shelter
Donations of perishable, non-perishable and money (cheques made payable to Youth Emergency Shelter) can be made by a drop off in the parking lot today, Oct. 8 between 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M., Saturday between 12 noon and 2:00 P.M. or brought to worship Sunday Oct. 10. Thank-you for your generosity.
 
Thanks to all youth who are invited to a pizza night and help with donations collections tonight. Youth are gathering with Kevin between 4:30 and 7:30. Tonight at the church.
A reminder that there is no regular morning worship Sunday October 17. We will meet at 2:00 P.M. gathering in-person or via livestream to celebrate Kevin’s covenanting.
Book Study
Because of the Thanksgiving Monday holiday, there is no book study this Monday evening we resume Monday October 18. All welcome. You don’t need to have the book to participate. Those with books will be happy to read the three parts: Prayer, Guidance, Grace. We will focus on Prayer 2, and possibly prayer 3 if time allows. For all our contemplation: what does the term “grace” mean to us? Please join us at 7:00 P.M. October 18 on Sharon’s Zoom. Book: Intimate Conversations With the Divine: Prayer, Guidance and Grace” by Caroline Myss
 
Anniversary Service October 24!
Join the celebration! Please plan to join us in-person or on-line at 9:00 and 11:00 A.M. as we mark 73 years at Grace.
October 31
There will be a Hallowe’en evening event, giving out candy to the neighbourhood trick or treaters, continuing to outreach to the community as candy is distributed. Due to COVID restrictions, all candy will again be pre-packaged. Jane and Susan will be distributing candy from the church. Thanks to all for support of this fun ministry.
 
Upcoming:
•Sunday October 10, 2021 Thanksgiving Sunday (Sharon preaching)
•Friday October 15/16 East Central Ontario Regional Council Zoom Virtual Meeting
•Sunday October 17, 2021 Kevin’s covenanting, one blended service 2:00 P.M. (no morning worship); Kathleen Whyte preaching (It is also World Food Day Sunday)
•Monday October 18, next book study 7:00 P.M. on Sharon’s Zoom
•Thursday October 21, 40 day tapping challenge celebration by Zoom at 7:00 for those taking the tapping workshop with Fern
•Sunday October 24 Anniversary Sunday (Celia Hunter preaching)
•Sunday October 31 (Sharon preaching)
 
Prayers Please
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.
 
Prayerfully,
Sharon