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Hello Grace,
Thank-you all for our first month together. If we have not yet connected, please give me a call, send a text or send me an email. We are all figuring out this creative connecting.
Yesterday was family literacy day. Talk to someone about books you love, the way words enliven your life—books, magazines, media, songs … how words impact us and inspire us.
Today, Jan. 28 is Bell Let’s Talk day. For each use on a variety of their platforms today, Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives. Last year they raised over $7.7 million. Their website has lots of mental health resources www.letstalk.bell.ca Break the stigma and talk about Mental Health.
”What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”(Glenn Close)  Here’s a thirty second reminder to Breathe, focusing on Mental Health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHqMv-wrSn0 This pandemic has especially stretched us to limits. Reach out to others and stay connected. We are always stronger together and our faith reminds us we are never alone.
 
Upcoming:
Thanks to approval from Board of Management Jan. 19 and by Transition Team Jan. 26
More details will be shared as we get closer to dates. Plan to join us for A Shrove Tuesday pancake supper virtually by Zoom, an Ash Wednesday service by Zoom, and other dates of interest…
Sun. January 31, 4th After Epiphany Communion (Worship on-line Sharon Preaching). Please have bread and juice or other food and drink to participate in virtual Communion. Join the service Sunday morning or anytime via YouTube.
Tues. February 2 Groundhog day (Come on spring!)
Fri. February 5 date all reports for Annual Report are due
Sun. February 7 5th After Epiphany worship on-line Sharon preaching
Sun. February 14 Transfiguration Sunday Valentine’s Day Thinking Day/Scouts service (worship on-line Susan Sweet Lebeau preaching)
Mon. February 15 Family Day Creatively connect with those you love!
Tues. February 16 Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) (Grace congregational pancake supper from our homes on Zoom) Join us at 6:00 P.M. on Sharon’s Zoom
Wed. February 17 Ash Wednesday. Join us via Zoom for a short service of meditation and reflection at 7:00 P.M.
     
Sun. February 21 Lent 1 Communion
Notification of Congregational Annual Meeting February 28 2021
Please plan to join us for worship February 28, 2021 to learn more about the life and work of Grace United Church. During worship we’ll celebrate! It is unclear if we will be permitted to gather in-person, be livestreaming or on-line only but please join us Feb. 28, if you are available by whatever format you can.
The annual report will be available on the website, distributed electronically and available in print previous to the meeting. All those who submit reports should submit them to Sheila electronically as word documents or pasted in the body of an email by February 5, 2021 please.
Following the service any items to be voted on will be available for voting through a survey style electronic forum, similar to the survey done by the transition team. Tentatively the voting will be available for one month, to be completed by March 28. Print copies will be created, placed in envelopes and untouched for a minimum of 72 hours” to observe COVID-19 safety protocols and then made available for those who prefer the print copy.
One Roof Diner Needs:
Dawna shares the things they need most right now (aside from water) are more heavy gloves/mitts and shampoo. They have lots of socks (at least for the moment)... the sort of gloves that construction workers wear… for sub-zero temperatures and less costly than "regular" gloves. People can deliver them to the One Roof location, 99 Brock Street, Peterborough (St. John’s Anglican Church)) or drop off items or financial offerings to Dawna’s home and she will deliver them.
 
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.
 
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Sunday January 31, 2021 11:30 to noon Zoom link and Craft & Chat Thursday February 4, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. Zoom link (same link for all events)
 
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Did you miss last week’s January 24, 2021 worship service?
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Prayerfully
Sharon