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Hello Grace,
Did you miss February 21, worship1 or worship 2? Forward to a friend.
 
Here are the links for both services.
Grace United Church Peterborough  February 21, 2021 Worship1 Contemporary 9:00 A.M.
Grace United Church Peterborough Service 2Traditional Service 11:00 A.M.
  
Grace United Church YouTube Channel (lists all services):
 
Lenten Greetings:
We are in week two of Lent. Hear and believe the good news:
God has called us “my people”!
God has set up a covenant, over and over again,
choosing us even before we can choose,
faithful even when we are faltering.
In the flood, in the wilderness, in exile;
in certainty and doubt, abundance and scarcity;
God’s promise is true to the thousandth generation.
We see the rainbow, we hear our names, we learn the commandments,
we look out for our help, we know in our hearts:
we love because God first loved us,
we follow because God first came to us,
we can be faithful because God is faithful.
by Teri Peterson and posted on LiturgyLink. https://www.liturgylink.net/
 
We are beloved. We are enough. Notice all the ways God shares “I love you” today. God is with you right now, today, every day! In the hardest trouble and the most joyful moments, we are not alone.
 
With 37 days until Easter Sunday. Keep using this time to draw closer to God with whatever spiritual practices, time for gratitude and thanks that works for you.
Here is a little reflection on things to fast from during Lent posted by Pope Francis a few years ago:
 Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
Perhaps one or more of these ideas resonates for you, that you can take a few minutes to reflect on.
Reminders:
 
Please read the Annual Congregational Report this week in advance of our virtual worship and annual meeting Feb. 28. Sheila posted it with last weeks worship announcement.
Sunday February 28 livestream at 9:00 A.M. We will offer a Zoom Q and A and fellowship right after the worship and annual meeting.
 
Unfortunately, we are still offering worship only by livestream. Our building remains closed to the public. The good news is that we can do livestream and except for this special worship and annual meeting should be offering both worship 1 and 2. We are so grateful to the band and to the choir for their adaptability and facing all the challenges of not being able to gather, using the singing booths, which we are so grateful for. This Sunday the candles of remembrance honouring loved ones who died in 2020 will be lit by leaders of worship and board members taking part. We are very sorry families cannot send a person to light a candle on behalf of their family member who has died. This part of the service is being led by Susan Sweet Lebeau, with thanks and gratitude. When it is again safe to gather in person, we will have a special worship service to celebrate, remember and honour loved ones who died in 2020 and through this pandemic. We do not know when that will be but please know the board is prayerfully discerning and working hard to ensure safety.
 
I continue to work from home as directed by public health, directing all work to be done at home where possible. Please phone, text, or email and if you would like to Zoom or Facetime we can connect.
 
Events to save the date for:
 
Meridian Tapping Workshop by Fern Hearne
Monday, March 8th, 7- 8pm via Zoom (Rev. Sharon’s Zoom link)
Hello, beautiful beings of light. This workshop is designed to bring relief in these challenging times. It’s quick and easy to learn, for whatever your challenges are. No need for any previous experience. No cost.
To register: email Fern at [email protected] before March 5th
Our Brains on Trauma
Deep in the temporal lobe of our brains, just above the brainstem, is a small structure called the amygdala. The amygdala is known as the fear center of our brain. This is the part of our brain that is continually scanning our surroundings and environment for signs of danger and then kicks off the sympathetic nervous system in response to any perceived threats. The sympathetic nervous system directs our body’s response to threat by preparing our body systems to protect us. Our heart rate increases, breathing becomes more rapid, and glucose is dumped into the bloodstream in order to prepare us to stand and fight the threat, or to turn and run to escape from it. This is the response that is commonly known as “fight or flight.” The important thing to know about the amygdala is that it cannot tell the difference between a real or perceived threat. This sympathetic response is automatic, and outside of our voluntary control. This is all well and good when we need quick, temporary protection from a threat, are able to respond, and then are able to engage the parasympathetic nervous system in order to regulate our body systems and regain a sense of calm and safety. When we are living in a state of on-going perceived threat, especially that which is traumatic in nature, our brains have difficulty engaging the parasympathetic response and returning to calm.
 Think about it this way: the amygdala is like the smoke alarm of your brain. It senses danger, and alerts your body to protect itself from danger. Now, imagine someone has pulled your smoke detector, and it’s gotten stuck in the on position. The alarm tone is blaring, the lights are flashing, and no matter what you try to do to put out the fire, there’s no shutting the thing off. This is your brain under traumatic stress. No wonder you are exhausted; your body has been functioning all day long in fire-fighting, fight or flight mode, and nothing you can do can change this for any significant length of time. What’s worse is, each time your brain is again assaulted by news of the contagiousness of the virus or the rising number of people sick or dying, each time we enter a grocery store and see bare shelves triggering thoughts of scarcity, or hear that there may not be enough masks or ventilators to save lives, our brains are again kicked into high alert. This is the definition of a chronic state of community trauma.  Please join us for relief. 
Blessings, Fern
 
PIE day - It’s a virtual Pie Day event! Buy, make a pie to share, or some variety of dessert you enjoy and come eat “pie” Sun. Feb. 14 in the Zoom fellowship meeting following worship 2. (Public Intentional Explicit/Affirming Initiative)
 
Tuesday March 2, Lenten lunch bunch meets by Zoom from 12 noon to 1:00. Get your lunch and join in by Zoom. We’ll eat and chat and share some spiritual practices and discussion.
NEW: Wednesday evening Zoom Craft and Chat at 7:00 P.M. Join us! Bring whatever you like to craft or just come and chat!
 
Thursday March 4 craft and chat meets Thursday at 11:00 by Zoom. We are focusing on making Easter cards of any form on March 4 and March 11.The outside of the card might have the words “Christ Is Risen” and inside “Christ Is Risen Indeed! “Completed cards will be gathered and distributed along with some Easter surprises for recipients.
 
All Zoom activities are on Sharon’s Zoom and the link is the same every time. Check your Friday newsletter or call Sharon or the office if you want the link sent again.
 
Sun. Feb. 28 Annual Congregation Meeting, A Worship Celebration of Grace United.
Sun. March 7 Lent 3 Susan Sweet Lebeau preaching
Mon. March 8 International Women’s Day
Sun. March 14 Lent 4 Celia Hunter preaching PIE day (eating pie) virtually, in Zoom following worship 1)
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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