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Hello Grace,
     Did you miss February 28,worship and annual meeting?
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Lenten Greetings: 
Be encouraged and hope filled as we continue to find our way. Keep noticing God’s presence! We cannot embrace each other but we can embrace God and we can embrace hope! You are managing to get through all these turbulent times. 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, WhatsApp, or Facetime, we can connect.
We are grateful we have made it to March and are experiencing the beginnings of signs of spring, hopefully ice and snow melting and warming and lengthening of days to lift spirits. If you have not tried Zoom or have had issues in the past, perhaps you might like to give it a try. I am happy to do a practice with you. If you have a Canada long distance plan, you may want to consider telephoning in and joining a Zoom meeting that way. We can explore options. God is with us and we will stay resilient! Keep connecting with others as we get through this together.
Difficult situations for Peterborough as numbers of COVID-19 keep climbing. I am sharing information from Bruce Coulter, chair of the Grace Re-opening Team, who is so diligently monitoring our situation.
Bruce writes:
"Our numbers have jumped drastically because of the party at Fleming. Tonight (Thursday, March 4th) we are at 76 cases and 1 confirmed case of the variant of concern (VOC) and 43 presumed cases of VOC. Here is the link to the local COVID-19 tracker numbers  … all staff work from home as much as possible. We can still live stream the services as long as all are comfortable. We need to be prepared to go to prerecorded services at any given time. It is being suggested we limit singers and no wind instruments."
On Friday March 5, 2021, all places of worship have been notified by Peterborough Public Health that Peterborough is being moved from its yellow zone to red control zone.
I realize sharing this update is ahead of our Board meeting on the 16th, but we want to keep you as in the know as possible. Previous to the Trent daycare situation in Buckhorn and the student outbreak from Trent/SSFC we were in yellow zone which was encouraging. We are also sensitive to both COVID’s regular strain, which was more than enough, and now the presence of the variant in our area. We are also sensitive that some people who contract the illness are experiencing “long haul” effects, meaning though they are cleared by Public Health as contagious, they have lingering symptoms that they are dealing with.
Instead of “opening up” we find ourselves facing “shutting down” again decisions. Please know the board continues to put safety first.
Thanks to all who took part in the annual meeting last Sunday. The voting will be done by the Board of Management on March 16 at the regular board meeting at 7:00 P.M. by Zoom. Please reach out to a board member before the 16th if you have feedback. Contact Sheila to let her know if you need the link if you hope to attend that meeting. The Board uses Susan’s Zoom account for meetings.
Does your team want to hold a virtual meeting? Let me know and I am happy to set-up a meeting on my Zoom account.
Register today for Fern’s “Tapping” workshop on Monday March 8 by Zoom.
Currently there are only three participants. If you do not have plans for Monday evening March 8, at 7:00 P.M. please come join the session.
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
Tuesday Lent Lunch Bunch noon to 1:00 P.M.
Come have your lunch and join in some spiritual practices and conversation. Invite others to join us.
Craft and Chat- evening edition
Join the zoom Wednesday March 10 at 7 to join the fun for crafting or come just for chatting. No one joined last week by 7:15 and I left but some folks did come in after that and had their own time. I am sorry I missed those who joined in. Join in if you can.
Craft and Chat – daytime edition Thursdays at 11:00 A.M.
Can you believe that the crafters have made 21 prayer shawls as of Feb. 28. Keep exploring different opportunities for “gifts of Grace.” We welcome all kinds of little gifts to share… pocket prayer, prayer patches, mug-rugs, cards, bookmarks, sewing crafts, paper crafts, wood crats, whatever you might offer!
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. March. 14 in the Zoom fellowship meeting following worship 2
Public Intentional Explicit/Affirming Initiative)
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. March 7 Lent 3 Susan Sweet Lebeau preaching
Mon. March 8 International Women’s Day
Tuesday March 9, 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.
Wednesday March 10 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 11 craft and chat meets Thursday at 11:00 by Zoom. We are focusing on making Easter cards of any form 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.
Sun. March 14 Lent 4 Celia Hunter preaching PIE day (eating pie)
Wed. March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
Think green! Wear green! Eat green! Join us for a virtual meal at 6:00! Whether you are featuring Irish stew, creative green or eating leftovers, don’t eat alone! Come join together virtually, for a conversation!
Sun. March 21 Covenanting Service between Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne, Grace United Church Peterborough, and East Central Ontario Regional Council(Kathleen Whyte, liaison, and Assembly of Elders member, is our East Central Ontario Regional Council representative)
Sun. March 28 Palm Sunday with Communion (Susan Sweet Lebeau preaching, Sharon presiding for Communion)
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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Contact me if you want to do a practice if zoom is new to you or you need a refresher.
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