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Growing In Grace
A Weekly Newsletter From Sharon
Hello Grace,
Easter Greetings
 
Thank-you for the wonderful feedback of the Easter outreach. It was great fun and a labour of love for all. Don’t forget to submit your colouring pictures to Sheila in the office, either take a photo and send to her or send the colouring page to the church. Please check the worship reminder Sheila will send out today from the church for the attachment of the Eastertide resource for Easter Sunday to Pentecost. The fifty days of Eastertide offer a “spiritual moment” for each day. If you print it off, it will be in a little booklet format, with thanks to Sheila for her formatting ”magic.” !
 
Thanks to all who took part in the Lent lunch bunch and spiritual practices held each Tuesday. We will continue with lunch bunch and spiritual practices Tuesdays beginning April 13 at noon, by Zoom. All are welcome. Join us! All welcome!
 
Please be reminded that we move into a new provincial wide lockdown April 3. We continue to livestream worship Sunday mornings. The building remains closed to the public.
Peterborough Public Health Unit provides this contact information for the booking of vaccines. To book a vaccine appointment, residents can book online through the provincial online booking system at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. For those that prefer booking over the phone they can call the Peterborough vaccine booking centre which is staffed Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. This centre can be reached at 249-494-5631.
As per the Peterborough Public Health requests, I continue to work from home. Please phone, text, email, or arrange to face time or connect by Zoom.
 
One Roof Diner continues to appreciate our help so very much. Over and above the ever-present need for water, they said that toiletries/personal hygiene products are most needed, especially the following:
· shampoo
· toothbrushes
· razors
· deodorant
Dawna Rhodenhizer can be contacted. She is willing to pick up any donations (call Dawna at 705.749.6450), and people are always welcome to drop them off at her house (904 Kawartha Drive, just in front of Westmount School). Any money that is donated will be spent on those specific items. Thanks so much for the support provided to One Roof.
 
GPIF reminds us that we can get a variety of gift cards. The Grace Partner in Faith outreach receives benefit when we order gift cards through GPIF. Contact Jane Bleeker. Note that Giant Tiger is a new addition of cards available. See all details on our church website.
 
Income Tax—More Opportunity Joanne Gray, Voluntary Tax Support
Joanne has kindly volunteered to help anyone who needs assistance with completing their 2020 tax return.
Special Easter Weekend Updates:
Please watch the Maundy Thursday service now available, posted on Sharon’s personal YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQlPIfDG_Mc
 
Please join us for this Maundy Thursday virtual service April 1, 2021. Due to the pandemic, we cannot gather in person. You are invited to have a candle, food and drink to participate in a Communion during the reading of the last supper, a basin of water, cloth and towel. If you prefer, just come as you are and participate in your imaginings.
 
After watching the service, please plan to join us today, April 1, on Zoom at 7:00 P.M for a time of prayer, reflection and fellowship.
 
The Good Friday service will be livestreamed from Grace United Church beginning at 10:00 A.M. April 2. Please join us if you are able. It is a difficult day but I hope you will find it meaningful and sensitive to connect with our own life situations and our journey with our Lord.
 
Please join us for this new day dawning Easter sunrise service for Easter Sunday April 4, 2021, recorded in Sharon’s yard. Due to the pandemic, we cannot gather in person. Please have food and drink available to participate in Holy Communion.  It will be posted early Sunday morning. This will be the link to go to Sunday morning for the outside Sunrise service. https://youtu.be/oh64gOPxaMA
 
On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 the contemporary service is livestreamed at 9:00 and the traditional service is livestreamed at 11:00. The live stream services will be posted to the Grace United Church YouTube channel for any time viewing. If you know family, friends, neighbours not connecting with Easter services, invite them to join us at Grace.
 
Watch the livestream at 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday - click here
 
Please plan to drop in and share Easter greetings and fellowship by Zoom, Sunday April 4 following worship 2 livestream.
 
 
Upcoming:
 
Thurs. April 1 Maundy Thursday(view on-line) See link above. Zoom at 7:00 P.M.
 
Fri. April 2 Good Friday Service 10:00 A.M. livestream
Sun. April 4 Easter 9:00 and 11:00 livestream
Zoom fellowship follows worship 2.
 
Wed. April 7 evening Zoom Craft and Chat at 7:00 P.M. Join us! Bring whatever you like to craft or just come and chat!
 
Thursday April 8 craft and chat meets Thursday at 11:00 by Zoom.
Sun. April 11 Holy Humour Sunday, Sharon preaching
Tues. April 13 **New** lunch bunch and spiritual practice begins 12 noon to 1:00 P.M.
 
Sun. April 18 Easter 3 Sharon preaching.
Sun. April 25 Easter 4 Celia Hunter preaching, Sharon worship leader
Sun. May 2 Easter 5 Sharon preaching, 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.
 
Prayerfully,
Sharon
 
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