Midweek Message – Sept 21, 2017

It’s the Pastoral Charge Gathering Service this week! With special guest Cliff Le Jeune, who will be sharing his gift of Leonard Cohen’s music. The scripture passages are Genesis 1: 1-5 and John 1: 1-5. Reflection Title – There is a Crack… Questions I am pondering: In the midst of doom and gloom, where do we find the light? How can we widen the cracks to let more light in? Potluck brunch/lunch to follow.

Entryway – One wall has been painted; the others are yet to come. I hope, and trust, that by Sunday, the new magnetic boards will be up, and that area will become the communication centre for the church. We are grateful to the generosity of many people over the years for their contributions to the Memorial Fund, which has made this project possible.

Ambassador Training – Do you like to welcome people? Do you want to ensure that visitors want to come back and be part of our faith community? Then come to ‘Ambassador Training’ on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:30 and check it out!

Mindful Mondays – It was Guided Meditation this week and we had 8 people participate in the candlelit sanctuary. Next week it’s Creative Prayer, come to the sanctuary between 7-8 and we will explore some non-wordy ways of praying.Guided Meditation

Pie Making – The church continues to be redolent with the smells of apple and cinnamon! I continue to be impressed at the scope of this operation under the leadership of Ferne Barton.

Transition Times

21 September, 2017                                                                         Edition 5                                       We Are Pilgrims on a Journey – A message from the Transition Team Chair  

As you are no doubt aware, there is an informal Pastoral Oversight visit from Presbytery taking place next week. This meeting is open to all members and adherents of both NMR and RUC and everyone is encouraged to attend. Details are as follows:

Presbytery Pastoral Oversight Visit

Date: Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Riverview United Church, sanctuary

Led by: Elaine Gray, the Rev. Dr. Susan MacAlpine-Gillis

Elaine and Rev. Susan were the Presbytery representatives who met several times with our congregations two years ago to assist in our transition to Interim Ministry. This upcoming visit is to going to allow them to touch base with the congregations and see how things are going during these times of change and renewal.

Points to Ponder:

The author Janet Cawley, in her book “Who Is Our Church? Imagining Congregational Identity” (Alban Institute, 2006) suggests that a helpful method of naming our church identity is to describe it as if it were a person with identifiable traits. So – who is Nine Mile River? Who is Riverview? How can we best describe our church and how can we best understand and live out our mission? All are excellent questions to keep in mind as we continue on our journey in Interim Ministry.

May we continue to show each other support, care, humour, encouragement and prayer as we move ahead, knowing that Christ walks with each of us and guides our actions and thoughts.

Blessings, Martha





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