Thursday Thoughts – April 25, 2019

A big thank you to EVERYONE who made Holy Week Services meaningful, from readers to chair movers, from flower buyers, to musicians, it was an amazing week.

img_20190421_1034076-collageEaster is a season, not just one Sunday! On this second Sunday of Easter, we continue to celebrate the resurrection.

Scripture – John 20: 19-31

Reflection – Doubt and Belief

Questions I am pondering:

  • Can we belief what we cannot see?
  • What do we put our trust in?

I have often said that the 11th commandment is ‘Thou shall not tell the minister anything before or after church and expect her to remember!”  Here is a humorous look at what else you shouldn’t say to the minister. 

Do we love what we do in our churches? Check out Jan Edmiston’s wisdome here. 

Announcements

THIS WEEK
Sun. Apr. 28th NMR Potluck Luncheon & Meeting following service.
Tue. Apr. 30th Study Group @ 1:00 pm
Wed. May 1st Executive Business Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Thu. May 2nd Seniors Potluck Luncheon/Meeting @ 12:00 noon

COMING UP
Tue. May 7th Study Group @ 1:00 pm
Thu. May 9th Riv. Cleaning Kitchen @ 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Extra hands welcomed. Bring your lunch.

Rev. Catherine is away on Study Leave and Vacation May 3-20, 2019. In her absence, Rev. Nancy Ritchie will be on call for pastoral emergencies; please contact Donna Anderson or Gary Smiley, they will know how to be in touch with her. In her absence, various people are leading worship:
May 5 – Margaret Hines & Gary Smiley
May 12 – Murray Wellwood
May 19 – Ros Morrison
May 26 – Combined Service – Riverview Choir

Region 15 Regional Name suggestions
The executive of Region 15 (Nova Scotia and Bermuda) is seeking suggestions for a new regional name! All entries will be considered and general themes noted. A committee will narrow the list down to a few names to be voted on before the end of the meeting. Names could reflect geography, faith, purpose etc. Prayerfully and creatively discern!
Please submit by May 16. Thank you for participating!
Entries may be emailed to Derek Elsworth at stmaryspastoralcharge@ns.aliantzinc.ca

Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside – John Howard Society Gardening Project

Do you have extras of any of these things? Any questions please ask Reeta Sweeney.
Watering cans or buckets—4, Garden rakes—4, Long handled hoes—4,
Shovels\spades—4, Rain barrels—2, Stakes for plant identification, String or trellis to support plants like peas\beans, Work boots x7, Overalls\coveralls x7, Gloves x12 pairs

Busing to the Ordination Service on May 26, 2019
Are you interested in attending the ordination service in Sackville, NB, where Kim Curlett will be ordained? Annika Sangster, the minister at St. Luke’s in Tantallon is looking into the possibility of hiring a bus. Details so far: We’d leave from St. Luke’s in Upper Tantallon at 7:30am (approx) on May 26th, making one other stop (Maybe St. John’s in Fall River?) to be in Sackville, NB for 9:30am or shortly after. Worship begins at 10am and depending on the number of people being ordained/commissioned/recognized, it will likely finish sometime between 11:30am and 12pm. Angela MacLean and Kim have planned a joint potluck reception afterwards at the civic center, so we’d leave between 12:30 and 1:00pm returning around 2:30-3:00pm. We need a minimum of 20 people to make this work. The cost will be somewhere between $36-$56 per person. Ideally, if we had around 40-50 people we could get a bus that has a bathroom, making a more pleasant journey. If you’d like to be part of the bus trip, please email Annika @ minister@stlukesunited.ca

ECM Campers – Keep August 23rd, 24th,and 25th open for our Annual Camping Weekend at Smiley’s Campground. Potluck supper on Saturday August 24th.

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