Thursday Thoughts – May 2, 2019

This will be the last Thursday Thoughts for a few weeks as I head to Corrymeela Friday evening; Corrymeela is place of Christian Peace and Reconciliation and I am participating in a week long program. I may be posting reflections/pictures on my own website  My Window on God’s World and I will share some of my experience when I get back.

I am delighted that all the services for May are being covered by people from within the congregations. Gary Smiley and Margaret Hines are leading worship at both churches this coming Sunday.

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.

Sun. May 12th Church Services – Riv. @ 9:30 am & NMR @ 11:15 am
Tue. May 14th No Study Group
Wed. May 15th Riv. Salad Luncheon @ 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Wed. May 15th UCW Meeting following luncheon
Wed. May 15th Executive Grounding Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Sun. May 19th Church Services – Riv. @ 9:30 am & NMR @ 11:15 am

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

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

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

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 11:30 am and 12:00 pm. Angela MacLean and Kim have planned a joint potluck reception afterwards at the civic center, so we’d leave between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm returning around 2:30 pm -3:00 pm. 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 @

ECM Campers – Keep August 23rd, 24th, and 25th open for our Annual Camping Weekend at Smiley’s Campground. Potluck supper on Saturday, August 24th, 2019.


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