Letter from Dr. Rev Christine

Letter from Dr. Rev. Christine for Oct 17, 2020.

The Fitzroy Harbour Ministerial would like to sponsor an event called “Sharing our Light Night.”  With limited activities inside our churches, we tried to think of an outside event that would be fun and meaningful for the Advent and Christmas seasons.  So, we plan to decorate our churches with lights as a sign that we’re alive and well and have hope in the future.  We’ll turn the lights on on Saturday, Nov. 28 (time to be determined.)  The plan is to start at Bethel-St. Andrew’s, walk to St. George’s and then end up at St. Michaels where refreshments will be serviced outside (with all protocols observed.) 
I’m delighted to report that our UCW has offered to pay for the lights for our church building.  Now, we need a team to design and hang the lights.  The stewards will be helping out to do the technical hanging but anyone interested in being a part of this project is warmly invited.  The more the merrier!! It’s a project we can do outside safely that will brighten up our village.
Remember that verse from John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”  It’s easy to get dragged down especially as the days shorten.  I pray this can be a public witness to our faith that shines into the community even when the pandemic limits what we can do.
Our Reopening Committee met on Tuesday and discussed this event among others.  We’d also like to encourage small group gatherings in Baldwin Hall as a way to connect and continue to foster our relationships with each other.  Ten person gatherings are allowed as long as participants sign in on the sheets provided at the door, wear masks, and follow the instructions for disinfection following the meeting.  It sounds daunting but it’s actually very straight forward. 
If you’d like to sponsor a coffee gathering, or discussion group, simply contact Dave Hayley at davidahaley@outlook.com and Walter Veenstra at wallyvee8@gmail.com to reserve a time.
We also talked about setting Sunday, Nov. 29 as a tentative target date for reopening.  This, of course, depends on many factors and will be discussed by our Official Board which meets on Monday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. 
With the spike in COVID-19 numbers recently, and the admonition to be careful about physical contact, I encourage you to be extra vigilant.  I’m so grateful for our medical researchers who are working hard on a vaccine, and also on better treatment of symptoms.  May God bless their knowledgable pursuits. 
In the love and friendship of Christ, 
Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson 

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