Letter from the Minister

I’m excited by all the activities that are happening at the church right now.  The Monday Stitchers gather on the first and third Mondays.  Our Men’s Ministry group has met.  The Stewards met for the first time since March.  The UCW is meeting and making pies.  Of course, we’re still limited to 10 persons inside for meetings, but small groups are a safe and fun way to connect with our neighbours.  We follow all the protocols and require that masks are worn.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m., the EarlyOn program through the WOCRC, for ages 4 and under, begins again at the church.  To register, please contact the WOCRC.  
And plans are underway to light up our church for Nov. 28.  We are in the early stages of figuring out how many and what colour of lights to use on our church so if you have any ideas or might want to be part of the design, let me know.  Also, if you could help out to install the lights, that would be amazing.  More info to follow.  Remember, this is for Sharing our Light Night when all three of our village churches will be shining.
Looking ahead, we are pleased to welcome Murray Langford as our guest musician for our November 1st service.  This is also our All Saints service.  That means that we’ll be naming those persons who have died in the past year.  If you have a name you would like to include, please email me at minister@bethelstandrews.com. Or, you can phone me at 613-889-5046.
We are also planning a Remembrance Day service on Nov. 8.  Organized by Jorgen Jensen and myself, we hope to offer a meaningful service.
In our worship service this week, we are talking about Love, as Jesus reminds us of the greatest commandments.  Here’s the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsiQQzLc3qc. It’s available to watch any time after 9:45 a.m.
We continue to pray for Donna Jorgenson and Bob Pekarchuk, both of whom are receiving treatments for cancer.  May God’s healing presence be with them and with others who are suffering illnesses at this time.  
May the changing seasons ground you to the Source of All Life and keep you safe.  Amen.
Yours in the love and friendship of Christ, 
Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson

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