Letter from Rev. Dr. C. Johnson Nov 27th, 2020

It’s hard to believe that we won’t be having an in-person Christmas Eve service this year!!
That fact, together with the realization that I probably won’t be seeing any of my children during the Christmas season, has put me into a funk.  From Facebook and other social media, I’m learning that many people are in the same boat.  
When I start getting down, I try to imagine Christmas 2021.  I imagine a wonderful gathering with family and friends and lots of special activities. Then I think, if that’s my goal, I have to be very careful over the next year so that I can accomplish it. That means that having a quiet Christmas this year is good for the entire community and for our country.  
When I think of the rationing cards in World War II and all the loved ones that were risking their lives overseas, I think, this is the least I can do.
It’s not easy to realize that we have to make some changes this year so that we can all stay healthy.  It’s not what we want, but it’s what we need to do.  And in the midst of this, perhaps we can create joy in different ways.  
Remember my pom pom tree?  For those who haven’t seen it, I made a 6 foot tree shape covered with colourful pom poms. Well, we’re going to set it up as our Christmas tree this year and we’ve already set up our outside lights.  We’re not going to skimp on decorations in our living area but bring out all our old favourites so we can savour all the connections and memories they invoke.  
I know some of you will be isolating prior to Christmas so you can spend time with close family.  It’s one of the reasons why we decided to pre-record our service to be watched in the comfort of your home. 
To that end, we’ve purchased a new video camera in order to have more versatility in terms of creating videos.  We used it for the first time this week.  
Over the Advent Season, we’ve invited a few musical friends to participate in worship.  This week we welcome Gaston Moreau from Arnprior.   Our theme for this most special time of year is “Awakening.” 
And don’t forget to make a date to see the light displays on the three historic churches in Fitzroy Harbour.  Sharing Our Light kicks off tomorrow night at 5 p.m. and will continue until the end of the Christmas season.  Many many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped to put it together especially Barry Pretty who made sure all the electrical connections were done right.
This year, small gestures could mean a lot, like sending cards, making phone calls, connecting on the internet, or decorating our homes with lights for the pleasure and joy of others. 
May the Hope of this season inspire your celebrations and continue to keep you safe. 
In the love and friendship of Christ, 
Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson 


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