Letter from Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson

Dear friends, 
Thank you to everyone who offered feedback in terms of our online worship services. Your input is greatly appreciated.  I’m pleased to report that both types of services, pre-recorded and interactive Google Meet/Zoom type services, are enjoyed.  
Our theme for this week, the third Sunday of Lent, is Black History.  In particular, I’ll be introducing you to the work of the Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman, an American Black theologian.  His work was extremely influential in terms of the Civil Rights Movement and in particular, with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  
Rick Leben is away this week so we are pleased to welcome Mike McCormick, from Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church in Renfrew, as our musician.  
The Men’s Ministry Lug-A-Mug Cafe will take place on Monday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Please register with Walter Veenstra at wallyvee8@gmail.com.
The UCW will be meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Please register with Nancy Hayley at nhayley@hotmail.com
The Monday Stitchers will meet on Monday, March 15 at 11 a.m.  Please register with Elly Leben at eleben909@gmail.com,
On Sunday, March 21, the Aldis Family will be leading the service on Google Meet.
I was very excited and relieved to find out my parents had their first vaccination on March 2 and my mother-in-law will be receiving her first shot on March 13.  With more and more vaccines being approved, it helps us to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I hope we can stay strong and safe during this time and be careful not to let our guard down.
I am working on a plan to possibly have our Palm Sunday service outside, designed as a walk around Fitzroy Harbour.  What do you think?  We would still have to be socially distanced and participants would need to be able to walk short distances.  More info to come.  
Also, what do you think of an Easter Sunrise Service on the shores of the Ottawa River?  One congregant has offered their location. 
As more and more of our congregation gets vaccinated, we hope that we can begin in-person worship services again.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful!!!
We thank God for the brilliant minds that have brought us these vaccinations and pray for all those who are tasked with delivering them to the people. 
In the service and friendship of Christ, 
Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson

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