Letter from Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson – May 8th, 2021

Dear Friends, 
This letter is coming to you on a Saturday because life has been hectic in the past week.  
It’s with a great deal of sadness that we said goodbye to Gordon Baird this week.  His funeral was on Thursday at Boyce Funeral Home.  To Edna, and their children, Gord, Janet and Harold and the entire family go our deepest sympathies.
Gordon’s main work was as a dairy farmer, then transitioning to beef production.  He grew up on the Baird family farm, took it over for 30 years and then lived in Kinburn for 30 years.  Gordon and Edna have been long time members of our church.  Gordon was interred in Diamond Cemetery and as we laid him to rest, we could see the Baird farm from the gravesite.  It was a profound moment of understanding the circle of life and how Gordon came home to the land he loved. 
On Monday morning at 10 a.m. the gardening team is getting together to continue taking care of our flower beds.  If you’d like to join us, please come along with your favourite tools.
The Monday Stitchers are getting together by Zoom on Monday at 1 p.m.  If you’d like to join in, here’s the link: 
This past week it really hit me how much I’m missing everyone in our congregation.  It’s especially hard when we have to say goodbye to dear friends like Donna Jorgensen and Gordon Baird without having all our familiar funeral rituals.  The limit of 10 per funeral doesn’t really allow the entire community to express their grief and to celebrate the contribution of our church member.  Oh, how I miss funeral lunches when we gather to cry and laugh.
I hope that everyone who is able is getting vaccinated.  I was pleased to get an appointment for my second shot in July.  The combination of low rates of infection and a high rate of vaccination will get us into our church building much quicker.  I hope it is soon.
Please take care and stay safe. 
Yours in the love and friendship of Christ, 
Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson 

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