Congregational E-mails

Congregational Email Update May 29, 2020

Congregational Update May 29, 2020 Dear Congregants, Last week on my study leave I began to virtually visit the 11 thriving United Churches I visited on my sabbatical last year. This pandemic shutdown is a great test of how the rubber is hitting the road. Predictably—all of the churches have online worship and have moved …Read more

Congregational Email Update May 22, 2020

Congregational Update May 22, 2020 This past week, our immediate neighbourhood has experienced two creative, fun events. We recorded congregants from age 9 to 89 cycling past the church for a blessing, which will be shown during the online May 24 service. Yesterday, I happened on Ray’s physically-distanced brass quartet serenading the community on a …Read more

Congregational Email Update May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020 Congregational Update   Dear Congregants, This week I am grateful. Thanks to the skilled facilitation of our Council Chair, Pat S., we had a good Leadership Team meeting last week via Zoom where we were able to talk about how to creatively continue our essential ministries at Westworth. The Team Leaders and …Read more

Congregational Email Update May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020 Congregational Email Update   Dear Congregants, I ask for your prayers of wisdom for our Leadership Team. We are having a retreat on Saturday, May 9 via Zoom as we look prayerfully and creatively at our ministry in light of our new reality of lockdown. We will be identifying essential functions and …Read more

Congregation Email Update May 1, 2020

Congregation Email Update May 1, 2020 Dear Congregants, Much has changed this past week with the provincial government’s phased restoration plan. Included in Phase II is the allowance of worship services, weddings and funerals in our church building as of June 1. However, Phase II is dependent upon all going well with Phase I, so …Read more

Congregational Email Update April 23, 2020

 Congregational Email Update April 23, 2020  Dear Congregants, This has been a particularly difficult week as news has continued to roll in about the Nova Scotia massacre. Many of us have family in Nova Scotia. My colleague, Rev. Deb Murray in Winnipeg, had a stepsister killed. This double-whammy of COVID-19 isolation and job loss, coupled …Read more

Congregational Email April 17, 2020

Dear Congregants, We are about to enter into our sixth week of building closure. Time warps during crises and it seems months, not weeks, since we were last together. I pray that you are each finding new ways to stay healthy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in these strange times of expansion. I am working …Read more

Congregational Emails Apr. 3, 2020

Dear Congregants, As we move into increasing isolation from one another, we will be feeling the strain. If your emotions are like mine, they are close to the surface these days. It may take longer to complete routine tasks and you may find that you do not have the same amount of energy. Someone wisely …Read more

Congregational E-mail, March 25, 2020

Dear Congregants, We hope that you are each keeping well as we all try to do our part to keep our social distance. It is difficult for those who are isolated and under enforced lockdown and we will try to keep in touch through phone, email and regular mail. Below is an update from our …Read more