Just pretend this is television. First we’ll have some announcements, then the program.
For the announcements:
The 96th Scout Group asked me to thank you for your super support of their syrup sales last Saturday. They were delighted to see so many of you. They will be at the back of the Banquet Room from 10-noon on Saturday May 23 and 30 with more bottles.
For those of you who were wondering why we did not cash your very welcome cheques, we thank you for them and they will be cashed this week. For some reason, Canada Post decided not to deliver mail to our outdoor mailbox and were holding our mail without letting us know. Our Treasurer, Joe, will be delighted to see the 71 pieces of mail that were delivered on Thursday!
Don’t forget the Multi-Faith Housing Tulipathon on May 31. Details are in your Uniter.
Now for the program:
I am finding, after nine weeks of lockdown, that I am experiencing a great deal of good things, despite the challenges we are going through. Let me share with you.
Woodroffe staff are still active and working. Although the church building is closed, our Administrator, Anne Soutar, is able to man the phones, and deal with emails and snail mail (when it is actually delivered by Canada Post), amongst many other projects and activities she does to make sure the administration of the church runs smoothly.
Pat Pearson, our Custodian, uses this time of empty church, to ensure proper maintenance and exceptional cleaning are done, so that when we do return, we will find the building in better shape than ever.
Katarina Jovic, our Music Director, still plans, prepares, practices and presents music for the Sunday worship videos from her home, and I prepare the elements of prayer and sermon for those videos. I have also spent many hours on the phone calling congregation members and connecting with our Council Chair, Ray Cuthbert, and our Pastoral Care Team Lead, Cathy Seaborn.
And continuing with the good things that are happening, I have learned how to Zoom – and no, I don’t mean getting on skateboard and flying down the street. I believe the technology we have available today makes living through the pandemic, much easier than anything in the past. Although we can’t visit our friends and family in person, we have the option of speaking to them by phone or seeing them over the computer. With precautions taken by many stores and the use of payment by credit or debit, we can purchase what we need or want, either in person or over the internet, and have it delivered right to the door.
My husband, Dave, and I each have an office in our house, on two different floors at opposite ends of the building. In the past, we would literally intercom each other via our phone and really only meet for dinner. We used to go to the gym together, but because we do different workouts we didn’t really speak to each other. Now, since the gym is closed, we make a conscious effort to go for a 3 mile walk most days. Together, we enjoy the beauty of God’s world and hold a conversation.
Calling congregation members has given me the chance to get to know some of you a little better. You are my extended family, and I miss you, so talking on the phone picks me up. I hope you find the same when you talk to your friends and family.
I am currently taking an online course from Yale University about Happiness. The idea is that the things we think will make us happy are not the things that actually do. An exercise we are tasked with is to write down every day, five things for which we are thankful. I would encourage you to try to keep a list or journal of the things for which you are grateful during this time. As you mull over your list, you may find yourself, feeling happier in the long run. In fact, I encourage you to make a lifetime habit of writing down daily the things for which you are thankful. There will be times that are challenging, despairing, and seemingly hopeless, but God has given us so many blessings, many of which we take for granted, that we need to recognize and remember. In God, we can be satisfied.