There are a couple of announcements this week relating to activities of the church of which you should be aware.
And from the Re-Opening Committee of Woodroffe: The Re-Opening Committee is meeting weekly to discuss how the life and work of our church can continue in these unprecedented times. A return to worship services is one of the things the Committee is addressing. To assist them in better understanding the congregation’s views, you will be receiving shortly a questionnaire to extend the opportunity to you to share your perspective and concerns. The challenges of re-opening the church are explained very well in an article I recently came upon on the United Church of Canada website written by a minister in Scarborough, Ontario (https://www.united-church.ca/blogs/round-table/why-havent-we-opened-church-doors-yet) I thank the Re-Opening Committee for their commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our church family.
As well the Outreach Committee would like to thank all those who donated school supplies for the Pathways program. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Something to think about:
A lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a glass of water raised in her hand. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full’. She fooled them all…”How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers ranged from 8 oz to 20 oz (clearly this happened before metric J)
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it up. If I hold it up for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it up for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm.
If I hold it up for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it up, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.
As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry the burden – handling stress longer and better with practice.”
Remember too, that as Jesus’ disciples we never have to carry that burden alone.