May  2022 SSUC Newsletter

 

Reflection by Rev. Karen

The month of May is recognized as a time for raising awareness about mental health. The United Church has developed various resources to help us better understand our own and each other’s mental health. In one workshop I was reminded, if you have a brain then you have mental health. So just like with our heart or other parts of our bodies, we can experience symptoms of illness. We all live on a continuum of mental health, and it can change quickly. It is time to talk, to eliminate the stigma that has so often been associated with mental health challenges. We are all beautifully, wonderfully made as Psalm 139 affirms, even if we plunge the depths of life or feel persecuted. Whatever our mental health or diagnoses the heart of Jesus ministry reminds us that we are loved, and we are not alone. Proverbs 17: 17 states “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.”

We are in this life together. We are affected by each other, and we are called by God to love one other. We are shown by Jesus’s example how to do this. Below are some Wisdom Tips you can apply right away. To access more in-depth resources please call the office or contact Rev. Karen.

Remember you are Beloved.

With Love and Blessings,

Rev. Dr. Karen MacLeod-Wilkie

Wisdom Tips for Talking About Mental Health

Be a Friend: “A friend loves at all times…” (Proverbs 17:17a).

Listen without judgment. Provide companionship. Offer a ride or a meal. Respect confidentiality. Avoid shame and guilt. Remember that we all have and we all are impacted by mental health.

Remember that Words Can Hurt: “Rash words are like a sword thrusts…” (Proverbs 12:18a).

Pay attention to the words you use and how they affect the people around you. Avoid labelling and stereotyping people.

Stop the Stigma: “We who are many, are one body in Christ” (Romans 12:5).

Challenge negative attitudes toward mental health and neurodiversity whenever you encounter it. Question your assumptions. Correct misinformation about mental health challenges, substance use disorders, trauma, and brain differences.

Educate Yourself: “Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?” (Proverbs 8:1).

Learn the facts about the various challenges that can affect mental health, including substance use disorders, neurodevelopmental difference, trauma, and brain disorders. Realize that mental health is physical health.

Thank God for Neurodiversity: “Wonderful are your works” (Psalm 139:14).

Be aware that we all process the world around us differently. Celebrate and affirm neurodiversity and the many gifts that each person brings.

 

May Services    

1, 8, 15, 29  Rev. Karen MacLeod-Wilkie     22  Rev. Beth Brehaut

May 1st Blessing of the Seeds and Fishers

May 15th Camping Sunday

 

May Meetings (In Fellowship Room)

Tues. 3rd, 7:00pm Trustee & Property meeting

Thur. 5th, 2:00pm Pastoral Care meeting

Tues. 17th, 2:00pm Anne Unit meeting

Sundays 10:00am Choir practice

Announcements

Rev. Karen – You may reach Rev. Karen by email anytime, or by phone on Thursdays and Fridays. For emergencies, please contact anytime.  #902-940-6349       External link opens in new tab or windowkmacleodwilkie@hotmail.com

 

Offerings – Your offerings may be dropped off at the church office, mailed or e-transfer at External link opens in new tab or windowssuc.et21@gmail.com

 

South Shore Food Share – We will be collecting non-perishable food items and paper products. Please leave donations at the back of the church.

 

UCW Anne Unit is collecting donations for the QEH NICU. They will be making a presentation to the QEH on May 25th. A box has been placed at the back of the church for donations. Thank you.

 

Daily Bread Subscribers – Reminder that subscription payments are due. $10 for the year. Thank you.

 

Choir – The choir is resuming. If you would like to join, practice will be Sunday mornings at 10:00am for the month of May.

 

Regional Council Virtual Meeting – June 3-4 by zoom. We are still looking for another member to Council - you must be a member of SSUC. If interested, please pickup a copy of the letter at the back of the church and contact Cindy Harman. Registration deadline May 13.

 

Pastoral Coverage  

Michelle Holmes (902-314-4048) and Barb Clement (902-658-2095) will be visiting for the month of May. If you or someone you know would like a visit, please call.

 

Community

Farmers and Fishers - Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the farmers and fishermen as their season begins.

 

Church Humor

Need a lifeguard?

Ours walks on water!

 

Shore United Church P.O. Box 4, Crapaud, PE  C0A 1J0

Office: 902-658-2863 External link opens in new tab or windowssuc@pei.aibn.com        Rev. Karen External link opens in new tab or windowkmacleodwilkie@hotmail.com