February 2021 SSUC Newsletter

 

 

Reflection from Jack Sorensen

Greetings to everyone and to the month of February. With January behind us we are on the backside of winter and look forward to the refreshing arrival of Spring.

 

January has quickly gone by and it is pleasing to reflect on how life has carried on in the church after the many recent changes in leadership. People are naturally fitting in to complete those tasks which keep the church running. Thanks to all who contribute their skills.

 

A few days ago, I posted a video/song on Facebook of the choir singing “Like a Healing Stream.” The video seems to have made a hit, and a couple of comments were made about the song bringing back memories of former times and how the choir is missed during our weekly services.

 

This prompts me to make a few comments about memories. Many of us seem to like referring back to the ‘good ole days’ with fondness of how things were and what we enjoyed doing. If you want to get a discussion going just mention something about the past and the roll is on.

 

This enjoyment of bringing back old memories can be very therapeutic for some people. Not that we wish to live in the past, but just to relive favorable times and how that relates to where we are today. Memories also keep old traditions alive. Christmas is a great example as many of the Season’s celebrations we enjoy have roots in ancient times.

 

We as people have perfected the ability to reason and retain thoughts raising us intellectually above the rest of the animal kingdom which relies principally on instinct. With these attributes it is interesting to note how we have reacted to the present Covid-19 situation. We have discovered new ways of doing things which are different than in the past. Likely when the COVID-19 crisis is over some of those new ways of doing things will be retained. Already we see an improvement in world-wide pollution because of reduced travel and the necessity of making more efficient use of our resources. Ironically, for some of us older people this sliding back brings memories of the way things used to be!

 

God, in our memories we come to better understanding in our lives. May we use this wisdom help make this world a hospitable and safe place to be. In Jesus’ name we ask, Amen.

 

Spiritual Nurture Committee

We have been blessed to have Rev. Beth as our interim minister. Thank you also to our various speakers and volunteers, we could not succeed without your help.

 

In-person worship will continue in the sanctuary as Health PEI allows, with a maximum of 50 people.

Masks are required to be worn while inside.

Pre-registration is necessary. Please call Richard Boulter - 902-658-2062.

 

Online services will continue to be offered. If you have a computer but are not part of Facebook, you can view the service on YouTube by searching South Shore United Church PEI. If you would like to join the church’s Facebook group send a request to Deborah Walsh.

 

Our Annual Meeting is coming up February 21, following the morning service in the sanctuary. We are still only allowed 50 people. If you wish, bring your own lunch or snack as potlucks are not allowed under Provincial Health guidelines.

 

February Services

14 –Jack & Arlene Sorensen and Fran Albrecht

21 – Rev. Beth Brehaut

28 – Larry Hale

 

February Meetings

16th, 2:00pm – Anne Unit meeting in Fellowship Room

21st, following the service – Annual Meeting

 

South Shore Council of Churches – Due to the continuing Covid-19 restrictions on the number of participants allowed to gather, all services normally conducted under the auspices of the SSCC will not be held. This includes Good Friday, Easter Sunrise and World Day of Prayer.

 

Search Team

The Search Committee is still working hard to complete its task. Unfortunately, Covid-19 is not making it any easier. We will keep you informed.

 

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Team has been working diligently to deal with pastoral care concerns and give support to people during these difficult times.  February visitors will be: Heather Dixon – (902) 439-0735 and Richard Boulter – (902) 658-2062. If you would like a visit or know of someone in need please do not hesitate to call.

 

Camp Abegweit is now accepting applications for summer of 2021.

Staff must be 16 years old by July 1, 2021.

Applications and job descriptions can be found at External link opens in new tab or windowwww.campabby.ca/jobs

Deadline is Feb 19th.

 

World Day of Prayer - Trinity Clifton United Church in Charlottetown will be hosting the World Day of Prayer Service on March 5, 2021 at 2 pm. ( Storm Date: March 9, at 2 pm) Trinity has been holding church services with numbers presently restricted to 100. The church is operating, with these safety protocols: wearing masks, sanitizing hands upon entry, and social distancing in both seating, as well as in entering and leaving the church. Please be aware that, as in many older churches, the ventilation system needs improvement. You are most welcome to join us at Trinity for the service. You will need to register by Tuesday, March 2, using one of the following:  

email: External link opens in new tab or windowluketrinity@eastlink.ca

phone church office: 902-892-4114

website link: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://reopen.church/r/0a4OKw7G

The recorded service can be downloaded free of charge from https://wicc.org  as of February 15.