June 2021 SSUC Newsletter
Reflection by Jack Sorensen
What a joy it is to see time unfolding with all the spring activities. Farmers are on the land, fisherfolk are on the sea, and all around us people are busy in the day-to-day activities related to making a living.
Many jokes are made about work and I am sure you have all heard the expression, ‘work fascinates me, I could sit and watch it for hours.’
Seriously, though, work is necessary for our physical and mental well-being, fulfilling a deep down need to feed and care for our ourselves and families, while at the same time providing opportunities to satisfy our creative instincts and ambitions.
Happy are those who fall in to work that enhances their personal interests and inclinations. For we are all born different, and that difference is revealed in the work-related choices we make in life. Creation has made it so, and we are called by some magnetic power to utilize our skills and aptitudes for the benefit of all. All occupations fill a need if we are to have a healthy and happy community.
I often think of the “calling” of Jesus, and the story of Jesus’ life is very poetic and inspiring. He was first called as a carpenter, and legend tells us that he produced very ‘fine’ oxen yokes. Now Yoke often implies something that is binding, heavy, restricting, and uncomfortable to wear. But in his later teaching Jesus put a different focus on yoke when he invited those who were so exhausted to come unto him and said to them, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He turns the idea of yoke around to signify it as something comfortable, a good fit, and an item you would be proud to use and wear. No doubt this is how Jesus made yokes in his workshop.
The meaning of this story becomes clearer when we consider the life God gave us is not intended to be a burden to gall us, but the tasks are made to measure, to fit us. Whatever God sends to us is made to fit our needs and our abilities exactly, and we benefit in the satisfaction, approval, and self-respect for a job well done.
We give God thanks for the gifts so bestowed!
Honouring our Graduates
Congratulations and best wishes to the following graduates:
Bailey Dawson – Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Prince Edward Island
Erin Viger – Ecole Francois Buote, will be attending the University of Ottawa. Bachelor of Political Science with a minor of Philosophy in French
Ava Menard – Bluefield Highschool, will be attending the University of Prince Edward Island. Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry.
Congratulations to Jenny Shea Howatt and Shaun Stultz on their engagement May 25. Wedding date September 18.
Spiritual Nurture Committee
6 Larry Hale 20 Ellen Locke Doron
13 Rev. Beth Brehaut 27 Rev. Beth Brehaut
Memorial Song Service
This service has been postponed until the fall in hopes of allowing more people to attend. Thank you for your understanding.
The Pastoral Care Team will continue phone visits. June visitors will be Richard Boulter 902-658-2062 and Helen Nicholson 902-658-2324. If you would like a visit or know of someone in need please do not hesitate to call.
Fellowship Room - The Trustees want to remind everyone that we have an agreement with our current tenant, Merry Pop-Ins (MPI) regarding access to the Fellowship room. MPI asked to use the Fellowship room for their staff to take their lunch breaks, from 11:30 to 1:30 each weekday. They are responsible to clean and disinfect the room after each use as per our COVID19 protocols and this arrangement has gone well with both parties respecting the needs of one another. We wish to remind Church groups to schedule their meetings with Ruth at the church office and during weekdays, please plan for 2:00 pm start times. This allows Merry Pop-Ins staff to finish their lunches and clean up the room. Church groups must use the entrance to the Church Office area and that door is opened by Jack no later than 1:45 pm on the days of meetings. This arrangement was agreed upon in order to respect each other’s needs during these difficult times and to accommodate provincial COVID19 protocols.
Thank you, Frank MacDonald & Scott Howatt, Co-Chairs of the Trustees
Tues. 15th, 4:30pm Anne Unit & Unit 1 dinner at Casa Mia in Victoria
Tues. 15th, 7:00pm Finance Committee meeting in Fellowship Room
FSLDW Annual Meeting - In preparation for the Annual Meeting, the Executive is offering webinars so that members are able to ask questions for clarification about the matters that we will be voting on at the meeting. Committee Reports/Budget 2022 and 2020 Audited Statements – Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 7:00pm-8:30pm (ADT) and GC44 Commissioner and President-Elect Nominee Introductions and Proposals – Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7:00pm-8:30pm (ADT) www.ucceast.ca
QEH Stream-a-thon Sunday May 30th from 2-4pm. Can be viewed online on the QEH Foundation’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and on Eastlink Community TV, channels 10 and 610. All funds raised will support the purchase of priority medical equipment for the provincial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the QEH. You can phone in during the broadcast, toll free at 1-833-335-0545 or beforehand at 902-894-2425. Donate anytime, online at www.qehfoundation.pe.ca. Thank you and stay safe!