Pastoral Letter: May 29, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 29, 2020

2020-05-28 Dear friends, As I write this pastoral letter, Minneapolis burns for a third night. Riots and looting continue in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, an African American man, by a police officer. Tonight the third precinct police station in Minneapolis was overtaken by rioters and set ablaze. I’ve seen anger and frustration expressed by white people, for example in our neighbouring Michigan, with the inconveniences imposed…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 15, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 15, 2020

2020-05-14 Dear friends, As politicians and businesses plan the first phase of reopening workplaces and the economy, we know it is too soon to reopen churches for programs and worship. The United Church does not support the petition being pushed by some Ontario pastors asking the Premier to accelerate the reopening of church buildings. I will go on the record here to oppose the initiative, which I see as irresponsible…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 7, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 7, 2020

2020-05-07 Dear friends, The sanctuary was closed eight weeks ago, and we’ve adapted well. Last Sunday about 45 people celebrated Communion online. The experience was profound. The Congregational Life Team plans for monthly online Communion during the pandemic. Our next Communion is June 7. This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Please email me a digital photo of your late mother, and I will create a memorial image for this Sunday’s worship service. This…Keep Reading

Pandemic Response Initiatives Update: May 7, 2020

Pandemic Response Initiatives Update: May 7, 2020

Sewing Initiative Non-medical masks are still being produced by our energetic team of seamstresses!  If you or anyone in your family would like one, contact Brenda Bourdeau at 519.282.9441 or brendabourdeau@icloud.com Food Drive Our non-perishable food item drive continues.  If you have items to donate, contact Cathy Adkin at 519.245.0391 or cdadkin360@gmail.com Remember that the Salvation Army Food Bank is in frequent need of: Single puddings and fruit cups Jello (either boxes…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 1, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 1, 2020

Dear friends, We are ready for Communion. This Sunday morning we’ll celebrate the sacrament of Communion from our homes. I invite you to join our Zoom conference call (see below for computer and telephone options) on Sunday. The United Church permits online Communion only if we do it live. We need to be on Zoom together, at the same time, when we break bread. Here’s how online communion works. You provide the bread and grape juice….Keep Reading

Pandemic Response Team: April 17, 2020

Greetings All, As you are all aware, our Pandemic Response Team continues to collect food and monetary donations for our local food bank.  As well, a sewing initiative was undertaken last week and we have about seven ladies who have been (or are) sewing diligently.  To date, their efforts have produced about 45 laundry bags, 10 scrub caps, and 30 non-medical face masks. The laundry bags and scrub caps are…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: April 16, 2020

Pastoral Letter: April 16, 2020

Dear friends, Thank you for your ongoing participation with Strathroy United Church ministries. One month ago we moved Sunday worship services online to Facebook. A pandemic response team was created to ensure our community outreach continued. A pastoral care team began telephone check-in calls to every household in our congregation. And you continue your generous financial support. An unfortunate loss during the closure is Children’s Worship. I miss Sunday morning children’s time. Worship is better when…Keep Reading

Pandemic Response Initiatives Update: April 14, 2020

Pandemic Response Initiatives Update: April 14, 2020

Sewing Initiative Since our email of last week, we have received many donations of fabric and other supplies.  If there are people who would like to sew the laundry bags, scrub caps, or non-medical masks, please contact either Cathy Adkin or Brenda Bourdeau and they will be happy to provide you with the supplies you need. Please note that the laundry bags and scrub caps are going to local health…Keep Reading

Weekly Announcements: April 12, 2020

Weekly Announcements: April 12, 2020

Dear friends, I’m sending this week’s pastoral letter a few days early to ensure you know about our Holy Week activities. 5 Minute Coping Tips. On Monday of Holy Week, I posted a brief video with tips on coping psychologically during the pandemic. The video is posted on our Facebook page (see link below). Wednesday Bible Study continues on Zoom at 10:30am. You can join by Zoom or telephone. To participate,…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: April 7, 2020

Pastoral Letter: April 7, 2020

Dear friends, I’m sending this week’s pastoral letter a few days early to ensure you know about our Holy Week activities. 5 Minute Coping Tips. On Monday of Holy Week, I posted a brief video with tips on coping psychologically during the pandemic. The video is posted on our Facebook page (see link below). Wednesday Bible Study continues on Zoom at 10:30am. You can join by Zoom or telephone. To participate,…Keep Reading

Food Drive

Dear friends, In this COVID-19 pandemic world, both the Hospitality Meals and Soup Kitchen at Strathroy United Church have been suspended.  As a result, the Pandemic Response Team has been established. In an attempt to continue to support our mission of helping the vulnerable in our community, it has been decided to conduct a Food Drive.  To maintain the new physical distancing standard, arrangements will be made to pick up your…Keep Reading

Dear friends, As we approach our third Sunday of cancelled worship services at Strathroy United Church, I want you to know that your congregation continues important ministries in the community. Worship. The recorded worship service (including children’s time) will be posted online Sunday morning. You can find it on our Facebook page. Fellowship. Join our Zoom chat room Sunday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 am. You’ll find the link on…Keep Reading