Pastoral Letter: September 25, 2020 – Return to Sanctuary

Pastoral Letter: September 25, 2020 – Return to Sanctuary

Return to Sanctuary September 27 2020 Dear friends, Worship is in the sanctuary this Sunday, September 27th. Then the Reopen Team will monitor local and provincial developments and decide on a weekly basis. There is no pre-registration. The first 35 households (or max 50 people) will be seated. All others are asked to participate online with the Facebook live stream. People attending worship are required to wear a mask and…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: September 14, 2020

Cancelled indoor service. Now outdoor @ 10am on Sunday, September 20th. Indoor cancelled but outdoor still at 10am Posted by Strathroy United Church on Saturday, September 19, 2020 Pastoral Letter September 14 2020 Return to Sanctuary Dear friends, This Sunday marks 196 days — 27 Sundays — since we last gathered in the sanctuary for worship. This Sunday, September 20th, we return to the sanctuary for worship. I am excited,…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: September 4, 2020

Pastoral Letter September is Coming Dear friends, September is upon us, and we’re getting busy! This Sunday is Baptism, and we hope you can attend this outdoor service. Don’t forget our pen pal program. We need you to volunteer as a pen pal for one of our congregation’s children. See below this letter for the original invitation. Wednesday Bible study resumes September 9th @ 10:30am. All are welcome. See the…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: August 27, 2020

Pastoral Letter: August 27, 2020

Pastoral Letter September is Coming Dear friends, September is upon us, and we’re getting busy! This Sunday is Confirmation and Communion. Please bring your own bread and juice for communion as we celebrate the conformation of Olivia Barker and Cole Blackmore. Don’t forget our pen pal program. We need you to volunteer as a pen pal for one of our congregation’s children. See below this letter for the original invitation….Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: August 14, 2020

2020-08-14 Dear friends, Sunday will be rainy! Unfortunately, we need to cancel. I apologize for the short notice. But we’ll plan to gather next week for outdoor worship. Exciting news: we plan to celebrate Confirmation with two young people in the congregation AND we have an upcoming baptism during upcoming outdoor worship services. We hope you can join us to show enthusiastic support for these young adults and families. We…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: August 7, 2020

Pastoral Letter: August 7, 2020

2020-08-07 Dear friends, Sunday will be sunny! We were rained out last weekend, but this Sunday morning’s weather is sunny and clear. This Sunday we celebrate holy communion. Bring your own bread and juice (similar to communion on Zoom) this Sunday morning. All are welcome. There’s no need to pre-register–just show up before 9:00am. Pre-service screening is quick and simple (see our Facebook page for instructions), and the lawn is marked…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: June 3, 2020

Pastoral Letter: June 3, 2020

2020-06-03 Dear friends, Please join our online Communion gathering this Sunday, June 7th. The Zoom gathering begins at 9:30am and Communion liturgy begins at 10:00am. Similar to our May online gathering, you provide your own bread and juice (or cracker and milk if available). You can connect using your computer or telephone, and the connection information is below. Please join your congregation as we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion….Keep Reading

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

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

Pastoral Letter: April 23, 2020

Pastoral Letter: April 23, 2020

Dear friends, This week’s pastoral letter is short. And dedicated to one topic: Gathering. Gathering together, being in each other’s company, fellowship, congregating, communing — these all describe an essential Christian practice. And a problem we need to solve collectively. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). How do we do this during a pandemic? Answer: online. Every Sunday morning from 9:30…Keep Reading