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Greetings to All Grace Family Members:

In spite of COVID‑19, the flowers continue to bloom and the showers continue to fall. Some days, when walking outside, going to the lake to swim (Susan) or going golfing (John), it is easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a pandemic.

Although Canada is faring much better than previously, we see statistics still on the rise across the globe. It is clear that we still have a long way to go before this is over. So let us celebrate what we can of family time, extended group gatherings, and take time to enjoy the summer.

Worship this Sunday: Pictures and Communion

This Sunday we will have some outdoor pictures submitted by many of you—and our thanks for those. It is also Communion Sunday, so please get some bread and juice or wine before you tune in to the worship. That way we can share in a communion meal together. Thanks to Retha Long for providing the communion bread for the worship service.

Greetings to All Grace Family Members:

Greetings to All Grace Family Members:

It is indeed summertime! The current heat wave is reminding us all that we need to find ways to stay cool, even if it is to turn the sprinkler on and give ourselves and the gardens a bit of a shower. Unfortunately, none of us can go to a neighbour’s pool party this year.

Our worship services for July will continue to be video services, which when edited are posted for computer access. That also allows us to do some worship outdoors—when it is cool enough.

Starting in August, we hope to have live-streaming cameras installed in the Grace sanctuary and worship will be broadcast from there. It will also be recorded so you will be able to watch it later as well.

Although the worship services will be live streamed from the sanctuary, the building is still closed—so those who can be present will still be limited to those preparing and presenting the worship service.

 

We await more information from the provincial government as to what might be happening in September.

Greetings to All Grace Family Members:

We hope you enjoyed Canada Day, even if you had to celebrate it in a different way than ever before. And perhaps you developed a new tradition—one worth keeping for the future!

Pictures?

A big thanks to all who have been sending in garden and other outdoor pictures. We will be making use of them in an upcoming worship service. If you haven’t sent your pictures yet, there is still time. Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be forwarded to our techy worship folks.

Zooming!

Also, a big thanks to all who are helping us to stay in touch with each other. Our Zoom socials over the past couple of weeks were a new way to just “chat” and gave us a chance to hear from members of the Grace family about how you are coping these days. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings!

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of activity happening as the Tech Team, the Worship Team, The Memorial and Special Gifts Committee, the Stewardship and Finance Team, and ultimately the Official Board all weighed in on the potential and possibility of purchasing and installing live-stream equipment in the Grace sanctuary.

For those of us who relate to more than one of those groups it was busy time.

It may seem to be a slow process, but we really value the idea of having as many people as possible involved in a decision. That way it really feels like a family decision when it finally happens! And it also proves the old wisdom that none of us is as smart as all of us!

Live Streaming Project

The result is that the Official Board has given approval for the live-stream camera project and we hope to have the system up and running sometime during the summer.

Greetings to All Grace Family Members:

As the school year ends and July is almost upon us, it feels very strange not to be hearing of plans for special summer outings and backyard gatherings. And there are many mixed messages from those who have ventured out. Some businesses are implementing strict guidelines for customers and others are not taking any particularly stringent precautions.

The yearning to “get this over,” and to get “back to normal,” are powerful magnets and we are all feeling that pull. But we know (especially as we view the news from south of the border), that we need to exercise some patience: with rules and with each other.

In the meantime, do you have some garden and outdoor photos that you would be willing to share? July is a great time to enjoy God’s creation all around us. It might be a prize plant you have been cultivating, or maybe a picture of a creature—domestic pet or otherwise. We will use some of the photos as part of our online worship service. Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be forwarded to our techy worship folks.

Zoom Socials

We hosted a Zoom Social this week and were joined by a congenial group. As with any “social,” conversation ranged from summer holidays to community updates. And much good humour. We have two more “socials” that are scheduled, and we invite you to join in the conversation. The dates are:

Greetings to All Grace Family Members:

It seems we are in that transition time between self-isolation and taking our first tentative steps out again into community life. With provincial announcements of more openings comes the hopeful news that we can venture out again. It also comes with the responsibility for ensuring that we act wisely as we do so.

Our church building continues to be closed and the request has been made by our Board chair that we enter only when necessary to do so and with notification to him. This will reduce any overlapping visits and maintain safe distancing. We know how eager many are to get “back to normal,” but we also know that it must be a gradual transition.

Zoom Socials

As part of our planning and transitioning, we would like to offer an opportunity to have some virtual visits, and so we are setting up three dates for Zoom socials. The dates are:

Wednesday, June 24      2 pm – 3 pm (see Zoom link below)
Monday, June 29             7 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday, June 30            2 pm – 3 pm

Below you will find the Zoom link for Wednesday, June 24. Next week, the Zoom links for the others will be included in the congregational letter. Please join any “gathering.”

We realize that not everyone has the computer capability for connection but would like to hear from those who do as a first-step to a group social.

Vacation Bible Camp

Register now for the August 10 online children's Vacation Bible Camp. The program includes storytelling, music, dancing and crafts. Once registered, you will receive a package to use during the online program, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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