June 8, 2021
Less wind today. Overcast and more rain tomorrow. Today is the last day of our Stroll for the Soul -- an initiative of Chinook Regional UC. There were 12 of us involved at St. David's -- today's stroll is a continued focus on Psalm 104. I believe there is a bonus day tomorrow.
We offer our thoughts and prayers to the Ohreen family following the passing of Dorothy (Dot). Ed and Dorothy were regulars at our Zoom worship services. Daughter Anne-Marie was my student in Junior High and we've kept in touch over the years. St. David's CGIT was important to all three of us, Dot, Anne-Marie and me during the 1980s. Here is a link to Dot's obituary. https://mhfh.com/tribute/details/33267/Dorothy-Dot-OHREEN-nee-Langdon/obituary.html#tribute-start
June 2, 2021
The first day with hot weather warnings. I reminded my brother that a couple of weeks ago, he was shovelling snow off his deck south of Bragg Creek. Oh, well! Today is a day for hats, sun screen and lounging, if that is an option for you. We are off to do a little church business this morning. Expect an email/letter this week from Council at St. David's advising you of the upcoming BUDGET CONGREGATIONAL MEETING (on ZOOM) after service on June 13, 2021. As well, June is our farewell month for Rev. Debbie Stockdale who will be retiring at the end of the month.
There are 12 of us from St. David's who have joined in the "STROLL FOR THE SOUL" for 21 days with other United Church groups in southern Alberta (over 200 strollers). Janet Clare, Pastoral Care, is our leader. Every morning, we receive an email from "PrayerBench" with a meditation - focus for our daily walk. Mileage is sent weekly into 'Nancy' who is compiling the totals from all groups and plotting them on a cross-country map. This week my total was 26.5 miles -- for those of us who still remember miles, that is almost a walk from my home town, Gull Lake, SK to Swift Current, SK. Go figure!!
This morning's paper was full of articles on the unmarked graves of children at Kamloops, BC. Hillhurst has put up 215 ribbons - one for each of the children whose graves were detected. When I review my 45 years of teaching, the loss of a child was an event that was marked with ceremony, memorial, sadness ... and here, by contrast, all these children, with their own parents, grandparents and extended families, often uninformed, were merely interred with no records kept. Today, we are trying to make sense out of this tragedy of the past.
We are missing Rev. Peggy and keeping her in our thoughts as the ministry at St. David's continues under Rev. Debbie and Council. The various committee ministries have "stepped up the pulpit" to ensure that Sunday mornings, we are brought together as a community on ZOOM. There are so many people involved behind the scenes. Bless you all!!
We will be welcoming Rev. Tim Nethercott to the ministry at St. David's for the months of July and August. We are familiar with Tim who has served as Chaplain at U of C for a long time and has been a frequent visitor to St. David's. Welcome aboard, Rev. Tim. and .... welcome to June!!