November 15, 2020
We are certainly being "Beguiled by Beauty" this morning - bright blue skies, brilliant sunshine, gentle breeze in the fir trees. Service is finished and it is soon time for lunch. The learning curve for making the most of the technology available to us continues to intrigue me along with the Tech team that currently includes Deb, Tapas, Dave and me. Chinook Winds Regional with Shelley Den Haan has offered two seminars recently which did give us a window as to how worship and community is continuing in fellow congregations.
The news for this Time of COVID-19 is not good at this time -- a new record of positive cases today. This morning there were only seven folks at SDUC with Brent and Rev. Peggy presiding. We were co-hosts from home and that is just the most fun, welcoming everyone into the ZOOM meeting. It reminds me of being a greeter at church, back in the days when we would walk up the steps to the church, knowing that we were welcomed.
Brent's Compline Service, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed due to COVID-19 and, if you joined us for service this morning, you will have heard the absence of choir voices. We were grateful for his piano work this morningj and I know that we all sang at home.
The last 10 days have not been easy for us: on Monday, November 2, 2020, our dear friend, Bonnae McTavish passed away, following a losing battle to Cancer. Bonnae's life will be celebrated on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1 p.m. on Zoom and at church. (See Newspost for November 5, 2020 for the link to Bonnae's Obituary. Then, on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, 2020, our dear friend, Colin, a school hood buddy of David's and close family friend of ours, succumbed to Cancer, after moving to Agape, on November 2, 2020. Colin and Dianne were active with Confederation Seniors as part of the Pattern Dancing group. Today, as we partook of Communion from home, we used some of the peanut butter cookies that Colin had requested the previous Friday night -- David baked them. Memories abound!!
St. David's AGM occurs after church next Sunday along with the Foundation's AGM. Chantal, our Office Admin, has been busy amalgamating all the reports for 2019-2020 into a comprehensive Annual Report. (Note: you will be able to read it by clicking on the ABOUT on the HOME page when it is published.)
Thank goodness for Rev. Peggy's sermon series, reminding us to seek beauty, as we make do with ZOOM -- missing out on the personal communal gatherings. We are in Week #46 of 2020-- it has been quite the year. Have a great week and set aside some lunch to enjoy during next week's meetings. P.S. Normally, Council would provide lunch, right????
November 5, 2020
So here we are! Rev. Peggy is sending out a homework sheet weekly that corresponds to the series we are currently undertaking: Beguiled by Beauty. Dr. Wendy Farley says that we have the capacity to hold both the beauty and the suffering of life together. "The Holy Spirit invites us to sit with both at once." And that is how November is shaping up for us. COVID-19 is spiking all over Alberta, with Calgary sharing in the statistics. The American election, Nov. 4, 2020, is turning into a marathon as crews of electoral clerks are hard at work, opening and tabulating mail in ballots from all around the world. Meanwhile, the pundits are trying to guess who will be the first to reach the magic 270. Five or six states are too close to call and as I write this the tally is 253 to 213 in favour of Biden. Next week we should know who the incoming president will be.
At St. David's, we are moving into the 8th week of ACTS Monday Night Book Study and Thursday Morning Bible Study. What a joy it is to see the faces of members of our community! We do get to see the larger congregation on Sunday morning, however it would be extra nice if everyone turned on the video and renamed it with the names of whoever is participating in the service.
It was on Sunday morning, that we were joined in the service via Zoom by our dear friends, Bonnae and Jock.It was so good to see them but it was quite obvious that Bonnae was unwell. On Monday, daughter Jennifer and Jock called to say that Bonnae had passed on quietly earlier that morning, surrounded by her family and Rev. Peggy. Her suffering was finally over and, since Monday, so many people have shared their condolences with us as we remembered time well spent with our friend. Truly, we experienced Dr. Farley's belief that we can hold both beauty and suffering together. Here is the obituary for Bonnae: https://mhfh.com/tribute/details/31828/Bonnae-McTavish/obituary.html
On Saturday, we are saying, "Good-bye," to another dear friend of St. David's. Helen Denton's celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. If you would like to join the service via ZOOM, the invitation can be found in the link to her obituary: https://calgaryherald.remembering.ca/obituary/helen-denton-1080662297.