May 2022 - ASG Update Newsletter
We realized it has been awhile since we provided an update of all the activity that has been happening lately and we have an update on a few to come so here goes………
Sunday Services - We continue to hold in person services every Sunday morning at 9:00a.m. We also continue to be so thankful to be able to join with St. James Leitrim for joint virtual services broadcast from their in person service at 10:30a.m. for those who are unable, or uncomfortable, coming to the church. Masks are required when attending in person and distancing is highly recommended.
Cemetery Service - More information will follow shortly but plans are underway for our annual cemetery service. As you are aware, we have not been able to gather in person for our traditional service, and we understand that some people are still not comfortable in crowded settings, so we are taking all of this into consideration and planning a variation, or hybrid solution, which we hope will be acceptable and meet the needs of everyone.
Free Book Give Away - Our book give away, which was held on Apr 28-30th was very well received by all who stopped by. It proved to be a wonderful outreach event with a number of heartfelt “Thank You for doing this, it is really nice of you” comments being received. Thank you to Linda for all her help and to Ron for his help lugging the books for set up and take down. In the end we believe we gave away 1/3 of what we have. We will put out what we have left again at the yard sale for free. AND we received $557.00 in donations to support relief efforts for Ukraine through PWRDF (Primates World Relief Development Fund)
Support for Ukraine Relief - As part of our book give away event $577.00 in donations were accepted to support relief efforts for Ukraine which are being forwarded through PWRDF (Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund), an Anglican designated charity.
Cupcakes for St. Luke’s Table - On May 2nd another 14 dozen cupcakes and a couple sheet pan cakes delivered to St. Luke’s Table’s outreach day program this morning. Thanks once again to all the bakers and Carole & John for organizing and delivering May’s contribution. You have helped brighten people’s lives.....Thank You! If you would like to contribute to our monthly cupcake donations, please contact Carole at 343-698-1717, or email@example.com.
Osgoode Emergency Food Cupboard - Osgoode Emergency Food Cupboard - to donate items bring to church or contact John Herity at 613-878-4303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a financial donation bring to church or contact Lynda McCuaig at 613-822-0884 or email@example.com.
Hook, Knit, & Stitch - A time for crafters/hobbyists of all kinds (knitting, rug hooking, embroidery, crocheting, wet felting, blackwork, needlepoint, cross stitch, candle wicking, quilting, painting, etc.) to meet on Zoom every two weeks on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. continues. Everyone is welcome. Our next virtual get-together will be on May 19th. Contact Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link to join. Currently, we are just meeting virtually BUT stay tuned for the return of in-person gatherings soon. We are keeping a watch on the diocesan covid restrictions as they do differ slightly from public health for church hosted activities.
Parish Gardens Update - Ron has been donated the wood for 3 more raised garden beds for our parish gardens. This will make a total of 12, which is the most our space permits. The produce this summer and fall will continue to be shared between the Osgoode Emergency Food Cupboard and Harvest House.
Annual Yard Sale - Save the Date - Saturday, June 4th. Rain or Shine, Indoors & Out. We will be holding an in-person yard sale this year, first since 2019. As we learned at the book give away, people are anxious for our yard sale again. We are very grateful for the donations we have received from a number of families. People continue to ask if we are accepting donations and yes we are, all year round. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. If you have items to donate please contact Grace at email@example.com or 613-316-0991. Poster can be found at the Events tab.
Milk Bag Mats - An initiative to weave milk bag mats and sit-upons, is being planned in conjunction with Earthub whose mission is to keep items out of the landfill with milk bags being one of those items. Earthub in our area has stopped collecting milk bags as they have a group to make them. We are also working on finding where the completed mats and sit-upons would be best distributed to.
Shape of Parish Ministry - As you will recall last April the Diocese launched the Shape of Parish Ministry Consultations. To recap what this is all about, it is a discovery into answering the following questions: What are the shapes of parish ministry that God is calling out diocese to explore? What dreams would God have us dream together? Where is God calling us to be, and where are we called to invest the resources which have been entrusted to us? The answers to these questions will be answered together, as a bishop working with his clergy and people, through a process of gathering and sharing information, conversation, prayer, and collaborative decision-making. Stage 1 - Generating a Parish Profile, and Stage 2. Analyse & Work with Parish Profiles have been completed and our responses have been submitted. We are waiting now to learn more about and start Stage 3 - Gather with Neighbours & Build Proposals. Stay tuned for further updates.
Financial Situation - Just a friendly reminder that many of the expenses for the Parish remain the same throughout the year. It is also realized and understood that many people are financially struggling during this pandemic situation. If you are in a situation to continue to make your offering, you may do so on a Sunday morning at the in person service, contact Lynda at 613-822-0884 to arrange drop off or pickup of your offering, or mail your cheques to All Saints Greely Anglican Church, Box 412, 7103 Parkway Road, Greely, Ontario K4P 1N3. Thank you for giving what you can if you can.
A Final Thought to Ponder
I was at the grocery store this morning and heard a loud crash and something shattering. Being nosy, I walked towards the sound and saw some people whispering and looking back to the end of the next aisle. When I walked down that aisle, I saw an older lady had hit a shelf and many things had fallen to the ground and broke. She was kneeling on the floor embarrassed, frantically trying to clean up.
I felt so bad for her, and everyone was just standing there staring at her. So I went and knelt beside her and told her not to worry and started helping her pick up the broken pieces. After about a minute, the store manager came and knelt beside us and said, “Leave it, we will clean this up.” The lady, totally embarrassed said, “I need to pay for all this first.” The manager smiled, helped her to her feet and said, “No ma’am, we have insurance for this, you do not have to pay anything!”
If you have read this far, I would like for you to give me a minute. Wherever you are, close your eyes, and imagine God doing the same for you!
Collecting the pieces of your broken heart from all the blows life has thrown at you. The bill for your faults, sin and folly has already been paid through the precious blood of Christ. God will heal all your wounds. He wants to gently lift you to your feet again, clean up your mess, and pick up all the broken pieces. He wants to heal you! He wants to take care of your soul!
We can have that same insurance and it’s called GRACE!