Words from Wilma+ from home –
I don’t know about you, but I am struggling to remember what day it is and how long this thing has been going on! The best way for me is to count by Sundays – we’ve been out of the building for two Sundays. I also count by the church year and I am shocked by how close we are to Easter. This coming Sunday is the Sunday of the Passion with the Palm Liturgy. Normally, I would be trying to arrange a time where a group of us could get together and fold palms. This year sadly, the palms are locked in a warehouse in Regina – we are unable to get them or to hand them out.
While we will have no palms, we shall not lament that but instead, make another plan. Matthew 21:8- A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
So, no palms then, no palms now. We can go out and get some branches, although maybe wait until the weather gets a little warmer again.
The service for the coming Sunday will once again be available through the link on the St Giles Facebook pages on Sunday morning. This email will also have the readings and parish prayers for the service attached.
We will be doing the Good Friday service from St Giles you will have access to that as well.
NEWS – Easter Sunday will be celebrated at the Cathedral with the Bishop, but the music, readings and prayers will be done by folks from around the Diocese. St Giles is providing some music and a reader – stay tuned! Further details next week.
I’ve been trying to do a couple phone calls a day – checking in with people. I like to hear your voices! I’ve been doing some texting a well. I welcome phone calls and texts from you too! I miss the kids! I miss Confirmation Class and I really, really miss Bible and Brew. After Easter I plan on resuming Bible and Brew in a different form – wait for it…
People also ask how I’m doing. I’ve worked from home before. It isn’t my preferred way to work because I like getting out among people for one thing but also, I’m not good at keeping boundaries on my time when I’m at home; I’m trying, but I think that I should be accessible during this extraordinary time. I’ve been able to get out and walk in the gorgeous weather we had but for now the treadmill will have to do. I am well. I am busy doing what I love to do – even if it has changed so much in the way I do it! My family is well; my niece and sister in law are on my mind and in my prayers as they are ER nurses in BC. My Mom is well and isolated on the ranch in the mountains. Overall, I am blessed. And thank you for asking.
I know that for some this is a time of stress and anxiety and I hope that you will reach out – call me, text me or email – I will answer. 306 897 0402 email@example.com is a personal and confidential email – no one sees it except me.
St Giles vestry has unofficially come together over Zoom and we plan to do that again for our regular vestry meeting on our regular day. We are conducting the business of the church as usual as possible in these unusual times. The work of the church goes on, decisions must be made.
We are all conscious that church finances will quite likely be changed when people are unable to put their offering in the plate on a Sunday.
While we can not gather in the ways we did just a few weeks ago we remain church and we remain St Giles congregations. We still connect with one another by phone, texts, emails, Zoom and other means. We are still providing services although in a different way. We still provide pastoral care although we are not allowed in nursing homes or hospital we can connect in other ways.
The ministry of the church is continuing. And we need your continued financial support to meet ongoing expenses. If you have been mailing in your offering or give through preauthorized giving, Thank you! If you have not , please consider doing so.
There are a few ways to give:
-This email will also have a form attached so that you can begin preauthorized giving if you would like to start.
-You may give by e-transfer through the church’s email. firstname.lastname@example.org
-Or you can send a cheque by regular mail. Heather will be picking up the mail as usual.
We ask you to be as generous as your circumstances will allow so that we may continue to be the church Christ is calling us to be in this moment.
I continue to pray for each of you by name in this time when we can not physically gather. Know that God is with us and will continue to be.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46: 1
Thankful for God’s Grace and you,
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