May 24, 2020 – This is our Anniversary Weekend for Caledonia Presbyterian Church. We praise God for many years of guiding our faith family, and though it is difficult that we cannot come together in ways we have been accustomed to in the past, we look forward to a future that WILL bring us together once more. However, we gather virtually instead of physically, and in today’s worship service you are invited to Bring Your Own Elements as we celebrate God’s Faithfulness, we celebrate the Lord’s Table and we join in the Mystery of Communion:
May 17, 2020 – We continue in these pandemic times, even in celebrating the first long weekend of the Canadian summer. How do we have Hope? Why do we have Hope? Because He lives! Join us as we dig a little deeper into a favorite song, the Gospel of John, and how it relates to our lives today:
May 10, 2020 is Mothering Sunday, and in our worship we take a look at our memories, our doubts and our demands. Join us as we explore the Gospel of John:
May 3rd, 2020: Last week we spoke of the journey; today we reflect on how we might end up finding ourselves camping in the valley. The worship video can be found at the following link:
Blessings and safety to all! We are in this together 🙂
We are all on a journey, and the worship for Sunday April 26th speaks of the journey of two travelers to Emmaus, and how their journey is actually quite similar to ours:
COMMUNITY UPDATE FROM PASTOR JANICE
APRIL 26, 2020:
Good morning faith family and friends. It’s difficult to believe we are six weeks in to these pandemic times. Unfortunately, it seems there will still be quite some time before we will be able to join together in the sanctuary for worship once again. I continue to experiment with worship elements and certainly welcome your comments in this regard. It does my heart good to hear how everyone is reaching out and supporting one another; again, I thank you. I also know may of you are praying for your pastor at this time, and it is very much appreciated. I thank you for that as well.
It is also very wonderful to hear of volunteer opportunities, and that people are joining together to help even the so called ‘strangers’ in our community. There are many ways that we might consider reaching out while still remaining safe and even keeping our physical distance. The Food Bank is happy to accept donations of food and even cash, though receiving hours are limited at the Inverness office. Should you wish to donate safely in person, you can contact them at 905-765-9287 to make arrangements, or you can drop off non perishable donations at Zehrs in town as well.
There are also volunteer opportunities to sew, drive, and deliver as well. We have had a request at the church for volunteers to deliver masks in the community, and there is a local Facebook group sewing masks as well. If you think you might like to become involved, please contact me and I will forward along the information that I have.
Thank you all for continuing to collect and hold on to your textiles, as we WILL have a recycling event when it is safe to do so, and we continue to hold on to our gently used shoes for the Soles4Souls project as well. The Milk Bag collection is also on hold during these times, and I have quite the collection waiting to go to the Legion when it is safe to drop them off as well.
Additionally, Shirley Smith is known to many, and she will be turning 99 this week. Her family is organizing a drive-by birthday parade on May 1st. The plan is to leave the parking lot at Grace United Church at 2pm and drive past her apartment building on Caithness Street. If you are available, please consider joining this parade. 2pm Friday May 1st
I’d also like to offer thanks to those who were able to help the young mother in need this week. I believe our town has managed to gather all kinds of necessities for this particular family. Praise God for the power of social media in this regard, as the needs were practically filled before an email could go out. Thank you! If you know of anyone who might be in need, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Also, Anson Place now has a minister volunteering; Wes Devries has offered to help family members communicate with their loved ones, via telephone, Facetime, Zoom, or Facebook. If you know someone who would like to reach a loved one in this regard, please forward Wesley email address and he would be happy to help – firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessings, love and peace to you all!
In Christ and in love,
As we continue to be Easter People, we wonder and we wait. Sometimes it seems as if God is Silent. But that’s not the case.
Here is our worship video for the previous weekend:
And here is a special musical reflection for our community:
Previous worship videos include Easter Sunday:
Online worship for Palm Sunday last week
The worship link for Sunday March 29th can be found here:
Check back weekly for the next worship video installment.
Thank you for your continued love and support! And may the Lord continue to grant us Hope and Peace and Love in these pandemic times. —- Pastor Janice
Meanwhile, here is a silent video shared of our 2019 year in review:
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Many of you have my home phone number. It is 519-587-4268. If anyone is in need, or knows someone else who might be, please let me know. I will help whenever and wherever I can. Many of us are carrying burdens in addition to this Corona Chaos, and life was/is difficult enough without this epidemic sweeping the world. May we continue to check up on each other. May we be able to offer some sort of love and hope in this difficult situation. May we never take for granted those things we cannot enjoy right now. And may we pray:
We arise today through God’s shelter to steady us. For God’s Hope to lead us and God’s wisdom to call us. May Christ console those whose hearts are full of fear. May the Spirit give us words to speak comfort, and eyes to notice the need for help. May we have Christ’s hands in reaching out to help others, even amidst the social distancing. God, we plead, we cry, we fear. Yet we place our trust in You. May we arise as your people in the midst of this pandemic. In the powerful name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Peace and Blessings and love to you all,
See this? This is enough to feed the pastor lunch for a year!!!! But no, our pastor doesn’t get this, this is the beginnings of our Soup Drive for the month of February. Thank you so much!!!
Young people grades 3- 8
School day Mondays
3:15 to 4:30 pm
(on hold due to covid-19)
Did you know???
We will now collect the outer milk bags for our friends at the Caledonia Legion to help their mission project💕
Reusing and re-purposing is a facet of being good stewards of the earth