Ellen on Falling Leaves
Our annual Thanksgiving activity has been to drive to the Champlain Lookout. My brother comes from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and we spend time taking drives and talking and talking. It's about the only time, now that our parents have passed away, that we are together for any amount of time.
This year, like for many other people, will be different. We text and talk and Email, but it's not quite the same as having hugs, sharing time and making memories together. Keeping in touch is important to us.
Our church family is in the same family. While we hoped to have the building open in September, we were not able to meet the restrictions for re-opening. Now, as I write this, Covid-19 cases in the area are increasing again. It looks highly unlikely that we will be able to get together even for Thanksgiving.
Will we be able to hold a Christmas Eve service in the sanctuary this year? We don't know, but are aiming for it. Keep well - if everyone wore masks and kept six feet apart and stayed home when not feeling well, we might just beat this virus sooner than later.
Continue to pray, please, for the end of Covid-19.
Today Joy was the very first Kindness AUC recipient from Aylmer United Church. She received a banana loaf with cream cheese icing and our postcard. See attached photos!
Our wonderful Joy is such a caring, loving person. She has been an active part of our Church Council, UCW and various other key committees for many years. Her jams and now muffins are a welcome tasty treat at church and in the community.
For me personally Joy has been a great help and inspiration at all the church fundraisers I have organized in recent years. My favourite memory is always her in butterfly wings leading a procession of Pumpkin Walkers! ❤
We are so proud of you Joy, love you and thank you for all you do!
If you wish to recognize someone at Aylmer United Church for their kindness please send an email to this email address. I will add their name to the list. Once a week it will be posted in the Weekly Message.
One recipient per week (occasionally 2) will receive their choice of a banana loaf with cream cheese icing or a loaf of whole wheat bread.
Ellen on Gathering Together
Christianity began with a gathering of people, joining together to listen to the Word of God and to learn the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Now, it seems that many people consider themselves Christians - but not ones who congregate in the fellowship of Christ. They say they are “spiritual” and feel no need to share in a community of faith as their forefathers and foremothers no doubt did. I wonder where they go should they need a child baptized, to marry in a church building, or to have a funeral service in a church - well, “to a church, of course” they and you might well say!
I wonder though, as fewer and fewer people who say they are Christians attend and support their congregations of faith, will there be a church building and a fellowship for them to turn to? So many church buildings have already been turned into condos, homes, or are being used for other non-church purposes
Aylmer United Church is just one of many churches facing a bleak future as a congregation of faith, having old buildings and fewer and fewer people supporting the work of the church. There is a real possibility that churches as we know them may cease to exist in our lifetime!
What can you and I do about it? I want to hear your opinion. Please send me a message.
Aylmer United Church
164 Rue Principale
Service and Children's Program are held
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Communion 1st Sunday of every Month
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