Everyone likes good news. When it comes a long time before the event, it can seem like forever before the event arrives. I think it will be like that for the vaccine for Covid-19. So far we've made it through last winter, spring, and summer. With winter pretty much here, there is yet another season to get through. Who knows how long before you and I and our friends have been vaccinated? Will we ever return to what we thought of as "normal"?
Do you remember as a child waiting for Christmas? Mom would let us go through the Sears and Eaton catalogues (hmmm, I guess they no longer exist - a sign of my age, I guess!) to choose a "family" gift for we three kids, my older brother and younger sister and I. One year, we chose a record player. Most of our other gifts seemed to be pjs and winter clothes and a toy. We were happy with what we received. It seemed that our friends had about the same in terms of gifts. That was the old "normal" - Christmas being more about family, church life, and friends than about how many gifts we received. Hmmm, perhaps a new normal where the volume and cost of gifts was less important and new ways of connecting with family, church and friends was more important would be an improvement.
On Sunday, there were 33 of us at the Zoom service. It's nice going to church via Zoom. Instead of seeing the backs of the heads of the people in the pews in front of us and not even that of the ones behind us, we can see each other's faces. The Coffee Fellowship afterwards gives us lots of time to chat and share - this past Sunday, it seemed that stuffed animals were the theme as several people brought out theirs to show off. Real ones join, too, usually cats and dogs. Why not join us this coming Sunday and bring a stuffed animal or pet!
In the meantime, I invite you to read the rest of this Weekly Message. Stephanie Wakelin pulls together the information sent to her and does a great job at keeping us informed about not only our church, but so much more.
Do you have any questions or ideas to share, please let Stephanie or I know.