March 2021.

Hello Knox friends,

This month marks one year since we have worshipped together as a congregation in our sanctuary.  Who would have thought at the beginning of last March that our lives would be changed so drastically and for so long by a pesky virus?    Nevertheless, hope is on the horizon.  Vaccines have been created, and are slowly being distributed across our country.  Days are getting longer and warmer, and we are anticipating some outdoor church activities soon. 

Please find attached a devotional for the month of March, along with a pdf version of our annual report. (note:  there is one blank page midway through the annual report. This was necessary to ensure that the pagination of the paper copies and the e-versions remained consistent).   If you would prefer a paper copy of the annual report, please call the office.  If you have any questions regarding the annual report, please do not hesitate to reach out, and I will put you in touch with someone who can answer them!   The Annual Meeting will be held over zoom on Sunday March 14th at 11:30am.  If you would like to attend, please email me for the zoom invitation.

Every other Wednesday at 10:30am, our zoom Bible study continues to meet.  This study is open to all.  Just contact me for the zoom link. We have been looking at the scripture for the upcoming week’s sermon.  Generally, between 12 and 15 people participate.

Approximately once a month, our zoom Book study has been meeting, led by Gail McHardy Leitch.  Our next book is “The Season for Strawberries” by Dorothy Henderson.  Dorothy is a Presbyterian who lives in Exeter, and she will be joining us for our zoom discussion.   If you would like to take part, please drop me a line.  If you require a book, they can be ordered through me or taken out from the library. Books cost $20.   Our last discussion included people from Florida, British Columbia, northwestern Ontario and London!

Meghan is organizing a moms’ chat over zoom  – this will be held on March 19th at 8pm.

A second art class with Stella for children is also being planned for a Sunday afternoon in March.

Our Sunday worship services continue to be broadcast from our church’s website: www.knoxstthomas.ca , on facebook, and on our church’s youtube channel.   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFr1x3WemtLGkGCTkphvYw

The audio of the service can also be accessed by calling 1-844-644-8711.   

Over 40 people attended “11 Months and Counting” – a zoom presentation from Knox elder and registered psychotherapist, Jennifer Holt about mental health in the midst of the pandemic.  Jennifer’s presentation was recorded and will be posted on the church website and youtube channel this week.

We are grateful to Dion Vansevenant for his technical help in making our broadcasts possible.

There is a need in our congregation for a washing machine in good working order. If you are able to donate this item, please contact Mavis.

Finally, a reminder that the church staff are now back in the building!   Kathy is in the office Monday – Thursday 9am – 3pm.  Mavis is generally working from home on Mondays and Fridays, and at the church Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Meghan is in her office at the church on Wednesdays.

If Covid cases in the area remain low, we hope to be offering some very small in person worship experiences this Spring – but we are waiting for a few weeks before making any of these plans.  

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings,
Mavis.