Dear Knox Friends!
The leaves outside my office window are tinged with orange and red… fall is on the horizon. Normally, at this time of year, we would be preparing to decorate our sanctuary for Thanksgiving. Instead, due to Covid 19, we continue to worship apart.
You can access the service by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFr1x3WemtLGkGCTkphvYw
The service is also available through our church website (www.knoxsthomas.ca). The audio of the service can also be accessed by calling 1-844-644-8711.
Please note that if you miss the service on Sunday morning, you can access it later in the week, both through the church website, and by calling the 1-844 number. (NOTE: On the phone, if you are calling during the week, the automated voice will tell you that “we are not live now.” Do not press any buttons, just remain on the line, and at the end of her message she will say “Please stay on the line for the playback stream.” Then, the service will begin.)
We have not celebrated communion since March, and so, this Sunday October 4th (World Communion Sunday), you are invited to bring bread and wine or grape juice to our online service. It will be a different, celebrating the Lord’s Supper apart, but Christ promises to be present nonetheless.
A few bits of news from Knox:
New Website: In September, our church website got a much needed update! Please check us out at www.knoxstthomas.ca One of the big advantages of the changes is that it is easier to access the service online through the website on a Sunday morning.
Knox Walks: On Tuesdays at 4:00pm and Thursday at 10:30am, you are invited to join Meghan and I for a walk around Pinafore Park. We will be socially distancing as we walk for approximately 30 minutes. Knox walks rain or shine. We meet at the pavilion in Pinafore Park.
Knox Coffee Hour: On Wednesdays at 10:30am, Knox meets for coffee time at the park. PLEASE LET THE CHURCH KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. We sit in socially distanced groups and bring our own lawn chairs and coffee (and now that it’s getting a bit colder, coffee!) We only gather when it’s not raining!
Painting in the Park: POSTPONED! Due to weather. We are postponing painting in the park until Sunday September October 18th at 2pm… in hopes that we may get a day with less rain! If the weather is wet, we will switch gears and this event will be on zoom. PLEASE PRE-PREGISTER by emailing Mavis. If we are in the park, the cost is $10 for supplies. If we are on zoom, there is no cost – we will be using supplies that you can find in your house! This event is being led by Stella Anderle!
Ride for Refuge: This 25 km bike ride in support of Presbyterian World Service and Development happens this Saturday. If you would like to ride, please let Mavis know today. If you would like to sponsor our team, please drop off your donation to the church and mark “ride for refuge” on the envelope. (cheques can be payable to Ride for Refuge)
Knox Car Rally: Saturday October 24th, 1pm. Starting in the Knox Parking Lot! Everyone leaves with a pumpkin! Special treats for those in costume 😊 Never done a car rally before? (When you arrive in the parking lot, you will be given a sheet with a variety of directions and questions to answer that are related to the spots where you will drive.) The rally ends back at the church, where you will get your pumpkin! Please only have those who are within your social circle in your car.
Foodgrains: October is Foodgrains month at Knox. Due to the pandemic, the Foodgrains Committee at Knox have not been able to hold their regular fundraising events. A senior in our congregation recently dropped off a donation to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. She noted that many seniors received a cheque for $300 from the government in the spring as covid relief. She is challenging other seniors to consider donating this cheque back to the Canadian Foodgrains bank. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank notes that the Covid 19 health crisis is creating a global hunger crisis. The World Food Programme warns we may see the worst humanitarian food crisis since World War 2. Gifts to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank are matched 3:1 during this health emergency.
Prayers: Please pray for the following Knox friends:
- Jean Marie Steward, whose husband, Doug, passed away this month.
- Pete Taylor, who’s brother Gary, died suddenly.
- Marlene Kaplanis, who grieves the loss of her husband, Jim.
- The family of Marion Archer, who was a longtime member of Knox and who died in September.
- Johanna Van Wyk, Art McCandless, Wanda Kapogines – who are all in the midst of cancer treatments.
- All of our church families who are navigating back to school, and particularly those families where one or both parents are teachers.
- Our farmers, as they prepare for harvest.
- Rev. Heather Vais, and the congregation of Thornhill Presbyterian Church, Toronto. Heather’s husband and clergy partner, Rev. Tom Vais, died suddenly of a heart attack on Sunday September 20th. Clearly, this is a very difficult time for Rev. Heather Vais, and her children, as well as the congregation of Thornhill.
October Devotional: The devotional for the month of October is attached. You can also find this devotional on our church website. If you prefer a printed copy of the devotional, please contact the office. We are happy to print one off for you to pick up!
Church Cook Book: With Meghan’s help, Presbyterian Women is taking on the challenge of a Knox Church Cookbook. Please send your recipes to email@example.com by October 30th.
The Knox Bazaar: As many are aware, the Knox Tartan Bazaar has been cancelled due to Covid 19. We are however, working on an alternate “covid friendly” church craft sale. By mid October, more information will be sent out asking for donations of crafts, knitting and other projects. Please bear with us as we figure this out!
- new muslin or cotton baby receiving blankets (please drop off to the church by Monday). These gifts will be donated to the LHSC neonatal intensive care unit to celebrate “our twins’” first birthday!
- Donations of muffins or loaves that can be stored in our freezer and donated to families or individuals who are experiencing difficulties or life changes during these unsettling times. Please speak to Meghan or Mavis to arrange drop off or pick up.
- Recipes! (see above!)
- Newsletter delivery people. Every month, about 30-40 people who are not online receive a printed version of our monthly devotionals and newsletter. In order, to keep costs down, we have been asking volunteers to deliver a few newsletter to these people. Would you be interested in helping once a month by delivering a few newsletters? Call the church for more info.
Thank you: Our Board and Session continue to be grateful to all who have so generously supported our congregation’s life and ministry during these unsettling times. You may have noted, if you were driving by 55 Hincks Street recently, that the ongoing roof repair is continuing at the church. We look forward to the day when we can once again worship in our sanctuary.
May you recognize the handiwork of the Creator in the colours of this beautiful season.