A Note From the Revs
October 15, 2020
Luc Lamadeleine has been faithfully composing Coronavirus Connections these past several months on behalf of your Adult Education team. This week’s “Note from the Revs” comes as the latest installation of Coronavirus Connections. Thanks, Luc!
On October 2nd, the Ontario Government introduced tighter COVID-19 restrictions following sharp increases in reported cases, especially in the areas of Toronto, Peel and Ottawa. Medical experts advise that we may well be experiencing a second wave of the Coronavirus.
Naturally, this latest setback is both disappointing and disheartening. As a community of faith, we long to see each other and to worship together in person. We miss spending time with our friends and family and taking part in the numerous activities we enjoyed before the coronavirus.
This has been a difficult time for all us and may yet be so for some time to come. Nonetheless, we ask everyone, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, to take some time, in quiet reflection, to consider all our blessings. In our current workshop, “Being Grateful During Difficult Times”, we are learning that we may lessen periods of anxiety and distress by being regularly and intentionally grateful.
Reverend Eric Lukacs, of the Virtch Worship team, produces a weekly video series entitled “Piece for Peace”, which he posts to Facebook every Monday morning. His Thanksgiving edition provides resources and tools for taking care of our mental and emotional well-being in these times:
If you cannot access Facebook, please email Molly or Caroline to receive a different video link.
We recognize that being intentionally grateful may not be enough to overcome periods of mental distress. If anyone is experiencing acute mental health issues, As Rev. Eric’s video points out, please reach out and seek support from a medical professional or be in touch with Caroline or Molly to schedule an office visit. We are here to support you. You are not alone. We are a community of believers and God is always with us.
Finally, please remember that we are a community who prays for one another. We invite you to pass along your prayer requests and it will be a pleasure to pray for you. And this week, we will be keeping Rev. Molly, and Stephen and Emma in our prayers as Molly undergoes and recovers from surgery.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Grace and peace & with thanks to Luc,
Molly & Caroline