What a beautiful Easter Sunday service we had yesterday! Rev. Corinne Crockett gave a wonderful talk and lifted our spirits with her words of wisdom, while Sista B and the Boyz rocked the house once again with their gift of great music. How blessed we are!
I’m so excited, as this Easter weekend of rebirth set the stage for our ‘new next’ which is having our services both in-person and on Facebook Live each and every week.
I want to invite all our local people to join us Sundays at 10:30am at 1180 Houghton Road (doors open at 10:15am). If you go up Hwy 33 to Gerstmar Road, turn left and then make a quick right onto Houghton Road, Studio 9 Independent School of the Arts is right there. In terms of parking, I really encourage those who can walk, to go up Houghton to Ben Lee Park (1.5 blocks) and park there. We will have 2 designated handicap parking stalls in the school’s small parking lot for those who need that support. There is also street parking on the side streets. We’re going to kick off our new location with a Soul Food Sunday featuring Rev. Barb Samuel and Neal Klassen. After the service we’ll have the coffee on, so we can stay and connect after this time apart.
I want to encourage us all to take responsibility for our own comfort and needs as we come back together. I know we’re all adults and can respect each person’s choices. So if you’re more comfortable wearing a mask (or not) please do what feels right for you. That will also extend to hugs and all the things we’ve had to get used to (or not used to). If you’re not sure, please check in with who you’re with. We can do this with love!
I’m delighted to say that two of our members are adopting a Ukrainian family of six. We’ve been asked if we as a congregation might be able to help out. This family left everything behind in Ukraine and so there’s a long list of household items that would be supportive. This includes all things you’d find in a kitchen, from cutlery to small appliances, to two twin mattresses, a double mattress, two dressers, blankets, sheets and towels. Also welcome would be outdoor patio furniture, bikes for young children (ages 5, 7 and 9). Rev. Corinne Crockett has offered her home to be the drop off place for items, or you can drop them at Forbidden Spirits Distillery in East Kelowna.
Please email Rev. Corinne for more details. It warms my heart to think of the difference we can make in the life of this family. Thank you, Blair and Kelly Wilson, for this extreme act of kindness.
I’m so looking forward to our new venue and to always also being on Facebook Live!
Remember: this week is our bi-weekly Coffee and Connection on Zoom with myself and Rev. Barb, and that our Community Chat which was on Zoom is now over for the season.
Peace and many blessings,
“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.”
— Amy Leigh Mercree
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