Well, Happy Monday it is! (Except that I’m writing this on a Happy Saturday!) I’m glad I’m flexible! As a minister, and perhaps just in life in general, I find that’s one of the most important skills to master – going with the flow! And to do that in effective ways requires being able to look ahead and figure out what needs doing when, even though they’re outside our typical patterns.
So, I’m writing this around noon on Saturday. I’m writing it now, because of course, we have our community picnic this afternoon at 4 o’clock.
Picnic at Kinsmen Park on July 9th
We have our Sunday service tomorrow (I’m so looking forward to Rev. Jeanette Vinek’s talk – she always brings me to some New Thoughts and also to some new personal introspections which in our teaching – all about self-awareness – are so valuable!)
Sunday Celebration at Studio 9 on June 10th
Then after the service, Kenn and I have the privilege of officiating at a long-time friend’s wedding, which is such a delight. The festivities will spill over to dinner, and maybe there will be dancing!
Then, we’ll be going to our daughter’s to dog-sit our grand-dog, as she and her family are off on a summer vacation to Calgary. This is quite an adventure on its own; she’s a very, very large Great Pyrenees, almost 2 years old who thinks she’s a 6-month old poodle. I’d never heard of dog zoomies until I met her and even at her “ripe old age” of 2, she’s a master. (For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s when a dog just goes kind of crazy hyper, jumping and chasing and skidding all over the place with no seeming cause!)
So – all that said, sorry for the digression – Happy Monday must be written right here and now!
Some key things for our community to know: I’m so happy we’ve got some fun and some important things coming up on our calendars! The picnic, our Sunday service followed by our ‘Circle Connection’. Then, we have Rev. Corinne Crockett’s Installation Ceremony and Community Potluck next Sunday, July 17th.
In many ways, it feels like the days prior to the pandemic, but I’m aware it’s not just going back to ‘normal’. I’m so glad our in-person Sunday services are back and I’m super glad we can continue to provide our service online as well. I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but things still feel somewhat different. So far, I feel like I can’t quite put my finger on what that is! One of the things I’ve noticed is that our Sundays are not as ‘full’ as they used to be. I’m not sure why. Maybe people are still feeling somewhat hesitant to come back in person. We hear about new coronavirus strains regularly; maybe some have just gotten out of the habit of getting together on Sunday mornings; maybe some prefer Facebook Live so they don’t have to dress up or travel, and they can multi-task during the service. I’m not sure and I’m not judging, but I am very, very curious. I know the quality of our talks are ‘off the hook’; I know our music, thanks to Rev. Barb Samuel and Neal Klassen, always, always raises our vibrations; and I know our practitioners are back to serve. Anyway, I feel like I’m rambling and maybe I am… but if you have a thought, a suggestion, or something to share with me, I’m all ears! You can reach me at email@example.com. If you’d like to schedule a phone call, I’d be happy to do that, too.
What I do know for sure is that we are here to serve… and for this Saturday afternoon, that’s what I know!
PS: As I’ve been writing this, I got the chance to run outside and see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly in formation over my house. Why does that bring such an emotional response from me? I had more than one tear as I watched them. They were here to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our airport with their aeronautic acrobatics. Thanks for touching my heart even though I’m not sure what that’s all about!
“Take risks. Ask big questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.”
— David Packard
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