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SEAGRAVE by Barb Martyn

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Each one of us has been affected by the pandemic in a different way, and yet, it’s a global phenomenon. The effect has been felt in multiple ways: individual, local, national and global. It has created a journey into a new and exciting direction that would not have happened without being confined. Being confined has opened up our minds and projects of hope and creation. Our prayers and concerns are extended to Val and Roger Wanamaker, who recently lost their home to a fire. Ken and Eleanor Sturman were pleased to have their son Ted and daughter-in-law Wendy, Megan and her twin boys for supper a week ago. Ken and Eleanor were delighted to meet for the first time, with their new twin great-grandsons. Happy Birthday wishes to Tyler Drew on June 26th. Con’GRAD’ulations to all those who have graduated. We wish you a bright and exciting future! Joy was within my heart on my birthday, June 18th. Thank you for all the birthday wishes, and for the drive-by of many vehicles, which was an awesome surprise. It was wonderful to see actual people, all with smiling faces. To top off the excitement, my son Glenn and daughter-in-law Marlies, have arrived for a few weeks’ visit, from Nova Scotia on their return travels to Calgary. Gift bags were delivered to several men in the surrounding area for Father’s Day, from the people of the Seagrave United Church. Sunday was not only Father’s Day but Indigenous Day of Prayer. We are thankful for the Indigenous land on which we live. Our Church building will not be a place of physical worship for us at this time, as an abundance of care and caution for all. Our Church is still active, though continually reaching out to others. Our food bank, which is open daily, is serving the community’s needs. If you are able to contribute we are in need of the following non-perishable food items: juice, Kraft dinner, soups, tuna, salmon, cookies, crackers, canned fruit and veggies (we have plenty of corn), toiletries, soap, shampoo and coffee. Please check the expiry dates, as if they are outdated we cannot use them. You are invited to view Minister Stephanie’s virtual Sunday services on our website seagrave-church.com. Also to join in the Prayer Circle and conversation on Tuesday’s at 7:30 p.m. at www.zoom.us, or by calling 1-647-558-0588. The meeting ID# is 783-342-327, password 1961. If you wish a personal prayer, grocery or medication pickup, to submit a photo of how you are keeping active for our Sunday Virtual service Coffee Hour, or just to chat, contact Minister Stephanie at gspastoralcharge@gmail.com, or phone 905-718-8086. As a suggestion, send us your photos as to how you will celebrate Canada Day, which is July 1st. Thank you to all the people who contribute to make our virtual services interesting and enjoyable. We urge you to continue to physical distance and wear a mask. Together we can create a new way forward.

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