Castleton/Grafton United Church News for August Week 3
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Warming Summer Greetings!
Three years ago Saturday, our Syrian family arrived. You were the only United Church in 2014 to sponsor a Syrian refugee family, and particularly because you are small to begin with, you were an inspiration to others, such that a year later when the boy on the beach touched us all, it was occasionally heard: If that little church can do it, why can’t we?
Coming events for Castleton Grafton United Church
Usual Service Time: Castleton 9:15 Grafton 11 am regular service times this Sunday and all August. (As we alternate service times annually, we switch October 1)
Sunday Aug 20 “Cantankerous or Courageous” Gen 45: 1-15 Joseph’s family reunion Matt 15:21-28 The Syro Phoenician woman
Sunday Sept. 10th, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. - 100 Mile Diet Event at the Haldimand Arena. Come see what our local vendors have to offer.
Sunday Sept. 10th, 2 pm – Covenanting of Deborah Elliott at the Heritage UC in Salem
Sunday Sept 10th 3 pm a benefit concert featuring Azad and movie at the Loft sponsored by our Flight 2 refugee sponsorship committee, while awaiting two refugee families awaiting approval to come to Canada.
Sunday Sept 17, 11am St. Andrew’s Grafton 173rd Anniversary with guest speaker Rev Nancy Lester recently retired from Trinity Cobourg; fingerfood lunch to follow
Sunday Sept 24, 11 am Castleton’s 152nd Anniversary -awaiting response from speaker
Friday Sept 22th, 6:00 p.m. - Dinner and a Movie is at St. Andrew's. Admission is by donation. Movie at 7 (note date change)
Sisters Irene Clarke, Linda Marshman and Doris Thomas have been in James Bay on their annual trip to build connections and community at which they have been very successful. On Monday, Irene wrote:
This was a successful first day of Kids Club with fourteen kids.
Doris, Linda and I along with Anya from Kingston are coordinating the program which includes teaching the teens to prepare lunch for everyone.
After telling the Bible stories with puppets , the kids act them out using props followed by songs and crafts.
The children seem so engaged and happy to be there which makes our mission worthwhile.
Last night we were invited to Father Norm's for tea and bannock around the campfire. A wonderful evening.
The people in Moose Factory are certainly welcoming us.
I was asked on Sunday where one could obtain the children’s time small self rotating globe of the world with unapparent solar power. Here is one place to obtain it though given its from China it might take 6 weeks albeit postage free
Moderator’s response to Charlottesville http:
Bob Heaslip has a "lift" chair that aides someone to stand up from a chair. If you know of who could make use of it. Let us know
our website http:
A few quotes and snippets: “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” ― Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Race is the child of racism, not the father. Ta – Nehisi Coates
"If you’ve wondered what you would’ve done during slavery, the Holocaust, or Civil Rights movement…you’re doing it now." - Aditi Juneja
“The way to help the blind is to understand, correct, remove the incapacities and inequalities of our entire civilization.” Helen Keller 1913
“To lend each other a hand when we’re falling,” Brendan said. “Perhaps that’s the only work that matters in the end.” Frederick Buechner - from the novel: Brendan
When you are dying what will you most want? Will you ask your family to bring in your academic certificates and awards in their walnut frames, so you can hold them in your arms? Or will you ask them to take you out to your garage so you can sit in your car? Or will you ask them to bring you your financial statements so you can pour over your portfolio? Or will you just celebrate that they want to be with you, that you have relationships that matter? -an FB meme.
"When the country goes temporarily to the dogs, cats must learn to be circumspect, walk on fences, sleep in trees, and have faith that all this woofing is not the last word. What is the last word, then? Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music and books, raising kids — all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through. Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people." ~ Garrison Keillor
"Don't pray for unity today. Don't use your platforms to "condemn hate". Don't tell everyone that "love wins". You're just letting everyone who values community feel like a hero. No. Today we need to tell ourselves to acknowledge our own racism. No matter the degree. Racism in your businesses, racism in your city council, racism at your dinner table, racism in your church, racism in your assumptions, in your heart, in your subconscious. If you are white. This is the only option today. We don't need to hear "this is 2017" or "this isn't us". It is. It always has been. North America was built on it. Your homes come from it. Your neighbourhoods. Your silence. Don't excuse yourself. Acknowledge how white supremacy serves you and start working against it." Marissa Peters
A healthy diet consisting of vision, communication, inspiration, integrity, etc is great, but may not be sufficient for effective leadership. Specific conditions may result in a greater need for certain nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies invariably lead to serious health problems. That’s why, it is recommended a supplement of be added to your diet to make up for any shortfalls. Brigette Hyacinth
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. Bill Gates
“When faith is being used to justify nuclear holocaust, too much is at stake for us to give up the language of good news.” -Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II & Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused.
Rome is built on ruins and is quite breathtaking. What makes you think you can't be too?
Don't underestimate the healing power of these three things: music, the ocean, and the Stars.
One of the hardest things in life is Letting Go. Whether it's guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on, and fight to let go.
The measure of all life after all is not its duration but its donation. Peter Marshall
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela
To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good, or else that it's a well-considered act in Conformity with natural law. Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. impossible is temporary. Muhammad Ali
For those who like poetry:
World Is Too Much With Us BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
My Work is Loving the World --by Mary Oliver (Aug 15, 2016)
work is loving the world.
Gravy -Raymond Carver (1938–1988)
other word will do. For that’s what it was. Gravy.
This poem is inscribed on Carver's tombstone.