Castleton/Grafton United Church News for April Week 3
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Hi there to members and friends of St. Andrew's and Castleton United Churches
Many would agree with Anne of Green Gables that snow in April is abominable. So, yes, it was a rough weekend and cancelling church was the least of some people’s worries. One person commenting on the Grafton residents FB site said without power or alternative heat, they were huddled in blankets.
April showers isn’t supposed to mean freezing rain, but then we tend to have this sense that Easter in the Northern hemisphere should bring springy weather with crocuses and buds sprouting new leaves. That positivity has led some to go already for summer tires. Nevertheless, Northumberland road clearance is quite remarkable, especially when compared to that of our Toronto days.
Still we have experienced no missiles or chemical attacks, so in the midst of our cause for pause this last weekend, there is lots to be thankful for including neighbourliness. Our church dinners have had challenges over the years, but not the power outages etc that a few had to face Saturday.
Most will know we were away in March holidaying in Portugal; Thanks to Ian and Cheryl for offering such fine leadership during that time. Good Friday and Easter were very rich experiences to share with you on returning, particularly our joint choir at all those services, and if one goes by all those attending, Easter is not going out of style.
For those receiving the online newsletter, I included links to our Portugal photos, but as wonderful as scenery is around our world, it is the resilience of the human spirit that warms me most. So I was warmed by stories of the 1974 Red Carnation revolution in Lisbon where a woman flower seller putting a carnation in a resistor’s rifle barrel inspired the coup of the longest European dictatorship of the century to be bloodless, and this was just 2 months after we drove through when recently married. From being the instigator of the slave trade in the 1400’s, with the pope even endorsing them as leader and giving them Africa, the revolution turned compassionate inspired them to give freedom to their colonies, and even begin lifting oppression of homosexuals.
Our world still has holocausts, the slave trade being one of the larger ones, and we continue to have concern of regressive leaders, but the groundswell of support, concern and tears over the Humboldt athletes and their families is inspiring. Easter is a story and a focus of light in the dark, of life where there’s been death. Most of us have had some intimation or feeling or presence of a loved one who has died. If the families and friends of those killed in that crash have not yet had an Easter connection, we pray that they do. They’ve already had a greater impact and inspiration than they ever dreamed, and those who survived have no doubt been changed just like the disciples, to have purpose in their lives they never dreamed of.
Easter has been called illogical, and has to be beyond logic if God is Mystery. It’s life’s mysteries that often give us energy, even the gorgeous frost covered trees after a crazy weekend. A recent mystery for me was old bones me just being asked to be a youth leader at Youth Forum alongside our last conference annual meeting next week, a touch beyond logic too, so I hope our youth will consider it too.
Four years ago next month we began conversations of refugee sponsorship, which after much hard work and some heartache turned out well. Teamed with Trinity in Cobourg, our 2nd and 3rd families will be arriving in May and June. Housing has been found for the family arriving in 3 weeks, a relief to those representing us on the front lines to whom we offer much thanks. Household goods and furniture are still needed.
Easter is about the present, not just 2000 years ago, which you take seriously, as evidenced by two articles in the last Observer and one in Mandate of the caring reaching out that you do.
So keep on Eastering.
Coming Events for Castleton and Grafton United Church
Usual 2017-18 Service Time: Grafton 9:15 a.m. Castleton 11 a.m.
Sat. April 21st 2:30 pm - Shasta, Olivia, Sharron, Heather, Jean, Christina, and Kim invite you to the Choral Legacy spring concert "Everything’s Coming Up Broadway" Ryerson Hall, Trinity United Church, Cobourg. Tickets $10 at the door.
Sun. April 22 More experiences of Risenness Luke 24 puppet scripts Earth Day
Mon. April 23 7- 8:30 pm Youth Group At Cox’s and most Mondays
Registration for Youth
Forum Conference weekend in
Napanee Apr 27-29 http:
Registration for Children
at Conference http:
Wed. April 25th - St. Andrew’s Board meets at the church at 7:30 p.m. Committees meet ahead of time as needed.
April 27th 7:00 pm -
East Meets West – World Food & Music Night a
fundraiser for the Flight to Hope 2.0, at
Trinity United. Tickets available Joan Chalovich. Adults
$20, children $10, under 5 $5. The evening
will include a silent auction, there are request letters
available in the office. Cecilia’s write-up about it https:
Tues. May 1st, 9:30 am - 100 Mile Diet Committee meets at St. Andrew's. New committee members are always welcome.
Wed. May 2nd - Grafton UCW meets at the church at 2:00 p.m.
May 4th - Dinner
and a Movie at St. Andrew's
at 6:00 p.m. Upside Down Pizza and on the big screen
Sat. May 5, 9-12 cleanup day for St Andrew’s cemetery and grounds
Sun. May 6 pulpit exchange with Calvin Stone of Cold Springs charge.
Mon. May 7th - Castleton UCW meets at the church at 7:00 p.m. Roll Call is a monetary donation to Beginnings Family Services.
Wed. May 9th - St. Andrew's UCW invite you to a Royal Tea and Trivia Day at 3:00 p.m. Admission is a free will donation and all are welcome. Let us know if you have Royal memorabilia.
A Cook Book is also in the works so think about your fav recipes.
Wed. May 9th 7:30 pm – Castleton Board
Wed. May 9th 7:30 pm– Charge Council meeting at St. Andrew's
Thursday May 17th, at noon - Community Care Diner's Club is at St Andrew's. Purchase your $10 tickets in advance at the Grafton Pharmacy or at the Community Care office in Colborne.
Saturday May 19th, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Yard and bake sale and barbeque at St Andrew’s; Good used items can be dropped off at the church on Friday. Bake sale items will be needed and volunteers to sort, price and help the day of the sale.
Players is offering Romeo and Juliet May 4-12 with
Castleton’s Cachell Cox as Juliet https:
will not be able to read this piece of creative writing
that our Catherine
White had in the Globe and
Mail without a laugh https:
children's time balloon to soccer ball demo of Mary
transform from weeping to preaching
Flight to Hope 2.0 There’s significant progress on bringing our two Syrian families to Canada! The Ghrir family will arrive May 10 in Cobourg, followed by the Kattan family in June. So now is a time when you can help prepare for their arrival. Web have now arranged housing which is wonderful for this mother, three teenage sons and a 10 year old daughter. There are specific household items that are needed. Contact Caryn MacDiarmid at 905-269-8411
to be a steward at General
Council this summer in
Here is your opportunity to be part of something huge! GC43 will be here in our own backyard. It’s easy to become part and make a difference for GC43. Learn more about GC43 by visiting the website https://generalcouncil43.ca
A message I sent to the Humboldt paper: There's been concern of what can be done to make that bus crash intersection safer. Traffic circles seem to be coming into greater usage around here, and I tend to think it would be ideal there to give everyone cause to slow down and to pause, with hopefully a significant memorial in the centre to remember
on The Mill at Piper Creek https:
of life for Rev Tim Hayward of Trenton http:
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A few quotes and snippets:
Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never forget anything that makes you smile. ~ Mark Twain
Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success is how you treat other people -your family, friends, co-workers, even strangers you meet along the way. Barbara Bush
At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, not having won one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent. Barbara Bush
For now we see in a glass darkly, but then we will see face to face; now I know in part; but then I shall be known even as I am also known. 1 Cor 13:12
What happens after death is so unspeakably glorious that our imaginations and our feelings do not suffice to form even an approximate conception of it. Karl Jung
Authority is a poor substitute for leadership. John L. Beckley
The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn't just mistaken. It is harmful. Bill Gates
I grow weary of Christians who on Sunday profess their love for the one who said, When you do it to the least of these you do it to me, but spend the rest of the week supporting politicians and political platforms that step on the least of these. Rev Mark Sandlin
Understanding different National cultural and religious Traditions is no longer a luxury. It is now a necessity and must become a priority. Karen Armstrong
if there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the Nations. If there is to be peace in the Nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between Neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart. Laozi
“The name Hitler does not offend a black South African because Hitler is not the worst thing a black South African can imagine. Every country thinks their history is the most important, and that’s especially true in the West. But if black South Africans could go back in time and kill one person, Cecil Rhodes would come up before Hitler. If people in the Congo could go back in time and kill one person, Belgium’s King Leopold would come way before Hitler. If Native Americans could go back in time and kill one person, it would probably be Christopher Columbus or Andrew Jackson. I often meet people in the west who insist that the Holocaust was the worst atrocity in human history, without question. Yes, it was horrific. But I often wonder, with African atrocities like in the Congo, how horrific were they?.... The thing Africans don't have that Jewish people do have is documentation. The Nazis kept meticulous records, took pictures, made films. That's really what it comes down to. Holocaust victims count because Hitler counted them. 6 million people killed. We can all look at that number and be rightly horrified. But when you look to the history of atrocities against Africans, there were no numbers, only guesses. It's harder to be horrified by guess. When Portugal and Belgium were plundering Angola and the Congo, they weren't counting black people they slaughtered. How many black people died harvesting rubber in the Congo? In the gold and diamond mines of the Transvaal? So in Europe and America, yes, Hitler is the greatest mad man in history. In Africa he's just another strong man from the history books. ― Trevor Noah
“People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.” ― Trevor Noah
Etiquette is not limited to knowing how to make a proper introduction or learning which knife or fork to use at a formal banquet. Courtesies reflect your basic values of honesty, fairness, caring, and accountability. Neil Eskelin
"Conservative Christians blame Hollywood and liberals and everyone but themselves. But they are the ones who brought vulgarity, adultery and a porn star into my family’s home." – Jacob Lupfer
one is going to stand up at your funeral and say, “she
had a really expensive couch and great shoes. Don’t make
your life about stuff
"It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love others. The more solitary I am, the more affection I have for them. It is pure affection, and filled with reverence for the solitude of others. Solitude and silence teach me to love others for what they are, not for what they say." ~ Thomas Merton
"We are leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden." Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
"Nothing we can do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love." Reinhold Niebuhr
"Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come into being." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
https://canolaeatwell.com/earth-as-an-apple/ for earth Day
For those who like poetry:
He was a
a Rebel! He changed water into wine,
He was a rebel, yes, a rebel!
He suggested that my foe Was somebody I should know,
Was somebody I should love, not overthrow.
He was a rebel, yes, a rebel
He said I would not be weak If I turned the other cheek
When somebody struck me, I would be unique.
He was a rebel, yes, a rebel!
He said you’re a good as me Though you’re from a strange country,
you’re red or white, or black or ebony
When his enemies had said: "We are safe now, he is dead."
He rebelled against his death and rose instead.
he saves us. That's how he frees us
7th Century Irish Poem
the day when
the weight deadens
when your eyes freeze behind the grey window
the canvas frays in the currach of thought
the nourishment of the earth be yours,
so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,
in ways you’ve never thought before.
that someone may bring a bear to your door,
someone knocks on the door, think that he’s about