Thursday Conversation – Oct 21 at 9:00 am
Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7538449219
What’s your route?
This is the time of year when Winnipeggers are tempted to play a game of ‘Name 10 city streets that are NOT under construction!’
We suspect many around the world could play the same game about their local roads.
In Winnipeg, significantly fluctuating seasonal temperatures combined with heavy traffic usage mean transportation infrastructures require regular upkeep.
Online traffic Apps make it possible to check the condition of most routes before setting out. Depending on one’s destination, you may be able to zig and zag and never see any orange pylons or signs.
But sometimes, you just discover barriers as you drive, you adjust your route as you go, you drive in the only lane that is open, you might even improvise a route.
Basically, it’s a lot like being church during a pandemic. Our familiar ways of worshipping, gathering, meeting, being present throughout the community – were no longer available.
We were suddenly rerouted into online worship and Sunday School and Messy Church, into ZOOM meetings and ZOOM Book Group studies and ZOOM check-ins. The telephone, texts and emails became the primary paths of pastoral care and visiting.
We were discovering as we went along, adjusting our practices, being church in the midst of pandemic potholes and cracks.
And we are still here! We are still the church. As we gradually regather for in-person gatherings, we do so with a new appreciation for our ability to adapt and to enter into different ways of being church, offering ministry, and caring for each other and the community.
Let us trust that, as the New Creed says, “God has created and is creating.”
Let us travel on in faith, following God’s zig zagging road of faith-filled living.
Part of our ‘travelling on’ is the return to in-person worship at 10 a.m. Sundays. You must show Government proof of full vaccination or Government proof that you cannot receive a COVID-vaccination or be under 12 years of age. Masks are required to be worn in the building.
This past Saturday many ‘travelled on’ finding their way to the back of the church to deliver scrap metal! Thank you so much! The reports from the Building and Property team on the Annual Scrap Metal Drive are all positive and they really were glad to see so many! We will let you know the financial tally as soon as we know – and feel free to start saving for next year!
And, as we come back to in-person funerals, we need some help. Can you be part of the funeral kitchen team – or a set-up the hall team? If you can help, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
As we continue to maneuver through the roadblocks of COVID, we continue TMUC’s weekly ZOOM check-in and chats.
We invite you to join us tomorrow morning (Thursday) from 9 to 10 a.m.
TMUC’s ZOOM link:
Meeting ID: 753 844 9219
We keep you in our prayers,
Carol and Jeff