The Rolly Report
There's vitality in the air. The trees are a fresh green, folks are busy planting gardens, the birds are everywhere to be seen and heard, and very shortly, our young folks will be enjoying some summer leisure time.
It's that time when the great outdoors beckons us to venture out, spend time with family, slow down and smell the roses.
The church too needs to re-energize and slow down, thus, a well deserved break for our Sunday school teachers, and no more meetings till fall. A time to simply be. In some ways this can be seen as a long term Sabbath.
That said there are a number of budding ideas germinating for some fall and winter projects. It's my hope that we will have a “Labyrinth Workshop” at the Echo Bay and Bar River churches this fall. There will also be an area wide workshop offered in the Sault entitled, “Focus on the Gay Family”. In February both Echo Bay and Bar River will be having the “Young Adults Quartet” leading us in worship.
As for the present, it is a time to take in the wonders of creation, a time to share some fellowship with friends and family. My own holidays are coming up at the end of June. Keith and I are not venturing very far this summer, as both Janice and Leslie, along with the grand kids, will be nearby for the summer. We will take in being grandparents with enthusiasm.
May your summer bring rest, relaxation and a fresh new outlook on life.
“For God has provided you with every blessing in abundance” 2Corinthians 9:8
OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
This spring we are doing the Crocodile Dock, a fun time with Bible stories, crafts and short videos. The nursery has been wonderfully transformed into a bayou - if you have not seen it, it is worth a peek. We have wrapped up the year with a picnic on June 28th with games and food outside the church.
In July, our teen class is going to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto . We appreciate their enthusiasm and commitment and it's a much deserved time for them.
Are You on PAR?
Although wintertime is when the heating bills soar, church financial concerns often peak in the summer, when people are away on holidays and the bottom seems to drop out of the collection plate. Through pre-authorized remittance (PAR) you can arrange to have an amount with which you are comfortable automatically withdrawn from your bank account, so your support continues even when you are unable to attend church. When you are in church you simply put a reusable “PAR card” on the plate. Having a few more families on PAR would really help our church make ends meet, and simplify bookkeeping as well. If you are interested in PAR, please contact Susan Martineau at 248-2970
Time for a break…
Rolly will be on holidays from June 22 to July 6, and again from July 20 to August 3. Sunday services will continue, with excellent guest speakers!
Be sure to stop by the UCW pie booth at Echo Bay Extravaganza, featuring the Kountry Kings. July 12, 2 pm – 8 pm at the new Milligan Pavilion
UCW will resume in September. Meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of each month, for details call 248-1834. New Members Welcome!
…and on the international scene… Mike Dinelle's daughter, Michelle, was on her honeymoon in Cuba when she saw Ruby Vaughan and her nativity scenes on a news broadcast!!
Summer time is here already. Our general account started out with a very rocky beginning. So far we are keeping up with our commitments thanks to your attention to this matter. Our PAR Program is seeing 3 new members as well as increase in the existing ones. Please keeping mind that Church expenses continue to go up and never take a summer vacation.
Thank you for your continued support.
COMPUTERS FOR SENIORS
Echo Bay United Church was the site for a unique program this spring where seventy seniors were trained in the use of personal computers. The church partnered with the township which gave out forty computers to participants, and provided everyone with ten hours of training.
Jean Robbins helped organize the courses; Fred Bright and Rolly were the instructors, with the assistance of Vivian Hall, Carly Bright and others. Many positive comments were heard around the community and an application has been submitted with the hope of providing a similar course next spring.