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August 9, 2020

Dear Friends:

The Garden of Eden. The Garden of Gethsemane. The gardens of RUC members. The garden of the Earth.

What does any of this have to do with our spiritual lives? Join us for online worship by YouTube to explore this with me as we complete our “In the Garden” series, including touring the gardens of the Zilinskis and the Bamforths.

Click here to be taken directly to the YouTube worship service, “In the Garden, Part 2.”

There is so much happening in the world to bring discouragement. If we are using the events of the world as our barometer for inner peace, we are in trouble in these difficult days. As the world spins with the explosion in Beirut, as anxiety threatens when we look at the economic and political situation of our neighbours, as relationships are strained by constant proximity, as jobs are in question, as children, parents, and teachers are uprooted from school routine, as our hearts hurt with the residents and families and staff at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre, as all of this pings around in us, if we are moving through these pandemic days holding the events of the surface world as our barometer for inner peace, we are likely in turmoil.

Our call as followers of Jesus is to be in the world but not of it. We are called to be fully engaged in these challenges, our own and those of others, responding as best we can with open hearts; and all the while, we are rooted in an inner call of love that knows no bounds, a love that cannot be broken by the events of the world.  Such love moves outward through our words, actions, lives.

These are balancing days. These are days the church is built for in its authentic identity as the community of Christ. Let’s re-build together. Authentically. From the inside out. Led by love.

  • In other news, this is the 40th Anniversary of Riverbend United Church. One of the ways we are honouring it is to create a 40th Anniversary booklet, to be distributed later in the year. Do you have a memory or story you could contribute? Please see details below.
  • In our prayers, we remember Gail and Ori Windjack as Ori continues healing from being struck by lightning on Monday on the golf course. He is grateful to be alive and without serious injury. And he must be a little electrostatic, because this is his second time to be struck. Golfers, beware!
  • I will be on holidays starting Tuesday, until September 1. I will still be available for pastoral emergencies through the church office. The online worship will continue with the leadership of Joel Fleck and David Faber. Please keep tuning in! And if you subscribe to the church’s YouTube channel, you’ll be notified when a new video is posted.

Have a blessed remainder of the summer, and see you in September,
Valerie

RUC 40th Anniversary Call for Submissions

Riverbend United Church celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. The planning team met in March and created a slate of fantastic events to occur the weekend of Oct. 23-24, including securing Rev. Bill Cantalon to come for a visit. Bill was a beloved minister here for 10+ years.

Though Co-Vid precludes some of the planned events, others can still occur in an adjusted manner.

For now, we invite all RUC members and friends to submit your memories for a 40th Anniversary booklet. Tell us about your connection with Riverbend United Church and what you remember most fondly. Here are some questions to prompt your writing:

1) Tell us about you or your family and how you have been connected with the church through the years.

2) What have you seen as the church’s challenges and highlights through the years?

3) What positive changes have you seen through the years?

Write up your submission in a page or two and send it to contactus@riverbendunited.org.
Put ANNIVERSARY in the subject line.
Please include any photos you have as well.

Submissions will be received through September 15.

Thank you for your help with this project!

The Anniversary Planning Team: Kay Quon, Patti Hunter, Georgianna McDavid, Tom Sawyer, Fran Cuyler, Dave Greenwood, Jackie Hunt, Valerie Oden, with the help of Bev Sawyer and Audrey Skinner.