July 31st, 2020.
Dear Knox Friends:
I hope you are all staying cool and enjoying nature on these hot summer days. We dare not complain… we know November is coming! Please find attached the August devotional for our congregation focused on the theme “A time to grow.” I hope these daily scripture readings provide both comfort and challenge to you, in these days when we are not able to meet together in person.
A few important notes about life at Knox this summer.
Worship – we will continue to worship online for the month of August. The session will be making a decision in the coming weeks about what worship and church life will look like come September. We know that things will not be back to normal for a while. Please pray for our elders as they contemplate feedback from some of the committees of the church, review guidelines from health and government officials, and consider the unique challenges of “being the church” in the midst of covid 19.
In the coming weeks, you are invited to continue to join in our online worship services. You can access the service by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFr1x3WemtLGkGCTkphvYw
The worship service is also available through our church website (www.knoxsthomas.ca). The audio of the service can also be accessed by calling 1-844-644-8711.
Prayer Requests – Please pray for the following people:
- Johanna VanWyk, who is in the midst of chemotherapy for breast cancer.
- Wanda Kapogines, who is in the midst of tests after a return of her cancer.
- Hugh and Carol Orchard, who are happily settled in their new “digs”, as Hugh continues to live with cancer.
- The families of Dean Kelley and Jack Powers – both of these men passed away in the last month.
- Several of our younger church members, who are dealing with mental health challenges, in the midst of tests for health issues, and recovering from procedures. For privacy reasons, I have not included names. God knows, however, the unique circumstances of all, and hears our prayers.
Coffee Times — We have had several in person, socially distanced outdoor coffee times over the summer. If you would like to see some familiar faces, please drop me a line, and I will connect you on the next day and location for our next “coffee” at Pinafore!
Operation Cover Up – Many thanks to the Sew It Seams group for their efforts sewing masks for our congregation and community. They have raised $3,970.40 so far for our church! If you would like to order masks, please contact Donna Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org. As many of you are aware, masks are now mandatory in indoor places in Elgin County.
Thank you – A big thank you to all who continue to support our church financially. These are unusual times, and your gifts ensure that our church can continue to be a place of light and hope, despite the fact that we are unable to worship together in person. Below are a few photos of “VBS in a Box” – our Christian Education Director, Meghan Brockington, creatively compiled these VBS kits and dropped them off for our families in lieu of our regular Vacation Bible School program.