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A Message from Rev. Maya Landell (June 19, 2020)

Dear Friends,

As I write this Friday message at 5:30 am, the sun is up and we are so close to the longest day of the year and the summer solstice. I pray that you will find moments to savour the gift of this day.

  • I am savouring
  • how the Giving Garden is growing and neighbours are walking by and pausing to notice
  • the sounds of construction growing our Hospitality Ministry and welcoming the German International School Toronto
  • volunteers and staff navigating safe and effective ways to do ministry
  • Church Council working hard to provide faithful and intentional governance for our congregation
  • Lorraine Fait and Paul Vallillee caring for the gardens and flowers of our grounds
  • Randee Marquez helping us communicate and updating the website so daily devotionals, messages, meditations and so much more are shared
  • Michelle Reece working with Youth Without Shelter on a giving drive (see below) and planning virtual Compassion Camp for our children in the summer
  • Leslee Armstrong updating our pastoral database and supporting the GIST transition team
  • James Aitchison pastorally leading on the journey towards anti-racism (stay tuned for more updates)
  • Jason Locke creating summer worship plans and leading the first virtual recording project, and
  • Islington United Church completing The Story and marking National Indigenous People’s Day on Sunday.

Making space to savour brings more awareness to Christ’s presence and peace, to our part in mending the world.

See you on Sunday for National Indigenous People’s Day, and at the Congregational Meeting by Zoom on Wednesday June 24 (six months before Christmas eve).

In Christ’s peace,
Rev. Maya