Minister’s Desk

CARBONEAR PASTORAL CHARGE: THE MINISTER’S DESK

CARBONEAR PASTORAL CHARGE: BETHANY UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

A NEW YEAR NOTE FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK

Season’s Greetings to you Brethren
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and now would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
I would like to thank you for the support you offered to our ministry and our Church. Thank you for your finances, prayers, voluntary work and ministry of presence to the Church and to each other.
2021 is behind us, yet we still carry the tremors of its turbulences. We begin the year 2022 with challenges that continue to unsettle us but we are a resilient family, kept together by love and sustained by faith in God who can do all things through us.
As I write this note, I acknowledge the fear, uncertainty and anxiety we have due to the Omicron variant of the Covid-19, yet we are all a living testimony that these moments of life can be survived. After surviving many other deadly variants, a short while ago, I have the courage to my dear friends in Christ, that we can endure this period once again. We can make it, God being our Helper. May we maintain the vigilance and diligence that has taken us this far, staying connected in whatever way safe and possible; to be and remain the source of hope and a life-line to each other and our community. A phone call, a text, an email or any other way that can keep the communication line open will help alleviate the loneliness that comes with isolation.
As we look into the future, let us remain focused, determined and united in our course. I also want to appeal to you to consider our ministry, outreach and mutual care as a worthy cause in your 2022 budget. We also have a collective responsibility to offer perpetual care to the sacred places of rest where our loved are resting. (May Their Souls Rest in Peace). Those who have gone before us left us a legacy and a tradition that we should be proud to carry on. These and other obligations need your support.
I also want to appeal to you that you may consider with grace, the opportunity to take volunteer and leadership roles in our Church. Your skills, experience, passion and potential is all we have. You remain the best resource we have and shall depend on.
I wish you well in all the blessings and challenges you face. Please know that I am whispering a prayer for you and yours. Should you need to pour out what is in your heart, feel free to give me a call, and choose a place comfortable for you. I am willing to listen to you, be your sounding board and if I a word or two could help, I might offer but I can assure you of my support and prayers. May God keep you and bless you.
Peace, grace and love
Rev. Simba

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THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA, CARBONEAR PASTORAL CHARGE.  PASTORAL LETTERS FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK

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June 10, 2020

HAPPY 95TH ANNIVERSARY

In the middle of the pandemic, the United Church of Canada turns 95. CONGRATULATIONS! Let us celebrate this heritage, perpetuate the legacy and set a new and great precedence for generations to come.

Hebrews 1:1 (“In the past, God spoke in various ways, but now God speaks differently than before”); paraphrased.

While the systems, the structures and the environment have changed, God’s Mission and Purpose hasn’t. In my reflection this morning, I have been asking myself this question; “How can we as Bethany United Church, continue to be part of God’s Greater and Broader Mission today?” I extend the challenge to you as well. Let us take time to pray for direction, decide on what is best for God’s people and take appropriate Action. May we be agents of the good news of Christ, peace and love of God! May God help us to continue seeking justice and resisting evil! We might be facing challenges but do not forget, “We are not Alone.” God is with us. Thanks be to God!

Peace and love to you all!

Rev Simba

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March 27, 2020

Dear Bethany United Church Family.

SUBJECT: COVID-19 PASTORAL CHECK-IN 1

May the Peace of Christ be with you all!

Fellow friends in Christ, I write this letter as a concerned “Shepherd” of a flock that is scattered all over the place. I understand the magnitude of the wave that is sweeping across our Land and the evil consequences it brings to our doorsteps. The Covid-19 Pandemic comes with a lot more other challenges. The fear of sickness and death, the uncertainties we face, loss of income, loss of social connection and relationships, family hood and security. The effects of self-isolation and or quarantine may have devastating consequences in our lives and families. I want you to know that I am holding you in my prayers and want to assure you that we are not alone. Jesus said; “Lo, I will be with you to the end of the earth.” Matthew 28:20. The world may feel threatened, confused and hopeless, but we believe in God Almighty. We confess that; “God is with us… We are not alone. Thanks be to God.” You might be alone but never be lonely. Stay connected with God.

I know that this pandemic comes to us amidst a plethora of other family experiences and challenges. We always plan important events most of which have been disrupted. Our businesses, our jobs, planned events like weddings, graduations and many others. Cancelling or postponing all these have brought a cloud of sadness upon many of you. It is my hope that we will take these losses and disruptions as part of life to be endured. I also recognize the challenge of having to lose our loved ones in days like these. As your minister, I will do my best to give you the support you need. I continue to encourage families to hold on to your faith despite the pain we go through. There might be no usual family support and that of our friends, but remember, God is with us. Psalm 23:4a reminds us that “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me.” Therefore, do not be afraid. Find your comfort in the Lord.

I also write to remind you that in the darkest hour of our generation, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14a. I call upon all of you to be the light, to shine, to show others the way. The way of love, to give direction and be the living example the world would want to see. Let us face this monster together, with the tenacity never witnessed before. Bound together by love, let us stand bravely knowing that in life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

May we suffer together, endure together, heal together and overcome this together. Let us reach out to each other in whatever ways we can, those close by and those in far places. May we love and protect everyone by choosing to be responsible and observe the advice of professionals. May we hold all frontline workers, first responders and leaders in our prayers! Let us take good care

of ourselves, our families and friends in all manner that is necessary and appropriate. Stay connected with God and others. Stay safe, share love, promote peace and cherish family time.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit, keep you and sustain you in this season, give you hope and renew your faith; now and forever; amen!

My prayers for you shall remain.

Peace

Rev. Simba

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March 17, 2020

In keeping with the orders of Public Health Bethany United Church services as well as all scheduled events will be cancelled until further notice. Rev. Simba will continue to provide Pastoral Care. As well he will be providing a meditation on Sunday mornings. He will advise of times that these can be viewed.

Anyone needing Pastoral Care please contact the church office at 596-6754 or the Manse at 596-6137.

Even though our church services are cancelled we still have to continue with the work of the

church and your weekly contributions are still needed. Please continue to give by either dropping your envelop at the church office, by e-transfer to bethanyunitedchurch@yahoo.ca or contacting your bank and having it automatically deducted from your account. Office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9-1 and Thursday and Friday.

Thank you for helping us in these difficult times

As of today, March 17, 2020,  the Council Executive in conjunction with First Dawn Eastern Edge Region has decided to cancel all services and events in our Church until March 30th. Further decisions will be made at that time.
This includes our Take Out supper scheduled for March 28th.
The Church Office will remain open and contributions can be dropped off into the box provided. We still need your financial support to continue.