Life Around Tobermory United…From The Desk of The Lazy Theologian

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Submitted by Tobermory United Church

Well, it appears that we have hit the most wonderful time of the year once again. It comes whether we like it or not and for some it can be a challenge, missing loved ones or being overwhelmed with all of the activity. Don’t forget that we will host our annual Longest Night service on Friday December 21st at 7pm. This is a quiet reflective service where we can escape all of the hustle and bustle of the season and just be in the moment.

We want to thank the community for all of your support with two major projects that we have had this season. The first being the St. Nicholas Bazaar which was a huge success. Thank you to the vendors, the shoppers, the municipality, and the countless volunteer hours that went in to making it a great success. We still have some frozen homemade cherry and blueberry pies left at $12 a piece if you are interested – just stop by the church and pick some up.

Second, we would like to thank all of the creative crafters out there who made prayer shawls to meet our goal of having 42 for the residents at the Golden Dawn. We met our goal with a few to spare. These lovingly created prayer shawls will find a welcoming home during the winter months ahead. Thanks to support way beyond our little congregation, everyone at the Golden Dawn will be able to wrap themselves in a personalized shawl made just for them!

Please mark your calendar for the annual, free Community Dinner put on by the four local churches – Friday January 11th from 5 to 7 at the Tobermory Community Centre. Once again we will be serving up a beautiful, post Christmas, turkey dinner that is created with the whole community in mind. We like to call it To The Tub With Love as an appreciation for what we all do in our own way here in Tobermory. So please plan to join us!

Finally, just a note to let you know that the Lazy Theologian is going to become even lazier for the next few months. As I approach being in Tobermory for 8 years, the church has kindly granted to me a sabbatical for three month starting January 1st. The whole point of a sabbatical is to do some learning beyond your usual everyday routine, find some time for relaxation and just generally change your pace. So for January, February and March, I will be studying at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, working towards my masters of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. It is a great opportunity for me to grow professionally and at the same time change up my routine and rejuvenate so that I can return in the spring rested and ready to continue serving this community. Oh you will still see me around town, but I will just be laying a little lower than usual. I appreciate Tobermory United granting me this time to pursue some of my own goals and recharge my batteries.

On behalf of everyone at Tobermory United we would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and blessings for the coming year. Thank you for all of the support you offer us as a community of faith and please know it is our honour to serve this community.

Brad Inglis is the minister at Tobermory United Church. He can be reached at binglis2@me.com

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The Pastoral Care and Outreach committee of Tobermory United Church successfully met their goal of 42 prayer shawls by December 1st. The shawls are to provide a little cheer and comfort to the residents of Golden Dawn. A huge thank you to all who knitted and croched shawls as part of our prayer shawl ministry. Without the help of the many folks in our community and beyond who answered our call we could not have reached our goal.