Submitted by Brad Inglis
How time flies! We have the Victoria Day weekend under our belts, the black flies are literally in the wings waiting to pounce and I am happily back in the pulpit after being on sabbatical since January 1st. The boats are in the water and Peacock’s is open Sundays – all seems right with the world.
With these spring days, also comes the opening of the Thrift Shop. We are open Friday and Saturdays 1 to 4 pm right now and begin the six day a week schedule on June 10th. Already you will find some great treasures and cool, gently used clothing that is sure to spice up your summer wardrobe. We are gladly accepting donations on the days we are open from 1 to 4 pm. So, if you are clearing out your closet or spring cleaning around the house, keep us in mind and we will gladly help you to recycle. Just a reminder that we aren’t able to accept any large appliances, mattresses or large television sets.
If you are thinking that you would like to volunteer at the Thrift Shop, new comers are always welcome. We are hosting a brief training/information session at the church on Monday June 3rd at 11:30 am. This will be followed by lunch and you will be able to meet some of the other volunteers. No experience is required, just three hours a week of your time or be on our parachute list to help fill in when others can’t make a shift. For more information, please contact Bert Vancook at (519) 596-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday June 9th is the annual Ecumenical Church Service at the Community Centre. This is when all four churches in the community gather to worship together and also celebrate Chi-Cheemaun weekend. All are welcome to join us at 10:30 am. This year the Tobermory Legion will be joining us and following the service we will proceed to Dunk’s Bay cemetery for the annual Decoration Service there. The service at the cemetery begins at 12 pm and is a great opportunity to remember all of those saints who have gone on before us and reconnect with family and friends.
On Tuesday mornings at 11:15 am the Tobermory Needle Arts group meet at the church and anyone is welcome to join them. Bring your fabric arts (knitting, sewing, needle work etc.), have a cup of tea and a visit with other crafty folks.
After a great break, study time and some holiday adventures, I’m thrilled to be back to work and ready to serve. I keep office hours on Wednesday mornings from 9 am to 12 pm and happily see folks by appointment, just email or call the office at 519-596-2394. AND coffee with Brad has started again Friday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. This is just a drop in where folks can connect and visit and if you are lucky, find some treats.
This break for me was a wonderful opportunity for self-reflection and growth and reminded me how privileged I am to serve in this unique and amazing little community. I offer my thanks to the folks from Tobermory United who made room for me to escape my regular daily routine and encouraged me to do some self-exploration and recharge my batteries. It’s good for all of us to re-group at times and reflect on our path to ensure we are heading in the direction that is most life giving to us (yes, even if you are retired). In other words, I’m back like a bad smell.
Brad Inglis is the minister at Tobermory United Church. He can be reached at email@example.com