Submitted by Brad Inglis
Well I have plucked my last chicken for another year and I am happy to report that the Chicken Barbecue was once again a great success. This couldn’t happen at all if it weren’t for the amazing volunteers, the use of the Community Centre, generous donations from community businesses and friends and of course the dedicated customers who line up for their meals. The Municipality of Northern Bruce was kind enough to open the ball diamond for additional parking and as usual we are fortunate to have the use of the Community Centre which makes it easy for visitors from out of town to find us.
The Civic Holiday Weekend once again proves that Tobermory is still a key destination for out of town guests, including family and friends of those who live here. At times, it can feel like you are taking your life in your hands to arrive here safely, but once you are here, it is always worth it. The clear cool waters, trails for every level of hiker and the fresh lake breezes make it all worthwhile. The sound of the Chi Cheemaun echoes throughout the village, reminding us that there are worlds beyond the tip of the Bruce, just a short ferry ride away.
There is still time to catch the Wedding Dress display at the Museum and on Saturday August 17th, there will be refreshments served from 1pm to 3pm as the display comes to a close. The Spinners and Weavers and Wood Carvers will be at the museum on Wednesday August 21st in the afternoon for demonstrations. Displays are constantly being updated to ensure a great experience every time you visit the museum.
Coming up around the church is our annual summer Communion Service on Sunday August 18th and on Sunday August 25th we will be blessing the animals at an outdoor service on the labyrinth behind the church. Everyone (including visitors) in the community are invited to participate in these services of thanksgiving. Bring your pet and have them blessed as we celebrate those furry souls who add to our lives and remember the ones who live on in us forever. Our service begins at 10:30 Sunday mornings but coffee, tea and lemonade is always ready for 10am so you can catch up with friends and meet new ones before church. For as much as worship is a meaningful time to quiet ourselves and reflect in the midst of our busy lives, relationship building, sharing ideas and laughter, are essential to feeding our souls. Tobermory United remains a welcoming community of faith where all are welcome to come just as they are. No one keeps track of how often you come and it’s a great place to explore or re-explore your faith and what it means in the context of 2019.
On Saturday August 24th is your chance to come and visit the actual habitat of me, the Lazy Theologian, at our Annual Parsonage Garden Party from 1pm to 4pm. You can wander among the flowers that are still blooming (there will be few), pick bouquets of weeds to take home and see what I do in my spare time. The best part is that we serve freshly baked tea biscuits with a great selection of homemade jams and real whip cream. Admission is five dollars and funds we raise go towards the upkeep of the church. It is a fun event, rain or shine and fancy sun hats are optional.
Brad Inglis is the minister at Tobermory United Church. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org