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HUGS FROM A DISTANCE PROJECT

Isolating isn't uncommon in the senior population.  Yes, many who are isolating now did have the freedom to come, go and socialize but they are still often forgotten and lonely living in forced isolation.  I am a hugging pastor for those who want hugs.  Seniors and particularly those who live alone crave healthy touch and they are the majority on a Sunday morning with their arms reaching out for that Pastor-Hug.  Those who live alone and are practicing social distancing through isolation are at low risk for contracting the covid-19 virus but they are at higher risk of experiencing emotional trauma due to lack of social interaction.  Let's be pro-active at preventing an epidemic of mental health issues for those who are isolating alone.  Under 60's crowd at Pine Grove, this is a chance for you to step-up-to-the-plate.  I have created a program I am calling -- "Hugs from a Distance".  I challenge children, youth and young adults to adopt someone who is isolating and care for them during this pandemic.  

How will you do this?  Once you signup on our website www.pgcc.ca/hugs, you will be assigned someone who is alone and isolating.  It will be your responsibility to connect with them via letters, phone calls, emails or facetime depending on their level of technical confidence and your preferences.  You will be provided all the information that you need.  Children can draw pictures, colour pictures or write notes.  You can be as creative as you wish without going inside their homes.  Let's not let one vulnerable isolated senior be forgotten.  

Romans 12:13 "Share with God's people who are in need"

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Sue Davies 2 months ago
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This is the perfect time for all of us to be "the church" and to show our love to others. This will be so important, especially now that people will not have the chance to come into our physical building. Let's be THE CHURCH and show the love of Jesus Christ through us!
Heather Cross 2 months ago
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We are so blessed at this time to know God. So many do not. It is difficult for us. I can only imagine the fear and anxiety for those without faith. Prayerfully, they will find their way to their Saviour in the days ahead and come to know our Awesome God who loves them.
Cassandra revelle 2 months ago
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Yesterday Pastor Dan introduced Hug from a Distance. We immediately asked for 3 members to connect with.This morning Matt and I introduced the Hug from a Distance to the kids and they were so excited. After listening to Alanna's conversation with her member it made me realize what an amazing program this is. The relationships that can come from this bad situation could be amazing for the young and old of our church. The lessons it will teach our children is amazing.I just wanted to share how excited our kids were and what a great thing hug from a distance could be. (we have 3 letters ready for the mail )

Pastor Dan

This is the first time that I have blogged.  I'm not certain of the etiquette but as we say often at Pine Grove - "no rules". I was in the grocery store on my way home from the church.  By habit, I took a cart and then realized that I only needed milk.  I put the cart back and took a basket to which a person standing nearby said, "You won't even need that.  There is nothing left". I said, "I see lots of food". I looked around the grocery store and saw an abundant supply of food.  Ok, some of the shelves were empty.  There was not much fresh meat but there were lots of hotdogs and ham.  I needed ketchup but there was no Heinz so I bought the store brand.  There was no 1% milk; I bought 2%.  I have everything I need and more.

Selfishness and greed can be the order of the day.  Let's not make it the order of our day. Let's be thankful for everything that we receive or don't receive.  Let's shine into the dark places.  I get the feeling that this pandemic may bring out the worst in many whose goal is to survive in comfort.  My goal is to survive.  It is a time for saying "thank you" to places like stores that are remaining open and to their employees who are putting themselves at risk.  Thank everyone you can to promote and encourage generosity.  Pine Grove, let your light shine before all people that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16)

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Sandra Kenny-Veech 2 months ago
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As some of you may know, I just returned from Cuba- but not "resort" Cuba... real Cuba. I stayed in a lovely rental casa, with a family that has come to be very dear to me. They, having access to tourist money are relatively well off. Many others of my friends are not as well off.I attended the local church, and passed many hours at the homes of my friends. I shopped locally, and to say our shelves here are "bare" is a pale statement in comparison to Cuba right now. No matter how much money you have there, you cannot buy toilet paper, toothpaste or even chicken. Other years have not been this bad, but some chaotic convergence of events has caused extreme shortages there this year. Canned goods such as sardines or tuna are on the shelves, but a cost of $2 there when the average monthly income means that only those with tips from the tourist industry can possibly afford them... There is basic food there. My rural friends have fruit from their trees, fresh fish and shrimp, garden veggies direct from the farm.... some true blessings that they don't take for granted. It had been a long time since they experienced abundance, and yet they worship with joy and share generously with me.Anyone saying our shelves are bare or worried about the lack of TP can rest assured that before long Canada will be back to our usual abundance of everything... So many have less than us.Be thankful.
Sue Davies 2 months ago
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My prayer is that we come together globally, that we reach out and help one another. Just like the ice storm of '98 brought people together, that developed community, that brought families closer together, that had people help out in whatever way they could - now is a great time to show people that we care. Let's think about how we can make a difference. Let's come together not only as a church but as a community, as a city, as a country and show the love of Jesus! It may bring one person to the Lord -a chance to know Jesus - and wouldn't that be a wonderful thing!

Pine Grove in Action

I am receiving calls from more & more people who every day are choosing to self-isolate.  Everyone in the church will be receiving an information package via Canada Post.  Unfortunately it will not arrive in your mailbox until next week.  

There will be a brief video posted on the church website each and every Sunday Morning during this period of shutdown.  

An interactive blog is being created on our website where we can all share happy stories or encouragement with each other.  We must encourage each other and keep our spirits high. It should be up soon.

The Board is meeting later this week to brainstorm opportunities to extend the love of Jesus to Pine Grove and its many communities represented at the church.  If you have an idea, email it to Pastor Dan.

If you are looking for a way to give your weekly offering there are three options.  1)  Send a cheque through Canada Post.  2) An online option had been previously scheduled to launch this week -- that's timely.  You will see a button on the HOME page (top right) called GIVE.  This is an app called tithe-ly. It is secure and can be installed as an app on your phone as well.  There is more than one Pine Grove Church so be sure to verify the address is "Seeley's Bay".  3) Set your offering aside and bring it when public worship services resume.

PG Brochure (there could be some typos!)

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Bishop's Letter of Hope

A directive has been received from Rev. Dr. Cliff Fletcher, Bishop of the Free Methodist Church in Canada to suspend services for three Sundays beginning this coming Sunday.     Read the Bishop's Letter.

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Taking Precautions

There will be no lunch tomorrow after church. We have a team of health care professionals evaluating the situation. Until they have given us their assessment and recommendations it is otherwise business as usual. Please wash your hands when you arrive at the church (either soap and warm water or sanitizer). If you prefer not to shake hands, wave and smile -- no one will be offended. It is important to take this seriously.

If for any reason you are self isolating, please let me know. I just want to know that you are safe. If you need anything from the outside world, I am happy to pick up and deliver.

In regard to this posting, please no opinions. We want to deal in facts with information that is current and accurate so that everyone can make informed decisions.

Ann and I love you all,

Pastor Dan

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Daniel Massey 2 months ago
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Do people have to have accounts to post to the blog?
Dave Lawrence 2 months ago
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Yes people can signup here https://pgcc.ca/blog-signup and gain access to be able to comment on posts.