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(posted on 5 Jan 2020)

On the first Sunday of the year 2020 we welcomed our new minister Joan Kessler amongst our midst. Bob Thompson with the help of the search committee (Don Sawatzky, Sandy Bogardis, Norrie Cochrane, Penny Gambell, Karen Gibbons, and Spiro Vouladakis) lead the service including communion. 

In his reflection "20/20 Vision" Don Sawatzky reviewed the past year and expressed his hopes for the future.

“For  last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s word await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
~ T.S.Elliot

Don ended with a summarization of five things he believes we have learned to value in the past year:

  1. That we continue to emphasize the importance of Jesus as a model for living, and not an object of worship and that is a central component of our Christian message,
  2. That we value and practice reconciliation as opposed to making judgements.
  3. That inviting questions is more valuable than supplying answers.
  4. That to encourage the individual personal search is more important than group uniformity,
  5. That as we enter this church we continue to remember that “love lives here” 

read the entire reflection "20/20 Vision" by Don Sawatzky