I write this from a motel room in Hamilton. I flew in today for the funeral of my Uncle Karl on Wednesday. He was my mother’s brother, a steelworker, a family man, a soap box derby enthusiast, and an avid fisherman. It is in the last capacity that I remember him best, and he embodied the saying “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll sit in a boat all day drinking beer.”
If you laughed, and suddenly felt embarrassed, that’s okay, don’t be. That was my Uncle. I think we’ve developed all kinds of unspoken rules when it comes to funerals and death, and yet, part of the memories that we have are ones that make us laugh. Those times that I remember Uncle Karl, the fishing boat, and beer are some of my fondest from childhood (no, he didn’t give me any). I came to enjoy the rugged Canadian landscapes on those summer trips, by extension and in retrospect, I learned to appreciate God in creation. As Epiphany comes to a close, and as I help close the chapter on my uncle’s life, it is an appropriate beginning to our journey through Lent.
This week is a bit different, as I am presently on bereavement leave until I return hopefully later this week. Wendy Knudson is taking pulpit supply for this Sunday as we had originally planned the time off before my uncle’s death. For pastoral care coverage this week, please contact the church office in case of emergency.
Yours in Christ,
- The Taming of the Shrew, Mondays at 10am in the Conference Room.
- Sunday, March 6th: Annual General Meeting
o While the Board has not officially set a date yet, preparations are underway for our next annual congregational meeting. Wendy is now receiving written submissions for the 2015 Annual Report, which we would like in the office by February 10th.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls Seminar
o In cooperation with the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL), I will be offering a short course/seminar on the Dead Sea Scrolls. While the exact start date still needs to be confirmed, this course will run for approximately five weeks between May and early June.
- Congregational Membership Classes
o If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am hoping to run a membership class in the next few months. If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.
Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.
I am off on bereavement leave this week, and will resume my normal office hours next week.
Also note that the office will be closed on Monday, February 15th for the Family Day Holiday.