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Issue #60 September 2005
Rev Andy wanted to share this story that he found on the Internet. The author’ name was not given.
Its message of love and compassion will move us all.
One Way to Perfection
In Brooklyn, New York, Shush is a school that caters to learning-disabled children. Some children remain in Shush for their entire school career while others can be mainstreamed into conventional schools. At a fund-raising dinner, the father of one Shush child delivered a speech that all who attended will never forget.
After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he cried out, “Where is the perfection in my son Shaya? God does everything with perfection. But my child cannot understand things as other children do. My child cannot remember facts and figures as other children do. Where is God's perfection?”
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The audience was shocked by the question, pained by the father's anguish, and stilled by the piercing
“I believe,” the father continued, “that when God brings a child like this into the world, the perfection that He seeks is in the way people respond to this child.” He then told the following story.
One afternoon Shaya and his father walked past a park, where some boys Shaya knew were playing baseball. Shaya asked, “Do you think they will let me play?”
The father approached one boy and asked if Shaya could play. The boy said, “We’re starting the eighth inning and we are losing by six runs. He can be on our team: we'll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning.”
Shaya smiled broadly. He was told to put on a glove and to play short center field. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shaya's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the bottom of the ninth they scored again. Now, with two outs, the bases were loaded and the potential winning run was on base. Shaya was scheduled to be up. Would the team actually let Shaya bat at this point and risk their chance to win?
Surprisingly, Shaya was given the bat. Everyone could see that Shaya didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, let alone hit with it. However as Shaya stepped up to the plate, the opposing pitcher moved forward a few steps to softly lob the ball
so that Shaya could at least make contact. The first pitch came in. Shaya swung clumsily and missed. One of Shaya's team-mates came up to him. Together they held the bat and faced the pitcher. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly. Shaya and his team-mate swung at the bat. Together they hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman and ended the game. Instead, the pitcher took and threw the ball on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first baseman.
Everyone started yelling, “Shaya, run to first! Run to first!”
Never in his life had Shaya run to first. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. By the time he reached first base, the right fielder who had the ball understood the pitcher's intentions; he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman's head.
Everyone yelled, “Run to second! Run to second!”
As Shaya reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base and shouted, “Run to third!” As Shaya rounded third, the boys from both teams ran behind him screaming, “Shaya, run home!” Shaya ran home and stepped on home plate. All 18 boys lifted him on their shoulders and made him the hero. He had just hit a "grand slam" and won the game for his team.
“That day,” said the father softly with tears rolling down his face, “those 18 boys reached their level of God's perfection.”
Submitted by Rev. Andy McKee
Your thoughts please…
An idea from Mac Fraser
Marion and I have been listening to the United Church program Spirit Connections, about health and wellness and their relationship to the Spirit of God. Our spirits, our minds have powerful control of our wellness. Can we do something to help improve the health and wellness of Wesley members?
(Would our Fellowship Club consider instigating a program? We have dinners, movies, games, and occasionally a guest speaker. All this is great, but we have never had a mission.)
We are a family congregation with many people 50 years of age and up. We have many health problems, serious health problems. We need help. Could we add to our medical presence by drawing from the power of God?
Spirit Connection interviewed many churches who have had great success in drawing on their church members and using many ways as well as God’s power. Our nerve centres transmit messages through our bodies, helping with recovery from diseases, operations, cancer treatments, etc. They prayed for the power of God with each other. They related how Jesus used this power to help those who came to Him. He said we can do the same, even more, much more. That kind of mission could help us all.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote, “Communicating positive faith filled principles that empower people to reach their maximum spiritual, health and personal potential.”
Your comments please…
Call Mac at 732-9305, or discuss this at coffee time after a Sunday service.
Special Events to Remember
Sunday, September 25th. Adult Fellowship Club, museum tour and Mess Hall dinner at CFB Petawawa
Sunday, Oct 2nd. Congregational Meeting following the worship service to vote on whether to rescind the request to Presbytery for an Intentional Interim Minister.
Sunday, October 2nd. Noon Farewell Luncheon for retiring church secretary, Gail Bucholtz.
Tuesday October 11th. WOW dinner meeting and WOW farewell to Gail at Danny’s Restaurant, Petawawa.
(Note: Nobody will be playing with the potatoes at that dinner.)
Saturday, October 22nd. Harvest Bazaar
Sunday, October 30th. Wesley Memorial Hymn Sing in celebration of 170 years of congregational life at 7:30 PM followed by refreshments and fellowship.
Saturday morning, November 5th. New-to-you sale in Fellowship Hall. Please contribute articles that are clean and in good repair.
Hymn Sing Committee is Humming
The music has been chosen. The service planned. Contact lists of members and former members have been checked and re-checked. Letters have gone out explaining how we can sponsor hymns at this event. (If you have not received your letter, call the office to ask about it.)
The October 30th celebration promises to be a wonderful evening. See you there!
Fare you well, Gail.
You’ll be missed.
Twenty-one years ago, Gail Bucholtz was ‘helping out’ at Wesley by filling in on a part-time basis for Wesley’s church secretary, Bernice Fraser. Gail’s four children, Connie, Chris, Stephanie and Sheri-Lea, were all in school –after Gail saw them off on the bus each morning. Gail was also working part-time at Marianhill as well as milking 100 cows each day. When the secretary’s job came available, Gail dropped the part-time work at Marianhill. She thought having just one part-time job (along with the parenting and farming) might be a bit of a break.
Now it is 21 years later. The four children are grown up with children of their own. Gail and her husband Stanley will soon be saying good-bye to the cows; and Wesley’s congregation will soon be getting used to seeing a new face and hearing a new voice in the office.
Where has the time gone? Over the years, Gail has worked with six ministers and one associate: Reverend Reid, Reverend Ronayne, Reverend Page, Associate Daniel Lynch, Reverend Roundell, Reverend Wayne Atkinson, and now Reverend Andy McKee as well as with licensed lay preachers Peter Rumohr and Marie Brydges. That list, of course, does not include all the guest preachers and speakers who have passed through Wesley over the years. However, Gail claims the biggest change in her job has been technological - with computers replacing type-writers and notebooks, and Power Point presentations supplementing the hymn books. Then there are the electronic databases, e-mail, the internet, and more!
Gail and Stanley are looking forward to their new home in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. There, in the region that Gail calls “Canada’s Florida”, farmers are cropping in February while the Ottawa Valley is still white with snow. Gail says she won’t miss all our snow. She’ll miss her friends though, but she will have family out there: Stan’s sister and brother-in-law are already B.C. residents. And Gail says she is looking forward to receiving visitors!
So, we will hope that we are not saying ‘good-bye’, but ‘see you later’; and thanks, Gail. You’ve done a great job!
Wesley’s Harvest Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Lunch Café
Sat, October 22, 2005
10:00 am—2:00 pm
Knitting needles are flying.
Treasures are coming out of cupboards.
Preserving kettles and jam pots are steaming.
Wesley’s congregation is getting ready for the Harvest Bazaar.
If you haven’t had time yet to get things ready, you still have lots of time. Please set aside items for these tables:
With your help, this table will be loaded with contributions of your jam, jelly, preserves, pickles, sauces, relishes, and more. Your baked cakes, pies, muffins, bread will also be needed.
Wesley’s bazaar has a well-deserved reputation for items that are well made, useful and attractive; and there is always a good variety. If you can contribute to this table, please label items re: size, type of yarn, and washing instructions.
Sewing and Crafts
Sewers and crafters will stock this popular table with a wide range of items: stuffed animals, nightwear, blankets, carry-bags. quilted or sewn runners, tablecloths, ceramics,
door decorations, folk art, table decorations and wall hangings, to mention just a few.
It’s the time of year for potting, cutting, dividing, etc. Start something now for this table. Dried materials also sell well.
Read a good book lately? Bring the favourite books that you have finished to the book table, and share the pleasure of reading with others. Children’s books are also welcome.
Please take a peek in your cupboards and see if you have a “like-new treasure” that you really don’t need anymore. This table has been very popular in recent years.
Items with a Winter or Christmas Theme in mint-condition sell well. Can you contribute ornaments, candles, figurines, decorative dishes, wall, door and table decorations? Many shoppers have begun to think ahead to the Christmas season.
Last year’s Sunday School table was very popular. The Sunday School’s Junior class is planning to outdo themselves this year.
Wondering how to help?
√ Contribute items for sale.
√ Help out on the 22nd.
√ Invite your friends, family, neighbours and others to come and shop!
Plan to meet at the lunch café and relax during a break from shopping.
At a special congregational meeting following the service on June 26th, Wesley’s congregation approved the purchase of the Patterson property, next door to the church on William Street. That purchase closed on September 8th and the property is now being changed into the parking area that the Stewards envisioned.
At the meeting the congregation approved making a request to the congregation for donations to cover this expense. Those donations can be put into regular offering envelopes marking them clearly “Parking Lot”.
The old buildings on the property are coming down. The property is changing before our eyes.
Tips on Volunteer Recruitment
This article is based on information from Literacy Plus, an organization that supports adult literacy learners. Its information, however, is useful for anyone who looks for volunteers. Some of it also applies to membership recruitment in general.
One of the most important tips on volunteer recruitment is DO NOT use an “anybody will do” approach. People want to make a difference; they don’t want to be merely a warm body.
Think about your organization and its important mission, and let potential volunteers know why YOU are a good choice for them. Make your message and approach personal: we need YOU.
Treat volunteering as an opportunity, not an obligation.
Sell it as:
· An opportunity to make a meaningful contribution.
· The chance to spend time with friends and to make new friends.
· The chance to work as part of a team.
· An opportunity to contribute to a cause (such as literacy, animal welfare, children, church, etc)
· The chance to get out and have a bit of fun
· An opportunity to learn new skills / share your skills with others
· An opportunity to give back to the community
Promote whatever you think both suits the position and will appeal to possible volunteers in your community.
Recruit people whose skills and interests match your needs. This will assist in both recruitment and retention of volunteers.
Be honest about the time and skill requirements. Don’t under-sell the time required or the skills needed just to fill the position. It is much better, not to mention fairer, to keep looking until you find the right match. Putting people into positions that they have neither the time nor the skills for will make everyone unhappy.
Try to recruit year-round rather than at the last minute. Because we are all so busy, often organizations recruit only at the last minute, as opposed to conducting recruitment on an ongoing basis. It can often happen that new volunteers are recruited in a mad flurry just before the AGM. It is much more effective to recruit year-round.
Recruit as widely as possible and use as many different techniques as
possible. A very important technique is direct and personal. Approach people and ask them to consider volunteering. Many people, when asked why they volunteered to do something, have answered, “Somebody asked me.” Don’t just go to the same tried and true sources. Also consider who is not represented or who is under-represented.
Finally, try to make a good first impression. A positive and welcoming environment will greatly assist with recruitment!
Consider these two messages. Which would appeal to you?
Similarly, consider restaurant advertising.
Would you want to eat in a restaurant that advertises
“Please eat here because we have all this food to sell.”
Of course you wouldn’t! You would probably choose a restaurant that advertises its delicious and reasonably priced food, the attentive service and great atmosphere. You would also be attracted if people you knew highly recommended the restaurant!
Many organizations, especially churches, recruit volunteers much as the restaurant ad mentioned above. They simply say, “We need volunteers”. Sometimes they say a bit about the positions, but they don’t talk about what the volunteers will do or how the experience can benefit the volunteer. In fact, often recruiters claim that telling people too much about the volunteer position would scare them off.
Remember that volunteers come to you because of something they want – not something you want.
In volunteer work, the benefits are often intangible and what volunteers want will vary:
· Some want the satisfaction of seeing a job well done.
· Some want to advance a cause or to support a mission.
· In churches and other service organizations, many volunteers want the opportunity to act their faith.
· Many volunteers want the sense of community that volunteering gives them.
A successful volunteer recruitment message will always answer these questions:
· “Why should I volunteer for this position? How will this volunteer position fit into my life?”
· What is the required time commitment? Do I have time to do this volunteer work?
· How will my volunteering benefit the organization and how will it benefit me?
· Do I have the required skills?
When potential volunteers find the right answers, the volunteers and the organization will be happily matched.
What are our young people doing?
Several articles in previous newsletters have looked at a few of our long-time members of the congregation. This time, we are going to look at a few of the young people and where their lives are taking them:
Naomi Fong graduated in the spring from Northern College with a pre
service firefighter’s certificate and the intention of going into a paramedic program in the fall.
Jessica Angus is starting grade 12, her final year at Fellowes. Meanwhile, Chantal Angus is starting grade 9 there.
Jonathon McKay is in his third and final year at Fleming College studying as a computer Programmer Analyst. Cameron Montgomery is at University of Ottawa, studying languages in her first year of an Arts program; while her brother Gordon is studying engineering at Carleton.
The congregation will be happy to learn that Cailin Gallagher finished her cancer treatments in the spring and spent the summer picking up strength. She is now finishing up her grade 12 credits at Fellowes.
Taryn Gallagher has started her final year in psychology at Carleton.
Ellen Torvi is studying International Business in her first year at Carleton.
Jennifer Gilmer is in 2nd year sociology at Carleton. Her sister Heather, after graduating in toxicology from the University of Guelph 4 years ago, is now working for Health Canada in Ottawa.
Catherine Gilmer, who studied nursing at Ottawa U. and Algonquin College, is now working at Miramichi Lodge and at the Pembroke Regional Hospital.
Many people want to serve God,
but only in an advisory capacity.