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Tricia's Thoughts...

November 7, 2021

November 7, 2021

When I picture a tree with flowers, I think of this tree from the Lord of the Rings movies. It starts off bare and, by the end, is covered in flowers.

I talked about in the service about a tree that grows a flower when someone does something nice for someone else. It is the idea that we can create a more beautiful world by doing service to others. And that people can see how that service can affect everyone.

Now, it is not always easy to see how the things we do impact others. Wouldn't it be nice to

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October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021

Hallowed, Hallow's Eve, Halloween.

We say the word "hallowed" in the Lord's Prayer but do we stop to think what it means? And how it is related to October 31st?

Hallowed is revered, holy, or saintly. It calls into view things that we hold dear and evokes a time when these things can feel closer to us.

We talked about the "thin" places in our lives when we are close to that which is hallowed. These places can pull us out of our own world into another.

I like to think that music and books can also create these thin

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October 24, 2021

October 24, 2021

We talked today about giving abundantly. This is not something that we can easily understand.

Maybe if think more about sharing what we have. Or maybe if we think about showing the love that Jesus taught us. Or maybe if we think about just doing good.

Giving doesn't always mean money. It can mean talents, it can mean time, it can mean anything that we have to share with others.

When I read through what I was talking about, one thought kept popping in my head: magin penny. I remember when I was little and learning this song. It was

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October 17, 2021

October 17, 2021

Moments of gratitude.

I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. I know that many people are in the same situation. This past year and a half has made us all realize that it is very easy to feel a lot.

It is hard to feel connected with people when I have to communicate over a screen with friends and family. I have had to make some hard decisions and am moving towards a better place.

I am grateful for the small moments when my cat, Mason, makes me smile. He wakes me up in the morning and greets me at the

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October 10, 2021

October 10, 2021

The move from Thanksgiving to Thanks-living.

It should not just be a day, it should be a lifestyle.

Moving from just giving to living.

We are not happy because we say thanks, we say thanks because we are happy.

I hope that you had a moment to say and give thanks this past week.

Now, find those small things that make you smile and say thanks.

Keep smiling. Keep living.

 

Peace and love,

Michelle

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October 3, 2021

October 3, 2021

This was World Communion Sunday.

It felt strange to celebrate communion again. It was not easy. We had to adapt and change how we did things. It was made even more difficult because we could not all be together as a community.

This is not something new but it is something we have to continue to deal with. I hope that you were able to find a moment to take some food and some drink and think about all those around the world who are also celebrating.

No matter when it happens, no matter how it happens, no matter where

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September 26, 2021

September 26, 2021

We talked about Esther and Purim today in church. I have always like the story of Esther and we have made Hamantaschen in Sunday School before.

Esther was pretty brave to stand up to the king. I know I get scared when I have to talk in front of people…what scares you and how do you overcome it? Sometimes we talk about Esther as a superhero, like we did today. She didn't have magic powers but she used the powers she did have.

We can all be superheroes. Maybe we can't fly or shoot lasers from our eyes, but we

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September 19, 2021

September 19, 2021

Welcome back to church! I know that children and youth are in a difficult situation and we are not able to be together in person right now.

I hope that you were able to listen to the blessing of the tags. We are all feeling so many emotions about trying to find what this world is going to be and it can be very scary. Let yourself feel those feelings. They are valid and important. We are all scared too. Just remember that we are not alone.

Those words are repeated multiple times in the new creed of the United

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September 12, 2021

September 12, 2021

Words, the power of words, the power we give to words....

I remember when I started to see how many words there were in the world. They are everywhere! And some words can feel more powerful than others. Right now I can think of pandemic, quarantine, etc. Before this past year, I only read the word quarantine in books and attrributed pandemic to the past.

If you watched the service from the 12th, I used a book to talk about words (I am a bibliophile). This is probably one of my favourite books. When we read a book that has

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September 5, 2021

September 5, 2021

It's labour day long weekend and some of us want to try to squeeze out one more camping trip. Others might be heading to a game on Sunday....

Kids are also going back to school, most this past week. It has been a crazy few years for our kids. In, then out, then in, then out...it wa shard to keep track of what was happening day to day.

It is going to be scary for some people. Some people are not comfortable with the situation. Others are uncertain but glad to have the social aspect of school again.

Because, yes,

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August 29, 2021

August 29, 2021

It was my birthday on August 28. The summer doesn't end until my birthday, at least for me. There is still time to hang out easily with people, especially outside! It is still August. And it is time for me to make plans for the coming year. Even though I don't go to school anymore, it still feels like my year begins now.

I can make plans but I know that I might not be able to do everything I want. I was looking through papers and found my plan for 2019-2020. I only got a couple of things done.

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August 22, 2021

August 22, 2021

Most of us have heard of Greta Thunberg. She has made an impact on the world, even though she is still a child.

It can be hard to imagine who one person can affect change in the world. It has happened and it will continue to happen. It is up to us to listen and take action.

It is taking us out of our own small world to understand that every action we take can affect the whole world. They can be small or big. It is up to us to make a choice to change.

It can be overwhelming.

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August 15, 2021

August 15, 2021

I had the chance this week to go on a trip. The first big trip in a year. I drove up to Saskatoon to visit my brother (where he lives) and my parents (who had come from Victoria). Somewhere I really wanted to go, even though the weather was not great, was Wanuskewin.

We had visited before and it was somewhere that I needed to see again. It is a place of learning and healing.

In 2017, they welcomed a herd of buffalo back to the area. I watched a short video of the celebration. It was winter and dark,

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August 8, 2021

August 8, 2021

I have been posting activities or links to events and books, but for the next few, I just wanted to talk. Well, as much as a blog is talking to people, from a distance.

We have all seen a rock. Maybe just a pebble, something stuck in our shoe. These can be shiny or dull, pointed or round. Rocks are everywhere, enough so that we even have a province whose nickname is "The Rock" (and I think it was even before a person took that name too...).

I was thinking of a book, and forgive me but I cannot remember

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August 1, 2021

August 1, 2021

I cannot believe that it is August already! This summer has just flown by. I don't have a specific activity to do but I wanted to post a link to a great site which gives you multiple options to do in Regina each week. I have linked the page for the Long Weekend, but feel free to use it again for your other weeks.

I miss seeing your faces and enjoying the wonderful energy that each person brings to the group. I really hope that we can get together soon! Maybe we will bump into each other at one of

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July 25, 2021

July 25, 2021

This past Friday were the opening ceremonies to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. These games were delayed due to the world pause but now we are taking the time to celebrate the power of sport.

I listened to the speeches during the ceremonies and one line made me stop. It was about updated the Olympic motto. It used to be "Faster, Higher, Stronger." It came from a ceremony before the modern olympiad in the 1880s and it was also in latin. During the speeches, the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, spoke about the power of sport that

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July 11, 2021

July 11, 2021

I was thinking about stress and being confused or angry or frustrated when things don't go the way we want. Rarely does life go the way we want and more often, we are faced with something unexpected.

It is important to learn methods and activities to deal with that stress so we don't become overwhelmed and hurt ourselves or someone else.

I was looking for some simple activities for kids to do to help them relax and focus their energy on something else. I stumbled on Big Life Journal and a few ideas that they had.

First off is called

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July 4, 2021

July 4, 2021

I love talking about food and it was fun learning about different food in church today.

The act of breaking bread is something that we enjoy as humans. We come together over a meal to celebrate, to remember, or just to eat food. I wanted to find something that kids could make with their parents.

I live with just my cat and these cookies reminded me of his "toe beans" (the soft pads under their feet). And so I thought this could be something fun to celebrate my roommate, Mason the kitty. But you can make it for your own

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June 27, 2021

June 27, 2021

Another week of reflecting on relationships with our Indigeneous neighbours and another week of learning.

In church today, Tricia talked about the two apologies made by the United Church of Canada. It can be hard to reconcile the past with our current beliefs. But this happened and now we can, and must, do better to heal on the road to reconcilliation.

I was thinking about camping today, and being removed from our regular, comfortable life. It is not the same but it gives us something to think about. One part that I remember enjoying as a child on camping trips

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