November Musings - Rev. Rob Smith

Dear Communities of Faith in Thunder Bay,

November Musings from your Congregational Support Minister

1. Kairos Blanket Exercise: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Paul’s United Church, 9:30 am to noon. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson –

developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that

fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and nonindigenous

peoples. Please see poster.

2. Covenanting Service with Rob Smith and Pinegrove: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:30

pm. at Pinegrove United Church. Reception following. Guest minister: Rev. Marlene


3. Are you familiar with our Thunder Bay United Church Website? If you

are not, please check it out. I need to know whether we want to keep this website going. It

is an important tool to foster communication among our churches and to the larger

community about up and coming events. Jacomyn Gerbrandy has been maintaining this

website for us since its inception. The cost of the website was originally paid for by

Cambrian Presbytery. If we would like to have it continue, we then need to support it

ourselves. Jacomyn is prepared to continue as our webmaster. Her fee is $200 a year. The

cost for the domain name (tbayfaith) is $150. Total cost is $350. Divided between the

seven churches of Thunder Bay this equals $50.00 each. I would like you to speak to your

boards and let me know if you are interested in keeping this website going. If you could

then send us a cheque for $50.00 to cover your subscription for 2020 (January to

December). Please make cheques out to Trinity United Church and indicate “Tbayfaith” in

the memo section. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

4. Together We Can: Ten of us gathered on Saturday, October 19th to talk about the future of

the United Church in Thunder Bay. The conversation was very lively. We decided that we

want to meet again. Soon I will be sending out the minutes from that meeting and inviting

others to our next meeting. Stay tuned.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please let your board know about these events

and please join us when you can.

If you have any concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to connect with me.

Blessings on the journey,

Rob Smith

Minister for Congregational Support

1-833-236-0281 Ext. 5