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Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 until May. 31, 2021
This Week at Fairlawn
Our building is closed, but we’re active online. Click here for this week’s Greetings! calendar.
Tuesday, March 2 Launch: Heads Up!
Fairlawn is launching an initiative to keep us better connected during the pandemic. You will receive a newsy email every second Tuesday, starting March 2. Find out what others are up to and share your own news. We know you are not on a cruise! But maybe you have a milestone birthday, new grandchild, or special hobby. Your photos, personal updates, feedback, and suggestions are all welcome. Email your news to .
Tuesdays until March 9: COMING TO: Affirmation, Resolution, Our Senses Study Series
The Rev. Jean Ward is offering the fourth of a five-week study to look past our first five or six decades and into how we might discover our own way into the purpose and wonder that awaits us. The series will be on Zoom Tuesdays, until March 9, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and you can sign up for any, or all, of the remaining sessions. Check here for more information, including the titles for optional reading that will inform the series. Please register here and email if you have any questions.
Wednesday, March 3: Mid-week Prayer
Join us on Zoom on Wednesdays, from 12:30 – 1 p.m., when the Rev. Douglas duCharme leads our weekly gathering to check in, share experiences, and offer our prayers.
Wednesdays until March 24: The Book of Longings Study Series
Join Amanda Hancox and the Rev. Douglas duCharme for a five-week discussion of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, The Book of Longings. It reframes Jesus’s story through the experience of a young woman named Ana and offers a respectful approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity. The series will be on Zoom Wednesdays through Lent – from February 24 to March 24 – from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Check here for more details about the story. Space is limited, so please register here. Everyone is welcome! Please contact if you have any questions.
Wednesday, March 3: Christian Meditation
Meet Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. If you have not participated before, but would like to, please email Patrick Sullivan, who moderates it, at p before the meeting to get the Zoom login. He can add you his email list to send the required login information.
Friday, March 5 – Women’s World Day of Prayer Service
St. Timothy’s is hosting the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) World Day of Prayer Service on Zoom on March 5, from 2 – 3 p.m. The country chosen for 2021 is Vanuatu, and the Christian women of this beautiful group of South Pacific Islands have written the service. If you would like to participate, please email for the Zoom login details. WICC empowers Christians to pursue justice, peace, and reconciliation, and funds social justice projects, mainly in Canada, but also worldwide.
Tuesday, March 9: Tuesday Lunch Crowd on Zoom
Gordon Pitts will share the story of how a shy kid from the woods of New Brunswick’s Miramichi Region rose to the top of the technology world – and his roller-coaster ride to overcome severe illness and corporate intrigue to fashion a second act. This is the basis of his latest book, Unicorn in the Woods. Check next week’s Greetings! for Zoom login details, then join us around 12:50 p.m.
Special Music Sunday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m.
It will feature audio excerpts from the 2017 Canadian premiere of Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest, performed by Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and chamber orchestra, and conducted by Eleanor Daley, Director of Music.
Sunday, April 4, Easter Breakfast Invitation
One of Fairlawn’s traditions has been Easter breakfast in the Assembly Hall before the Easter morning service. We’d like to invite you to join us on Zoom at 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning before the service. Our traditional breakfast has been hot cross buns, orange juice, marmalade or jam, and coloured hard-boiled eggs, which we’ll eat in front of our screens. Of course, the breakfast choice is up to you, but the egg (and white is a colour) is an important part of the tradition. We would really enjoy having breakfast with you, so we hope to see you there.
Sign Up for Lent Reflections
This Lent, the Rev. Emily Gordon from Leaside United Church will share daily Lenten emails, which will include prayers, poetry, art, reflections, and spiritual practices from a variety of sources to help us move through Lent this year. If you are interested in receiving these emails, please email Emily at .
Lenten Anti-Black Racism Book Challenge
As a follow-up to our Change from Within sessions, Fairlawn and the other North Toronto Cluster churches are challenging our congregations to read one (or more!) books about anti-Black racism, then spend an evening discussing the book with others. The books challenge racism and provide strategies for doing so in our lives. Each discussion will be led by a member from a different church in the cluster. To browse the book list, check the web page.
Connecting & Strengthening Fairlawn Relationships during the Pandemic! It’s Easy with Fairlawn Zoom!
Do you have a hobby that you would like to share with others who may be similarly minded? What about a topic that interests you? The idea is to organize an informal get-together with current and new Fairlawn friends to enjoy time together. The sky and your imagination are the limit. It could be a serious discussion about climate change and how to make a difference, sharing favorite recipes, or talking about your ancestors and favorite whisky. Click here for instructions and more information.
Into the Home Stretch – Getting Through the Pandemic
In the coming weeks, check here for tips, links, and events to support us as we near the finish line of this pandemic journey.
How are you doing? Connecting with others is a great way to nourish our spirits and stay mentally well during this strange pandemic time. Fairlawn wants to connect with you. Here are two ways:
There is light at the end of this tunnel and our journey will be easier when we make it together!
Roehampton Basket Drive. Thank you for your kind donations to the Roehampton Basket Drive! We raised enough funds to create 18 baskets! While the basket drive is ending for now, we look forward to collecting any other items once the church can once again receive drop-offs. Please keep an eye on Greetings to see when you can drop-off items. Thank you for sharing your love with our Roehampton neighbours!
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