July 31st, 2020 - Newsletter #19

 

Dear Comrades and Friends of the Hanover Corps,

 

Well everyone, we are almost at the end of my ministry here in Hanover.  August 9th will be my last official day and the time when I will give back to the Lord what He has given to me to care for during these past 9 years. There will be a time to say ‘Farewell’ to me, from 1:30pm to 4:15, in half hour time spaces, a chance for 10 people to come and visit. Then 15 minutes will be taken to wipe and sanitize the area that was used for the next time space of 10 people.  To make this safe for all, Sheri Maxted will be contacting you to see what time space would work best for you. If you have not heard from her by August 7th , then please call her at  [519-364-5252] to set up a time that would be good for you.  This should give a more intimate time to share, to say farewell, and to perhaps have a time of prayer at the end of the time space.  I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as I can on this day and during the days leading up to it.  J

 

I have been talking with Captains Mark and Wendy Crabb through emails this week.  They are hoping to arrive in Hanover on August 13th and begin their 14 days of quarantine until August 28th.  They will need to be isolated from everyone during this time.  They do have family bringing food for them and they have assured me there is no need for anyone to bring things to them during the quarantine. I do ask that you honor their wishes to make everyone safe and to keep the quarantine to 14 days.  They are looking forward to Hanover and are preparing their hearts to take on this ministry and to care and love you all.

 

Do to the fact there will be no one to process your tithes and offerings until the new Officer’s arrive, can you hold on to these until September? There are sufficient dollars in our operating account to cover all of the August expenses so not to worry about that.  Thank you for your support with this.

 

Do continue to pray for:

Ø Our Major’s – Alonzo, Lori, John, Elsie

Ø Sandra’s daughter Nicole is doing better, so keep up with the prayers

Ø Captain’s Mark and Wendy Crabb in preparation to come to Hanover

Ø Covid 19 -  4 cases in the Grey-Bruce area

Ø Continue to make contact with each other to encourage each other. This is a lonely time for some of our congregation and many are missing the fellowship of coming to worship on Sundays.

Ø Prayer about having your own ‘bubble’ church group somewhere, sometime.  This may be what the future will be for our congregation for the rest of 2020.  So would you be able to hold a ‘bubble’ time in your back yard for 5 people from our church? Make it a matter of prayer and lets’ see how the Lord will respond. J

 

Everything is moving along in our Family Services, ready to help each need that presents itself to us.  Do keep Jennifer, Elizabeth and Raoul in your prayers as they continue to work diligently to make the food banks in Hanover and Chesley safe for all involved. Do encourage your neighbors if they are in need to come and use these Food Banks, we have plenty!

 

Our Thrift Store is now into phase 3 and is working towards reopening at phase 5.  This means we are close to opening the store near the end of this month or early August.  Kathie continues into her sixth week of preparing the store for shoppers and is using her volunteers in the physical preparation of making the store safe and to allow for distance shopping. Product continues to be received with a 3-day quarantine on the product before it is sorted. Nothing is being sold at this point in time.

 

Do continue to check out our website for the recent sermon videos and the occasional musical video as well. Be safe. Keep your distance. Wash your hands.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Major Sterling

Hanover CO