Has anyone been watching the Blue Jays this summer? I have to admit after 60 years of being a Tigers fan I have found
myself rooting for the Blue Jays. In fact, I don’t even know the players on the Tigers anymore! I never thought I would
change teams but here’s the thing, living in Windsor we rarely see Tigers baseball televised and because I never see
them, I have been, or felt, left out. I started watching the Blue Jays quite intently a year or so ago (almost every night a
game is on tv). I loved the “feel” of the team, they were so up and joyful. They seemed to really enjoy one another’s
company; they were like a family. This year they split up the team a bit and some new members came in and quickly
became fan favourites.
So why am I talking baseball in the church newsletter? Well, it is a parable that we can understand and compare to our
church life. You see, we have had such a wonderful team here at our church over the years. Some people are huge fans,
some have come in from other places to join us and have found a place on the team. Some left, either by trade (they
found a new church home or moved) others we have lost through death or life circumstance. Any way we look at it, we
are part of a team! Jesus is our manager, God our owner and we are coming up to the World Series!
What is the World Series of Churches? Well, that is answered by your response to us. Have we fulfilled your needs
through this past year? Have you felt a deeper connection to God and to the rest of the team through this past season?
Are you in the game with us or sitting on the bench?
You see, we need the whole team to participate if we are going to win the World Series. We need everyone’s support and
participation to let the community know we are a team worth supporting and being a part of. We need every position to
be filled with good defense and we need an offense that can deliver that home run when we need it most.
What I am really trying to say is, if you have not come back physically to the church since Covid, we miss you and hope
you physically come back! If you are unable to attend, are you able to see us online or keep a connection through other
family and friends? We want to be sure all who want a connection to us have some way of doing that. Please let us know
if we can help with that.
It's the 7th inning stretch, and the band is playing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, won’t you join us and sing along…buy me
some peanuts and cracker jack, I don’t care if I never get back! And its root, root, root for the home team if they don’t
win it’s a shame. For it’s 1,2,3 strikes you’re out, at the old ball game!
You sang that didn’t you!
WE ARE AN AFFIRMING CHURCH
ALL ARE WELCOME
Affirm United Ensemble is an organization of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within The United Church of Canada. Affirm United works to promote the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the church and in society. The Affirming Ministries Program was launched by Affirm United and Friends of Affirm in the summer of 1992 (at that time, it was called “Affirming Congregations”). Each United Church organization that is an Affirming Ministry declares itself to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities—and they back up their words with action.