• Mother’s Day and Christian Family Sunday

    This weekend is Mother’s Day and Christian Family Sunday.  It is a time to pause and give thanks for all of the extraordinary blessings that we know through our mothers.  It is a time to not only recognize these blessings, but to share our love and appreciation with our mothers.  But what if we allowed this love to overflow so that it spilled far beyond our mothers?  Remember the song from the 1960’s – “love is something if you give it away, you’ll end up having more.”  That is the thing about love.  It is not a limited commodity that we need to hide away and protect.  Rather, when it is shared, it expands and grows.  It needs to be brought into the light of day in order for it to flourish and make a difference. It's just like a magic penny, hold it tight and you won't have any. Lend it, spend it, and you'll have so many they'll roll all over the floor.

     

    The United Church of Canada is extending an invitation to all of us to make this Mother’s Day more meaningful, inclusive, compassionate and hopeful by supporting families in need at home and around the world.  That is a pretty tall order, but it is possible… if we give love away so that it may expand in our world in ever widening circles.  (And in this time of pandemic, when our usual shopping for gifts is not possible, here is a ready-made solution, complete with e-cards to send to our mothers!) Here is the invitation:

    Are you a mother who wants to make a difference? Is there a mother or someone like a mother you want to honour? Do you know people who have lost mothers or mothers who have lost a child? Does anyone you know find Mother’s Day hard? Are there people in your life whose untraditional family unit deserves recognition and celebration?

    This Mother’s Day, Mission & Service is providing a special opportunity to not only help families in need but also reach out to honour and support our loved ones.

    Make a special Mission & Service gift this Mother’s Day/Christian Family Sunday. Your gift will help families in need at home and abroad, supporting things like prenatal and parenting classes, respite care for families with children, medical clinics for babies and mothers, safe shelter, and education for children.

    At the same time, when you make a gift online, you can do even more good by sending any number of free e-cards. The cards say things like “Mother’s Day can be so hard. I made a gift to support families in need as I thought about you today. I hope knowing you inspire me to make a difference is a comfort” and “The world needs all kinds of families! You are a blessing!” If you are giving offline, feel free to borrow the wording for print cards. Don’t forget to credit your congregation when you make a gift!

    “Mother’s Day is a time when we celebrate mothers. Which is awesome, but not for everyone. For some, the holiday can be a sad or challenging time. We want to do more good by helping families in need and make the holiday itself more inclusive and compassionate,” says Sarah Charters, Acting Director of Philanthropy.

    Charters is encouraging her family to make a gift instead of giving her the usual chocolate and flowers. And she’s honouring her mother by making a donation.

    “Imagine if the church came together to give life-changing gifts, pray, and provide pastoral care and encouragement at the same time,” she says. “What an amazing difference!”

    You can help make Mother’s Day more meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate. Make a gift and send a card today! Your support changes lives!

    Rev. Keith Hagerman



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