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FALL 2021
   Presbyterian Atlantic Youth Synod, better known as PAYS, met on the weekend of May 14–15. Normally facilitated in person, this year, due to COVID-19, an online event was planned. Despite not knowing what to ex- pect, it was important to facilitate a gathering that means so much to so many. We were not disappointed—over the two days, there were over 45 participants from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia! Our theme was “Half empty or half full: God will give you your fill!” Worship was praiseful, small groups brought great conversations, the guest speaker was inspirational and the games brought joy! God certainly was on the move! In times that have been so uncertain, and where pivoting is the norm, it was such a blessing to come together in fellowship, meet new friends and see others we hadn’t seen in a while. PAYS is looking forward to joining together again next year, in person (fingers crossed), or perhaps both in person and online. Thanks to everyone who was involved in the participation and support of this event, making it such a success!
Long-time congregant Cecil Cowan, at Tweedsmuir Memorial Presbyterian Church in Orangeville, Ont., celebrated his 100th birthday on August 15, 2021. Fellow Tweedsmuir members met him at his residence to regale him with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday. Pictured above, accompanied by Music Director Julia Breen on accordion, are (left to right) Cecil’s daughter Dianne Ryder, Suzanne and John Rayburn. In the second photo are (left to right) Judy Bryan, Jane Smith, Neil Overbeek, Edith Wilson, Julia, Dianne, Cecil, Suzanne, and John.
The “Bag Lunch” program at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Lindsay, Ont., experienced increased need over the summer. Normally offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, volunteers were giving out an average of 45 lunches each day of the week.
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