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The Circuit Rider   
The Weekly Newsletter
of the
Ruthven Pastoral Charge
Issue 43,
February 14, 2021
Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration Sunday

Mark 9. 2 -9

We end the Season of Epiphany with the Transfiguration of Christ and on Wednesday begins Lent. Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday. During Lent Christians may fast, or give up some of their usual routine, to give time to personal examination and to reflect on their relationship with God.

The Gospel this Sunday tells the Transfiguration story which proclaims the identity of Jesus as the Christ: in the presence of Moses and Elijah we see Jesus as the one who fulfils the law and the prophets. We also come to see the Christ’s identity as more than that which was expected, as one whose reign is beyond, as well as within, His followers’ everyday experience - the ‘Ancient One’ of Daniel 7:9. The Messiah is not only sent by God, as 1st Century Jews would have expected, but fully of God in a radical way. So, from the cloud, a voice speaks, identifies Jesus as ‘my Son’, and tells Jesus’ followers to listen to Him.

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Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!" Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

Peace and Joy,
James Wetzstein, creator Agnus Day

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Ruthven Pastoral Charge
Prayer List

Sunday, February 14th 2021

For prayers to be added, please contact Rev. Olav Kitchen
call/text 519-566-7626 or email

Please include the following in your prayers this week:

Prayers for those battling the corona virus and for those who have died.

Prayers for all Health Care.

Those battling Cancer:

Murray V, Doug H (Mary M's brother), Brian S (Glen & Sylvia's son), Ross A., Julia K's grandson Kevin who is needing chemo, Brenda B who has once battled cancer and now is battling it again, Melbourne T.

Prayers for Normalie V

Prayers continue for Zoe (granddaughter of Donna & Fred ).

Prayers for Barb K's cousin John who is undergoing tests and treatment.

from the World Council of Churches we pray for
Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland.

from the Antler River Watershed Region: Woodslee Pastoral Charge: Belle River & Woodslee United Churches, Lakeshore.

Our area, this week, Epworth United Church.

Prayer Request, from Sandie:

One of our first families that we resettled in Leamington was a Karen family from Myanmar. They came to us from a refugee camp in Thailand. This family has been a huge support to us as we settled several other Karen families in Leamington. The father, Richard, has interpreted for us and the Karen community meet every Sunday afternoon at Knox Presbyterian Church to hold worship services. The young Karen women have formed a singing group who have performed at many local events.

A tragedy occurred last Wednesday evening as 5 Karen were returning from work. Their car collided with a transport truck and 2 people, a man Pah Gae, and a woman, Paw Day, were killed. Pah Gae came to Leamington from out west and Paw Day previously resided in Thunder Bay. We have had several new families come to Leamington because of the Karen community and the opportunity for work in the green houses.

The 3 other passengers had severe injuries and will be recovering for a long time. Two of the occupants of the car were daughters of Richard, the father of our first family. The wife of Pah Gae was also injured and remains in hospital.

The Reid Funeral home handled both funerals and their services can be watched on the funeral home website.

I am asking for prayers for the families of the deceased. Each of the 2 families have 3 surviving children. Prayers for the BaThain daughters and their families would also be appreciated. This is going to be a long recovery for the families involved.

LAERC has set up a Karen donation fund to help the families with many unexpected expenses. A tax receipt will be issued for any donations that are received. Just make your cheque out to Knox Presbyterian Church and note "LAERC Karen Fund".

Thank you and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Sandie H 519.733.3788

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Celebrations and Joyous News

Feb. 15th Jose S & Andre D
Feb 16 Kassy B C
Feb 17 Pat M
Feb 19 Ida S C
Feb 20 Ashley W

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This Week :

Saturday, February 13, 2021
7pm via Zoom (use Sunday link)

Valentine Concert

Provided by the Jones
(Paul and Brenda)

Come and enjoy an
evening of music!

Today - Sunday February 14th - Worship: 10 am via Zoom
All are welcome
Call Olav for your invitation

Wednesday Feb 17 - Ash Wednesday Service 7p.m.,
a brief service marking the beginning of Lent.
Same link as Sunday.

Next Week

Thurs Feb 25 – Trinity UCW meet via zoom at 1pm.

Annual Meetings: Sunday Afternoon February 21st 2021 via Zoom.
1:00 pm Olinda-Ruthven; 3:00 pm Trinity
Please email the office if you would like to receive an Annual Report.
If you would like a hard copy please contact the office 519.326.3138.

Olinda-Ruthven - 2021 donation envelopes are in the office for pick up.
If unable to get yours at this time, you may place your cheque or cash
donation in a regular envelope. As always, PAR and Interac e-transfer
are other options you can consider.
Thank-you. David Clifford

Trinity ¬ Envelope are at the Church or you may contact Marie 519.738.2169 for options.

Circuit Rider ¬ If you know of anyone who would like to receive the Circuit Rider
by mail or email, please contact the office.

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FOR All ANNOUNCEMENTS, including some community announcements
please check our Web site Index and look under Announcements.

DO YOU HAVE an Announcement or some Good News to share:
You are welcome to submit it for the weekly Circuit Rider.
Also, jokes, pictures, sayings are most welcome. To Submit an item please contact Brenda Miller, the Pastoral Charge Administrator at the office (519.326.3138) or email to the office by Wednesday Noon.

Pastoral Charge Office hours are normally 9am - noon, Monday to Friday.

Prayer Requests

Please submit prayer requests to Olav at or call/text at 519-566-7626.

We respect the privacy of all individuals of those submitting a prayer request and for those who are prayed for. Privacy laws do not permit the full name of an individual to be disclosed in print or in a worship service unless they or a family member have given permission. Please be assured that all submitted prayer requests are brought to the Lord in Christ´s name.

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People to assist with our zoom worship services. Music people-- sing, play instruments, young, old, do it from home, or recorded to join our online musical team of Paul and Brenda Jones. Liturgists, a fancy word for people to help with reading Scripture and leading in prayers. Again, young, old, from home, could even be recorded.

Ruthven Pastoral Charge Contact Information:

Minister: Rev. Olav Kitchen,

Pastoral Charge Administrator:
Brenda Miller at 519- 326-3138

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