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The Circuit Rider   
The Weekly Newsletter
of the
Ruthven Pastoral Charge
Issue 42,
February 7, 2021
Season of Epiphany

The Sloth and the Eagle

God has created many wonderful and strange creatures. One of the strangest is the ´Sloth´! We are told that:

Sloths are a group of arboreal Neotropical xenarthran mammals, constituting the suborder Folivora. Noted for their slowness of movement, they spend most of their lives hanging upside down in the trees of the tropical rainforests of South America and Central America.

What a life.... ´living upside down´! There are the two-toed sloth and the three toed sloths who live an upside down life. There are also many people who seem to do much of their living upside down. The things in life that should be most important, on top, are pushed to the bottom of their lives. Their values are ´topsy-turvy´.

We are not called to live life upside down, but to soar like an eagle. Isaiah speaks God´s words of encouragement to people who are in exile in Babylon. They soon shall be free and in their freedom they are called to wait upon the Lord. In doing this, they can soar like an eagle. To wait upon the Lord, is a top priority ¬ to pray, worship, reflect/study ¬is not a bottom priority of ´when I get around to it´. The people in exile and we ourselves, in a pandemic, are challenged to get our priorities straight and then we can soar----we can fully live!

Prayer, worship, reflection/study is waiting upon the Lord and they renew and refresh us. They give us energy and wisdom and enable us to soar. We are called to soar as an eagle not live the upside down life of a sloth.

Someone has written:

"An eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks. It will fly to some high spot and wait. When the storm hits, the eagle sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm; it simply uses the storm to lift it higher. The eagle soars on the winds of life´s storms."

"... those who wait upon God
get fresh strength. They spread their
wings and soar like eagles,
they run and don´t get tired,
they walk and don't lag behind." (Is. 40.31)

May God bless you and may you soar like an eagle.


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As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon´s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is searching for you." He answered, "Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do." And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Peace and Joy,
James Wetzstein, creator Agnus Day

Ruthven Pastoral Charge
Prayer List

Sunday, February 7th 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 the Medical and other staff who are treating and caring for patients.

We are keeping the families of Doug M, Grace D in our prayers as they remember and give thanks for their loved ones who have entered into God's Peace.

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.

Prayers for Normalie V

From the Windsor Veterans Memorial Service Committee please hold in prayer Comrade Janet Bergeron

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

from the World Council of Churches we pray for
Andorra, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Vatican City.

from the Antler River Watershed Region: Folden's United Church, Ingersoll.

Our area, this week, Emmanuel United Church and their new minister the Rev. George Bozanich.

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

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. 7 Kailyn N & Glenn S
Feb 10 Linda P & David C
Feb 12 Jaxon H, Beth R & Logan J

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This Week :

Today - Sunday February 7th - Worship: 10 am via Zoom
All are welcome
Call Olav for your invitation


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!

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.

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

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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