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the Rev. Paul Kang
Interim Minister at Iona

Worship Service

3rd Sunday after Epiphany
January 23, 2022


via Zoom at 11:00 am
Led by the Rev Paul Kang


Sermon: The Founder's Vision


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Margaret Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse


Parish Nursing Health Tips 
Please see our other health tips posted here

 
Parish Nursing Health Tip
posted for the week of January 16, 2022

“I am SAD”

Several years ago a nursing student walked into my office, sat down, and said “I am SAD”. I waited a moment for her to explain, but then realized she was referring to a condition that affects many of us in the northern hemisphere at this time of year - Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is caused primarily by the decreased amount of light (shorter and often cloudy days, longer dark nights). After the joy of Christmas, this can be a difficult season. Compounded by the cold weather and especially the COVID restrictions and uncertainty right now, I expect many of us are experiencing this to some degree now. 

The good news is that there are things you can do to make it better.  First, take Vitamin D, 25-50 micrograms daily. This is the “sunshine vitamin” that our bodies are craving in this time of limited light and no skin exposure when we are outside. It also helps our body to absorb Calcium, important for bone strength.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to mood changes, bone loss, muscle cramps, back and joint pain. Foods high in Vitamin D include salmon, herring, cod, canned tuna, egg yolks, mushrooms, and some fortified foods (e.g. milk, orange juice, cereal & oatmeal).

Other things include starting a gratitude journal. Write one thing each day that you are grateful for. There is so much we take for granted in our lives (warm, comfortable houses; clean, drinkable water at the touch of a tap; fridges and cupboards full of food; phones and computers to keep us in touch with friends; TV programs when we’re bored, etc.) that so many people; in our city and the world do not have.  I even remember a child who was asked to list the wonders of the world and she said: “I can see, hear, taste, smell, and feel when I touch something”. Then review the journal when you are feeling down. 

Look at some of the photographs around your home that remind you of happy days and wonderful people you love in your life. Think about one special experience you have had recently.  Yesterday I was invited to visit very special friends that I don’t see often. I was treated like royalty, except for the family dog who was sure I was up to no good and didn’t want to let me in. After we got acquainted, he sat on my knee and didn’t want to let me leave.  Their beautiful 13-month-old son kept us all entertained, as he played with his toys and told me what sounds all the farm animals in his book make (moo, oink, baa, neigh, etc.). That visit will give me good memories to last a lifetime. And finally, think about someone you know who might be lonely and feeling down, and call them.

God, our greatest blessing, is always with us. Remember and rejoice! You are never alone and you are always loved.


Margaret Black


Parish Nurse


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The latest issue of the Presbyterian newspaper can be found at this link:

https://presbyterian.ca/wp-content/uploads/PC_Winter2021%E2%80%9322.pdf


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Iona Presbyterian
Church


1080 Finch Ave. East
North York, Toronto
Ontario, Canada
M2J 2X2


Tel: (416) 494 2442
email

Parish Nursing Ministry
Tel: (416) 494 5364

Office Hours

Worship Hour
Sundays
11:00am - noon

Communion
First Sunday
of the month
11:00am - noon

SWIFT
Exercise Class

Tuesday
Wednesday
Friday
11:00am - Noon

Seniors Group
Wednesdays
12:30 - 3:30pm

Choir Practice
Thursdays
1:00 - 2:30pm

Seasonal Events
as announced