Nathan and I wanted to be able to say a few words to you as we all settle into Fall and many new beginnings for us all Thank you to Geoff for accepting this for the web page.
First of all WE MISS YOU! We spent thirty wonderful years in Fredericton and especially in and through our church/ Cathedral community we got to know many people, shared much in many ways and received your love and care many times over. It is strange not having you all around and knowing most faces, but we look forward to seeing you again sometime. In the meantime keep up the amazing ministries that have developed over the years at the Cathedral
Our second and very important wish is for you to know how very much we appreciated your outpouring of kind words and generous support you “showered” on us as we left Fredericton so quickly. Some folk we were unable to say goodbye to, owing to time constraints, but those whom we did see, your kindness and loving care has been an incredible reminder of who you are both individually and as a church.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your generosity, your kindness and your LOVE.
Here is a quick update on some of the highlights since arriving here in Isle aux Morts.
The weather has been incredible for the most part since we arrived. Most mornings we wake to a beautiful sunrise over calm waters. We live beside a trail of 5 kms that takes you right beside the rocky shore to little coves where one can sit in the silence of the world and watch the waves and the many types of birds. Then it weaves inland over grassy banks that have been covered in wild flowers. They so remind me of “the “lilies of the fields”, for Nathan, the flower gardener, a wonderful reminder the Lord does provide in His way! Facing the sea we can see boats in the distance; tanker’s, cruise ships and yacht’s as well as the small boats taking folk out to fish for the day. It is so peaceful ,God’s Creation at our finger tips!
Well, then there was Hurricane Dorian!! who came through Nova Scotia with a vengeance as you know and then blew mightily around us for 18 hrs. The wind and the waves and the spray over the rocks were spectacular, 124kms winds, and a 100ft wave clocked along the coast near Port aux Basques--- we are only 16kms from there so ? The worst of the storm was at night so we could not see the waves then. Apart from losing power for two hrs we were fine. I went to sleep thinking the house is 40yrs old and still standing, it is not going to blow down tonight!
The church building did not fare so well. The wooden steps and wheelchair ramp over old concrete ones blew off completely, turned right over and landed on church land with no injuries to anyone and no extensive damage to nearby buildings. This week the church vestry met on Monday and by now –Friday morning the steps are back on with the help of carpenters lent by the town council, too many volunteers and besides all the free labour, local businesses are giving supplies to complete the work. We will be able to access the building this Sunday for worship. It is a wonderful example of community in a small town where resources are limited.
Since our ordinations July 25th to the Deaconate and August 4th to the priesthood for Nathan it has remained somewhat of a whirl wind. Nathan and I are settling down to a very new lifestyle, it seems every day is an adventure and learning curve in many different ways. We are getting to know the vestry members and also the very active ACW members, they are very highly organised!! And do some incredible work both in isle aux Morts and Fox Roost-Margaree, our two church communities. Everyone it seems has a connection with Nathan since his place of birth, Ramea is just down the coast so much to talk of! The people here have been friendly and we look forward to getting to know them a little better now the summer is over and we all settle down to winter.
The Lord has brought us here, at our age,it is amazing but He obviously wants us here at this point and so we trust in Him to show us His way and for us to do our best for Him and these communities. We ask your continuing prayers so that we can work in strength, wisdom and love. We remember you in our prayers and so until we meet again,
God Bless and much love
Isabel and Nathan
05 August 2019
A very special night last night. I have attached a few pictures. I am trusting that the whirlwind may now be over and we can settle down to move forward with the ministry of the Church. I want to say with all sincerity a "huge thank you" from my heart for the prayers and support from the Cathedral family and friends. We are both very happy here in Isle Aux Morts and will keep in touch with you all. Until the next time. Much Love
29 July 2019
[The ordination as deacons] all went so peacefully and was so spirit filled and I will send pics as soon as I find the laptop. We just arrived in IaM after a lovely free day with Andrew ad Nicholas yesterday. It was so nice to have Leith too,she kept us on an even keel beforehand when we were a bag of nerves. Once the service started it all went so well.
It is so beautiful here this evening warm 25 and no wind.
The Bishops sermon was quite lovely!
20 July 2019
[Editor] We received this note from Isabel and Nathan Cutler. Of course, we're eager to hear about where they are and what's happening. The photos are a bonus!
Hello some of our Friends and Family,
It has been quite a very busy time since leaving Fredericton just 2 weeks ago -- some of you may wonder if we made it here or fallen off the earth 😉
We are staying with my twin brother Norman (Priest with Western NL) and his wife Marguerite in the Robinson's. We have had an incredible time with visiting the Parish in Isle Aux Morts which is on the South Coast -- gone 4 times to unpack and set up house. We will move there sometime after July 25th when we will be made Deacons at the Cathedral in Corner Brook. We will stay in Corner Brook all of next week and we are delighted Nicholas, Andrew and Leith, plus many of my extended family will be at the service.
I (Nathan) will be consecrated as Priest at the Church of the "Holy Spirit" at -- Isle Aux Morts -- at 7 pm on August 4th -- after which duties will start.
Under Norman we have (Isabel and I) participated in a Committal, Baptism, a Flower service, Hymn sing and prayers at a Seniors' Home in Stephenville and tomorrow another Baptism along with 2 receptions, etc etc.
Keep us in your thoughts and Prayers especially on Thursday July 25th at 7 pm (Deacons) and August 4th at 7 pm (Nathan Priesthood) -- maybe Geoff you could include us in CCC prayers the Sunday prior to July 25th and on the Sunday of Aug 4th. Attached are a couple of pictures of where we will be after July 30th. Much Love.
Nathan and Isabel
I just noticed the IAM -- in this case it stands for "Isle Aux Morts."
The view of the sea is taken from our front door ... wow.
Beautiful home, beautiful area and cnd church. So happy for you both. God provided.
So excited for both of you and look forward to seeing you on the 25th. As per Norman, we will pop in to see your new digs on our way to the ferry on Monday, the 29th. Best wishes and lots of love. Mary & Noel
And I was so hoping to have you for neighbours:(. Oh well, I will get over it and IaM is lucky to have you:)
Lovely pictures! Congratulations on your ordination as a deacon – what a surprise!
Wishing you all the best.
Jan Max and Rita Bonga