The cloudy days of November have been brightened by Friday's snow that stayed over the weekend. There is more to come, in the forecast, and its too early for some of us to get all the leaves off our lawns.
Remembrance Day Service at the school was held on Friday, November 9th . Each class contributed to this time of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who served, 100 years ago, to bring Peace through tremendous sacrifices. The readings, the peace posters, music, and digital war presentations were so well presented by the students with the teachers' leadership. These children will remember.
This week, the report cards go home, to be followed by parent interviews on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Friday is a P. A. Day for both elementary and secondary schools in our area.
Saturday, November 17th, at the Greenbank Hall, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., there is an indoor sale of quality Christmas items along with many other miscellaneous items. Free admission.
Euchre is at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbank Hall, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, and every Friday each month.
November 18th , Mt. Zion is holding its annual turkey supper, with 2 seatings, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, children 12 and under are $5. For tickets please call (905) 649-5200. The church is located at the 8th Concession and Salem Rd. Their email address is :
www.greenwood-mtzionunitedchurches.ca, (South of Balsam).
The Sunderland Lions Theatre production of Mary Poppins is at the Sunderland Town Hall on the following dates: Friday November 16th, 7:30 p.m., Saturday November 17th at 2 p.m., Sunday November 18th, at 2 p.m.
November 14th , The Greenbank Evening Unit U.C.W. meets at the church. Everyone welcome.
November 24th is Christmas Card and Tag Make - IV- Take Day at Greenbank United Church. Contact Juli at email@example.com or call (905) 985-2006.
The Mission Team for Guatemala, April 2019, continues to collect shoes (any size up to Men's size 8), school supplies, hotel-sized shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, belts, hats.
On November 30th, December 2nd and December 7th at 7 p.m., the Greenbank Black Light Puppeteers will present their annual performance. The Sunday School children's concert is prior to the December 7th event. Come and enjoy.
December 15th , There is a Christmas Concert with Naomi Bristow, award winning country singer and yodeller, at 7 p.m. Admission by donation at the door. Proceeds go to GUC Accessibility Fund. For info, contact (905) 985-4504 or (905) 985-2090 or www.greenbankchurch.com.
Happy Birthday to Danica Fraser on Friday, November 16th . She will be 10 years old.
The greeters at the Greenbank United Church on Remembrance Day Sunday were Rod, Marita and Adrianna Parsons. The parade of flag bearer were Wilma Smith, the Sunday School children and teachers Leslie and Holly who began the service. The Christ Candle was lit by Avery and Edie C. Minister Stephanie talked with the children about Poppies, Remembrance, and the widow's gift of 2 coins (Scripture). The choral anthem “For the Fallen” was so meaningfully sung and accompanied. The Mission Minute with Marita P. told of the hope of the people of Gaza as they rebuild their territory. Scriptures were read by Doug Ferris. Guest Sierra Frew, first year student at Trent University,
Guest Sierra Frew, first year student at Trent University, took us on a digital presentation of her Grade 11 trip to Vimy Ridge, culminating with finding the resting place of her great great great uncle at Hill 62, where he was buried. A Remembrance Day video “Standing Strong and True” concluded the message time. At sunset the Bells tolled 100 times at the Greenbank Church as people gathered in remembrance and thankfulness for the peace we have, and for the many who have served and sacrificed over the years, and continue to serve. “We will remember them”.
Shona Stone's rendition of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes concluded this special time, on that chilly evening, which was followed by a warming up time indoors with coffee.
Food bank items are gratefully accepted throughout November and December at the Greenbank Church.
On Monday, November 5th, at 7 p.m., Ian Mckechnie will be at the Greenbank Hall giving a talk about the book “Nursing Sisters”. This is a part of a series of “Remembrance – 100 years” events.
An early snowfall Saturday evening made the ground white on Sunday. Hopefully, on October 31st, it will be good for the trick and treaters. Be sure and drop by the church where Doug W. and friends will be handing out goodies. Be careful as you cross the streets, (both young and older) as cars travel fast.
Reminder- the clocks go back one hour on November 4th, which is next weekend.
Seagrave's Turkey Supper is on November 7th, with sittings at 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 – 12, and admission is free for children under 5. Take-outs are offered too. For tickets, contact Ken and Eleanor Sturman at (905) 985-7778.
Happy birthday wishes go to Mary Drewery, who will be 90 years old on October 26th. Enjoy a great milestone.
November 1st at 10:45 a.m., members of both congregations are invited to meet with the Conference Assessment Board who will be interviewing Minister Stephanie, (a part of student ministry), and who welcome views of the people. The meetings at the Greenbank Church are on Thursday mornings. Meditation resumes November 8th, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The Greenbank Mission Team continues to collect hotel size shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, hats, and belts which may be dropped off at the church on Thursdays, at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Items can be dropped off on Sundays as well.
The Mission Team is holding a Christmas Card and Tag Make-N-Take Day, on November 24th, at the Greenbank Church. For more information, or to get involved supporting the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (905) 985-2006.
November 7th, Fidelis Unit U.C.W. will meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. Please bring household or personal items for “A Place Called Home” in Lindsay. All are welcome to the Fidelis monthly meetings.
November 14th, at 7 p.m., the Evening U.C.W. meets at the church. Everyone welcome.
November 11th is the 100th Anniversary of Armstice Day and the Remembrance Day Service, with guest speaker Sierra Frew of Nestleton, bringing a powerpoint presentation of her trip to Vimy Ridge.
Food Bank items will be welcomed each Sunday through November and December. As many as 200 clients depend on a lift up with donations, especially during winter.
To the families of Debbie Ward, Larry and Carter, and Debbie's sisters Laurie and Sandy, we send sincere sympathy with the passing of their mother Audrey E. Murdock of Port Perry, on October 23rd. A celebration of her life of 90 years was held at the Greenbank United Church, on Saturday, October 27th, at 11:30 a.m. with the visitation prior to the service. It was a lovely tribute to a remarkable lady.
Greeters on Reformation Sunday were Kim and Jim Thomson. Danica Fraser lit the Christ Candle with Stephanie. Scriptures were read by Doug Watson. Music ministry by the choir was Open the Eyes of my Heart, with guitar accompaniment by Wm. Doug Watson and it was lovely. Marita Parsons spoke of the Aboriginal People living off Reserves, with specific reference to the Toronto Urban Indigenous Ministry which receives from Mission and Service givings. The Sunday School children (13) were already wearing their special costumes on Sunday, as were teachers Holly and Leslie, and Minister “Minnie Mouse” Stephanie, bringing smiles from everyone as they gathered for children's time. A story was told to the children about a boy and his lack of football shoes, which encouraged everyone to be kind to others, and to be a friend. The tinkle of ukuleles was heard from the lower hall during the Sunday School time. All children are invited to join the Sunday morning's activities and worship with two great leaders and busy working “moms”, Holly Smith and Leslie Martins. Stephanie's message was an assurance that all people are God's children, and are loved; that love leads to justice and harmony with mankind in troubled times.
Congratulations to Denise Bell who was given the Volunteer of Distinction Award by the Durham School Board in Oshawa last Thursday, October 25th.. Denise has willingly, and most capably, provided a music program and leadership at both the Greenbank and S. A. Cawker Public Schools for many years, and is a most deserving recipient of the Award!
Last week's spaghetti lunch was enjoyed by the Greenbank P.S. students, with thanks going out to noon hour volunteer, Mrs. Calder, who paid a portion of the cost. On Wednesday, there was a costume parade and lots of fun stuff was prepared.
October days are passing quickly with leaves falling, colder days, and yard clean up happening. Halloween decorations are evident, and children will be dressing up for this fun time. The Greenbank United Church front door will be open with Doug W. and friends handing out treats to the children who are invited to drop by on October 31st.
Many guests helped Muriel Tassie celebrate her 90th birthday at the church hall on Saturday, October 20th. Fred Tassie Jr. And his wife Carla came from Holland for this special occasion, and will be staying until October 26th.
Happy 39th Anniversary to Tom and Valerie Hunter whose special day was October 20th as well!
Christie Fields' next set of Yoga classes starts October 22nd, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at her Cragg Rd. home. Please call (647) 929-2540 for information or to register.
A Miscellaneous Sale will be held at the Greenbank Centennial Hall, on November 17th from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. You may book a table to sell your own goods. The cost is $25 per table, which must be reserved by October 31st by calling Leanne Baker at (905) 985-2695.
On October 24th, the Sunderland United Church is hosting their Annual Turkey Supper with three sittings at: 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 7 p.m., and no take-out this year. Call Doris at (705) 357-2313, Pat at (705) 357-3994, Millie at (705) 357-3340; or Pat at (705) 357-3737. Admission for adults is $20, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6.
November 7th is Seagrave's Turkey Supper with two sittings, at 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 – 12, and admission is free for children under 5. For tickets, contact Ken or Eleanor Sturman at (905) 985-7778.
Bid Euchre is at the Greenbank Hall every Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m., on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. For inquiries call Larry at (905) 985-3723.
Durham Beekeepers meet on the last Monday of the month at 6:45 p.m. at the Hall with informative information.
Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., please join a guided meditation with Stephanie at the Greenbank United Church. However, there will be no meditation on November 1st, as members are welcome to come and meet at 10:45 a.m. with the Conference Assessment Board to share feedback on Minister Stephanie.
Fidelis Unit U.C.W. Meets Wednesday, November 7th, at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Please answer roll call with toiletries/personal items, and household items for “A Place Called Home” in Lindsay – a non-profit charitable organization that provides shelter, meals, support, and referrals to necessary services, for homeless single adults, couples, and families with children.
Evening U.C.W. Unit will meet on November 14th, at 7 p.m.
The youth are preparing for their Black Light Puppet Shows for November 30th, at 7:00 p.m., December 2nd at 7 p.m., and December 7th, with the Sunday School Concert followed by the Puppet Show. Be sure and plan to attend one or more of these great performances!
On Sunday, Doug Watson (projectionist) welcomed Reverend Les Hills, thanking him in advance for leading our service while the minister conducted the service at Vroomanton United Church. Mark and Carla Puckrin were greeters/ushers, and Rachel Martens lit the Christ Candle. The music ministry sung by the choir was “Praise Unto the Lord”, with words and music arranged by Wm. Doug Watson and Donna Barber.
With this being the 122nd Anniversary of Greenbank Methodist then United Church, Reverend Hills shared some trivia of the past. He also discussed the increased awareness and support of cancer research and patients as a result of the faith and determination of Terry Fox 37 years ago. He also talked of the need to reach out to those on the outer edges of society world wide, and to remain grounded in the teachings of Jesus and the disciples.
Next week's service is at 11:00 a.m., and the Sunday School older children, 6 and 7 years old and up, have started to learn to play their new ukuleles.
Sincere condolences to the families of Olive Evans, niece Cathy Moufflier, nephew Ron Evans of Greenbank, and the many Wilson and Evans relatives. Olive grew up on her parents' Epsom farm, then lived with her husband Lawrence in Uxbridge. She passed away October 16th, 2018, and her Celebration of Life Service was Tuesday October 23rd, at 2 p.m., at the Uxbridge Baptist Church. She is remembered by many.
On November 5th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Greenbank Hall, Ian McKecknie, one of the Armistice Week Author Series, will speak on “Nursing Sisters”.
When you are busy, time flies! Now we are more than halfway through October!
On Friday Night October 12th, there was a talent auction that was well supported by donors and buyers. Ted Smith, gave his thanks on Friday night, and Kim Thompson thanked everyone on Sunday Morning, who contributed to this successful, fun filled, and well attended fundraiser that benefitted the Greenbank United Church. Carl Phoenix, auctioneer, with helpers Steve Q and Tom H., kept the evening event moving right along!
This week’s events are:
Thursday October 18th - 10 a.m. to 11a.m. Meditation with Stepanie at the Greenbank United Church, followed by her office hours till 2pm. To book this event Call (905) 718-8086 or email@example.com, or go to www.greenbankchurch.com. Please note that Fridays are Stephaine’s day off now instead of Mondays.
Thursday, October 18th, and every Thursday. Choir practice will be at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday October 20th, there will be a birthday party for Muriel Tassie (90 years old) at the Greenbank Church Hall, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please no cards or gifts at her request, but if you wish, donations may be made to the Greenbank Accessibility (lift) fund.
Saturday, October 20th at the Greenbank Hall, there will be a Murder Mystery Dinner Party for the Guatemala Mission in 2019. This event is sold out, as is the Halloween Dance at the Hall later in the month.
Sunday, October 21st, at 10 a.m., the Greenbank United Church is celebrating its 122nd Anniversary Service. All are invited to celebrate with guest speaker Reverend Les Hills of Sunderland. Our congregation continues to meet in worship, service and love. A social time will follow with refreshments and finger foods. There will be no Seagrave service on that day.
Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Seagrave United Church, the Official Board meets. Please forward you weekly announcements to Valerie at (905) 985-3586, or at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Sunday bulletin.
The church doors will be open for “Halloween Trick or Treaters”, thanks to Doug Watson and helpers on October 31st.
At Sunday’s service on October 13th,we were greeted by Karl Higeli. Canyon Myers lit the Christ candle and the music ministry was with the choir and Wm. Doug Watson was on the guitar. Played was, “Today I’m Going to Try and Change the World” with Johnny Reid and Brent Maher.
Stephanie’s children’s time was about a king and a quilt maker. “ The Quilt Makers Gift” is about how the king found peace and happiness by giving his possessions to others. Mission and Service with Marita Parsons told of the rebuilding of Philippine communities in partnership with Agricultural local groups and UCCP programs feeding both the body and soul. Stephaine’s sermon was a monologue about a disciple watching the dialogue of Jesus and a man who asked how he could get to heaven, from Mark 10:17-31. Scriptures were read by Ted Smith.
Heather and Doug Davis have a wee granddaughter! Brianna May Davis, first child of Brandon and Alisia Davis of Thorold, Ontario was born October 8th, 2018. She is a new cousin for Logan and Wyatt Weeks, and is neice to Alaina and Shawn. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to Greenbank’s Shauna Kueback, a member of Team Canada Wrestling team, who won the bronze medal at the FISU competition held recently in Brazil. Team Canada won first place over all! The team’s next event is the World’s Competition in November in Romania. Each team member funds their own traveling expenses, and Shauna would welcome your support for this event by buying a tee-shirt with her name printed on it. “Kueback”, is in red or white, and in a men’s or lady’s cut. Cost is $20. (or if you prefer a monetary donation). Best Wishes for all in the upcoming event. Drop off donations at 19595 Hwy. 12, in Greenbank, or email email@example.com, or call (416) 891-9872.
The Greenbank Lions “Breakfast with Santa” is on November 24th at the Hall. It is for children up to 8 years. The breakfast will be at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and then there will be a visit from Santa. Adults admission is $5, and kids admission is free. Registration must be done by October 28th. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a 25 children limit.
Greenbank Public School activities: Kindergarden and Grade 1 children will visit Nature’s Bounty Apple Orchard, on Wednesday October 17th. Bus Safety information is on Friday October 19th. The Lions are sponsoring a Free Vision test for the children this week. Hot Dog Day kicks off on October 23rd. There will be a PA day on October 22. Picture day is on Tuesday October 23rd. Another busy year is well underway at the school.
To submit your new items please call me at (905) 985-0535.
With Thanksgiving weekend behind us, I hope your time with family and friends was good. My thoughts, and those of many, are with the families who lost three loved ones, and the injured two in the hospital, following a horrific accident on Hwy 7/12 south of Manchester, early Sunday morning. Tragedies do happen daily on our busy roads; a sad part of life. One can only hope for a better tomorrow for those involved.
The Myers family, Juli, Tim, Canyan, and Faith were Sunday morning greeters at church. Kaine Richardson lit the Christ Candle. Hilary Balmer's solo, “My Lord, What a Morning”, was lovely. Scriptures were read by Mary Jean Till. Stephanie's message of Thanksgiving was part of the children's time with Opal (puppet). For the adults, Stephanie's message included a thought for worriers; that God has, and always will take care of us, as He does the birds of the air and all growing things. Communion was partaken.
Have you voted yet? Don't forget to mark your ballot.
Talent Auction time is Friday, October 12th at the Greenbank United Church with local auctioneer Carl Phoenix. This fun filled evening has a viewing from 6 – 7 p.m. and the auction is at 7 p.m. Donations may be dropped off from 2 – 4 p.m., at the church. Some items on the list are: a cottage holiday, raspberry jam, baked goods, tools, art, mystery items, candy, lamb, beef, quilt and much more! Please call Kim at 905-985-2522, with donations or inquiries. We hope to see you there. Your support of our church is appreciated.
Carl Phoenix has recently returned from Madison, Wisconsin, where he was a judge for the Holstein cattle show, with cattle from both U.S.A., and Canada.
There's going to be a party for Muriel Tassie (90 years young) on Saturday, October 20th, from 1 – 4 p.m., at the Greenbank United Church Hall! Please come and celebrate this wonderful milestone with her. Muriel requests no cards or gifts please, but if you wish, donations may be made to the Greenbank United Church Accessibility (Lift) fund.
Sunday, October 14th, is the Greenbank United Church's congregational meeting.Following the service there will be updates on all of the exciting events taking place in the church. Please bring sandwiches/sweets for the luncheon.
Tuesday, October 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. Official Board Meeting is at the Seagrave Church. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday, October 24th, St. Andrew's United Church in Sunderland is hosting their annual Turkey Supper. There will be 3 sittings at 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m. Advance Tickets only. Please note that takeout is not available this year. Call Doris at 705-357-2313; Pat at 705-357-3994; Millie at 705-357-3340, or Pat at 705-357-3737. Admission for adults is $20, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free admission for children under 6.
October 21st, at 10 a.m., is Greenbank United Church's 122nd Anniversary. There will be a joint service with the Seagrave United Church, and everyone is welcome, and invited to have lunch after the service.
October is here, and Thanksgiving weekend is next week. Where did September go?
The euchre fundraiser on Friday was a fun time with lots of laughter, good games, and prizes won by Eleanor Sturman, Elaine Watson, and Shirley Leask. Introduced by Dianne Pelletier, we met most of the Greenbank/Seagrave Mission Team 2019. The silent auction donations are appreciated by the team. Dianne sent regrets from Juli Myers, team leader, who was unable to attend as she was in Albany, New York, attending her grandmother's funeral. Sincere sympathy goes to Juli Myers (Tim), Bill (Lisa) Conard, Suzanne and Barry Lee, and their families, with the death of Suzanne's mother, and Juli and Bill's grandmother. Carla Puckrin and Norma Ferguson attended the U.C.W. Fall Rally, September 26th, at Fenlon Falls United Church.
Both U. C. W. Groups meet at the United Church on October 3rd, from 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Seagrave's 112th Church Anniversary service was well attended with Minister Stephanie leading the service. Reverend Les Hills gave the sermon message, and special music was performed by Doug Ferris of Greenbank United Church who sung and played guitar. Jonathan lit the Christ candle, and a time of fellowship followed over a sumptuous lunch.
At 2 p.m. on September 30th, a Covenanting Service for Stephanie Richmond and the congregations of Greenbank and Seagrave churches was held at Greenbank United Church. Rev. Paul Reed led the service. The Christ candle was lit by young Carlie Doble, assisted by Jeanette Miller. There was music ministry performed by the Greenbank United Church choir, who sang, “Rejoice Always, This is God's Will”, with music by former organist and choir director Stu Beaudoin. The pianist and guitarist for the hymns was Doug Watson. Taking part in the service from Kawartha Highlands Presbytery, was Rev. Karen Croxall, Mary-Margaret Boone, Rev. Janet Stobie, and Mary-Jane Hobden.
Steve Quantrill, who is from Greenbank, acknowledged the numerous individuals and groups who have worked with Stephanie during her journey of supervised ministry education. Anne St. John and Barbara Martin presented Stephanie with a gift on behalf of the Greenbank/Seagrave congregation. Opal the Ostrich was a part of the children's time with Jan Stobie.
Symbols used in church services were presented to Stephanie. The children gathered the offering. It was a special service for both Minister Stephanie, and the Greenbank/Seagrave congregation. Refreshments followed.
Next Sunday, October 7th, there will be a Thanksgiving and communion service at 11 a.m. at the Greenbank United Church.
Friday, October 12th, is the Greenbank Talent Auction, with auctioneer Carl Phoenix, at 7 p.m. at the United church. Please call Kim at 905-985-8095 to donate.
October 14th, there will be a Greenbank United Church congregational meeting following the worship service.
October 21st at 10 a.m. is the Greenbank United Church's Anniversary Service, and it will be celebrated along with the Seagrave United Church's congregation.
The Greenbank Lions Club fall fertilizer is $28 per a 55 lb bag (7-27-27) and delivery is free. Call 905-985-3723.
The First Folk Music Night this 26th season is on Saturday, October 13th, featuring Russell De Carle. Phone 905-985-8351, or drop by Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, or P.O.E. Design in Port Perry for tickets.
Soap Box Derby - About 44 kids, ages 6 to 14 registered for Saturday, with great community support and fantastic sponsorship by businesses and families. Thanks to the student volunteers from Denise and Dave Bell who organize this yearly event, and who are also thanked for their efforts. It was a fun day, with great fall weather.
A Thank You from Minister Stephanie Richmond: I would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in the covenanting service this past weekend between myself, the Greenbank-Seagrave community of faith, and the Kawartha Highlands Presbytery. I was so pleased to see so many people attend. My heart is so full of wonderful memories from the service and the time of sharing downstairs after the service. I truly feel loved and cared for by the wonderful people in these congregations. I would also like to thank you for the gift of good faith, the bracelet is beautiful, and whenever I look at it I think of all of you and my heart overflows. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Please call 905-985-0535 by Sunday evenings with your news items.
Session one of yoga classes with Christy Fields (647-929-2540) began Monday, September 10th at her home, on Cragg Rd. W., and ran from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. It was “Vinyasa Flow”, followed by a beginner class from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. On Wednesdays the first class is “Strong and Sweet” is from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., followed by “Gentle” class at 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Starting Saturdays, October 13th, 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m., a 6 week “Gentle class” is offered. A second session begins October 22nd, on Monday nights, and is pro-rated if you miss starting at the beginning of a session. The cost is $90. Call Christy at the above number for info, or to register.
The mixed 3 pitch ball tournament for those 16 years and over is September 21st - 23rd at Ianson Park. To play, or help out, please call Al Clarkson at 905-985-3703, Brian Lee at 905-985-2562, or Barb Ward at 905-985-3903.
The Greenbank Lions is selling fall fertilizer for lawns at $28 per 55 lb. bag (7-27-27). Call 905-985-3723. They also offer free delivery.
Bid euchre is at the Hall every Friday, at 7:30 p.m., and on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Hall is wheel chair accessible.
Betty Somerville, candidate for Mayor of Scugog, will hold a meet and greet at the Hall, Thursday, September 21st, from 7 – 9 p.m.
On Thursday, September 27th, 7 – 9 p.m., Ward 1 candidate David LeRoy will be at the Greenbank Hall to meet and greet constituents.
The Durham Beekeepers meet on the last Monday each month at 6:45 p.m. at the Hall, with information presentations. New members are welcome.
The Greenbank United Church 2019 Guatemala Mission team is holding a euchre fun night fundraiser at the Hall on Friday, September 28th. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call Doug Watson at 905-852-7057 for tickets. The cost is $20.
The Greenbank Soap Box Derby is September 29th. To volunteer help, sponsor, or register, please call 905-985-3103, or email this address: email@example.com.
The first Folk Music Night starts the 26th season on October 13th, featuring Russell DeCarle. Phone 905-985-8351, or visit Blue Heron Books Uxbridge, or P.O.E. Design in Port Perry for tickets.
On September 23rd, please join the Greenbank Church congregation to say “Farewell” and “Thank you” to Stu and Tiina Beaudoin after church at a Potluck lunch, and share any memories etc.
September 24th, at the church, is a Session Meeting at 7 p.m., and a meeting at the Steward's at 7:30 p.m.
September 30th is Seagrave United Church's Anniversary at 10 a.m. Note time. Please bring non-perishable food items for the Scugog Food Bank. There will be no morning service at Greenbank United Church as we join Seagrave's congregation. However, at 2 p.m., Minister Stephanie Richmond's Covenanting Service is at Greenbank's United Church. All are invited to attend this special service.
On Sunday October 7th, the Blackstock Cartwright Lions Club is holding its annual 5K Lions Walk for Dog Guides, in support of dog guides to Canadians with disabilities. This is a program the Lions Foundation of Canada has provided since its inception in 1983. More details will be in the Blackstock Shorelines.
Congratulations and best wishes to Murray and Shirley Lee as they celebrate their 66th Wedding Anniversary on September 20th.
September 18th was Rally Day for the Sunday School children, and a visit to Forsythe's farm, followed by the pavilion BBQ.
Next Sunday, bring your children to Sunday School at 11 a.m., as Holly Smith and Leslie Martens have a program for them following the minister's “Children's Time”. Playing ukuleles with Holly is on the agenda soon.
What a great day last Saturday was. Greenbank Hall had a reenactment of the first Anglican service, led by Larry Doble, Paul Arculus, the eleven voice choir directed by Denise Bell, and accompanied by with Linda Hunter. Some tasty refreshments were served as well. Those dressed in period costumes added to the scenario. Then in the afternoon and evening, at the Greenbank church, the Juno Award winning Good Brothers' music was really good.
The church accessibility committee thanked the entertainers, and those attending, for supporting this most enjoyable and very successful event. Also special thanks to Rodd Foster and his daughter Lynne, for their connection to the Good Brothers, and having them come to Greenbank.
Minister Stephanie and 7 other ladies (from the U.C.W.), experienced a variety of activities and speakers at Camp Quin-mo-Lac weekend retreat on September 7th, 8th, and 9th.
Glad to hear Hildred Southern came home Friday (14th) from the hospital and hip surgery after a fall. We wish her a good recovery.
Please call me by Sunday evening with your news items at 905-985-0535, or drop off a written copy in the letter box at 20018 Hwy 12.
How quickly weather does change. Being at the ball end-of-year windups for adult lob ball leagues (women and men), I went from a light jacket to three layers in as much as days. Congratulations to the Greenbank Coyotes ladies team who won B division at Port Perry on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, the Greenbank Men's Oriole team won the A division consolation game held at Bonner Fields, Uxbridge, with Greenbank Bulls team hosting that tournament. The summer sports are finishing, and now the Greenbank 3-pitch tournament for anyone 16 years and over is on the weekend of September 21st – 23rd. To register for this annual mixed tournament please call Brian Lee at 905-985-2562, Barb Ward at 905-985-3903, or Al Clarkson at 905-985-3703.
Christy Fields of Cragg Rd. W. is offering Yoga classes in her home beginning September 10th, Monday evenings. Entitled, “Vinyasa flow”, it's held from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a beginner class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Wednesday evenings, the first class is “Strong and Sweet”, from 6 to 7 p.m., then “Gentle” class from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Starting Saturday, October 13th, from 9 to 10:15 a.m., a 6 week “Gentle” class will be offered. Please call Christy for information or to register, at 647-929-2580.
The Greenbank Lions are selling fall fertilizer, 7-27-27, at $28 a 55 lb. bag. Phone 905-985-3723 for free delivery and to order. Also call the same number to confirm a seat at the September 15th, 11 a.m., Hall Reenactment Service.
Jackson and Sawyer Cooke have a baby sister, Evelyn Catherine, who was born August 9th, 2018. Mom and Dad, Jenna and Grant Cooke, lovingly welcome their wee daughter to the family. Congratulations to all.
Jim and Norma Ferguson returned Monday, September 5th, from a 10 day trip to Germany where their son Eric competed as one of two Canadians in the World's Ploughing competition, held at Einsiedel, where the host community made them feel so welcome.
There are still advance tickets available for the “Good Brothers”, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. concerts this Saturday, September 15th, by calling 905-985-4504. Do come and enjoy this talented group at Greenbank United Church.
On September 12th, the Evening Unit U.C.W. Social night will be at Greenbank restaurant at 6 p.m. RSVP to Anne (905-852-5184) and Kelly (905-985-5206).
Next Sunday, September 16th is Rally Sunday for everyone. The Sunday School children are being treated to a visit to Forsythe Farm, Cragg Rd., being dropped off at 10:30 a.m., (church for adults is at 11 a.m. at Greenbank United Church) then parents pick up children after church and bring them back for the BBQ at the church. Everyone is welcome to stay for a BBQ of hamburgers, hotdogs and ice cream treats. Regular Sunday school resumes September 23rd, with ukulele lessons. The older children will learn with Holly.
September 24th, at 7 p.m., Greenbank Session meets, and at 7:30 p.m. is the Stewards' meeting.
September 28th, is Many Hands for Guatemala Progressive Euchre Night, at Greenbank Hall for the 2019 Mission Trip. September 29th is “Art in the Park” at Seagrave Park.
September 30th – plan to attend Seagrave United Church's 112th Anniversary at 10 a.m., a joint service for Greenbank.
September 30th – 2 p.m. at Greenbank United Church is Minister Stephanie Richmond's Covenanting service. Everyone is invited to attend this special occasion for her in ministry.
Every Thursday, Greenbank Church choir practice is at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Kelly Monkman welcomed all to Sunday's service, which was led by the “3D's”, Doug Watson – projectionist, Doug Watson pianist, and Doug Ferris lay speaker, who is also attending Emmanuel College and studying to become a full-time United Church minister. Mission Minute was given by Marita Parsons “Yes, you can”. The choir anthem was “Pilgrim, Let me Be your Servant”. During the offering, Doug Ferris played his own song, “Be my universe”, singing and playing guitar himself, with Doug Watson's piano accompaniment. In the sermon message titled “Hello God? Are you calling?”, Doug Ferris referred to 1 Kings 19: Elijah's calling by God, and Doug's own calling to ministry. Coffee and muffins followed the service.
September is here with sunny, very warm days, bringing large crowds to the Port Perry Fair.
Younger children returned to school on Tuesday, and Grades 10 and up on Wednesday. Several are off to college or university, and I wish all a good year as they return to their studies.
Last Thursday evening, a “Farewell cake and coffee time” was held for our Greenbank Storekeepers for the past six years, David and Michelle, who left for Moncton, N. B., Friday August 31st. It was also a time to welcome Michelle's sister, Jenny, and Danny her husband, who are the new proprietors of the Greenbank Convenience Store, who look forward to meeting and serving Greenbankers, and other folk Thanks go to Dianne Pelletier for hosting the drop-in time at the store. The store is a place to meet your neighbours, and our new storekeepers, so do drop by!
The Uxbridge Fall Fair is on September 7th, 8th, and 9th.
The Sunderland Fall Fair is Tuesday September 11th, and Wednesday September 12th. There is lots to see and do!
A former resident of Greenbank, Elmer Lee, passed away on August 27th. A service of remembrance was held on Tuesday September 4th, at 2 p.m., at Low and Low Funeral Home, Uxbridge. Sincere condolences to his wife Joan, their daughters Janet and Judy, their son Gordon, and all of Elmer's family.
Eunice Rahm has another great-grandson with the arrival of Bryson on August 2nd. He is the wee son of Ryan and Amanda Rahm, and brother of Weston and Lucas. Congratulations to all.
Happy 29th Anniversary to Doug and Evelyn Ferris, who celebrated in August.
Happy Birthday to Ted Smith on September 6th.
Congratulations to our Baylis Farm Supply Senior team, who won the silver medal at their ball tournament.
Anyone having difficulty making ends meet is invited to the vegetable stand at 2010 Saintfield Rd. Pay what you can afford. If you can't afford anything, come to our door and we will send you away with products at no charge. This is the third year we have done this, and we use the money raised for next year's garden, to do homeless runs with food, clothes, etc., for people living on the street.
On September 9th, Stephanie will be absent from the pulpit as she and seven Evening U.C. women will attend the U.C.W. weekend at Camp Quin-mo-lac. Doug Ferris will be the speaker, at the 11 a.m. service. Coffee and muffins will be served, following the service that day.
On September 12th, the Evening Unit of the U.C.W. Social night, will be at the Greenbank Restaurant at 6:00. Hope to see you there. RSVP to Anne and Kelly.
A reenactment of the first Anglican Church service at St. Agnes Church (now Hall) will be performed at the Greenbank Hall at 11 a.m., on September 15th. To reserve a seat, call Larry at 905-985-3723.
On September 15th, the Good Brothers will perform two concerts at the Greenbank Church (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). Tickets are $35 each, and you can get them at the door or by calling 905-985-4504. This is the launching of a fund raising campaign to make the church accessible for all, with great entertainment for you to enjoy.
Starting September 16th, Puppet Practice begins. If interested, contact Nancy Rensink, at 905-718-1707.
September 16th is also a Rally Sunday at Greenbank United Church at 11 a.m.
On October 12th, Greenbank United Church will host a Talent-Auction.
Election Day is October 22nd, with “Vote by mail kits” available. Wilma Wotten is running for Regional Councillor and will be at Greenbank Hall to meet and greet Ward 1 folk on Monday, September 10th, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
On Wednesday, September 19th, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Scugog All Candidates Meeting will be held at the Latcham Centre in Port Perry.
To register for the annual Greenbank 3-pitch tournament the weekend of September 21st until 23rd, please call Al Clarkson, at 905-985-3703. All participants must be 16 years of age.
Judy and Jim Gibson greeted those at Greenbank United Church on Sunday, September 2nd. Minsiter Stephanie introduced and welcomed organist, pianist, and guitarist, Doug W. Watson, who shared his music ministry throughout the service. Choir practice will be on Thursday, September 6th, at 7:30 p.m., and new members are most welcome.
A special part of the service was the baptism of wee Faith Gleason, daughter of Phillip and Jenine Gleason, and sister to Gloria. Several family members attended the special occasion.
November 17th at the Hall, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., there will be a Miscellaneous Sale. You may book a table and sell your own goods. Rental cost is $25 per table. Please call Leanne Baker, at 905-985-2695 by October 31st, to book a table.
Please call me with your news items by Sunday evenings, at 905-985-0535.
The rain on Saturday evening didn't deter the large number of people who came to support Barb and Jim Ward following their recent fire. Food was in abundance, the visiting under the Pavilion shelter, then the tire changing competition, and Newfie Horseshoes were fun and began as the showers quit. Barb expressed her thanks, and Jim's, for everything friends were doing for them.
Congratulations, though belated, to Ralph and Ruby Dusty who were 60 years married August 2nd.
Best wishes to John and Monica McLean who were 25 years married August 22nd.
Happy Birthday to Terry Crawford whose birthday was on August 17th.
Greenbank Minor Ball has completed another successful season. We wish to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support, and a huge thank you to all of our coaches for their countless volunteer hours! All players worked very hard representing our Greenbank and Seagrave communities proudly. A special mention to our Baylis Farm Supply, Senior team who finished the season tied for first their tournament. Our Speck Tools Mite team also brought home the silver medal at their tournament last Saturday. Congratulations!
The annual Greenbank 3-pitch tournament will be held on the weekend of September 21-23rd. All participants must be at least 16 years of age. Please contact Al Clarkson at 905-985-3703, to register.
I'm sorry to report that my nephew Bruce Phair passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 23rd. A service celebrating his life was held at Waggs Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 28th, 11 a.m., with the burial at Greenbank Bethel Cemetery. He is remembered by the families of his aunt Doris Rennie of Wick, of his uncle's: Hugh Dobson (Mary), and my Till-Lee families, also remembered by his many friends and neighbours of his almost 58 years.
Continued Good Wishes for better health for Joe Timms and Noel Phayre.
On Sunday worship at Seagrave United Church was a service of Communion and a joint service of the two churches. Next Sunday, September 2nd, Greenbank United Church will resume regular services at 11 a.m. With coffee time following. Sunday School resumes on Rally Sunday, September 16th, but children are invited to use the activity table in the sanctuary when there is no Sunday School.
Also on September 2nd, minister Stephanie invites singers to join her and Valerie at 2 p.m. at the Port Perry Nursing Home.
The Fidelis U.C.W. meets Wednesday September 5th, 1:30 p.m. at the church. Please come, bring a friend.
Meditation Hour is Thursday, August 30th, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the church with Stephanie. All welcome.
The first choir practice will be September 6th, at 7:30 p.m. The choir welcomes new members and will meet the new organist and choir director – Douglas Watson.
September 15th, 11 a.m. at the Hall will be a reenactment of the first Anglican church service at the then St. Agnes Anglican Church.
September 15th at 2 p.m. is the first of the Good Brothers' concerts, with an evening 7 p.m. concert following at Greenbank United Church. Tickets are $35 by calling Susan at 905-985-4504 or emailing her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 28th – 7:30 p.m. Many hands for Guatemala “Progressive Euchre Night” at Greenbank Hall.
September 30th – 10 a.m. join Seagrave at the 112th Anniversary church service with Minister Stephanie Richmond and Rev. Les Hills of Sunderland.
September 30th – 2 p.m. Minister Stephanie Richmond's Covenanting service at Greenbank United Church, with all invited to attend this special service.