As we enter this week leading up to Christmas, and as the song says “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that follow, let the Joy Christmas brings, outweigh the busy preparations for celebrations.
The Baird families held their extended family Christmas get-together on December 4th, at Greenbank Church Hall. Also at the church on December 17th, the McCowman-Thomson families gathered with about 50 people attending this annual occasion.
Sincere sympathy to the family of Ralph Giannini of Saintfield, who passed away on December 12th, with the service held on December 16th.
Continued prayers for better health go to Earl Phoenix, Marie and Rodd Foster, and others who are ill.
Greeters on the 3rd Advent Sunday were Steve and Cheryl Quantrill. The “Candle of Joy” lighting was done by Marcia and Rev. Richard Parker. The Sunday School children sang two Christmas Carols and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. The Senior Choir's anthem “O Come O Come Emmanuel” was beautiful. The Children sang so well, as they did at their concert. The Sunday School will not have classes until the New Year, January 7th. Their teachers Leslie, Holly and Janice are thanked for their leadership and time given. Happy Birthday was sung to three year old Madeline Martens.
The Christmas Music Concert “Magnificat”, December 17th, showed the commitment and love of music by our Senior Choir, their leader Stu Beaudoin, and the guest singers and orchestra. It was so professionally performed. Music continues to be a strong part of ministry in the church and community.
December 24th, Christmas Sunday Service is at 11 a.m.
December 24th, Christmas Eve Service is at 7:30 p.m. at Greenbank Church, led by Juli Myers.
December 31st, the 11 a.m. service will be Rev. Richard and Marcia's last official service, and our new student intern minister, Stephanie Richmond, will be part of the service. Do come and worship.
There will be no Shorelines (Greenbank news) next week, with the next publication January 4th, 2018.
Cheryl Quantrill requests Observer magazine renewals be submitted by year end, for January ordering. Call 905-985-4337.
January 2nd, Greenbank session at 7 p.m. in the church.
January 13th, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Rev. Richard and Marcia's retirement and appreciation party will be held at Seagrave Church for Seagrave and Greenbank Pastoral charge, beginning with a potluck luncheon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Friday, January 19th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., the Evening U.C.W. will present a “Trashion Fashion Show”, with fabulous outfits made from your trash, plastic bags, pop cans, etc. Tickets are $15 each and may be obtained from any U.C.W. Evening Unit member.
Holidays begin for the elementary school children on December 22nd and they return in the New Year, in January 2018.
A special thank you to G.P.S. (Greebank Public School) secretary, Mrs. Acorn, for keeping the school news coming to me. Thanks also to all who have made contributions to the Greenbank news column over the year. Please forward any items to me for 2018, by calling 905-985-0535 at 20018 Hwy. 12, Greenbank, by Sunday evenings.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
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