What a week! After a spring week we were in the deep freeze again, but the activities have kept it hot. Sad news began this new week, the peaceful, but totally unexpected passing of Helen Harrison Friday night! This is quite a shock and loss to our neighbouring community, and to all who counted her as a friend, as many here did. Our deepest sympathies to her husband George and to her daughter Cathy.
Rev. Debbie starts our services each Sunday by asking about our joys and concerns. Our concerns of course are usually with our sick people, such as Elaine Cox and others, and those who are bereaved. Our joys this week are many; starting with our successful and fun pancake supper Tuesday evening, where about 45 joined with us for good food and fun games.
Wednesday morning was an Ash Wednesday service which centred around our tuning in to the Lenten Season and all that it means. Wed. there was another interesting and thought provoking Lenten Bible study, the first evening on this subject. Please join us on all the coming Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Sandford.
On Thursday evening I attended the 40th anniversary of Pickering naturalist, which was co- started by Edge Pegg (wife Betty). Early participants were Reid and Margaret Wilson of Uxbridge, Nancy and Rick Hannah and Nancy’s father Fred Bodsworth and several others from the Uxbridge area.
Friday afternoon several attended the World Day of Prayer services, at either Mount Albert United or Uxbridge Free Methodist Church. The service was written by women of the Philippines, and we learned some of the problems faced by women in that country as well as when they successfully immigrate, usually as domestics, to other countries. Life is difficult in the Philippines both because of weather induced catastrophes and the political situation. It was great to greet old friends from the other churches!
Saturday was the Walking of the Labyrinth at the Zephyr church. Rev. Vicki Cousins led about 25 participants through the process, new to most everyone. It was new to us, but as old as formal Christianity being included in the floors of Chartres Cathedral from 1220 A.D.
Saturday evening several attended the concert of wonderful varied music, sponsored by the Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund. With Ted Barris as M.C., daughter Whitney and accompanist Tom Baker, along with others it was a musical treat!
Thursday Mar. 23rd, Deborah Clements will be showing photos of India. All are welcome.