Best wishes to Ron and Ellen Smalley who celebrated their 32nd anniversary during the week and to Cor VanMaurik and Jean Sopel, celebrating birthdays on Saturday.
On Thursday afternoon the Sandford Zephyr U.C.W. met. Following worship by Adele Boy and Deborah Clement, three ladies from Aurora United talked to us about their Prayer Shawl programme and how they operate it. It is a very heart warming ministry and upon leaving they supplied us with some ready-made shawls and the materials for creating several others.
On Thursday night in Port Perry, the North Durham Nature group held their monthly meeting, with Geoff Carpentier talking about the sights and sounds of natural Cuba, and what an interesting place to see Caribbean and Cuban endemics! James Kamstra will be leading a tour there in late February.
Friday night at the Foster saw a full house as a bevy of well-known musicians provided for Canada Hit Parade, songs from across the country by Canadian artists. All these artists have played solo gigs at the Foster during the years or backed up one another and it is always great to hear them in combination.
On Saturday morning you may have observed a group sitting in the newly finished extension to the parking lot at Centennial Park. This was the Blanket Exercise led by Dave Phillips of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and Corrine Morrison from the Library. It certainly was an exercise in getting your head around what really happened when Europeans came to what became Canada, the not-so-empty land. Eve-Lynn Swan and I attended this.
In the afternoon I attended the 50th wedding anniversary for life friend Elaine(Medd) and Milton Rainey in Whitby.
On Saturday afternoon the Tudor Consort performed to a small crowd; a fund raising gathering. On Sunday afternoon the hall was again full, as four groups performed Jazz and Blues. Other than Djanko Djunko, the groups and individuals were new to the Foster, but will be back again next year. All these musicians perform free and we thank them very much for their wonderful contribution towards the upkeep of our beautiful Foster Memorial.
There are several Meditation sessions, in conjunction with Blue Heron Book store, beginning late October. Please call Bev. Northeast to find out more!
A new group from Port Perry, Metal Head Maidens, will perform, 1:30 PM Sunday October 15th. This is a new addition to the line-up; November 12 ladies of the Foster will perform The Christmas Carol with Jane Loewen.
Other events, unfortunately being observed at the same time, were the Harvest service at the Fifth Line church at the Museum, followed by volunteer appreciation hour, as well as the Harvest Service at historic Pine Grove church, both of which are events I usually partake of. I'm sure they were both well attended.
Rev. Eiko Hosaka began her ministry with us Sunday morning which was observed as World Communion Sunday. Cor and Jenny Van Maurik assisted Rev. Eiko in serving the elements. Next Sunday, being Thanksgiving, we are asking anyone who has flowers, fruits or vegetables to bring them for display in decorating the church.
The following Sunday is Sandford’s 161st anniversary as a congregation and 118th in our present building. Rev. Eiko will be conducting, but our guest speaker is Rev. Jim Hackner, whose family has been in the community from early days. As part of the service, several present-day members of families whose ancestors were active in the original churches will be honoured. Ladies please bring sandwiches only. Please plan to be with us.
October 20th is our annual Music Gala and Bill Richardson has organized a great line-up of performers. Ladies, please bring cookies and squares for this event.
On Sunday October 22nd Zephyr will celebrate their 130 anniversary.