December began with wide spread reports of snow, and ice pellets, along with an east wind, signaling winter is on its way. The flowers in the church sanctuary on Sunday were placed in loving memory of Ross Fairman whose celebration of life was Saturday, November 30th. Anyone wishing to place poinsettias in the church sanctuary in memory of a loved one, please contact Valerie Hunter at 905-985-3586 or email email@example.com by December 15th with the names you would like printed in the bulletin. Happy 60th Birthday wishes go to Doug Watson. Enjoy! On December 15th, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Port Perry Villa, there will be a “drop-in” celebration for Rodd Foster who will be 90 that day! Friends are invited to drop by for this special occasion. Best wishes only please. December 5th – Church office hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then Meditation on Scripture from 1 to 2 p.m. December 5th, 2nd Advent and White Gift Sunday at the 11 a.m. service. Please bring NEW hats, mittens, socks, for men, women, children, and teens, for Operation Scugog. December 6th – 7 p.m. at Greenbank Church is the Children’s Christmas Pageant, and the first Black Light Puppets presentation. Children are counting their sleeps till Christmas comes! Saturday, December 7th: Greenbank Folk Music Society presents Katherine Wheatley, Jannis Slimmon, and Angie Nussie, as Boreal, “Songs for a Snowy Season”, at Greenbank Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, from P.O.E. Design, in Port Perry and Blue Heron Books, in Uxbridge. For information, please phone 905-985-8351 or go to www.greenbankfolkmusic.ca, and Facebook. December 8th, 3 p.m. the Puppet group will be at the Port Perry Town Hall 1873 with their performance. Tickets $10 each or 4 or more for $8 each. Purchase your tickets online at Town Hall 1873 fundraiser. Sunday, December 8th – A Christmas Carol Reading. Tickets are $20. 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, Sunderland. A reading of the Dicken’s Classic followed by a reception of cider, tea, coffee and snacks. A donation of a non-perishable food item is appreciated. Hosted by North House. Food bank donations such as apple juice, jams, coffee, stuffing, gravy, other non-perishable food, also toiletries, soaps, shampoo, deodorants are needed, and appreciated. December 11th – 7:30 p.m. at Greenbank Church is a “Tinsel and Tears” service of remembrance of loved ones. On December 13th and 14th – 7 p.m. (admission by donation) the Black Light Puppets are back at Greenbank Church to share the results of their three months of practicing. I always marvel at the talent the youth display, along with the leadership given. After 15 years plus as Greenbank community news correspondent, I am retiring as of December 31st, 2019. Writing has been an enjoyable experience for me over the years, but I am now ready to step away from the weekly commitment. If there is one (or two) person(s) who would pick up where I leave off, please call me at 905-985-0535 or Colleen Green, Publisher of the Standard at 905-985-6985.