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GREENBANK by Mary Jean Till

A bright, sunny, cold Saturday and Sunday made the early snowfall sparkle. A November thaw would help farmers finish the autumn harvest, hopefully! Sympathy is extended to Barb Phayre, Barbie, Greg and family with the passing of Noel Phayre on November 15th. The funeral service was Tuesday, November 19th, at 11 a.m. Noel bravely struggled for the past several years following a stroke, with the great support of his wife Barb and family. He is remembered by neighbours and friends. Sorry to hear Klaus Wassanaar is back in the hospital. Better health is wished for him. Also better health is wished for my former neighbour, Doris Bacon, as she recovers from recent heart surgery, and to others who are ill. Happy Birthday Wishes go to Danica Fraser (November 17th), 9 years, Carlie Doble (November 17th), Jill Doble (November 21st), and Veronica. Happy Anniversary to Richard Charron and Dale G., and 30th anniversary to Bruce and Josie. Christmas gatherings began Saturday, November 16th, for the Neil Hunter family who gathered at Ken Hunter’s and Mauricio’s home in Greenbank. Neil was able to attend along with two Sunnybrook attendants. Bill and Stephanie Richmond also celebrated at St. Mary’s with Bill’s side of the family on November 16th. On Thursday, November 21st at 7 p.m., people are gathering globally, to become more aware of our climate crisis. Ginny Colling will be speaking at Greenbank Church, regarding and supporting, Al Gore’s climate mission. A Climate Reality Project is the “Planting of a Tree”, representing each person who attends the November 21st events, and is a step to improve climate. Everyone is invited to attend and support this cause. The Greenbank Public School poinsettia order forms are out now, and are due back at the school by November 25th. Healthy snack day is Wednesday November 27th. November 29th, at 8:20 a.m. there will be a Recognition Assembly to conclude the month. The Sunderland United Church Auction, Silent & Live is coming up soon. The Silent Auction is Friday, November 22nd, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday, November 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Live is auction Saturday, November 23rd, at 2 p.m. On Thursdays, the church office hours at Greenbank are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meditation on Scripture is from 1 – 2 p.m. (905-718-8086). On Sunday, November 24th, the Sunday School will be decorating Gingerbread houses. Service is at 11 a.m. The Cluster Church ministers: Alex Jebson of Epsom/Utica, Rev. Les Hills of Sunderland/Vroomanton, and Stephanie Richmond of Greenbank/Seagrave, all participated in the Greenbank United Church’s 123rd Anniversary Service, on November 17th, 2019. Young Veronica joined Alex Jebson in lighting the Christ Candle. Organist/pianist Tom Baker offered beautiful music for the service, leading the choral anthem “Bless This House”. The Sunday School children sang and “signed” “Jesus Loves Me”, with direction from leader Leslie Martens. Special recognition was made on behalf of the Greenbank/Seagrave congregations by M.J. Till to Valerie Hunter for the past 30 years as Pastoral charge Secretary (which she continues to be), and for which all are so appreciative. Doug Watson and Barb Martin offered congratulations, and a gift to minister Stephanie on her leadership and achievements which lead to her ordination in May 2020. The serving of communion by the three ministers concluded this celebration service of 123 years. Lunch gave friends of the above mentioned communities an opportunity to meet and visit.

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