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SEAGRAVE by Barb Martyn

Patience! Everything around us has changed, and our lives are different. But we must be patient and understanding of the current situation we are all experiencing. We can dig deeper and find new meaningful ways to express ourselves, and share milestones that give life meaning and context, and in turn, bring deeper meaning into our lives. Life is short, life is unpredictable, life shows many faces, but we can learn from our experiences. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” Leo Tolstoy. A huge thank you to Bert Hutcheon, Keith Puckrin, Don Beacock, Dave Beall and Rick McAskill, for spreading 20 tons of gravel in the Seagrave United Church laneway. Also, thanks to Redstone Quarries of Bobcaygeon for the delivery of the gravel, and Keith, Dave, and Wendy Hudgins for providing equipment to help with the spreading and packing. Good news. Jan Layzell is now home after a stroke, following complications from an angiogram. Jan is receiving home day care and rehab. We will keep Jan, and all others who are experiencing health issues, and other difficulties, in our prayers. We are so thankful for our frontline workers and caregivers. Happy birthday wishes to Danica Fraser on November 16th, Carlie Dobel on November 17th, and to her mom Jill Doble on November 21st, Holly Stone on November 22nd, and Avary Conard on November 28th. Happy anniversary wishes to Kent and Dana Johnston on November 25th. Upcoming Christmas events: Fantasy of Lights in Elgin Park, Uxbridge, December 5th to January 2nd, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Baggy’s Blinking Bulbs in Sunderland, 2135 Concession 6, starting December 1st. Scugog Virtual Santa Claus Parade on December 5th, starting at 5 p.m. Greenbank United Church hosted a food drive in support of Operation Scugog Christmas campaign on November 22nd. Thank you to everyone who brought food donations and gift cards, on a snowy, cold day. The event was very successful. Sunday, November 22nd was, Reign of Christ Sunday, which is the last Sunday of the liturgical season. The meaning of this day is, God is the spirit of love, and it is a love that we can share with others, by loving our neighbour as ourselves. The scripture reading was Matthew 25:31-46, entitled, “The Sheep and the Goats”. Sunday virtual services with Rev. Stephanie Richmond can be viewed on our website or on YouTube. Next Sunday will be the first Sunday of Advent, and the celebration of Holy Communion. If you would like a personal prayer for yourself or someone else during our Prayer Circle, a visit remotely or virtually, grocery or medication pickup, or to submit a photo for coffee hour on Sunday’s Virtual Worship Service, please contact Rev. Stephanie Richmond at 905-718-8086 or by email You can join in the Prayer Circle on Tuesday’s at 7:30 p.m., at or 1-647-558-0588, meeting ID # 783 342 327, password 1961. The Seagrave United Church is thankful for your contributions, donations and support. If you wish to financially support, contact Carol at 905-243-4628 or for various options. The church is a registered charitable organization and receipts will be issued. Greenbank Lions are collecting the tabs from cans. Contact Don at 905-985-3595 for arrangements. If you have news for this column, contact Jean at 905-985-9921 or

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