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SEAGRAVE by Barb Martyn

Have you noticed the daylight hours are becoming shorter? Yes, we have entered the month of August and nature will begin gradually changing its landscape. Not only is nature changing, so is Durham region as it enters into Stage 3. Please, continue to be cautious and kind to others, by wearing a mask and remaining 2 metres (6 feet) apart. Yes, we are Canadians and are known to be polite, but sometimes it is necessary to say step back, when others come too close. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. (Mark Twain). Special Announcement: The re-opening of the Seagrave Greenbank Pastoral Church committee met July 29th. It was decided to revisit and re-assess the situation again in late September, while closely monitoring the provincial, national and international situations. Our priority is to maintain the wellbeing of all parishioners. Happy belated special birthday wishes to Chris Hocker on July 30th. Sincere sympathy is extended to Christine and Brooke Acton on the passing of Christine’s father, Cecil Ross Williams, on July 29th, at the Wynfield Long Term Care Residence, at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife Mary Elizabeth (nee Bristol) of 70 years. His funeral was held at The Oshawa Funeral Home on King Street, August 1st, officiated by Minister Stephanie Richmond. The service was video taped and can be viewed for up to one month. August 2nd was the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. The scripture reading was Matthew 14:13-21. This passage is the story of Jesus, dividing 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed the multitude of 5,000 people. Life can be overwhelming, and one wonders, “What can I possibly do to help the needs of others?”. Your one deed will not go unnoticed, it will grow. Communion was shared during this service. I highly recommend watching the Seagrave Greenbank United Churches’ virtual services on the website or also on You Tube. On You Tube just look for the name Stephanie Richmond. Next Sunday’s service will be about water. It is suggested you send in your photos for coffee hour, pertaining to water and include yourself. A heartfelt thank you to those who prepare, participate, and view the virtual Sunday services, which can be viewed at any time. Thanks also to those who faithfully put out and bring in the food at the daily food bank, and those who make weekly phone calls. If we have missed contacting you and you wish a personal prayer, grocery or medication pickup, just to chat, or photos for coffee hour, contact Minister Stephanie at, text or call at 905-718-8086. As we continue to do the work of God, even though not worshipping in our building, you may wish to continue supporting the Seagrave Church. Cheques can be mailed to Carol Coleman at 151 River Street, Seagrave, Ontario, L0C 1G0. For further options, contact Carol at 905-243-4628 or Hope your Civic Holiday was enjoyable. August 1st also was Emancipation Day in Canada. This day allows us an opportunity to examine what freedom and liberation mean today. August 3rd was Terry Fox Day. It’s 40 years since Terry began his Marathon of Hope. Greenbank Lions Club are collecting tabs from cans. Contact Don at 905-985-3595 for information. If you have news for this column, contact Jean at 905-985-9921 or

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