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SEAGRAVE by Barb Martyn

We are anxiously awaiting the blooming of the “Liberation 75 Tulips” that Fran Taylor donated and planted last fall, in the Seagrave Church flower bed. These tulips are in honour of the fallen Canadians of the Liberation of the Netherlands. The goal was to plant 1.1 million bulbs throughout the country, in honour of the 1.1 million Canadians who served during the Second World War. Spring is happening on the Forsythe family farm on Cragg Road in Greenbank. They had the birth of two baby goats this past week and one lamb a month ago. Marjorie Chambers recently had successful eye surgery and is home and doing well. We extend our sincere sympathy to the following Greenbank families: Pauline and Ferron Young on the recent passing of Pauline’s mother, Rebecca (Reta) Brown. Families of Marlene Blain, who passed away March 10th. Her celebration of life is to take place at a later date. Jim and Leslie Forsythe on the passing of Jim’s mother Margaret on March 13th, at a remarkable age of 97. Cathy, Galberg, Tara, Jennifer and Kelly on the passing of Cathy’s husband Mogen, on March 15th at home. Mogen was instrumental in starting Greenbank Folk Music Society and was involved in supporting the Society as long as he was able. This is the fourth week of Lent. Who can we trust when we cannot see the way forward? We are fearful, but we go forward in faith. We trust in God, who accompanies and leads us. Let us journey through the shadows towards the light. Please STAY HOME, with no visitors, during this COVID19 pandemic. This time can be overwhelming, and is a journey into unknown territory and is to be taken seriously. We can do this together, using common sense and abiding by the precautions. Find delight in doing something meaningful each day, contacting family and friends, setting goals, and tending to your own needs. We invite you on Sunday at 11 a.m., to bow your head, extend your arms, and envision holding hands of all the people around the entire universe praying together, saying: Heavenly Father, teach us to be your faithful people in this time of global crisis. Help us to follow in the footsteps of our faithful Shepherd, Jesus, who laid down his life for the sake of Love. Calm our racing hearts and fill our troubled minds with hope and our spirit with peace. Give us the necessary caution and wisdom from unwittingly spreading this deadly virus. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Seagrave Church has suspended services and activities up to and including March 29th. As the situation changes, decisions will become available. In the meantime, think of how the Seagrave Church can help in the Community? Write down your suggestions and ideas and when our doors have re-opened, submit your suggestions in the box in the Great Room. or you can e-mail Barb at barberick@sympatico.ca. Minister Stephanie has recorded on-line services and prayer time at https://youtu.beld_cP7fJxXZQ for your listening. If you wish to speak with Minister Stephanie or have a personal prayer, you are welcome to contact her at 905-718-8086 or email the following address: ssutchrichmond@gmail.com. The Park Board is hosting an Earth Day and Pancake Breakfast on May 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are looking for environmentally based vendors at a cost of $20. All proceeds go to park and hall improvements. They will also collect used clothing and small household items. Contact Dianne at the following address: seagrave.park.on@gmail.com. The Lions Club is selling lawn and garden fertilizer in 55 lb. bags at $30 per bag. To place your order contact Don at 905-985-3595, prior to April 26th. If you have news for this column, e-mail Jean at this email address: grammmiejean2010@hotmail.com, or call Barb at 905-985-8383 or email her at: barberick@sympatico.ca.

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