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SEAGRAVE by Barb Martyn

Happy New Year 2021, to one and all. We have left behind a year of extremes. A year beginning in March with denial, fear, anxiety, depression, grief, tragedies, natural disasters, riots, protests, isolation, confusion, deplorable situations, missing a hug from a friend, loneliness, and fatigue. It also brought people working together, heroes, creativity, inspiration, patience, adjustments, friends becoming family, resilience, advanced use of technology, drive bys, encouraging signs in windows and lawns, takeouts, and the optimism of vaccinations, changing lives in changing times, turning hope into action. May peace, faith, and love for mankind ignite Hope in 2021.

On December 23rd afternoon, a decorated wagon with people waving and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, pulled by a tractor from Applewood Farm and Winery of Seagrave, drove through Mariposa Estates, and Seagrave.

On December 25th afternoon, Santa (Mr. D) still in his Santa outfit, had time to tour Seagrave on his snowmobile, wishing people a Merry Christmas. Thanks to both for lifting our spirits.

Happy Birthday wishes to Owen Martens on January 4th, Bill Richmond and Robin Drew on January 5th, and Carter Cannon on January 9th.

Sincere condolences to the Blair family on the passing of Marilyn Blair on December 28th, after a courageous battle with cancer. Loving wife of Robert, for 37 years, mother of Jeffrey (Kara), Kyle (Stephanie) and Stephanie. Marilyn was a member of the Seagrave United Church and worked tirelessly over the years on the Seagrave Parks Board. A private service will be held January 9th 2021, at 11 a.m. at Low and Low Funeral Home, and will be live streamed for relatives and friends.

Sunday, January 3rd, the Greenbank, Seagrave Church service with Rev. Stephanie Richmond, was a Christmas Carol service.

Scripture readings were from Isaiah 35:1-10, 11:6-9, 9:2-7 and 63:7-9. Thank you to all who participated in preparing and singing the Christmas Carols. You can view this service at website or on You tube.

Wednesday, January 6th, is the first day of Epiphany, which is the end of the Christmas season. Epiphany means a sudden insight or new understanding, which is very appropriate for the beginning of a new year.

If you wish pastoral care, please contact Rev. Stephanie at 905-718-8086 or

Take the time to contemplate life, and what living means to us. It is time to pause, look around and reflect, as life is fragile. Give thanks and appreciate what we have. Each one of us can make a difference.

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