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SEAGRAVE by Jean Short

Less than a month until Christmas and the snow has melted, temperatures are on the plus side and people are putting up their Christmas decorations, but I am beginning to wonder if we have had our winter. We really need that white “stuff” for a background for the lights. Condolences go to the Hurst Family on the recent passing of Gene Hurst. Gene and his siblings grew up at “Honey’s Corners”. Our sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Ross Fairman who passed away Sunday. A Celebration of Life will be held on November 30th at Greenbank United Church from 1 to 4 p.m. A time of sharing will be at 2 p.m. The greeters at Sunday’s service were Diane and Keith Puckrin. The Christ candle was lit by Jonathon Feyen. Happy Birthday to Wyn Hughes, Joan Lee and Wendy Hudgins who visited the birthday box. The choir sang “All that I Am”, directed by choir director Joan Lee. The Scripture reader was Donna Kent. This Sunday was Mission Sunday. For Youth and Young at Heart time Minister Stephanie read the story “Love Your Neighbour”, to help people help themselves and learn to live together in harmony. Seven members of the Greenbank/Seagrave Guatemala Mission team were present and Brian Jones, Juli Myers, Cathy Nix and Stephanie Richmond shared some of their experiences. Life in Guatemala is so vastly different from our culture and the team did what they wanted to do, to give support and hope to the people and pave the way for future teams. ‘Tis that time of year and we are busy preparing to help others. We have adopted a family through Operation Scugog and also a local family. A list of needed items is in the Great Room. For more information, contact Wendy Hudgins at 905-260-0427 or Tara at 905-985-9479. There is a Worry Doll fund raiser at a cost of $10, each with 100 percent of the funds being donated to victims of sexual assault, domestic assault, abuse, gender-based violence and domestic human trafficking. For more information, contact Dale at 289-355-8979.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: November 28th – Let’s Talk About! Scripture to be discussed is Luke 1:39-80. December 1st – 9.15 a.m. First Sunday of Advent and Communion December 7th – 4 p.m. Port Perry, Greenbank and Seagrave United Churches will be participating together in the Santa Claus parade. You are welcome to join us at the Port Perry Fair grounds. December 7th – 6:30 p.m. Salem Church Candlelight Service and carol sing. Everyone welcome. Salem Church is located at the intersection of Salem Road and Fingerboard Road, City of Kawartha Lakes. December 8th – 9.15 a.m. White Gift Sunday. Please bring New mitts, hats, scarves, wool work socks for men and women to be donated to those experiencing homelessness. December 8th – 3 p.m. A Christmas Carol Reading at St. Andrews United Church, Sunderland. Tickets are $20. Following the reading of Dicken’s Classic there will be a reception with refreshments of cider, tea, coffee and snacks. A donation of a non-perishable food item would be appreciated. December 10th – 12 Noon Out to Lunch in the Friendship Hall. Menu: casseroles, salads and Christmas Pudding. Entertainment, carol singing and door prizes. Free will offering. Donations to the Scugog Food Bank will be gratefully accepted. They can always use paper products. To reserve a seat call Jean at 905-985-9921 or email December 11th – 7.30 p.m. Tinsel and Tears service at Greenbank Church December 14th – 8:30 a.m. Men’s Group Breakfast at the Blue Heron Casino. Wednesdays at Seagrave “Walk with me group”. 9 a.m. Everyone welcome.

Stephanie’s office hours at Seagrave United Church are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you wish to make an appointment call 905-718-8086 or email If you wish to rent the Friendship Hall, please call Rick at 905-985-8383 or email him at If you have any items for this news column, please e-mail or phone Jean@905-985-9921.

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