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SEAGRAVE by Jean Short

Today is Remembrance Day. We stop and remember those who gave their lives so we could live in a free country. God Bless those men and women! Sympathy to the family and friends of Murdoch Blair who passed away on November 4th at the age of 88. He had been a member of the church since 1970. A candle has been lit at the church in his memory. His family placed flowers in the church in his memory. A huge “Thank You” to all the volunteers and the community for their contributions, and attendance resulting in another successful Turkey Supper. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Joan Lee, our choir director (November 14th). Some Seagravers will remember Kaye & Norm Nicol, who lived in Robinglade Estates for many years. They have lived in Alberta for the past few years. Kaye battled lung cancer for several months, but succumbed to its vicious nature on Saturday, November 9th, 2019. She was a very special woman and will be missed by her Seagrave friends. Congratulations to Minister Stephanie on receiving her approval for ordination to become a Reverend in May 2020. Fran Taylor donated tulip bulbs to the church, in celebration of the 75th Anniversary, 1945 – 2020 to honour the Liberation of Holland. The tulip bulbs were blessed by Stephanie. There were 1.1 million bulbs sent to Canada from Holland for the 1.1 million Canadians who served. Fran planted the bulbs in the south flower bed and we are looking forward to seeing large orange tulips in the spring. Greeters were Dale Goddard and Richard Charron. The Christ candle was lit by Paul Button. Jack and Elizabeth Redshaw visited the birthday box in celebration of their anniversary. Scripture reader was Irene Sutch. The Remembrance Day service was filled with meaningful presentations. Our guest, Shona Stone played the Prelude, the Lament, and Amazing Grace on her bagpipes. Stephanie read the story entitled “A Poppy Is To Remember” for the Youth and Young at Heart. She also read the Ontario Award Written poem by Howard Bailey from Blackstock, entitled “Why I Wear a Poppy”. Brett Puckrin introduced some family history and his daughters who were guest speakers, Avery age 11 and Mya age 9. Avery read her message “What Remembrance Means to Me”, and both girls read 8 prayers, lighting a candle for each. Glenda Owler shared a letter from her uncle who was a prisoner in the First World War, read by Stephanie. Carol Coleman shared the story written by her father, Ken Sturman, who was in the Peace Keeping Corp after the war, and was stationed in Germany from 1951 – 1955. Large paper poppies were handed out and each person wrote a personal message, then went forward and pinned their poppy on a large cross. November 13th – 10 a.m. Session meeting in the Great Room. November 14th –7.00 p.m. Let’s Talk About! Subject to discuss is Luke 1: 1-38. All welcome. November 14th – 11:00 a.m. – Meditation on Scripture Group with Minister Stephanie at Greenbank Church. All are welcome. November 17th – 10:00 a.m. (Not the time has changed) Greenbank Anniversary Service. Seagrave will be worshipping with Greenbank along with Sunderland, Vroomanton, Utica and Epsom parishioners. All are welcome. November 18th – 7:30 p.m. Turkey Supper Wrap Up meeting in the Friendship Hall. All captains please bring their reports. Everyone is welcome. November 26th – 7:00 p.m. Important! Congregational meeting to discuss the future ministry of our church and vote on pursuing Stephanie as our minister. Note: all congregational people are welcome to attend, however only those who are in “full membership” are eligible to vote. If you are uncertain of your voting eligibility please contact a member of session. December 10th – 12 noon, “Out to Lunch” in the Friendship Hall. Menu: casseroles, salads and Christmas Pudding. Entertainment: carol singing and door prizes. To reserve a seat call Jean at 905-985-9921 or email Wednesdays at Seagrave United Church: “Walk with me Group” at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Stephanie’s office hours at Seagrave United Church are on Wednesdays from 10 to 2 p.m. If you wish to make an appointment, call 905-718-8086 or email this address: If you wish to rent the Friendship Hall, please call Rick at 905-985-8383 or email him at this address: If you have any items for this news column, please email the email address: or phone Jean at 905-985-9921.

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