A golden light at the end of a sunny winter’s day captures a moment of beauty in a glorious sunset, and this occurred on both Friday and Saturday evenings of this past week. The sky was aglow with pale oranges, pinks and yellows, with a hint of slate grey streaks. It makes one stop and take notice of the calmness and beauty of nature.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Doug Ferris on January 2nd. Happy birthday wishes to Avery Puckrin on January 13th, Len Somerville on January 14th, and Justin Thomas on January 17th. Happy Birthday wishes are also to extended to Joyce Abraham, who will be 80 years young on January 22nd. Joyce is now residing at Port Perry Place and still as feisty as ever.

Happy Anniversary to Geoff and Jennifer Luke on January 12th.

Sincere sympathy to the Gibson family on the passing of Irvin Gibson on January 1st, 2020 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Dorothy (Graham), loving father of Barbara Brignall (Lloyd deceased), Terri Baird (Robert), Gary (Joyce), and Coralee. A private family service will be held at Wagg Funeral Home, and they will hold a celebration of life at a later date. Interment will be at Salem United Church Cemetery.

We keep in our prayers and thoughts all who are experiencing various health issues.

Greenbank United Church is having a food drive drop off of nonperishable food items on Sunday, January 17th, from 1 to 3 p.m. Please remain in your vehicle and a volunteer will remove your donations. Please check the expiry dates. All protocols will be followed.

Sunday services and events at Greenbank and Seagrave Churches have been suspended indefinitely due to the province-wide lockdown. Sunday virtual services can be viewed on their website, seagrave-church.com or greenbankuc@gmail.com or on YouTube. Zoom meetings will continue.

Sunday, January 10th, was the “Celebration of the baptism of Christ”, in the Jordan River. Baptism is the outward sign of God’s great love for us. It is important to remember that, “We are not alone”. Scripture readings were Mark l:1-11 and Acts 19:1-7. Opal, the ostrich hand puppet, now has another new friend named Roland. Roland is a pack rat and is eager to make friends and learn about God’s love.

If you would like a personal prayer, a visit remotely, or virtually, or to submit a photo for Sunday’s virtual worship service Coffee Time, contact Rev. Stephanie Richmond by phone at 905-718-8086 or by email at gspastoralcharge@gmail.com.

If you wish to make a donation to support the Seagrave Church, contact Carol by phone at 905-243-4628 or by email at cc.coleman@sympatico.ca for various methods.

Monday, January 18th, is Martin Luther King Day. “The ultimate measure of a man, is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King.