Thank you to everyone who supported the 4H Exchange club Roast Beef Supper on Saturday evening. The meal was delicious, and the auction was so much fun. They just learned that their club will be twinned with the North Forty Club out of southern Alberta. They will travel there at the beginning of July, and the North Forty Club will journey to Ontario in the beginning of August. The 4H club is also selling tickets for a raffle for a quilt made by Laura Campsall. Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5, and can be purchased from Rob Ashton or Windy Meek.
Our sincere sympathy goes out to Elva Kerry, Cloyne Stearman and their families in the passing of their sister, Wilda, on Monday, February 4th, at the Oshawa Hospital. The funeral was held at the Mount Albert Funeral Home, and the reception was at the Zephyr United Church on Friday, February 8th.
All are welcome attend the Epsom church service at 11 am every Sunday. This upcoming Sunday, February 17th, Gord Taylor will lead worship.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre- last Thursday's euchre winners are: Lorna Edgerton, Dianne Slute and Bill Churchill tied for first place. Barb Blue came in second. Pat Currie was third. Shirley Oldfield finished in fourth place, and also had the most lone hands.Willy Houthuys came in fifth.Van Preibe had the low score.
Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall, everyone is welcome.
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. Don’t forget to get your sweetheart that special gift.
The Seagrave Men's Sunday Night Softball Team is looking for new players 35 years or older. Contact John Olivero at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Elizabeth Redshaw would like to thank everyone for their calls, prayers and cards on the recent passing of her father. Irene Sutch, Stephanie’s mother, thanks everyone for their prayers during her heart surgery and recovery. This Sunday was her first trip to church since the surgery.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Elizabeth Redshaw on February 15th, Betty Somerville and Andy Paul on February 17th, and Lorne Dann on February 18th.
Doris and Roger Bullock were our greeters on Sunday. Keith Puckrin visited the birthday box. The opening prayer acknowledged the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations, whose territory we are on. Evelyn Pike lit the Christ Candle. Children’s time was the story from the 13th century about Priest Valentine and the beginnings of our Valentine's customs. Minister Stephanie also spoke about Black History in Canada. We still have a lot of work to do on this and must learn to love everyone, regardless of colour or gender. Tara Taylor read the Minute for Mission report on community commitment. Diane Puckrin assisted Minister Stephanie with the communion.
February 14th at 7 p.m. Let’s Talk About. Discussion will be based around the February 10th, Sunday service message. All are welcome to this open conversation, and evening of fellowship.
February 17th at 9:15 a.m. Pajama Morning Service. Get your cozy P.J's ready.
February 20th at 7:30 p.m. Congregational Meeting in the basement.
February 24th at 9:15 a.m. Baptism of Emelia Mae Pike.
February 26th at 7:30 p.m. Official Board Meeting at the Greenbank Church.
March 18th at 6:00 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Supper. More information to follow. To reserve seats, please call Jean at (905) 985-9921 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Last week brought school bus cancellations again on February 6th, due to severe temperatures, icy roads and walkways.
The afternoon U.C.W. Fidelis Unit meeting was cancelled.
The Evening U.C.W. Unit will meet Wednesday, February 13th, at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Everyone is welcome.
Sunday, February 17th, there will be an Intergenerational Service. This service will include the children, and it is the day to wear pyjamas to church.
Sunday, February 24th is the Greenbank Congregational Annual Meeting following the service. Please plan to attend, and please bring sandwiches or sweets for the potluck luncheon.
Tuesday, February 26th, at 7:30 p.m. is the Official Board Meeting at the Greenbank U.C.
There will be no 'World Day of Prayer Service' at Wick.
Sunday, March 3rd, a Lasagna Dinner will be hosted by the Evening U.C.W. Unit at the Greenbank Church. See members for tickets.
March 6th, is Ash Wednesday Service at the Greenbank Church, at 7 p.m.
The 62nd Annual Sunderland Lions Music Festival will be held from Monday, February 11th, until Friday, February 22nd. Hundreds of musicians from across the region are participating in this popular event held at the Sunderland Town Hall and at the Saint Andrew's United Church in Sunderland. Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. A Festival Pass is available for $12, or admission to each individual session is $3. For more information go to the following web address: www.sunderlandlionsmusicfestival.com. Lunch will be served daily in the church banquet hall by the St. Andrew's U.C.W. There will be homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts at reasonable prices.
At Greenbank's Sunday Service of Communion, discussion focused on Black History, and the children's story discussed the origin of Valentine's Day. Carlie Doble helped Minister Stephanie light the Christ Candle. Young Brynn Smith sang her vocal solo “Somebody Loves Me”, as she prepares to present at the Music Festival. It was a delight to hear her sing. The choral anthem “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone”, was a beautiful message.
More backpacks for Guatemala are being made on Monday, February 11th, at 9 a.m., by volunteers. More than 70 knitted teddy bears have been made by Eunice Rahm for the children of Guatemala. Minister Stephanie thanked her verbally, and the congregation acknowledged their thanks with their applause for the gifts of time and talent.
Hugh and Roberta Baird celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary on February 8th. Best wishes for this special milestone go to the Baird's.
On a sad note, condolences are extended to the family of R.J. Smith of Sunderland, who passed away last week, after a lengthy illness.Condolences also go out to Elva Kerry of Epsom, and Cloyne Stearman of Uxbridge, with the recent death of their older sister, Wilda Myers, whose funeral service was held on Friday, February 8th, at Mount Albert.
Greenbank Public School's grade six students are doing 'Candy Grams' for Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14th, the school choir performs in the morning at the Sunderland Music Festival. It is also Hot Dog Day on Thursday. Family Day, on February 18th, means no school on Monday, and another short week for students and teachers.
This week started off on a very wintery note and it seems like it will continue for the rest of January, at the very least. How can it be the end of January already? I know, it is closer to spring, but the months all seem to go so quickly now and then spring will be gone too.
Because of the pending storm warning church was cancelled on Sunday. Actually, most of the morning was quite beautiful, but that gradually changed with clouds, gusts of wind, blowing snow and then more snow after the 6”, or so, we received overnight. It was a great day for taking bird photos, as the birds spent copious amounts of time at the feeders stocking up. Snow on trees is always a good photo subject, one I still haven’t mastered that very well yet.
Generally speaking, this has been a good news week. Gord Rolling is home, in Mount Albert, from the hospital but is pretty much confined to a wheelchair. We wish him better health and comfort in the days ahead. Debbie Wilson is also out of the hospital after her surgery, and she will know in a few days what is to follow. Best wishes for a complete recovery for Debbie and many more healthy years ahead. Ted Meyers was also given a clean bill of health and by now is back on the golf green.
Best wishes to Willa Worsley who has retired from her 30 year ownership of “Presents, Presents”. This business was probably one of the longest running stores in the downtown area. I expect she will do some more travelling, and maybe more bird watching activities. The Worsley family has lived just up the road from me, for many years, and have contributed very much to the community over the years.
A number of people have celebrated birthdays this past week. Best wishes for continued good health and enjoyment of life go to the original Mustard twins, Chris and Craig. Their parents, and grandparents, must be very proud of the way these young men have carried on the family farm.
Congratulations also go out to my former PSW worker, Pat Snooks. Pat was also raised in this area, and sees many old friends in her daily work. Jennifer Wilson and Phil had a very special birthday, and recently returned from Florida after attending the wedding of their son Jeff to new wife Rachel.
Rachel Sutherland Arnaud celebrated this week as well. Rachel will be remembered as the former assistant curator at the Uxbridge Scott Museum, and is now the full time curator at the Port Hope Archives.
Les and Erin Smith have returned from a 10 day stay in Florida. So many people are coming back to this cold weather.
Stan and Amy Smalley are very proud of their daughter, Catherine, who graduated last weekend from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. Wow. How amazing is that. Congratulations to the whole family. Stan and Amy spent the weekend in Halifax with her.
I have been asked by Nancy Marr, former Museum curator, to place the following notices for our neighbours in Udora: Udora Hall Board is looking for more volunteer members. Our next meeting is on Thursday, February 7th, at 7pm at the Udora Hall located at 24 Victoria Road. Uxbridge and Georgina residents are eligible to join the board, and are invited to attend the meeting.
Yuk Yuks Stand-Up Comedy is returning to the Udora Community Hall on Saturday, February 23rd. This is a fundraiser for the Udora Community Hall. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Udora General Store, and U.P.I. Gas. Cash only. There will be a cash bar at the show. The show will sell out, so please pick up your tickets ahead of time.
On Tuesday, the Sandford church council met at the church. A number of items were discussed. We are all saddened to learn that because both churches are having a cash flow problem, Reverend Eiko will only be with us for a few more months. There are still many things to take care of in the meantime.
On Thursday, the UCW met with only a few members present, but hosted two lovely guests. Some expected attendees were unable to attend due to illness, and the fact that school buses were cancelled that morning and the kids were at home. We had a scrumptious meal before the worship service, which was followed by the annual business meeting. The executive will remain the same, and the dates for future meetings have been planned. All women are welcome to attend with us.
That evening, at the Scugog Public Library, the North Durham Nature group met at 7 p.m. Because of the weather, I suspect, there was a smaller turnout than usual, but it was an interesting evening. Several members gave short slide presentations using their own photographs. One particularly lovely display was given by local photographer Steven Wright. He had some gorgeous shots of the recent super wolf moon eclipse. Ross James also had some “real” slides from years ago. Ross comes from Sunderland area, and was the former curator of birds at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Next Sunday, weather permitting, church will continue, as a joint venture, in Zephyr starting at 10 a.m. This will be the venue for the rest of the month. Reverend Eiko will be away on the 17th. Adele Boy will tell us about some of the highlights of her three month working experience in Palestine and Jerusalem, which may not have been very safe.
On Wednesday, February 6th, the UCW ladies, and friends, will be serving the “Souper Lunch”, at St. Andrew’s church for the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank. It is always a fun day for all. There will be good food and good company.
On Tuesday, March 5th, it will be Shrove Tuesday. The Sandford UCW and Council are having a pancake supper. Admission is $5, and for children 12 and under, it is free. You are welcome to contribute some food to this event. There may also be a few games to play afterwards. Everyone is invited to the church. A sign-up sheet was available last Sunday, but it will move to Zephyr next week.
Thank-you to Pastor John Molenaar for being the Minister, for the church family, twice in January. On Sunday, February 3rd, Reverend Lionel Ketola will be the Minister. The church reports are due this Sunday for the AGM meeting on February 24th.
A beautiful and fun double baby shower was held in Sutherland for first time mom to-be, Rachel, and second time mom to-be, Andrea. They received beautiful and useful gifts that will soon be put to good use. Best wishes go out to Rachel and Graeme, and to Andrea and Tom.
Sincere condolences go out to Lloyd and Nancy Morden, and their family, in the passing of Lloyd's father, Douglas Morden of Greenwood. The funeral, at the Barnes Funeral Home, was held on Sunday January 27th. Please send news items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter has arrived with some chilly temperatures, and definitely our fair share of snow. The school buses were cancelled last Monday and Thursday due to inclement weather.
The Blackstock Agricultural Society held its AGM on Thursday, January 24th, and this year’s directors and officers were elected. Dale VanCamp was honoured as the Past President, In-Memorium. Karen Barkey was elected to be the new President. Courtney Peeters was elected Vice President, and Steven Backs was elected as Homecraft President. Jim Byers, Lawrence McLaughlin, Linda McLaughlin, and John Wolters were elected as the new Honourary Directors. Additional directors and officers are as follows: Denise Aston, Steven Backs, Ann Julia Bajema, Karen Barkey, Jennifer Griffin, Craig Larmer, Sarah Malcolm, Mary Meyer, Courtney Peeters, Barry VanCamp, David VanCamp, and Janet VanCamp.
Cartwright Sports & Recreation is hosting their Annual Comedy Night with a Twist. The show “Comedy Hypnosis with Adam Graeme,” will take place on Friday, February 1st, at the Blackstock Recreation Centre from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The event is for ages 19+ and will include a cash bar. All proceeds will go towards improvements for the Cartwright Fields. Advance tickets are $25, or you can pay $30 at the door, subject to availability. To purchase tickets, the following contacts are available. Wilma Wotten at (905) 261-6607 or at email@example.com, Katrina Wotten at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by Clearwater Pools in Port Perry, or to Malcolm’s Auto in Nestleton. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit the Facebook event page:
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The Fletcher Bonspiel will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, at the Port Perry Curling Club. This is a major fundraiser for the Blackstock Curling Club. There is limited space available for a total of 16 teams. The early draw starts at 8:30 a.m., and the late draw starts at 10:30 a.m. There are two eight-end games. Lunch is included. The cost is $200 per team. There will be a silent auction running throughout the day. For more information, please contact Karen Kadowaki at (905) 986-4263.
The Blackstock Drum Circle meets at the Blackstock-Nestleton United Church on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is a small group of people, with room for more, that have a passion for drumming. A limited number of drums are available to rent for $5. If you have your own drum, it is $2 for the evening. If you would like to try it out or join in, please call Michelle Adams at (905) 986-4817.
This week's euchre winners are: Gail Crawford finished in first place. Jocelyn Bradbury came in second place, and had the most lone hands. Ellen Gibson came in third place. Wilma VanCamp came in fourth place. Harvey Graham, Barb Blue and Mary Lou Breward tied for fifth place. Blackstock euchre is held every Tuesday evening (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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Caesarea Nestleton Euchre. Here are Thursday's euchre winners: Norm Lackner finished in first place. Pat Currie came in second. Bill Churchill and John Kay tied for third. Eileen Nelson and Bryan Allemang tied for fourth place. Alma Manns finished in fifth place. Alma Manns, Norm Lackner Pat Currie and Shirley Oldfield tied for most lone hands. Carter Roberts had the low score. Ben Crawford had the mid score. Congratulations to all of our winners, and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Blackstock & District Lions Club: We were pleased to welcome District Governor Jean-Claude Lagrange and Lion Elena Mihu to a recent meeting of our Lions Club. During their visit, Lions members inducted were Sharon Baker, Jennifer Bankay, and Tom Derlis. Welcome to our Lions family; it is wonderful to have more hands to provide service to our community. In the next month we shall be preparing to host our annual Lions “Junior English Effective Speaking Contest”, involving students from the Cartwright Central Public School in Blackstock. Thank-you to Ms. Moase for organizing the school program, and to Mrs. Young for your support and encouragement. More details will be made available soon. Reserve Saturday, March 23rd for our Lions, “March Madness Dance”, in support of Operation Scugog, and our Lions Clubs Camp Kirk Foundation. Tickets will be available soon.
The cold temperature last Monday, on the 21st of January, accompanied with rain, led to icy roads on Wednesday the 23rd, which meant school closures for Durham, and some other schools including Greenbank. Winter is here with more snow, winds, and colder temperatures.
The Mission Team, going to Guatemala, is having a workbee at the Greenbank Church on Friday, February 1st at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be making drawstring backpacks for the children of Guatemala, and they need your help. An assembly line, for efficiency, will be set up for fabric cutters, ironing, sewers, pinners, and cord-fishers. If you have a portable sewing machine, please bring it in. If you are “crafty” and able to help, the team would love to see you there, for any amount of time you can volunteer.
February 6th, the Fidelis Unit U.C.W. meets at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
February 6th, the Evening U.C.W. Unit will meet at 7 p.m. at the church. Visitors are always welcome to both meetings.
February 8th, at 6:30 p.m., at the Sunderland United Church, the churches of Seagrave, Greenbank, Sunderland, Vroomanton, Epsom, and Vromanton invite everyone to their 1st shared ministry event for Black History month. There will be a movie and discussion night, featuring the movie “42”, which is the story of Jackie Robinson.
The Durham West 4H Exchange Club “Valentine Roast Beef Supper” is on February 9th, at the Sandford Hall at 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For tickets call Rob at (905) 852-2388. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for 4H students, and $10 for children under 10 years of age.
At Sunday's service we were greeted by Tom and Valerie Hunter, and their granddaughter Carlie Doble. Happy Birthday wishes go out to 6 year old Bryce Hanson, who lit the Christ Candle with Minister Stephanie. The children's story “God made you”, and the sermon entitled “One Body, Many Gifts”, were reminders of how special each person is. We are made in the image of God, and each person has talents, gifts, passions, and the ability to reach out to others with love. The organist for the service was Wilma Smith, and Doug Watson provided piano accompaniment for the choir's music ministry, “In Christ Alone”. Coffee and refreshments follow service each Sunday during the time of fellowship.
The Greenbank School Choir is busy practising with Mrs. D. Bell for the upcoming Sunderland Lions Club Music Festival, starting February 14th.
On Wednesday, January 30th, it will be Healthy Snack Lunch Day, with grilled cheese sandwiches being served at the Greenbank Public School.
I'm glad to hear that Graham Smith is recovering nicely at home following his appendectomy operation on January 22nd.
Please forward your news to me at 20018 Hwy 12, or call me at (905) 985-0535.
Do you realize that in less than 11 months it will be Christmas again, and in five more days we will be into the new month of February. We are finally getting a real blast of winter weather, which is great for the skiers, the snowmobilers, and the winter sport enthusiasts. Drive your cars with care as you travel to the trails, the hills and the skating rinks.
The Greenbank-Seagrave Lions Club is collecting pull tabs to finance seeing eye dogs. Any pull tabs from beer cans, pop cans, or any other type of pull tab are acceptable. Contact Don Beacock for pickup, or call (905) 985-3595 for more information.
The Seagrave Men's Sunday Night Softball Team is looking for new players that are 35 years of age or older. Contact John Olivero at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Important notice: All committee reports for the Annual Report must be submitted by February 2nd to the co-ordinator, Betty Lou Beacock at this email: email@example.com.
Get well wishes are sent out to all who are “under the weather” this week.
Happy 9th birthday wishes go out to Mya Puckrin, whose birthday is on February 1st.
A thank-you goes out to Len Somerville this week, for bringing his equipment, on a cold Saturday, to break up the thick ice in the church parking lot and lane way. A thank-you also goes out to Dale Goddard, for replacing and updating the supplies for the AED in the basement.
Sunday morning was cold, snowy and blustery, but several people gathered together for our service. The greeters were Chris and Brooke Acton. The scripture reader was Wendy Hughes. The Christ candle was lit by Emelia Pike and Steph-anie. The Ministry of Music anthem was entitled “He” and was sung in harmony, and with humming. It was beautiful. The Minute for Mission was read by Dale Goddard. It was about the gathering of LGBTQ people who are learning about gender identity. The Youth and Young At Heart story was read by Minister Stephanie, and was entitled “When God Made You”. It was told that God made you all shiny and new, and that each one of us is one of a kind, and we are all wanted, needed and loved. You are special and wonderful just the way you are. Stephanie’s sermon was entitled “One Body, Many Gifts”. She told us that every single person is important, and has a gift to share while we are work-ing together in unity. It may not always work, but we won’t know unless we try. We are called to use our gifts as disciples of Christ.
February 1st, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calling all the sewers at the Green-bank Church. There will be a get-together to make drawstring backpacks for the children in Guatemala, and your help is needed. There will be an assembly line for fabric cutters, ironing, sewers, pinners and cord-fishers.
February 8th, at 6.30 p.m. The Churches of Sunderland, Roma, Seagrave, Greenbank, Vromanton, Epsom and Utica, invite everyone to our first shared ministry event at the Sunderland church. At this gathering, for Black History Month, the movie “42” will be shown. It is the story of Jackie Robinson. Following the movie, there will be a discussion.
February 9th, at 9 a.m. Valentine's Breakfast. It will be hosted by the Men’s Breakfast Group. A free will offering will be accepted. Please call Rick at (905) 985-8383 or email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.
February 10th, at 9:15 a.m. Communion Service.
February 17th, at 9:15 a.m. Pajama Morning Service. Get your cozy pajamas ready.
February 20th, at 7:30 p.m. Congregational meeting in the basement.
February 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Official Board Meeting at the Greenbank church.
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