Here we are, past the middle of February already! The snow has melted and will probably disappear entirely in the next few days. Is it a teaser? More than likely, but Spring is still that much closer. I keep looking for my hyacinths that are planted close to the wall. They usually poke their noses out way too early and I have to keep covering them up, but it’s always nice to see anyway.
It has been a busy couple of weeks for birthdays, with Bill Lockie, Gisela Rolling, David Risebrough, Travis Smalley, Bruce Harwood, and Grant Hill among the several I know of. Congratulations to them and to any others.
Congratulations also to Kirsten (Wilson) and Tim Merrill on the birth of their sixth child, Judah Benjamin, another grandchild for Wayne and Marcia Wilson.
Also becoming grandparents for the second time are Ron and Ellen Smalley, as Eric and Erika have another small daughter, born way back December 20th, 2017! Her name is Brielle Anne Roslyn, a wee sister for Brooklyn.
Happy to report that Aunt Elaine Cox is steadily improving and getting around much easier now! Another friend, George Johnson, is home again, but learning to walk without a hip joint for the time being.
On Tuesday night, February 13th, a goodly number of members and friends met at the church to enjoy a pancake supper. There was an over-abundance of food, as usual, with lucky draws and valentines for all. We were happy to welcome several people we don’t see often and hope they will come more often.
Thursday evening the Uxbridge Genealogy Group met at the library. Serge Pacquet, an archivist from Ontario Archives was the guest speaker and delivered a dynamic and information packed talk on the Canada Company, a public agency which sold land to settlers beginning in 1824. Although most of the lands they owned, and subsequently sold to settlers, were in the Huron Tract, previously belonging to the Chippewa Nation, it was very interesting. There were some lots also in the Uxbridge area. There were only a few, but something to look for if researching here.
On Friday night the family of Betty Munro Somerville surprised her with a huge special birthday party at the Piano Cafe in Port Perry. The room was crowded with friends and family from all around the area. Betty has been involved in many aspects of the community for years, and latterly in politics, presently serving as a councillor for Scugog Township. She was born and lived her early years just north of Epsom, where her parents still live, and when she married Len they moved to the family farm south of Seagrave. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the life of a wonderful lady and friend, while she still is very much with us.
Saturday evening, along with a couple of sorority sisters, Robin John and Laurie Bond, their spouses Tom and Mike, and a friend Joan McKenzie, we had supper at Wixen Bridge followed by the drama at the Music Hall, the “Drowsy Chaperone”. This was the funniest thing I have seen for years! I had no idea of it at all, but it was terrifically well done, both the acting and the singing, with flamboyant costumes and overdramatic moments. If you need a good laugh, and who doesn’t these days, make sure you go to see it this weekend.
Sunday afternoon was another Celebration of Life but this time for a friend who passed away a couple of weeks ago. There was a huge crowd at Scugog Recreational Centre to remember Hillis Wilbur. Hillis live most of his life in Utica, first with his parents Ralph and Vivien, his sister Dorothy and younger brother Glen, who predeceased him, and still lived there with his wife Carol.
Hillis’s mother was one of my public school teachers at Epsom. Hillis was a year ahead in high school, but wife Carol Beare was a classmate and teammate for most of our years in PPHS. Hillis was well known for the many teams of both hockey and baseball that he coached over the years. His three sons, a daughter-in-law and a couple of friends gave heartfelt eulogies.
Because church services at Sandford and Zephyr were cancelled last Sunday, we had a double event this week as we observed the Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Communion. Each person who wished was marked by a cross on their forehead or the palm of their hand, with ashes made from burning last year’s palm leaves.
The Communion Service was preceded by learning a, somewhat, new song, “Eat This Bread” led by Rev. Eiko and Melinda. Before the message Melinda had sung a lovely song for meditation. Al Sopel assisted Rev. Eiko in distributing the elements while Carol Johnson read the scriptures.
Family Day came at a great time, as we all are trying to get through the blah of February.
The Tuesday evening pancake supper was very well attended. So wonderful to have the young adults flipping delicious pancakes and to have neighbours enjoying time together. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this evening so successful. Your generous donations will be shared between the Loaves and Fishes and Operation Scugog food banks.
The celebration of life for Hillis Wilbur on Sunday afternoon at the Scugog Recreation Centre gave all who attended a peek into his life, that he enjoyed so much with family and friends. Our sympathy to his wife Carol, their three sons and their families.
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Rev. Michele Hofman, welcomed those who came out to Worship this Sunday at the little church with a big heart. Anyone one wishing to come out, the service is every Sunday morning at 10 am.
In the next few weeks with spring coming, there will be a few activities coming up: a St Patrick's Day supper in April; a spring Bazaar; and some times there is a soup and sandwich luncheon, so keep your eyes open.
Also the First Nation Community will be soon having the Annual Spring Drum Social, with a pot luck lunch first. then shortly after will be the annual spring Arts and Crafts Native Show and sale. These are always fun times to be had.
This week Happy Birthday Wishes go out to: Sandra Stewart and Dwayne Coons, both on the 17th; Lonny Coons and Ashton Taylor both on the 18th; Gary LaRocca on the 19th, Joshua Johnson, Corbin Marsden-Blackface, and Lori Stevenson all on the 20th; Oakly Williams on the 22nd; Akisha Marsden-Mutua, and Jon Williamson, on the 23rd; and Happy Birthday to anyone who was missed
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Family Day brings a bit of milder weather along with the forecast of rain this week. The snow will once again practically disappear, but we still have March which can be wintery!
The Olympics have brought a variety of sports entertainment to those of you who are following the competitions. Go Canada go!
For those who enjoy movies, you may want to travel to Sunderland United Church for the free Family Movie February 23rd and March 16th at 7 p.m.
A Spring Fashion Show featuring Hamilton Creek fashions, Hamilton Creek Travel Trends, Jingles and Country Loonies, will be held at Sunderland U.C. Sunday, February 25th, 1 p.m. Tickets are $20. Contact Kerry Haswell 705-340-0413.
March 2nd, at 2 p.m. is World Day of Prayer Service at Seagrave with Greenbank, Wick, and others, held in the sanctuary. The country celebrated in this service is “Suriname” which lies in the northeastern part of South America. Snacks and refreshments will follow. Women and men are all welcome to attend.
Sunday, March 4th, Greenbank Evening Unit U.C.W. Will host a Lasagna Dinner with salad, bread, ice cream, and beverages! Two sittings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., takeouts are also available. Adults $12, six to twelve-year-olds $5, five and under free. Tickets are available from the Evening U.C.W., or from Joanne, call 905-985-8608.
Minister Stephanie Richmond will have office hours every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the office at Greenbank church. These hours are subject to change in the event of a pastoral emergency or funeral.
The first Sunday of Lent was an Intergenerational service with greeters Pat Raines and Eunice Rahm. The 1st Lenten Candle was extinguished by Mary Jean Till. The Sunday school children participated in a dramatization of the children's story and assisted in collecting the offering. Scripture readings were read by young Rachel Martens, Canyon Myers, and his mother Juli. The message of Lent was illustrated with stories of people who gave up something for personal benefit, and people who lovingly gave something anonymously to others. The choral anthem, “A Jubilant Song” was sung enthusiastically. Oh! By the way, in conjunction with Family Day, most of the children and several adults were dressed in their favourite pyjamas for the service. Happy Birthday wishes to four year old Chloe Kubbinga were sung!
Next Sunday, February 25th, is the second Sunday of Lent with 11 a.m. Service and Sunday School, for two to twelve years of age. Plan to stay after for lunch and the Annual Congregational meeting. Bring your annual reports for reference. Donations of sandwiches or sweets will be appreciated.
Wednesday, February 28th, at 7:30 p.m. annual official board meeting is at Seagrave. Greenbank members please attend.
Continued prayers go to Earl Phoenix and Joe Timms as they strive toward better health. To others who are ill, but unknown to me, we wish for better days. To those who are bereaved we remember you and your loved ones.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre: On February 8th, 34 players came out to enjoy some delicious pizza from Pizza Town in Blackstock, and an enjoyable evening of cards.
Here are the evening's results: Brigitte Moase, Ben Crawford, and Alma Manns tied for first place. Pat Currie came in second. Bryan Allemang and Mary Lou Breward tied for third place. Mary Lou also had the most lone hands. Al Cadieux was fourth and Jocelyn Bradbury finished in fifth place. Gord Paisley and Bill Churchill tied for low score.
The February 15th results are: Ben Crawford finished in first place and also had the most lone hands. Ann Mastin came in second. Brigitte Moase and Norm Lackner tied for third place. Barb Blue and Lorna Edgerton tied for fourth place. Fifth place was won by Val Priebe. Doug Day had the low score.
Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening.
Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday, except holidays, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall; everyone is welcome.
Wilma and Tom Wotten and family, a group of 13, have returned home from a very enjoyable holiday to Mexico. What great fun they had together.
Karen Barkey, Sarah Malcolm, Steve Back, and Barry VanCamp, spent several days at the annual OAAS Convention at the Royal York Hotel, in down town Toronto. Barry remained an extra day to attend the meeting of the Provincial Board, that he has become a member of. Congratulations Barry!
Dale and Janet VanCamp attended the reunion of Dale’s university class at Guelph University, at Guelph over the weekend.
John and Cindy Green and girls are spending Family Day moving to their new farm at the junction of River Road and Hillhead Road
Have you obtained your tickets for the first annual March Madness Dance at the Rec. Centre on March 24th? Live Music will be provided by Steve Waters and the Carwtright Boundary. This event is so sponsored by the Blackstock Lions and the Blackstock Curling Club. Call Commie at 905-986-4913 or Doug at 905-429-8093
The winners at the Blackstock Euchre Club on Tuesday night were: first Shirley Oldfield, second Phil Sibbert and Ellen Gibson, and fourth Olive Smith.
Most lone Hands, Elmo Gibson and Shirley Oldfield. Mid Score, Alma Manns. Specials were won by Eileen Nelson, Harvey Graham, Phil Sibbert, and Norm Lackner. These euchre parties are open to anyone who enjoys an evening of euchre and are held at the United Church on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 7:30 sharp.
Enjoy the beautiful sunshine and stay safe.
A surprise birthday celebration for Betty Somerville was held at the Piano Café on Friday evening. Betty's son-in-law, Andy Paul, celebrated his 40th birthday on February 17th.
Happy Birthday to Fran Taylor, February 25th; Teri Payne, February 28th; and Bill Barr who is a leap year baby!
Happy Anniversary to Ken and Cathy Nix.
The Town Hall 1863 Borelians production called "Sisters" production is a reminder about how residential schools failed thousands of First Nation children. The production runs February 22nd until February 24th. It is intense and emotional for the audience.
Great news, thanks to the provincial government, Scugog township has been approved to receive a grant for the Seagrave bridge.
Sunday was Family Pajama Day at Seagrave Church, also the first Sunday of Lent. The sermon was about the importance of doing things for others without looking for recognition. The more you do for others without expecting anything in return, the stronger God's love grows in your heart. One candle was extinguished by Chris Acton for the First Sunday in Lent, and Tara Taylor introduced the Lenten calendar with fund-raising activities to benefit Mission and Service.
February 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. LET'S TALK ABOUT! Everyone is welcome.
February 28th, at 7.30 p.m. Annual Official Board Meeting at Seagrave. Seagrave members please bring finger foods.
March 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. The World Day of Prayer service at Seagrave church sanctuary with Greenbank and Wick churches. The country we will celebrate is "Suriname", which lies in the northeastern part of South America. The meeting will be followed by snacks and refreshments. Women and men alike are all welcome to attend.
To order a copy of the photo album that was given to Rev. Richard and Marcia, please contact Terry Taylor at email@example.com. The cost is $55.49.
If you wish to volunteer for scripture readings on Sunday, contact Stephanie Richmond at 905-718-8086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would anyone with church or community events coming up within the next six months, please email them to John Olivero, at email@example.com, to put on the web calendar. Session feels this is a good place to keep people updated and can be accessed by smart phone, etc. http://seagrave-church.com.
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This unpredictable weather and the weather warnings caused several cancellations including the church service Sunday morning.
On Saturday, the 39th annual Robert Fletcher Bonspeil was held by the Blackstock Curling Club at the Port Perry Club. Much visiting and fellowship was enjoyed. At the close of the curling the draw to the button was held with Debbie Shrowler winning the prize. After grace by Mike Marks a delicious dinner was enjoyed. Diana Fletcher, Bob’s daughter thanked the club for continuing the bonspiel and presented the trophy to Ron Vivian and his team. Close behind was Mike Marks and his team. The other prize winners were the teams of Mike VanCamp, Milt Daking, and Tena Jenkins. Everyone went home after a very enjoyable day.
Reserve March 24th for a March Madness Dance co-sponsored by the Curling Club and the Lions Club. Music will be provided by Steve Waters and his Cartwright Boundary Band. For tickets call Connie at 905-986-4913, or Doug at 905-926-4913. This will be a great time to celebrate the end of winter.
On Sunday afternoon Blackstock was well represented at Dr. Robert Allin's retirement party, which was held at the Scugog Library. Dr. Allin has recently retired after a long time serving the people of this area. This was attended by relatives, colleagues and friends, best wishes Doctor.
Karen Kadowaki and her two daughters Allison and Janice, Julie Obsefted, and Sharon Sargeant competed in an adult synchronized skating competition in London over the weekend.
Blackstock Euchre Club
Bryan Allemang won first prize; second Ellen Gibson; third Heidi Krieg; fourth Heni Povey; and fifth Diane Slute. The most lone hands Doris Manns. The special draws, first Linda Carder; second Phil Sibbert; third MaryLou Breward; and fourth Heni Povey.
Greenbank Lions took their February 7th meeting to Port Perry Villa, enabling Lion Rodd to join them on a wintery night. The Greenbank Lions meet at the Hall every first and third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome, or if you prefer, volunteers are needed for the various events. By contacting Larry at 905-985-3723, to offer your name and contact number, you may be called to volunteer your help. In May there will be a scrap metal and electronics collection, so please save items for donations to this fundraiser in support of projects.
Sunday greeters were Bill and Kelly Monkman. Young Owen Martens assisted minister Stephanie in lighting the Christ candle. The choral anthem “Holy, Holy, Holy” was sung beautifully, acapella. Being the fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Transfiguration Sunday, the children's story and sermon message were of a transforming God, whose spirit of love changes everything. Pauline Reed's Mission and Service talk told of the community church (supported by M&S contributions) located in the Jane/Finch area of Toronto, a ministry of hope for a better way of life in the most violent part of the city. Pauline moves February 15th, to her new home at The Village of Taunton Mills, Whitby, but plans to come back when possible. The choir, U.C.W., and church family, have so appreciated her input, along with that of her late husband Newton, in many ways, in the church community. A plant and best wishes were presented to Pauline at the end of the service by M. J. Till. Remember your Lenten M&S Calendars.
Next Sunday, the 18th, at 11 a.m. is an Intergenerational Service, celebrating Family Day, and the first Sunday of Lent. Everyone is encouraged to wear your PJ's to church for Family Pyjama Day!
Forward your M&P praise and/or concerns to the joint committee in signed correspondence for the February 19th meeting.
Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, February 25th following church. Light lunch to be served. Wednesday, February 28th, at 7:30 p.m. the Official Board meets at Seagrave United Church.
A Lasagna Dinner with salad, bread, ice cream, and drinks will be hosted by the Evening U.C.W. On March 4th. There will be 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. sittings and take-outs. Adults $12; six to twelve years, $5; Under six free. Call 905-985-8608 or any U.C.W. Member for tickets.
Our thoughts are with Joe Timms as he recovers in the hospital, Sunnybrook, after a car accident on Wednesday, February 7th. I was glad to hear on Sunday that he is out of ICU.
Our neighbours to the north, Sunderland United Church, welcome all to the upcoming events:
February 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. Free Family Movie.
February 25th, at 1:00 p.m. Spring Fashion Show. The fashions are from Hamilton Creek, Hamilton Creek Travel Trends Jingles, and Country Loonies. Tickets are $20. Contact Kerry Haswell at 705-340-0413.
March 16th, at 7:00 p.m. Free Family Movie.
Another week of snow and more snow! A Belizean friend, visiting her kids in Chicago just loves the snow. I say she can have my share of it! Of course she has never had to shovel yourself, and your car, out, in the early morning darkness, or drive in a snowstorm etc, which is something we all know about.
The past week or so has seen an assault on mailboxes, as there were reports of a couple of them found with gunshots through them. I thought I was getting off lucky this year, until last week when the snowplough, on the clearest day of the week, sheared mine off right at ground level. No doubt there are others around suffering from the same fate. That was Friday. However, I must say that the Region boys were quick and had it replaced, temporarily of course, by Tuesday morning. No way I’m going out there to paint my number on this new one though, until moderating temperatures!
Lots of birthdays to celebrate this month, including Don Cordingly, George Paisley, Marcie Clark, Bruce Harwood, and Paul Risebrough! Pat and Bev Molloy also celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary so best wishes to all, and best wishes to any others not known to me.
Last Monday night there was an accident just north of the Sandford Rd. All I could see was a flotilla of fire trucks, police cruisers and ambulances and I guess I came late to the sighting. It was a clear night, there should not have been a problem. I understand one of the drivers passed away, although there has been no confirmation of this on the news.
Tuesday afternoon saw a goodly crowd at the Community Care luncheon, although several of our usual regulars were missing. We had a delicious meal followed by a talk on taking care of our lungs and on lung disease. This comes in many forms and it is something many seniors have to cope with.
Wednesday was a bad weather day but in spite of this a large number of people attended the Soupers lunch at St. Andrews. Our Sandford ladies, and some gentlemen, served up some delicious soups and desserts; over $140 was raised for the Food Bank. Thanks to all our members who assisted and to all those who braved the storm to come and dine!
The services at Sandford and Zephyr were cancelled Sunday in anticipation of poor driving weather, which never materialized. However, hopefully the weather improves this week as there are many events coming up as we approach the Lenten season and Easter. Each Sunday is a milepost along the road to those very special Easter days.
Our pancake Supper is Tuesday and we can only hope the weather is good for that event. More next week on how that turns out!
On Thursday this week the Uxbridge Genealogy Group, with Serge Paquet from the Archives talking on Canada Company Records, how to find them in the Archive holdings and how to understand what information they contain. Again, when speakers come from a distance we can only hope for travelling mercies.
The Sandford Church Council will meet on Tuesday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m. There will likely be an official board meeting that week as well.
The first Friday in March is designated World Say of Prayer, March 2nd this year. As usual we are invited to join with our Uxbridge friends. The service is at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, at 1:30 p.m. This started as an event for women, but it has morphed into an every, and anybody, service, with both men and women welcome. The following Thursday is International Womens’ Day so we will have plenty of (hopefully good) exposure. You would think that after so many of these days we wouldn’t be constantly assaulted (physically and by the press) with more and more reports of sexual abuse, harassment etc. as we have been hearing lately!
Looking ahead some more, a photo day is planned for April 15th following the service that Sunday. It has been 20 years since we had a photo record made of our congregation during which time there have been many changes. However, other people besides regular attendees are invited to come along and be photographed if you have any connection with the church, such as a family member, former Sunday School pupil, were baptized or married there, attended a family funeral etc. or just come out once in awhile. The cost of the booklet will be arrived at later when we know how many wish to participate.
During April the U.C.W. will also be having a Bakeless Bake Sale to raise funds for their charitable donations. Watch for more information on that.