Mother Nature continues to mix up the weather. Strong winds and snow early on Monday, the 25th, led to school bus cancellations locally, for the eighth time since January 1st, 2019. But, spring is just around the corner, and minor softball registration forms, for the 2019 season, are now at the Greenbank store for pick-up and return, so youth from ages 4 to 19 may sign up to play. Teams fill up quickly, and are made up on a first-come basis, so be sure to register as soon as possible. Contact persons are Kerri-Ann at (905) 985-9499, and Barb at (905) 985-3903.
Helen Hadden welcomed the arrival of two new great-grandbabies last week. On Monday, February 18th, her granddaughter Kasandra and Trevor Copeland had a baby boy. The next day, on February 19th, grandson Curtis and Victoria Hadden had a baby boy. The new babies will certainly bring joy to their families.
Several people from this area attended the Ontario Holstein Banquet which was held at the Sandford Hall on Saturday, February 23rd. Awards were presented, and a delicious meal was enjoyed by all.
Tickets are still available for the 6:30 p.m. sitting for the Lasagna Dinner at the Greenbank church on Sunday, March 3rd. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for youth 5 – 12 years old, and pre-schoolers are free. Take-out dinners are available too. Please call Barb at (905) 985-3903 to reserve your spot.
March 9th, is the Sunderland U.C. Spaghetti Supper and Loonie Auction. More details about this will be announced shortly.
March 18th, the Seagrave United Church is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Supper at the Seagrave U.C at 6 p.m. Dress is green, and a free will offering, or donation for the Scugog Food Bank would be appreciated. To reserve a seat contact Jean at (905) 985-9921 no later than March 15th.
All are welcome on Friday March 1st, at 1:30 p.m. to the World Day of Prayer service at the Greenbank United church (lower hall), with refreshments following. The Fidelis Unit U.C.W will meet at 1 p.m. prior to the 1:30 p.m. service, for a short meeting.
March 6th – 7 p.m. is the Ash Wednesday service at the Greenbank United church. All are welcome to attend. The Evening Greenbank U.C.W unit will meet following the Ash Wednesday service.
Minister Stephanie's office hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Greenbank office each Thursday. Meditation with Minister Stephanie continues every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenbank U.C. Her day off is Fridays. For an appointment, or other, please call (905) 718-8086 or email her at this email address: email@example.com.To rent the church hall for events please contact Valerie Hunter at (905) 985-3586, or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your 2019 Lenten Calendar for the Greenbank United Church, Mission and Service Fund, starts Wednesday, March 6th, and is available at the church. Thanks to Pauline Reed for preparing this fun way to donate as we count our blessings. Though Pauline now lives in Whitby, she keeps in touch, and celebrates her 89th birthday on February 28th, with a family celebration on February 24th, at her place.
Happy birthday to Wilma Smith on February 28th, and Happy Anniversary to Mark and Carla Puckrin this month as well.
At Sunday's service, the Christ Candle was lit by young Clayton Barton, assisted by Mom Meagan and little sister Blake. Special thanks go to Kara Phillips who ministered, with music, a song she sang and played. She wrote this song in memory of her 16 year old cousin who died a year ago from cancer.
Opal the Ostrich visited with Stephanie during the children's time, and wouldn't talk to Stephanie due to a misunderstanding en-route from Seagrave. The children were invited to help solve Opa's and Stehanie's problem with their ideas. This lead to foregiveness by Opal for Stephanie, and there were happy feelings all around. The sermon message, based on the scripture story of Joseph who was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, spoke of the essentials of foregiveness ; “the one who won't forgive, is usually the most upset”, and “forgive and try to forget”. A thought for the week, Love conquers All.
Hello Islanders. I am still around, but I have just been in a bit of hiatus due to the weather. All is good as we are approaching the onset of March, and can look forward to spring.
I have a few Happy Birthday wishes to give, but with that I'm also sending out Happy Belated Birthday wishes, as well, to every one I have missed. Happy Belated Birthday wishes go out to Sandra Stewart on February 17th, and to Lori Stevenson whose birthday was on February 20th.
Call to worship was given by the Reverend Catharina Bowers, and a warm and friendly welcome went out to those in attendance. The sermon was called, “The Gathering.....New Beginnings.”
In the Pulpit: Sunday, March 3rd - Robert Bennett. Sunday, March 10th, Michael Bishop. Sunday, March 17th - Elizabeth Freeman.
World Day of Prayer is Friday March 1st, at 1:00 p.m. The theme is, “Come- Everything is Ready.” Hosted by the Immaculate Conception church in Port Perry, and to be joined by other churches in the community. Refreshments will be served in the church hall afterwards.
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The Bethesda-Reach WI is meeting at the Epsom Church on Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. Come and share your talents of knitting, crocheting, quilting or any other craft skill. Plans for the upcoming 'Annual Fashion Show and Spring Luncheon', on April 9th will be finalized. Tickets will be available soon.
A joint project, at the Roxy Theatre in Uxbridge on Saturday, March 2nd, is between Durham West Junior Farmers, and The Durham Region Federation of Agriculture. It will feature a documentary film called "Before the Plate." This film hopes to close the gap in perception between urban consumers and farmers in Canada. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. show. Price is $5, and tickets can be purchased at the Roxy Theatre on the day of the viewing. The proceeds of this event will be shared with the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank in Uxbridge, and with Durham Farm Connection. There will be a Q&A about the movie, following its showing, at the Second Wedge Brewery on Victoria Street in Uxbridge is at 5:30 p.m.
Plans are being made for a Pancake Supper at the Epsom Church on Shrove, on Tuesday March 5th, at 5:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a sweet treat and fellowship with friends before Lent. A donation would be appreciated.
A delicious roast beef meal and a fun evening was held at the Sandford Hall last Saturday. The Ontario County Holstein Club came together and presented their awards for 2018 for members. Congratulations to all the farmers for giving their very best. All are welcome to the church in Epsom each Sunday at 11 a.m.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre: Thursday's euchre winners are: Norm Lackner finished in first place with a score of 99, Dawn McCombe came in second, Roy Bradburn was third, Alma Manns finished in fourth place and also had the most lone hands with 7. Eva Kushner came in fifth, and Anne Mastin had the low score. Linda Carder had the mid score. Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday.
Blackstock & District Lions Club: On Wednesday, March 6th, we are hosting our Lions 'Junior English Effective Speaking Contest', for grade 4 - 6 students from Cartwright Central P.S. This event will be held at the Blackstock Recreation Centre beginning at 8:00 p.m. This event is open to the public.
The second annual 'March Madness Dance', is also taking place at the Recreation Centre on Saturday, March 23rd. Tickets are available from any Blackstock Lion, as well as at the Penny's Mini-Mart in Blackstock. Watch for flyers posted locally.
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: Bryan Allemang finished in first place, Mary Lou Breward came in second place, Jocelyn Bradbury came in third place, and Linda Carder, Pat Allemang and Dianne Slute all tied for a combined fourth and fifth place. Jocelyn Bradbury, Pat Allemang and Dianne Slute tied for the most lone hands, and Len Van Schagen won the mid score. 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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More winter doses of weather are arriving. This really has been a winter to remember. I heard it said that in Toronto they haven't had to close the schools since 2011. At least our schools stay open. It means the teachers have to be there even if their kids aren't. Actually, I am not suffering as I am basking in 90+F temperatures, which is quite a switch.
There are a lot of birthdays again, and some are quite relevant to Sandford and Zephyr, and others are not really so much relevant. Keith Elford is first. The Elford family lived on a farm for many years just south of Sandford. Second is Harry Paisley, who grew up in an area north and a bit east on Paisley Acres, which is known for their sale of skidoos and other equipment. Harry and his brothers also raised a large herd of goats for milk, which they had to transport to Peterborough to be transformed into cheese. Then they had to peddle and sell this cheese. Not easy for young boys. Third is Eileen Wilson, who may not be well known here and does not belong to our local Wilson's, but who was the guiding light of the Uxbridge Genealogy group for a number of years, and is still a fount of information on that subject. Fourth is Dianne Crittenden, who now lives in British Columbia, but her mother was a sister to Lewis Weir, who lives just north of here. Fifth is Joanie Sine, who has been a resident of Zephyr for a number of years now, along with her husband Rod, and has been very involved with our church, and other churches. Sixth is Barbara Banks Harwood, who has spent all her married life on the farm, north on the fourth line, and who grew up in Marsh Hill and Uxbridge. She had an illness some time ago, and she still has some difficulty getting around, but she is looking and feeling much better. Very happy birthday wishes go out to all these folks, and to anyone else who added a year more of experience to their life. Happy anniversary as well!
Our communities were very saddened to learn of the passing of Grace Walker. Grace lived all her married life with Horner, in the Zephyr area, and raised daughters Cheryl, Elaine, Lynn and Ellen, all of whom have married locally, and given her many grandchildren. Grace was a tireless worker for the Zephyr church until moving to Butternut Manor and suffering mobility issues. We know her thoughts were always with the church, even if she wasn't. Both her visitation and celebration of life were held at the church on Sunday afternoon and Monday. I'm sure it was a packed house. She will be greatly missed.
It was great to hear the pancake breakfast at the Zephyr church went really well. Don't forget the pancake supper coming up at the Sandford church on Tuesday, March 5th. The cost is $5, and children under 12 get in free. There might be some games to play as well. Bill and Sheila Richardson are in charge of this event. Come and enjoy.
On Sunday, Reverend Eiko's message was entitled, "God's Amazing Grace", which was followed by the beloved hymn of the same name. There was no coffee hour due to preparation for Grace's visitation.
Beginning March 3rd, church will be held in Sandford at 10 a.m., with the exception of March 10th. On March 3rd, following the service, the Sandford Congregation will hold their Annual Meeting. On the 10th, the service will be back in Zephyr as they will have their Annual Meeting after the service. On that day, as well, Reverend Eiko will conduct the Imposition of Ashes. On Monday, March 11th, it was scheduled to have the Official Board meeting, but Reverend Eiko will be attending a full-day workshop on that day, so the meeting has been moved to Thursday, March 14th, in Zephyr at 7 p.m.
I have been asked to publicize the documentary, "Before The Plate" showing at the Roxy on Saturday, March 2nd at 4 p.m. The admission will be $5. This documentary attempts to educate viewers about modern farm methods, and what is involved in farming today. This is a joint venture by the Durham Junior Farmers, and the Federation of Agriculture, and the funds raised will go to Loaves and Fishes Foodbank, and Durham Farm Connection. A Q&A session about the movie will follow, and will be held at the Second Wedge Brewery in Uxbridge.
Mother Nature seems to be having a problem deciding if we should have cold temperatures with snow, or if we should have the mild rainy weather. On Sunday, we had thunderstorms, and that certainly isn’t the usual winter weather in Ontario.
We send our condolences out to the Durward Families with the passing of Susan (Shill) Durward, wife of the late Larry Durward, on February 17th. Larry died in a horrific car accident on Simcoe Street, between Port Perry and Seagrave, in October of 1981. Susan was in the car and has lived in a nursing home since then recovering from her injuries.
We send out happy birthday wishes to Fran Taylor whose birthday was on February 25th, Teri Payne on February 28th, and Bill Heustis and Dylan Thomas, both on March 2nd. Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Ken and Cathy Nix. Prayers go out to everyone who is fighting off these "flu bugs", and all the illnesses that seem to be here at this time of year.
The friendly greeters at church were Lee and Jim Baverstock. Happy birthday to Kevin Pike, who visited the birthday box. The scripture reader was Glenda Owler and the Minute for Mission report was read by Tara Taylor. A very meaningful Baptismal service for six year old Emelia Pike took place. Opal, the hand puppet, came to visit Emelia as it was Opal that had explained about baptism at a previous service that encouraged Emelia to come forward and ask to be baptized. During the act of baptism, the family and children where asked to lay their hands upon Emelia as a blessing. Her parents are Lisa and Kevin, and her sister is Evelyn Pike. George Timms, who is Emelia's gandfather, sang "Love Without End Amen," and "All His Children", which was absolutely beautiful.
Minister Stephanie’s message was about forgiveness.
February 28th - 7 p.m. Let's Talk About. Everyone welcome to this conversation.
March 1st - 1:30 p.m. World Day of prayer at the Greenbank Church. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Everyone is welcome.
March 3rd - 9:15 a.m. Installation of Officers, and Appreciation Sunday Service.
March 3rd - 9:15 a.m. Food Bank Drive for the Scugog Food Bank.
March 6th - 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service at the Greenbank Church. Everyone is welcome.
March 18th - 6:00 p.m. st. Patrick's day Supper. Come dressed in green. Free will offering, and a donation of non-perishable items for the Scugog Food Bank would be appreciated. To reserve a seat, please call Jean at (905) 985 -9921 or e-mail to email@example.com
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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.
If you wish to rent the hall, please call Rick at (905) 985-8383 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any news for this column please call Jean at (905) 985-9921, or email to: email@example.com.