May I take this opportunity to wish the many readers of this column a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. Likewise my warmest wishes are extended to the editor and staff of The Standard. I take this opportunity to thank the contributors to this column. I always am looking for news. You can submit items by letting me know by phone at 905-986-4257, or firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. A reminder that there will be no paper next week. Merry Christmas!
The 18th annual cantata at the morning service entitled, “Come, First Born Light”, was a delightful mix of music and word. A large congregation enjoyed it and the lunch that followed.
Next Sunday will be the regular service at 9:45 a.m and a Family Christmas Eve service at 7:00 p.m.,You are welcome to attend either or both.
The Free walking program, which happens each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Rec. Centre, will not happen either Christmas or Boxing Day. Details of the walking program, as well as the skating times will be posted on the door. These are great opportunities to work off those extra pounds.
The Blackstock euchre Club held a delicious turkey dinner, before cards on Tuesday evening. The winners were: 1st Joe Goldsmith, 2nd Brian Allemang, 3rd Keith VanCamp and Minnie Asling, 6th a tie with George Koppins, Pat Curry, George Wind and Norm Lackner. Norm Lackner also had the most lone hands. Henny Povey and Heidi Krieg were tied for mid score. The winners of the specials were Wilma VanCamp, Elmo Gibson, Norm Lackner, and Jocelyn Bradbury.
There will be no card party on Boxing Day.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre
Just catching up on some euchre scores here:
DECEMBER 7TH EUCHRE RESULTS:
Dianne Slute came in first with an astounding 97 points and she also had the most lone hands in our euchre club's history, with 9. Congratulations Dianne. Bill Churchill and Judy Westall came in second. Heidi Kreig took third place. Ann Mastin was fourth. Brigitte Moase finished in fifth place. Eileen Nelson won the Bonus Number.
DECEMBER 14TH EUCHRE RESULTS:
Pat Allemang finished in first place. Doug Fallis and Bill Churchill tied for second. Judy Westall took third place. Joe Goldsmith and Alma Manns tied for fourth place. Don Trunks and Doug Day rounded out the top five winners. Don Trunks and Joe Goldsmith tied for most lone hands. Dianne Slute had the low score. The Bonus Number was won by our visiting player from Ottawa, Gerry Leadbetter.
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
The Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC) is a ‘victim of its own success’. Due to processing elevated totals of glasses (900,000 pairs placed on people’s faces in the last two years in 92 countries), CLERC’s supply is in need of an infusion of glasses. The ratio is: one pair of glasses is recycled for every pair of usable glasses. To that end, we have a collection box in Caesarea at Sunnyside Market and we have recently placed one at Wellness Shield Pharmacy in Blackstock. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help. Our Lions will collect the glasses periodically and send them on to the recycling centre.
As this is the last publication before Christmas Day, I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
The call to worship was called by the Rev. Michele Hofman, a warm and friendly greeting went out to everyone in attendance. Last Sunday was the Annual Potluck Christmas Dinner following the service.
Sunday December 24th, will be advent 4. The Special Christmas Eve Service will start at 7 p.m.
The children of the First Nation Community made Grandparents gift baskets, for the community grandparents.
The children are going to be entertained by Checkers the Clown at their annual Children's Christmas Party.
Happy Birthdays go out to: Emmanie Johnson Brianna Taylor on the 19th, Doug Baird on the 20th, Oram Moore and Sharifah Marsden both on the 21st, Wilena Goose on the 23th, Richard Johnson on the 26th, Donna Swinson and Keenan Tryon on the 29th, and Happy Birthday to anyone who may of been missed.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
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The congregation of Epsom/Utica church welcomes you to Christmas Eve day services, at 11:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., at Epsom church.
We met many neighbours at the recent pot luck supper, held at Utica Hall. The food was delicious and the friendship wonderful. We must try it again.
The U.C.W. held their annual Christmas pot luck luncheon, with 22 guests present, to enjoy tasty food, the Christmas story, carols, readings, and mind benders. It was a great afternoon together.
We wish everyone a Joyful Christmas time and a New Year filled with the promise that the world will be kinder and more loving to one another.
Just a week until Christmas! Weren’t we just preparing for it last week? Or so it seems, the way the time goes when you are getting older!
It’s been a week of extreme cold but at least there was quite a bit of sun. Several people reported seeing sundogs; I saw one straight up and down directly in front to my living room window. That same afternoon I saw and photographed what is called “rainbow clouds”, where colours are spread out over the clouds, a result of sunlight hitting ice crystals. Anytime I see something new and different is a good day for me.
Cor and Jenny VanMauik visited their daughter, who lives near Bala, last weekend and this weekend they were doing the entertaining, something most families will be doing in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday, I was a guest at the Epsom/Utica U.C.W. potluck lunch, along with a number of other ladies, and enjoyed the wonderful variety of food that always shows up. Also present was Barb Hughes, to play her accordion for carol singing.
Barbara recently won the 2017 Ontario Senior Award for her many activities, especially playing at Reachview and other such locations.
A very exacting proposal was submitted by Betty Bignell with the award presented by the Lt. Gov. of Ontario. Betty and Gerry were present for this activity.
There was a small gathering at the Uxbridge Scott Museum Wednesday evening when “One Hundred Women Who Care” presented the Historical Society with a substantial cheque for $11,927! What a bonanza!
It was also nice to meet the new curator, Pat Neil, who takes over from Nancy Marr. Nancy spent 10 years in that position, taking over from Allan McGillivray, who was the first and so far longest serving officer in that position.
Our sympathies go to the Molloy family on the death of Pat’s mother, Mary Veronica Molloy, on December 13th, 2017, at the age of 83. It is only three months since his father passed away, so it's a double grief for the family. Pat has 6 siblings with families.
Best birthday wishes to Eve-Lynn Swan, whose mother Marilyn treated her and her family that evening; birthday wishes also to someone a little younger, Gwyneth Smith, at six years old. Congrats to any others who celebrated birthdays or anniversaries, you sometimes get overlooked at this time of year.
On Thursday afternoon, a Blue Christmas service took place at Sandford U.C. Only a few came, but those who did, spoke highly of the service as conducted by Rev. Eiko. I notice that other area churches are beginning to hold these services as well, although they may not be called exactly the same.
Thursday afternoon I again sat in for S.A. kettle duty and it is wonderful how many contribute to the kettle there were, not just by monitory donations, but by sitting for two hours to keep watch. Many of the people who donate their time are also those who are involved in other community activities, such as Maggie McCreath, to mention just one.
Following that, I hurried over to Trinity where the U.C.W. ladies were holding a potluck supper and had invited our U.C.W., as well as ladies from Stouffville and Lemonville. There was a great turnout of ladies, along with Rev. Constable and Fritz. Of course the food was delicious, as it always is, when someone else makes it. The previous evening they had served a supper of chicken, potatoes, and vegetable, to the ever increasing Handi-capable Group, which meets at the church and was instituted by Rev. Fritz.
I had to leave early as it was also the Christmas party for the Uxbridge Genealogy Group. There was a small number, but that meant more goodies for everyone. Since I didn’t need any more goodies, I just joined in on the various discussions and spent a pleasant evening. Regular meetings begin the third Thursday of the month in January and there are some very interesting and informative speakers scheduled to speak, so watch for more details later.
On Friday evening I sat in on the first performance of the Living Nativity. It was quite cold, but there was no wind, so it was not an unpleasant evening and the on-stage action kept the actors warm. There were few bleachers for sitting, indicating a large crowd. It must have been even colder Saturday night, but maybe not on Sunday, as freezing rain is predicted, something we don’t need! Thanks to all the organizers and performers who carry on in such wintry weather!
Sunday was third advent, “Joy or Joyous Sunday”. Bill and Sheila Richardson performed the ceremony of lighting the candles at Sandford, while Tanis Pottage and grandchildren did it at Zephyr. Next week there are only Christmas Eve services. The services are at 6:00 p.m. at Zephyr Church and 8 p.m. at Sandford Church. All are welcome to attend. Donations will go the Salvation Army.
A merry Christmas and happy New Year to all!
This time next week we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus, and for the children, they will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers and the staff of The Standard News, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS. May you all have a happy and safe holiday.
We know that there are some people having health problems and we send John Kent, Brooke Acton, and Hans Buscher get well prayers. Our thoughts go out to Bill and Edie Jansen. Their nephew was one of the workers in the hydro line helicopter crash.
The Sanctuary was beautifully decorated with poinsettias placed in memory of loved ones. Chris Acton welcomed all to the 3rd Sunday of Advent service. Tara and Terry Taylor lit the candle for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Ministry of Music leader, Joan Lee, led the choir in some beautiful carols.
Ross Short, December 20th, and John Olivero, December 21th, visited the birthday box. Birthday Greetings go out to Don Beacock, December 29th, Rev. Richard Parker, December 31st, Richard Charron, December 31st, Betty Lou Beacock, January 1st, and James Hudgins, January 1st. Our thanks to Jane Pettinger who so graciously gave the Prayers of the Gathered Community.
Barb Martyn thanked everyone for being so generous with their donations to the homeless, the Scugog Food Bank, the Samaritan's Purse, and to the Special Family. This really is the little church with a big heart.
Belated 1st Anniversary wishes to Bill and Sue Short.
NOTE: There will not be a morning service on December 24th, at 9:15 a.m.
December 24th, at 4:00 p.m., wagon rides and caroling throughout the village. Hot chocolate and treats after. At 5:00 p.m. there will be celebrations, carols, and Christmas story service.
December 25th, no service.
December 31th, at 9:15 a.m., service with Rev. Richard Parker and Stephanie Richmond, our new student intern minister.
January 3rd, at 10:00 a.m., session meeting with Stephanie Richmond.
January 13th, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Rev. Richard And Marcia's Retirement and Appreciation Party at Seagrave Church, for the Seagrave and Greenbank pastoral charge. Pot Luck Luncheon and all are welcome to attend.
NOTE: If you have changed your phone number, physical address, or email address, please let Barb know at 905-985-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with church or community events coming up in six months or sooner, please email them to John Olivero, 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.
There is a daily read Advent calendar you can download from the Seagrave home web page or look at it online.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
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As we enter this week leading up to Christmas, and as the song says “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that follow, let the Joy Christmas brings, outweigh the busy preparations for celebrations.
The Baird families held their extended family Christmas get-together on December 4th, at Greenbank Church Hall. Also at the church on December 17th, the McCowman-Thomson families gathered with about 50 people attending this annual occasion.
Sincere sympathy to the family of Ralph Giannini of Saintfield, who passed away on December 12th, with the service held on December 16th.
Continued prayers for better health go to Earl Phoenix, Marie and Rodd Foster, and others who are ill.
Greeters on the 3rd Advent Sunday were Steve and Cheryl Quantrill. The “Candle of Joy” lighting was done by Marcia and Rev. Richard Parker. The Sunday School children sang two Christmas Carols and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. The Senior Choir's anthem “O Come O Come Emmanuel” was beautiful. The Children sang so well, as they did at their concert. The Sunday School will not have classes until the New Year, January 7th. Their teachers Leslie, Holly and Janice are thanked for their leadership and time given. Happy Birthday was sung to three year old Madeline Martens.
The Christmas Music Concert “Magnificat”, December 17th, showed the commitment and love of music by our Senior Choir, their leader Stu Beaudoin, and the guest singers and orchestra. It was so professionally performed. Music continues to be a strong part of ministry in the church and community.
December 24th, Christmas Sunday Service is at 11 a.m.
December 24th, Christmas Eve Service is at 7:30 p.m. at Greenbank Church, led by Juli Myers.
December 31st, the 11 a.m. service will be Rev. Richard and Marcia's last official service, and our new student intern minister, Stephanie Richmond, will be part of the service. Do come and worship.
There will be no Shorelines (Greenbank news) next week, with the next publication January 4th, 2018.
Cheryl Quantrill requests Observer magazine renewals be submitted by year end, for January ordering. Call 905-985-4337.
January 2nd, Greenbank session at 7 p.m. in the church.
January 13th, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Rev. Richard and Marcia's retirement and appreciation party will be held at Seagrave Church for Seagrave and Greenbank Pastoral charge, beginning with a potluck luncheon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Friday, January 19th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., the Evening U.C.W. will present a “Trashion Fashion Show”, with fabulous outfits made from your trash, plastic bags, pop cans, etc. Tickets are $15 each and may be obtained from any U.C.W. Evening Unit member.
Holidays begin for the elementary school children on December 22nd and they return in the New Year, in January 2018.
A special thank you to G.P.S. (Greebank Public School) secretary, Mrs. Acorn, for keeping the school news coming to me. Thanks also to all who have made contributions to the Greenbank news column over the year. Please forward any items to me for 2018, by calling 905-985-0535 at 20018 Hwy. 12, Greenbank, by Sunday evenings.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
Snow is gently falling as I write on Sunday night. A white Christmas is maybe on its way!
On Friday night the twenty Sunday School children didn't disappoint with their bell choir, and dramatization in song and narration of “A birthday party for Jesus”. It was so well performed!
The Blacklight Puppeteers third performance, once more, was enjoyed by a full church. The Puppeteers took their show on the road to Port Perry Villa Sunday night, for the residents and others, sharing the Christmas message and other entertaining numbers. The leaders of both Sunday School and the puppeteers, and all the children, and youth did a superb job!
Sunday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m., Advent III Christmas Cantata is at Greenbank church. It is titled “Magnificat”, by Stu Beaudoin, with choir and orchestra, as well as sing along carols. Come celebrate the joy of God's Gift to all! Everyone is welcome!
December 24th, Greenbank Church will have two services celebrating the blessings of Christmas-morning. There is a service at 11 a.m., then in the evening at 7:30 p.m. There is a Christmas Eve service for all.
December 31st, the 11 a.m. service with Rev. Richard and Stephanie Richmond, our new student intern in ministry, is the last official service for Rev. Richard and Marcia. This will be a special time for you to attend. There will be no Sunday School December 24th or December 31st, but classes will resume January 7th, 2018.
January 8th, Women's Faith Group begins with leader M. A. Lamb. The study book is Betty Turcott's “And She Said...”.
Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., “Trashion Fashion Show” will be held at the church. See Evening U.C.W. members for tickets $15, or call Deb at 905-985-2090 or Carla at 905-985-1908. All welcome.
Please continue to bring Foodbank items through December.
Wanted: volunteers to clear steps and sidewalk at the church for winter events. If you can help for one winter month, or more, please call Jim Ferguson at 705-357-3069 or Kim Thomson at 905-985-2522.
January 13th, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. is Rev. Richard and Marcia's retirement and appreciation party, at Seagrave Church for Greenbank and Seagrave Pastoral charge. There is a potluck luncheon. There will be a basket for cards. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Better health is wished for Earl Phoenix in Oshawa Hospital, Marie Foster in Uxbridge Hospital, and any others who are ill and need our prayers.
A Lions Service was held at the Hall, December 6th, in memory of John Bruce, who was a Lion for some time.
Saturday, January 13th, 2018, Greenbank Folk Music begins the New Year, with folk artist Scott Merritt.
Bid euchre continues Friday nights, at 7:30 p.m., at the hall.
At the Township of Scugog Community Volunteer Award and Appreciation night, December 7th, Marilyn Loder received a certificate for 10 years volunteering on the Greenbank Hall Board. Congratulations to Marilyn and all volunteers for the time they've been given.
The public school has its winter concert coming up on Tuesday, December 19th, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Donations of items for the Wednesday, December 20th, Christmas Store at GPS, are still being accepted.
So maybe Mother Nature is getting serious about winter, at least we have had some snow, although other areas have much more. I understand some people still don’t have snow tires on. Driving on Saturday night I was sure glad mine were on and this is only the beginning!
It’s been a week when many people have not felt up to par and just as some begin feeling better, others come down with it. A report said that the flu shot, this year, was only about 40% effective; if so I wouldn’t have wanted to get the flu without the protection of the shot! Medics predict a bad year for illnesses!
Congratulations to the Harwood family, as one of those families honoured with the Canada 150 award. Their farm has been in the family for four generation! Any other local families who have not mentioned winning this award, please let me know.
Congratulations to Caroline and Allan McGillivray, who celebrated their 30th anniversary this week, and also to Allan who had a birthday. Granddaughter Felicity helped grandma make and decorate the cake.
On Wednesday, eight of my sorority sisters enjoyed a lunch out in town. It was our Christmas celebration together. This was to make up for the five who are celebrating in Florida!
On Thursday the Sandford U.C.W. ladies met at the church. Having been given a large donation to our coffers, we were able to use that, along with our previous funds, to distribute to local charities and organizations helping a broad spectrum of local area people. Our thanks to our very generous donor!
After our deliberations we listened to, and sang to, a number of Christmas carols and learned a bit about the origin of each. We then worked on a craft which ended up being a button tree to hang as a decoration. We concluded, of course, with some delicious food. Our January meeting will be in the form of a potluck lunch and we will choose our new executive.
Friday night a small but very appreciative crowd gathered at the church to listen to the Children’s Choir directed by Jennifer Wilson. This was a marvellous evening of music, from the singing of a three-year-old holding the mic like a pro, the choir, a percussion band, violins, three keyboards, and Jennifer’s beautiful harp music. Plus there was drama and dance!
A talk was given about the beginning of St. Stephen’s Children’s Home in Embu, Kenya and what it has accomplished over the years, with a live-in centre and help for parents to feed and keep their children in school. Cookies and hot chocolate ended the evening. The same program would have been carried out at Trinity U.C. and Goodwood Baptist.
The weekend was full of music. One Voice performed at St.Pauls Friday night and Saturday afternoon and as always it was a wonderful parade of sound. The added flute and percussion music was fantastic. They were joined by the Port Perry High School Girls’ Ensemble and what a future in music these young ladies possess! I hope they realize how lucky they are!
During the blowing snow of Saturday evening, I travelled to Stouffville, where Bach to Blues Company was performing their second concert of the day. Adele Boy is a member of that group and they were wonderful too. They were joined by Aldbury Gardens Brass Quintet, a very accomplished group of players. Among the songs sung by One Voice and Bach to Blues, there was only one duplicate! There is such a repertoire to choose from when it comes to Christmas music. The final number, with the choir, the quintet and two pianos, was wonderful and garnered a standing ovation!
Sunday was Second Advent. Bob and Evelyn Cox-Meek read, and lit the candles for the day. Unfortunately Melinda was ill, so I did what I could at Sandford, while Rev. Eiko led at Zephyr. Her message was about how we can ‘make the path straight” from the passage about Jesus being baptized by John in the river Jordan. Perhaps we should be thinking a little more seriously about where these places, that we read of in the Bible, are and under what conditions they are living today. It’s not a happy world over there!
Next Thursday Rev. Eiko is having a Blue Christmas service for any who feel sad, lonely, or grieving, at this season. The service is at 2 p.m. at Sandford. Anyone can attend this event.
Sunday December 17th is Third Advent. Please join with us, at 9:30, at Sandford Church; or at 11 a.m., at Zephyr Church.
There will be no morning services on December 24th, but there will be Christmas Eve services at both churches: 6:00 p.m. at Zephyr Church and 8 p.m. at Sandford Church. A candle lighting ceremony will conclude each service. All are welcome to attend this special service with us.
Is everyone being good? I sure hope so, as it is only 15 more sleeps until Santa arrives.
Sending Birthday Greetings to Brooke Acton on December 11th.
Sunday afternoon many of the "Short" relatives gathered in the hall of Seagrave Church, to celebrate Christmas 2017.
The Church is looking for an old trailer that the church sign can be mounted on, to move it short distances. Please contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are collecting good used coats, scarves, hats, mitts etc., to be distributed to the homeless in the Oshawa area. There is a box for these items. December 17th will be the last day to drop these items off.
Scugog Food Bank collection of non-perishable items until December 17th. There is a box for the food bank at rear of church.
December 17th, at 9:15 a.m. bring poinsettias in memory of loved ones to service.
December 17th, at 7:30 p.m. Advent III Christmas Cantata at Greenbank: “Magnificat” by Stu Beaudoin, with choir and orchestra, as well as sing-along carols. Come celebrate the joy of God’s Gift to all!
December 24th, at 9:15 a.m. NOTE: There will not be a morning service. 4:00 p.m. wagon rides and carolling throughout the village. Hot chocolate and treats after. 5:00 p.m. celebrations, carols, and Christmas story service.
December 25th, no service.
December 31st, at 9:15 a.m. service with Rev. Richard Parker and Stephanie Richmond, our new student intern minister.
January 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. session meeting with Stephanie Richmond.
January 13th, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Rev. Richard and Marcia's Retirement and Appreciation Party at Seagrave Church for Seagrave and Greenbank pastoral charge. There will be a potluck luncheon. All are welcome to attend.
NOTE: If you have changed your phone number, mailing address, or email address, please let Barb know at 905-985-8383 or email@example.com.
Anyone with church or community events coming up in six months or sooner, please email them to John Olivero, firstname.lastname@example.org, to put on the web calendar. Session feels this is a good place to keep people updated and can be accessed smart phone, etc. http://seagrave-church.com.
There is a daily read Advent calendar you can download from the Seagrave home web page or look at it daily online.
Check our website www.seagrave-church.com for recorded Sunday services, up to date activities, history, local news, etc.
If you wish to rent the hall, call Rick at 905-985-8383 or email@example.com.
If you have an item for this column phone Jean at 905-985-9921, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.