The cold weather with rain, sleet, snow, and freezing rain, off and on, Saturday and Sunday, was a good time to chill out at home. Church service was cancelled due to the weather.
However, several attended Audrey Baylis' 80th birthday party on Saturday, and Audrey thanks the Greenbank U.C.W. evening ladies group for the beautiful lunch they provided. The weather was the pits, however the party was great. It was wonderful seeing all who braved the elements. Job well done, ladies, from Audrey Baylis.
It's still hockey playoffs for the NHL and Jr. Teams. Locally some local teams finished their playoffs. Congratulations to Walker Phoenix who played for the AA North Durham Novice Warriors as a goalie. They won an OMHA Championship defeating Kingston.
Jackson Nelski, Weston Phoenix, and Jack Raines played for the A North Durham Novice warriors as defencemen. They won their division, but lost the championship to Owen Sound. Congratulations to both teams on a great year.
Congratulations to Helen Hadden with the arrival of her tenth great-grandchild (on April 15th), a wee girl, Jayden Brethour, a sister for Bronson, daughter of Jeff and Lainey Brethour, and granddaughter of Joy and Jim Miller. Best wishes to all.
Wick Church Ladies are serving a salad supper on May 11th, with one setting at 6 p.m. Adults $18, under 12 years $5, pre-schoolers free. For tickets call Helen at 1-705-357-3704.
If you would like to receive the United Church Observer magazine, it costs $25 per year. Please call Cheryl A.S.A.P, at 905-985-4337, if you wish to subscribe.
Sunday School and Church service on April 22nd, will be at 11 a.m. with minister Stephanie.
On Sunday April 29th, at 11 a.m., George Timms will be the guest speaker, with message in word and song.
The Sunday School children are collecting non-perishable Food Bank items over the next month and will appreciate donations in the box at church.
The Fidelis U.C.W. unit are collecting layette items for newborns and up, to be brought to the May 2nd meeting. Greenbank Lions are holding a Scrap Metal and Electronics Collection at Greenbank Hall on May 12th. For both items call 905-985-3723. Also for free delivery of fertilizer (21-7-7) $27 a bag, and 500 ml bottles of Maple Syrup $10, call the above.
Happy 56th anniversary wishes go to Lester and Audrey Baylis on April 14th.
Happy Birthday to Wanda Foster April 14th, and belated birthday wishes to Joanne Olivero who celebrated a special B-day a few days ago.
Welcome back to snow birds Suzanne Lee, Marilyn Loder, and Ted Blanchard. You came back to winter!
Durham School buses were cancelled on Monday due to the ice storm, giving the school children a long weekend.
Jack and Jill for Brook-Lynn Luchka and James Adderley, Saturday, April 21st, at Scugog Community Centre (Arena), from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. $15 at the door.
Those milder days can come anytime for most of us!
Spring is fast approaching and with it comes baseball. Greenbank Minor Ball Registration Forms are at Greenbank General Store for you to pick up. A return box is also there for drop off of completed forms. Forms are also being sent to the school for students. Please register as soon as possible, as teams fill up fast. For further information, please contact Kerri Ann at 905-985-9499 or Barb at 905-985-3903.
Greenbank Folk Music Society presents Lynn Miles, one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters who will be joined by Keith Glass, also a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, a founding member, guitarist, and songwriter with the critically acclaimed band, Prairie Oyster. It will be held on March 24th at 8 p.m. at Greenbank Centennial Hall, Highway 12 Greenbank. Tickets are $25. Call 905-985-0060, 905-852-4282, or phone 905-985-8351 to reserve tickets. For more information go to www.greenbankfolkmusic.ca
March 25th, 7:30 p.m. at Greenbank United Church, the Cantorei Sine Nomine Chamber Choir under director S. Beaudoin will sing “Lamentations of Jeremiah” by Tomas Luis de Victoria. No tickets required.
March 18th, 5:30 p.m. at Seagrave United Church “Out to Supper”, with an Irish theme, will be served ; Irish stew, salads, bread pudding, beverages. A freewill offering will be received. Contact Jean if you wish to attend, at 905-985-9921 or at email@example.com.
On March 16th Sunderland United Church will host a Free Family Movie at 7:00 p.m., a good place to go on Winter School Break.
Winter Break begins this Friday, March 9th to 16th, with school resuming on March 19th. Two super positive Sunshine ticket winners were Mirium B. and Nicole G.! “Pink Shirt Day”. February 28th at G.P.S. had 90% of the kids wearing pink in support against bullying.
On March 7th Fidelis U.C.W. meet at 1:30 p.m. at the church, with the Evening Unit meeting at 7 p.m. that evening.
The Sunday night Lasagna Dinner was delicious. Thanks from the Evening Unit U.C.W. to all who attended, and helped in any way.
Donations to Scugog Food Bank are accepted every Sunday at church, with a special request through Lent to Easter. A box is in the church vestibule for items.
Happy birthday greetings go to Reese Richardson and Karl Higeli.
Norma and Jim Ferguson greeted all on the Third Sunday of Lent. Leslie Martens and daughter Rachel gave the Liturgy reading and extinguished the 3rd Lent candle.
Much lovely, lively music for the service was by three guest instrumentalists of “Add Water and Stir”: Doug Ferris, Sylvia Kim, Travis Van Belle; and church pianist Stuart, vocalist Tiina Beaudoin, and by the choir.
Minister Stephanie talked to the children about making a difference by doing little things, even a smile to make one happy. Her message to the adults “Enough is Enough” made reference to the Florida High School shooting, how the students are speaking out, doing a National School Walkout on March 14th for 17 minutes for the 17 lives taken, and on March 21st a march on Washington in an attempt to get government gun law changes, as they remember their classmates. Jesus too, said “Enough is Enough” when he cleared the temple of animals, birds, money changers, as the place of worship had become a market place.
Church Secretary is Val Hunter 905-985-3586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie is at Greenbank Church office Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. email@example.com.
Church service and Sunday School are 11 a.m. most Sundays at Greenbank.
As we begin the last week of February, we are enjoying sunshine and milder temperatures. The sidewalks and highways are clear of snow, but side roads are muddy and have plenty of potholes!
On Saturday night, the 24th, the Holstein Association Annual Banquet was held at Sandford Hall with local farmers attending, and Carl Phoenix auctioneering for a very successful auction, as well as awards presented.
Congratulations to Helen Hadden on the arrival of her ninth great-grandchild on Wednesday, February 21st. A baby girl was born to Aaron and Christine Gordon of Port Perry, granddaughter of Don and Anne Gordon. Best wishes to all!
When planning your Easter weekend, consider attending the Wick Presbyterian Church Good Friday Brunch (pancakes, sausage, etc.) It will be held at 12:00 noon, on March 30th. The price for adults is $10, ages five to twelve years $5, and under children under five get in free. It's all you can eat. You pay at the door.
A former Greenbanker, Brock Pilkery of Guelph, passed away on February 27th. Brock started elementary school with Rodd Foster and lived on the Ward farm (former Bill Graham's) south of Greenbank, in his youth. Sincere sympathy to his niece Nancy Dempsey and Bruce and all their family.
The Lasagna Dinner served by the Greenbank Evening U.C.W., is Sunday, March 4th, at the church, with 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. sittings or take-out. Adult price is $12, ages six to twelve are $5, ages five and under get in free. Tickets are available in advance from the Evening U.C.W. You may also call Joanne at 905-985-8608. This is always a time of good food and socializing.
This coming Friday, at 2 p.m., on March 2nd, is the World Day of Prayer Service at Seagrave for Greenbank and Wick area. It will be held in the sanctuary. All are welcome to attend.
March 22nd, the Kawartha Highlands Presbyterial annual general meeting is in Beaverton, with speaker Rev. Found of Uxbridge Free Methodist Church. He's very involved with organizations raising awareness about the issue of human trafficking here in Durham Region.
Sunday greeters Graham, Holly, and Brynn Smith, welcomed all to the second Sunday of Lent and Black History month. Margaret Ann Lamb extinguished the second candle and read the Lent 2 message. The musical anthems, the children's story and Stephanie's message told glimpses of black history. May we remember the quote of Martin Luther King Jr., “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”. The Sunday School children led the singing of “We are Marching (Siyahamba)” and played rhythm instruments.
Pauline Reed's Mission Minute told of donations of body organs made across enemy lines, between the Oral and Hebrew tribes through a local organization in those lands, which M&S sponsors. Remember your Lenten Calendars which support Mission and Service.
Best Wishes to Mark and Carla Puckrin who have been married for 36 years.
Happy Birthday to Pauline Reed and Wilma Smith who share the same birthday: February 28th.
For those who are ill, please send your prayers and concerns.
Fidelis and Evening U.C.W. meet at their regular times on Wednesday, March 7th, at the church.
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.
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.
With last few days of January having little snow and muddy roads, one wonders what February's weather will be.
It was announced on Sunday that minister Stephanie Richmond will be having office hours every Thursday from 10:00 to 2:00 in the office at Greenbank. These hours may be subject to change in the event of a pastoral emergency or funeral. To contact Stephanie, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The church phone number is 905-985-0844, or you can call Stephanie at 905-718-8086. Secretary for Pastoral Charge is Valerie Hunter, you can call her at 905-985-3586 or email email@example.com
To share in the weekly E-blast church communications, please forward your information to Juli at firstname.lastname@example.org Also if you are not receiving the E-blast, but would like to be added to the list, please email Juli or call at 905-985-2006 and give her your email address.
Thanks to Peter Divesteyn who has volunteered to clear sidewalks and the church steps.
There is a meeting at Greenbank United Church on Wednesday, January 31st, at 7:00 p.m. with Sunderland United Church and Seagrave and Greenbank Pastoral charge, for future development plans.
The M&P (Ministry and Personnel) Committee will meet February 19th. If members of congregation have praise or concerns about staff, these may be shared in signed correspondence with the committee of Debbie Watson, Susan Divesteyn, Doug Watson, Barclay Phoenix, Brooke Actor, Wyn Hughes, and Len Somerville.
Lent begins on Thursday February 14th, and session chair Anne St. John is looking for volunteers for Lenten Readers at the Sunday Services. Please consider this. Scripture readers would be appreciated by minister Stephanie for any 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Next Sunday the Mission and Service Lenten Calendars, compiled by Pauline Reed, will be available for pick up, a fun way to make a donation to M&S, and all the projects it supports. Pauline spoke Sunday of Project Ploughhorses, the United Church M&S efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, which number over 150,000.
February 7th Fidelis U.C.W. Will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
February 7th Evening Unit U.C.W. will meet at the church at 7 p.m. Greenbank's Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, February 25th, following church. A light lunch to be served.
Coffee is being served every Sunday after service, and on the first Sunday of each month, coffee and muffins will be after service, not before. Thanks Evening U.C.W.
February 11th, at 11 a.m., is a service of communion.
On Sunday Tom and Valerie Hunter greeted all, and young Rachel Martens and Valerie lit the Christ candle. Pianist for the service was Hillary Balmer as Stuart and Tiina Beaudoin were celebrating her son's wedding. Stephanie brought her buddy “Bingo”, her puppet dog, who told the children's story about his love of catching balls and a ball game where he got away from his loving owner. He was helped by a Blue Jay player getting him off the field, and he told of the joy of getting back to his loving owner. The sermon message was titled “Love Never Fails”, and talked about negative attitudes vs. positive.
Happy Birthday Wishes go to Ruby Dusty on the 28th and Pat Raines on the 31st. Get well thoughts are with all who are ill.
With the children back in school, three children received Sunshine tickets for being helpful. Congratulations Keira B., Cassidy M., and Lexie G.
Ukulele Club has started again for former and new members. Kindergarten registration begins at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 15th, 2018. This Friday, January 19th, will be a P.A. Day.
After two months in Oshawa Hospital, Earl Phoenix is now recuperating at home. We wish him continued better health.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Marie Foster on Saturday, January 13th, after being ill in the hospital since early December. Sincere sympathy goes to Rodd, and all Marie's family and friends in their sorrow. A service celebrating Marie's life will be held at Greenbank United Church, Friday, January 19th, 2018, at 2 p.m. There will be a visitation Thursday, January 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Low and Low Funeral Home on Reach St., Port Perry.
It is also sad to know that Hillis Wilbur of Utica passed away January 9th. Hillis lived his life time mostly in Utica, and married Carol Beare of Greenbank. A celebration of Hillis' life will be held in February. Sincere sympathy to Carol, their sons and families, and friends.
On a lighter note, you can come Friday, January 19th, 7:30 p.m. to the Evening U.C.W.'s “Trashion Fashion Show” at the church. You will see how our trash is made into lovely attire! Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 at the door or from any Evening U.C.W. member, or contact Carla at 905-985-1908 or Deb at 905-985-2090.
Come celebrate Keith Bacon's 80th birthday with an Open House at Greenbank United Church, Saturday, January 20th, from noon to 3 p.m. Light lunch and refreshments will be served. Best wishes only please.
Congratulations to Denise Bell who was among the six individuals and one group honoured at the Mayor and Council's 2018 New Year's Levee, on Sunday, January 14th at Scugog Arena. Betty Somerville made the presentation to Kerri Ann Bell, Denise's daughter, as Denise and Dave had a previous commitment event at Noranda, Quebec. Denise's hours of volunteering included Greenbank Hall/Parks (Ianson and Couves) fundraisers e.g. Soap Box Derby, Greenbank Public School Community Council, music, making costumes, theatre, the Greenbank 150 H.B. Canada Celebration, and much more.
On Saturday the 13th, the Seagrave Church lower hall was filled with people who came to thank and wish Rev. Richard and Marcia Parker farewell, as his ministry of more than three years has ended, and partial retirement is in their future. The delicious and ample pot luck food, cards, group gift, and speeches from several, were sincere tokens of appreciation to a part-time minister who gave so much to both communities. They will be missed, but our new student minister Stephanie Richmond is already finding a place in the hearts of both churches.
Sunday morning at the 11 a.m. service, Stephanie invited young Jack Powers to light the Christ Candle with her. Her children's story of God calling Samuel in the night encouraged the 9 youngsters (and all) to listen to God – special God moments. Pauline Reed's Mission and Service talk told of work being done in Kenya, South Africa, a team of 16 M&S workers who visited in March 2017 sites, supported by M&S in Kenya.
Doug Watson read Rev. Richard and Marcia's thanks for Saturday's party. Valerie Hunter asks for annual reports by January 28th.
Service next Sunday January 21st is at 10:00 a.m. at Greenbank – no service at Seagrave. Refreshments to follow. Come join in worship.
With the end of holidays, it's back to school for children and youth. Hopefully the cold temperatures will lessen so out-door recesses may happen. College students resumed classes last week. Monday morning snow came with a milder temperature.
The Holstein Club's annual luncheon meeting, catered to by the Evening U.C.W., was held at Greenbank Church Friday, January 6th. The U.C.W. are hosting a Trashion Fashion Show at the church on Friday, January 19th, at 7:30 p.m. See any U.C.W. Member for tickets, which cost $15. All are welcome to this different display of fashions!
At Seagrave Church next Saturday, January 13th, from 12 to 4 p.m., is the retirement and appreciation party for Rev. Richard and Marcia Parker with a pot luck luncheon at noon. All are welcome to attend.
January 21st at, 10 a.m. combined service at Greenbank. No Seagrave service.
Women's Faith Group meets every Monday starting January 8th, 2 p.m. All ladies are welcome. Contact Margaret Ann Lamb 905-985-7701.
The Observer Magazine renewal is due by the end of January so please forward cost of $25 (cash or cheque) to Cheryl Quantrill, 905-985-4337, 5 Pearl Dr. Greenbank, On., L0C 1B0.
On Saturday, January 20th, come celebrate Keith Bacon's 80th birthday, with an Open House at Greenbank United Church, noon to 3 p.m. Light lunch and refreshments will be served. Best wishes only please!
Greenbank Folk music starts off the new year with Scott Merritt, recording artist and music producer, at Greenbank Centennial Hall, on Saturday, January 13th, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Get your tickets by calling 905-985-0060, 905-852-4282, and 905-985-8351, to reserve.
Friday nights at the Hall is Bid Euchre at 7:30 p.m. start. Doors open at 7 p.m., and euchre is held on some Wednesdays. Call Larry 905-985-3723 for info.
Norma and Jim Ferguson welcomed all to January 7th church service, with our new minister Stephanie Richmond. The ten voice choir offered two lovely anthems. They always welcome newcomers to join them with practices on Thursday evenings 7:30 p.m.
Baptism of Jesus was the message for children's time, and adult message. God's gift of love came with the gift of His son Jesus, and whose Spirit lives on in each who believe and reach out to others in love.
Church secretary is Val Hunter, 905-985-3586 or email@example.com.
Happy birthday wishes go to Owen Martens who is 6 years old, on January 4th; Barb Ward, on January 2nd (wrong date last week); and Bill Richmond on Friday.
To share your news please call 905-985-0535.
Welcome to 2018! Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is the present: a gift, a time to celebrate, to enjoy, to live the best one is able to live. As we step into 2018 changes will happen in all walks of life. My hope is for each one to find happiness, good health, and the strength to face each day's ups and downs of this new year.
It was good to hear that Earl Phoenix was able to be home for a few days at Christmas. We wish him continued better health with care being given at Lakeridge Oshawa Hospital.
Better health is wished for Marie Foster who is in Markham. Stouffville Hospital; also to Terry Crawford who is doctoring, and to all who are ill.
Sincere sympathy goes to the Parish families, with the death of Scott Parish, son of Robin and Connie of Woodville, on Saturday, December 30th, a sad time for all. The funeral service is with Low & Low Funeral Services, Port Perry, at 12:30 p.m., January 4th, with the visitation at 11 a.m., prior to service.
Looking back to Christmas Eve 2017, the morning church service was a service of Carols, Scriptures, and telling the story of Jesus birth, the Light of the world.
Lovely poinsettias decorated the sanctuary and were in memory of loved ones whose names were read by Rev. Richard. The Partners travelled to Ottawa to be with family for Christmas Eve.
In the evening, carols were sung as people gathered for the 7:30 p.m. service, each lighting a candle which they placed at the front worship centre. Special music was by guest musician Erin Clark, who accompanied organist Stuart Beaudoin with guitar and/piano for all “Carols”. Her vocal rendition “Sparkle” was lovely. Juli Myers message titled “God is with us” was the promise to all, for all time, with the birth of Jesus. Warm candle lights glowed as lights dimmed during the concluding hymn Silent Night. Best wishes and hugs were shared before many left for their celebrations and homes.
Our family and nephew, Bruce Phair, gathered at our place on Boxing Day. We missed, granddaughter Carlie and fiance Taylor who spent Christmas week with his father's sister's family at Whistler, B.C. The flu bug kept grandson Russell's family home. 2017 was a year of health issues for Glen, and once again we thank all for your concerns, visits, and prayers, and are thankful that 2017 has ended on a healthier note for him.
Sunday December 31st was the last day for Rev. Richard and Marcia Parker to minister to the Greenbank and Seagrave communities. What was to be a one month supply ministry for Rev. Paul Moorhouse's illness, turned into three years of a part-time minister doing a full-time ministry, and more! Our new student intern minister Stephanie Richmond joined in the service, which for the Parkers, was a time to say goodbye, to say thanks for being communities of caring dedication and comfort, to send us forth in faith and love. We thank Rev. Richard for all his ministry. Stephanie spoke of Transition and Change, and received the church key from Rev. Richard, a final duty!
January 7th, at 11 a.m., Come and welcome our new intern minister Stephanie Richmond and stay for coffee and muffins after church, so we can enjoy some social time with Stephanie.
January 8th, The Women's Faith Group meets at 2 p.m. at the church.
January 13th, from 12 to 4 p.m., Rev. Richard and Marcia's retirement and appreciation party at Seagrave. It is a Pot luck luncheon. There will be a basket for cards. All Greenbank and Seagrave members are welcome.
January 19th, at 7:30 p.m., Trashion Fashion Show. Tickets are $15 from the Evening U.C.W.
Happy December 31st birthday to Rev. Richard, to Barb Ward on December 26th, and to Hunter Doble on January 1st. Hunter is now 10 years old. He is a former New Year Baby!
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!