Last week brought school bus cancellations again on February 6th, due to severe temperatures, icy roads and walkways.
The afternoon U.C.W. Fidelis Unit meeting was cancelled.
The Evening U.C.W. Unit will meet Wednesday, February 13th, at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Everyone is welcome.
Sunday, February 17th, there will be an Intergenerational Service. This service will include the children, and it is the day to wear pyjamas to church.
Sunday, February 24th is the Greenbank Congregational Annual Meeting following the service. Please plan to attend, and please bring sandwiches or sweets for the potluck luncheon.
Tuesday, February 26th, at 7:30 p.m. is the Official Board Meeting at the Greenbank U.C.
There will be no 'World Day of Prayer Service' at Wick.
Sunday, March 3rd, a Lasagna Dinner will be hosted by the Evening U.C.W. Unit at the Greenbank Church. See members for tickets.
March 6th, is Ash Wednesday Service at the Greenbank Church, at 7 p.m.
The 62nd Annual Sunderland Lions Music Festival will be held from Monday, February 11th, until Friday, February 22nd. Hundreds of musicians from across the region are participating in this popular event held at the Sunderland Town Hall and at the Saint Andrew's United Church in Sunderland. Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. A Festival Pass is available for $12, or admission to each individual session is $3. For more information go to the following web address: www.sunderlandlionsmusicfestival.com. Lunch will be served daily in the church banquet hall by the St. Andrew's U.C.W. There will be homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts at reasonable prices.
At Greenbank's Sunday Service of Communion, discussion focused on Black History, and the children's story discussed the origin of Valentine's Day. Carlie Doble helped Minister Stephanie light the Christ Candle. Young Brynn Smith sang her vocal solo “Somebody Loves Me”, as she prepares to present at the Music Festival. It was a delight to hear her sing. The choral anthem “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone”, was a beautiful message.
More backpacks for Guatemala are being made on Monday, February 11th, at 9 a.m., by volunteers. More than 70 knitted teddy bears have been made by Eunice Rahm for the children of Guatemala. Minister Stephanie thanked her verbally, and the congregation acknowledged their thanks with their applause for the gifts of time and talent.
Hugh and Roberta Baird celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary on February 8th. Best wishes for this special milestone go to the Baird's.
On a sad note, condolences are extended to the family of R.J. Smith of Sunderland, who passed away last week, after a lengthy illness.Condolences also go out to Elva Kerry of Epsom, and Cloyne Stearman of Uxbridge, with the recent death of their older sister, Wilda Myers, whose funeral service was held on Friday, February 8th, at Mount Albert.
Greenbank Public School's grade six students are doing 'Candy Grams' for Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14th, the school choir performs in the morning at the Sunderland Music Festival. It is also Hot Dog Day on Thursday. Family Day, on February 18th, means no school on Monday, and another short week for students and teachers.
The cold temperature last Monday, on the 21st of January, accompanied with rain, led to icy roads on Wednesday the 23rd, which meant school closures for Durham, and some other schools including Greenbank. Winter is here with more snow, winds, and colder temperatures.
The Mission Team, going to Guatemala, is having a workbee at the Greenbank Church on Friday, February 1st at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be making drawstring backpacks for the children of Guatemala, and they need your help. An assembly line, for efficiency, will be set up for fabric cutters, ironing, sewers, pinners, and cord-fishers. If you have a portable sewing machine, please bring it in. If you are “crafty” and able to help, the team would love to see you there, for any amount of time you can volunteer.
February 6th, the Fidelis Unit U.C.W. meets at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
February 6th, the Evening U.C.W. Unit will meet at 7 p.m. at the church. Visitors are always welcome to both meetings.
February 8th, at 6:30 p.m., at the Sunderland United Church, the churches of Seagrave, Greenbank, Sunderland, Vroomanton, Epsom, and Vromanton invite everyone to their 1st shared ministry event for Black History month. There will be a movie and discussion night, featuring the movie “42”, which is the story of Jackie Robinson.
The Durham West 4H Exchange Club “Valentine Roast Beef Supper” is on February 9th, at the Sandford Hall at 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For tickets call Rob at (905) 852-2388. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for 4H students, and $10 for children under 10 years of age.
At Sunday's service we were greeted by Tom and Valerie Hunter, and their granddaughter Carlie Doble. Happy Birthday wishes go out to 6 year old Bryce Hanson, who lit the Christ Candle with Minister Stephanie. The children's story “God made you”, and the sermon entitled “One Body, Many Gifts”, were reminders of how special each person is. We are made in the image of God, and each person has talents, gifts, passions, and the ability to reach out to others with love. The organist for the service was Wilma Smith, and Doug Watson provided piano accompaniment for the choir's music ministry, “In Christ Alone”. Coffee and refreshments follow service each Sunday during the time of fellowship.
The Greenbank School Choir is busy practising with Mrs. D. Bell for the upcoming Sunderland Lions Club Music Festival, starting February 14th.
On Wednesday, January 30th, it will be Healthy Snack Lunch Day, with grilled cheese sandwiches being served at the Greenbank Public School.
I'm glad to hear that Graham Smith is recovering nicely at home following his appendectomy operation on January 22nd.
Please forward your news to me at 20018 Hwy 12, or call me at (905) 985-0535.
The extremely cold weather on Monday morning resulted in the cancellation of school buses in Durham Region. We are fortunate not to have had the heavy snowfall that Ottawa, Montreal, and other areas had over the weekend. We were lucky to have the brilliant sunshine.
On Saturday evening, the Joyful Noise Choir entertained, in Seagrave, to a good crowd. It was a most enjoyable evening.
On Thursday evening, January 17th, the Evening U.C.W. group catered for the Durham West 4H Dinner and Annual Meeting, at the Greenbank Church. The Durham West 4H Exchange Club is planning a trip to the prairies this coming summer. The Club will be hosting a Valentine Roast Beef Supper at the Sandford Hall on February 9th, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $20. For students it will be $15, and for children under 10 years of age it is $10. Proceeds will go towards the summer exchange. All support towards this initiative is much appreciated by the members.
Three new members, (the fourth unable to attend), were inducted into the Lion's Club on Saturday morning at the Hall, with a delicious breakfast served and enjoyed. Thanks go out to Daphne and all the helpers for their time.
On Thursday, each week until June, there is a free “Music and Movement” program being offered by the YMCA at the Greenbank Hall, for preschool children, from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please call the YMCA at (905) 985-2824.
Also on Thursdays each week, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Minister Stephanie is offering a meditation time at the Greenbank United Church. All are welcome. Stephanie's office hours are on Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Her contact number is (905) 718-8086.
The Church Annual Reports are due by Friday, February 3rd. Please forward them to Valerie Hunter in preparation for the Sunday, February 24th, Greenbank Annual Congregational Meeting, to be held after the morning service.
On Monday, January 28th at 7 p.m., there is a Session Meeting, and at 7:30 p.m., there will be a Stewards Meeting, at the Greenbank Church.
I continue to take Foodbank donations to Operation Scugog, so please drop your food donation into the boxes in the Church Sanctuary.
The flowers in the Sanctuary on Sunday were in memory of Nancy Tones's mother, Mrs. Ellis, of Scarborough. Sincere sympathies go out to Nancy, Paul, and sons, Jake and Mitchell, for their loss.
Sympathy also goes out to Muriel Tassie whose sister Dorothea (Dot) Robbins, of Caressant Care, Lindsay, who passed away on January 14th, following a lengthy convalescence.
The brother of Kay Balmer, Jim Fallis of Toronto, died on January 16th. Sympathy goes out to Kay and her family at this time. May we remember all those who are experiencing sadness and the loss of a loved one, by their death.
The second Sunday of Epiphany greeters were Susan and Peter Duivesteyn. The 12 Sunday School children joined Minister Stephanie for their story time, which was entitled “The Secret of Saying Thanks”.The children then joined leaders Leslie and Holly for their special Sunday School time. Valerie Hunter provided the piano accompaniment during the service, and Doug Watson accompanied the choir for the lovely anthem “Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me”. They, and others, are so appreciated for sharing their talents. The scriptures read by Kelly Monkman were part of the sermon message of God's promise to never forget His people, as well as the message of the importance of joy and thankfulness.
Welcome to the New Year of 2019. Celebrations of Christmas and the New Year are behind us as we look forward with hope and wonder to the days ahead. Most children, and older students, returned to school on January 7th, and are wished much success in their studies.
On December 18th, 2018, great-grandparents Bill and Margaret Ann Lamb welcomed their first great-grandchild, Nolan Daniel Lamb, into their family along with grandparents Ken and Karen Lamb, and proud parents Kevin and Alex Lamb. All the families reside in Manchester, and I'd like to extend best wishes to all the four generations of Lambs!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Barb Ward and Margaret Ann Lamb, who celebrated their birthdays in December. On January 1st, 2019, Hunter Doble turned 11 years old. Hunter was the first New Year baby in Port Perry in 2008. Congratulations Hunter.
The Ontario County Holstein Club luncheon and annual meeting were held at the church on Friday, January 4th, with the Evening U.C.W. catering.
There will be euchre games at the Greenbank Hall each week on Wednesdays and Fridays. This week, there will also be games on Saturday January 12th. All euchre games start at 7:30 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m. For Hall rentals please contact Larry at (905) 985-3723.
Folk music returns to the Greenbank Hall on Saturday, January 26th, at 8 p.m. with a triple feature: The Mayhemingways, Rich Burnett with Minnie Heart, and Mike Kerr. Admission is $25. Call (905)985-0060, (905)852-4282, or (905)985-8351. To reserve tickets go to www.greenbankfolkmusic.ca, and on Facebook.
At Sunday's church service, Wilma Smith provided organ music for the service. The Christ candle was lit by Leslie Martens and her young daughter Madeline. Val Hunter accompanied the choir with the choral anthem. Marita Parsons gave the Minute for Mission entitled, “Surprised by Joy”, and told how marginalized members of our society find some joy through programs supported partly by Mission and Service givings. Minister Stephanie talked to the children and adults about welcoming others into the community, and about our church family. Sunday School follows the Minister's children's time, and all children, three years old and up, are welcome to attend with leaders Holly and Leslie.
To rent the Church Hall and/or the Sanctuary, please call Valerie Hunter at (905) 985-3586.
The Observer church magazine is being renewed by Cheryl Quantrill. To renew your subscription or become a subscriber, please contact Cheryl before the end of January at (905) 985-4337, or write her at 5 Pearl Dr., Greenbank. The cost to renew is $25.
February 24th is the Greenbank United Church's Annual Meeting. Please forward any nominations or committee changes to Norma Ferguson and the nominating committee prior to the meeting.
Thursdays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the Greenbank church is guided meditation for all, with minister Stephanie. Her office hours are Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For an appointment with her, call (905)718-8086.
Sincere sympathy goes to Pam Kuiper whose father, Jim Butler, passed away December 20th, 2018. Jim, formerly of Cobourg, lived the past three years at West Shore.
Please call me with your news at 905-985-0535 or drop off in the letter box 20018 Hwy 12, Sunday evenings.
The December 8th Folk Music Night at the Greenbank Hall features “The Marigolds”. For tickets or information please call (905) 985-8351.
Euchre continues every Thursday and Friday (none on this Wednesday, December 5th) until the end of the year. Starting time is 7:30 p.m., at the Greenbank Hall.
The Lions Club met December 5th, for its last meeting of 2018. In January, the new members will be installed. To join, please call (905) 985-2723.
The school fundraisers are always well supported, and the “Poinsettia” sales were the best yet. The “Chocolate Campaign” is winding down. “Crazy Hat Day” is on every Friday throughout December, with a $2 donation from hat wearers, that will go in support of the Greenbank United Church Mission Team's trip to Guatemala, in April 2019. The school is most appreciative of the support given, as is the Mission Team.
Pauline Young is having a Christmas Craft Sale on Saturday, December 8th, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at her home, located at 1479 Cragg Rd. East. This is a chance to shop locally.
I am sorry to report the passing of Evelyn Heron, nee Ianson, of Peterborough, on Saturday, December 1st, after a brief illness and hospital stay. Evelyn is the daughter of Jim and Dorothy Ianson, and sister to Shirley Lee and Frances Walker. She grew up in Greenbank, attended the Greenbank Public School, and Port Perry High School. She married Keith Heron of Wick, where they farmed for a while before moving to Norwood, and then to Peterborough after the death of Keith. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, December 7th, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Ashburn Funeral Home, in Peterborough. Sincere sympathy is extended to Evelyn's children Kim, Cathy, Michael, and to her sisters Shirley (Murray) Lee and Frances, and to their families and extended families, and friends.
We remember those dealing with health issues. Those who are known to me are: Ken L., Irene Sutch, and Allison. To those who are shut-ins, and those unknown to me, we wish them well.
The Greenbank Blacklight Puppeteers once again “wowed” the audiences with their Friday and Sunday performances to a full audience, both times at the Greenbank Church. They will perform again this coming Friday, December 7th, following the Sunday School children's Christmas concert program at the Greenbank United Church, starting at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy listening to the 3 – 10 year olds, and our youth, as we celebrate the reason for Christmas; Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love in Jesus.
Singer Naomi Bristow, (Country, Gospel & Yodeller) returns to the Greenbank Church on Saturday, December 15th, at 7 p.m. to perform her Christmas Concert. Admission is by donation at the door, with proceeds going to the Church Accessibility Fund. For information please call (905) 985-4504, or (905) 985-2090, or go to this website address: www.greenbankchurch.com.
Anyone wishing to place a poinsettia or flower in the sanctuary in memory of a loved one at Christmas, please contact Valerie at (905) 985-3586, or email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15th.
The greeters at the Greenbank United Church this past Sunday were Joanne and Ron Doble. They welcomed everyone to the Advent I service.Vetha Pashley lit the Christ Candle and the candle of Hope, and also read the Scriptures. The pianist was Valerie Hunter who accompanied the singing of the hymns and the choir's anthem was “Still, still, still,” which was lovely.
Minister Stephanie talked to the children about the meaning of Advent and their hopes. Each child was given a wreath (Advent wreath) with a star sticker to represent Hope, and with which to add symbols of Advent 2, 3, and 4 as each week arrives.
The Mission Minute, with Marita Parsons, was a thank-you to our Ministers who are also supported through M & S givings, to go towards training, and continued education.
A skit entitled “Review Board Weekend In Heaven” was presented by four readers. The angels were played by Doug Ferris, Doug Watson, Hillary Balmer, and Carla Puckrin. They met with God, played by Juli Myers, to discuss the church year and more. This is a part of Stephanie's message to us of the coming of the Christ, and that the “Word”, given to all nations, and written in most languages in “ink”, can be seen thorough translations of the Bible, and by the choices made by mankind.
Happy Birthday wishes to go to projectionist Doug Watson, and any others who celebrated last week.
The Baird family Christmas group gathered in the church Hall for their extended families' time together on Sunday afternoon.
The snow has practically all disappeared with the return of mild temperatures on the weekend, and Saturday's rain. The concession roads are terrible to drive on with all the mud and potholes. Maybe paving roads should be the first start by our new council, as they plan for their 2019 budget.
The Lions served breakfast with Santa on Saturday at the Hall, and the children were treated and received gifts. Euchre at the Greenbank Community Hall is on the second and fourth Wednesday, and every Friday, of the month, at 7:30 p.m. However, on Wednesday, December 5th, euchre will be cancelled.
The churches of Scugog are putting a float in the Port Perry Santa Claus Parade, and Greenbank participants are asked to be at the fairgrounds at 4 p.m., on Saturday, December 1st, to join this group in the parade.
The Black Light Puppeteers will perform at the Greenbank church on Friday, November 30th, at 7 p.m., Sunday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. On Friday December 7th the Sunday School Concert and Puppet Show will be performed at 7 p.m. Donations will be appreciated.
December 15th, a Christmas Concert with Naomi Bristow will be at the Greenbank church at 7 p.m. Naomi's June concert was great, and we look forward to her return. Admission is by donation at the door, with proceeds going to the Greenbank United Church Accessibility Fund. For information call (905) 985-4504, or (905) 985-2090, or go to the website at: www.greenbankchurch.com.
Thanks to those who have donated and continue to give to the 'Accessibility Fund'. It is well on its way to reaching it's $200,000.00 goal.
December 5th . There will be a potluck meal and meeting. The Fidelis unit invites guests to join them at 12:30 p.m. for a meal and the program. Donations for the Food Bank are welcomed. The Evening Unit U.C.W. meets at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck at the church. Please bring toiletries for the Denise House.
The 'Messiah' is coming; G. F. Handel's Masterpiece, conducted by Thomas Baker with 100 voice chorus and professional orchestra will be on Monday, December 17th and Tuesday, December 18th at 8 p.m. at the Trinity United Church, on First Avenue, in Uxbridge. An offering to defray expenses will be received at the door. (suggested donation of $25). Advance tickets are suggested, and may be obtained from a chorus member or at Blue Heron Books; Presents, Presents, Presents, or Brian J. Evans Financial Services, all located in Uxbridge.
On Sunday, birthday wishes were sung to Avary Conard, Carlie Doble, and Jim Gibson. After church, Jim was totally surprised when he arrived home to see he and his wife's five daughters, with their families, greet him with lunch and gifts to celebrate his special November 26th birthday.
At Church on Sunday, Juli Myers happily and gratefully announced that the Mission Team has surpassed its fundraising goal of $35,000, and will now work on sewing projects, and other items, to take to Guatemala in April, 2019.
Greeters on “Reign of Christ Sunday” were Tom and Valerie Hunter and grandchildren Hunter and Carlie Doble. Young Faith Myers lit the Christ Candle. Poinsettias, donated by Deborah Gross – Markham Home for the Holidays, brought a touch of Christmas to the sanctuary. Doug Watson provided the music ministry with his solo and by playing the guitar.
Scriptures were read by Peter Duivesteyn. A message that Peace comes through love; Love conquers hate, and trust conquers fear, and all are part of God's plan for the world.
Next Sunday, at 11 a.m. is Advent I and Communion service for all.
Then at 3 p.m. Sunday December 2nd, Minister Stephanie will have a service at the Port Perry Villa.
Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m., please join in a guided meditation at the Greenbank United Church with Stephanie.
To contact the minister please call (905) 718-8086, or email: email@example.com.
Thursday's snow added to what came earlier last week, putting snow removal and sanding equipment to work early Friday morning on November16th. The roads in Greenbank were clear on Saturday afternoon when a car travelling north on Hwy. 7/12, entered Greenbank from the south, and suddenly veered across the centre line, and then crossed the west sidewalk severing a hydro pole, and then broke the water hydrant off at ground level, and eventually ended up on an adjacent lawn. Water gushed down the street for awhile, as emergency crews gathered and fulfilled their duties. Fortunately only one vehicle was involved, and hopefully the person taken to hospital by ambulance isn't badly injured.
From the church calendar, please note that at 7 p.m. on November 25th, there will be the Pinedale Community Carol Sing at Pinedale Church with carols to be sung, entertainment, reflections of years past, refreshments, and freewill offering in support of the Pinedale Cemetery. All are invited to attend.
November 24th, Christmas Card and Tag Make-n-Take at the Greenbank Church. For information please contact Juli at (905) 985-2006 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 25th at 7 p.m. at the Seagrave Church- Healing Service with Minister Stephanie. All are welcome.
December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent, is Communion Sunday.
The Greenbank Black Light Puppeteers will present their show at the Greenbank United Church at the following dates and times: November 30th, at 7 p.m., December 2nd, starting at 6:30 p.m., and December 7th at 7 p.m. On December 7th, the Sunday school children's Christmas concert is at 7 p.m., followed by the puppet show. All are welcome.
December 15th, A Christmas Concert with Naomi Bristow at the Greenbank Church at 7 p.m. Admission by donation at the door. Proceeds will go to the G.U.C. Accessibility Fund. Naomi gave a great concert earlier in June, and we look forward to her return. For information call (905) 985-4504, or (905) 985-2090, or go to the website at: www.greenbankchurch.com.
On Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., join in meditation with Stephanie at the church. Please note the time change. Her office hours at the Greenbank United Church are Thursday's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Choir rehearsal time has been changed to 9:30 a.m. on Sundays, so if you enjoy singing, please come and join as Christmas music is being prepared, or become a new member weekly. Anyone is most welcome.
November 28th at 7 p.m. “Sharing Our Vision” for the future of churches will be at the St. Andrew's United Church in Sunderland for the people from Sunderland, Vroomanton, Utica, Epsom, Greenbank, and Seagrave.
Please remember to bring in your Food bank items, to be donated, throughout November and December.
The Fidelis U.C.W. delivered several donations of household items such as mugs, afghans, socks, and toiletries to “A Place Called Home” in Lindsay. This is one of the charities supported by our group at our November meeting. The U.C.W. December 5th meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. There will be a potluck luncheon and program, at the church, and all ladies are welcome.
Sunday greeters were Wilma and Ted Smith and granddaughter Briar. The Christ Candle was lit by Grace Jackson. Stephanie's message to the children was about “Chaos” in their lives, comparing it to sometimes being like the messiness of making cotton candy, but which results in something good to eat. Each took a bag of cotton candy with them to enjoy later. For the adults, the sermon was about the changes we face daily, and how we fear the unknown, but that good can come with change, and know that Jesus gave the people of His time for what they needed, and that the Holy Spirit is with everyone today in this changing world.
Best wishes to Judy and Jim Gibson as they celebrated 36 years of marriage on Tuesday, November 20th.
Glad to hear Marolyn Rushford's hip replacement operation went well, and that she is in the Whitby Rehab Hospital working toward recovery.
Monday morning assembly theme at the school is ant-bullying, and kicks off the anti-bullying week.
Wednesday, November 21st the grade 6 class goes to the Claremont Conservation Centre for an overnight environmental program.
“Poinsettias for Christmas” order forms are available at the school. Delivery will be made for your items to be picked up on November 28th.
To put your news items in the Greenbank Shorelines, either call (905) 985-0535 or drop your written information off at 20018 Hwy 12. Please call by Sunday evenings.
The cloudy days of November have been brightened by Friday's snow that stayed over the weekend. There is more to come, in the forecast, and its too early for some of us to get all the leaves off our lawns.
Remembrance Day Service at the school was held on Friday, November 9th . Each class contributed to this time of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who served, 100 years ago, to bring Peace through tremendous sacrifices. The readings, the peace posters, music, and digital war presentations were so well presented by the students with the teachers' leadership. These children will remember.
This week, the report cards go home, to be followed by parent interviews on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Friday is a P. A. Day for both elementary and secondary schools in our area.
Saturday, November 17th, at the Greenbank Hall, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., there is an indoor sale of quality Christmas items along with many other miscellaneous items. Free admission.
Euchre is at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbank Hall, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, and every Friday each month.
November 18th , Mt. Zion is holding its annual turkey supper, with 2 seatings, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, children 12 and under are $5. For tickets please call (905) 649-5200. The church is located at the 8th Concession and Salem Rd. Their email address is :
www.greenwood-mtzionunitedchurches.ca, (South of Balsam).
The Sunderland Lions Theatre production of Mary Poppins is at the Sunderland Town Hall on the following dates: Friday November 16th, 7:30 p.m., Saturday November 17th at 2 p.m., Sunday November 18th, at 2 p.m.
November 14th , The Greenbank Evening Unit U.C.W. meets at the church. Everyone welcome.
November 24th is Christmas Card and Tag Make - IV- Take Day at Greenbank United Church. Contact Juli at email@example.com or call (905) 985-2006.
The Mission Team for Guatemala, April 2019, continues to collect shoes (any size up to Men's size 8), school supplies, hotel-sized shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, belts, hats.
On November 30th, December 2nd and December 7th at 7 p.m., the Greenbank Black Light Puppeteers will present their annual performance. The Sunday School children's concert is prior to the December 7th event. Come and enjoy.
December 15th , There is a Christmas Concert with Naomi Bristow, award winning country singer and yodeller, at 7 p.m. Admission by donation at the door. Proceeds go to GUC Accessibility Fund. For info, contact (905) 985-4504 or (905) 985-2090 or www.greenbankchurch.com.
Happy Birthday to Danica Fraser on Friday, November 16th . She will be 10 years old.
The greeters at the Greenbank United Church on Remembrance Day Sunday were Rod, Marita and Adrianna Parsons. The parade of flag bearer were Wilma Smith, the Sunday School children and teachers Leslie and Holly who began the service. The Christ Candle was lit by Avery and Edie C. Minister Stephanie talked with the children about Poppies, Remembrance, and the widow's gift of 2 coins (Scripture). The choral anthem “For the Fallen” was so meaningfully sung and accompanied. The Mission Minute with Marita P. told of the hope of the people of Gaza as they rebuild their territory. Scriptures were read by Doug Ferris. Guest Sierra Frew, first year student at Trent University,
Guest Sierra Frew, first year student at Trent University, took us on a digital presentation of her Grade 11 trip to Vimy Ridge, culminating with finding the resting place of her great great great uncle at Hill 62, where he was buried. A Remembrance Day video “Standing Strong and True” concluded the message time. At sunset the Bells tolled 100 times at the Greenbank Church as people gathered in remembrance and thankfulness for the peace we have, and for the many who have served and sacrificed over the years, and continue to serve. “We will remember them”.
Shona Stone's rendition of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes concluded this special time, on that chilly evening, which was followed by a warming up time indoors with coffee.
Food bank items are gratefully accepted throughout November and December at the Greenbank Church.
On Monday, November 5th, at 7 p.m., Ian Mckechnie will be at the Greenbank Hall giving a talk about the book “Nursing Sisters”. This is a part of a series of “Remembrance – 100 years” events.
An early snowfall Saturday evening made the ground white on Sunday. Hopefully, on October 31st, it will be good for the trick and treaters. Be sure and drop by the church where Doug W. and friends will be handing out goodies. Be careful as you cross the streets, (both young and older) as cars travel fast.
Reminder- the clocks go back one hour on November 4th, which is next weekend.
Seagrave's Turkey Supper is on November 7th, with sittings at 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 – 12, and admission is free for children under 5. Take-outs are offered too. For tickets, contact Ken and Eleanor Sturman at (905) 985-7778.
Happy birthday wishes go to Mary Drewery, who will be 90 years old on October 26th. Enjoy a great milestone.
November 1st at 10:45 a.m., members of both congregations are invited to meet with the Conference Assessment Board who will be interviewing Minister Stephanie, (a part of student ministry), and who welcome views of the people. The meetings at the Greenbank Church are on Thursday mornings. Meditation resumes November 8th, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The Greenbank Mission Team continues to collect hotel size shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, hats, and belts which may be dropped off at the church on Thursdays, at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Items can be dropped off on Sundays as well.
The Mission Team is holding a Christmas Card and Tag Make-N-Take Day, on November 24th, at the Greenbank Church. For more information, or to get involved supporting the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (905) 985-2006.
November 7th, Fidelis Unit U.C.W. will meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. Please bring household or personal items for “A Place Called Home” in Lindsay. All are welcome to the Fidelis monthly meetings.
November 14th, at 7 p.m., the Evening U.C.W. meets at the church. Everyone welcome.
November 11th is the 100th Anniversary of Armstice Day and the Remembrance Day Service, with guest speaker Sierra Frew of Nestleton, bringing a powerpoint presentation of her trip to Vimy Ridge.
Food Bank items will be welcomed each Sunday through November and December. As many as 200 clients depend on a lift up with donations, especially during winter.
To the families of Debbie Ward, Larry and Carter, and Debbie's sisters Laurie and Sandy, we send sincere sympathy with the passing of their mother Audrey E. Murdock of Port Perry, on October 23rd. A celebration of her life of 90 years was held at the Greenbank United Church, on Saturday, October 27th, at 11:30 a.m. with the visitation prior to the service. It was a lovely tribute to a remarkable lady.
Greeters on Reformation Sunday were Kim and Jim Thomson. Danica Fraser lit the Christ Candle with Stephanie. Scriptures were read by Doug Watson. Music ministry by the choir was Open the Eyes of my Heart, with guitar accompaniment by Wm. Doug Watson and it was lovely. Marita Parsons spoke of the Aboriginal People living off Reserves, with specific reference to the Toronto Urban Indigenous Ministry which receives from Mission and Service givings. The Sunday School children (13) were already wearing their special costumes on Sunday, as were teachers Holly and Leslie, and Minister “Minnie Mouse” Stephanie, bringing smiles from everyone as they gathered for children's time. A story was told to the children about a boy and his lack of football shoes, which encouraged everyone to be kind to others, and to be a friend. The tinkle of ukuleles was heard from the lower hall during the Sunday School time. All children are invited to join the Sunday morning's activities and worship with two great leaders and busy working “moms”, Holly Smith and Leslie Martins. Stephanie's message was an assurance that all people are God's children, and are loved; that love leads to justice and harmony with mankind in troubled times.
Congratulations to Denise Bell who was given the Volunteer of Distinction Award by the Durham School Board in Oshawa last Thursday, October 25th.. Denise has willingly, and most capably, provided a music program and leadership at both the Greenbank and S. A. Cawker Public Schools for many years, and is a most deserving recipient of the Award!
Last week's spaghetti lunch was enjoyed by the Greenbank P.S. students, with thanks going out to noon hour volunteer, Mrs. Calder, who paid a portion of the cost. On Wednesday, there was a costume parade and lots of fun stuff was prepared.
October days are passing quickly with leaves falling, colder days, and yard clean up happening. Halloween decorations are evident, and children will be dressing up for this fun time. The Greenbank United Church front door will be open with Doug W. and friends handing out treats to the children who are invited to drop by on October 31st.
Many guests helped Muriel Tassie celebrate her 90th birthday at the church hall on Saturday, October 20th. Fred Tassie Jr. And his wife Carla came from Holland for this special occasion, and will be staying until October 26th.
Happy 39th Anniversary to Tom and Valerie Hunter whose special day was October 20th as well!
Christie Fields' next set of Yoga classes starts October 22nd, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at her Cragg Rd. home. Please call (647) 929-2540 for information or to register.
A Miscellaneous Sale will be held at the Greenbank Centennial Hall, on November 17th from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. You may book a table to sell your own goods. The cost is $25 per table, which must be reserved by October 31st by calling Leanne Baker at (905) 985-2695.
On October 24th, the Sunderland United Church is hosting their Annual Turkey Supper with three sittings at: 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 7 p.m., and no take-out this year. Call Doris at (705) 357-2313, Pat at (705) 357-3994, Millie at (705) 357-3340; or Pat at (705) 357-3737. Admission for adults is $20, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6.
November 7th is Seagrave's Turkey Supper with two sittings, at 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 – 12, and admission is free for children under 5. For tickets, contact Ken or Eleanor Sturman at (905) 985-7778.
Bid Euchre is at the Greenbank Hall every Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m., on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. For inquiries call Larry at (905) 985-3723.
Durham Beekeepers meet on the last Monday of the month at 6:45 p.m. at the Hall with informative information.
Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., please join a guided meditation with Stephanie at the Greenbank United Church. However, there will be no meditation on November 1st, as members are welcome to come and meet at 10:45 a.m. with the Conference Assessment Board to share feedback on Minister Stephanie.
Fidelis Unit U.C.W. Meets Wednesday, November 7th, at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Please answer roll call with toiletries/personal items, and household items for “A Place Called Home” in Lindsay – a non-profit charitable organization that provides shelter, meals, support, and referrals to necessary services, for homeless single adults, couples, and families with children.
Evening U.C.W. Unit will meet on November 14th, at 7 p.m.
The youth are preparing for their Black Light Puppet Shows for November 30th, at 7:00 p.m., December 2nd at 7 p.m., and December 7th, with the Sunday School Concert followed by the Puppet Show. Be sure and plan to attend one or more of these great performances!
On Sunday, Doug Watson (projectionist) welcomed Reverend Les Hills, thanking him in advance for leading our service while the minister conducted the service at Vroomanton United Church. Mark and Carla Puckrin were greeters/ushers, and Rachel Martens lit the Christ Candle. The music ministry sung by the choir was “Praise Unto the Lord”, with words and music arranged by Wm. Doug Watson and Donna Barber.
With this being the 122nd Anniversary of Greenbank Methodist then United Church, Reverend Hills shared some trivia of the past. He also discussed the increased awareness and support of cancer research and patients as a result of the faith and determination of Terry Fox 37 years ago. He also talked of the need to reach out to those on the outer edges of society world wide, and to remain grounded in the teachings of Jesus and the disciples.
Next week's service is at 11:00 a.m., and the Sunday School older children, 6 and 7 years old and up, have started to learn to play their new ukuleles.
Sincere condolences to the families of Olive Evans, niece Cathy Moufflier, nephew Ron Evans of Greenbank, and the many Wilson and Evans relatives. Olive grew up on her parents' Epsom farm, then lived with her husband Lawrence in Uxbridge. She passed away October 16th, 2018, and her Celebration of Life Service was Tuesday October 23rd, at 2 p.m., at the Uxbridge Baptist Church. She is remembered by many.
On November 5th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Greenbank Hall, Ian McKecknie, one of the Armistice Week Author Series, will speak on “Nursing Sisters”.