Tulips and daffodils are sprouting up in my flower beds as spring starts to settle in, and the lawns are becoming greener.
The Greenbank/Seagrave Mission Team returned on Sunday night, April 14th. What a gift of time, teaching, sharing, and helping that went into the work of the eleven member Mission Team that were away the week of April 5th to the 14th in Guatemala. The School of Hope Community was the main focus for the projects which were; Build - A - Home, Barbering Workshop, Sewing Co-op, an Introduction to Science, (a Science Fair) with Kathy, and Brian's English lessons and teachings. There was also the distributions of shoes, backpacks, food hampers, hockey bags of clothing, hats, goody bags, games, and music recorders for the sponsored families. Stephanie and Juli's messages of Jesus' and God's love for all people was shared. It was an amazing week of activity that filled the days of the “Team” who said, “We are so blessed to be here and have this experience”. In giving, others have been blessed too, and in such a short time. Our Greenbank/Seagrave Pastoral Charge thanks the team, and all who supported this fourth Mission to Guatemala in conjunction with the “Loving Arms Team”.
The Mission Team stayed in a hotel in Antigua, and they noted all the preparations that were being made through Holy Week for the Annual Easter Festival and Parade.
Locally, the Good Friday Service is on April 19th, at 7 p.m. at the Seagrave Church, and it is open for all. The Good Friday Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. in Palmer Park, Port Perry, and is presented by all the churches of the community. All are welcome to attend. The Easter Sunday Sunrise service is on April 21st, at 6:30 a.m., at the Greenbank Bethel Cemetery on Cragg Rd.West, and will be followed by an 11 a.m. service at the Greenbank United Church. At 9:15 a.m., there will be a service at the Seagrave United Church. The Port Perry/Prince Albert United Churches will present “A Living Last Supper,” on Thursday, April 18th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Port Perry United Church. It will be one hour long, and admission is free; no offering will be asked.
On Palm Sunday, we welcomed guest speaker Darlene Hallett, as Minister Stephanie was in Guatemala. Doug Ferris lit the Christ Candle and extinguished the 6th Lenten Candle. Valerie Hunter played the piano and Wilma Smith played the organ. They joined together to create lovely music for the service, and Valerie accompanied the choir's anthem, “Come Walk With Me”. Darlene's message to the children was about parades, and Jesus' parade on the donkey to Jerusalem. The children distributed palm branches to the congregation, and then they were all were placed on the cross, symbolizing that earlier parade long ago. The scriptures were read by Ted Smith.
On Sunday, April 28th, the Greenbank Public School choir, with director Denise Bell, will bring special music to Greenbank's 11 a.m. church service. Please come and enjoy this special event.
The Greenbank Public school is also doing a school yard, park, and street clean-up on Thursday, April 18th. The church will be serving them refreshments at 12:30 p.m. Call Ann at (905) 852-5184 for inquiries, or to help.
Please remember your Food Bank donations for Scugog, and/or other communities, during the April/Easter drive. Please also remember your Lenten Calendar, and Mission and Service donations.
On Saturday, April 27th, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., at the Greenbank Hall, there will be a Pancake Breakfast (by donation) in support of two local youth; Caitlin Finley of Saintfield, and Liam Maisonneuve of Seagrave. They are members of the Canadian Equine Team and are going to Wales in July. Please phone (905) 261-6944 for more information or to register by Thursday, April 18th.
Saturday, April 27th, at 8 p.m. The Greenbank Folk Music Society presents 'Major Love-Pop-Rock Collective', with Colleen Brown. Opening the show will be Master/singer/songwriter Campbell Woods. Cost for this event is $25. To reserve tickets, phone (905) 985-8351 or go to www.greenbankfolkmusic.ca, and/or check them out on Facebook.
Remember to order your fertilizer from the Greenbank Lions; lawn 21-7-7, and garden 18-18-18, for $28 per 55lb bag. Phone (905) 985-3723, or email email@example.com to order. Delivery is free after April 15th.
Scrap metal/electronics collection is Saturday, May 11th, at the Greenbank Hall, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Hall is available for rent. It has a new kitchen, air conditioning and outdoor patio. Call (905) 985-3723 for more information.
Saturday, April 27th, 'The Joy of Music' concert will be held at the Brooklyn United Church at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Call (905) 985-8559 to purchase tickets or for more information. Participating in the concert will be soloists Curtis Hadden, Adam Hunter, and Jackie Stickwood, with musicians John Foster, Karl Higeli, Doug Watson.
Wednesday, May 8th, 9:30 a.m. Registration for the 'Spring Rally', Kawartha Highlands Presbyterial U.C.W. The theme will be, “A New Home” featuring guest speaker Fabiola Contreras Carrasco from Mexico. It will be held at the Bethel United Church. Lunch is $12. Please RSVP to Carla, by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 1st, at 7 p.m. 'Dan Clancy in Concert', will be at the Greenbank United Church. He is the lead singer of the band “Lighthouse”. Tickets are $25.
The Greenbank Hall and the Park Board fundraiser, with Otter Greenhouses, begins April 15th and ends June 2nd. Just mention to the cashier at Otter's that you would like your percentage of purchase to go to the fundraiser. Every little bit helps, and is much appreciated by the Board.
Happy Birthday wishes for April go out to young Adrianna Parsons, Susan Duivestyn, Audrey Baylis, Joanne Olivero, Wanda Foster, Valerie Hunter, and all the others who may be celebrating.
Happy Belated Anniversary wishes go out to Lester and Audrey Baylis, who celebrated on April 4th.
Please call me at (905) 985-0535, or drop off your new items at 20018 Hwy. 12 , for the next Greenbank column, by April 29th
“Happy Easter to all”.
Saturday, March 23rd, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., The Lions Club is serving a Pancake Breakfast at the Greenbank Hall to support the Chicken Coop Bakery/Restaurant family: Shankar, Uma, Mithra, and Shanya Meegunthan. The Meegunthan family’s building was damaged structurally by a truck on March 4th, and their business will be temporarily closed, tentatively, for four months. They moved back in their home on Sunday, March 17th . If you are planning to attend, please call (905) 985-3723, or email larrydoblehotmail.com by Wednesday or Thursday so food planning may be arranged.
The Lions are taking orders for Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, in 55 lb. bags, for $28 each, with free delivery in April and May. Phone (905) 985-3723 to order. May 11th, the Lions are collecting scrap metal and electronics from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesdays during Lent, from 11:50 a.m.- 12:50 p.m., a light lunch will be served and guest speakers will be hosted by the St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Port Perry. On March 20th, the speakers will be Heather Haliburton-Smith and Eyad Mousa to talk about the Port Perry Syrian Refugee Reunification Support Group.
Saturday, March 30th - First Aid and CPR Training at 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. will be at the Greenbank Church. Cost is $70 per person, and it will be hosted by the GS Mission Team.
On April 12th, a Food Safety Handling Course is being offered at the Greenbank Church from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The cost is $25. Contact Barb at (905) 985-3903 to attend.
Next Sunday, March 24th, the Third Sunday of Lent, we welcome special music with Adam Hunter and accompanists John Foster and Jackie Stickwood. All three have been a part of the church music programs over past years, and it will be a special treat to have them back on Sunday.
Marita’s Mission Minute on Sunday morning included this phrase, “Only learning to appreciate others on a human level, can we do away with hatred”; a wise thought. She told of the annual integrated community ministry of the Art Show depicting hope and healing in pictures of the Indigenous Community, by Indigenous people. This is held in Riverbend, Saskatchwan, and is an M&S supported event.
Keith and Carol Bacon attended the 100th birthday of Keith’s cousin, Lily Hope, with many friends and relatives. The party was at the Goodwood Hall for this special occasion and reunion.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Terry Crawford and his family with the death of his youngest brother’s wife in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She had been struggling with cancer.
As we head towards the middle of March, the winds continue to blow and a rainy Sunday settled some snowbanks, revealing icy sideroads, which was the reason for some of those February school bus cancellations.
The scary and unfortunate accident at the Chicken Coop Bakery and Restaurant on March 4th resulted in structural damage to the building, and a temporary business closure. Fortunately, there were no injuries to anyone. The Chicken Coop and Greenbank Restaurant are both closed on Mondays. The Greenbank Lions are having a Pancake Breakfast at the Greenbank Hall on Saturday, March 23rd, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with donations going to the Mungunthan family; Uma, Shankar, and their two daughters. If you plan to attend, please phone (905) 985-3723 or email to email@example.com by March 20th, or sooner.
The Lions are taking orders for lawn and garden fertilizer. A 55 pound bag is $28, with free delivery in April and May. Phone (905) 985-3723 for more information. The profits will support local projects and the Port Perry Hospice. The Lions are collecting scrap metal and electronics on May 11th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone (905) 985-3723 for more information.
Euchre continues on Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbank Hall.
Twelve ladies from Greenbank, and four from Seagrave were among the 90 U.C.W. (United Church Women) who attended the Kawartha AGM for U.C.W.'s at the Sunderland United Church, on March 7th. The morning speaker was Reverend Ted McCollum of the Beaverton Anglican Church. He gave a most enlightening overview of the work that his parishioners, and others, have been doing for the last 12 years with the migrant Mexican workers in the Beaverton area. These Mexican workers come and spend eight months each year employed on local farms. They work ten hours a day, to earn money to make a better life for their families back home in Mexico. They also provide a great contribution to the Canadian economy because farm labourers are difficult to find. It was an excellent, and informative presentation.
A meditation time, led by our Minister Stephanie Richmond, followed a delicious lunch that was served by the Sunderland U.C.W. A sing song, skit and book display was on hand for browsing or buying. Introduction and installation of the new executive concluded this day of fellowship and worship.
The Guatemalan Mission Team was welcomed at the Sunday services in Greenbank at 11 a.m., and in Seagrave at 9:15 a.m. Co-ordinator Juli Myers told the children about how the children in Guatemala can only attend school if they have shoes, but that most of them don't. The average monthly wage for their parents is $4, and a pair of shoes can cost between $4 to $10. The team will be taking 12 hockey bags of shoes to the area when they leave on April 5th. This is the fourth trip in 10 years that Juli and other volunteers have served, alongside another group called “Loving Arms” of Oakville. The people of Guatemala are struggling, and 59.3 percent of the population live below the poverty level. The “Mission 2019” has been made possible because of the donations and support from many churches and communities, and this support is very much appreciated by the 11 team members. The sermon message by Juli was an extension of the emotional “shoe” story, and included some reflections and plans for this trip. The team served communion, led by Minister Stephanie. We are blessed to live in Canada, and to have volunteers, with many talents, giving their time to many different areas of need around the world including supporting initiatives for justice, education, and the freedom to worship. This important work provides hope and inspiration to people that a better future is possible.
The “Winter Break” brings holidays for families. School resumes on Monday, March 18th. I'd love to share your holiday news, if you would like to share that with me.
March 28th, at 7 p.m. Columbus Church is presenting, “Musically in Love”, with their Music Director, Anthony Alexander, who has created a five part series relating music to artistry and life in general. The topic will be 'Artistic Harmony', and a freewill donation is appreciated.
March 18th, St. Patrick's Day Supper at the Seagrave United Church at 6 p.m. A free will offering of donations of non-perishable items for the Scugog Foodbank would be appreciated. To reserve a seat contact Jean at (905)985-9921 by March 15th.
Saturday, March 30th, First Aid and CPR training from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Greenbank Church. The cost is $70 per person. It will be hosted by the GS Mission Team. The certification is good for three years. Receipts will be provided. RSVP the GS Mission Team.
Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Greenbank Church. Guided Meditation with Minister Stephanie. Her office hours are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (905) 718-8086 for an appointment.
Happy March birthday wishes go out to Tim Myers and Keith Phoenix, and any others who are celebrating. Please call (905) 985-0535 with your news.
March began with 31 ladies attending the Friday, World Day of Prayer service, created by the women of Slovenia, for people to share. Visitors from Cresswell/Wick, Epsom, Sunderland, Seagrave, and native-born Slovenian lady Traucus C., joined Greenbank for this time together.
The Lasagna Dinner on Sunday evening was well supported. It was delicious. Thanks go to the Evening Unit U.C.W., and helpers, for an opportunity to gather as a community as our wintery weather lingers.
Sunderland is hosting a Spaghetti Supper and Loonie Auction at St. Andrews United Church, on Saturday, March 9th. The cost for the supper is $10, and it begins at 6 p.m. The Loonie Auction is at 7 p.m. Come and join the community gathering for food and fun.
March 18th, at 6 p.m., at the Seagrave United Church, there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Supper; dress in green. A free-will offering, or donations of non-perishable items for the Scugog Food Bank, would be appreciated. To reserve a seat contact Jean at (905) 985-9921 no later than March 15th.
March 6th, at 7 p.m. is the Ash Wednesday service for all at the Greenbank Church, as we begin the Lenten Season.
Each Wednesday, through the six weeks of Lent, the Presbyterian Church in Port Perry welcomes all to Lenten lunches, from 11:50 a.m. - 1:50 p.m., which will include a worship time.
Sunday, March 10th, the Guatemala Greenbank/Seagrave Mission Team will take part in both services, and serving communion. The GGS (Guatemala Greenbank/Seagrave) Team is inviting both congregations to come to lunch at the Greenbank church following their 11 a.m. service. (approximately 12 o’clock) Seagrave’s service time is 9:15 a.m.
The Greenbank United Church accessibility committee would like to thank our community and others for their tremendous support, which has enabled us to attain 94% of our $200,000 goal required to make our church fully accessible. Construction will begin this spring. If you have questions, or if you wish to make a donation to this project, please contact Doug Watson at (905)852-7057, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, March 7th, at 9:30 a.m., the Kawartha Highlands Presbyterial U.C.W. is holding its AGM at St. Andrews United Church, in Sunderland. The theme is “We are one body” with guest speaker, Reverend Ted McCollum from Beaverton, speaking about migrant workers in Durham region. Greenbank’s Stephanie Richmond will guide us in meditation in the afternoon. This is Carla Puckrin's (of Greenbank U.C.W.) final term event as President of K.H.P.U.C.W. (Kawartha Highlands Presbyterial United Church Women) which a huge commitment, and well served. There will be no office hours at the Greenbank church on Thursday, March 7th, but the office hours will resume next week.
Congratulations to the Greenbank Public School choir, with leader Denise Bell, on achieving GOLD at the Sunderland Music Festival, and the opportunity to perform at the Festival of Stars. On the 27th, the children enjoyed a pancake lunch. Basketball has started for Jr. Girls and Jr. Boys with game schedules after the March break from Friday, March 8th to Monday, March 18th .
Remember to register for Minor Ball for children ages 4 – 19. Forms can be picked up at the Greenbank Store. Call (905) 985-3903, or (905)985-9499 for more information.
Transfiguration Sunday began with young Reese Richardson lighting the Christ Candle, and included the choir’s anthem “I Have Called You By Your Name”. The children’s story and sermon message were based on the mountaintop experiences of Moses in the Old Testament, and the times of receiving God’s commandments. It was also about the New Testament story of Peter, James and John witnessing the transfiguration of Jesus.
It was also about the New Testament story of Peter, James and John witnessing the transfiguration of Jesus, and of the appearances of Moses and Elijah, that in a brilliant light, were speaking of Jesus’ coming death in Jerusalem. Marita P. shared how candidates for ministry are supported by M&S givings. Remember to start the 2019 Lenten Calendar for GUC, (Greenbank United Church) and the M&S fund.
Kelly Monkman presented U.C.W. pins to Kim Thomson and Joanne Olivero for their faithful service, love, and support as members of the Evening U.C.W. since its inception in 1987. They were presented with a certificate, a Life Membership pin, and flowers. The congregation enjoyed a celebration cake in honour of Kim and Joanne at end of the service, during coffee time.
Happy Birthday wishes go to 7-year-old Reese R. (March 3rd), Tom Hunter (March 3rd), Neil Hunter (March 6th), and to any others celebrating special occasions.
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Mother Nature continues to mix up the weather. Strong winds and snow early on Monday, the 25th, led to school bus cancellations locally, for the eighth time since January 1st, 2019. But, spring is just around the corner, and minor softball registration forms, for the 2019 season, are now at the Greenbank store for pick-up and return, so youth from ages 4 to 19 may sign up to play. Teams fill up quickly, and are made up on a first-come basis, so be sure to register as soon as possible. Contact persons are Kerri-Ann at (905) 985-9499, and Barb at (905) 985-3903.
Helen Hadden welcomed the arrival of two new great-grandbabies last week. On Monday, February 18th, her granddaughter Kasandra and Trevor Copeland had a baby boy. The next day, on February 19th, grandson Curtis and Victoria Hadden had a baby boy. The new babies will certainly bring joy to their families.
Several people from this area attended the Ontario Holstein Banquet which was held at the Sandford Hall on Saturday, February 23rd. Awards were presented, and a delicious meal was enjoyed by all.
Tickets are still available for the 6:30 p.m. sitting for the Lasagna Dinner at the Greenbank church on Sunday, March 3rd. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for youth 5 – 12 years old, and pre-schoolers are free. Take-out dinners are available too. Please call Barb at (905) 985-3903 to reserve your spot.
March 9th, is the Sunderland U.C. Spaghetti Supper and Loonie Auction. More details about this will be announced shortly.
March 18th, the Seagrave United Church is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Supper at the Seagrave U.C at 6 p.m. Dress is green, and a free will offering, or donation for the Scugog Food Bank would be appreciated. To reserve a seat contact Jean at (905) 985-9921 no later than March 15th.
All are welcome on Friday March 1st, at 1:30 p.m. to the World Day of Prayer service at the Greenbank United church (lower hall), with refreshments following. The Fidelis Unit U.C.W will meet at 1 p.m. prior to the 1:30 p.m. service, for a short meeting.
March 6th – 7 p.m. is the Ash Wednesday service at the Greenbank United church. All are welcome to attend. The Evening Greenbank U.C.W unit will meet following the Ash Wednesday service.
Minister Stephanie's office hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Greenbank office each Thursday. Meditation with Minister Stephanie continues every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenbank U.C. Her day off is Fridays. For an appointment, or other, please call (905) 718-8086 or email her at this email address: email@example.com.To rent the church hall for events please contact Valerie Hunter at (905) 985-3586, or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your 2019 Lenten Calendar for the Greenbank United Church, Mission and Service Fund, starts Wednesday, March 6th, and is available at the church. Thanks to Pauline Reed for preparing this fun way to donate as we count our blessings. Though Pauline now lives in Whitby, she keeps in touch, and celebrates her 89th birthday on February 28th, with a family celebration on February 24th, at her place.
Happy birthday to Wilma Smith on February 28th, and Happy Anniversary to Mark and Carla Puckrin this month as well.
At Sunday's service, the Christ Candle was lit by young Clayton Barton, assisted by Mom Meagan and little sister Blake. Special thanks go to Kara Phillips who ministered, with music, a song she sang and played. She wrote this song in memory of her 16 year old cousin who died a year ago from cancer.
Opal the Ostrich visited with Stephanie during the children's time, and wouldn't talk to Stephanie due to a misunderstanding en-route from Seagrave. The children were invited to help solve Opa's and Stehanie's problem with their ideas. This lead to foregiveness by Opal for Stephanie, and there were happy feelings all around. The sermon message, based on the scripture story of Joseph who was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, spoke of the essentials of foregiveness ; “the one who won't forgive, is usually the most upset”, and “forgive and try to forget”. A thought for the week, Love conquers All.
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 email@example.com 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.