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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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”.
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