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.
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