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.
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