Welcome to 2018! Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is the present: a gift, a time to celebrate, to enjoy, to live the best one is able to live. As we step into 2018 changes will happen in all walks of life. My hope is for each one to find happiness, good health, and the strength to face each day's ups and downs of this new year.
It was good to hear that Earl Phoenix was able to be home for a few days at Christmas. We wish him continued better health with care being given at Lakeridge Oshawa Hospital.
Better health is wished for Marie Foster who is in Markham. Stouffville Hospital; also to Terry Crawford who is doctoring, and to all who are ill.
Sincere sympathy goes to the Parish families, with the death of Scott Parish, son of Robin and Connie of Woodville, on Saturday, December 30th, a sad time for all. The funeral service is with Low & Low Funeral Services, Port Perry, at 12:30 p.m., January 4th, with the visitation at 11 a.m., prior to service.
Looking back to Christmas Eve 2017, the morning church service was a service of Carols, Scriptures, and telling the story of Jesus birth, the Light of the world.
Lovely poinsettias decorated the sanctuary and were in memory of loved ones whose names were read by Rev. Richard. The Partners travelled to Ottawa to be with family for Christmas Eve.
In the evening, carols were sung as people gathered for the 7:30 p.m. service, each lighting a candle which they placed at the front worship centre. Special music was by guest musician Erin Clark, who accompanied organist Stuart Beaudoin with guitar and/piano for all “Carols”. Her vocal rendition “Sparkle” was lovely. Juli Myers message titled “God is with us” was the promise to all, for all time, with the birth of Jesus. Warm candle lights glowed as lights dimmed during the concluding hymn Silent Night. Best wishes and hugs were shared before many left for their celebrations and homes.
Our family and nephew, Bruce Phair, gathered at our place on Boxing Day. We missed, granddaughter Carlie and fiance Taylor who spent Christmas week with his father's sister's family at Whistler, B.C. The flu bug kept grandson Russell's family home. 2017 was a year of health issues for Glen, and once again we thank all for your concerns, visits, and prayers, and are thankful that 2017 has ended on a healthier note for him.
Sunday December 31st was the last day for Rev. Richard and Marcia Parker to minister to the Greenbank and Seagrave communities. What was to be a one month supply ministry for Rev. Paul Moorhouse's illness, turned into three years of a part-time minister doing a full-time ministry, and more! Our new student intern minister Stephanie Richmond joined in the service, which for the Parkers, was a time to say goodbye, to say thanks for being communities of caring dedication and comfort, to send us forth in faith and love. We thank Rev. Richard for all his ministry. Stephanie spoke of Transition and Change, and received the church key from Rev. Richard, a final duty!
January 7th, at 11 a.m., Come and welcome our new intern minister Stephanie Richmond and stay for coffee and muffins after church, so we can enjoy some social time with Stephanie.
January 8th, The Women's Faith Group meets at 2 p.m. at the church.
January 13th, from 12 to 4 p.m., Rev. Richard and Marcia's retirement and appreciation party at Seagrave. It is a Pot luck luncheon. There will be a basket for cards. All Greenbank and Seagrave members are welcome.
January 19th, at 7:30 p.m., Trashion Fashion Show. Tickets are $15 from the Evening U.C.W.
Happy December 31st birthday to Rev. Richard, to Barb Ward on December 26th, and to Hunter Doble on January 1st. Hunter is now 10 years old. He is a former New Year Baby!
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