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.
Winter has descended; for a few days anyway. Probably, by the time you read this it will be above freezing and perhaps raining again. As I write on Sunday, it is the coldest day of the year so far. Last year, at this time, we had 2 or 3 days of -30C degree temperatures, so we can’t complain about this. Today was also a day of sun, which somewhat compensated for the cold wind.
Did anyone spend time watching the moon which is being called the blood wolf full moon eclipse? I was out for a few minutes, but it was too cold for even a 'once a year' opportunity. There will be plenty of photos from warmer climates and indoor observatories, no doubt, to feed our curiosity.
Steve and Lorraine Ottolini enjoyed a stay in Bermuda, visiting Steve’s sister and enjoying the balmy weather. Lorraine was lucky to stay there for two weeks, while Steve had to be content with one.
Birthday wishes go out to Pastor Gord Shreeve, as well as anyone else celebrating this week. Best wishes to my neighbour Debbie Wilson (Steve) who underwent a serious operation last weekn and is in the Markham Stouffville hospital. Our prayers and thoughts are with her.
On Wednesday I travelled to Maple Grove United Church, near Bowmanville, accompanied by Carol Johnson, Lorraine Ottolini, Faye Ashton and Elva Kerry. We attended our first meeting with the Lakeridge Presbytery, U.C.W. It was a very interesting meeting, and indicated some of the differences we will find, as we meet more often, about how Living Waters and Lakeridge operate. Our next general meeting will be in March, and it is hoped that more of the members can attend.
On Thursday evening the Uxbridge Genealogy Group met at the Uxbridge Library. There were 26 people in attendance, and there were several new and unfamiliar faces. Our speaker was, our own, Linda Boyd who informed us on how to use the program, 'Family Tree Maker' to tidy up your mountain of paper files and information. By the time she finished speaking, there were a lot of heads spinning with all the information she provided. Another night will no doubt be needed in order to take it all in. The next meeting will be on February 21st. At that time there will be more information given about accessing the Ontario Archives. We have discussed the Ontario Archives before, but there is always new information to use, and new perspectives given on what to look for.
This morning was the gathering of the North Durham Nature Feeder Watch. It went ahead, in spite of the cold, but as of yet, I don’t know how successful it was. I know that yesterday, when it was warmer, but snowing, the birds were steadily flocking to the feeders all day, which is nothing unusual. The same birds as have been coming to the feeders, but in greater numbers and more frequently. Today, though, they seemed to not be coming out as much; hiding away in the trees and shrubs no doubt, to keep warm as best they could. This Thursday evening, at 7 p.m. at the Scugog Public Library, the NDN will hold their first meeting of the season. There will be several short presentations by members and several nature displays of various types. All are welcome to attend. The fee is $5 for non-members.
This past Sunday church was held in Sandford. Attendance was smaller than usual, but I was privileged to conduct it. There were several lovely music videos about candles and how they represent light. There was a cake shown with birthday candles, a quiz about candles, and several songs talking about candle light and how we can be lights for Christ. Ken Welsh lit the Christ and Care candles, and afterwards gave me this quote from the 'Merchant of Venice', which fits in perfectly with the theme for this week. The quote was, “how far that little candle throws its beam, so shines a good deed in a naughty world”. If only we could all be this light. Next week's service will still be in Sandford, with Reverend Eiko conducting. She has been having a great time in Vancouver visiting her mother, and other relatives, and arrived home just in time to welcome the coldest day of this year. As of February 3rd, we will be attending the Zephyr church for the joint worship, in the month of February. Following the service, the Worship Committee will meet to plan for the upcoming Easter season and beyond when, at that time, we will be without a Minister.
On Thursday this week, the Sandford U.C.W. is holding their annual Potluck Lunch and Meeting. This is our business meeting of the year, and all ladies are urged to attend and enjoy the food and fellowship. Meeting time is 12:30 p.m. Please note the time change.
Discussions are underway regarding a transmission tower that is suggested to be put up in the middle of Sandford Village. There was a meeting at the hall about this issue last Tuesday evening. Everyone agreed that they want greater speed and more data, for various reasons, but the overriding issue was whether that location is the best spot for the tower. The tower will apparently be similar to the one recently installed in Zephyr, although it will not be as high, and therefore cannot reach quite so far.
A reminder to all that the Durham West 4H Exchange Club Valentine Roast Beef Supper is on February 9th, at the Sandford Hall from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, 4H students for $15 and for children under 10 years old it is $10. To purchase tickets, leave a message for Rob at (905)852-2388. Pastor John Molenaar will conduct the church service at Epsom this Sunday on January 27th, at 11a.m. Annual reports are due by February 3rd for the AGM on Sunday, February 24th. Thank you Rob E. for the clean church yard on Sunday morning. Please send news items to email@example.com.
We certainly are getting a blast of winter, but we have not been hit as hard as some areas.The temperature has really dropped, and with the wind chill it is cold.The cold weather did not deter the attendance at the Joyfull Noise concert. The church was filled with people singing, and dancing in the aisles. There were some pretty good “twisters” out there.
The Seagrave Community sends their condolences to Greta and Clarence Cameron on the recent death of Greta’s sister, Marjorie O’Grady of Lindsay. We send our thoughts and prayers to all those who are experiencing poor health conditions.
The Greenbank-Seagrave Lions Club is collecting pull tabs to finance seeing eye dogs. Any pull tabs from beer cans, pop cans, or any other type of pull tab are acceptable.Contact Don Beacock for pickup, or more information, at (905) 985-3595.
The Mariposa Men's Lob Ball Baseball League is looking to start a team in Seagrave to play on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. The first game will be on May 11th. Two players can be the age of 32, and the rest can be over 35. In most cases you need 15 players to make a team. Contact John Olivero at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Important Notice: All committee reports, for the Annual Report, must be submitted by February 2nd to the Co-ordinator, Betty Lou Beacock at: email@example.com. Please get started on your reports.
Thank-you this week goes out to the committee that organized the Joyfull Noise Choir; Rick McAskill, Keith Puckrin, and Linda Buscher and to the Stewards that sold tickets and stayed to clean up. Thanks also goes out to Dale Goddard, for the new e-mail news format, and to Dale and Richard Charron for operating the power-point. Lastly, thank-you goes out to Carol Coleman for teaching the Sunday School class.
The greeters at church last Sunday were Carol Coleman and John DeBono. Jonathon Feyen and Stephanie Richmond lit the Christ Candle. Happy Birthday wishes went out to Glenda Owler, who visited the birthday box. 'Minute for Missions', was read by Richard Charron. Minister Stephanie’s Youth and Young at Heart story was entitled “The Secret of Saying Thanks”. Everyone has secrets; some we share, and some we don’t. Minister Stephaine suggested that we be thankful and happy because each of us is different. David Hooker’s solo “I Believe” was inspiring. Darlene Hallett read the scriptures. Minister Stephanie’s message was about situations that don’t always turn out as expected, such as in the Scripture John 2. This story tells of the situation that arose, at a peasant wedding,when they ran out of wine. At that time, this would have brought shame and humiliation to the family. Jesus turned the water into wine and averted a difficult situation. Let’s share in the joy and abundance that we have.
January 24th at 7 p.m. Let's Talk About. Scripture to be discussed will be John 2: 1-11. Everyone is welcome.
February 9th at 9 a.m. Valentine's Breakfast, hosted by the Men’s Breakfast Group. Free will offerings are accepted. Please call Rick at (905) 985-8383 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.
February 10th at 9:15 a.m.Communion Service.
February 17th at 9:15 a.m. Pajama Morning Service. Get your cozy P.J.s ready!
Febrary 20th at 7:30 p.m. Congregational meeting in the basement.
February 26th at 7:30 p.m. Official Board Meeting in Greenbank.
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An unfortunate incident was recently countered by a citizen’s good deed. Another rural mail box, on Cartwright West Quarter Line, was hit and smashed one afternoon last week. Imagine the surprise of the homeowner when a new one appeared the next morning. A warm thank-you goes out to the kind and thoughtful citizen who promptly fixed/replaced that which was the result of another person's misdeed.
The Blackstock Agricultural Society will hold its AGM at the Blackstock Recreation Centre this evening on Thursday, January 24th starting at 7 p.m. It will include a potluck dinner. Following dinner, there will be a guest speaker, and the formal business portion of the meeting.
Cartwright Sports and Recreation is hosting their Annual Comedy Night with a Twist. “Comedy Hypnosis with Adam Graeme,” will take place on Friday, February 1st, at the Blackstock Recreation Centre from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The event is for ages 19+, and will include a cash bar. All proceeds will go towards improvements for the Cartwright Fields. Advance tickets are $25, or you can pay $30 at the door, subject to availability. To purchase tickets, contact Wilma Wotten at (905) 261-6607 or email to: email@example.com, Katrina Wotten at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by Clearwater Pools in Port Perry, or Malcolm’s Auto in Nestleton. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit the Facebook event page at the following web address:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1413917098744066/?ti=ia. To learn more about Adam Graeme and his show, visit: http://adamgraeme.com/
The Fletcher Bonspiel will be held on Saturday, February 2nd at the Port Perry Curling Club. This is a major fundraiser for the Blackstock Curling Club. There is limited space available for a total of 16 teams. The early draw starts at 8:30 a.m. and the late draw starts at 10:30 a.m. There are two eight-end games. Lunch is included. The cost is $200 per team. There will be a silent auction running throughout the day. For more information, please contact Karen Kadowaki at (905) 986-4263.
The Blackstock Drum Circle meets at the Blackstock-Nestleton United Church on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is a small group (with room for more) that have a passion for drumming. A limited number drums are available to rent for $5.00. If you have your own drum, it is $2.00 for the evening. If you would like to try it out or join in, please call Michelle Adams at (905) 986-4817.
This week's euchre winners are: Marion Koppens finished in first place. Hazel Coates came in second place. Shirley Oldfield came in third place. George Koppens finished in fourth place. Barb Blue and Doug Day tied for fifth place. Linda Carder and Ellen Gibson tied for most lone hands. Mary Lou Breward had the mid score.
Blackstock euchre is held every Tuesday evening (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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Here are Thursday's euchre results: Jim Tucker, Eileen Nelson and Doug Day tied for first place. Lorna Edgerton came in second. Dianne Norton was third. Al Cadieux finished in fourth place. Judy Westall was fifth, and also had the most lone hands. Gail Crawford and Donna Traynor tied for the low score. Congratulations to all of our winners, and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Caesarea-Nestleton Euchre is held every Thursday, (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Nestleton Community Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Happy New Year to everyone. Call to worship was given by the Reverend E. Frazer Lacy last Epiphany Sunday. There was also a baptism of Luke Emerson Brown on Sunday with parents John and Brittany Brown.
Elizabeth would appreciate it if you could have your submission handed in to her by January 21st, 2019 for the Annual Report.
The church schedule for the next few upcoming Sundays is: January13th, Robert Bennett. January 20th, Robert Bennett. January 27th, Darlene Hallett, and February 3rd, Michael Bishop .
The offices of the First Nation have reopened and everyone is well rested. The children's programs have resumed, as well as the programs for the adults. Happy Birthday to those celebrating this week and who celebrated last week. I can be reached at (905) 985-7662 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caesarea Nestleton Euchre: The Thursday euchre results are as follows: Heidi Kreig and Bryan Allemang tied for first place. Jim Tucker came in second. Eileen Nelson was third.Mary Lou Breward finished in fourth place, and John Kay came in fifth. Heidi Kreig had the most lone hands and Barb Brigley had the low score. Nestleton Euchre meets every Thursday evening (except holidays) in the Nestleton Community Centre located at 3971 Hwy. 7A. Play starts at 7:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome.
I hope your Christmas and New Years celebrations were the best ever, and I wish you a happy and healthy 2019.
It was a memorable conclusion to the Christmas Eve service at the Epsom church as candles were lit, lights were dimmed, Silent Night was sung, and a very Merry Christmas was wished to one another. Wasn't that a gorgeous sunny Christmas day. It was so welcomed following the many cloudy and dreary days during November and December.
On December 19th, the High School Fine Arts Department presented “Winter Frost”, which featured choral groups, concert bands, guitar playing, drama, visual arts and a ballet ensemble. It was a fantastic evening hearing the youth of our community perform in such an excellent fashion. So much thanks goes to the teachers who spent countless hours perfecting the talent of the students.
On December 23rd, at the Sunderland Hall, Leah Daniels, Beverley Mahood and Leah's band extraordinaire delivered an amazing Christmas show. The afternoon show was privileged to witness Tim's proposal to Leah. It was such a surprise for Leah, and so exciting for those of us that were there to be a part of it. Congratulations Leah and Tim. Many beautiful years ahead are wished for you in this journey together.
On Sunday, December 30th, at the Scugog Community Center the Celebration of Life for Carol Wilbur was held. Through tears and laughter her three sons and friends honoured her life's journey. To conclude the celebration, Carol's three sons sang one of Carol's favorite ballads so beautifully, with harmony being exceptional.
Many in our community attended the funeral for Kaye Evans, at the Thorne Funeral home in Sunderland, on Thursday, December 2nd. Kaye lived in the Epsom/Pinegrove area during his younger years, and then moved to Pinedale after he and Audrey married. We send our sincere sympathy to Audrey , their three sons and their families.
We were also very saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Bierema just before Christmas. Brian fought cancer for two and a half years before it took his life. His funeral service was held on Saturday, January 5th at the Leaskdale Presbyterian church and many family and friends came to say their last goodbyes and offer their condolences to his wife Sandi , their three sons, and their families. We also extend our deepest sympathy to sisters Mary Evans, Nancy Harsell, and Jean Paisley who will miss a loving brother.
We welcome Pastor John Molenaar as our Minister at worship on Sunday, January 13th. A welcome also awaits our friend Gord Taylor, from Mt. Zion, who will join us on Sunday, January 20th. Gord Taylor will speak on that Sunday, and John will lead the worship.
This week is marked by being back to school time for the staff and students at Cartwright Central Public School, and many others who took time off over the break. Hopefully getting back into the daily routine went as smoothly as possible for everyone.
The Blackstock Drum Circle meets at the Blackstock-Nestleton United Church, on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is a small group (with room for more) that has a passion for drumming. A limited number of drums are available to rent for $5.00. If you have your own drum, it is $2.00 for the evening. If you would like more information about the group or would like to join in, please call Michelle Adams at (905) 986-4817.
This week's euchre winners are: George Wind finished in first place. John Kay and Alma Manns tied for second and third place. Norm Lackner came in fourth place. Lorna Edgerton finished in fifth place.
There was a four-way tie for most lone hands between George Wind, John Kay, Alma Manns and Jacky Attfield. Bryan Allemang and Alma Manns played one game where they scored 22 points. Congratulations to both. Blackstock euchre is held every Tuesday evening (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstock United Church Hall. Everyone is welcome.
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