A belated blessed and Happy Easter goes out to all our readers. I hope you were able to enjoy the many gatherings of family and friends as did so many of our congregation families. The weather certainly wasn’t conducive to outside activities, but at least on Easter Sunday it didn’t rain.
Many people are somewhat under the weather with a lot of coughing and hacking going on. The doctor and hospital waiting rooms are full with sick individuals. Hopefully Spring will arrive soon with lots of sunshine and warmth. We may then complain about it being too hot and dry.
Congratulations to Bill and Violet Kirton, who recently celebrated their 100th birthdays at a party in which 200 people attended. The quartet called, ‘The Shenanigans’ provided music, and donations made in bill and Violet’s names went towards the purchase of a new organ for the Church of the Nazarene. Congratulations also to Steve and Sandy Nielsen, former Sandford residents, who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Sandy also celebrated a birthday at the same time.
On April 10th, a large number of Sandford ladies attended the Bethesda Reach WI luncheon and enjoyed the bountiful meal and the great new fashions. Sheila Richardson and Carol Gibson even won door prizes.
On April 8th, Mackenzie Moore turned 13, and Liam Edwards turned 15. Congratulations to both of these enterprising young people. Belated congratulations also go out to the oldest of Stan and Amy Smalley’s children, twins Jacquelyn and John.
Lorraine Ottolini joined the high school group, led by Tish McDonald and Ted Barris, who went to France and the Netherlands. They took their war monuments, and this trip provided a great educational opportunity for these young people. Lorraine laid a cross on the grave site of Steve Bell, a dear friend of Marilyn Dobie. Marion Barnett, and daughter Cindy, were also part of the group. They are all home now, but they will never view life quite the same. They have posted many photos on Facebook for you to view.
The MacMillan sale, at Scott Central Public School, had record sales this year. The money raised goes towards buying a cart on which reading materials will be placed for the primary grades. The grade 8 ‘Spaghetti Supper’ also brought in a record amount of money.
A funeral was held on Monday, April 15th, at the Zephyr church, for Marion Leek Shannon with Reverend Eiko leading the service, and Nancy Wolfe providing the music. Marion was the daughter of John and Velma Leek, the sister of Allan and Morley Leek, sister-in-law to Joyce, and sister to Helen Holstock. She was married to her husband, Douglas, for 52 years at a ceremony that took place in Sandford.
The sympathies of the community go out to the Rynard family with the passing of Mervin, age 97, on Saturday April 13th. He lived all his live in the Zephyr area, and farmed until turning it over to his son Wayne. His funeral was held at the Zephyr church on Thursday, April 18th, with Reverend Sean Astop conducting the service, and Nancy Wolfe providing the music.
On the 17th of April Sheila Richardson, Carol Johnson and I went to Courtice to take part in an executive meeting for the Lakeridge Presbyterial UCW. There were 20 women present. After a few visits now, we are getting to know these ladies, and I am finding that I have connections to some mostly through Port Perry High School. The president of this group will be one of our church leaders later on in the year.
Get well wishes go out to Don Hewlett, who has not been well but is on the mend. We hope for the best because he will be having an operation in July. Better health wishes also go out to Wilma Doucette, who has been ailing for some time. We have a long list of older folks who are, unfortunately, not doing well.
The Palm Sunday Service was held at the Zephyr church. Members of the congregation were given small crosses made of palm leaves. There were also large palm branches decorating the church, which were again used at the Sandford Good Friday Service. At the Good Friday Service in Sandford, Reverend Eiko had a moving programme, in which a number of scripture passages were read by congregants with accompanying hymns. The Easter Sunday service was at the Zephyr church. Reverend Eiko sang a solo for the music for meditation period entitled “Joy Comes in the Morning,” accompanied by Ruth Baker. The children received an Easter basket during the ‘Young at Heart’ session. Reverend Eiko’s message was, “The Power of Hope, The Power of Resurrection.” Service next week will be in Zephyr. It is Holy Humour Sunday, and Carol Johnson and Linda Wagg are in charge. This will be Reverend Eiko’s last Sunday with us, and we will surely miss her and Ron. Please plan to attend to say goodbye.
May 5th, sees us worshiping at the Sandford church. Rick McKinley will be our Minister at that time. Please remember our special fund-raising concert in the afternoon, at 2:30 p.m, when the wonderful “Bach to Blues Company” will perform for us under the direction of Ann Gage. Their pianist, Leon De Souza, will also perform a few solo numbers. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for youth under 16. Snacks will be sold following the presentation. Mark your calendar please.
An Easter Egg hunt was held at the Mission Church on Sunday afternoon. Hopefully, the eggs did not get too damp. The following Sunday is Mother’s Day, or Christian Family Sunday. We will have special guests Ken Welsh and Alayna Mathewson, and leading the service and delivering the message will be Joanie Sine, with Ruth Baker at the piano. If you missed hearing Adele Boy talk about her three month service in Israel and Palestine, as a UN observer, when she gave her talk in Zephyr a few weeks ago, you can hear and see her presentation at the Uxbridge Library, on Saturday, May 11th, at 2 p.m.
Another one of my favourite musical groups will be performing on Sunday, April 28th, at 3 p.m at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. The “One Voice” choir has only one performance this year, so don’t miss it. It is impossible to keep up with all the musical events going on around here. Every week there are at least two or three to choose from, and it is a hard choice to make.
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