Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish and all those wannabes. One happy guy was our former Mayor and community worker Pat Molloy, who also celebrated his birthday on the same day.
The David Ball family spent March break in wild Florida enjoying many of the natural sights and sounds. Other families also took special trips over the March break, or had staycations, which is the new thing now.
I was sorry to hear that Bethany McGillivray, and her husband Lee Collingwood, had to cancel a couple of events last weekend because their baby Sybil suddenly took ill, and had to be rushed to the hospital. Sending best wishes and prayers for all of them.
Our community was saddened to learn of the death of life time resident Marion Thompson. Marion had not been well for some time, but got out whenever she could. Our sympathies go out to her daughters, Pam and Laurel, and their families, as well as to her sister-in-law Margaret McNelly. Her celebration of life will be at the Zephyr church on Monday, March 18th, at 1 p. m. with the visitation to be held before that time.
At church this week, the service that was originally planned for last week, but was cancelled due to ice, took place. There was good attendance, and all partook of the Imposition of Ashes, a ceremony that usually takes place on Ash Wednesday. The use of ashes is a symbol of sorrow and repentance, and predates the crucifixion of Christ by thousands of years. Fittingly, it is also a symbol of new life and fertility, as those who use ashes on their garden know. Following this, Holy Communion was served with Earle Lockerby, and with Rod and Joanie Sine assisting Reverend Eiko in the distribution of the elements. We also had a new musician; Karen Ritchie from Uxbridge. Karen is the assistant at the Trinity Church in Uxbridge, but was helping us out. The church was decorated with green and purple symbolizing St. Patrick’s Day and the church season. A Resurrection Garden was also set up at the front. The Zephyr congregation held their AGM in the Sandford sanctuary following the service.
Church at Sandford again next week, at 10 a.m. with Ruth Baker as the musician for the day. The following week, March 31st, Nancy Wolfe will once again be with us playing the organ. On Thursday night the newly formed Zephyr Council will meet briefly at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr, after which the new Official Board will convene at 7:15 p.m. The Sandford Council does not meet until April 2.
In April, the Sandford UCW will hold a 'Bakeless Bake' sale. Donation envelopes will be distributed next Sunday. Please give generously so we can be generous towards our community projects. The next UCW meeting will be on May 9th. The guest speaker will be Deborah Clements, and she will talk about their trip to South America.
Looking ahead even further, the Sandford UCW and Council will host a concert by the Stouffville group, “Bach to Blues” on Sunday, May 5th, at 2:30 p.m. This is a great group of singers. Several of the singers are from our congregation, and others that we know from events we have hosted. Tickets will go on sale in April.
The Scott Central School Grade 8 students are holding their annual 'Spaghetti Supper' at the Sandford Hall on Thursday March 28th, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $30 for a family of 4, adults $10, and children $6. Funds go toward their graduation. Please support these young people. They usually do a super job for the evening.
On April 3rd, Durham Farm Connection will host an Open House at the Luther Vipond Arena in Brooklin, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On June 15th, the Zephyr Community is holding its 'Annual Garage Sale' throughout the village. Also, the United church folk are holding their 'Bake Sale and BBQ' as a fund-raiser for the church. Please mark this date and support their efforts.
The Aurora UCW is holding a book sale at the Trinity Anglican church on April 6th, from 10 a.m - 2 p.m. You will recall that a few years ago the United church burned down, and since then the Anglican church congregation and the United church congregation have shared worship space and many other things.
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