I missed another snowy week, but by the time you read this I will be back in the land of snow and ice, rather than with the sun and tropic plants. I gather that some parents are somewhat disgruntled about the number of school bus cancellations; some of which seem unnecessary.
Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Sarah Moore, who is an expert horsewoman and great helpmate for Dan. Good wishes also go to Steve Wilson, my neighbour and lifelong friend. His wife Debbie has undergone a number of surgeries, and credits him with her continued recovery. We are happy about that. Another birthday boy is celebrating this week. He is not from our community, but is well known as Superman, especially by the younger people. He played this role at all special events in the town for many years. Actually, he is a super teacher and a super, super photographer who has won a number of awards. Our best wishes go out to these folks, and any others I may have missed, and also to those celebrating anniversaries or other special events.
Sadly, condolences must go out to the family of Grace Walker, who passed away last weekend, and whose funeral was held at the Zephyr church on Monday. Our sympathies go out to Cheryl, Elaine, Lynn and Ellen, and their children and grandchildren, and Grace's many friends.
Both of the Sandford and Zephyr church councils have met recently, to address the most pressing issue of finding a pulpit supply, and musician, following the completion of Reverend Eiko's term. This is not an easy job, with no indication of how long this situation may last.
The service this past Sunday was a joint service at Sandford, with Reverend Eiko conducting. Nancy Wolfe once more graced us with her presence at the organ. It's so nice to have her back.
Sunday, March 3rd, was Transfiguration Sunday, when Jesus and his 3 disciples went up into the mountain to pray. The title of the message was, " Revealing the Nearness of God". This was followed by the singing of "Open My Eyes That I May See". After the service next Sunday, the Sandford congregation will hold their AGM. It is essential that anyone with church connections come and make themselves aware of the future facing our churches.
We are now in the season of Lent. Remember the 'Pancake Supper' at the Sandford Church on Tuesday, March 5th, which is Shrove Tuesday. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost for adults is $5, and children under 12 have free admission. Games will follow. Contact Bill and Sheila Richardson for more particulars. On Sunday March 10th, the venue will switch back to Zephyr, as they are having their annual meeting that afternoon. On March 17th, we are back in Sandford. Please take note of these switches as it is hard to keep track of sometimes.
March 10th is a special Sunday when Reverend Eiko will conduct the 'Imposition of Ashes', and we will seldom observe Holy Communion.
On Thursday March 14th, the Official Board will meet. This will be the first meeting with the new members present, and new executive will be chosen. (note: this was originally scheduled for Monday, March 11th, but Reverend Eiko will be attending an all-day workshop that day). The new Zephyr council meets on March 21st, and in Sandford the meeting will be on April 2nd.
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