It’s been a week when many people have not felt up to par and just as some begin feeling better, others come down with it. A report said that the flu shot, this year, was only about 40% effective; if so I wouldn’t have wanted to get the flu without the protection of the shot! Medics predict a bad year for illnesses!
Congratulations to the Harwood family, as one of those families honoured with the Canada 150 award. Their farm has been in the family for four generation! Any other local families who have not mentioned winning this award, please let me know.
Congratulations to Caroline and Allan McGillivray, who celebrated their 30th anniversary this week, and also to Allan who had a birthday. Granddaughter Felicity helped grandma make and decorate the cake.
On Wednesday, eight of my sorority sisters enjoyed a lunch out in town. It was our Christmas celebration together. This was to make up for the five who are celebrating in Florida!
On Thursday the Sandford U.C.W. ladies met at the church. Having been given a large donation to our coffers, we were able to use that, along with our previous funds, to distribute to local charities and organizations helping a broad spectrum of local area people. Our thanks to our very generous donor!
After our deliberations we listened to, and sang to, a number of Christmas carols and learned a bit about the origin of each. We then worked on a craft which ended up being a button tree to hang as a decoration. We concluded, of course, with some delicious food. Our January meeting will be in the form of a potluck lunch and we will choose our new executive.
Friday night a small but very appreciative crowd gathered at the church to listen to the Children’s Choir directed by Jennifer Wilson. This was a marvellous evening of music, from the singing of a three-year-old holding the mic like a pro, the choir, a percussion band, violins, three keyboards, and Jennifer’s beautiful harp music. Plus there was drama and dance!
A talk was given about the beginning of St. Stephen’s Children’s Home in Embu, Kenya and what it has accomplished over the years, with a live-in centre and help for parents to feed and keep their children in school. Cookies and hot chocolate ended the evening. The same program would have been carried out at Trinity U.C. and Goodwood Baptist.
The weekend was full of music. One Voice performed at St.Pauls Friday night and Saturday afternoon and as always it was a wonderful parade of sound. The added flute and percussion music was fantastic. They were joined by the Port Perry High School Girls’ Ensemble and what a future in music these young ladies possess! I hope they realize how lucky they are!
During the blowing snow of Saturday evening, I travelled to Stouffville, where Bach to Blues Company was performing their second concert of the day. Adele Boy is a member of that group and they were wonderful too. They were joined by Aldbury Gardens Brass Quintet, a very accomplished group of players. Among the songs sung by One Voice and Bach to Blues, there was only one duplicate! There is such a repertoire to choose from when it comes to Christmas music. The final number, with the choir, the quintet and two pianos, was wonderful and garnered a standing ovation!
Sunday was Second Advent. Bob and Evelyn Cox-Meek read, and lit the candles for the day. Unfortunately Melinda was ill, so I did what I could at Sandford, while Rev. Eiko led at Zephyr. Her message was about how we can ‘make the path straight” from the passage about Jesus being baptized by John in the river Jordan. Perhaps we should be thinking a little more seriously about where these places, that we read of in the Bible, are and under what conditions they are living today. It’s not a happy world over there!
Next Thursday Rev. Eiko is having a Blue Christmas service for any who feel sad, lonely, or grieving, at this season. The service is at 2 p.m. at Sandford. Anyone can attend this event.
Sunday December 17th is Third Advent. Please join with us, at 9:30, at Sandford Church; or at 11 a.m., at Zephyr Church.
There will be no morning services on December 24th, but there will be Christmas Eve services at both churches: 6:00 p.m. at Zephyr Church and 8 p.m. at Sandford Church. A candle lighting ceremony will conclude each service. All are welcome to attend this special service with us.