A lovely weekend with promise of a few more spring-like days! We will take what we can get. I had a pleasant walk-about Sunday afternoon, looking for more signs of spring and they are there; also signs that winter does not conquer all, as there is still much colour hidden under the snow and coming out on some of the new tree buds. It's easy to feel happier when the sun is shining too. I hope you saw the gorgeous sunset on Saturday evening. It was coloured with gold and reds and purples, with a ray of light shooting straight up into the clouds! Magnificent!
It seems like awards are being handed out this past week at school! Congratulations to Mac Moore, who won the certificate for kindness and to Chandler Ball, who won for empathy. Chandler’s family are also happy to tell that he has won a role in the musical, “The Little Mermaid”. It will soon be aired by the Scott Central School.
The speaker for the Uxbridge Genealogy group cancelled Thursday night, because of possible inclement weather, as she had a long distance to travel. That weather never materialized, at least not here. John McLean covered the subject of Scottish research quite handily, with help from Marian Bellamy. It is hoped that the weather will be better for the March meeting, when the speaker is rescheduled to attend.
Quick healing is wished for Mary Catherwood, who had a knee replacement last Tuesday and came home Thursday; and to my friend and sorority sister Gloria Gorman, who had a hip replacement on Thursday and came home Sunday. Sorry to say that George Johnson has still not recovered from the hip operation he underwent several months ago.
North Durham Nature held their feeder watch on Saturday. It was a much warmer day and not a day which caused flocking to feeders, like a stormy day would do. On six properties the ten participants saw 150 birds of 13 different species. This number is considerably lower than last year. The participants all enjoyed the morning however!
On Thursday night, January 25th, at 7 p.m., join with us in a new feature, “Quiz Night”. Attendees will be divided into teams to compete against other teams, who can identify the most items being shown at a table. Come along and test your skill. Memberships are also due as this is also our A.G.M.
Saturday afternoon I attended the birthday party for Keith Bacon, celebrating his 80th year. I went to high school with him and rode on the same bus. Other Port Perry High School (P.P.H.S.) attendees were also there to congratulate him. Congratulations also came from many other friends and relatives, from this area and all over, as Keith is well known for his work on the Uxbridge Fair Board and other community groups in Greenbank. Keith also has a Sandford connection with the Smalley family.
I was pleased to meet the new minister of the Greenbank/Seagrave churches. Unlike our Rev. Eiko, who comes from Japan, Rev. Stephanie Richmond was raised in Pontypool and lives now in Yelverton, with her husband. She has two children and several grandchildren. We are privileged to have all these caring female ministers in our area!
I was in Greenbank for a short while, as I had tickets to “Oklahoma”. That was a wonderful show. The lead part of Laurie was played by our own Melinda Delorme, using her beautiful voice in both song and drama. Darrell also had a starring part and if you don’t recall his dialogue, you sure would recall the suit he was dressed in as the peddler! They both played their parts to perfection, as did the rest of the cast.
Church this week at Sandford and Zephyr was a little different again, as Rev. Eiko took advantage of technology to display some of her sermon, as well as using it for her Young at Heart time. It went over very well with everyone. The theme was the well known fishers of men (people) story and she talked about how we can all be fishers in our daily lives. Casey was at the piano in Sandford and Nancy at Zephyr, while Melinda is in Oklahoma!
This Thursday the U.C.W. ladies will meet at the church for their potluck lunch, followed by the annual meeting. Following a worship period, the executive for 2018 will be selected, we will discuss the Prayer Shawl program and the Soupers lunch at St. Andrews on February 7th. All ladies are welcome to attend.
Subsequent to the U.C.W. Meeting, the Worship Committee will meet at Sandford Church, at 3 p.m. We hope to plan some activities for the coming three months at least, in the midst of which is Easter.
The meeting scheduled for after the church service at Sandford on January 28th, is cancelled, but will likely take place before many weeks have passed. Next Sunday the church services are as normally scheduled.
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