It finally hit us! Snow that is, but it had a couple of bright sides for me. The sun was shining the next day and all the birds came flocking back. So good to see them again, as there certainly has been a dearth of bird-life the whole summer long. I guess they were finding enough natural food to keep them busy. One surprising sight on Friday, was to see about 25 trumpeter swans on Lake Scugog, just off from Palmer Park. One was even close enough you could read his tag, which will tell when and where it was first captured and tagged.
Our Xi Epsilon Upsilon Sorority met Monday, missing several members already who have taken refuge in Florida for awhile. At least they missed driving through the snow! More will join them as time passes.
At the Community Care lunch on Tuesday there was a large crowd who enjoyed a delicious meal and then took part in a Remembrance Day observance, put on by five members of Uxbridge Legion. Our thanks to them. There were no veterans in attendance, but there were some wives and they were thanked for their contribution as well as their husband’s.
Wednesday at the Horticultural meeting the guest speaker was Dugald Campbell, once owner of Garden Imports, whose subject was extremely timely as he spoke on bulbs and how to care for them, especially those ones that need to be dug up and replanted each year, like dahlias. I had just dug mine up, but with the extreme cold they may have been safer in the ground!
Good to know that the “Gimme Shelter Gala” was a sold-out affair and that should guarantee that the building can start in the spring. Having dog-park in one area and shelter in another, should make it better for our pets!
On Thursday Sandford UCW met at the church with several visitors present. Rev. Eiko was our guest speaker and she talked about growing up in Japan and some of her journey that brought her to our community. We listened to some haiku poetry, much different than we are used to, and sang four verses of the original “O Canada”. Have you seen those verses? It was originally written as a hymn and is quite lovely!
Friday the Epsom Girls met for their twice-a-year get-together. Although we are scattered, we are not far apart and never far from each other’s minds. It’s nice to see that other ladies meet regularly as well, such as several teacher groups in the area.
The Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph Saturday, was beautiful! Cold as it was, there was an exceptionally large crowd of all ages. Frozen knees must have been the order of the day for pipers and drummers, but it didn’t stop them, and those veterans never give up. I think there was also a larger group in the parade than usual too. Thanks to Cheryl, the Legion, Brian and Joan, Rev. Karen, the bugler, the Mayor, and all those who laid wreaths!
Sunday was another “meet the minister day,” when Rev. Eiko got to spend more time with the Sandford congregation, after teaching the movements to the beautiful song “Spirit of God”. Later in the afternoon, Ladies of the Foster presented their interesting dramatic version of “A Christmas Carol”; the last event for this year. Catch us again in May!
On Saturday this week, the 18th, the Zephyr congregation are holding a Bake and Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On December 9th there will be “Breakfast with Santa” at the Zephyr Hall. Time is sure moving on!
December 3rd, at both churches, will be White Gift Sunday and all food and personal items donated will be given to Loaves and Fishes or Mt. Albert Food Bank. It will also be Communion Sunday.
There will not be a candle light service that evening, as previously mentioned, but on Friday, December 8th, a children’s choir, organized by Jennifer Wilson of the village, will be putting on a concert to help raise funds for books for a library in St. Stephen’s, a children’s home in Nigeria. Time is 7:30. There will be a carol sing and a Candlelight service as well.
Sandford Council will meet Tuesday November 21st, at 7:00 p.m., and Zephyr Council will meet on Wednesday, November 29th, after decorating the church at 1 p.m., planning for the Advent and Christmas season, and beyond.
The Official Board will meet December 4th at Zephyr, at 7 p.m.
December 14th there will be a Blue Christmas service at Sandford, at 2:00 p.m.
The U.C.W. Presbyterial will meet at St. Matthews in Richmond Hill, for their Christmas gathering. Entertainment will be by their hand bell chorus. All women are invited to attend; all United Church women are automatically members of the U.C.W.!
Christmas Eve services will be held at both churches; at 6 p.m. at Zephyr and 8 p.m. at Sandford. There will be no morning services.
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