Another few days of autumn! Wasn’t it nice? And I did get my lawn cut, raked, and leaves on the flower beds.
Warning! There are thieves in the area! The Cox’s, as if they needed anything else, have been hit twice. The first time the trailer with the ATV, parked behind the house, was taken in the middle of the night and now several tractor keys taken, some from inside the barn. The worst part is that these had to be targeted theft, by someone who knew the place well, someone the family trusted!
The Mustard family had a fright last week when the dryer caught fire, with beans inside. Fortunately the Uxbridge fire department, with some help from the Brock fire department, were able to contain and put out without too much loss and no animals or people injured.
The Sandford Church Council met on Tuesday evening to discuss the events of the coming Christmas season. December is shaping up to be a very busy time, especially the first couple of weeks.
North Durham Nature held a very interesting meeting in Port Perry, on Thursday evening, as we heard more about the effects of climate change and learned about some of the things we as individuals can do to counteract these.
On Saturday several from Sandford Congregation attended a workshop in Thornhill in preparation for structural changes in the makeup of the United Church hierarchy. Conference and Presbytery will be replaced by one body, with the emphasis being placed more on clusters of congregations. This is all supposed to be in place before December 2018. So much work needs to be done at all levels before that.
Adele Boy has recently returned from a short, but comprehensive, trip with three friends to Iceland. The many geological formations, hot-springs, waterfalls, the tectonic plate area, and other scenic wonders made an unforgettable excursion.
Saturday evening several from Sandford enjoyed the Christmas concert at the Historic Leaskdale Church. The program was quite varied, ranging from Highland dancing; music by high school girls, with a number of wind instruments; piano and percussion; an a capela male singer; and our own Robyn Ottolini and Melinda Delorme, whose final number, “O Holy Night”, had the audience immediately on its feet for a standing ovation, after the performance!
The new St. Pauls, Leaskdale, was also the venue for a delicious lunch on Saturday.
At church this Sunday, Sandford congregation took part in a baptism of Avery James Conner, great granddaughter of Dorothy Baker and daughter of Christopher and Jocelyn Conner. Rev. Eiko had an excellent sermon on “Christ the King” Sunday and what it means, skillfully working in how it affects everyday life as well as the changes coming to the United Church.
Next Sunday, December 3rd is the first Sunday of Advent as well as White Gift Sunday at both churches. This is when gifts of food and other needs will be offered and taken to our food banks. There will also be communion. The Official Board will meet that week.
The home of Donna Kerry Ireland was the happy scene of Christmas shoppers Sunday afternoon, as a number of vendors had pop-up stores featuring their products, such as Tupperware, 31Bags, and many other product lines. Donna was also collecting purses filled with personal items to take to a women’s shelter in Newmarket.
Breakfast with Santa will take place at Sandford Hall on December 2nd, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. The Zephyr breakfast is December 9th, from 8:30 to 11:30 at the hall.
Tuesday December 5th is the Christmas Concert at the Pine Grove Historic church. It is always a happy event.
On the 8th Sandford United hosts the Children’s Choir organized by Jennifer Wilson. This is a fundraiser for a children’s home in Kenya. A similar event a few years ago, raised money for a library and this one is to put books on the shelves. The choir will sing, there will be dancing and drama, carol singing, and a candlelight ceremony. The community is encouraged to attend. Admittance is free but a goodwill offering will be taken.
On Thursday the 7th, the U.C.W. ladies (all ladies of the church or not) will meet for our Christmas program of worship, song, distributing funds, crafts and Christmas goodies. We may also decide when to meet to initiate out prayer shawl creating group.
One Voice Choir is presenting their Christmas program on Friday evening, December 8th and also Saturday afternoon. Carolyn Hicken is a member, while Adele Boy is a member of Bach and Blues of Stouffville, who are presenting their concert on Saturday afternoon and evening. What a time for joyful happy music!
On Sunday, Christmas Eve, both congregations will hold evening services, but there will be no morning services.
The Christmas Bird Count for our area will be held December 27. If you would like to take part call Derek Connelly.
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