Seagrave United Church News Nov 11, 2018

On this 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, we need to thank all those soldiers who fought to keep our Country free.

It looks like winter is coming earlier this year. It is a beautiful sight to see those big snowflakes falling, but I'm not ready to get the shovels out yet.

John DeBono sends heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who made the annual turkey supper a very successful event. After a successful but challenging 2017 year, we re-organized, re-vamped and made significant changes for 2018. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time....donated sweets, pies, puddings and preserves for the supper and the bazaar, cooked the food, made the dressing, coleslaw, and to the waitresses who did the serving.

Happy Birthday to Joan Lee, our music director (Nov. 14)

Nov. 11 service at Seagrave United Church was somber and meaningful. The choir sang 3 World War 1 songs, a video was shown entitled "Standing Strong and True" a benefit song written for 2018 to salute our Heroes. Guest speaker was Sierra Frew who is currently a first year student at Trent University. In 2017 she visited Vimy Ridge in France with other Port Perry High School students. She also visited England, Ypres, Belgium memorial, The Expo, Hill 62, Amsterdam, attended a Remembrance Day service and Tyne Cot Cemetery. She was delighted to have found the gravesite of her great, great, great uncle, W. R. Mitchell. She was thankful to have had this experience and learned so very much.

The greeters were Jane Pettinger and Verna Gagnon and they distributed Canadian flag lapel pins. Jonathon Feyen lit the Christ Candle and John DeBono was the scripture reader. A poem written by Monika Martyn entitled November was printed in an insert in the bulletin.

The bells tolled 100 times at Greenbank United Church at 4.53 p.m. (sunset) as did the rest of the country in memory of ALL the veterans, families and animals that gave the supreme sacrifice. Many stood in solidarity to honour the 100th Anniversary of Armistice. The event concluded with Shona Stone playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. We are grateful and thankful for their sacrifice. Freedom is never free. We wish PEACE to one and all. We will never forget. Many community members stood in front of the church as the bells rang out and had refreshments and cookies afterwards.

We are in the process of hiring a SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER. If you are interested or know someone that may be interested, please call Barb at 905-985-8383 or e-mail

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes have arrived at the church for children living in countries afflicted by war, poverty, and disaster as a Christmas gift. In most cases This is the only gift they will receive this year. A box can be picked up at the church or email us at The boxes will be collected on
Novembers 25th.

The Greenbank/Seagrave Guatemala Mission Group are selling wax wraps to cover food items to keep foods fresh and to eliminate plastic at a cost of 3 for $20. Contact Kathy Nix at 905-985-0112 or or anyone on the team. Nov. 24 there is a drop-in from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. An instructor will show how to make 4 Christmas cards and 6 tags. There will be a silent auction. Cost is $20 advance or $25. at the door.

Nov. 16 - 7.30 a.m. Live Talent Auction at Prince Albert United Church.
Nov. 18 - 9:15 a.m. Greeters are Wendy and Wynne Hughes.
Nov. 22 - 7:00 p.m. LET'S TALK ABOUT
Nov. 23 - 6 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 24 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live and Silent Charity Auction at St. Andrews United Church in Sunderland. Auctioneer Carl Phoenix.
Nov. 25 - 9:15 a.m. DEDICATION of Communion Tablecloth graciously made and donated by Darlene Hallett. Also, Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes will be blessed. The boxes will be delivered to Woodstock, Ont. On Dec. 4th.
Nov. 25 - 7:00 p.m. HEALING SERVICE with Minister Stephanie Richmond.
Nov. 26 - 9.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop at Bethany United Church, 3 George St., Bethany. Lunch and workbook provided. Cost $45.00. Contact Lynn at or 705-957-2545 to register by Nov.17th.
Dec.  9 – Presentation for Sunday School on rocks and minerals with Cathy Nix. All are welcome to join us.

If you wish to volunteer for scripture reading or have a special pray please contact Stephanie Richmond at 905-718-8086 or

Stephanie will be having office hours every Thursday from 10:00- 2:00 in the office at Greenbank. These hours may be subject to change in the event of a pastoral emergency or funeral. Greenbank office phone number is 905-985-0844. Friday is her day of rest.

If you have upcoming church or community events please email then to John Olivero at for the website and in Church calendar.

Check out our website  for Listen to Sunday services, up to date information, activities, history etc.

If you wish to rent the church basement for events, please contact Rick at 905-985-8383 or

Please submit your news to Jean at 905-985-9921, email or Barb at 905-985-8383, email 

If you have announcements that you would like printed in the church bulletin please let Valerie Hunter know by Wednesday each week at



Minister Stephanie will be having office hours every Thursday from 10:00- 2:00 in the office at Greenbank. These hours may be subject to change in the event of a pastoral emergency or funeral.
When Stephanie is on Holidays should an emergency arise please contact: Les Hills, Pastoral Care Supervising Minister Sunderland United Church 705-357-3056. Home 705-357-0003

Greenbank - A newer piano has been graciously donated to the Sunday School room. If anyone is interested in taking the old piano please contact Kim 905-985-2522 or Valerie 905-985-3586.
Nov. 14 - Evening Unit U.C.W. will meet at 7 p.m. at the church. Everyone welcome.
Nov. 25- Decorating the sanctuary. All welcome to stay & help.
Dec. 2 - Communion Service
Nov. 28 - 7.00 p.m. Joint Church meeting at St. Andrews United Church re the future of our churches comprising of Sunderland, Vroomanton, Utica, Epsom, Greenbank and Seagrave.
Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 2 and Dec. 7 - Puppet Shows at Greenbank Church.
Greenbank - Anyone that would be available to remove snow from the steps and sidewalk for one month this winter please contact Kim 905-985-2522 or Valerie 905-985-3586.
Dec. 7 - Sunday School Concert and Puppet Show.
Dec. 15 - A Christmas Concert with Naomi Bristow at Greenbank Church 7 p.m. Admission by donation at the door. Proceeds to GUC Accessibility Fund. For info 905-985-4504 or 905-985-2090 or

Thursday mornings from 10-11 a.m. please join us for a guided meditation with Stephanie.
Choir Rehearsal will be Sundays at 9:30 a.m. No rehearsals on Thursday evenings.


November 23rd and 24th, 2018 - Silent & Live Auction. Save the date. Silent auction Friday night 6:00pm - 9:00pm & Saturday morning from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Live auction starts at 2:00pm on Saturday.

Vroomanton Church is having their Christmas Carol Service on Sunday December 2 at 7:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome.


The Joys of Christmas - Saturday,
Nov. 17 - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm Featuring: Browser's Corner, Bake Table, Craft Table and Cookie Walk Lunch: $7 adult - $4 children (10 yrs. & under) is served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Nov. 18 - Tri-City Gospel Chorus returns to Cambridge Street United for its "Sings Inspiration Service" concert. This 70-voice male a cappella gospel chorus will present a great evening of inspirational favorite's in a barbershop style. The concert is at 7 p.m. and NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED - a freewill offering will be taken to support the work of our church. A presentation of the Spirit Fundraising Committee. See you there!

Trinity Cannington Church
Dec 1 from 1-3 pm: Christmas Craft Workshop - create a beautiful center piece; materials and instructor provided; proceeds to Mission & Service Fund; cost is $45; register by email with or
Dec 2 at 11 am - Joint 1st Advent Communion & Christmas Cantata service; Homemade Christmas Cookie Sale in lower hall before and after service - proceeds to Mission & Service Fund
Dec 9 at 11 am - Children's Christmas Musical during service; Homemade Christmas Cookie Sale in lower hall before and after service - proceeds to Mission & Service Fund

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see, the reward for this faith

is seen what you believe.!”

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