November 6, 2017 

111 Years and we continue to strengthen in purpose, faith and aid to our community. But of course, there is more we’re hoping to do and more that needs doing – together with thanks and appreciation for your support.

We believe the community appreciates the presence of a spiritual place, a place of gathering and of community spirit. A place where people can help make our little town and the surrounding community feel smaller, friendlier, safer and more connected. Please help us with your support in continuing with these efforts.

If you would like to contribute to our 2017 canvass, please either mail your donation to the church, (15 Coryell St., Seagrave, ON L0C 1G0), or simply call any member of the Board of Stewards (listed below) to arrange for a canvasser to visit you. All donations will receive a charitable donation tax receipt (see end of letter for contact information).

On behalf of the Board of Stewards, thank you. Your time, donations and monetary support are key to keeping a thriving church in our community. Your support has kept this little church functioning for 111 years. Let’s make it another 111!

Who we are and how we help our community and area around us.

Throughout 2017 Rev. Richard Parker generously gave of his time, above and beyond his pulpit duties for which we are very appreciative, especially as the reverend came out of retirement in 2014, (temporarily) and since then has continued along with his wife Marcia, to give of his time, guidance and spiritual support.

Which brings us to some good news! Please join us in welcoming Stephanie Richmond from Yelverton, soon to become our new minister January 2018. Thanks for the time and energy of all involved with the search/selection committee.

Sunday Service takes place at 9:15 a.m., 11 months of the year, with special services to mark Remembrance Day, (a good heartfelt tribute to the fallen), Mother’s and Father’s Days as well of course, Easter and Christmas celebration.

All Sunday services include a friendly gathering over coffee, tea and treats in the Great Room. Everyone leaves feeling better. Guests of all denomination and faith are very welcome – especially during Christmas and Easter. In fact it might surprise and encourage you to know that many denominations are represented by our congregation. Join us.

During service, Wendy Hudgins hosts Sunday school for the kids. Always full of engaging children’s activities, crafts, prayers and stories to help them develop a better understanding of the Bible and how we should live together.

Don’t be shy; bring your kid(s) out one Sunday to see what they think. It’s a fun time for them, and an opportunity for some quiet reflection time for you while Wendy is with the kids. A great start to a Sunday.

Our mission work is strong thanks to the leadership of Tara Taylor and the community…

The Milk Bag for Mats program assembled a record # of sleeping mats to be sent to third world countries. This is a very important health initiative and we thank those who donated bags (keep them coming), but especially those who volunteer to weave the mats. The Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Gift program kicks off NOW. Last year our Seagrave community put together nearly 100 gift boxes delivered to children living in war, poverty and disaster. Imagine, in that environment what a special feeling it must be, to receive a thoughtful box like this.

Feel free to drop by the church with milk bags, non-perishable food items, or pick up and fill a Shoebox. Much support is provided through our offerings to the Mission and Service Fund. This year we also provided aid to victims of the horrible hurricanes down South and to those affected by the fires in BC.

It is the support of the community that enables us to lend a helping hand to those in need, including when needed, members of our own community. A wonderful hat and mitts drive was organized, and through Operation Scugog, we sponsored a family in need at Christmas.

We maintain our gathering place…

One important note with respect to the building repair, maintenance and improvement. The stewards work hard to keep our costs down by having items or labour donated whenever possible, and by purchasing good used equipment. Here is what we accomplished this past year.

The building’s septic and plumbing system received necessary maintenance and repairs, drainage was improved. A new dishwasher was installed along with a significant kitchen makeover to make this space safer, cleaner and more usable. New second hand chairs were purchased for the hall, our “dine safe” sticker status was maintained, lights were added to our stain glass panels and countless lesser but important items were taken care of.

Recently we received a very generous donation of an upright grand piano from Keith and Diane Puckrin in dedication to Keith’s parents. Thank you. It looks and sounds wonderful.

Our 111th year was a great year full of activities and you are welcome to join us anytime!

  • a Free to the Public First Aid Course in January,

  • a delicious Valentine’s Breakfast in February hosted by the men,

  • Hamburger and Movie Night at the Somerville Barn in May along with our giant annual yard sale

  • Our Men’s group sponsored two children to attend Camp Quin- Mo-Lac,

  • 4th Line Theatre outing in July,

  • VIBE children’s summer camp in August hosts numerous kids from Seagrave.

  • Free Community Picnic took place on Sept. 17, with entertainment, games, and lots of activities. NEW this year the Ontario Falconry Centre and their amazing birds made more amazing with hands on demonstrations for any who attended. Special thanks to the Greenbank Lions Club for BBQ’ng hot dogs, and roasting corn on the cob.

  • Out To Supper in March and October,

  • Our famous Annual Turkey Supper Fundraiser, always the first Wednesday in November was a success. – Guests travelled from as far away as Brighton, Warkworth and Mississauga – and with the help of an amazing 60 plus volunteers 390 sit down meals and 122 take-outs were served up.

The Men’s Breakfast Group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at 8.30 a.m. A great breakfast is followed by socializing about all the important stuff – like cars, trucks, tools, and stuff. No membership required – just good food, good times, and you’ll find out more about your community and the people in it.

On the 2nd and 4th Thursday’s of each month, we host a “Let’s Talk About” group that meets at 7.00 p.m. to discuss various subjects related to life and the Bible. Would you like to join this conversation? Please do.

The next luncheon is on December 5 at 12.00 p.m., with a visit from Santa, great food, gifts and entertainment. A special thanks to those who have donated food items.

Seagrave will be joining a Combined Service hosted at Greenbank on Jan 21st, 2018 at 10.00 a.m. followed by a luncheon.

As Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, our service that day is our Christmas Eve service with activities starting at 4.00 p.m., including caroling and horse and wagon rides with the Durward’s. The North Pole sends message that Santa and Mrs. Claus will very likely be on the wagon. After wagon rides we will have a children’s Birthday Party for Jesus with birthday cake, hot chocolate, games and treats for all. The service will follow at 5.00 p.m. (It was a packed house last year).

Seagrave Church will be closed on December 25 for Sunday service.


We have started a discussion about the future of our church in 5 and 10 years and will have more sessions in 2018. If you have any input please try to attend and offer your suggestions. It is our desire to have our “little church with the big heart” grow and continue its services and outreach to the community; we just have to come up with a plan to do so.

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito. ~African Saying

If you’d like to ask questions, help out, have an idea to share, or see room for improvement, please don’t hesitate to contact anyone of our stewards.

Board of Stewards

Keith Puckrin, Chairperson 905-985-2489,   John Debono, Vice Chair 416-420-4570,  Linda Buscher, Secretary 905-985-8856,

Carol Coleman, Treasurer 905-243-4628 ,      Rick McAskill, 905-985-8383, Terri-Murphy-Payne 905-985-6934,  Jack Redshaw 705-357-2681

Richard Charron 905-767-0653,  Katie O'Hara 905-914-4095

 To request a visit from a canvasser, click the "canvasser" on the right to email Rick McAskill, the Canvass Chairperson

 

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