Greetings from Brookdale. It is now mid-September and we are wearing jackets already.
The forecast for Saturday is sunny and 19 degrees. I know that all those who plan on attending the UCW Camp Ta-Wa-Si Retreat are looking forward to a nice day. We have two or three hardy swimmers who like to have a dip. There is a beautiful beach there on the Northumberland Strait.
A special time was held on Wednesday at the Tidnish Community Hall for Betty Moore and family, where about 50 friends and family were able to share their memories of Cecil. The family extends our thanks to the Haynes family, who assisted Betty and Cecil on a regular basis, and the members of the Tidnish Bridge Fire Department, who supported Cecil and Betty each time they had to call 911. Blessings to all, their neighbours as well.
The Brookdale United Church is now open on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The front steps are in place and the work is progressing as planned and we sincerely thank all those who are or have participated.
The Immanuel UCW met on Monday evening at the home of Leota Murphy with eight members in attendance. President Lillian opened the meeting with a welcome, the UCW Purpose and also conducted the meeting and Jean Miller replaced secretary Joyce Hollis who was ill and unable to attend.
Mary Dunlop received the offering and reported on the strawberry social and the UCW was able to donate $1,200 to the church treasurer. Our member Jackie Thompson will be moving to the U.S.A. next month and will be greatly missed by all. The Immanuel Christmas Bazaar, Tea and Bake Sale will be held on Nov. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tea/coffee, sandwich and sweets $4.
It’s hard to believe it is that time already.
The Brookdale United Church has set two dates as well. The anniversary service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and a special evening of Christmas Music will be held on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Their Christmas Bazaar is generally held the first Saturday in December at the Brookdale Community Hall. The Brookdale Circle will be meeting this Tuesday at Judy Milner’s. There will be a silent auction and dates for events decided.
Many meetings are starting up. The Nappan-Maccan Session Meeting will be held on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. followed by the McCully Pastoral Charge Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
I shall miss getting my bulletins on the Sundays that I am unable to attend once Jackie leaves. She always drops off one for me as I never know what kind of day I will have.
The bikers are doing their Toys for Tots ride again this year, raising funds and toys for those in need. This will be the 17th year since the former Council of Churches took over Christmas For Kids. We need to look for another organization or group to continue this program or a program similar. In most places, bags are filled with items according to ages and if they are girls or boys. No sizes or suggestions are required and it is very impersonal.
We are fortunate that the folk in Amherst and the county are so generous but in some cases we just don’t have or unable to get what parents request. People who give, give what they can afford. The last few years we have helped over 500 children yearly. Maybe it’s time to send the program back to Family and Children Services. Opening day this year will be Nov. 15 and the closing date for applications will be Dec. 10 and the operation will close altogether on Dec. 17.
Something to think about: Canada has over two million informal caregivers who are not paid and many more volunteers.
Weekly quote: Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be or not.
Have a good week.