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Jean Miller
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World Day of Prayer to be held Feb. 24

We are fortunate that we only have a few centimeters of snow at a time. We are on the downside now so it should improve. If the weather channel is correct we could have some milder weather with rain. Hopefully it will help to remove some of the snow on the roofs.

I just heard that they have had an earthquake in New Zealand and there have been many deaths and buildings down. It just boggles the mind to think of all the disasters that New Zealand has had to deal with.

Our prayers and get well wishes go out to the Rev. Patti Blundell, who is having health problems and is back at the CRHC Centre in Upper Nappan. I believe she is still in the ICU.

Our prayers go out to the family of the late Marilyn Le Furgey. She had a long and courageous fight with cancer.

The World Day of Prayer meeting for those who are participating will be held on Thursday Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at the Anglican church in Amherst.

The 4H groups are holding a fundraiser turkey supper at Immanuel United Church, 25 Hickman St., on Saturday, Feb. 26. There will be two settings, one at 4 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. Tickets are available from Sharlene Carter-Earle and Judy (Ken) Milner.

The Camp Ta-Wa-Si board has a new chair, Don Trenholm of Amherst. They just had a new well dug and it is working well. Allison Russell is the camp director this year. Her grandmother is Marina Russell. They have other vacancies, a head cook, health, lifeguard, senior staff and junior staff. They have a web page so just look under employment. Some are non-paid positions. They are also looking for donations so they can have mattresses made up to regulations.

The Highland Fling committee hopes to have everything ready by April 1. Places have been booked for selling button tickets for numerous prizes. The forms for booths and donations will be out the first of March.                                                    

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has released its latest study, 2010, finding that church attendance tends to increase with age but that religious beliefs among youth may not be as low as earlier thought. The study was divided in the following groups;

- For those born before 1928, the Greatest Generation - 95 per cent of those asked have a religious affiliation. 71 per cent are sure God exists (Rod's)

- For those born 1928-1945 - the Silent Generation (this is mine)

- For those born 1946-1964 - the Baby Boomers (my kids)

- For those born 1965-1980 - Gen-Xers - 20 per cent have a religious affiliation

- For those born since 1981 - The Milleninals 0-26 per cent have no religious ties. Fifty-three per cent are however sure God exists.

The attendance at formal church is the lowest ever recorded by the institute. Dr. Alan Cooperman of Pew Forum said the survey shows 75 per cent believe in an "after life" and 79 per cent believe in miracles. (As reported by Anchors & Sails.)

Brookdale United Church is open 10 months of the year and we have several folk from the area, Amherst included, and we are open to having any individuals or families of the above groups to come out and join in with us. We have a faithful choir and our organist is great as well as our clergy.

Something to think about; I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. - Abraham Lincoln                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Have a good week.

Organizations: CRHC Centre, Anglican church, Immanuel United Church Milner.The Camp Ta-Wa-Si board Highland Fling committee Pew Forum on Religion Brookdale United Church

Geographic location: New Zealand, Amherst, Upper Nappan

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