Greetings from Brookdale
We can't complain about the weather in our area this past week. I could live with this type of weather on a steady basis.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of the late Harold Ettinger. Our prayers are with Doreen and family. He will be greatly missed by all as he has been an active member in this area most of his life.
We also extend sincere sympathy to the family of the late Gary Vickery. He shared his love of music with so many. Our sympathy and prayers go out to Ann Wilson as well on the passing of her mother.
There are so many sick and shut-ins, our prayers go out to them all.
The September issue of the UCW Newsletter will be ready by mid September. Anyone with news should have it in to the Editor, Jean Smith, prior to Sept. 4.
The United Church Women will hold their 20th Annual Retreat at Camp Ta-Wa-Si on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Camp. Registration forms are available from any United Church or by contacting me. I would appreciate having registrations in by the 13th of September. The Rev. Christine MacLeod will be our theme speaker.
Lois Shipley has returned to Northumberland Manor after a few days in the hospital.
We thank all those who made or make donations to the Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society. Canada ranks 9th in the Quality of Death Index. As the world's population ages, the demand for end-of-life care will continue to increase. According to the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA), while more than 100 million patients need palliative care annually, fewer than eight million actually receive it. In Canada, only 19 to 30 per cent of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive hospice palliative end-of-life care services depending on where they live.
The Ovarian Cancer Canada Amherst Group under the leadership of Charlotte Boss (667-9580) and Evelyn Rushton (661-2119) will host the Mini Winners Walk of Hope in support of Ovarian Cancer and will be held at the Amherst's Lion's Club on Sept. 12. Registration will be noon to 1pm and the Walk will go to 1:30pm. Following this, 1:30 to 4 pm, there will be refreshments, 50/50 draw, information on ovarian cancer, a silent auction and musical entertainment by Larry Rushton and friends.
The service at Joggins United Church was well attended on Sunday morning with friends and family from many provinces. The Rev. Christine MacLeod conducted the service. The Rev. Karen MacLeod Wilkie welcomed all to the service by playing the bagpipes. It was a beautiful warm sunny day for gathering as well as travelling. Broden MacLeod (Timberlea, NS) was the shinning star as his grandparents, the Rev. Carolyn and the Rev. Victor MacLeod, baptized him. Broden's family, Alexander and Sara McLeod and older brother, Aiden, participated as well. Broden's cousins Julia, Suzanne and Nicholas joined together in singing a hymn and Machaela and Kiona Osowski also shared their love of music as well. Most members of the family gathered at the Manse for a feast. Family was there from P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. The special Christening water came from all the areas associated with the places where Broden has spent time so far in his life. He is a special little guy. They grow so fast and we never seem to connect very often. I enjoyed seeing the Joggins and River Hebert folk and having the opportunity to worship with them.
Something to think about: In 2000, life expectancy in the industrialized world was 71 for men and 79 for women. In the developing world it was 62 for men and 65 for women. The number of deaths of children under age five is seven per 1,000 in Canada, six in Germany, 35 in Mexico, 52 in Guatemala, 124 in Kenya and 210 in Burkina Faso. (Anchors & Sails)
Weekly quote: No one gets less pleasure or happiness out of life than he who lives only for pleasure. Happiness is a wonderful commodity - the more you give the more you have.
Have a good week.