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Excellent turnout for musical evening

Brookdale - Greetings from Brookdale.

This past week has been a real mix but today we are back to a bit of rain and about two above. We lost most of our snow overnight with heavy rain and howling winds just before Christmas. At least the roads are clear.

The Brookdale United Church Choir sponsored a musical evening on Sunday, Dec. 21. The special guests, Mark Milner, Susan Taylor, Wanda McSorley, Jeanne and Lauren Milner made for a great evening. Also participating were Laura Paugh, Julie Tune and the Brookdale choir with Julie Tune on keyboard. They had an excellent turn out and the storm forecasted did not start until well after the activities and lunch were completed. A thanks was extended to all those who came out and supported this venture.

We extend sincere sympathy to the family of the late Aubrey Trenholm whose funeral was held on Monday, Dec. 29 at Campbells Funeral Home.

We also send out sympathy and prayers to Pat Parker on the passing of her sister, Christine Hepper.

We have another death in our family. Rebecca MacLeod, 89, of Lakewood Manor, Riverview, passed away peacefully on Christmas Day, at her residence, with her family by her side. Becky will be sadly missed by all who knew her, especially her children, June Oke of Moncton, N.B., Victor (Carolyn) MacLeod of Jacks Point and Helen (Will) Patterson of Riverview. She had seven grandchildren, one of which is Christine (Greg Osowski) MacLeod of Amherst as well as her great grandchildren, Machaela and Kiona Osowski of Amherst and six others. There is no visitation by request. The funeral will be held on Jan. 2 at the Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home Chapel, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton at 1:30 p.m. There will be a reception following the service. Becky will be remembered by many of the older folk from the Immanuel, Brookdale Leicester Pastoral Charge when her husband, Alex MacLeod, was the student minister from 1956 to 1959 prior to his ordination. Their son Victor went in to the ministry sponsored by this pastoral charge when he graduated from the Amherst Regional High School. Victor and Carolyn (nee Fraser) have retired from the ministry and live at Jacksons Point, Tidnish.

We extend sympathy and prayers to Marlene Trenholm of the United Church Conference Office in Sackville. Her mother also passed away on Christmas Day.

Christmas For Kids: This is the last report for 2008. We were able to help 512 children this year, about 40 more than last year. We thank all those who supported this program in so many ways, the churches, organizations, businesses and the many individuals. We especially thank our volunteers who so patiently fill out the applications, which is necessary when applying by phone or in person. It takes a lot of people to make the gifts possible once the form is filled out until the mom or dad picks up the gifts. We thank Patti McCormick at the hospital, Pharmasave, Dairy Queen, Zellers, Scotia Bank, Oxford and Pugwash and the East Cumberland Lodge who all have Angel Trees. We especially thank Indian Affairs, who shop for 60 to 70 angels and all the others who take the time and raise funds to purchase angel gifts.

We have had numerous toys dropped off at the centre and we thank so many folk for their generosity. The folk of Cumberland County are generous and kind people. This program has been working for 15 years now. The food applications go out to seven different areas and the centre does the gifts for the children for the entire county except Springhill, as they have their own program. Both food and children gifts are directed through the Christmas centre so that there are no duplication and those in need will receive help. This works very well when everyone helps to make it happen. Again, we thank each and everyone who participated in any way to make this program happen. We could not function without you.

I received the following message from a friend so would like to pass it on to you. Its something to think about as we go into the New Year.

- If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep... you are richer than 75 per cent of this world

- If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace.... You are among the top 8 per cent of the worlds wealthy.

- If you woke up this morning with more health than illness.... You are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.

- If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation.... You are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

- If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death... you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

- If your parents are still alive and still married... You are very rare even in the U.S.A. and Canada.

- If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful... You are blessed because the majority can but most do not.

- If you can hold someones hand, hug him or her or even touch him or her on the shoulder... You are blessed, because you can offer healing.

- If you can read this, you are truly blessed... Because there are over two billion people in this world that cannot read at all.

- So count your blessings and may the year ahead bring you happiness and health to you and to yours.

Have a good year.

Organizations: Brookdale United Church Choir, Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home Chapel, Amherst Regional High School Office in Sackville Zellers Scotia Bank

Geographic location: Brookdale, Moncton, Amherst 1657 Mountain Road Oxford Pugwash Cumberland Lodge Cumberland County U.S.A. Canada

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