Greetings from Brookdale.
We are definitely getting our share of a nasty winter. We have about 12 snowstorms and now we are into freezing rain and ice pellets. We were in town on Thursday and stopped at the end of the drive to pick up the mail and we couldn't move the car. We were stuck solid and it took us almost 25 minutes to drive from the end of the driveway up to the garage. Needless to say, Rod decided he needed to use the snow blower again. He has used the snow blower more this year than the last three or four years.
Brookdale United met with River Hebert and Joggins on Wednesday evening, Feb. 25, and two members from each church were selected to meet with Nappan/Maccan/Fenwick Pastoral Charge. The meeting has been planned for Monday, March 9 and the meeting will be held at Nappan United Church.
Communion was held at the Brookdale United Church this past Sunday and we were pleased to have most of our folk out for the service.
Prayers and get well wishes go out to Jessie Symes and Eva Gilroy, who are both currently in the Cumberland County Health Care Centre. Our prayer list at church is getting longer every week.
We also send out get well wishes to Wally (Walton) Burns who lives out in B.C. He is really having a hard time right now with health issues.
The Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society meeting re-scheduled for March 2 had to be cancelled again and has not been rebooked. The annual meeting will take place the last Monday in March.
World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, March 6 at Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church at 7 p.m. The service this year is written by the women of Papua. New Guinea.
International Women's Day sponsored by Autumn House will be held at the Lions Club on March 6 as well. It will be held at noon and there will a lunch so folk that work can also join in the festivities. All are welcomed and invited, men included. Admission is a donation towards the work of Autumn House.
The weather forecast looks pretty good so both events should happen.
If the nursing homes are open to visitors, Wayne Jarvis will be services on March 4 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Victoria Manor and then to Gables and concluding with Centennial Villa. Wayne is asking for volunteers for a choir to help with the singing.
Daylight Savings Time will take place on March 8 so be ready to "spring" ahead. It will make our days seem longer. I set my clocks at about 8 p.m. and then go to bed at my regular time. It works for me.
The AGM for the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary will be held at the CRHC Centre on March 12. All reports are required by the end of this week.
The Brookdale Sewing Circle will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at the home of Shelia Nelson in Brookdale.
Lent starts with Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days but Sundays are not included. In the 4th Century the Christian Church decided that the 40 days before Easter should be spent remembering the time when Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted. In the old days, the period of Lent was very strictly observed. People gave up eating meat, butter, eggs and other rich foods. Today some people give up something they enjoy or pledge to do something that they really do not like doing. It is recorded that King Edward III ordered vast quantities of fish for the royal household during Lent. Many people still prefer to eat fish instead of meat during Lent.
On closing -
An old Irish Greeting again as St. Patrick's Day is Tuesday, March 17.
May good luck be your friend in whatever you do,
And may trouble be always a stranger to you.
Have a blessed and happy week.