Greetings from Brookdale.
We had another Nor'easter on Sunday evening and today, Monday, we have had snow and rain and warmer temperature, if you can call one or two degrees warm. Christmas Day and Boxing Day should be sunny.
Christmas For Kids is now closed and we thank all those who volunteered again this year. Some put in full time hours and more to make this possible. We were able to give out 512 gift packages again this year. The way it started, we thought the numbers would be up but they remain constant.
We thank the Cumberland North Academy for its support and donations of food to the three county areas, Brookdale, Warren and the Nappan areas.
The Brookdale United Church service was well attended yesterday. The service involved action by the congregation and the choir sang the two Christmas selections that they sang Sunday evening at the Crossroads Church. The service closed with the serving of communion by elders, Shirley Kinnear and Jean Miller. The service was conducted by the Rev. Lloyd Bruce and Pam Bowman, both of Sackville, N.B.
The next service at Brookdale United will be held on Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting.
All churches in the McCully Pastoral Charge will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 27 and all are invited to worship with Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church at 10:30 a.m. in Amherst. Trinity-St. Stephen's United was my home church when growing up and the Rev. Warren Langille was the minister who married Rod and I back in 1951, so I look forward to going back there when I can. I always watch the Eastlink service when I am not able to go to church in Brookdale.
Annual general meetings are coming up for almost all organizations. Secretary Gloria Jackson would like all the executive reports and green forms in ASAP from all United Church Women in Chignecto Presbyterial.
There will be another issue of "Now Events We Share" (NEWS) coming out soon, so if UCWs have any news they wish to share, they are asked to have them in to the editor, Jean Smith, by the first week in January.
We congratulate Heather Ripley, Fenwick, a nurse in the maternal/child unit at the CRHCC, as the winner of the Holiday Home DÉcor window supporting this year's Light the Way. We congratulate all those who donated to Light the Way. It was over target again this year. Even though there wasn't a celebration, the lights are on and they are beautiful.
Maxwell Kates is a 93-year-old senior in Edmonton who lives across from Crestwood Elementary - Junior High School. He was invited to read one day to the Grade 7 class to share with students his memories of life in his youth. Soon after he arrived home, five students appeared at his door, announcing they would shovel his walk all winter in rotation, to thank him for his guest appearance. The good feelings spread and there are now 75 students who shovel walks for neighbourhood seniors. Mayor Stephen Mandel has recognized the Snow Angel program officially this December. (Anchor & Sails News)
Something to think about - I read the other day that good friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. Those of us who have family that does the same are "truly blessed."
Weekly quote: How to be Happy all year.
Keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry.
Live simply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always.
Fill your life with love, scatter sunshine,
Forget self, think of others, do as you would be done by,
These are the tried links in contentment's golden chain.
Have a blessed and happy week.