Greetings from Brookdale
We have had more snow again this week but our weather has been mild. I didn't get to church on Sunday so I watched Trinity-St. Stephen's United on Eastlink.
The Rev. Patti Blundell spoke on transfiguration and she is so down to earth that I really enjoy listening to her. She gives you lots to think about but it makes you feel better as well.
I have continued to watch the Olympics for the first time and I believe that Canada has a fantastic group of athletes and we should be so proud of them, for their courage and dedication to Canada and that they try so hard to win their share of medals. There were well over 200 athletes and I think they all did their best and should be recognized for that.
I was annoyed with the person who interviewed Melissa Hollingsworth and asked her what did she do wrong! She gave her best and is one of the top five in the world and she should be congratulated for that as should all the athletes that participated in any and all events. Not everyone can have a gold medal, they just have an opportunity to try and with the calibre of the athletes, not only from Canada, we should be proud of them all for even being at the Olympics. Whoever thought up the "Go for the Gold" slogan put too much pressure on our athletes. Some countries did not make it into the final and will go home without even one medal but I hope they have the confidence to try again.
Due to three snowstorms, our Tantramar College classes had to be changed, two weeks in a row. The weather looks good for this week. Next year I will just take spring or fall classes. I have enjoyed it immensely.
A group called Victorian Quilts Canada is trying to start a group in Amherst. These people make quilts to present to cancer patients. They held a meeting on Feb. 18 at the Masonic Hall for those who were interested. I understand that Nova Scotia does not have a group such as this as yet. Anyone interested can contact Marilyn Boss.
This initial group presented a quilt to Marilyn Conklin who is undergoing treatment for cancer at this time. She has appreciated the prayers and support of her family and friends and was presented with one of these quilts. She will be going to Moncton, N.B., to see the oncologist on Thursday to see if the present treatment is working. Her son Aaron, Lorne, will be arriving on Wednesday to take her. We all pray that she will have a good report.
It is time for items for the UCW spring newsletter to be sent into the editor, Jean Smith. She would like all items to be in before March 9. The NEWS will be given out at the AGM on March 20 so time is running out.
Presbytery was cancelled last week and has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, Feb. 24. I have a few winter issues that will go to Presbytery for delivery.
A Lenten study is planned for the McCully Pastoral Charge. The first session will be held on Feb. 24 and on March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 starting at 7 p.m. at the Nappan United Church.
The material from the Spiritual Literacy Practices for Daily Living include attention, forgiveness, hope, justice and love, all need to be practised in daily living. Handouts will be provided and participants could come to one or all sessions.
The Brookdale Sewing Circle will meet on Tuesday, March 9 at the home of Rod and Jean Miller at 7:30 p.m.
We have a quilt for our Highland Fling this year. The top was made and donated by Jean Melanson of West Amherst some time ago but it needed to be quilted. Thanks to some special ladies it is now finished and ready for the Button Draw on May 8.
Something to think about - Great people are ordinary people with extra ordinary amounts of determination. (Just like our athletes)
Weekly quote: To handle yourself use your head; to handle others use your heart.
Have a great week.