Church opens on Sunday
Greetings from Brookdale.
It is more like spring with a variety of flowers, shrubs and the beautiful flowering crab trees all in bloom. We have a beautiful white flowering crab but only a small red one. We lost two of the red flowering crab trees and several lilac and rhododendrons.
The Brookdale United Church will be open on Sunday, June 7. Some of our members attended Maritime Conference in Sackville, N.B. on Sunday, May 31. We send out prayers and blessings to Bill Drysdale and Sim Rushton, who were received as designated lay ministers in the United Church of Canada. Both Bill and Sim had a lot of their practice doing services with the Cumberland Pastoral Charge. At that time, Bill lived in Brookdale and Sim lived in Oxford. We didn't get a chance to see Sim but we had the pleasure of receiving communion served by Bill.
When we moved back to Brookdale, the Rev. John Wilson was the minister here at the Immanuel, Brookdale and Leicester charge. He attended his retirement banquet on Saturday evening at Maritime Conference and his daughter; Tara-Ann Wilson was ordained on Sunday. I was head teller at conference for a number of years, so it was great to see so many of the tellers and other folk on Sunday.
The United Church General Council will meet in Kelowna, B.C. in August.
June 10 is National Prayer Day and, if well over a thousand people can pray together in Sackville, N.B., just think of all the prayers going out across Canada, regardless of denomination.
A Community Fair (Awareness Day) will be held on June 6 at the Amherst Stadium. This is a new event just started last year so that all charities and not for profit organizations can give out information to the public. The Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society will be there as well as the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary. We hope to see you there.
The Fenwick United Church celebrated their anniversary service on Sunday evening. Pam Bowman conducted the service and the special guests were a men's quartet from St. John's United Church in Moncton. They were a joy to hear and looked quite spiffy in their purple shirts and ties. A bountiful lunch was served as well as an anniversary cake and ice cream.
On Sunday, June 7, Immanuel United Church will celebrate its 90th anniversary at an evening service at 7 p.m. The Rev. Victor MacLeod will be the guest speaker. It is also the 84th Anniversary of the United Church of Canada, as well as Environmental Sunday.
On Sunday, June 14 the Nappan/Maccan United Church will celebrate its anniversary at 7 p.m.
We have had our son, David, daughter-in-law, Joan, and grandson, Chad, stopping for overnight visits on their trip to P.E.I. to a celebration with Joan's family. They leave again Tuesday evening for Sussex, N.B. before returning home to Colborne, Ont.
The shingle virus must be floating around the countryside, as another one of our neighbours is having a rough time, as it involves his eyes and head. Some are still having pain after many months.
Something to think about: In North America thousands of people develop skin cancer each year and these numbers are increasing by eight per cent per year. The worst time for sunburn is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you have to be out during this time, make sure you use a good sunscreen. Eventually we should have some warm sunny weather here in the Maritimes.
One hour sleep before midnight is worth three afterwards. (George Hebert)
Have a blessed and happy week.