Greetings from Brookdale.
We are in the midst of cold Artic air but thankfully we have help from the sun until the wind starts to blow.
There are and have been many fundraising events to help the people involved in the earthquake in Haiti. The Brookdale United Church folk raised about $800 for our Mission and Service Fund for Haiti.
The Cumberland Pastoral Charge (River Hebert and Joggins United) hosted a Haiti Relief concert on Sunday with a hundred or so in attendance at the River Hebert United Church. Christine MacLeod, daughters, Machaela and Kiona, and friends, Ruth Nichols, Heather Shatford, Issy and Jan Purdy, Jim Scopie and last but not least, The Fellas, provided the music. There were special guests from community, churches, River Hebert schools and government officials (they did not sing) who came through with funding to provide 17 "shelter boxes" for Haitian families. Included with this figure were six shelter boxes from the Rotary club, who also assisted with three from the Sackville club, two from Amherst and one from Springhill. Pam Harrison showed a DVD about the shelter boxes and she also had one on display in the hall. There was a reception following in the church hall and as usual, there were hundreds of calories in every bite. Jackie and I really enjoyed sharing the time with so many old friends.
The meeting for the Highland Fling to be held on May 8 at the curling club was held last Thursday and plans are underway for the button draw and then the letters go out for the booths and donations. Once again we are asking for support.
The prayer and share held at Immanuel United on Wednesdays during lunchtime is open to all those who want to join with the Rev. Phillip Read, members and friends. Tea is provided so just bring your lunch. It is an opportunity to share lunch with friends and share in a prayer for those in need.
A memorial service was held at Immanuel United on Monday, Feb. 1 for the late Clarence Gould (Jr). Clarence was the son of the late Clarence and Ethel (Slack) Gould. He is survived by his wife Freda (Byers), his son Michael and daughters, Valerie Theriault, Anne Beshara and Tanya Robinson and their families. His brother Charles and wife Rita live in Massachusetts but spend many months at their cottage in Jackson Point. Clarence has two sisters in Amherst, Evelyn Gould and Doreen van de Voort and their families. The service was under the direction of the Rev. Phillip Read, organist, Joyce Fraser and her choir, Lilly Wessell, Mary Dunlop, Evelyn Hollis, Jean Goodwin, Jackie Thompson, Jean Miller and Roy Tower. A time of visitation and fellowship followed the service.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Jane and Larry Ogden and family on the death of her father, Eugene Haines, Tidnish.
FYI - If you need a ride to an appointment, etc., just call the Cumberland County Transportation Service at 667-8149 or, for long distance, call toll-free at 1-877-305-7433 for information.