Wide selection of items
for home and cottage
bargain prices you can’t beat
Saturday, 22 July – 9 to 11 am
All proceeds to support Buckhorn School Breakfast programme
Note for contributors and volunteers:
Donations of gently used, quality items are welcome. They can be dropped off at the church the week of 17-21 July.
Sorting and pricing will take place on Friday 21 July from 10 am to 1 pm. Volunteers needed.
Regretfully, we are unable to accept donations of furniture or appliances as we cannot provide delivery which most purchasers request. Disposing of these items after the event is difficult and will incur tipping fees and other environmental fees. We are also not accepting items of clothing as historically these do not move well at our previous sales.
See you at the yard sale
Don’t miss out … come early
The 2017 Strawberry Supper was sensational according to numerous reports from those who came to enjoy a great supper topped off with copious quantities of fresh local strawberries, angel food cake, ice cream and … fresh whipped cream. “There are no calories in church suppers,” one person remarked.
Both sittings — at 5 and 6:30 pm were entirely sold out. People came from the immediate area, Bobcaygeon, Lindsay, Lakefield, Peterborough and the county. There were also folks from St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, who had attended church on the previous Sunday. Others hailed from places such as Maryland and even England. Micheal [… yes …that is the correct spelling] was a notable guest, who arrived from Michigan. He is the son of the first Sunday School Superintendent, Earl Hall.
Many people remarked how they liked the buffet style for serving. The line-ups were no problem and there was lots of food for everyone since the supper crew were always making sure the platters were full.
Several young people lent a hand in making sure all the guests had tea, coffee, iced lemon water or juice to quench there thirst. They also made the change-over from the early setting to the second one a real snap. HUGE thanks and appreciation!
As always, thanks are due to Marylou and Peggy for heading things up this year. Plus, many thanks to each and every person who worked as part of the team to make this another fun and successful parish event. (Special thanks to Donnie and Nick for the hard work in carving enough ham and chicken for over 150 people.)
Blessings and thanks to everyone who attended. We hope you enjoyed your meal. From the feedback received, it certainly sounds that you did. See you next year.
Did you know? You can pause the slideshow by placing your mouse over a slide. You can then advance to the next slide by clicking a dot below or by using the arrows at the right. Take your mouse off the slide and the slideshow will resume its sequence automatically. Neat, eh.
fresh local strawberries for dessert
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Ham, sliced cold chicken breast, salads, rolls, and beverage
angel food cake with fresh local strawberries and whipped cream
Two sittings: 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Adults – $15.00 Youth (5 – 12) – $5.00
Children under age 5 free
RESERVATIONS ONLY PLEASE
take a peek at Strawberry Dinner 2016
The sun peaked through from time to time and the rain held off on Saturday 27 May for the Annual Plant & Bake Sale. From before it “opened” at 9 am, there was already a stream of early shoppers. Baked goods were disappearing quickly as local residents and visitors scooped them up at bargain prices. Plants filled outdoor tables and spread out over the lawn. What a great and economical way to freshen up home gardens for spring and summer.
Blessings and thanks to all who contributed to our plants and baked goods. Thank you to our Plant Mangers and Baking Bosses for their hard work in organizing things. Plus, thanks to our fantastic parish volunteer team who worked hard to make the day a great success. Most of all though, our heartfelt thanks to those who dropped by to purchase plants and baked goods and to those who contributed plants and baking for today. Through fund-raising efforts such as the Plant and Bake Sale, the parish continues its ministry and its outreach to those in need in our local area and beyond.
Blessings and thanks to all!
They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” …
photos: W Glenn Empey
Annual Plant Sale & Bake Sale
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9.00 am
A great selection of perennials
delicious home-baked goods
at the church just across from the locks in Buckhorn
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Churches and Christians throughout the world are joining Thy Kingdom Come worldwide prayer from Ascension, 25 May, to Pentecost, 4 June 2017. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to gather in prayer.
Thy Kingdom Come worldwide prayer is a global movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. Take part and “Pray it – Picture it – Post it”.
The hope is that
- people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family;
- churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
- people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer…
When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and that day about three thousand persons were added.” — Acts 1,2
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.” — Justin Welby
The Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come
Read the prayer which thousands of people across the world will be praying during Thy Kingdom Come, and which will be at the heart of every event.
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
We’re barely a year old! In May 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Christians from across the Church of England to join a wave of prayer during the days between Ascension and Pentecost – a time when the church traditionally focuses on prayer. They encouraged everyone to ask for the Holy Spirit to help them be witnesses to Jesus Christ and to pray for others to discover that living faith.
What started as an idea gained momentum and in May 2016 more than 100,000 Christians from different denominations and traditions took part from the UK and across the world. They joined in more than 3,000 events and services to pray for others to come to know Jesus Christ and for God’s kingdom to come. The time of prayer culminated in six national Beacon Events over Pentecost weekend at cathedrals in different parts of the country. At Winchester demand was so great overspill areas with big screens had to be organized and at Canterbury a live stream was set up for people to join in on the internet. By July it had received 300,000 views.
The response to this simple invitation was astonishing as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.
For 2017 the vision is even greater. The hope is to see at least 80 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals taking part as well as many other denominations and the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Leaders from Churches Together in England, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches and Orthodox churches to name but a few, have all signalled their support.
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The day has long been associated with mothers and family. For centuries it was custom for people to return home to their ‘mother’ church on Laetare Sunday – the middle of Lent. Those who did so were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’.
The day often turned into a family reunion and a chance for children working away from home – often young domestic servants – to spend time with their mothers. Many used to pick flowers from the verges along the way to leave in the church or hand to their mothers when they got home.
Mother’s Day – or Mothering Sunday – [was] this year on Sunday, March 26 in the UK. The Anglican Church of Canada inherits some of its traditions from the Church of England. Although Mothering Sunday has been supplanted by the North American practice, some traces remain.
The day is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually in the second half of March or early April.
The day is a celebration of mothers and the maternal bond and traditionally children give flowers, presents and cards to their mothers, and other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.
But it was American social activist Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) from Philadelphia who lobbied the government for an official day to honour mothers in the US, and is regarded as the “Mother of Mother’s Day”. She dedicated her life to the cause after swearing she would do so after her mother’s death.
In the US, it began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood) However, in some countries, Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.
The day took off in Britain when vicar’s daughter Constance Smith was inspired by a 1913 newspaper report of Jarvis’ campaign and began a push for the day to be officially marked in England.
Smith, of Coddington, Nottinghamshire, founded the Mothering Sunday Movement and even wrote a booklet The Revival of Mothering Sunday in 1920. Interestingly, neither Smith nor Jarvis became mother’s themselves.
By 1938 Mothering Sunday had become a popular celebration with Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and various parishes across Britain marking the day and communities adopting the imported traditions of American and Canadian soldiers during the war.
By the 1950s it was being celebrated throughout Britain and businesses realised the commercial opportunities.
When you say ‘Mother’s Day’ you’re actually referring to the American version, although the term is widely used in Britain too. In the US, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14 this year.
The French celebrate Mother’s Day on the last Sunday in May, where a family dinner is the norm, and traditionally the mother being honoured is presented with a cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers.
Mother’s Day in Spain is celebrated on December 8th. Spaniards pay tribute not only to their own mothers on this day, but also to the Virgin Mary. The day includes religious celebrations across the country.
The origin of Mother’s Day in Canada is likely a hybrid of both the British and American traditions.
Happy Mother’s Day!
source: The Daily Telegraph
Once again the feature of the Annual Spring Tea was a spring and summer planter demonstration by Vikki of Griffin’s Greenhouses, Lakefield. That’s not to say that the menu fare was not almost as fantastic. The Spring Tea menu offered several kinds of home-made quiche, fresh salads and scrumptious desserts. Check out the slides to get the full picture.
Vikki shared really useful tips about spring planting and how to transition from the hearty mid-spring plants into those that provide colour and blossoms throughout the hot days of summer. It was great to see how properly to create a spring-summer planter but all along her demonstration, Vikki gave out secret tips that could turn each person in attendance into a master gardener for their neighbourhood. She mentioned that she’d be happy to offer additional assistance for anyone who would like to visit her at Griffins Greenhouses in Lakefield.
Through lunch, there were on-going draws for small but useful prizes. And, once the planter was completed, a draw was done from the attendance tickets. One lucky person got to take a really great summer planter home. There was also a second draw for a special rocking-chair planter which was donated by Peggy and Donnie Roberts. Congratulations to both winners.
Thanks to Marion and Nancy F plus all the helpers from the parish who made the Spring Tea a great success and fun afternoon for all. Special thanks and appreciation to Vikki!
Check out a great article on this that appeared in The Examiner 10 May .
Homily by the Rev’d W Glenn Empey
When they were walking along the road to Emmaus, I think they were still confused. It would have been difficult to be able to figure out all that had happened. Surely they would have had some doubts as they tried to comprehend things. Doubts that seem to fall entirely on Thomas, Doubting Thomas.
You know, every time I hear “Poor Thomas”, it makes me think back to — of all things — my Latin classes in High School at St Andrew’s College. You might wonder why that is.
Well, it’s in remembering a drill the teacher use to give in conjugating the verb “porto” (I carry). And, for scholars of Latin, you’ll probably remember how that goes. I carry, you carry we carry … Porto, portas portatas … p-o-r-tamus … and so on. That’s where I get “por-tamus”. He said it as if it were “poor Thomas”. And it worked! I’m sure I’m not the only lad who remembers that from those classes.
Of course, at the advanced level of Latin, there’s also the conjugation of the verb “pigo” for which the Infinitive, present participle, perfect participle are something like: pigo, pigere, squili, gruntum. … No, that’s not a real verb. It’s kind of like “semper ubi sub ubi”.
Anyway, enough of that.
I really think Thomas – poor Thomas – gets some very bad press among the disciples. He gets a bad rap being labeled with the nickname Doubting Thomas. As if the others didn’t have doubts too.
Peter – the rock on which Jesus founded his Church – even denied Jesus three times. There sure must have been some doubt going on there.
It’s fairly easy to figure that each of the disciples was confused as Holy Week began, as they each entered into Jerusalem. I can’t see how they’d have been certain in any way about what was going to happen. Surely the atmosphere was one of a mixture of feelings ranging from a sense of celebration even to one of trepidation.
For example, I don’t think the disciples could possibly have fully grasped what Jesus was doing at that moment in the Upper Room when he instituted the Holy Eucharist in the Last Supper.
The week was supposed to have been one of a glorious entry in Jerusalem. The coming of the Messiah. But with all the scheming going on by the Chief Priests and the Roman officials, that must have cast some pall of doubt on things.
And, later, after the crushing impact of the crucifixion, when Jesus did appear first to the disciples, Thomas was not there. So, he was taking the word of his fellow disciples without having seen Jesus himself. I’d say that makes it a bit more understandable. Thomas was not there as an eye-witness as were the others. I think I’d wonder about what they were reporting too if I hadn’t been there.
And, when you think about it, the other disciples had not believed themselves that Jesus had risen until he had actually appeared to them too.
So, I think Thomas gets a bad rap, a really bad rap. And I think that’s for a number of reasons.
Somehow, some people think that having doubt is a failing of faith. It means not being faithful.
But, it seems to me that doubt is an integral part of growing in faith. I’ve said a few times before that belief is not the same as pure knowledge. Belief is not a scientific kind of thing. In the creeds we don’t’ proclaim that we know, we say that we believe.
Doubt and belief are not opposites. They’re two sides of the same coin. One informs the other. By exploring what we’re not sure about, we can dig deeper to discover, to understand, to see how the teachings apply and integrate with our experiences in life as seen through the eyes of faith.
The expression “leap of faith” was coined by the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. It is important to understand that Kierkegaard felt a leap of faith was necessary in accepting Christianity due to the paradoxes that exist in Christianity. Paradoxes make you wonder. They make you search for understanding. Paradoxes and doubt spur you on to engage in the experience of faith. That’s how and why I think that doubt is an integral component of faith. That’s why I think Thomas gets a bad rap.
It might even be that we also chastise ourselves when we have doubts, especially doubts about faith. Again, I’d like to remind you about the fact that we proclaim that we believe; we don’t proclaim pure knowing.
It is part of the human condition to have doubts. Rather than seeing that as a bad thing, it may be more helpful to see them as a gateway to understanding, to making meaning out of experiences and an understanding of faith. It is a way into the mystery of faith.
Now, if you go comparing yourself to giants of faith such as Mother Theresa, you might feel unfit as not measuring up. But, if you read the writings of Mother Theresa, you’ll readily see how she struggled with doubt throughout her entire earthly life.
The well-known writer and Roman Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen was similar. Through his many books, each of which are really solid, he encouraged thousands of people on their journey of faith. Yet he himself acknowledged:
So I am praying while not knowing how to pray. I am resting while feeling restless, at peace while tempted, safe while still anxious, surrounded by a cloud of light while still in darkness, in love while still doubting.
Henri Nouwen, empowered through engagement with his own doubts, was able to offer encouragement and support for thousands of others in his writings, lectures and sermons.
Here is a quote from Nouwen’s book, Here and Now: Living in the Spirit that has provided reassurance for those overcome with doubting: “Have the courage to trust that you will not fall into an abyss of nothingness, but into the embrace of a God whose love can heal all your wounds.”
In the Letter to the Hebrews, it says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Doubt is a necessary catalyst to faith, it seems to me. By embracing doubt, you and I can grow in understanding our journey of faith and hone meaning along the steps of the journey. After all, faith is a daily re-commitment in believing. With each step forward, it takes on more meaning as we grow in understanding.
Sometimes there’s a step backward too … but then… there are two steps forward.
Isn’t that exactly what Jesus’ Passion – his life, death, and resurrection — shows us.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
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