<strong>Greetings from Rev. Jennifer</strong>



Friends,



It was with a mixture of emotions that I recently announced that I have accepted a call to Fairview United Church in Brantford beginning March first..&nbsp; The decision was not an easy decision to make.&nbsp; Change is hard, even when the change promises to offer exciting new challenges and possibilities.&nbsp; The past four and half years have been a time of great personal growth and learning as I have begun my ministry in your midst.&nbsp; The thought of leaving you, hard.&nbsp; Your ministry as a settlement site has been such a gift to me.



My announcement has moved the charge into a time of transition and change and opened the door to a number of questions.&nbsp; As we transition as a charge, to what are we transitioning?&nbsp; What does the future of our charge look like?&nbsp; What&rsquo;s our financial situation?&nbsp; Very few ministers now choose settlement when they are ordained and the financial&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;



realities of our individual churches have prompted us to take a look at ourselves and where we are<strong> </strong>headed.



Advent is a time of preparation.&nbsp; A time of opening ourselves to the promise of Emmanuel - God with us.&nbsp; A time of hope.&nbsp; A time of dreaming.&nbsp; In that spirit, the Ministry and Personnel committee have initiated a Dream Team.&nbsp; Everyone in the charge is invited to take part in this Advent time of visioning and looking to the future by attending meetings, offering suggestions to the team, and by holding the team and the charge in prayer.&nbsp; As we journey together, may we be reminded of the paradox and promise of the Christmas story - the finding of ultimate strength in ultimate vulnerability and the logic-defying love of the one for whom we wait.



May this Advent season be for us as a charge a time of preparation, visioning, and hope.&nbsp; Peace and blessings to you all this Christmas!



Jennifer



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<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Charge Information</strong>



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Church in Maynooth&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;613-338-2175



Charge Chair, Jean Jessup&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.613-637-5214



Charge Secretary, Dorothy Wilson&hellip;.613-756-6946



Charge Treasurer, Elaine Hare&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;..613-637-2191



Bulletin Secretary, Wendy Lavalley&hellip;.613-338-5290



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<strong>M &amp; P Committee Members:</strong>



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Madawaska, Jean Jessup&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.613-637-5214



Maynooth, May Allison&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.613-332-2804



Whitney, Erin Morlock&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;613-637-2675



Lake St. Peter, Sheila Stringer&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;..613-338-2981



News from the Pews is published quarterly; March, June, September and December.



Items of interest should be submitted to your Church Reporter listed below, or directly to the Editor.



Lake St. Peter, Wendy Lavalley&hellip;&hellip;613-338-5290



Madawaska, Jean Jessup&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.613-637-5214



Maynooth, Marj Ciana&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;613-332-4025



Whitney, Ken &amp; Jan Begbie&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.613-637-5573



Editor: Elaine Hare&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.613-637-2191



E-mail <a href="mailto:elainehare07@gmail.com">elainehare07@gmail.com</a>



<strong>March ISSUE DEADLINE:&nbsp; March 15th </strong>@ 6<strong>:00 p.m. 2015</strong>



Thank you to Rose Jessup for helping me to print News from the Pews.



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Smith Post Memorial, Whitney

<em>By Jan &amp; Ken Begbie</em>



Already we are in Advent season, anticipating Christmas celebrations.&nbsp; For some it is a joyous time, but for others it can be a difficult time of year.



Some have lost loved ones this year; others are having financial or emotional problems.&nbsp; This is a time to reach out to friends and loved ones and tell them you care.



Church News



Rev. Jennifer led our service on September, 14<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; We said a prayer for Rachel&rsquo;s father who had just had a stroke; he is recovering well now.



The Fall Maynooth-Madawaska Pastoral Charge meeting was held September 18<sup>th</sup>.



The Anglican congregation joined us on September 21<sup>st</sup> for worship and fellowship.



We enjoyed a beautiful fall with one of the best colour displays we have seen for a while.



On October 5<sup>th</sup>, Dorothy Wilson took all four services in Rev. Jennifer&rsquo;s absence.&nbsp; Thanks, Dorothy.



October 19<sup>th</sup> we joined the Anglican congregation at St. Anthony&rsquo;s, and on November 23<sup>rd</sup> they worshipped with us.



Ken took the November 2<sup>nd</sup> service.&nbsp; Thanks, Ken.



November 29<sup>th</sup> was the joint United and Anglican Christmas Bazaar.&nbsp; There was a bake sale, luncheon, craft sale, Christmas table and two draws.&nbsp; Each church earned $761.00 from our combined efforts.



In November, Rev. Jennifer informed us that she would be leaving in March.&nbsp; We are saddened by this news, but wish Jennifer all the best in her new posting.&nbsp; This has also challenged all four congregations to look at where we go from here.&nbsp; A &ldquo;dream team&rdquo; has been formed to try to come up with ideas.&nbsp; Erin Morlock and Dorothy Wilson are representing Whitney.&nbsp; On December 7<sup>th</sup>, Dorothy brought slips of paper for the congregation to share any ideas they may have and add them to next week&rsquo;s collection plate.



November 30<sup>th</sup>, The Sunday of Hope, was a fifth Sunday, with the four congregations meeting in Maynooth for the 11 o&rsquo;clock service and pot luck lunch. It was also a celebration of Communion and White Gift Sunday.&nbsp; Gifts presented are given to the Maynooth and Area Food Bank.



Ken led the service on December 7<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; He also had the Cubs and Scouts decorate the church the week before, so the church looked very festive.



People News



Jan and Ken Begbie celebrated their 47<sup>th</sup> anniversary on October 21<sup>st</sup>.



We sang Happy Birthday to Dorothy Wilson at our November 23<sup>rd</sup> service for her birthday celebrated on November 19<sup>th</sup>, and to Linda Elliot at the December 7<sup>th</sup> service for her birthday celebrated on December 4<sup>th</sup>.



Spirit Circle met on November 18<sup>th</sup> and 19<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; We again were nourished by our prayers and companionship.



We don&rsquo;t have a church mouse, but we do have a church Ermine.&nbsp; The white Ermine with a black tipped tail was spotted on the church ramp as we exited from the service on November 23<sup>rd</sup>.&nbsp; It hid under the ramp, but stayed visible for several minutes.&nbsp; It was an unexpected treat to see this beautiful animal.



The 1<sup>st</sup> Whitney Cubs and Scouts won second prize for their float in the Whitney Santa Claus parade on December 6<sup>th</sup>.



We congratulate Helen McRae on celebrating her 100<sup>th</sup> birthday on December 10<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Her four children, Janet, Bob, John and Cathy, and all the family are gathering for a special celebration in Peterborough on December 14<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Of special mention is the book of photographs of her life, with pictures contributed by all the family, and compiled by John&rsquo;s wife, Val, and daughter Jenny. I&rsquo;m sure it will become a very valuable keepsake for Helen and for the family in the future.&nbsp; Helen will be honoured by a letter from Queen Elizabeth, and from Governor General David Johnston.&nbsp;



<strong>St. Paul &amp; St. James, Madawaska</strong>



<em>By Jean Jessup</em>



Snowy weather came early, but luckily some warmer weather by the end of November got rid of all the snow that we had received.&nbsp; Maybe that is to make room for all that is to come this winter, but let&rsquo;s hope not!!



Rev. Jennifer couldn&rsquo;t be with us for World Wide Communion on October 5<sup>th</sup>, so we celebrated on Thanksgiving Sunday with communion at all 4 churches.&nbsp; Thanks to Dorothy Wilson for taking services on the 5<sup>th</sup> in Jennifer&rsquo;s absence.



The Charge was shocked and saddened on November 16<sup>th</sup> to receive the news of Rev. Jennifer leaving us at the end of February.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a great loss to the Charge, but she has blessed us with four and a half years of great sermons, beautiful singing and her youthful exuberance.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s now time for her to spread her wings and give her talents to a new church at Fairview United in Brampton.



Thanks to Dorothy Wilson and Jean Jessup for&nbsp; providing our pulpit supply on the 4<sup>th</sup> Sunday in October and November.



The pastoral charge meeting was on November 26<sup>th</sup> in Maynooth with a pot-luck supper before the meeting.&nbsp; The M&amp;P Committee asked that a &lsquo;Dream Team&rsquo; be created to come up with ideas for how we will go forward in the absence of a minister.&nbsp; Also the annual meeting dates were set, with Madawaska&rsquo;s being on January 11<sup>th</sup>, following the church service.&nbsp; The Charge&rsquo;s meeting is on February 9<sup>th</sup> at 1:30 p.m. in Lake St. Peter.&nbsp; Please get reports to Wendy Lavalley as soon as possible.



The fifth Sunday joint service on November 30<sup>th</sup>, the first Sunday of Advent, was hosted by Maynooth at 11 a.m.&nbsp; Communion was served and gifts were presented for the Food Bank, then a great pot-luck lunch was served.&nbsp; Lucky for Rev. Jennifer that it was a one service Sunday, as she was suffering with a terrible cold.&nbsp; We were also presented with our Advent Calendars and cans for our special donations during Advent.&nbsp; The proceeds will be going to the school food programs in Maynooth and Madawaska.



Our U.C.W. is back in full swing with our extra 2 members that can&rsquo;t be with us from May to October, because of their summer jobs.&nbsp; Welcome back Theresa and Kim.&nbsp; Our Craft/Bake Sale was on December 6<sup>th</sup>.<sup>.. </sup>&nbsp;Thanks to our workers, bakers and to all who came out to help us raise $597.45.&nbsp; We are once again selling raffle tickets with 7 great prizes, which will be drawn at our Roast Beef Supper on April, 26<sup>th</sup> 2015.&nbsp; Mark your calendars for a great meal!



Jean and Mel Jessup celebrated their 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary this fall with a bus tour to Pigeon Forge, Dollywood and the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.&nbsp; Best wishes to Elaine Hare on her&nbsp;&nbsp; December 9<sup>th</sup> birthday.



Christmas Eve Communion services will be in Whitney at 6 p.m. and in Lake St. Peter at 8 p.m. with Rev. Jennifer. Here in Madawaska we will also celebrating a Christmas Eve service at 3 p.m. with scripture readings and carols, led by Jean and Elaine.&nbsp; Elvin will be leading the music with guest Jim Etmanski as lead singer and soloist.



During this special season, let us take time to PRAY for our churches and let the Holy Spirit inspire us to move forward with a positive attitude.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!



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<strong>Information for Treasurers:&nbsp; </strong>Mission &amp; Service cheques should now be made payable to: <strong>Maynooth-Madawaska Pastoral Charge </strong>and sent to Elaine Hare, P.O. Box 34, Madawaska, ON K0J 2C0. Please get them in by the middle of January so that we can get credit for them for the 2014 year.



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Arabic Proverb:



Open your mouth only if what you are about to say is more beautiful than silence.



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A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good, for feat he&rsquo;ll feel worse when he feels better.



<strong>Santa Clause and Grandma</strong>



Perspective on the Season ahead.&nbsp; Yay for Grandma.



I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma.&nbsp; I was just a kid.



I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: &ldquo;There is no Santa Claus,&rdquo; she jeered.&nbsp; &ldquo;Even dummies know that!



My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been.&nbsp; I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me.&nbsp; I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her &ldquo;world famous&rdquo; cinnamon buns.&nbsp;&nbsp; I knew they were world famous, because Grandma said so.&nbsp; It had to be true.



Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm.&nbsp; Between bites, I told her everything.&nbsp; She was ready for me.&nbsp; &ldquo;No Santa Clause?&rdquo; she snorted&hellip;&hellip;Ridiculous! Don&rsquo;t believe it.&nbsp; That rumour has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!!&nbsp; Now, put on your coat, and let&rsquo;s go.&rdquo;



&ldquo;Go? Go where, Grandma?&rdquo;&nbsp; I asked.&nbsp; I hadn&rsquo;t even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun.&nbsp; &ldquo;Where turned out to be Kerby&rsquo;s General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything.&nbsp; As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars.&nbsp; That was a bundle in those days.&nbsp; &ldquo;Take this money she said, &ldquo;And buy something for someone who needs it.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll wait for you in the car.&rdquo;&nbsp; Then she turned and walked out of Kerby&rsquo;s.



I was only eight years old.&nbsp; I&rsquo;d often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself.&nbsp; The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping.



For a few moments I just stood there, confused clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.



I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbours, the kids at school, and the people who went to my church.



I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker.&nbsp; He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock&rsquo;s grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn&rsquo;t have a coat.&nbsp; I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter.&nbsp; His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough; but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn&rsquo;t have a cough; he didn&rsquo;t have a good coat.&nbsp; I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement.&nbsp; I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!&nbsp; I settled on a red corduroy on that had a hood to it.&nbsp; I looked real warm, and he would like that.



&ldquo;Is this a Christmas present for someone?&rdquo; the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down.&nbsp; &ldquo;Yes, ma&rsquo;am,&rdquo; I replied shyly.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s for Bobby.&rdquo;



The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat.&nbsp; I didn&rsquo;t get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.



That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, &ldquo;To Bobby, From Santa Claus&rdquo; on it.



Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy.&nbsp; Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker&rsquo;s house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever &ldquo;



officially, one of Santa&rsquo;s helpers.&nbsp; Grandma parked down the street from Bobby&rsquo;s house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk.&nbsp; Then Grandma gave me a nudge.&nbsp; &ldquo;All right, Santa Claus,&rdquo; she whispered, &ldquo;get going.



I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.



Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.



Fifty years haven&rsquo;t dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker&rsquo;s bushes.&nbsp; That night, I realized that those awful rumours about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were &ndash; ridiculous.&nbsp; Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.



<strong>St. Andrews-Bethel</strong>



<em>By Marjorie Ciana</em>



The time has come to put pen to paper once again.&nbsp; The Christmas Season is here and the wonderment of this magical time never fails to put joy in all our hearts.&nbsp; We count our blessings over and over again and especially this year as we are so grateful that our dear church members have returned to health.&nbsp; Claude is his old self; Karen&rsquo;s painful broken rib has healed.&nbsp; Thank you God.&nbsp; Sadie has moved into the Riverstone Retirement Centre but she is able to come to church in Maynooth and we are so happy that she is among us.



All of our hearts go out to Diane with the illness of her mother.&nbsp; Our prayers are with you.



Bessie had a good report from her doctor.&nbsp; She is always taking care of the church.&nbsp; Every Sunday morning she sets up the tables for coffee and tea for fellowship after the service.



Advent Sunday was on November 30<sup>th</sup> along with White Gift Sunday.&nbsp; The three other churches joined us as it was also the fifth Sunday of the month.



Rev. Jennifer administered Holy Communion so it was a busy time.&nbsp; She was ill with a bad cold.



Our annual Santa Claus Parade will be on December 13<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; We will be preparing chili, soup and goodies.&nbsp; There will be a bake table, clothing and a white elephant sale.&nbsp; Tickets on some great prizes will be drawn.



Gord and Eleanor are blessed with a grandson.&nbsp; James Gordon was born on October 24<sup>th</sup> to Lance and Barb.



Marj Ciana has another great grandson.&nbsp; Evan Robert was born November 22<sup>nd</sup> to Ryan and Martha.



Now some sadness, Rev. Jennifer will be leaving us at the end of February to go to Brantford.&nbsp; We are going to miss her dreadfully.&nbsp; We loved her taking us through the Old Testament and the progression of ancient times. We wish her the best in her new church and please Jennifer, come back to see us.



Best of wishes to our parishioners and have the merriest and happiest festive season.&nbsp; Good health, contentment and warmth in your homes and hearts.



We wish you peace.



Love to all



Marj



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Working for God on earth does not pay much, but His Retirement plan is out of this world!



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Keep a SMILE on your face and a SONG in your heart!



A smile, is a sign of joy,



A hug, is a sign of love,



A laugh is a sign of happiness.



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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.



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Don&rsquo;t cry because it&rsquo;s over; smile because it happened.



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Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once!



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Ever notice that people who are late are often much jollier than people who have to wait for them?



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Happiness comes through doors you didn&rsquo;t even know you left open.



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<strong>St. Paul&rsquo;s Lake St. Peter</strong>



<em>By Wendy Lavalley</em>



We broke bread as a congregation celebrating both communion and Thanksgiving on October 12th.



WOW! How great did the sanctuary look for Thanksgiving? Special thanks to Doris Hollingsworth for doing such a great job decorating.



Thanks to Rev. Jennifer for sharing with us on Thanksgiving. Thanks to Dorothy Wilson and Wendy Lavalley for sharing with us in November and December respectively.



Happy Birthday to Rose Card and anyone else who celebrated this quarter and &lsquo;Happy Anniversary&rsquo;s go to all who celebrated this quarter.



Mink Lake said goodbye to John and Roselyn Ellis when they moved to Lindsay.



Not exactly silent, but November was quieter with no musicians as both Doris and Catherine were away.



Good food and good music made for a good afternoon Saturday, November 22<sup>nd</sup> when family, friends and clients gathered at the ANAF for a fire relief fundraiser for Albert &amp; Aleitha Minnie of Maynooth.



Our early blast of winter on November 24<sup>th</sup> split a tree in the graveyard in half putting some of us in the dark for almost 24 hours.



We gathered together on November 30<sup>th</sup> to worship as one at our Pastoral Charge service. Hosted by St. Andrew&rsquo;s-Bethel in Maynooth. Not sure where the loose offering went or how much it was but I do know the White Gifts collected went to the Maynooth &amp; Area Food Bank.



The Christmas &lsquo;elves&rsquo; visited St. Paul&rsquo;s decorating the sanctuary as well as the outside for the season of Advent! Thank you to those &lsquo;elves&rsquo; for the beautiful job!



Sheila Stringer had a table at the Ladies&rsquo; Shopping Night at the Lake St. Peter Community Centre on December 3rd. Thanks to Paula Blair from Linkie&#39;s General Store for organizing this fundraiser for the Community Centre. Money raised from Sheila&#39;s table went to the U.C.W.



Up on the rooftop ... is a new steel roof! Our little white church sprung a leak this fall and the roof needed to be replaced.



As is the Christmas tradition in Lake St. Peter, our U.C.W. made baskets for those over 80 and the sick &amp; shut in. This year, 4 baskets were prepared.



Thank you to those who contributed to, put together and delivered them.



I will go Lord, where you lead me ... Wendy Lavalley is still leading worship in Apsley two Sundays a month while Rev. Jennifer told us on November 23<sup>rd</sup> she is being led back to Brantford and will leave us at the end of February.



During the season of Advent a &ldquo;Dream Team&rdquo; is meeting to discuss where we go after Jennifer.



Sharon Dupuis is still recovering from a broken hip. Julie Milligan fractured her thumb at work and is in physio. Wayne McPherson&#39;s heart surgery is on hold. Elmer Bowman had tests on his heart, thankfully everything came back okay. Ray Lavalley&#39;s next oncology checkup is in January.



As always, our heartfelt thanks go to Doris Hollingsworth and Catherine Khan for their gifts of music.



To those we love and see each day and other loved ones far away ... To all good friends whose friendship means so much and those with whom we&rsquo;re somehow out of touch ... May the blessings of Christmas be yours!



Merry Christmas



Wendy&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;



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Greetings from Rev. Jennifer



Friends,



 It was with a mixture of emotions that I recently announced that I have accepted a call to Fairview United Church in Brantford beginning March first..  The decision was not an easy decision to make.  Change is hard, even when the change promises to offer exciting new challenges and possibilities.  The past four and half years have been a time of great personal growth and learning as I have begun my ministry in your midst.  The thought of leaving you, hard.  Your ministry as a settlement site has been such a gift to me.

 My announcement has moved the charge into a time of transition and change and opened the door to a number of questions.  As we transition as a charge, to what are we transitioning?  What does the future of our charge look like?  What’s our financial situation?  Very few ministers now choose settlement when they are ordained and the financial       

realities of our individual churches have prompted us to take a look at ourselves and where we are           



headed.



 Advent is a time of preparation.  A time of opening ourselves to the promise of Emmanuel – God with us.  A time of hope.  A time of dreaming.  In that spirit, the Ministry and Personnel committee have initiated a Dream Team.  Everyone in the charge is invited to take part in this Advent time of visioning and looking to the future by attending meetings, offering suggestions to the team, and by holding the team and the charge in prayer.  As we journey together, may we be reminded of the paradox and promise of the Christmas story – the finding of ultimate strength in ultimate vulnerability and the logic-defying love of the one for whom we wait.



 May this Advent season be for us as a charge a time of preparation, visioning, and hope.  Peace and blessings to you all this Christmas!



 Jennifer

  

           Charge Information

Church in Maynooth………………………613-338-2175

Charge Chair, Jean Jessup……………….613-637-5214

Charge Secretary, Dorothy Wilson….613-756-6946

Charge Treasurer, Elaine Hare………..613-637-2191

Bulletin Secretary, Wendy Lavalley….613-338-5290

 M & P Committee Members:

 Madawaska, Jean Jessup……………….613-637-5214

Maynooth, May Allison………………….613-332-2804

Whitney, Erin Morlock……………………613-637-2675

Lake St. Peter, Sheila Stringer………..613-338-2981

 News from the Pews is published quarterly; March, June, September and December.

Items of interest should be submitted to your Church Reporter listed below, or directly to the Editor.

 Lake St. Peter, Wendy Lavalley……613-338-5290

Madawaska, Jean Jessup…………….613-637-5214

Maynooth, Marj Ciana…………………613-332-4025

Whitney, Ken & Jan Begbie………….613-637-5573

Editor: Elaine Hare……………………….613-637-2191

E-mail elainehare07@gmail.com

March ISSUE DEADLINE:  March 15th @ 6:00 p.m. 2015

 Thank you to Rose Jessup for helping me to print News from the Pews.

Smith Post Memorial, Whitney

By Jan & Ken Begbie

 Already we are in Advent season, anticipating Christmas celebrations.  For some it is a joyous time, but for others it can be a difficult time of year.

Some have lost loved ones this year; others are having financial or emotional problems.  This is a time to reach out to friends and loved ones and tell them you care.

 Church News

 Rev. Jennifer led our service on September, 14th.  We said a prayer for Rachel’s father who had just had a stroke; he is recovering well now.

 The Fall Maynooth-Madawaska Pastoral Charge meeting was held September 18th.

 The Anglican congregation joined us on September 21st for worship and fellowship.

 We enjoyed a beautiful fall with one of the best colour displays we have seen for a while.

 On October 5th, Dorothy Wilson took all four services in Rev. Jennifer’s absence.  Thanks, Dorothy.

 October 19th we joined the Anglican congregation at St. Anthony’s, and on November 23rd they worshipped with us.

 Ken took the November 2nd service.  Thanks, Ken.

 November 29th was the joint United and Anglican Christmas Bazaar.  There was a bake sale, luncheon, craft sale, Christmas table and two draws.  Each church earned $761.00 from our combined efforts.

 In November, Rev. Jennifer informed us that she would be leaving in March.  We are saddened by this news, but wish Jennifer all the best in her new posting.  This has also challenged all four congregations to look at where we go from here.  A “dream team” has been formed to try to come up with ideas.  Erin Morlock and Dorothy Wilson are representing Whitney.  On December 7th, Dorothy brought slips of paper for the congregation to share any ideas they may have and add them to next week’s collection plate.

 November 30th, The Sunday of Hope, was a fifth Sunday, with the four congregations meeting in Maynooth for the 11 o’clock service and pot luck lunch. It was also a celebration of Communion and White Gift Sunday.  Gifts presented are given to the Maynooth and Area Food Bank.

 Ken led the service on December 7th.  He also had the Cubs and Scouts decorate the church the week before, so the church looked very festive.

 People News

 Jan and Ken Begbie celebrated their 47th anniversary on October 21st.

 We sang Happy Birthday to Dorothy Wilson at our November 23rd service for her birthday celebrated on November 19th, and to Linda Elliot at the December 7th service for her birthday celebrated on December 4th.

 Spirit Circle met on November 18th and 19th.  We again were nourished by our prayers and companionship.

 We don’t have a church mouse, but we do have a church Ermine.  The white Ermine with a black tipped tail was spotted on the church ramp as we exited from the service on November 23rd.  It hid under the ramp, but stayed visible for several minutes.  It was an unexpected treat to see this beautiful animal.

 The 1st Whitney Cubs and Scouts won second prize for their float in the Whitney Santa Claus parade on December 6th.

 We congratulate Helen McRae on celebrating her 100th birthday on December 10th.  Her four children, Janet, Bob, John and Cathy, and all the family are gathering for a special celebration in Peterborough on December 14th.  Of special mention is the book of photographs of her life, with pictures contributed by all the family, and compiled by John’s wife, Val, and daughter Jenny. I’m sure it will become a very valuable keepsake for Helen and for the family in the future.  Helen will be honoured by a letter from Queen Elizabeth, and from Governor General David Johnston. 

 St. Paul & St. James, Madawaska

By Jean Jessup

 Snowy weather came early, but luckily some warmer weather by the end of November got rid of all the snow that we had received.  Maybe that is to make room for all that is to come this winter, but let’s hope not!!

 Rev. Jennifer couldn’t be with us for World Wide Communion on October 5th, so we celebrated on Thanksgiving Sunday with communion at all 4 churches.  Thanks to Dorothy Wilson for taking services on the 5th in Jennifer’s absence.

 The Charge was shocked and saddened on November 16th to receive the news of Rev. Jennifer leaving us at the end of February.  It’s a great loss to the Charge, but she has blessed us with four and a half years of great sermons, beautiful singing and her youthful exuberance.  It’s now time for her to spread her wings and give her talents to a new church at Fairview United in Brampton.

Thanks to Dorothy Wilson and Jean Jessup for

providing our pulpit supply on the 4th Sunday in October and November.

 The pastoral charge meeting was on November 26th in Maynooth with a pot-luck supper before the meeting.  The M&P Committee asked that a ‘Dream Team’ be created to come up with ideas for how we will go forward in the absence of a minister.  Also the annual meeting dates were set, with Madawaska’s being on January 11th, following the church service.  The Charge’s meeting is on February 9th at 1:30 p.m. in Lake St. Peter.  Please get reports to Wendy Lavalley as soon as possible.

 The fifth Sunday joint service on November 30th, the first Sunday of Advent, was hosted by Maynooth at 11 a.m.  Communion was served and gifts were presented for the Food Bank, then a great pot-luck lunch was served.  Lucky for Rev. Jennifer that it was a one service Sunday, as she was suffering with a terrible cold.  We were also presented with our Advent Calendars and cans for our special donations during Advent.  The proceeds will be going to the school food programs in Maynooth and Madawaska.

 Our U.C.W. is back in full swing with our extra 2 members that can’t be with us from May to October, because of their summer jobs.  Welcome back Theresa and Kim.  Our Craft/Bake Sale was on December 6th...  Thanks to our workers, bakers and to all who came out to help us raise $597.45.  We are once again selling raffle tickets with 7 great prizes, which will be drawn at our Roast Beef Supper on April, 26th 2015.  Mark your calendars for a great meal!

 Jean and Mel Jessup celebrated their 50th anniversary this fall with a bus tour to Pigeon Forge, Dollywood and the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.  Best wishes to Elaine Hare on her   December 9th birthday.

 Christmas Eve Communion services will be in Whitney at 6 p.m. and in Lake St. Peter at 8 p.m. with Rev. Jennifer. Here in Madawaska we will also celebrating a Christmas Eve service at 3 p.m. with scripture readings and carols, led by Jean and Elaine.  Elvin will be leading the music with guest Jim Etmanski as lead singer and soloist.

 During this special season, let us take time to PRAY for our churches and let the Holy Spirit inspire us to move forward with a positive attitude.

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

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 Information for Treasurers:  Mission & Service cheques should now be made payable to: Maynooth-Madawaska Pastoral Charge and sent to Elaine Hare, P.O. Box 34, Madawaska, ON K0J 2C0. Please get them in by the middle of January so that we can get credit for them for the 2014 year.

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 Arabic Proverb:

 Open your mouth only if what you are about to say is more beautiful than silence.

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A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good, for feat he’ll feel worse when he feels better.

 

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Santa Clause and Grandma

 Perspective on the Season ahead.  Yay for Grandma.

 I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma.  I was just a kid.

I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: “There is no Santa Claus,” she jeered.  “Even dummies know that!

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been.  I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me.  I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her “world famous” cinnamon buns.   I knew they were world famous, because Grandma said so.  It had to be true.

 Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm.  Between bites, I told her everything.  She was ready for me.  “No Santa Clause?” she snorted……Ridiculous! Don’t believe it.  That rumour has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!!  Now, put on your coat, and let’s go.”

 “Go? Go where, Grandma?”  I asked.  I hadn’t even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun.  “Where turned out to be Kerby’s General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything.  As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars.  That was a bundle in those days.  “Take this money she said, “And buy something for someone who needs it.  I’ll wait for you in the car.”  Then she turned and walked out of Kerby’s.

 I was only eight years old.  I’d often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself.  The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping.

 For a few moments I just stood there, confused clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbours, the kids at school, and the people who went to my church.

I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker.  He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock’s grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn’t have a coat.  I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter.  His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough; but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn’t have a cough; he didn’t have a good coat.  I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement.  I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!  I settled on a red corduroy on that had a hood to it.  I looked real warm, and he would like that.

“Is this a Christmas present for someone?” the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down.  “Yes, ma’am,” I replied shyly.  “It’s for Bobby.”

 The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat.  I didn’t get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

 That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, “To Bobby, From Santa Claus” on it.

Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy.  Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker’s house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever “

officially, one of Santa’s helpers.  Grandma parked down the street from Bobby’s house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk.  Then Grandma gave me a nudge.  “All right, Santa Claus,” she whispered, “get going.

 I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

 Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

 Fifty years haven’t dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker’s bushes.  That night, I realized that those awful rumours about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were – ridiculous.  Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

 St. Andrews-Bethel

By Marjorie Ciana

The time has come to put pen to paper once again.  The Christmas Season is here and the wonderment of this magical time never fails to put joy in all our hearts.  We count our blessings over and over again and especially this year as we are so grateful that our dear church members have returned to health.  Claude is his old self; Karen’s painful broken rib has healed.  Thank you God.  Sadie has moved into the Riverstone Retirement Centre but she is able to come to church in Maynooth and we are so happy that she is among us.

 All of our hearts go out to Diane with the illness of her mother.  Our prayers are with you.

 Bessie had a good report from her doctor.  She is always taking care of the church.  Every Sunday morning she sets up the tables for coffee and tea for fellowship after the service.

 Advent Sunday was on November 30th along with White Gift Sunday.  The three other churches joined us as it was also the fifth Sunday of the month.

 Rev. Jennifer administered Holy Communion so it was a busy time.  She was ill with a bad cold.

 Our annual Santa Claus Parade will be on December 13th.  We will be preparing chili, soup and goodies.  There will be a bake table, clothing and a white elephant sale.  Tickets on some great prizes will be drawn.

 Gord and Eleanor are blessed with a grandson.  James Gordon was born on October 24th to Lance and Barb.

 Marj Ciana has another great grandson.  Evan Robert was born November 22nd to Ryan and Martha.

Now some sadness, Rev. Jennifer will be leaving us at the end of February to go to Brantford.  We are going to miss her dreadfully.  We loved her taking us through the Old Testament and the progression of ancient times. We wish her the best in her new church and please Jennifer, come back to see us.

 Best of wishes to our parishioners and have the merriest and happiest festive season.  Good health, contentment and warmth in your homes and hearts.

 We wish you peace.

 Love to all

Marj

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 Working for God on earth does not pay much, but His Retirement plan is out of this world!

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 Keep a SMILE on your face and a SONG in your heart!

A smile, is a sign of joy,

A hug, is a sign of love,

A laugh is a sign of happiness.

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 A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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 Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.

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 Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once!

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 Ever notice that people who are late are often much jollier than people who have to wait for them?

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 Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.

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By Wendy Lavalley



 We broke bread as a congregation celebrating both communion and Thanksgiving on October 12th.



 WOW! How great did the sanctuary look for Thanksgiving? Special thanks to Doris Hollingsworth for doing such a great job decorating.



 Thanks to Rev. Jennifer for sharing with us on Thanksgiving. Thanks to Dorothy Wilson and Wendy Lavalley for sharing with us in November and December respectively.



 Happy Birthday to Rose Card and anyone else who celebrated this quarter and ‘Happy Anniversary’s go to all who celebrated this quarter.



 Mink Lake said goodbye to John and Roselyn Ellis when they moved to Lindsay.



 Not exactly silent, but November was quieter with no musicians as both Doris and Catherine were away.



 Good food and good music made for a good afternoon Saturday, November 22nd when family, friends and clients gathered at the ANAF for a fire relief fundraiser for Albert & Aleitha Minnie of Maynooth.



 Our early blast of winter on November 24th split a tree in the graveyard in half putting some of us in the dark for almost 24 hours.



 We gathered together on November 30th to worship as one at our Pastoral Charge service. Hosted by St. Andrew’s-Bethel in Maynooth. Not sure where the loose offering went or how much it was but I do know the White Gifts collected went to the Maynooth & Area Food Bank.



 The Christmas ‘elves’ visited St. Paul’s decorating the sanctuary as well as the outside for the season of Advent! Thank you to those ‘elves’ for the beautiful job!



 Sheila Stringer had a table at the Ladies’ Shopping Night at the Lake St. Peter Community Centre on December 3rd. Thanks to Paula Blair from Linkie's General Store for organizing this fundraiser for the Community Centre. Money raised from Sheila's table went to the U.C.W.



 Up on the rooftop … is a new steel roof! Our little white church sprung a leak this fall and the roof needed to be replaced.



 As is the Christmas tradition in Lake St. Peter, our U.C.W. made baskets for those over 80 and the sick & shut in. This year, 4 baskets were prepared.



Thank you to those who contributed to, put together and delivered them.



 I will go Lord, where you lead me … Wendy Lavalley is still leading worship in Apsley two Sundays a month while Rev. Jennifer told us on November 23rd she is being led back to Brantford and will leave us at the end of February.



 During the season of Advent a “Dream Team” is meeting to discuss where we go after Jennifer.



Sharon Dupuis is still recovering from a broken hip. Julie Milligan fractured her thumb at work and is in physio. Wayne McPherson's heart surgery is on hold. Elmer Bowman had tests on his heart, thankfully everything came back okay. Ray Lavalley's next oncology checkup is in January.



 As always, our heartfelt thanks go to Doris Hollingsworth and Catherine Khan for their gifts of music.



 To those we love and see each day and other loved ones far away … To all good friends whose friendship means so much and those with whom we’re somehow out of touch … May the blessings of Christmas be yours!



 Merry Christmas



Wendy     

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