Greetings from Rev. Jennifer


September!  A time of fresh starts and new beginnings.  The students are back at school, meetings of various kinds are taking place again after their summer hiatuses, and we talk about things getting back to “normal.” While not technically the start of a new year, in many ways, the arrival of September always feels to me like New Years.  Despite the fact that it’s been five years since the start of September saw me returning to school, Labour Day weekend continues to be a weekend filled with anticipation, excitement, anxiety and wistfulness.  I tend to find myself looking back at the summer with a mix of emotions, never quite feeling ready for the day after Labour Day to arrive. 

This summer saw a number of successful projects in our charge including the Toonie Sale in Lake St. Peter, the Bake and Rummage Sale in Madawaska, and the Bake, Rummage and Lunch Sale in Maynooth. I had the honour of officiating at a number of weddings in and around our various communities, and even performed my first wedding on a pontoon boat!

In August I had the chance to visit British Columbia for the first time.  Jamie and I spent a couple of days in Vancouver before spending a week on the island.  Although we were based at Jamie’s parents’ place in Qualicum Beach, we spent two days in and around Victoria and another couple of days in Tofino.  We saw mountains and ocean views, fishermen and buskers, a market with goats on the roof and artists selling their wares by the sea.  We wrapped our arms as far as we could around centuries-old trees and gently touched starfish and sea cucumbers.  I jumped in waves in Tofino till I was numb, bought fresh Dungeness crab and oysters from the fisherman at the wharf in Victoria, and ate the most exquisite sushi I’ve ever tasted in Vancouver.  Many days we walked until our feet hurt.  It was a fantastic ten days!

As we drift into September, may our minds treasure summer memories while turning ahead to this new season.  God’s peace and blessings be with you all,



           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 Lavally…..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



December ISSUE DEADLINE:  December 7th @ 6:00 p.m. 2014

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

Special note to Treasurers:  Please try to get your Mission and Service cheques to Bessie by the end of June and before the end of December.  December’s cheques should be given to Bessie so she has time to deposit them and then get the money sent in before the end of the year.

St. Paul’s Lake St. Peter          

By Wendy Lavalley

Blue Highway sings 'Where Did the Morning Go?' I want to know where summer went!

There was more than crafts on the minds of the girls in the Lake St. Peter craft group on June 24th when they went out to lunch.

Instead of their annual bazaar, the U.C.W. held a Toonie Sale with a 'Las Vegas' Lunch in July that also offered 'Attic Treasures' and a Yard Sale in August as the summer fundraisers. Between the two, the U.C.W. made approx. $3,000.00.

We joined together as one on June 29th for our Pastoral Charge service. Hosted by St. Paul’s, the loose offering – $132.00 – went to the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Then again on August 31 in Whitney with the loose offering going to Smith-Post Memorial to help with the winter heating bill.

Rev. Jennifer was away two Sundays of August. Thanks to Joyce Muir and Marg Williams for leading worship in her absence.

Congratulations to Dave and Lynn Simpson's son Kyle and his wife Traci on the birth of their daughter Millicent. Congratulations to Grandma and Grandpa too!

Thanks to Jean Jessup for sharing with us on our second Sunday service in July. Special thanks to Rev. Allen Hobbs for sharing with us in August while on his holidays and to Wendy Lavalley for sharing with us in September.

Our condolences to:

 Jack and Sheila Stringer on the loss of Jack's brother, Joe on August 15th;

Annie Murphy on the loss of her mother-in-law on August 19th;

And to Neil and Linda McLennan on the loss of their daughter on August 24th.

Catherine Khan took a trip this summer.

Birthday wishes go to those who celebrated a birthday this quarter.

 Happy Anniversary wishes go to those who also celebrated an anniversary this quarter.

What a healthy bunch … or not!

Sheila Stringer had surgery June 24th; July 17th Wayne McPherson broke his left heel and Sharon Dupuis broke her hip on July 20th!

Our thoughts are with Betty and Wayne McPherson as they await a date for Wayne to have open heart surgery.

Our thoughts are also with Ray, Marlene and Wendy Lavalley as Ray fights his second battle with prostate cancer.

"On the road again" … again? Still! Between Wendy's preaching in Apsley (or anywhere else her schedule permits!) and appointments, Ray, Marlene and Wendy Lavalley are spending a lot of time on the road.

Our heartfelt thanks to Kyle and Paula at Linkie's General Store in Lake St. Peter for their generous support of our little church.

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

We also thank Doris for the beautiful flowers that adorn the sanctuary every Sunday.

As the weather gets cooler so comes the time to say 'See you next year' to our summer friends.  Summer ended too soon for Beryl Walker when she had to go back to Burlington early September.

What would the United Church be without food? The 3rd Wednesday of every month St. Paul’s hosts a potluck at the Lake St. Peter Community Centre. Supper starts at 6pm. There’s a place at the table for anyone who’d like to join us.

Happy Thanksgiving …


Smith Post Memorial, Whitney

By Jan & Ken Begbie


It is hard to believe that we are already in the fall season. The kids are back to school and soon we will have the full colours of the fall season to enjoy.

We enjoyed meeting with everyone at the 5th Sunday service on June 29th in Lake St. Peter. As always we enjoyed the service, the celebration of communion together and the fellowship and pot luck lunch after the service.

We thank Dorothy Wilson for leading our service on July 6th.

St. Anthony’s congregation joined us for our service on July 20th.

Ken took the 1st Sunday service on August 3rd. Thanks Ken.

We joined St. Anthony’s congregation at their church on August 17th.

 Whitney hosted the 5th Sunday service on August 31st. Thanks to Rev. Jennifer and to Doris Hollingsworth for a meaningful communion service with beautiful music. We enjoyed a pot luck lunch after the service. The loose change offering of fifty dollars will be used for local church expenses.

Dorothy again provided the first Sunday service in September. We are a small but appreciative group.

People News:

We sang Happy Birthday to June Fuller at our June 22nd service for her birthday which she was celebrating June 23rd.

Ken’s brother Bryan passed away on July 1st. We attended a memorial for him on July 11th in Oakville. We sang Happy Birthday to Erin and Clover who celebrated their birthdays on July 11th and 12th. Congratulations to Roger and Dorothy Wilson who celebrated their 48th anniversary on July 23rd. Congratulations also to Rachel’s parents, who celebrated their 65th anniversary on July 29th.

Ken is again starting another year of Cubs/Scouts on Tuesday September 9th. Ken was fortunate to learn that a Scout leader from Milton, Rhonda Ursalak, was moving to the area. She will be part of the leadership team for the Cubs and Scouts. On August 2nd the Cub/Scout yard sale made $830.00 dollars. We would like to thank everyone who helped.

Clover and Gordon’s grandson is getting married September 28th in Barrie.

Enjoy the fall colours and appreciate the beautiful area we call home.

The Algonquin Park Ministry is over for another year. I have been doing the stewardship of the ministry now for 18 years and this year will be my last; I wish to retire from the position.

So, I am asking is there anyone who may be interested in taking the position?  

There is a caveat to the position in that Conference may decide to terminate the ministry. For some time now, since we have to pay for the campsite upon which, the trailer is located the ministry is not sustainable but this is not my call.

If anyone is interested, the following is a brief description of what I did.

 Algonquin Park Ministry Position

This is a description of basically what I did for the ministry. There is a possibility that conference may cancel the program, as they had problems with insurance this summer and unfortunately it is not self-sustaining

You may have to accept ministers wanting a timeslot during the summer, and set up the schedule of the personnel coming. Conference may want to set up the schedule and set up the scheduling.  Ministers started emailing me before and after Christmas looking for a timeslot. There are 9 weeks, basically the July 1st weekend to the weekend before Labour Day.  Time slots are filled on a first come first serve basis.
The trailer is usually placed on the campsite 153 in Lake of Two Rivers (This campsite, which is a first come first serve site, is blocked off by Ontario Parks for our use) on the Thursday before the arrival of the first minister on Friday. Ministers come by noon Friday, do the service on Sunday and leave by noon the following Friday. Keys for the trailer and outdoor theatre and campsite permit are left at the gate house for pickup by next person. You will have a key also in case a minister misplaces their key.
Unless there are problems I have usually gone up on Tuesday evening to collect the offering and to check in with the minister to see how things have been.
You may be called about a problem so you should try to fix it if possible one way or the other.
The trailer is usually withdrawn for the campsite on the Thursday before Labour Day weekend.
The trailer has been kept at Mr. Mochulla’s service center for storage during the off season. Seeing as my vehicle cannot pull the trailer; he has been good enough to move it for me. However, if you have a vehicle that can move it you may wish to do so.

Once the season is over you will have to forward the offering money down to Conference as well as a spread sheet of your expenses, offerings per week, the number of people attending service. As well you should also include a report of the proceedings of the season for both conference and the charge.

If the Ministry should go ahead I can probably give assistance to get you started with it. In a sense it would be a shame for it to be cancelled as the personnel who come to do the services and those who attend the services appreciate God’s presence in those gatherings.

Ground of our Being-(Tune-Faith of our Fathers)

(Words by- Doris Hollingsworth)

Ground of our Being, therein lies our trust,

Breathed us to life midst great cosmic dust.

Hungry to heal ourselves and our earth,

Using our gifts inherent at birth.

Heart of our Being, to serve we must

Ways that include, ways that are just.


Soul of our Being, in silence we pray,

Opening our hearts, to find our way.

Seeking and learning what we should know

Which paths to take and which seeds to sow.

Soul of our Being, now we say

“All hearts awake,” hearts made of clay.


Thought of our Being, we give our thanks,

Stirring up hope, diminishing angst.

Daring to share a vision of love,

Symbols of peace yet strong willing doves.

Essence of Being, we close our ranks.

Sanctioning life, not arms and tanks.


Ground of our Being, Great Spirit Guide

We dare not wait, we dare not hide.

Right action take, compassionate be,

Seek love not hate, extravagantly,

Ground of our Being, when fear subsides

Then all are one, then peace abides.


(Those of you who missed the 5th Sunday service in Whitney , missed this beautiful hymn that Doris wrote. Thanks Doris, for sharing it with us.)

St. Andrews Bethel

By Marj Ciana

Summer is almost gone or did it just get up and went?

At St. Andrews Bethel we had to postpone our Strawberry Supper in July until next year due to illness and bereavements in our church family.

But listen, we were up and running again for “Maynooth Madness”  on the Labour Day week-end with our luncheon, bake table, white elephant table and gently used clothing.  It was a great success.

Reverend Jennifer has been taking us through Genesis in the Bible with the fascinating stories of Jacob & Esau and the generations of Abraham.  It is so nice and refreshing to hear them since our childhood in Sunday School.

We are so proud to see Claude in church with his upbeat manner and determination in his illness.  He is through with his chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  His hair is beginning to grow again so everything is looking rosy again.

A church service was held again on August 31st at the Bethel church in Musclow.  Florence and friends provided the music, which is so excellent and the congregation sang the old hymns.  Haley McCormack’s solo, “Hallelujah” was inspiring as was the message given by David McLeod on the Good Samaritan, which was so appropriate for the community gathering.  Later, we went to the hall for refreshments and fellowship.

Gwen Davis is a great grandmother.  Her granddaughter Rebecca and husband Ben are parents to a beautiful baby girl called Braelyn Rose, born on August 27th.  Congratulations to a wonderful family.

My friend Darnella sent me this little story so I thought I would share it with you.

An eye witness account from New York City, on a cold day in December, some years ago:

A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said “My, but you’re in such deep thought staring in that window!”

“I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy.  She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel.  He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks.  Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes.

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him.  She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt you will be more comfortable now.”

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her “Are you God’s wife?”

We are anticipating a great Autumn with all the colourful trees.  Good health to all.




Life’s Lessons

Once you have smiled at someone you can’t take it back.

Once you have seen a sunrise and a sunset, you know that God has kept His promise. Have you kept yours?

Once you have stood in awe looking at the stars you realize how incredibly special you must be.  For in all the universe there is only one “you.”

St. Paul & St. James Madawaska

By Jean Jessup

I was hoping for a nice Fall after the poor summer we had, but the long range forecast doesn’t look too great!

The fifth Sunday joint service on June 29th was hosted by Lake St. Peter.  The service was a time of ‘Conversation and Reflection’ with the large congregation joining in for discussion time.  There was also lots of hymn singing and communion by intinction, followed by a great pot-luck lunch.  The loose offering of $132.00 went to our Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Our Yard/Bake Sale was a big fund-raiser for us this summer, with a total of $644.00.  Thanks to everyone who supported us in any way.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Grace Young, Joe Dupuis, John Greco,

Minor Higginson , and Joe Stringer.

Thanks to the pulpit supply   of Joyce Muir and Marg Williams, while Reverend Jennifer enjoyed a holiday in the West, during the last two weeks of August.  Our organist, Elvin Towns also enjoyed his East Coast holiday.  He loves to attend services in the large churches to soak up the majestic organ music.  He even attended a service at the First United Church at Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where General Council will meet next year.  He also got to play some old organs from 1897 and 1903 in some of the closed churches.

The fifth Sunday joint service on August 31st was in Whitney at 11a.m., followed by the regular pot-luck lunch.  Due to it being on a long week-end, there was a poor turn-out.  The loose offering of $50.00 will be used for church expenses in the host church.

World Wide Communion will be on Sunday, October 5th and then Thanksgiving the following week-end.  Hopefully there will be some nice ‘Indian Summer weather to enjoy then and also some great Fall colours.



On the first day, God created the dog and said, sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.  For this I will give you a life span of twenty years.

The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking.  How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”

And God said that it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh.  For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”

The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years?  That’s a pretty long time to perform.  How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”

And God again said that it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family.  For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”

The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years.  How about twenty years, and I’ll give back the other forty?”

And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life.  For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”

But the human said, “Only twenty years?  Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”

“Okay,” said God, “You asked for it.”

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.  For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.  For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.  And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information.  I’m doing it as a public service.  If you are looking for me I will be on the front porch!

Why go to Church?

One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.”

“Why not?”  she asked. 

“I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. 

(1) They don’t like me, and

(2) I don’t like them.”

His mother replied, “I’ll give you two good reasons why you SHOULD to church:

(1)  You’re 59 years old, and

(2)  You’re the pastor!”


The Picnic


A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town’s annual 4th of July picnic.  Old friends, they began their usual banter.  “This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. You ought to try it.  I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden!  You don’t know what you’re missing.  You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s Ham.  Tell me Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?”

The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, “At your wedding!”


The Best Way to Pray

A priest, a minister and a guru sat discussing the best positions for prayer, while a telephone repairman worked nearby.

“Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray,” the priest said.

“No,” said the minister.  I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven.”

“You’re both wrong, the guru said.  “The most effective prayer position is lying down on the floor.”

The repairman could contain himself no longer.  “Hey, fellas,” he interrupted.  “The best prayin’ I ever did was when I was hangin’ upside down from a telephone pole.”


The Twenty and the One

A well-worn one-dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty-dollar bill arrived at Federal Reserve Bank to be retired.

As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation.

The twenty-dollar bill reminisced about its travels all over the country.

“I’ve had a pretty good life,” the twenty proclaimed.  “Why I’ve been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean.”

“Wow!” said the one-dollar bill. “You’ve really had an exciting life!”

“So, tell me,” says the twenty, “where have you been throughout your lifetime?”

“The one-dollar bill replies, “Oh, I’ve been to the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church.”

The twenty-dollar bill interrupts, “What’s a church?”


Goat for Dinner

The young couple invited their elderly pastor for Sunday dinner.  While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having.

“Goat,” the little boy replied.

“Goat?” replied the startled man of the cloth, “Are you sure about that?”

“Yep,” said the youngster.  “I heard Dad say to Mom, “Today is just as good as any to have the old goat for dinner!”


Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your had over my mouth!