Community HUB News – Week of April 12, 2012

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Essex Community Services

Care-A-Van Group Outing on Wednesday, May 2nd to Colasantis Tropical Gardens. Please call 519-776-4231 for details on cost or to book your seat.

Please bring your old cell phones, used printer cartridges and e-waste to our office for disposal.  For more information call 519-776-4231


Paquette News – St. Stephen’s/Church of the Redeemer
by Barb Mactier

Dessert card party at St. Stephen’s on Thursday, April 19th at 1 p.m.

Meat pie wind up dinner is on April 20th at 5 p.m. at Ivy Rose Restaurant on Howard Ave.

St. Stephen’s Annual Yard Sale is planned for Saturday, April 28th. If you are able to help that day, contact Dorothy 737-6896. Church of the Redeemer will hold a pasta dinner that same day from 4-7 p.m.

‘Harmony Plus’ will perform a concert on Sunday, April 29th at Church of the Redeemer at 3 p.m. Free will donation – proceeds to Church of the Redeemer.
Redeemer Sweetie Pies will be at the Bloomin’ Gardener Mother’s Day Weekend.

Looking ahead to Vacation Bible School in July, the theme is God’s Green Earth. A box at the back of the churches is set up for collecting recycle items to be used during our event. We are also looking for volunteers – contact Dawn or Pam.


Cozy Corners – Bethel-Maidstone United
submitted by Bev Holland

All are welcome to attend our Sunday worship service at 10am with Pastor Linda Blair. Sunday School is at 10:15am. A nursery is available during the service. Coffee hour is held in the hall for refreshments, snacks & fellowship after the  service. The Church and hall are both handicapped accessible. Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 9am-1pm. Telephone: 519-723-2284 or Email:

Hope everyone had a happy Easter.

On Monday, April 16 the UCW meeting is at 1:30pm. Judy Krol will be telling us about her trip to Turkey. Also, it is Thank Offering Month. As well on Monday, April 16 is a Steward’s Meeting, at 7 pm in the hall. All Stewards are urged to attend.

On Saturday, April 21, Bethel-Maidstone is holding a Garage & Bake Sale from 9am-1pm. Donations are gratefully appreciated.

Sun., April 22 is the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.C.W.

On Sunday, April 29, there is a Gess†wood Camp Open House, from 1-3 pm. Camp Blessing is at 2 pm.

On Sunday, April 29, the Cottam United Church Choir presents “I’m Gonna Keep On Singing” at 7 pm featuring songs of Andrae Crouch. Free will offering.

Volunteers are welcome and appreciated for our Tuesday, May 1 nursing home service at Iler Lodge.

The Mother & Daughter Potluck Banquet will be on Friday, May 4, at 6:30pm in the hall.

On June 16, Bethel Maidstone is going on a Wine Tour & Taste. – All aboard, a “Trolley named Desire.” Sign up sheet is in the Narthex or for information please call Paul at 519-839-5475 or Joanne at 519-735-2764.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the “Spring Fling” fundraiser for GessTwood Camp.

Door Greeters for Sunday, April 15th are Judy and Carson Krol. Elder on Duty is Lonnie Jones. The message is “Believe It Or Not.”

If you or someone you know is ill or in the hospital and you would like a visit from Pastor Linda, please call 519-712-9512 or the office 519-723-2284, so she can make arrangements to visit.

Thank you for your continued donations to to the Downtown Mission, food for the Essex Food Bank and for all yourself used postage stamps for the Leprosy Mission.
Please remember the sick, the shut-ins, those who morurn, are lonely, depressed, or less fortunate in your thoughts and prayers, or with a card or a visit.


Essex Christian Reformed Church
submitted by Beverley van Huizen

Join us on Sunday, April 15, first Sunday after our Lord Rose from the grave.  The power of Jesus’ resurrection is the power that lives in us, as individuals and as a church. Ezekiel was led by the Holy Spirit into a valley that was filled with bones—not recently deceased carcasses, but wind-blown sun-bleached bones. The question the Spirit asked was, “Can these bones live?” There is an obvious answer; and then there is an Easter answer.  Come and enjoy some coffee after both morning services.

GEMS & Cadets are meeting on Monday evening from 7:00 – 8:45 pm.  Come, check us out and meet new friends.  Both clubs are working hard as they finish up their seasons and make presentations during morning services in the future.  GEMS Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday April 22 and Cadet Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday April 29.

Coffee Break Ladies Bible Study group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am.  We are in the process of updating our computers here so our website will be ‘under construction’ for the next few weeks.

If you are looking for a church home come by and check us out!


Maidstone Cross
submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank

Easter celebrations at St. Mary’s were beautiful.  Thank you to everyone who participated especially our choirs, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, greeters, and decorating team in making Easter extra special!  Special thanks to Fr. Dave Boutette, Fr. Paul Rocheleau and Fr. Bob Charbonneau.  We are truly blessed to have such wonderful priests!

Please keep in your prayers the children who are making their First Holy Communion this coming month.

Sandwich South Historical Society invites everyone to their next meeting on April 12th with guest speaker, Ray Fong, at Bethel Maidstone church hall.  Happy Birthday wishes to Carol Strong and Fr. Paul Rocheleau. Enjoy your special day!

Please keep Hank Czerweinec in your prayers.

Remember to send a card or make a telephone call to someone who is shut in, hospitalized or in a nursing home…it will brighten their day!


Essex Retirees Social Club – Bridge Players needed

Larry Lane won with high score at Tuesday Afternoon Pepper. Evelyn Vivier came in second and Audrey Ostrander had the most Peppers. Isabel McLeod had high score Wednesday Night playing Pepper. Shirley Stiers and Regina Garrod tied with the most Peppers and Bea Mailloux had low score.

Our Bridge group has dwindled in size and we need new players to join us on Thursday Nights. If you like to play Bridge we encourage you to come and spend a couple hours on Thursday night with us.

Our next Bingo falls on Friday, April 13. This is one week later than our usual Friday Bingo due to Good Friday. We will hold another the very next week on the third Friday night, April 20. Everyone over 18 is welcome to join us!


Salvation Army Essex Community Church
submitted by Carolyn Barnett

Children ages 6-12 are invited to a FREE Hockey Ball Clinic on Saturday, April 28th at the Salvation Army Essex Community Church, 26 Talbot St. S., from 1:00 -3:30 p.m. To reserve your spot, e-mail kristen or call 519-776-4628.

Sunday April 14th is Youth Sunday and our guest speakers will be Captains Neil and Melissa Sunnick, our Divisional youth Leaders. Join us for Family Worship at 11 a.m.

Kids Klub will meet on Monday,  April 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Home League will be having their monthly potluck dinner at 6p.m. Tues. April 16th.


Essex United Church News

Rev. Margaret Spencer assumes her duties, as our new minister, on May 1.

Help is needed for our annual murder mystery presentation on April 27 and 28. We are in need of pies for the dinner.


St. Paul’s/Trinity Anglican

Journeying back to the beginning. As we enter the Easter season we get glimpses of what the early Christian community looked like through readings from the Acts of the Apostles. To further explore these images, on April 15 at 10 a.m. we will have a joint worship celebration at Trinity, where we will re-create, as best as we are able, early Christian worship with communion agape meal (a.k.a. pot luck).

Come and celebrate our oneness with each other and our Christian ancestors. Feel free to dress the part and enjoy a very old expression of Christian worship. There is a special activity for young people! SSSH. It’s a surprise.

St. Paul’s yard sale is April 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any gently used articles can be placed on the stage  in the hall. If pick-up is needed for large items, call Donna at 776-6524.


Bakerville News
submitted by Evelyn Baker

Weather is still up and down, but at least we had sun for Easter Sunday.

Happy Birthday wishes on Friday the 13th to Blaise Cosgrove and on Sunday to Francis Roelens is celebrating his birthday and retirement at 65. On Monday my great granddaughter Mackenzie is celebrating number 7 and on Tuesday to Brenna Heil who is celebrating number 12. On Thursday next week Joyce Ebbinghaus is celebrating another year – How many?
Best of wishes to all of you and in good health.

Belated Happy Anniversary wishes to Lionel and Lynn Corbeil who celebrated last weekend.

The pleasant Valley Community Club held a pepper party on Tuesday evening and the lucky folk were Barb Jacobs, Eileen Ames, Cecile St. Denis, Bob Ford, Don Ames, Al McLellan and Bob Matthews. And for euchre on Saturday evening the lucky folks were Cecile St. Denis, Norma Beacom, Elsie Smith, John Smith, Ken Salter, Don Kettle, Thomas Allison and Bob Matthews. If you enjoy playing cards come on down and join in the fun. Everyone is welcome here.

Pray this week for Elmer Ames as he under goes surgery again.

Have a great week everyone.


Holy Name of Jesus Church News
submitted by Therese Lecuyer

Thank you to everyone who made our Holy Week and Easter so beautiful. I hope the Easter Bunny was good to everyone.

Congratulations to Paul and Adelene Pehleman as they celebrate 40 years together.

Our sympathies and prayers go out to the families of William Bondy and Stephen Matthews.

We have a limited number of spots available for Stuebenville 2012 weekend taking place June 29 – July 1.

EDGE: Grade 6-8 – Annual retreat will take place April 14 to April 15 at GessTwood Camp. Information and registration forms are available at the church or on the parish website.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: Sunday, May 26, from 8am – 3pm. For more information visit or speak with Maggie Ducharme at 519-776-7828.

Our Member’s Banquet is on Tuesday, June 5 at the parish hall. We will be honoring Fr. Chris Quinlan on the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination.

In honour of our parish’s 125th anniversary we are creating  a recipe book. Please submit your recipes to the parish office or by email to, by July 1.
God bless you all and have a great week.


Woodslee Friendship Club

Please call ( Mariette at 519-727-0470 )  to register for the new exercise program on Mon. and Wed. mornings from 9 am to 10 am . ( 50 and up, up, up  )  Have fun with a group of gals who know the importance of being active and in action. Starting April 9th.

Everyone is welcome to join us in the fun and fellowship at 1925 South Middle Road, Woodslee. For more information please feel free to contact Donna 519-975-2634 or Joanne 519-975-2409.


Essex & District Horticultural Society

On April 25, Don Tellier (a former intructor at St. Clair College), will speak on water Management. There will also be a Plant and Seed Exchange. On May 23, Pat Bastien, from the Belle River Horticultural Society, will discuss Square Foot Gardening.

While you do not need to be a member to attend these meeting, new members are always welcome.

Meetings are held at the Kinsmen Field House on Fairview Avenue in Essex, starting at 7:30pm.


Essex County Library

BABY STORYTIME – Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. for children 0-18 months of age and caregiver. FAMILY STORYTIME – Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m (April 5 – May 24) for children 1- 5 years of age and caregiver. ADULT BOOK CLUB – Tuesday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. Join us as we discuss: “The Hare With the Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance” by Edmund DeWaal. THE LIBRARY STRIKES BACK! – Suit up for Star Wars themed fun on  Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m.


STORYTIME – Tuesdays, at 10:00 a.m. For children  3 – 5 years of age and caregiver. COTTAM TEENS AND BOOKS MEET – Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 & up. Register at the library.

Register at the library branches for all programs.


Golden Years Mini Golf

On April 5 52 golfers managed a combined total of 100 aces over 36 holes.

On Hole 3, the team of Rose Taylor, Murray Knox and Lloyd Honey scored consecutive aces. Leading the way with seven aces was Gerry Wilkinson, followed closely by Tom Hyatt, with six, five for Marg Graham, and four each for Kathy Bradley, Gary Honey, Lloyd Honey and Murray Knox.  Three fell for Nancy Hill, Frank Lasi, Andy Orsini, Barry Sweet, Shirley Thiessen, John Unrau and Gerrit Vriesen.  Managing two each were Barb Arner, Iggy Arner, Ruth Crossland, Ethel Ferguson, Pete Daudlin, Laurie Hylton, Cam Keith, Mary MacRae, John Murphy, Neil Quick, Don Ribble, Marg Ross, Art Sweet, Bill Taylor, Doug Vickery and Bill Ward.  Ken Brook, Frances Clifford, Floyd Johnson, Audry Knox, Marie Lasi, Bill Mayville, Winnie Moore, Al Stockwell, Rose Taylor, Mary Ann Vickery, Bryon Walker, Linda Walsh and Annie May Leslie each chipped in with one.

Gerry Wilkinson had the low score of 16 for 9 holes with Lloyd Honey, Murray Knox, Gerry Wilkinson, Iggy Arner, Tom Hyatt (with 2) and Marg Graham close behind with 17.  Low score for 18 holes on the day was a remarkable 33 delivered by Gerry Wilkinson followed by Iggy Arner with 35 and Gary Honey, Tom Hyatt and Doug Vickery with 36. Gerry Wilkinson set the pace for 36 holes with a 70 followed closely by Gary Honey, Gerrit Vriesen and Iggy Arner with 73 and Marg Graham and Doug Vickery with 74.

First place went to Team 7 with a score of 220, a team that included Bill Taylor, Iggy Arner and Audrey Knox.  Second place was secured by Team 3 with 237 and included Rose Taylor, Murray Knox and Lloyd Honey.  Third place was team 17 with a 244 and included Gayle Hyatt, Doug Vickery and Gerrit Vriesen.

The highlight of the day had little to do with golf and a lot to do with Gary Honey losing his footing and ending up ‘swimming with the fish.’  Although needing ‘drying out’ time, he continued and completed his 36 holes because, as he argued, “I was on pace to shoot the best round ever and was not about to give that up.”

Other than dealing with a soggy score card and some good natured ribbing from the other golfers, he handled it all in good humor.