Community HUB News – Week of April 26th, 2012

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Essex Community Services

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

Our Transportation Program is expanding its service area!  Now qualified residents within the Municipality of Essex can  take our Care-A-Van to other municipalities on Mondays and Wednesdays to do shopping.

As always, we service any area in the county of Essex and Windsor for medical appointments, but why not visit another town and do some shopping? Call for more information or to book a ride. Seats are first come first serve, and medicals take precedence. For more information call 519-776-4231.


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

St. Stephen’s Annual Yard Sale is planned for Saturday, April 28th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Church of the Redeemer will hold a pasta dinner that same day, April 28th with doors open at 4:30 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

Please have any notices or articles for the Homecoming newsletter to Amy at by May 6th.

Redeemer Sweetie Pies will be at the Bloomin’ Gardener, 6673 Conc. 8, Oldcastle on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12th and 13th.

This year’s theme for Vacation Bible School (July 9-13) is God’s Green Earth. Invite your friends and register on line. For a list of items we need, or if you can volunteer some time, please contact Dawn or Pam.

Please continue to remember the need for food banks – donations may be dropped off at either church.

Get well wishes to Harold Robinson and Pat Solway as they recover from surgery.


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:

This past Sunday, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the United Church Women, with attributed to the first ladies of the Maidstone, Bethel & Gesto units in 1962. The very first president of Maidstone was Audrey Burrows who still attends our meetings. Eight others from the original 17 Chrter members of Maidstone and Gesto, plus a few from other groups were honoured and presented with a blue rose. Cake and ice cream followed in the hall.

On Sunday, April 29 John Cats will be our guest speaker. Rob Cornies will speak on May 6.

On Sunday, April 29, there is an open house at Gess†wood Camp from 1-3pm. Camp blessing at 2pm. May 5 is a clean-up at the camp and on May 27, a Fun-raiser Golf Tournament at 1pm at Wildwood Golf Club.

On Sunday, April 29, Cottam United Church Choir are presenting a soulful celebration collection featuring the songs of Andre Crouch at 7pm. Free will offering.

Tuesday, May 1, at 2pm is the service at Iler Lodge Nursing Home. Volunteers are always welcome & appreciated.

The Mother & Daughter Potluck Banquet will be on Friday, May 4, at 6:30pm in the hall. All women are requested to bring a dish to share.

On June 16, Bethel Maidstone is going on a Wine Tour & Taste. – All aboard, a “Trolley named Desire”. If you are interested in attending, please call Paul at 519-839-5475 or Joanne at 519-735-2764. If there is not more interest soon, the tour will have to be cancelled.

Door Greeters for Sunday, April 29 – 4th Sunday of Easter are Joan & Wayne Little. Elder on duty is Shona Jones. Message is: “In the Potter’s Hands.”

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 of the office 519-723-2284, so she can make arrangements to visit.


Essex Christian Reformed Church
submitted by Beverley van Huizen

Join us on Sunday, April 29, Cadet Sunday. This is a special Sunday when our Cadets and leaders participate in the morning service. Prepare Yourself!  Boys (and men) are notoriously competitive even to the point of being unwilling to try things in which they will not succeed. Therefore, our parents, teachers, Cadet Counsellors and others work with us to discover our gifts and then to sharpen them, helping us to become better at what we’re already pretty good at. How do we get good at the most important thing in the whole world: following Jesus?

This is what the Cadets have been studying all year. Come out and see what exciting things that have been happening with our Boys Club.  After the service come and enjoy some coffee.

GEMS & Cadets are meeting on Monday evening from 7-8:45 pm.  Come out and meet new friends.

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

Can you believe that it will be ten years this July since 100 pilgrims and several clergy from Ireland came here for World Youth Day?  Many friendships have been maintained and exchanges have taken place over the past decade.  In Ireland, the pilgrims are planning a reunion!  Bishop Michael Smith still recalls his wonderful experience he had in Maidstone! What a grand time we all had!

St. Mary’s parish retreat takes place on May 25-27 at Oxley.  If you are interested and wish to attend, please sign up by May 1st .  Our Mission Club is sponsoring a Shower for Windsor Essex County Refugee office.  Please donate new household items and place them at the back of the church by May 6th.

On Sunday, June 3rd,  Fr. Chris will be celebrating his 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.  Following Mass there will be an Open House in the hall.

Please keep in your prayers the children who are making their First Holy Communion this coming month. Happy Birthday wishes to Meagen Czerweinec.  Enjoy your special day!

Please keep Hank Czerweinec in your prayers.


Essex Retirees Social Club

Dr. Lloyd Brown John will share his pictures from the Chelsea Flower Show in England after the Pot Luck Lunch on Tuesday, May 8. All are welcome. Call for more information, 776-6688.

Radiant Touch is available to all every Monday afternoon by appointment.

A VON nurse is at the Centre for your care every Wednesday from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Beatrice Mailloux had high score at Monday Night Pepper, Evelyn Vivier had the most Peppers and Eileen Gardiner took low score. Isabel McLeod was the high score winner at Tuesday afternoon Pepper, with Larry Lane following with a one point difference. Regina Garrod had most Peppers and Cecelia Edwards took the low score. Betty Fields won Wednesday night Pepper and Don Ames earned most Peppers with Audrey Ostrander coming in as low.

All Bingo players over 18 are welcome to our Friday night Bingo on May 4 at 7:15 p.m.

For Saturday, May 5, we invite Euchre players to our afternoon of games, starting at 1 pm.


Salvation Army Essex Community Church
submitted by Carolyn Barnett

Don’t forget to keep saving your loonies & toonies to help us reach our goal for the Partners in Mission Campaign. This year the Salvation Army is focusing on  it’s ministry in South America East.

Help support our food bank by  checking out and casting your vote for  the Windsor Crossing –Windsor Essex County Food Bank Association team. The winning organization will receive a $10,000 donation for local food banks and you can also enter for a chance to win free groceries for a year.

Essex United Church is holding “Hymn Tasting 2012”at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6th. The event is hosted by the Royal Canadian College of Organists and a free will offering will be taken with proceeds going to the RCCO Scholarship fun.

Join us for Family Worship and Sunday School led by Lt. Kristen Gray every Sunday at 11 a.m.

Kids Klub will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Home League meets Tues., May 1st at 7 p.m.

Community Care Ministry will  hold their monthly services at Iler Lodge on Wed., May 2nd at 10:30 a.m. and at Country Village on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.



Essex United Church News

Our Sunday service guest officiant was Ian Phillips LLWL. Lonnie Jones will be our worship leader next Sunday.

Our murder mystery dinner theatre will be held Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., April 27 and 28.

A Hymn Tasting Concert with the theme, What Were They Thinking, is May 6, 3:30 pm. Join a mass choir and musicians from Windsor and  Essex County in singing the great hymns of our faith.

Our Yard Sale is set for May 11 & 12. Drop your unwanted treasures at the church on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. If you need help call Allan Halliday, 776-7551.

Children will be baptized on Mothers Day/Christian Family Sunday. If you desire a baptism call the church office 776-5121.

Gess†wood Camp Open House is Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. All are invited for a barbeque, a stroll through the 35 acres of woodland, and a camp tour. You can also register for summer camp.

Thanks to Doug and Karen Arnold and Shirley Horton for painting the minister’s office. Duane Horton is looking for help to assemble furniture for the office.


St. Paul’s/Trinity Anglican

Introducing our monthly Sunday evening family service on May 6 at 7 pm at St. Paul’s for a contemporary service with guitar music.

Anyone may make a donation to the new youth program and family service by using a visitor’s envelope and marking it “youth program.” This program is for both congregations beginning May 6 at 5 p.m. for dinner. Then we will engage in thinking about ways that young people matter. All are welcome

St. Paul’s  Pasta dinner is from 5 to 6:30 p.m with the Essex public School band.

There is a hymn festival at Essex United Church at 3:30.m. on May 6. The free will offering proceeds will be for the RCCO scholarship fund.

St. Paul’s Victorian Tea is  Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 pm.


Bakerville News
submitted by Evelyn Baker

Weather is cold – a month ago we had our nice spring weather, and now we are freezing cold and windy.

Happy Birthday wishes to Jo Anne at Hair Sense Studio on Wednesday and Friday to Jacob Gartner, who is celebrating his 19th and on Sunday to Margaret Trimble, as she celebrates another year. Best of birthdays to all of you.

The Pleasant Valley Community Club held a Pepper party and the lucky folks were Don Ames, Howard Armstrong, Mike Foldesi, Lillian Wells, Elaine Taylor and Annette Assay. For the Euchre party the lucky folks were Evelyn Young, Norma Beacom, Elaine Taylor, Grant Beacom, Keith Imeson, Ben Puglia, John Smith, Ewald Dobetsenburger, Geoge Diesbourg, and Robert Mogoyordi. Door prizes to Elsie Smith & Cecile St. Denis. Come and enjoy a great evening of card playing with some of the nicest people you will ever meet, starting at 7pm.

The McGregor Music Festival is coming up again this year on June 10 – Mark it in your calendars. We will be at Foodland selling tickets this weekend, so come on by and have a chance on some fabulous prizes.

Have a great week and stay warm.


Holy Name of Jesus Church News
submitted by Therese Lecuyer

Thought for the week: “Thank God for fathers who not only gave us life, but also taught us how to live.”

COR:  This is a weekend retreat for teens aged 16 (by mid-summer) on April 27-29 at St. Michael’s Church in Leamington. Applications are available on the parish website or on the youth board.

Prime: Grades 1 to 5, on April 28, from 6:30-7:45pm in the parish hall. “It’s all fun and games”

CWL News Corner:  Executive meeting- Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm in Meeting room A.  Members Banquet – Tuesday, June 5. We will be honouring Fr. Chris Quinlan on his 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.

Women’s conference: Sunday, May 26, from 8am-3pm. For more info visit or speak with Maggie Ducharme at 519-776-7828.

Many thanks to all of you for responding to this year’s Share Lent collection. A total of $4,586.55 will be forwarded to Developement and Peace to help with their many projects around the world.

St. Peter’s Seminary Annual Collection: Will be on the 4th Sunday of Easter. Good Shepherd Sunday.

Prayers: Our prayers and sympathies go to the families of Edwin Schroeder and Margaret Osbourne. May they be comforted and consoled by the Lord as they mourn the passing of their loved ones. Also, our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Wesley Garrod on his passing.

We warmly welcome into our family of faith through the waters of Baptism: Reese Cowan, Sadie McKeown, Abigail Nottage, Jordyn Park, Morgan Rousseau, Stone Rousseau, Logan Strong and Samantha Unholzer.

God Bless you all and have a great week.


Brooker News
submitted by Ruth Newman

A warm welcome awaits you at Brooker as we gather for the 10am worship service this Sunday morning. Sunday school is available for the Children.

The spring business meeting will be held following the morning worship service this Sunday, April 29. All members and adherents are invited to attend.

Kids club every Tuesday at 3:30pm led by Rev. Linda Hollingsworth. All elementary school age children are invited. Spread the word.

Jack Trimble, a life long resident of our community, passed away suddenly last week at Kingsville Court. Jack lived a full life and will be missed by his many friends. Our deepest sympathy to Gaye, Kandy, Veronica and family on the passing of their dear father, grandfather, great grandfather & friend.

Many thanks to the ladies that prepared the food and served it for the funeral luncheon.

Remember in prayer the many in our community with health needs and those in nursing homes.


Essex County 4-H Reports
4-H Popcorn Club Press Report
by Emma Lockley

On Wednesday, April 11th the ‘Mr. Popper’s Popcorn Club’ gathered for our second 4-H Popcorn Club meeting. First, we had an Easter Egg hunt in the backyard and found chocolate coins and golden eggs.  When we went inside we opened the golden eggs and found them to be filled with popcorn kernels which we then counted before popping.

There was 1,254 kernels in total. After we air popped the kernels there were 108 that did not pop. That is about 8.6% not popping or a ‘popablility’ of 91.4% – way below what is expected of a high quality popcorn (we plan to do the test again with a brand name popcorn next time to see if there is a difference). Did you know that the kernels that don’t pop are called “spinsters” or “old maids”?

We also learnt about the nutritional value of popcorn. One cup of air popped popcorn is only 31 calories, 0g fat, 1 fiber, 1g protein. Compared to a bag of chips, popcorn is a much healthier snack.

We then listened to the song “Popcorn” by an old music band called ‘Hot Buttered’, and got to watch a video of a popcorn kernel popping in slow motion.


4-H Quilting Club
by Alexandra Salter

The club met on April 18  at the Essex Civic Center.

The meeting was lead by Sue, Kellie and Penny. We started with the pledge and had elections. We elected President- Arielle, Vice President- Cassi, Secetary- Sammi, Press Reporter- Alexandra, Treasurer- Chyanna and Youth Leader- Emma.

After elections we cut material and batting.  Some started to mark material to be sewn and some started arranging their material of how they want it to look.
Snacks were provide by Sue with baking, gum and juice. The meeting ended at 8:50.


4-H Fitness Club – “10km MS Walk”
by Rachel Balkwill

Well, we did it! After a few months of training and lots of determination, the Essex County Fitness 4-Health 4-H Fitness Club completed and went beyond achieving their goal of walking in the 5km MS Walk on April 22.

We are proud to announce that all members completed well over 5km that morning. At first we thought only of completing our goal of 5km but all or most members ended up completing the full 10km course!

Going for it, and doing the 10km wasn’t a difficult choice for our 4-H team. We have been known to push through the pain with our fitness pro Jen Moore. After the walk we were rewarded with a wonderful lunch at the Kinsmen Complex and a sense of accomplishment.

Sure there was some pain, sweat and tears but in the end we all crossed the finish line and it was all for the good cause, helping to raise money for the MS Society. I don’t think our leaders could have been more proud.

Our trainer Jen Moore would also be proud to know how well we did – thanks to her limit pushing training we had the courage to complete this walk. We were lucky to have gotten in some extra practice on April 12, walking/jogging nearly 4km from Leader D-Anne Peters and daughter Maddie’s house to their grandmothers home and back again in Harrow.

A lot of thanks goes out to all of the people who helped us in raising our funds for the MS Walk. We hope to keep beating our goals in fitness and also advise others to do likewise.


Golden Years Mini Golf – April 19, 2012

49 golfers participated on April 19th at Colasanti’s, managing a combined total of 92 aces over 36 holes.

Leading the way with six aces was Gerry Wilkinson, followed closely by Art Sweet with five.  Four each were recorded by Barb Arner, Iggy Arner, Lloyd Honey, and Eleanor Wilkinson.

The low score for 9 holes of 16 was shared by Gerry Wilkinson and Julia Kos.  34 and 35 was the low score for 18 holes, both recorded by Gerry Wilkinson.  Setting the pace for 36 holes with a 69 was Gerry Wilkinson.  Art Sweet enjoyed a 74 while Laurie Hylton had a respectable 75.  A three way tie for first place was shared by team 2, 4 and 6, all with a scorre of 240.  Team 2 included Art Sweet, Frances Clifford and Doug Vickery; Team 4 had Marg Graham, Stan Vickery and Frank Lasi while team 6 included Angus MacRae, Eleanor Wilkinson and Eva Kah.

Our last date for the season is May 3rd with our banquet immediately following the golf.