Community HUB News – Week of May 10, 2012

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Essex Community Services

Essex Community Services has partnered with Kelsey’s in Windsor for our next Fundraiser.  Please save the date: Wednesday, June 6, from 5-9pm. Transportation is available to those who are eligible. Please call 519-776-4231 for more information about this event.

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.


Harrow United Church
submitted by Dennis Graham

The Outreach program at Harrow United is giving away clothing for men, women and children on Mother’s Day weekend. Distribution will take place at the former Duncan’s Furniture Store at 27 King St W, just west of the traffic light on Saturday, May 12 from 10-4 and Sunday, May 13 from 10-2 pm. For additional information please call Sheryl Findlay, (519) 738-6580.

This past Sunday we had a Love Bucket offering to raise money to support the Meat Canner Project.  Last week, with more than 600 volunteers, 38,000 lbs of chicken were canned and are being sent to those in need.  We are very pleased to be able to support The Mennonite churches through their MCC project. For more information about this project visit:

Our big announcement for this month is the retirement of our minister, Dave Steadman after 11 years with us in Harrow. We are celebrating his retirement with a dinner at the KofC in Harrow on Saturday, June 16.  For tickets please contact Greg Harrison at (519) 818-1864.

Hope you can join us in church next Sunday. Visit out website at


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. Phone: 519-723-2284 or Email:

Thank you to our guest speaker Rob Cornies.

Friday, May 11 – “Mother’s Day Bingo” at 7pm at B-M. A small admission or canned goods for the Essex Food Bank. Donations of prizes and/or baked goods appreciated.

Sunday, May 13 “Mother’s Day” Pastor Linda & John return – Message: “Sing a New Song”.

Monday, May 14 is the UCW meeting in the hall at 1:30pm – A Foot Care Nurse will be our guest speaker.

Friday, May 25 is An Evening of Music & Fun at Bethel Maidstone with the Barbershop Chorus, Bethel Maidstone Jesters & surprise guests.

On May 27th Gess†wood Camp is holding a  Fundraiser Golf Tournament at Wildwood Golf Club.

On June 16, Bethel Maidstone may still go on a Wine Tour & Taste. If you are interested, call Paul at 519-839-5475 or Joanne at 519-735-2764.

Door Greeters for Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day are Connie and Cliff Campeau. Elder on duty is Jennifer Reeb. Message is Power of God.

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, May 13 – Mother’s Day, with Pastor Peter Hogeterp. Our service theme is based on Matthew 13: 24 – 30. Paradox Two: Discipling is a new word for the church. It’s based on the relationship Jesus had with his disciples, how he shaped, formed, nurtured, corrected, taught them. Parenting has changed also, as parents are learning the negative impact of heavy-handed punishment (discipline). Are these two at odds? Which does Jesus favour?  After the service come and enjoy some coffee.

Congratulations to our “Mat’ters” who are weaving and crocheting milk bag mats for those in Haiti.  27 mats have been sent out.  Also thanks to Wilma Westmaas who have been busy behind the sewing machine and made 25 beautiful dresses for little girls in Haiti.


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

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

Vacation Bible School will be July 9 – 13th. This year’s theme is God’s Green Earth. Invite your friends and register on line. A box at the back of the churches is set up for collecting recycled items to be used during our event. For list of items or if you can volunteer some time, please contact Dawn or Pam.


Maidstone Cross
submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank

Farmers have been busy in their fields finishing up their planting just in time before the weather became cool and wet.

Thank you to everyone who donated towards the Refugee Shower.

St. Mary’s parish retreat takes place on May 25-27 at Oxley.

There will be a special Mass at St. Mary’s honouring Fr. Chris Quinlan on Sunday, June 3rd at 1 p.m., celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.  Following Mass there will be an Open House in the hall.  Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, June 10th is Cemetery Sunday with Mass in the cemetery at 9am. Come and decorate the graves of your loved ones. Bring a lawnchair and enjoy refreshments afterward served by the Mission Society.

Please keep in your prayers the children who are making their First Holy Communion this coming month. Terry and Jean Ukraniec celebrate an anniversary. Please keep Hank Czerweinec in your prayers.


Salvation Army Essex Community Church
submitted by Carolyn Barnett

Don’t forget to reserve your seats for the Mother and Daughter banquet on Tuesday, May 15th at 6 p.m.  For information or tickets call the church at 776-4628.
Kids Klub meets Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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

We have several people on our sick and shut- in list. Please take a few minutes to call, visit or send a card to brighten someone’s day.

Help support our food bank by logging on to and cast your vote for Windsor Crossing – Windsor Essex County Food Bank Association  by answering the question “Which Team are you supporting?” and enter for a chance to win free groceries for a year at the same time. The winning organization will receive a $10,000 donation.

Watch for details regarding our upcoming Food Drive to replenish our Food Bank shelves.


Essex United Church News

What a great time our large congregation had welcoming our minister, Rev. Margaret Spencer! After her inspiring message on starting a new path with Christ, which she likened to being important branches of the main tree, we enjoyed a dinner of celebration along with the opportunity to become acquainted with her and her husband.

Prior to the worship service, Morley Bowman gave  an amusing let’s pretend report of the destiny of each of the players in the murder mystery  as he thanked the people who packed our hall to make our presentation a success.

Last Sunday afternoon, people from all over the county joined the  mass choir in singing the great hymns of our faith, while being enthralled by the voluminous  voice of the organ. Anne Dresser, the former Anne Weller, narrrated the meaning  that each hymn expresses.

Our Mother of Yard Sales is on Friday May 11 and Saturday, May 12.

The 50th anniversary of the UCW will be celebrated at Bethel Maidstone on Tuesday, May 29. The late Marion Gillies was the first Essex UCW president.

There is a chicken dinner and strawberry social planned for Saturday, June 9.

If you are interested in having a child baptized on Father’s Day, June 17, call the church or Jim Hatt.


St. Paul’s/Trinity Anglican

Our youth program began last Sunday with a meal and conversation  about youth participation. The Family Service at 7 p.m. was introduced Sunday night, featuring guitar music. The next Family Service will be June 3  at Trinity, 7 p.m. Come for campfire evening song. To make a donation to the youth program and family service, write “youth program” on a visitor’s envelope.

St. Paul’s Victorian Tea is Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy tea in a Victorian setting, or coffee or juice if you prefer.

A service with a difference on May 27 at 9:30 is at St. Paul’s, as one combined service.

As we celebrate Pentecost we will recognize the work of the Primate’s World Relief Fund in transforming the lives of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

As we come to the end of the school year our young people will lead our one joint service of worship, sharing their wisdom and energy on June 10, at 9:30, at Trinity. Pot luck lunch follows and a surprise visitor.


Bakerville News
submitted by Evelyn Baker

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great Mother’s in our reading area.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Claude Cowan, Jane Fox, Tammy Westwood, Mary Dunn, Gary Baker and Uncle Walter Collins in Hamilton.

The Pleasant Valley Community Club held a Pepper party and the lucky folks were Josie Dresser, Mary Demars, Eileen Ames, Al McLellan, Don Ames, and Charles Chevalier. For the Euchre party on Saturday the lucky folks were Eileen Salter, Cecile St, Denis, Peggy Kettle, Ewald Dobetsburger, Thomas Allison, John Smith, and Bob Matthew. Door prizes to Robert Mogyorodi, and Bob Ford.

Sympathy is extended to Doug Trimble, his sons Jim and Jeff and their familes in the loss of their wife, mother and grandmother. Barb will be truly missed. A good neighbour and friend.


Holy Name of Jesus Church News
submitted by Therese Lecuyer

Happy Mother’s Day – Give a hug to that special woman in your life!

Congratulations to Fr. Rob who celebrates 20 years of priesthood. Happy 91st Birthday to Gaetan Lecuyer.

Women’s conference: Sunday, May 26, from 8am-3pm. It promises to be a great day of faith and deepening our discipleship. For more info visit or speak with Maggie Ducharme at 519-776-7828.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Peter Baldacchino. May they be comforted in their grief.

First Eucharist: Our thanks to the teachers at Holy Name School who have  helped to prepare the children over the last few months: Mrs. Renaud, Mrs. Pope, Mrs. Bertrand and Mrs. Harris. Also thanks to the teachers at St. Ursule and St. Mary’s. Thanks to Danielle Bonnevie who has been present at all the masses to help organize the children to participate in the mass.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who have assisted in the EDGE and PRIME programs this past year. Your dedication and willingness to share your faith with our children is deeply appreciated.

Bring your Mom to Bingo on Saturday, May 12. Dinner at 6pm followed by a family bingo! Tickets are limited, so get yours from the office or a member of Life Teen! All proceeds to Steubenville or the summer mission experience.

The Members Banquet is on Tuesday, June 5. Tickets available at our parish office, or by calling Jan at 776-5506 before May 31.

God Bless you all and have a great week.


Brooker News
submitted by Ruth Newman

After a courageous battle with cancer, we lost a dear and much loved friend last week. The loss of Barb Trimble will leave a hole in our lives and in the church. She was a dedicated volunteer. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her husband Doug, sons Jeff and John, and their families.

Mother’s Day will be celebrated at Brooker on Sunday at the 10am worship. The children will be singing and Pastor Steve will bring the message. Sunday School is available.

Kid’s Club is every Tuesday at 3:30pm led by Rev. Linda Hollingsworth.

Wednesday night at 7pm a video series entitled “God’s Story, Your Story” will be held at the Jone’s home in Essex.

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


Woodslee Friendship Club

Euchre results: April 30th – Bernie Belleau, Bob Mullins / Bill Roubos, Leo Durocher, Pat Mullins, Ursala Tracey, and Helen Ruttle. On May 4th –  George Diesbourg, Frank Colenutt / Chuck Lariviere, George Davidson, Mary Demars, Joanne McMurren, and Donna Roubos.

Pepper results: May 2 – Highest Points – Joan Broeders, and most peppers shared by Mary Margaret Chevalier, Veronica Granger, and Audrey Stanley.

Our monthly pot luck meal is shared after euchre on Friday, May 11th at 6pm.

Join a fun loving group of people who will help your learn euchre or pepper and serve up a delicious snack at halftime. The Millen Community Centre is located at
1925 South Middle Road in South Woodslee.


Golden Years Mini Golf – April 26, 2012

The club finished up its season on May 3rd with 59 golfers posting an even 100 aces over 36 holes.

Leading the way, with a remarkable seven aces, was Mary Ann Vickery. Four each dropped for Art Sweet, Bill Taylor, Bryon Walker, and Eleanor Wilkinson.  Recording three each were Ruth Crossland, Margaret Graham, Dorothy Johnson, Audry Knox, Murray Knox, Morley Scratch, Doug Vickery, and Gerry Wilkinson. Managing two each were Cheryl Allan, Barb Arner, Caroline Ascott, Herb Ascott, Lloyd Honey, Marie Lasi, Frank Lasi, Bill Mayville, Mary MacRae, Eileen McIntosh, Betty McManus, Andy Orsini, Donald Ribble, Ernie Vandenberg, Linda Walsh, and Bill Ward.  Chipping in singles were Jim Accan, Iggy Arner, Ethel Ferguson, Stephanie Dick, Nancy Hill, Tom Hyatt, Cam Keith, Julia Kos, Angus MacRae, John Murphy, Marg Ross, Allen Rutter, Barry Sweet, Rose Taylor, Shirley Thiessen, Donna Wiebe, Ken Womack, Pat Womack, and Eva Kah.

The low score, of 17, for 9 holes was shared by Mary Ann Vickery, Audry Knox, Frank Lasi, and Lloyd Honey.  35 was the low score for 18 holes and was shared by Bill Ward and Mary Ann Vickery followed closely by Gerry Wilkinson and Art Sweet with 36, and Caroline Ascott with 37.

Setting the pace for 36 holes, with a strong 73, was Bill Ward with Gerry Wilkinson following closely with 74.

Team Kings nailed down first place with a 233 [Cam Keith, Murray Knox, Audry Knox, and Tom Hyatt].  Close on their heels with 234 was team 5 with a 234 [Doug Vickery, Iggy Arner and Bill Ward].  236 was enough to secure third place for team 2 [Stephanie Dick, Ernie Vandenberg, Gerry Wilkinson, and Ken Womack].

Our members joined together for a buffet dinner following golf to celebrate another very successful year.  Our thanks to Bill Taylor who manages our league and to all our Golden Agers for their enthusiasm and fellowship which is shared each week. Remember to mark on your calendar September 13th when we will launch our 2012/2013 season.

Have a happy and safe summer.


Essex Retirees Social Club

Dinners at the Centre – Our congregate dining program continues on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon. It is open to all seniors. Menus for the month are available. Call 776-6689 for information.
Friday night bingos in May are on the 4th and 18th. Everyone 18 year of age and older are welcome.

Tom Kelly took high score at Saturday afternoon Euchre. Diana Dennis was second and George Davidson was third.

Louise Perrault took high score at Monday night Pepper. Betty Fields had the most Peppers and Bea Mailloux took low score. Floyd Cascadden was the winner at Tuesday afternoon Pepper and Larry Lane earned most Peppers. Estelle was low. The winner at Wednesday night Pepper was Don Ames and the most Peppers were taken by Shirley Stiers. Lawrence Doson took low score.

Floyd Cascadden was the high Bridge winner Thursday night. Pauline Olafson was second.

Our Cribbage scores tallied over the last year showed that Larry Lane came first with 211 points. Bev Allison took 202, Bob Burns followed with 202 and Evelyn Vivier had 187.