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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.


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:

Friday, May 25 is An Evening of Music & Fun at Bethel Maidstone at 7pm. A group of 30-35 Windsor Barbershop Chorus, special guests & Bethel Maidstone Jesters. Sponsored by the “Outreach Commitee”.

Refreshments and desserts will be served. All proceeds are going to the Essex Food Bank and Gess†wood Camp. Call Lonnie at 519-776-9949 for more info.

May 27 Gess†wood Camp Fun-raiser Golf Tournament at 1pm at Wildwood Golf Club.

Sunday, May 27, is the “Day of Pentecost.” We will share in the Holy Sacrament of Communion. Let’s celebrate God’s spirit. Also on the 27th, St. Mary’s is having a faithville Gospelcast Productions, Annual Fundraising Banquet at 1:30pm in St. Mary’s Hall at 1:30pm.

Tuesday, May 29, Essex Presbyterial will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UCW, from 9am to 3pm at Bethel Maidstone United Church. Theme celebrating our “Tapestry of Love,” Lunch provided. For tickets and info call Connie at 519-735-8411.

Sunday, June 3 is the official board meeting at 7pm.

Tuesday, June 5 is the service at the Iler Lodge at 2pm. All volunteers are welcome and appreciated.

Tuesday, June 5 is the UCW Girls night out for dinner night at A-1 Chinese in Essex at 6:30pm. All ladies of the congregation are invited. Sign up sheet is in the Narthex. Please sign by May 27.

On June 16, Bethel Maidstone Trolley tour of Essex County wineries is a GO! Call Paul at 519-839-5475 or Joanne at 519-735-2764 to reserve a seat.

Door Greeters for Sunday, May 27 are Agnes Little & Jennifer Reeb. Elder on duty is Ted Ure. Message is “Let’s celebrate the Spirit.”

We extend a warm welcome to all visitors and invite you to sign our guestbook.

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.

Please remember to make your donations to the Downtown Mission can on the table in the Nathex to bring food for the Essex Food Bank and to save all yourself used postage stamps for the Leprosy Mission. Thank you for your support.


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

Faithville Gospelcast Productions is having its annual fundraising banquet on Sunday, May 27th at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall, Maidstone with guest speaker Phil Callaway. For information on the event or tickets, call 519-737-9500.

St. Stephen’s Homecoming Service will be on Sunday, June 10th at 10 a.m. All other services that day are cancelled. Guest speaker will be Rev. Don Hull. Luncheon to follow the service.

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 church 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.


Essex Christian Reformed Church
submitted by Beverley van Huizen

Join us on Sunday, May 27 ~ Pentecost Sunday with Aaron Thompson. Aaron is a graduate of Calvin Seminary and is interning at Stratford CRC for the summer.   Our Praise team will also be leading worship.   After the service come and enjoy some coffee.

A very big thank you to Ben Schinkel Jr, Harvey van Huizen, Ryan Livingston and Mitchell Schinkel with all the work done on the new sound booth.  It certainly works well.

Also a thanks to Ben and Winny Schinkel who planted the pretty flowers in the flower beds on the front lawn.  Gotta love spring!!

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


Maidstone Cross
submitted by Wendy Pulleyblank

On Sunday, May 27, Faithville Productions is holding a fundraiser at St. Mary’s Hall, at 1:30 pm. For event information or tickets please call Lorriane Collins at 519-737-9500.

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.


St. Paul’s/Trinity Anglican

The next Family Service is on 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.

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

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.


Salvation Army Essex Community Church
submitted by Carolyn Barnett

Our weekly activities are  winding down for the summer months.

Kids Klub will be having a year- end Pizza and Ice Cream party Monday, May 28th at 5:30 p.m. Please note the time change.

Home League will have their closing luncheon on Tuesday, May 29th. Meet at the church  at 11:30 a.m. and  we will car pool to Swiss Chalet on Walker Road in Windsor.

We are having a ”Fill the Fire Truck”  Food Drive  and Barbecque at Foodland`s parking lot on Saturday, May 26th from 10a.m. – 2 p.m. Please drop off your donations of non- perishable food items to help us restock our food bank shelves and enjoy a hot dog and a drink.

Join us every Sunday at 11 a.m. for Family Worship and Sunday School led by Lt. Kristen Gray. We have nursery facilities, wheelchair accessibility and air conditioning!


Essex United Church News
submitted by Karen Arnold

Jim Hatt led us in worship today. His teaching was “Renewing the Community” and how we are a family. All our hymns today also reminded us that we are a welcoming community and a family. Jim’s granddaughter, Holly Smith, shared her beautiful gift of singing.

Friday, May 25th is “An Evening of Music and Fun” at Bethel-Maidstone in support of GessTwood Camp and the Essex Food Bank.

Saturday, May 26th is the annual golf event for GessTwood Camp.

Saturday, June 9 is our Chicken Dinner & Strawberry Social. Call the office at 776-5121 for details.

Sunday, June 17th is Father’s Day Sunday and baptism. If you would like your child or children baptized, please speak to Jim Hatt or call the church office at 776-5121.

Wednesday, June 20th is the UCW Barbecue at our church. There will also be a quilt display. If you have an old or newer quilt that you would like to display or you would like tickets, please call Dorothy Shuttleworth at 776-4016.

Wednesday, August 1st is the annual UCW bus trip. This year the play is “9 – 5” and it is at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend. Please call Phyllis Armstrong at 776-5897 if you are interested.

Thank you to all those who helped in our annual yard sale to make it the success it was.


Brooker News
submitted by Ruth Newman

All are welcome at our 10am worship service every Sunday morning. Rev. Linda Hollingsworth will be bringing the message. Sunday school is available for the Children.

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

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

Sunday, May 27 at 1:30pm Faithville Gospel Cast Productions Fundraising Banquet at St. Mary’s Hall, Maidstone. Featuring comedian, Phil Callaway. Call 519-737-9500 for tickets.

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


Harrow United Church
submitted by Dennis Graham

Our minister, Dave Steadman, is retiring after 11 years with us. We are celebrating with a dinner at the K of C 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


Holy Name of Jesus Church News
submitted by Therese Lecuyer

CWL News Corner: Members Banquet; Tuesday, June 5, with cocktails at 5pm and dinner at 6pm. Spouses are welcome. Tickets available at our parish office, or by calling Jan at 776-5506 before May 31. We will be honoring Fr. Chris on his 50th anniversary.

K of C News Korner: Fish Fry, Friday, May 25 from 4:30pm-7pm with take-out available.

Women’s conference: Sunday, May 26, from 8am-3pm. It promises to be a great day of faith and deepening our discipleship. Don’t wait until last minute. Tickets available after mass in the parish office, or online. For more info visit or speak with Maggie Ducharme at 519-776-7828.

St. Vincent De Paul Society: Annual sleepwalk on Saturday, May 26 at 7am at Assumption church. All donations help to purchase beds for the most needy in our area. Please support this worthy event.
Social Sunday: Sunday, May 27th after each mass in the gather space. Come and share fellowship!

Life Teen: The next mass will be on Sunday, May 27th at 7pm. Again we invite our Grade 8 students to come and join us for mass and the Life Night  afterwards.
Parish Council will meet on Thursday, May 31, following 7pm mass in Meeting Room A.

Garden Commitee: Spring planting and beautifying of the grounds on Saturday, June 2, beginning at 8:30am. Bring a wheel barrow, gloves and garden tools and join us. All are welcome to help us!

Fr. Chris Quinlan’s 50th anniversary of his Ordination to the priesthood will be celebrated at a special mass on Sunday, June 3, at 1pm at St. Mary’s Church in Maidstone.There will be an open house to follow at St. Mary’s parish Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Appreciation weekend June 9/10 – We will have a special social after each mass that weekend hosted by the members of parish council in order to show all of our appreciation to one another. We have many people sharing their time & talent in a variety of different ministries and it is important to tell each other that we are thankful for the gift of each other.

Congratulations to Suzanne & Cameron Jackson on their 60th wedding Anniversary, also happy 80th birthday to Suzanne. Rick & I celebrate our 40th anniversary this week. God has truly blessed us giving us children & grandchildren.

God Bless you all and have a great week.


Woodslee Friendship Club

Please note that next month’s pot luck will be on June 15 as we celebrate our exercise class with teacher Carol Taylor leading our “Seniors Struttin” demo class.

Join a fun loving group of people who will help you 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.


Bakerville News
submitted by Evelyn Baker

Fireworks lit up the area this past holiday weekend and the farmers are almost done their farming. A nice rain would be welcome now.

We are sorry to report Dorothy Knight had the misfortune to break her arm in a fall recently. Get well soon

The Pleasant Valley Community Club held a Pepper party and the lucky folks were Rose Foldesi, Lillian Wells, Maggie Hansen, Al McLellan, Bob Ford & Bob Matthew. For the Euchre party on Saturday the lucky folks were Alice Crawford, Eileen Ames, Elaine Taylor, Josie Dresser, Ewald Dobetsberger, George Diesbourg & Thomas Allison. Door prizes to Mary Demars & Cecile St. Denis. Come in for a great evening of cards.

Have a great week everyone!


Essex Retirees Social Club

Congratulations to the team of Evelyn Vivier and Mary Lou Chibi for taking first place in Senior Games Cribbage Tournament.  These winners now have the chance to comepete in the Actifest Games in Brantford in August competing against seniors from the entire province.

On May 14, the Monday Night Pepper winners were Cecile St. Denis with high score, Eileen Gardiner and Doug Fields were tied with most peppers and Anna Dobson had low score.

On May 15, the Tuesday Afternoon Pepper winners were Floyd Cascadden with high score, Regina Garrod had most peppers and Larry Lane was second.

Don Ames and Evelyn Vivier took high score at May 16, Wednesday Night Pepper. Cecilia Edwards and Betty Fields had the most Peppers and Regina Garrod had low score.

On May 17, the Thursday Night Bridge winners from last week were Vera Newman with high score followed by Phyllis Armstrong. This week Floyd Cascadden had high score and Vera Newman second.
Eighteen Students from St. Clair College with their instructor will be here on Tuesday, June 5 for a free footcare clinic.  All are welcome! Call to make your appointment for 1:00 or 2:00.

Special Monday Night Pepper falls on May 28 at 7 p.m.   All are welcome to join!!

For information, please phone the club at 776-6689 for information.


4-H Quilting Club
by Alexandra Salter

The club met on Thursday, May 10th at the Civic Center in Essex. We started at 6:30 with the pledge. Six members were present as well as the leaders Sue, Penny, and Bobbie. All the members began sewing the 9 inch fabric. After we had cupcakes and juice.

4-H Heritage Club
by Brynn Goegebeur

The club met on April 20 at the museum’s resource building to learn how to finger weave a strap for our haversacks. Those of us who had been with the club last year had already been exposed to this kind of weaving while others had never seen or heard of it. Finger weaving is the interlocking of threads in a particular pattern using only your hands. This year we were learning a new pattern- the chevron (it’s a ‘V’ shaped pattern).

Brynn, our weaving instructor, told us that the chevron pattern was universal; meaning that it can be found in weaved work from all around the world. In the interest of saving time, we will learn more about weaving at our next finger weaving session because the set up is time consuming and we want to weave as much as we possibly can.

Every member was given a wooden dowel and told to choose one colour to weave with. We then had to go to either Brynn or Anita to measure how long we would like our strap to be for our haversacks. Once we got the length of our first strand, we cut strands of wool of the same thickness choosing up to three colours. We then learned how to attach the wool strands to our dowel. Brynn and Anita demonstrated how to do the chevron pattern. Some members caught on quick; others needed a little more help! Each strap will be unique to the individual who made it because each person has a different tension and style to their weaving.

The club met on May 4 at the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg. We were greeted by administrator, Bonnie Deslippe. She explained to us that the gallery is a historic building that was built in 1896. The building was the former Michigan Central railroad station and had three divisions: the baggage room, the ticket office/men’s waiting room, and the ladies’ waiting room. It is now owned and operated by the Fort Malden Guild of Arts and Crafts who promote an appreciation for visual arts and crafts in the local community.

The Gibson Gallery is showcasing the O’h ya’h ohdiwenagqh: Through the voice of beads, an exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum. This exhibit was of particular interest to our club as we have been fortunate enough to have had a beading workshop to decorate our haversacks to be used for re-enactments. For the Iroquois, beadwork has played a very important role in preserving not only them as a nation, but their beliefs as well. Although all of these beautiful pieces required care, time and patience, two exhibitions stood out for the group: the two complete and beaded outfits and the corn husk doll.

The two outfits were created through a collaborative effort to demonstrate that traditional Iroquois teachings can be of great value to the modern world. Both the woman’s and the man’s ceremonial outfits were done in purple, as in native tradition, purple was used to signify something of importance. Each outfit has its own unique beaded designs and symbolism but some reoccurring symbolic themes were that of the four directions (North, South, East, and West), the three sisters (corn, beans, and squash), and the six nations of Iroquois (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora).

The corn husk doll has an appealing story that interested a number of club members. The corn spirit (on of the three sisters) wanted to create something different that could entertain and help the people. With the Creator’s permission, the corn spirit made a corn husk doll. One day the doll saw its reflection in the water and saw that it had a beautiful face. She began to admire herself and behave badly, so as punishment for not listening, he face was taken away. She will never again see, converse with people of hear. This is why corn husk dolls are always made without faces.

We thanked Bonnie for allowing us to tour the gallery.


Essex 4-H – Spice Club
by Mary-Evelyn Lee

The club met at the Matthews’ home on April 29. With the topic of eastern European spices, ‘Around the world in 80 spices’ began cooking and baking. The large kitchen seemed quite small once the older group, consisting of Austin, Brynn, Joelle, Mairi, Mitchell, Nicolaas, Paige and myself, started to prepare food. I am sure Amanda, Darren, Emma, Hannah, Jacob, Julie and Nicole of the younger group outside were tripping over each other too. Shortly everything was ready to eat.

After the table was set and everyone was seated the feasting was underway. Mrs. Matthews reminded us to try a little bit of everything. Some of the foods we ate were two different types of Sauerkraut Balls that had been deep fried, Hungarian pork and beef Paprikas (more of a goulash) that was cooked over an open fire outside, fresh baked caraway rye bread, potatoe pancakes, lemon poppy seed loaf, various sausages and Borscht. Those are just a few examples. The pork and beef Paprikas with dumplings was determined by everyone to be the best dish. There was so much food that one was full from just sampling everything.

After eating we discussed club business. Joelle read her secretary’s report from the previous meeting. We also discussed the dates of future meetings. The last Sunday in July we plan on having a Barbeque that our families are invited to. Future meetings will be held at the Matthews’ home on North Malden Road.

Thanks to our leaders Chris, Anne, and Kimberly!

As the spice club travels ‘Around the world in 80 spices,’ we made a stop in the Carribean Islands at the May 12 meeting. After dividing into groups we jumped right into the exotic cooking of the islands. The house was soon filled with the smell of curry, coconut and candy. We sampled Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Curried Lamb, Roti (Buss-up-shot style), Carnival Corn Soup, Coconut rice and pigeon peas, as well as Trinidadian Toolum.

The room got quiet, as all feasted on the Island fare, lips smacking, and mostly thumbs up for each dish. We talked about peppermint, its uses as tea (which we sampled), herbal remedy and digestive helper. We also talked about the use of curry, cilantro, dill, thyme, cumin, coriander and other spices which are blended to make Jerk marinade.

One of the focuses today was on the “heat” of food. It is measured in Scoville units. 1,000 being the average “heat” of a hot sauce. Mrs Matthews visited a store where they sold a sauce that was 1,000,000 scoville units. The saleswoman said it was so hot you really couldn’t taste the food under it. Then they showed her a 4,000,000 scoville unit hot sauce called “Z” as in the last letter of the alphabet, and the most hot you can have. If you purchase this you must sign a waiver to release the store from responsibility for burns…we decided that was just a little “too hot” for our 4-H club.

We held our business meeting after the meal. At our June 10 meeting we plan to be enjoying a mix of Dutch/Indonesian cooking, as well as studying the art of fruit carving with a guest chef.