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Bits and Bites 2019-11-13
- Posted 2019-11-19 22:24:43

“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.” 

Kahil Gibran

There’s been a lot of snow recently – and a lot of kindness too.  The Port Colborne Lions Club Food Drive had a spectacular Saturday:  26,403 pounds of food and $2300 collected for Port Cares!  Kudos to the Lions, the firemen, the local businesses, the school kids, and all the volunteers for their mega-effort.  And thanks, too, to everyone who left a little something on their front steps for the fleet of picker-uppers. 

Let’s keep it going.  We’d love to make this next White Gift Sunday (December 8th) a particularly good ‘un.  Remember, you don’t have to wait for Sundays to bring in your contributions.  The Gathering Place is open Tuesday to Friday mornings so do your weekly shop, then drop (off).

And while we’re giving thanks, thanks to Sharon Beverly and her team for a fabulous turkey dinner for our Anniversary Weekend, November 2nd ; to Jen de Combe from National Office for her words of encouragement on Sunday; and to Rev Wally Hong for some motivational muscle at Tuesday’s Pot Luck.  (And by “pot luck” we mean “left overs from Sunday” but they were still yummy!)

Then this past Sunday, with Linda away on her hols, our ivories were tickled by guest pianist Sheila Brown and Monday Rev Adam was guest minister at the Legion’s Remembrance Day service.  Our blessings are piling up like… like … drifting snow?

We’re on the downward, snowy slope to Christmas so we’ll keep an eye on the Flight of Eagles Art Club and their wintery creations.  They meet tomorrow, Thursday,  from 4.30 to 6.16 p.m. 

That’s followed by our Social Evening.  No one has told me what’s on the agenda, but it’s always good fun, and there’s often pizza …

The Bible Study groups return on the 20th and 21st.  The Wednesday debaters are moving on to Romans 9, and the Thursday Ladies are checking out the Women of Jesus.

Nothing nicer than a cup of coffee or tea on a cold morning and the kettle is always on by 9.30 a.m. for the Friday Morning Club

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Bible Society is still open to volunteers for their Bible Proclamation from November 13th to 16th in Port Colborne and St Catharines.  If you can volunteer to do a ‘shift’ or two, get in touch with Rev. Martin Wehrmann, 905-646-8271 or  It’s a rain-snow-or-shine event and The GP will be providing the base for operations!

You might have noticed that not only is it white out there but it’s also more than a bit nippy.  The Out of the Cold dinners are a Big Deal for many and it’s the turn of The GP on November 26th to get them on the table.  If you can help prep, serve, or clean up,  Sharon and Larry Beverly would dearly like to hear from you!

Meanwhile, elsewhere

‘Tis the season to be jolly …

Central United Church’s Candy Cane Bazaar & Silent Auction will be on Saturday, November 16th from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.  Come for baked goods and crafts;  come for lunch!

The Busy Bee Crafters’ Christmas Bazaar is also on November 16th, 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at the Sherkston Community Centre.  Crafts, baked goods, and a Christmas Tea will be on offer.

St James & Brendan Anglican Church’s “Holiday Memories” Christmas House Tour and Tea will be on Saturday, Nov. 23rd from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  Advance tickets are $20 from the church;  $25 on the day. 

The Treble Makers Christmas concert this year will be on Saturday December 14th at 7.00 p.m. at St. James & St Brendan Anglican Church.  Proceeds from the free will offering will be donated to The Broken Spoke bicycle renovation workshop.

And looking even further ahead …

Port Colborne Baptist Church will be hosting the Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa in February 2020.  They are looking for homes which could host one adult and two children for the night of February 7th.  If you can help, please contact Rev. Aaron LeGrow, 905-835-5668  (I’m also guessing there will be tickets on sale at some point;  watch this space.)


“Fresh snow on driveways is God’s way of reminding me to love my neighbour.”

Linda Winegar

Jane Thomas

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