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ERAMOSA PASTORAL CHARGE Barrie Hill & Speedside United Churches FALL 2018 NEWSLETTER


Blessings from


"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 Being still is, at least in part, waiting. In our 21st century postmodern society where terms like multi-tasking are a near-dated norm, AI (artificial intelligence) is currency, and near anything wanted - information, vitamins, auto parts, cute eyeglasses or shoes, rubber boots, robots, meds and music nearly anything desired, can be delivered wherever one wants in record times, we find ourselves feeling busier and more hurried minute to minute than our ancestors, no matter where our roots are, ever could ever have imagined. We have come a long way from the drive-shed and horse-and-buggy days, and perhaps because of that, our twenty-four hours in a day may seem to be shorter and shorter. Perhaps we feel like we never have enough time to accomplish everything we want or need to do, and the clock keeps ticking. Amid running a business, perhaps commuting, farming -life, maintaining a healthy diet, picking up the kids from the pool or camp or school, creating our art, taking care of animals, keeping our insurances current, filling out forms, filling up silos, taking care of a parent or neighbour, following the news cycles, we can somehow lose touch with what is important. We can become robotic checking boxes off To-Do lists, and quickly moving from one task to the next, smart phone in hand making sure all gets done by days end – answering the internal To-Do list question– is it done yet? I think of this analogy of the proverbial, family road trip. You know the one, with the kids in the back seat saying, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” The answer, of course, is be still or hush! How often do we ask God for everything, but we don’t stop to listen or to be still? The act of being still and getting quiet with ourselves becomes more of a challenge in our hectic world. The world asks us to be busy. God asks us to be still so that we can receive love, peace and guidance. Some of us may be overworked, overstressed, anxious and spiritually undernourished. Our culture promotes “go big or go home” and challenges us to keep up commercially and as consumers. Consumer culture thrives when we are running about trying to beat the clock, get a bigger piece of pie, and keep up with the Jones’. We become so busy that we can't remember the last time we took some time away from caregiving, 2

parenting, emails, managing, the computer, the office, the barn, the stove or garden , the malls, the gym, or sat at the dinner table with family. Life can bring about big challenges and the challenges we face can hit hard if we don't slow down. Busy can weigh on us. We all need "waiting" time, “still” time, whether we think we do or not. Waiting time is when we say adamantly, "It can wait!" and we step back and reflect on and do what is truly important. The rhythm of our life together as Eramosa Pastoral Charge ramps up when the leaves start to fall. Perhaps intentionally slow down a bit as the nights get longer and the days shorter. Wait. Be still. Slow down for a short time – time enough to know God the Spirit moving in you, around you. You can do it! Just stop for a wee while. I suspect it sounds impossible. I suspect the idea of clearing our schedules for a day or two, or even an hour or two, feels like the world might fall apart. Well, it won’t. It's amazing how busy (and alone in the busy-ness) we allow ourselves to be. Perhaps we feel as if everything would fall apart if one of us said, "No, I'm sorry. I can't do that task," or if we decide to mute the ring-tone for a while. Trust that God puts healing hands around our faces like a loving parent and assures us of one thing— we are not alone, we can trust in God to help clear our overloaded brains, hearts and plates to a manageable amount. That “slow down” you may feel and hear quietly back there somewhere demands your attention. Heed that call. The Creator of peace will pour into our lives a peace that surpasses all understanding. If we just “be still”, we will “know” God’s grace and peace. Grace and mercy over flows in us when we come to peace – perhaps slowing down a bit is part of that. Breaking old patterns is hard, but God reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Remember to drop by the office for a chat during office hours on Tuesdays or Thursdays 9am-12pm or call me at 519 829 9024 to arrange a visit together or a time out for coffee. If you think you might like a visit from the pastoral care committee or the elders or the minister, give us a call – 519-763-0299 or email us Yours, in Christ, Lynn


Eramosa Pastoral Charge Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Rev. Lynn Hamilton Church Office 5702 Wellington Rd. 29, Rockwood, ON NOB 2KO 519-763-0299

Secretary: Lisa Leffler Church Bookings: Speedside: Bruce Miller 519-822-1731 Barrie Hill: Jim McFarlane 519-822-4997

Mark your calendars… Sun. Oct. 7 Thanksgiving Service at both churches regular times. Sun. Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. Barrie Hill 186th Anniversary Service. Guest speaker Mark Auger sharing his ‘Cancer Healing Spiritual Journey’.

Lunch to follow. No service at Speedside. Sun. Nov. 4 All Saints All Souls service both churches regular times. Sat. Nov. 10 Speedside Fall Farmers Breakfast 8 – 10 a.m. Sun. Nov. 11 Remembrance Day Service at both churches regular times. Tues. Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Barrie Hill Official Board meeting. Sun. Dec. 2 Advent 1 Communion at both churches regular times. Sun. Dec. 9 White Gift Sunday. Mon. Dec. 24 at 7:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service at Barrie Hill. Mon. Dec. 24 at 10:00 p.m. Candlelight service at Speedside. Sun. Dec. 30 one combined service at 10:00 a.m. at Speedside. Please join us for Sunday Worship… Speedside 9:30 a.m. Barrie Hill 11:00 a.m. 4

Eramosa Pastoral Charge We welcomed the following through baptism:

We mourn the loss of:

September 16, 2018 at Barrie Hill: Tristan Henry Huehn son of Benjamin and Emily Huehn. Grandson of Reg and Kerry Huehn and Sue and Bill Wiseman.

Edward Gordon - June 4, 2018

Cecil Alexander Cameron - May 23, 2018

Helen Pletsch - August 27, 2018

Do you feel called to explore and learn? We are looking for two or three persons interested in children’s and young people’s ministry and storytelling to engage “Godly Play” training alongside Rev. Lynn. Godly Play is an innovative method of faith formation for childhood and beyond. Godly Play allows participants to experience faith-building stories through intentional storytelling and imaginative wondering. Godly Play Core Training involves a commitment to attend three sessions that will take place: Sat. Jan. 12, Sat. Feb. 9 and Sat. March 9, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30. p.m. each day at St. George’s On The Hill Anglican Church 4600 Dundas St. W. Etobicoke. If you are interested please contact Rev. Lynn at the office. For a broad overview of the “Godly Play” model see

If you know anyone who would benefit from the DVD ministry, please call or email the church office. If you wish to receive your Sunday bulletin and your newsletter via email, please call or email the church office. 519-763-0299 Checkout the Eramosa Pastoral Charge website for upcoming events. If you have information you wish to submit to the website contact Lisa at the church office. Please visit the Barrie Hill Facebook page for up to date information and announcements about upcoming events from both churches. If you have some info you wish to include on Facebook, please send your news to 5

Eramosa Pastoral Charge

aka Friday Family Supper Church

Enjoy a casual, informal evening of story telling, crafts and

Homecoming Supper.


Bring your family, friends and neighbours.

Join us on Friday, October 19, at Speedside United Church 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Next Messy Church meets on Nov. 16. Check weekly bulletin for details. 6

News from Speedside‌

Carvers Howard Harper, Glenn Boles. Brian Lee, Harvey Manderson

Tables are set. Four Generations Working Together. Sarah Joyes, pictured here with her mother, Wendy Whittaker, her grandmother, Alleda Martin, and her son Logan, were all helping at the Speedside Turkey Supper.

Tables are full!

Helpers finally get to eat! Rene’e, Beth Smeltzer, Pam Pletsch, Grace McEwen and Joan Gordon.

Neil Whittaker runs the dishwasher. Doris Carney and Harvey Manderson on hand washing duty.


Speedside news… A woman was asked by a co-worker, 'What is it like to be a Christian?' The co-worker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.' God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.'

SPEEDSIDE MONTHLY MEN’S BREAKFAST Men’s Breakfast is held the last Thursday of every month at JJ’s Restaurant in Fergus at 8:00 a.m. Come out and enjoy good food and fellowship. This summer has been a huge transition. We are so grateful for the kindness shown to us from Speedside and Barrie Hill friends and neighbours. Your phone calls, cards, luncheons, nights out have been appreciated. A special thanks for advice and the heart to heart talks. Sadness has hit so many families during the last few months. Take time to smell the roses along the way because life is worth living and you can’t push the replay button. Yes, your love has lifted me, so a very sincere thank you. Blessings, Joan Gordon & family.

Helen Pletsch is fondly remembered, especially by the members of the Speedside choir where she sang, and by members of the Eramosa Pastoral Charge Bible Study group. Helen groomed the group as they met at her home for a couple of years before other members offered to take turns hosting the Monday morning gathering. 8

Speedside news‌.. Congratulations to Don and Doris Carney. They have a new grandson, Miles Cuyler Carney who arrived on June 18, 2018. Son of Les Carney and Sandra Pendle. A little brother for Finnley and Winston. Don and Doris reached half a century of marriage on August 10. Their children and grandchildren helped celebrate by hosting a 50th Anniversary lunch on Saturday, August 11. Our Young Folk: Frasson: Emily Frasson - Worked at Shoppers over the summer Played for the Redcoats Women's Senior Rugby Team and placed 2nd in the Province 2nd year at the University of Guelph Applied Human Nutrition Playing for the Gryphon's Women's Rugby Team (flank) Paisley Frasson-Worked at Shoppers over the summer Helped coach the U17 Redcoats Rugby Team 1st year at the University of Guelph Combined arts/science major On the Gryphon's Woman's Rugby Team but not playing as she tore her ACL in May and had surgery in August. She will be out for a year Copeland Frasson-Worked at Sejan Golf Course over the summer Grade 12 at John F Ross CVI Recovered from separated Clavicle/Sternum Playing Football for John F Ross and hopes to play Hockey and Rugby for Ross Brooklyn Frasson-Worked at Shoppers during the summer Played for the U17 Redcoats Rugby Team and placed 3rd in the Province Grade 10 John F Ross CVI Playing Field Hockey in the Fall and hopes to play Rugby in the Spring Alex and Susan doing well....busy trying to keep up to kids.


Speedside News… Gordon: Curtis entering Laurentian Univ., Sudbury, Stephanie graduated from the Univ. of Ottawa and is working in her area of study in Toronto. Asake celebrated her 3nd birthday on Sept. 30. She is playing soccer for a second year. She has started dancing lessons. Lee: Amanda (gr. 12) @ Continuing Education in Guelph. Summer: worked @ Dominos Pizza and is training a new puppy, ‘Milo.’ Peller: Emma-lee starting fourth year at University of Ottawa in Linguistics and Psychology and then will apply to Masters in Speech Language Pathology programs. She worked as a Team Leader for 20 children at The Victoria Road Community centre the past summer. Jacob is starting fourth year at Queens University in Life Science and Business. He has just passed his MCAT & is now allowed to apply to Medicine next year. Jacob worked at the Neuroscience Lab at Queens University this past summer. Cody has joined 2 Toastmasters Clubs in Guelph, is working in retail and enjoying singing and playing guitar. He volunteers at The Elliot by visiting and sharing his music and conversation Joyes: Logan (gr. 8) & Ethan (gr. 6) @ John Black School. Both play house league hockey. Miller: Tayla, (gr. 2), Aubree (SK) @ James McQueen, French Immersion De Witte: Rachael (Gr. 1) @ James McQueen, Simon spends some days @ Little Angels. England: Nora Gr. 1, Maeve is three yrs. old, @ Little Angels & Darren is 16 months. Sunday, Dec. 2nd, following the worship service. Start thinking of items you would like to donate and prepare to do some Christmas shopping for those unique items you can find only at Speedside. Finger food for snacks will be appreciated. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

Looking ahead to 2019… Conversation and Refreshments: Tentative Date, Friday, March 29, 2019 We will have a follow-up to Tim May’s presentation on Anniversary Sunday concerning mental health and the joys and stresses of farming. Joining Tim will be Dr. Britton from the University of Guelph. Other guests may be available to assist in this discussion. This will be a community event. All are welcome. 10

Speedside news‌ Custodians: Speedside stewards have decided to experiment with month-by-month volunteer custodians. The following story is from The Upper Room of daily devotions. It may encourage or discourage you from signing your name on the bulletin board sheet.  While I was in seminary, I worked as a custodian in a church. I lived in an old Tudor mansion that had been converted into the parish house. When you are a janitor, you basically hear complaints. The floors aren’t waxed to a shine. A dust bunny hides in a corner. The furnace cuts off early on Sunday morning before people arrive. The restroom runs out of paper towels. Custodians can be forgiven if they develop a grouchy, defensive demeanor because it is a thankless job. Ever since my behind-the-scenes experience as a janitor, I have made a conscious effort to compliment custodial staff on their good work. I note that theirs is no small service. The Lord withholds no good thing from those who serve. Hall painting: Last spring the Speedside Stewards decided that the church hall needed a new floor. In the spring of 2018 they called on helpers to paint the walls. Thanks to all who helped.

Painting Crew: Bruce Miller, Pam Pletsch above. Neil Whittaker, Glenn Boles, right. 11

Speedside news…


Liz Miller helping with coffee break during painting.


Sat. November 10 at Speedside Church 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Doug Pletsch, Glenn Boles, Neil Whittaker


Pam Pletsch, Bruce Miller



Guest speaker Tim May at Anniversary Service Sept. 23, 2018

Speedside news‌

Do you like to sing? Consider joining the Speedside choir for the Christmas season. Contact Alyson or any choir member for dates/times and details.

Sing Out A Song For Peace On November 11th, at 7:30pm join the choir for a beautiful musical service to remember the fallen. Georgetown Christian Reformed Church 11611 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown Guest Choir: Georgetown Children's Alumni Sponsored by:

Christmas Through The Ages On December 1, at 7:30pm join us for Christmas Through the Ages, a musical Christmas journey through the centuries. Georgetown Christian Reformed Church 11611 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown Christopher Dawes - Artistic Director Adults - $25 ($30 at the door) Students - $12 Family of 4 - $60 Children under 12 - $12 Group rates are available for 10 or more, see website for details. 13

News from Barrie


Saturday, October 20 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Takeout 4:30-6:00 p.m. Adults $20. Ages 7-12 $8. 6 and under free For tickets call Linda at 519-856-9009

Sunday, October 21 the Worship Committee at Barrie Hill is hosting a at 11:00 a.m. We welcome you to join us for some familiar old tunes and sing along with some of your old favourite hymns.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Greeter on Sunday morning please contact Carolyn Gilchrist at

All Saints All Souls service will be celebrated on Sun. Nov. 4 at 11:00 a.m. Come early for coffee and muffins and social time before the service.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the DVD ministry and vid pro on Sunday mornings. Please contact Jim Parker if you are interested. 519-821-1363 14

Barrie Hill United Church 186th Anniversary Service Sun. Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker Mark Auger sharing his ‘Cancer Healing Spiritual Journey’ Please join us for lunch following the service. There will be an opportunity to speak with Mark at this time.

“My story is about realizing the power of who you are and what you can do. It’s about making a choice and having the courage to take the first step to achieve whatever it is you aspire to. If you truly believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything!” Mark Auger

Our Barrie Hill treasurer, Lil Ingram is retiring after many years of much appreciated service. If you are interested in this position or know someone who may be, please contact the church office.


Chicken Drive Thru BBQ August 8, 2018 at Barrie Hill Shirley and Jim McFarlane Sandra Howatt

delish! Pat Weir, Laurie Cargo, Deb Kron

Making 500 Butter Tarts


Tim Card, Joan Gordon, Yvonne Card, Kelly Somerville, Lil Ingram, Bill Somerville, Bev Veldhuis

Barrie Hill BBQ

The corn husking crew: Fred Milson, Barney Floto, Ron Archibald and Paul Howatt.

Thanks to all the helpers!

Jim Mehlenbacher and his corn cooking crew.

The Bag Ladies! Danielle Elkerton, Patti Holody, Jean Van Wyck, Donna Elkerton. 17

Barrie Hill

UCW UPDATE When you help the UCW at special events/fundraisers by donating pies, peeling potatoes, buying our meat pies or butter tarts, heres how your contributions are used. The Barrie Hill United Church Women donate:  $3000 annually to the Eramosa Summer Go Camp for its operating costs  $3000 annually to the Mission and Service Fund which supports Christian initiatives throughout the world  $1000 annually (approximate) in donations towards the support of various charities and organizations (eg. Michael House for young mothers and babies, Wellington Hospice, Centre Wellington Food Bank, National Guide Dog Service programs, Sing It Girls tuition etc.)  $ 387 annually pays half of the church’s Observer magazine subscription  $ 200 annually towards the church’s Food Grains project  $ 80 monthly (now completed) in support of our Syrian refugee family  $ 42 monthly to sponsor a needy child through Plan Care  And in helping support the church’s upkeep (partial funding of dining tables, chairs, carpets, cleaning carpets etc.) A special thank you, as the year comes to a close, to Jean Van Wyck, the head of the UCW Funeral Committee, and to all of you who help her with donations of food and time to provide comfort to those who grieve. Thank you for helping us work together in the spirit of Christ who leads us all. Next meetings:

Sunday October 14 at 9:15a.m. in the church parlour. Sunday December 2 (Christmas party) at 9:15a.m. in the church hall.

Susan Dunlop Lynn Parkinson ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Our thoughts and prayers are with Hanlon and Alice Lumsden on the recent passing of Alices’ brother.


Barrie Hill

CHOIR NEWS‌ We are back. How quickly the beautiful summer has gone by, but, routine is good so we are back in the midst of a very busy fall schedule. Each service, it seems, is special, however, in addition to Thanksgiving, Communion, Gospel Sunday and Anniversary, we will welcome nine babies for Baptism and that has to be a wonderful record. How fortunate we are to have these families. On Sunday October 20th , we are having a Gospel Service conducted by the Worship committee. Special music is planned and we hope the service will be fun and bring back memories of some of the old gospel music that we used to sing. As we prepare for all these services, I invite anyone who is interested to join us on Thursdays at 7:30 to sing with us. We do not require auditions and we are a fun group. This year has been a milestone year for some of the choir members as they arrived at a new decade on their birthdays. Special good wishes to Bonny, Jean, Sandra and I think Ted too. Let us remind ourselves that we do not get older, we just get better. Following Anniversary, we are celebrating All Saints Day and Remembrance Day and then we begin the season of Advent. Music plays a vital role in each of these services so we look forward to having some of you join us either in the choir or in the pews. Susan Spicer *****************************************************************************************

Join us on Remembrance Sunday Nov. 11 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Lynn Hamilton will be speaking on the 100th Anniversary of the Great War.

If you wish to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary for the Advent season in memory of a loved one, place a donation in an envelope from a church pew, label with your name and the name of your loved one and place on collection plate. Or give directly to treasurer Lillian Ingram. 19

This Christmas season, Barrie Hill Church has chosen to support two charities. One within our own Wellington County and the other within Ontario. The two charities are listed here and we do hope you will feel called to support one or both to bring joy to the less fortunate at Christmas time.

Bring Joy…Pack a Shoebox! Canadians can show they care by filling shoeboxes with gifts of all kinds. The Shoeboxes will be distributed in Ontario and /or Manitoba.

I Love First Peoples ‘I Love First Peoples’ is a Canadian registered charity that empowers youth to succeed through education.

Choose a regular shoebox, write on the box whom the gifts are for – boy, girl, neutral. State ages 3-5 or 6-8 or 9-12 or 13-16. Fill the box with items and write a note to the child if you wish. Place $5. in the box to cover cost of shipping. Make cheque out to ‘I Love First Peoples.’

Suggestions for the shoebox: Finger paint, modelling clay, colouring book, books, stickers, ball cap, gloves, fun socks, sunglasses, jewelry, hair accessories, stuffed animal, puzzle, nerf ball, whistle, compass, glow in the dark decals, flashlight, tambourine, harmonica, flute, small hand drum, sketch pad, gel pens, sharpies, journal.

More info online at

Boxes due at Barrie Hill Church on

Sun. Nov. 18

Please avoid these items: Used or second hand items, razors or hotel amenities, anything that will melt, religious material. Limit one hard candy per box. Books must be age appropriate and no horror.


Within Guelph and Wellington County, there are many families who are unable to afford the luxury of gifts and special treats during the holiday season. In fact, this time of year can add extra stress for a family who is already struggling to make ends meet. Families are referred to this program by many social service agencies within Guelph and Wellington County. The families include single moms and dads, children being raised by grandparents, low income two-parent families, and independent-living youth. Last year 2592 children and youth received personalized gifts based on their needs and wishes thanks to over 1000 donor groups including us at Barrie Hill. We at Barrie Hill are once again supporting this worthwhile Foundation for Christmas 2018. When we have been matched with a family we will post their ‘wish list’ in the weekly church bulletin. These donations will be received on White Gift Sunday, Dec. 9. Thank you for bringing joy to a less fortunate Wellington County family this holiday season! If you have questions regarding donations please contact Shirley 21

The Blessed Baker’s Corner…

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese ½ medium butternut squash, seeded, cooked and mashed, add salt and pepper to taste 3 cups (12 oz) elbow macaroni 2 onions, thinly sliced ½ cup butter 2 tbsp. flour 2 cups whole milk plus more as needed 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook pasta in boiling salted water till al dente. Drain, rinse and set aside. Combine the onions and 2 tbsp butter in large cast iron skillet over low to medium heat. Cook till tender and set aside on a plate. Add 4 tbsp butter to same skillet and melt over med-low heat. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to make a thin paste. Cook for 2 mins. then whisk in the milk. Cook, whisking gently until slightly thickened, about 2 mins. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Maybe add more salt? Turn the heat to low and stir in the mashed butternut squash. When it is warmed through, stir in the cheese. If the sauce is too thick when the cheese is melted, add a splash of milk. Keep stirring until the sauce is nice and hot. Stir in the onions and then the macaroni. Melt the remaining 2 table butter in the microwave. Add the breadcrumbs and toss to coat. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the macaroni and bake it in the same skillet until the crumbs are golden and the edges are bubbly, about 15 minutes. 22

Eramosa Pastoral Charge Fall 2018 Newsletter  
Eramosa Pastoral Charge Fall 2018 Newsletter