September 9, 2013

Minesing United Church

Alzheimer Coffee Break *Make Your Coffee Count* Support the Alzheimer Society in your Community

Wednesday September 18th, 2013 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM

  • Wednesday September 18 @ 1:30pm – Prayer Shawl Ministry Like to Knit Please join us.
  • Sunday September 29 @11am – Family Fun Fair – games, snacks, face painting, and fun for all ages
  • Monday September 30 @7-8:30pm – Book Club – Radical Gratitude by Mary Jo Leddy
  • Sunday October 6 @10am – Worship with Communion – Reflection on “Making a Difference”
  • Sunday October 13 @10am – Special Thanksgiving Worship Service
  • Sunday October 20 @10am – Minesing United Church Anniversary Service
  • Saturday November 3 – Christmas Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Tea

Alternative Worship – For some people, some of the time Sunday morning doesn’t work.  Maybe it is about the music, maybe it is about the message, maybe it is about the time of day.  We have got you covered. Check out our alternative community…The Church That Grows…a creation centred, diverse, and open church community that meets on Sunday afternoons at 4pm. This is a collaboration between Minesing, Midhurst, and Dalston-Crown Hill United Church. It moves between the three sites but one thing is always the same. This is a church community oriented to today’s issues and open, truly open, to all.

Minesing Women’s Institute

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Wednesday Coffee Morning on Sept. 4th, at Minesing United Church. Same time (9:00 – 11:00), same place, Oct. 2nd. We will be having Coffee Morning the first Wednesday of the month up to and including June 2014.   See you there.

We have purchased a bench for Minesing Union Cemetery in memory of all the past members of our branch which was established on June 4, 1904.   Thank you to those who have given donations towards this bench.  We will be having a dedication at Minesing Cemetery on October 6 th, (Sunday) at 2:00 p.m. followed by refreshments at Minesing United Church. Please plan on joining us as we honour all the hard working ladies who have gone before. If you have any questions please call me, Phyllis Schaefer at 705-728-8431.

August 26, 2013

Has anyone else noticed that there are trees already changing?  Well I have and I have to say that I am somewhat surprised by how early it is happening.  Didn’t the leaves just come out?  I guess that means time is flying by faster than I realize.  Yikes.

Something that definitely needs mentioning in this edition of our Minesing Moments is that a neighbour of mine recently came home from a weekend away and noticed one of the cars in their driveway was sitting with the car door wide open.  Apparently someone had entered the car and took the spare change that was inside.  Luckily nothing else of any value was taken and no damage was done to the car, but it is just a good reminder for all of us to (a) keep our vehicles locked and (b) keep an eye out for our neighbours if we know they are going to be away.

The Annual Minesing Labour Day baseball tournament is gearing up for this weekend.  As usual the Friday night begins with a few games followed by musical entertainment in the Pavilion by the “Hired Help”.  The band begins at 9 p.m.  It’s always a fantastic way to start out the eventful Labour Day weekend.  There will be ball games throughout the weekend at the Minesing ball diamonds so come out and cheer on the teams.  This is the major fundraiser for our community so come out and support Minesing. More volunteers are needed to help make the weekend a success so if you can spare some time throughout the weekend, please contact Wanda at 705-739-7260.

The moving trucks and vans will be all packed up as students move to colleges and universities throughout our province this weekend.  I’m sure that the sale of Kraft dinner will be up for stocking up, hopefully they have been on sale recently.  The students will be off learning their selected education but also how to take care of themselves and realizing that the toilet paper isn’t always on the roll and that there is actually an end to the toothpaste tube.  This is a tough time for some of the parents to let go of their “babies” but it’s also a time to let the students spread their wings and find their way on their own.  Good luck to them all (parents included).

To those travelling on the long weekend, drive safe, buckle up and don’t drink and drive.

Until next time, play safe and make good choices.

July 2, 2013

Minesing United Church News

Summer Services will be held every Sunday at 10:00 AM. Please join us!
Vacation Bible Camp – Date: August 12th to 16th, 2013 Time 9:00 to Noon. All day care available.

Grow Strong with God!

Minesing United Church is a fun place to learn and grow. Our unique programs combine games, art, story, and more. We encourage children to overcome challenges (like obstacle courses or wood crafts) in a caring and energetic environment. We build on ancient stories to show children that all things are possible and God loves them.

All Welcome Please call 705-737-5322 to register.

Save the Date: Minesing United Church Beef Dinner –Friday August 23rd, 2013.

June 3, 2013

June is here and I am still trying to figure out where the heck May went.  I thought it would be safe to plant some flowers but with the temperature drop on Sunday, I’m not so sure.  You may want to err on the side of caution and cover up your plants so they don’t get touched by the frost.

A reminder to those who haven’t purchased their plants yet, Bradford Greenhouses has a fundraiser for Minesing Central School so if you mention that you would like your purchase to be considered for that fundraiser, a percentage goes towards a gift certificate for the school.

Our neighbouring community, Anten Mills, is having their community garage sale on Saturday June 8th.  I’m sure there will be many treasures to be found, so go take a look.  I believe it begins at 7:30, so wake up with rooster and get there early to be sure to find the deals.

Community shower for AMY PLOEG AND PETER CANZIOto be held on Sunday June 23, 2013 at the Minesing United Church, 1662 George Johnston Road from 1:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For further information contact Michelle Lidster at 705-796-1713.

Minesing United Church News

Garage & Bake Sale – Mark June 14 & 15 on your calendar for the annual garage and bake sale being held in the Minesing Church parking lot.  Stop by for lots of great baking and household items!

Father’s Day Breakfast – Pastoral Care plan to serve breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 on June 16th.  All Dad’s Welcome!  Father’s Day service at 10:00 am.

Men’s & Boys’ Tailgate BBQ – Wednesday June 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm. To take place at Bill Morley’s garage at 3118 Hwy 26 Minesing.  Speaker Rev. Denis Posno, OPP demonstration, live auction, a lot of good BBQ food along with homemade pie and ice cream.  Tickets Men $20, Boys 12 and under $10.

Vacation Bible Camp is August 12th to 16th. Please call the church to register at 705-737-5322.

Until next time, drive safe, be good and don’t stick your fork in the toaster!

May 20, 2013

The first long weekend of summer has come and gone and with it came lots of traffic and the ever tormenting black flies!  I guess the next month or so will keep us flapping our arms around our heads or just staying inside as much as possible to avoid the pesky bugs.

I have been hearing the crack of the bat a few yards over at the ball diamonds here in the village.  I know practices have been taking place and games will be starting soon.  If you are looking for some entertainment in your evenings, pop over and watch a game.  Fans are always welcome!

SPRING CLEAN UP – The Recreation Board is organizing a Spring Clean Up day.  It will be taking place on Saturday June 1st at 9:30 at the Community Centre.  Everyone is encouraged to come out and lend a hand if you can.  Please bring a rake with you.

A community shower for AMY PLOEG AND PETER CANZIO will be held on Sunday June 23, 2013.  It will be at the Minesing United Church, 1662 George Johnston Road from 1-4 p.m.  For further information, please contact Michelle Lidster @ 705-796-1713

Until next time…smile, it makes people nervous.

May 6, 2013

Spring has sprung and I am loving this sunshine!  It’s amazing to see the changes in the trees and gardens that take place from day to day.

You will read this just prior to Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday May 12th to those who perhaps may have forgotten it.  Remember your mother, step-mother, grandmother, or anyone who plays an important motherly role in your life.  It’s not always about gifts, but even just the acknowledgement of your appreciation for them and all they do is appreciated.  A phone call, a card, or even some odd jobs done around their home are always appreciated.  To MY mom, I wish you a wonderful day and thank you for all you do for everyone.  You’re the best!

There are a few things to keep in mind as the weather improves.  First of all, children are outside running around, playing with balls, toys, and riding bicycles but sometimes forget about the cars.  Keep a watchful eye for little people as you go through the neighbourhood.

As the nice weather is also here, more people are sitting in their yards and on their decks enjoying the weather and the peaceful sounds of the birds.  Please be mindful that barking dogs are not a welcome noise that your neighbours wish to spend their day listening to.  Also if you are walking your dog, please remember to take a bag with you; those without pets shouldn’t have to pick up the waste of someone else’s dog.

An important reminder to keep a watch for things that may not seem to be right around your home.  A strange car, someone you don’t recognize in your yard or even something that just doesn’t sit right with you.  As more traffic travels through our village with the nice weather, it can unfortunately bring unwanted things.  Be proactive and keep your cars, sheds, and homes secure.  We are lucky enough to have the OPP right in our village so they are only a phone call away to report things.

SPRING CLEAN UP – The Recreation Board is organizing a Spring Clean Up day.  It will be taking place on Saturday June 1st at 9:30 at the Community Centre.  Everyone is encouraged to come out and lend a hand if you can.  Please bring a rake with you.

I would like to wish my youngest daughter Allison a very Happy 13th Birthday on the 9th of May.  I officially have two teenagers!  Wish me luck.

Also sending very happy birthday wishes to Angie O’Brien who celebrated on Cinco de Mayo!  Hope you had a fabulous birthday.

April 25, 2013

Art Pain, life time resident  of Minesing, passed away in November 2012.  A “Burial and Celebration of Life for Art is being held on May 11th.  The burial will take place at Minesing Union Cemetery at 11 am followed by a celebration of his life afterward at the Minesing Community Hall from 12pm to 4 pm.

Minesing United Church

Sunday Service is at 10:00 AM

Dinner Theatre – Be our guest, wear your best! Come and join our “Fashion Fest”. Please join the Minesing United Church ELFS Saturday, May 4, 2013 as they present: “20th Century Frocks & Jocks”.  Curtain Call at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 per adult, $10.00 for kids under 12 and pre-schoolers free.  For Tickets call 705-737-5322.

April 8, 2013

Happy Spring everyone!  The snow banks are few are far between now and the preparation for gardens and lawns will be soon underway.  Something to keep in mind when shopping for your gardening needs is that Minesing Central School has a fundraiser with Bradford Greenhouse.  If you tell the cashier prior to your purchase that you would like your purchase to benefit the Minesing School, sales from April 15-October 15 will benefit by way of a gift card for the purchase of Bradford Greenhouse products for school improvements and special events.  What a great way to help out the school.

I recently ran into a high school friend I hadn’t seen in many years at our local Cicco’s restaurant (yes Steve I’m speaking of you) and we got to talking about how many people have returned to our area to raise their families.  I think it speaks volumes of how we were raised and how we too would like to give our children the same opportunities of the rural community upbringing.  How can you go wrong raising your family here?  You have neighbours and even teenagers who will wave as you drive by.  In Barrie, people just look at you strange and wonder who the heck you are for the rest of the day.  Those same neighbours will keep an eye on your home if you happened to be away for any period of time or snow blow your driveway with their tractors if you are in need without any want for repayment.  It is a comforting feeling to have those you know keeping a watch out for your kids as they ride around the neighbourhood if they happen to fall off their bike or need a reminder to watch for cars.  The saying is true…”It takes a community to raise a child”.  Minesing is that kind of community.

I’m also going to mention that our famous Cicco’s Restaurant is now open Monday’s.  What a great convenience to those who dislike Mondays, well now you can make a quick call at 705-722-0001 or visit them to be served with a smile by their courteous wait staff.

Minesing Women’s Institute Needs your Help – Since 1904 the women of the WI have worked hard in the community.  Over the years we have served hundreds of dinners for meetings, weddings and community events, provided funeral luncheons, held bake sales and teas. With these funds we supported the 4H program, school awards, Simcoe County Museum along with numerous other projects. We have kept a history of community events called the Tweedsmuir Books and started the Minesing library.

We are proud of our accomplishments and would like to have a lasting memorial for our past members.  With the permission of the Minesing Union Cemetery Board we plan to install a concrete bench in the cemetery.  This memorial will honor the memory all Women’s Institute Members buried in the cemetery.

We have been saving and fund raising but the cost for this project is substantial and we need help to bring this to completion.  We are asking for donations from anyone who has a mother, sister, grandmother, special aunt or friend that was a WI member and would like contribute to this lasting memorial.

We meet for interesting informative meetings held the first Tuesday of every month. If you are interested in donating to this project please contact Linda Bowen 705-737-1365 or Phyllis Schaefer 705-728-8431.

Minesing United Church News

Sunday Service is a 10:00 am

Spring Tea April 13, 2013 – from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 per person.  Enjoy a nice lunch and touch base with your friends and neighbours.  For tickets call June Haley at 705-722-3646 or buy one at the door.

Are you looking for something different? Try our new Wednesday activity; Minesing United, together with Dalston-Crown Hill and Midhurst present a relaxed and open exploration of spirituality.  We meet at Midhurst United Church and we begin with a meal at 6pm and then there are activities at around 6:45.

Farewell St. Peter’s Anglican Church

Friends and neighbours crowded into St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Minesing for the final Service of Celebration of the deconsecration of the church on Sunday April 7, 2013.  The service was celebrated by The Right Reverend George Elliott, area Bishop of York-Simcoe and The Reverend Janet Mitchell, Priest-in-Charge of St Peter’s. Members of the congregation assisted with the service.

Debbie Giffen and Sharon Partridge shared reflections about how the church has been part of the circle of life for St Peter’s families.  Cherished memories of baptisms, Sunday School, weddings, coffee parties and church dinners will remain in the hearts and minds of many.  St. Peter’s Anglican Church has served the community of Minesing for 128 years. This was our chance to celebrate our history and as the doors closed a chance to say farewell to this hallowed place.

There will be a Closing Garage Sale at St Peter’s, 2412 Ronald Road on Saturday April 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The doors are closing forever so everything must go!

Until next time, if the colds and flus that are going around haven’t got you yet, good luck!  Because I know that people outside of our area receive copies of this to keep current on our local issues, I would like to say hi to all those people too!

March 25, 2013

This edition of the Minesing Moments is not an easy one to write.  Our community has suffered three tragedies in the last week and a half and as a community we offer sincere sympathy and support to those touched by these unfortunate losses.

The Pearson family of Minesing, Ron and Joan, lost their beautiful 19 year old daughter, Brittany in a motor vehicle accident.  Brittany was a loving sister to Mike and Geoff (Carley) and an adored granddaughter to June Pearson (Jim Young), the late Russell and Rita Coulson and the late George Pearson.

The Hoffman family of Snow Valley also suffered the loss of Ralph in a snowmobiling accident.  He was the beloved husband to Lisa and cherished father to Victoria and William.  Ralph was the loving son of Dorotte and the late Herbert, loved brother of Bruce and his wife Laura and loving uncle to Alexandra and Amanda. Ralph will be forever loved and missed by his sister in-law Lezlie.

I hope the wonderful memories that the Pearson and Hoffman families have of both Brittany and Ralph will help them through this difficult time.

Smoke alarms saved the lives of the Wilkins Family who lost their home to a fire on Vespra Valley Road on the 18th of March.   Thankfully they were able to escape the home without injuries too severe.  At the time of print, I am unaware of anything that the family needs, but if anyone reading this has any information please let me know and I will get a message out in the next edition and also to our website at

Easter Services at Minesing United Church…Thursday March 28th we celebrate the Last Supper at 6 p.m., Good Friday Service is at 10 a.m., Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 7:30am and Easter Celebration Service is at 10am.

Spring Tea April 13, 2013 – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Enjoy a nice lunch and touch base with your friends and neighbours after this long never-ending winter!  For tickets call June Haley at 705-722-3646 or buy one at the door.

Are you looking for something different? Try our new Wednesday activity; Minesing United, together with Dalston-Crown Hill and Midhurst present a relaxed and open exploration of spirituality. We meet at Midhurst United Church and we begin with a meal at 6 p.m. and then there are activities at around 6:45.  All ages, stages, and beliefs are welcome.  The only rule is the golden rule: We treat everyone as we would want to be treated.

As Easter approaches this weekend, enjoy time with family and friends and travel safe wherever you may go.

Until next time, please ensure that your smoke detectors are working, and the batteries have recently been changed.

March 11, 2013

March Break week!  I hope everyone is having a nice peaceful and relaxing time with their children home or in camps.  Highly unlikely but it’s always nice to dream about.  I’m sure much my like house, there is a lot of driving here and there for pickups and drop offs.  But, in the long run if the kids are happy and entertained that’s what counts.  Enjoy!

A safety reminder to ensure that children, pets and the always brave ice fishermen stay off of the ice and be careful of rising spring water levels.  You will also note that many ditches in our area are quite deep so keep a watchful eye to wandering children.  We don’t want any mishaps or emergencies.

St. Peter’s Anglican Church

St. Peter’s Anglican Church has been an important part of the community of Minesing for 128 years. More than a century of worship, fellowship and community service will be remembered this month as St Peter’s prepares to open and close its doors for the last time.

Facing the reality of a continually dwindling congregation in changing times, the parish, which dates to 1885, will disband.  A final service of celebration and deconsecration will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm., followed by a brief reception.  Please join us as we share treasured memories, celebrate our history and say farewell to this hallowed place!

Minesing United Church News

Sunday Service is at 10:00 am – Singing, Reflection, Children’s Program… Please join us. Our theme for March is all about changes…Spring is coming, change is coming, how do we respond?  If Sunday doesn’t work for you or you are looking for something different, try our new Wednesday activity. Minesing United, together with Dalston-Crown Hill and Midhurst present a relaxed and open exploration of spirituality. We meet at Midhurst United Church and we begin with a meal at 6pm and then there are activities at around 6:45.  All ages, stages, and beliefs are welcome. The only rule is the golden rule: we treat everyone as we would want to be treated.

Easter is coming, mark your calendar for these special services at Minesing United Church…. Thursday March 28 we celebrate the Last Supper at 7pm, Good Friday Service is at 10am, Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 7:30am and Easter Celebration Service is at 10am.

The Minesing United Church Cookbook is available $15 call the church for your copy.

Irish Stew Supper – March 16th – Dinner at 6:00 PM – At the Minesing Community Centre – Tickets $15 for Adults – $5 for children under 12 – Entertainment.

Vacation Bible Camp – August 12th to August 16th, 2013 – For children 4-12. Full or half days. Youth volunteers welcome! Talk to Reverend Kirsty if you are interested.   For more information on any events call 705-737-5322.

Until next time, have a great March Break and keep a smile on your face.