The Advent Festival provided a fun family time to help start the Advent season. Crafts, games, munchies, music, and the raising and decorating of our tree. Thanks everyone!
The monthly Fellowship luncheon was hosted this month by our Trustees. They provided pizza for all following the service. Vegetarian, ham & pineapple, and pepperoni. The Hall was packed, and filled with great conversation – a good sign of fellowship. Many thanks to the Trustees (and of course their very supportive spouses)! Great job decorating the pizza and making them all look so good and taste delicious.
The Martin Russell & Friends Christmas Concert was a great way to spend an enjoyable Saturday evening, and contribute to the Food Bank while there.
The musicians were SAUCIE (Deb (flute), Edith (flute), Carole (clarinet), Steve (trombone)), Georges & Martin (vocals & choreography(?)), David (organ), Gary (piano) & Catherine (vocals), Julie (piano) & Deb (flute) & Martin (guitar), Yaldi! (Fred (violin), Edith (flute), Bob (guitar and vocals)), Peter (guitar), Ray (guitar & vocals) & Bob (guitar), Brooks & Martin, and the Coffee Cuppers. Brooks did a fine job MC’g the event. Thanks so much to all the volunteers who made it happen, and to Martin for organizing everything! And this may have been the 20th anniversary of this concert – wow! Here’s some photos of just a few of the performers.
Our PC&O group did a superb job of collecting these gifts, using the donations of cash to buy extra supplies, and then packaging all the items.
Many of the items were hand-crafted. The 8 boxes shown, packed with toques, scarves, warm socks, mittens, and toiletries will definitely be well received. Several more boxes had already been shipped to FCSS.
Our St. Andrew’s Live Nativity and Cochrane Light Up on Saturday evening were both so enjoyable. Light Up organizers estimated up to 15,000 people in attendance. The Live Nativity was well attended, with cute donkeys, costumes for kids, great conversation, and hearty carol singing, with three campfires for warmth around the “stable”, all of which imparted a warm spirit of the season. St. Andrew’s also offered free hot chocolate and cookies, as well as restroom facilities and a place to warm up. And our east parking lot provided a superb view of the windup fireworks! Downtown had lots of activities, including a wide selection of free hotdogs, with quite the array of condiments, from good old mustard, relish, & Ketchup, to cotton candy (? – really), sugar sprinkles, non-peanut peanut butter, bacon bits, sauerkraut, jalapeños, banana peppers and more, plus hot chocolate. Give a big thank you shout out to all the volunteers who made this community event a success!