April 14, 2016

THURSDAY, APRIL 14th, 2016 - "I've learned .... that to ignore the facts does not change the facts." Andy Rooney

7:00 - 8:00 - Toronto Beach Chorale perform Elizabethan Madrigals in costume at the Beaches Library, Queen & Lee, as part of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16th, 2016 - SPRING THAW CONCERT - 8:00 pm - featuring "Juno nominated " Tara Kannangara, trumpet and voice, Chris Pruden, Piano, Julian Anderson-Bowes, Bass, Matthew Chalmers, Drums. With DANCE by Katherine Semchuk and Vicky Gelineau. Music by members of the band, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Anais Mitchell. $20.00 at the door. There will be two sets of music. Refreshments. Proceeds are in support of Beaches Refugee Fund. Bring a friend, bring your family, bring your neighbour, bring your mother, bring somebody.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17th, 2016 - Third Sunday of Easter - join us for morning worship at 10:00. Rev. Ian Ross McDonald leading. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULES: On his farm in the western highlands of Guatemala, Juan Ramirex Cardon was very reliant on the use of chemicals and costly fertilizers to grow enough food to provide for his family. But the expense soon became more than he could bear. Juan worried about how he could continue feeding his family. All that has changed now because of a PWS&D program helping farmers in the region increase their yields while preserving the soil. Juan learned about seed selection and diversifying crops - methods that are yielding significant results and diminishing the need for fertilizers. He is sharing his knowledge of soil-healthy farming so more people can grow a variety of food for their families for many years to come.

AND FROM KLAAS KRAAY - I am thrilled to report that I managed to successfully place a call to Hasan (the father in the refugee family we are sponsoring) on Monday morning. I had translation assistance from a Ryerson student, who is originally from Syria. The connection was not too clear and she had a hard time understanding Hasan's dialect, but they managed. Hasan told us that they are safe. living in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey. They have already had their medical exams and so they are travel-ready and they are eager to get here as soon as possible. Please keep them in your prayers and come to the concert.


SHIP STATE ROOMS - traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after States. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

SLEEP TIGHT - Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.

SHOWBOAT - These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small towns along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is 'showboating'.

OVER A BARREL - in the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.

Have a good week - MB