April 22, 2016

FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd, 2016 - "I've learned, ... that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them." Andy Rooney

SUNDAY, APRIL 24th, 2016 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 - Rev. Ian Ross-McDonald leading.

Today is Earth Day and the annual "clean up" day at the Beach - starting at the Leuty Lifeguard Station at 11:00 - 1:00 AND the Glen Stewart Ravine clean up - starting at the Beech entrance at 10:00. People who plan these events obviously don't go to church!

SUNDAY, APRIL 24th, 2016 - 7:30 pm - "The Four Men" perform songs of Love, Hope and Inspiration at Glen Rhodes United Church. Gerrard Street just east of Coxwell. General Admission $20.00

MISSION CAPSULES: When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th, 2015 it seemed to Saraswati Purkoti that all hope was lost. The single mother lost her home and livelihood in the tragic disaster. "I was cutting grass with my son when the earth started trembling. We hugged each other, crying." she shares. With support from PWS&D Saraswati has been provided with seeds and tools to build a greenhouse. She is now earning a steady income as a vegetable farmer and her children no longer go to bed hungry. PWS&D in collaboration with partners at the ACT Alliance, is helping people touched by this tragedy rebuild their livelihoods and find the strength to move forward.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30th, 2016 - Toronto Beach Chorale present "Soundscapes" - 7:30 - at Beach United Church. Music by Grammy and Juno award winning composers. Admission $25:00 at the door.

MORE .....

BARGE IN - heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in."

HOGWASH - steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless "hog wash".

CURFEW - The word 'curfew' comes from the French phrase 'couvre-feu' which means 'cover the fire.' It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as 'curfeu' which later became the modern 'curfew'. In the early American colonies homes has no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called a 'curfew'.

BARRELS OF OIL - When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.

HOT OFF THE PRESS - As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it is hot. The expression means to get immediate information.

Have a good week - MB