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A Note From The Minister


     This second week of Lent finds this pastoral charge smack dab in the middle of Annual General Meetings.  On Sunday March 5th the congregation

of Zion-Keppel United Church met and reviewed their ministry of 2022 before looking ahead to 2023.  The same will be true for the congregation of

the Kemble-Sarawak United Church on Sunday March 12th.  Please remember we SPRING AHEAD Saturday night! 

     Sunday March 19th there will NOT be a 10:30 a.m. service at the Kemble-Sarawak United Church but everyone is welcome to the 1:00 p.m. service

at the Zion-Keppel United Church.  Sue Carlton, LLWL and Mayor of Georgian Bluffs, will be leading worship.  If you are able to bring a munchie

towards the Fellowship that would be appreciated.   Through the magic of technology I will be hosting the CFOS Sunday Morning Worship Show on

Sunday March 19th at 8:00 a.m. .  Big “thanks” to Steve Richie at CFOS who met me at the radio station a week prior to my holidays so to pre-tape the


     Sunday March 26th worship will return to the Kemble-Sarawak United Church at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Roy Nicol-Macdonald leading worship and

Mary Ellen Parson leading the ministry of music.

     I will be away on Holiday following the AGM on Sunday March 12th to Monday March 27th, 2023.  During this time away Rev. Debbie Grant will be

covering pastoral emergencies,  she can be reached at 647-824-2300. 

I will leave you with this Lenten prayer:

   Lord, grant us simplicity of faith

   and a generosity of service

   that gives without counting cost.

   A life overflowing with Grace

   poured out from the One

   who gave everything,

   that we might show

   the power of love

   to a broken world,

   and share the truth

   from a living Word.

   Lord, grant us simplicity of faith,

   and a yearning to share it



   Rev. Heather McCarrel   


Church Calendar  

If you or your group would like to book a time to use the church please contact Kerolyn Moran at

Wed. March 1st:   U.C.W. World Day of Prayer: 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                            

Sun. March 5th:    Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.                                                                                                             

Mon. March 6th:   Lion’s Club: evening                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Sun. March 12th:  Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. – AGM                                                                                                              

Wed. March 15th: Women’s Institute: 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                  

Sun. March 19th:  CANCELLED worship: NO SERVICE at 10:30 a.m.: go to Zion-Keppel United at 1:00 p.m.

Mon. March 20th: Lion’s Club: evening                                                                                                                      

Sun. March  26th:  Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. : Rev. Roy Nicol-Macdonald

Worship At Kemble-Sarawak U.C.


March 5th : 2nd Sunday of Lent: The Visit from Nicodemus. Psalm 121 & John 3:1-17  

March 12th : 3rd Sunday of Lent: Shortened Service followed by AGM.  

March 19th :  4th Sunday of Lent: 10:30 A.M. Service CANCELLED :  1:00 Zion-Keppel United with Susan Carlton 

 March 24th : 5th Sunday of Lent: Pulpit Supply: Rev. Roy Nicol-Macdonald  

Upcoming Scripture Readers at KS: 
Feb. 26th & Mar. 5th:              Aunalea Cruickshank

MAR. 12, 19                              CAROL  MacDONNELL                                                                                 

MAR. 26, APRIL 2                     RONN CHENEY                                                     

Upcoming Greeting List:

Feb. 26th & Mar. 5th:               Aunalea & Kent Cruickshank

MAR. 12, 19                               CAROL  MacDONNELL                                                                        

MAR. 26, APR. 2                        RONN CHENEY

If appointed Sundays are not suitable, please exchange with someone and let Don know at

Upcoming Fellowship List: 

FEB.  12        WANDA  DAILEY                MAVIS BECKETT              COLLEEN DANARD       MARY ELLEN PARSONS                


APRIL          -    SATURDAY                MAPLE SYRUP              LOTS OF HELP NEEDED   


Pastoral Joys and Concerns


* We continue to offer prayers for Darlene Turner, Freda Henry and Ross McKibbon.  

* We offer prayers to all suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of Dementia and to those who provide care giving.
* We continue to offer payers for all unfortunate people who suffer from substance abuse and addiction. 

please share any joys, concerns, and prayer shawl needs

Church Announcements

Rev. Heather On Holiday: March 13th -27th, 2023.  Pastoral Emergencies will be covered by Rev. Debbie Grant who can be reached at 647-824-2300.


Flowers In The Sanctuary: this week were placed by Ronn Cheney in memory of his mother.


Sun. March 19thNO SERVICE at Kemble-Sarawak U.C.  Everyone invited to that 1:00 service at Zion-Keppel U.C. with Sue Carlton (LLWL) leading worship. 


MAiD:  Medical Assistance in Dying.  This information session will address the current legislation and oversight in Canada of Medical Assistance in Dying.  Nurse Practioner and Lead for MAID access, Julie Campbell, MBNA, MN, NP will share this session by zoom.  Wednesday April 5th, 2023 from 1-3pm.  To receive the zoom link, please contact Rev Kristal McGee at


The UCW continues to meet the first Wednesday of the month.  We welcome all ladies of the congregation to join us for dessert and interesting

programs.  We also encourage you to support our True Earth fundraiser for environmental friendly cleaning and laundry supplies.  Click on this

link to have 20% of your purchase directed to our UCW fundraiser 


Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council News: March newsletter:                                                             

Rural Ministry e-newsletter: "Connecting rural stories with rural people across the Canada".  Are you interested in the stories of

other rural churches? Are you curious what other rural United Churches are up to?  Check out  The United Church Rural Ministry

Network which can be found at 

Food Bank Donations:  A basket has been placed by the back doors.

Heather's Library Sale for M&S:  Please check out the small shelf of books for sale in the church's office.  If you are interested in one of the

books please feel free to take it and if possible place a donation to M&S in the basket on top of the shelf. 


Milk Bags: There is now a box and sign downstairs by the back entrance where your milk bags can be deposited.

























































Community Announcements


































SEEN OR HEARD ANY OWLS?  Two local wild bird enthusiasts, Ann Range and Bob Gray, are working on the current Ontario Breeding

Bird Atlas in the Kemble area. The idea is to record all the birds that breed here, within a 10 km square.  The square can be roughly

described as that area from where Grey Road 1 heads straight west from Georgian Bay to the “S” bend south of Kemble, west to the

east end of Bass Lake, straight north to Skinner’s Bluff, and straight east to Georgian Bay (just misses downtown Big Bay).  If you live

within the area described and see or hear an owl calling, we would be interested in hearing from you.   If we can confirm breeding

evidence, that would be great.  Owls most likely to be seen or heard will be Great Horned, Eastern Screech, Northern Saw-whet, and

Barred Owl.  Snowy Owl of course is just an intermittent  winter visitor so not included in the study. 
Please contact Bob at or 519-371-9128.

Georgian Bluffs Climate Action Team: Carbon Footprints are bluffing

You are invited to join our Georgian Bluffs community members to reduce our collective carbon footprint through concrete action!! 
We meet monthly on the 3rd Monday at 7:00 pm
Learn how to become part of a Carbon Footprint Challenge.
Please email for an invitation and more information.












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