Every third Monday of the month in winter, starting in November, Florence puts on Gratuitous Grub (free lunch!) for the community at the parish hall at noon.
A good time is had by all.
You are most welcome to drop in!
Fr. David Nevett recently invited our Fr. Gary back to his very first parish, St. Michaels and All Angels, in the town of Beechy, Saskatchewan, to guest preach.
Fr. Gary comments, "There is a story behind the cowboy hat."
The second photo is of the St. Michaels and All Angels congregation.
It looks like the newest, and possibly cutest, parishioner at St. John's-in-the-Woods has a few questions for Fr. Gary.
PARKER, Joan Emily
Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, December 28, 2018, at Chatham-Kent Hospice, Joan Emily Parker passed away at the age of 71. Beloved wife of Gary Parker. Loving mother of Lt. (N) Rev. Robert (Rev. Rachel) Parker and Lori Bassett (Chris Moore). Cherished grandmother of Kali (Hunter Kobus), Christa and Michael Bassett; Robby and Danny Parker and Shannon Moore. Predeceased by her parents Gilbert and Emily Brunton, sister Patricia Hamilton and brother Harold “Butch” Brunton.
Joan and Gary were married for 51 years and, even though Joan had several different jobs in her life, the job she loved most was raising and caring for her family. Her kids and grandkids were the center of her life. Joan loved to cook for family and the multitude of church groups she belonged to. Joan will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, January 4, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 248 Vidal Street North, Sarnia, on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow, and a private burial of ashes will be held at Resurrection Cemetery, Sarnia, at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca
Fr. Gary is the Chaplain to the Royal Canadian Legion in Thamesville, and officiated at the District Drumhead Service held at the cenotaph in Thamesville on September 16.
Photos by Joan Cofell of Parish Yard Sale Food Prep Team: Ron and Elaine Bolohan, Ken Richmond, Gail Baldwin, and Fr. John.
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