The Messenger

Dancing Colors of Spring

The Daffodils

By Williams Wadsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

and twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretched in never-ending line

along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

in such a jocund company:

I gazed—and gazed—but little thought

what wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

Photo Jessica Lewis Pexels

Movie Night

The Christian Education Committee invites you (young, young at heart, with or without your teddy bear, p.js, and pillow) to Family Movie Night! On Friday, April 19th at 6:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. The movie we will be showing is Inside Out. This movie is about 11-year-old Riley who moves to a new city, her Emotions team up to help her through the transition. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness work together, but when Joy and Sadness get lost, they must journey through unfamiliar places to get back home. Snacks and drinks will be available. We ask that all children be accompanied by an adult.

Holy Humour Sunday!

Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about Holy Humour Sunday! Norm Eygenraam will be leading this service on Sunday, April 21. Get ready to laugh with us! Come prepared as open mic is rumored to be back.

Dying To Talk

Dying to Talk …Conscious Conversations Talking about death won't kill you! This event is FREE and will be held on Wednesday, April 24 · 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Mount Forest United Church, 175 Queen Street East Mount Forest. Death is something we all have in common but are afraid to talk about. Are your values and wishes known? Let's start the conversation. Think Death Cafe with a Twist. Dying to Talk is a gathering where people join together to share in conscious conversations around issues surrounding life, death and all the messy in-betweens. We intend to increase awareness of living our best lives and making the most of the time we have left. While not a bereavement or support group, Dying to Talk provides an opportunity to respectfully discuss death as a natural part of our lives. This event is hosted by RoseAnne Desmarais. RoseAnne is an End-of-Life Doula, Private Palliative PSW and Certified Grief Educator / Companion. All participants can pre-register at or by calling RoseAnne Desmarais at (226) 820.4945

Mark your calendars

Music Variety Night: this annual event featuring solos, instrumentals, groups, and our Choir, will be held Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome! Free will offering to support our ongoing music ministry. 

April Earth Day Events

Garbage Pickup; Garbage Scavenger Hunt; and Community Garden activities.

On Saturday, April 20th, meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Community Garden (off Sligo Rd. West across from Waste Management) to get your garbage bags, gloves, your garbage scavenger hunt handout, and your district to pick up garbage. Bring your garbage back to Community Gardens by noon.

There will be refreshments and a tree planting provided by the Community Garden committee.


Earth Month Bingo

Pick up a bingo card from Rhoda at church, Hybrid Hair and Detox Spa, M & M Food Market, Eco Den, or the Library. Complete as many sustainable activities as you can to get a line (straight or diagonal). If you get a Bingo, return the card by April 30th for an opportunity to win a prize.

Butt Blitz

A Greener Future initiative that recycles cigarette butts to Terra Recycling. Collect butts for the month of April, collected butts are to be turned in to Ruth MacDonald at M & M Food Market. Must be 19 and over.

Memory Garden Bricks

Have you thought about placing a brick in the Memory Garden pathway in memory of a friend or loved one? You can order a brick which will be inscribed with the name and year of birth and death of a loved family member or friend, through the Church Office. These 4" X 6" X 12" granite bricks will be incorporated into the walkways of the Memory Garden at the discretion of the Memorial Garden Committee. The cost for the brick, inscription, and placement is $250. Contact Juliann at the office at 519-323-1910, Ext. 1. or email to make arrangements.

Art in the Christian Tradition

An invitation to share your faith and how you are called to serve in art form


Saturday, June 8

Mount Forest United Church

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Art can be a catalyst for community engagement and also can demonstrate how we serve God. We are also drawn closer to God through art.  Art takes many forms. If you have ever visited Woodland, you will see the beautiful banners displayed in the sanctuary and created by Linda Harris. You might be a photographer with a collage of photos that depict your involvement with our refugee families. Perhaps you are a quilter, a woodworker, or a stained glass artist.


Start thinking about what you might like to display – and get creative!


The event will be open to the public and will include a strawberry tea.


The event is being coordinated by Patty Sinnamon. Patty is seeking helpers to coordinate the Art Show and helpers for the strawberry tea. For more information please contact Patty at  

Toe Tapping Fun

VBS-Save the Date

Vacation Bible School will be held at Mount Forest United from August 6th - 9th. Mark your calendars now and spread the word! We will be sure to announce more information at a later date.

Pastoral Care

If you’d like the Pastoral Care Team to pray for you or someone you know, or are aware of any hospitalizations, sickness, or special occasions, contact one of the following members of the team.  Betty Seminowicz at 519-923-5416, or by Email: or Daphne Rappard at 519-323-2505,


We would also be happy to have one of our team members visit you in person or by phone. All requests are shared only with the Pastoral Care Team and are kept confidential. 

MFUC Treasurer’s Report:

Year-to-Date Operating Income & Expenses @ 31Mar24

                       Income $ 57,432.00      /        Expenses $ 41,422.00

General Operating Funds balance           $ 91,280.00

UCC M&S Fund Receipts $ 4,443.00 / UCC M&S Fund Budget $ 3,500.00

 (M&S balances include UCW contributions)


Woodland UC Treasurer’s Report:

 Year-to-Date Operating Income & Expenses @ 31Mar24

Income $ 5,371.17 / Expenses $ 5,405.00

General Fund balance $ 26,575.13

 UCC M&S Fund Receipts: $ 405.00 / UCC M&S Fund Budget $ 500.01


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