PASTORS TO ESTABLISH MINISTRY OF HEALING AND WHOLENESS
STORY AND PHOTO BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Helen and Brian Harvey are the new pastors at Bayfield's Church on the Way. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Brian and Helen Harvey moved to Zurich in the spring of this year with plans to settle into semi-retirement. Then they attended a service at Church on the Way in Bayfield.
“When we moved here we visited several churches. As soon as I stepped into the Church on the Way I felt I would become pastor of the church,” said Brian. And as it happened, a short time later, he and his wife were invited to become pastors by then Pastor Gabriel Schultz. The transition took place over the summer with the couple officially starting on Sept. 1.
The Harveys are not strangers to ministry. Helen, served in Baptist churches for over 30 years, with her first husband, the late David Houghland. She is currently filling the role of pianist and worship leader at Church on the Way.
Brian earned a BA in Religion and Philosophy and followed this up with studies at McMaster Divinity School in Hamilton in the late 1960s. His career path shifted at that time however and he ended up having a career in his native USA with Kodak. When the company declined Brian accepted a buyout and returned to McMaster to complete his studies in 2003. He served at Wentworth Baptist Church in Hamilton in various capacities including, Associate Pastor, Community Advocate and Community Chaplain from 2001-2005.
The Harveys were married in 2002. The pair found a common interest in helping people with addictions. In 2005, they established “House of Hope” in Hamilton operating it until this year when they made the decision to close it and move to Zurich.
“We housed men who were struggling with chemical dependency and other forms of life problems and guided them on the way to recovery and healthy life styles,” said Brian.
The pair also joined and were ordained by the Eagle Worldwide Ministries, a Spirit Contemporary Church in 2005.
“We have accepted this call (here in Bayfield) and hope to establish a healing and wholeness ministry,” said Brian. “I am the President of Victorious Ministry Through Christ – Canada. We help believers on their healing journey from hurts and abuses they have suffered to living positive, fulfilling lives.”
Helen has worked for many years with children in areas of literacy, worship dramas and church education. She has been certified with Child Evangelism Fellowship of Ontario. During the summer she helped with the Day Camps offered at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield through Camp Kintail.
“I helped with the children’s program at Knox and we often reached capacity in the church basement with summer residents joining in. I am getting involved with the Bayfield Food Bank that is hosted out of Trinity Anglican Church and I was invited to attend the St. Andrew’s United Church Women’s Thankoffering meeting. At our Open House at the beginning of September we had lots of visitors drop in from the other churches in the community and it is nice to see that we can all join together,” said Helen.
“Unity is a basic tenant of the Christian faith and I feel that we need to work together,” added Brian.
Church on the Way offers Bible Study on Wednesday evenings for one hour starting at 7 p.m. Worship Services are held on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Services and meetings are held in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
“We offer a more contemporary, relaxed style of service. We would like to see our musical worship evolve and hope to add guitars and perhaps drums along with the keyboards we currently have,” said Helen.
So there is still some work to be done for the new, perhaps not quite semi-retired, pastors of Church on the Way.
"Rolling schools" focus of historical society meeting
Up in the sparsely settled bush north of Sudbury in the first half of the last century many children of railway workers, trappers, prospectors and lumbermen received their education in schools housed in converted railway coaches. These coaches passed from village to village.
Pam Stanley will tell the story of these rolling schools in Ontario’s northlands on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. This event is part of the Bayfield Historical Society’s monthly speakers series.
The first of these “rolling schools” was a converted coach donated by Canadian National Railways in 1926; eventually there were seven school cars plying 4,500 miles of railway lines in northern Ontario.
Fred Sloman, of Clinton, initiated the project. He also became the first teacher on a rolling school. Each week, a CN Rail “wayfreight” train moved the “school car” to specially built sidings in northern villages where it would remain for about five days. Pupils would then be left with enough homework to last until the school returned. More than 1,000 children graduated from this unique school including Fred and Cela Sloman’s own five kids.
Ratepayers' request improvements for pedestrians
Over the past year the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) has been requesting that the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) make modifications to improve the safety of pedestrians as they cross Hwy. 21 to shop, dine and/or attend church.
During summer 2011, the MTO conducted three assessments of the traffic concerns expressed by the BRA. According to the BRA, the MTO concluded, that although the traffic and safety concerns are real, the village does not qualify for cross walks and traffic lights.
The BRA believes that since the MTO is resurfacing this section of Hwy. 21 by 2014 it would be the opportune time to make some requested changes. With this in mind the BRA are requesting the following modifications and improvements by the MTO to Hwy. 21 as it passes through the village:
• That the speed limits be changed from 60 KMS to 50 KMS starting at Paul Bunyan Road at the south end and continuing through to Bayfield River Road at the north end of the village.
• That new signage indicating a new reduction in speed is posted at Crystal Springs Road in the south and at Bayfield Road at the north.
• That the shoulders of the road be paved to allow safe navigation for pedestrians and cyclists through the heart of the village, Mill Road at the south and up to Old River Road in the north.
• That a "Hidden Intersection" sign be place at both the north and south entrances from Hwy. 21 to Short Hill Road.
The BRA is pleased to note that they have obtained support for this initiative from ten organizations within the community including, the Medical Director of Health for Huron County.
For more information on these requests please contact Sondra Buchner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
alternatives to traditional health care focus of evening
Just recently, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons passed a policy statement that read in part, “… Doctors should respect patients’ rights to choose and keep the lines of communications open with alternative practitioners”.
Heather Boon, a medical sociologist at the University of Toronto, said, “Whether or not MDs agree, they may soon find themselves working more closely with naturopaths and other CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) practitioners.”
What are these treatments? Are they recognized and regulated? Are they harmful? What and whom do they help and how? The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation has brought together five speakers who practice alternative and supportive treatments as part of an educational evening.
On Nov. 8, the AMGHF will present the third lecture in the “Words of Wellness” Series.
During the evening to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall, Drs. Brent and April Hulley, of Bayfield, will provide insight into the role of chiropractors. Other speakers will include: Dr. Kate Hazlitt, of Goderich, naturopathic; Dr. Katarina Romano, acupuncturist; and Stephanie Schilthuis, massage and reflexology therapist.
“Words of Wellness” is an educational series that neither supports nor condones the principles expressed by the speakers. All the speakers in the series are giving graciously of their time to support the AMGHF. In the first two lectures, Dr. Ken Shonk and Dr. John Howard challenged their audiences and indeed their peers to consider treatment of the whole patient as a priority and not focus on just the disease.
Also on Nov. 8, in addition to the speakers, those who attend can enjoy the work of seven local artists who have prepared a show and sale of their work. The art show, with refreshments, begins at 7 p.m. The lectures along with a “questions and answers” session will start about 7:45 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and available in Goderich at Finchers, Microage Basics or the AMGHF office by calling 519 524-8323 Ext. 5349. In Bayfield, contact Ray Letheren at 519 565-2317 or email email@example.com. Please note seating is limited.
Workshop will help people get acquainted with camera
There are so many buttons and dials on a digital camera that many folks might be intimidated to push or turn them. George Zoethout can help relieve this anxiety.
Due to the efforts of the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) he will be leading a second introductory workshop to improve individual’s camera skills on Nov. 17 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
“Understand your Digital Camera and Take Better Photos” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.
Zoethout led a similar workshop earlier in October. Doug Brown, one of the participants, said, “The workshop was very interactive and helpful; this was reinforced by the fact that after the workshop many of the participants asked if he would come back and do the next level. I think we all learned about camera functions that we did not know existed and that we hopefully will try to use.”
There are currently four spots available for this eight-person workshop. The cost is $10 for members of the PCoB and $20 for non-members. To reserve a spot please call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bayfield Concert Series brings Canadian talent to town
Canadian singer-song writers are the focus of the Bayfield Concert Series and the artists set to appear at the Bayfield Town Hall over the next few months are all highly qualified.
Basia Bulat performed to a very appreciative audience on the evening of Oct. 18.
Anyone who missed this performance, won’t want to miss out on the other two acts on the schedule. Meades Bros. Productions will be bringing to the village Juno Award Winner, Meaghan Smith, on Dec. 6 and multiple Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, on Feb. 15.
Om Yoga Studio in Grand Bend is sponsoring the Smith concert, with London Life acting as sponsor for Slean show. The Smith concert is priced at $30 a person while the Slean show is $40.
Both shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now from ticketscene.ca. They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.
The Optimist Club of Bayfield would like to encourage everyone in the community to vote for the Bayfield Splash Pad project in the second round of voting in the AVIVA Community Fund Competition from now until Nov. 5.
The club generated nearly 300 voting supporters in the first round and well over 1,000 votes but the main objective is to make it to the semi-finals and to do that a lot more support will need to be generated. If the club makes it to the finals they could share in a portion of one million dollars in grant money being offered by AVIVA insurance. Any amount granted would be a great help in raising the approximately $150,000 needed to construct a Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square.
All people need to vote is an email address, they can vote once a day per address, it is important to remember to vote everyday and to spread the word to others. To register and vote go to: Aviva .
People who are AVIVA Insurance customers can also encourage their brokers to become supporters of the project to generate even more votes. P.A. Roy Insurance Brokers of Clinton and Wingham, Van Allen Insurance in Listowel and Omni Insurance in London are currently supporting the Splash Pad project.
The countdown to the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade has begun. Anyone wishing to put an entry into this year’s parade to be held on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. is invited to contact Mike Dixon at 519 565-2583 or email email@example.com.
The Healthy Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, based out of Goderich, has helped many Bayfield residents both past and present in maintaining their heart health.
Healthy Hearts will be holding a fundraiser on Nov. 14 at the Goderich Legion.
The “Lean Beef on a Bun Luncheon” will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will feature oven-roasted beef on a bun, gourmet coleslaw, baked beans,
apples and healthy oatmeal cookies,
The cost is $9 per person and take-outs are available. For tickets contact Healthy Hearts by calling, 519 524-5411 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Church musician and composer, Ron Klusmeier’s “Canada Wide Tour of a Lifetime” is coming to Bayfield’s St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 25.
After 40 years of traveling across the country offering concerts, workshops and worship leading Klusmeier is retiring at of this 200-community tour that will wrap up in June of 2013.
The concert is being held in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) and The United Church Observer and 25 per cent of sales will be donated directly to the CFB.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now $20 for adults and $5 for children 16 years and under.
During the day, the composer himself will lead a free workshop, entitled, “The Music of Ron Klusmeier. The workshop will run from 2-4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to register in advance.
A second workshop will be offered on the subject of “Projection and Technology” with Christina Bogucki. Those who take part will “learn how to effectively use projection and other technology tools in the contest of worship”. The cost for this workshop is $30 per person.
To register and/or for tickets call 519 565-2854 or 519 565-2479.
teddy bear check-up
When was the last time your child had their teddy bear’s vision tested? Regular eye examinations are an important part of your child’s eye health and if the appointment would be made easier with teddy by their side then Main Street Optometric in Bayfield welcome them as well. And in the process your child’s school can benefit too.
October is Vision Health Month, and to promote healthy vision and overall well-being Main Street Optometric is bringing back the “Teddy Bear Check-Up” until the end of the month. Local children are encouraged to bring in their favorite teddy bear with them for a complete eye-exam. To promote healthy eyes and learning, Main Street Optometric will give a donation on behalf of each Teddy to their owner’s local school library. After all vision is involved in 80 per cent of all learning.
In the province of Ontario children under the age of 19 years are covered annually under OHIP, so this program runs at no expense to parents or schools. Teddy Bears are tested free of charge; limit one teddy per child.
Please call 519 565-2300 to book an appointment with Dr. Rich Samuell. Oct. 27 has been allocated as Teddy Bear Check-Up Day but afterschool appointments can also be arranged for youngsters enrolled in school.
The autumn leaves are falling and Bluewater residents are raking. The Municipality of Bluewater will be providing pickup of these bagged leaves from now to Nov. 23.
Award winning comedy
Life was pretty normal until Dad came out of the closet. Then it got more interesting.
“Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter” is the latest comic monologue by Alison Wearing to be brought to the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 27.
According to the Wearing’s website, it is based on her own life growing up with a gay father.
The website indicates that the “multimedia performance moves from her carefree childhood to the moment she learned, at age 12, that her family was a tad more complex than she had thought… Balancing intimacy, history and downright hilarity, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is a captivating tale of family life: deliciously imperfect, riotously challenging, and full of life’s great lessons in love.”
A highlight of the evening will be a question and answer period with Wearing following the presentation.
Tickets are on sale now for $25 and can be purchased by contacting Pat McDougall at 519 565-2572 or Jane Rowat at 519 565-5838.
Proceeds from the evening’s performance that will begin at 8 p.m. will go toward greenery for the town hall and surroundings.
It is the time of year to start thinking about staying healthy during the winter months. With that in mind the Bluewater Area Family Health Team have set dates for Community Influenza Clinics to be held within the municipality.
The first clinic will be held in Bayfield at Trinity Anglican Church on Oct. 24 from 4-6 p.m. Other clinics will be held in Dashwood at Zion Lutheran Church on Oct. 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. and in Zurich at the medical centre on Oct. 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Those who take part should wear short sleeves, or a shirt with sleeves that roll up easily, and bring their health card.
Hilarity ensues for the third of four Toronto Film Circuit films to be shown as part of the Bayfield Film Society’s Fall Series. The comedy Moonrise Kingdom is scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Moonrise Kingdom takes place on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. It tells the story of two twelve year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down.
The final film of the series will be shown on Dec. 13.
The films start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Seating is limited. Tickets can be ordered from Jane Rowat by e-mail: email@example.com or by calling 519 565-5838.
Two authors are coming to town thanks to the efforts of The Village Bookshop.
A few tickets are still available for “An Evening With Terry Fallis” on Oct. 25 at the Bayfield Town Hall. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are can be obtained for $30 from The Village Bookshop and includes a signed copy of Fallis’ new book "Up and Down".
Author Susan Swan will be reading from her latest novel, “The Western Light” at the bookshop on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The novel shares a heroine with her international bestseller, “The Wives of Bath.” Swan is a journalist, feminist, novelist, activist and teacher whose critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries. The event is free and refreshments will be served.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society will soon be in need of volunteers to help put together Christmas wreaths. Crews cut evergreen boughs, make grapevine wreaths, add the greenery to the grapevine, create bows, and sell the finished product. Anyone wanting to join one of these crews and meet some great people in the process should contact Don Brodie at 519 263-2404.