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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Cobden, Ont., experienced a significant change at the end of February as it reluctantly accepted the retirement of the Rev. Patricia Van Gelder, who had served the congregation for 28 years. She is pictured with the Session members of St. Andrew’s. Pictured left to right: (top row) Rick Olmstead, Elizabeth Cobb, Chelsey Blair and Norman McBride; (middle) Heather Blair, Bobbie Robertson and Debbi McLaughlin; (bottom) Lorraine Hamilton, the Rev. Patricia Van Gelder and Daryl McLaughlin. Absent: Lawrie Barton and Joan Wasmund.
    On March 27, 2022, the congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Cobden, Ont., recently expressed gratitude for their organist/pianist, Chrystal Hawkins, who retired after forty-one years of service. Chrystal started serving with St. Andrew’s Ross Presbyterian in 1981, and even- tually became organist for both St. Andrew’s Cobden and St. Andrew’s Ross until the closure of St. Andrew’s Ross Church. Chrystal and her hus- band, Mel, were wished all the best for a happy and healthy retirement from the congregation.
    Over the last several months, Knox Frox sewing group at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bobcaygeon, Ont., has been making quilts for local charities. A Knox knitter, Jean Treharne, has been knitting little outfits for Kawartha Lakes Pregnancy Centre in Lindsay. Pictured here are the 23 quilts that three sewers have produced. Although the group is larger in number, the ladies in the picture from left to right are Joyce Ingram, Margaret McIsaac, Myra Coene (a sewer), Ruth McIsaac, Joyce Anderson and Kay Jamieson. The quilts are donated to the Women’s Resource Center and to Vickie’s Values Thrift Store, where sales support the Women’s Resource Centre. Some baby quilts, as well as the knitted items, will be going to the local pregnancy centre. Our Knox Women’s group had some changes last year and a new group known as Knox Tea and Talk Mission group has formed to serve local mission projects. Two ladies each purchased a quilt from “the batch” with the proceeds supporting this work. Proudly pictured with their purchases are Jackie Fralick with the dinosaur quilt and Ruth McIsaac with the “Betty Boop” quilt. PHOTO CREDIT: JACKIE FRALICK
The induction of the Rev. Dick Eric van Dorsten at Point Edward Presby- terian Church in Point Edward, Ont., was celebrated with a communion service on May 27. The Rev. Dick Eric is a new minister in the church, originally from the Netherlands.

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