Life Around Tobermory United…From The Desk Of The Lazy Theologian

L-R: Barb Mielhausen and Vi Adams present the volunteer Thank You cake at the June 3rd appreciation lunch and training held at Tobermory United Church.
Submitted by Brad Inglis

By the time you read this, let’s hope that there is some sign of warmer days. Chi Cheemaun weekend will have been put to bed for another year, baseball games will have been won and lost and now the Thrift Shop is open six days a week. Somehow all of this indicates that we are inching towards summer.
We are always looking for additional volunteers to help out at the Thrift Shop. If you have an afternoon a week and would like to join this team, please contact Bert Vancook at (519) 596-2983 or You don’t need any prior experience, it’s fun and a great way to meet new people. You may want to test the waters by joining our Parachute List. This group isn’t on the regular schedule but fill in when others are away. Donations of gently used items are always welcomed and can be dropped off during store hours 1 to 4pm, Monday to Saturday…and shoppers, you will find new treasures every day!
Regular Yoga continues at the church Tuesdays at 9:30am and Gentle Yoga on Wednesdays at 9:45am. Our wonderful Joann Schaner is taking a well-deserved break (for now) and Katrina Murphy from Miller Lake will be leading the classes. Welcome aboard Katrina and thank you for sharing your skills and training with us! Participants are welcome to drop in for either session and the cost is $13. Summer visitors are more than welcome to join this friendly and welcoming group.
The Bridge Club has resumed their weekly games at the church Thursday afternoons at 1pm. This group isn’t just a bunch of old card sharks. They are welcoming, friendly and always happy to help new learners and share their passion for the game. No experience is necessary but fun is mandatory. The Fabric Art Group continues to meet Tuesdays at 11:15am – bring along your projects, compare notes with others and share ideas about future projects. There is always tea and coffee and there is something fun about working together, yet on individual projects, that helps with our creativity and opens us to new ideas. The conversation is always lively.
The Tobermory Legion Ladies Auxiliary is back for the season hosting Bingo Monday evenings starting at 7:15pm. This is held at the Community Centre. No experience is necessary to play and there is a progressive Jack Pot of $500 depending on if your numbers are called within the weekly set number, that increases each week. Not to worry, the $100 dollar prize is won every week. There is a snack bar, a variety of games and winnings to enjoy and proceeds from this weekly event go towards special projects in the community that help to enrich the lives of everyone. Thank you ladies for your dedication to this program!
If you are looking for a spiritual experience or to re-visit your faith, there are four local churches in Tobermory and each is unique and wonderful. St. Thomas the Apostle Mission – Catholic Church gathers Saturdays at 11:30am at the United Church, St. Edmunds Anglican Church gather at 2pm on Sundays at their church found at the end of number six highway, Light and Life Community Chapel gather at 10:30am Sunday mornings at their highway six location. We at the United Church worship at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. Coffee and social time begins at 10am prior to the service. Each of the churches are Tobermory casual, worship is pretty informal and always lively and each of the congregations are beautifully welcoming communities of faith. Come and check us out – you just might find that church isn’t what you remember from the 70s.
Brad Inglis is the minister at Tobermory United Church. He can be reached at