Life Around Tobermory United… From The Desk Of The Lazy Theologian St. Nicholas Bazaar Nov 29 & 30

Submitted by Brad Inglis

I can only see the beautiful fall weather through the hazy gaze of a full-blown cold. I seldom get a cold, but when I do, I’m certain that mine is worse than anyone else has ever experienced! But my mother always keeps me humble and quickly reminded me that Oprah Winfrey had recently had a terrible cold that was far worse than mine and she was almost hospitalized. I’ve learned that you can’t compete for sympathy against Oprah.

Annual St. Nicholas Bazaar Nov 29th & 30th

Here we sit in fall and with it comes planning for our annual St. Nicholas Bazaar to be held Friday November 29th 6pm to 8pm and Saturday November 30th 10am to 2pm. We are now accepting applications from those who would like to be vendors this year. We are interested in wide and diverse items that people are looking to sell. 

Also, if you have a type of ethnic food that you would like to sell this year at our Christmas Café, please let us know. You can contact Sheila Peacock for more information (519) 596-8881 or 

We are also putting together a costume jewelry table again this year. If you are cleaning out your drawers, we are happy to receive any old jewelry you have. Clean out your drawers and make room for new stuff! Items can be dropped off at the church. Volunteers are always welcome too. Please let us know if you have time to help out. 

Weekly Discussion/Study Group

On Tuesday October 1st we will have begun our first weekly discussion/study group that is open to everyone in the community. Each week we will feature a short “Ted Talks” video followed by discussion. A list of speakers will be provided before-hand so that you can make a choice if it is something you are interested in. Talks will often be faith based but worldly in their ideas. The idea of these weekly sessions is to ensure they are fluid, because we know that everyone can’t make it every week. This way folks are free to come and go as they need to. 

Each session will begin with introductions and a brief check in, an approximately 20 minute video clip followed by inclusive, safe and respectful conversation that is held in confidence. The sessions will begin at 3pm and there is sure to be coffee and tea and some sort of snack! 

Don’t hesitate to contact me for more information and find out what “Ted Talks” really are. Our first session on October 1st is by Rick Warren and the title is A Life of Purpose. Rick talks about “what are you going to do with what you’ve been given”. Tuesday October 8th will be Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability. Watch for more topics in the upcoming weeks and come with an open heart and ready to share your ideas. 

Spirit Singers Oct 24th

Please mark your calendars for Thursday October 24th. The Spirit Singers will be back in town for their final concert of the year. 7pm here at the church and it promises to be a wonderful show with voices from all over the peninsula. 

Brad Inglis is the minister at Tobermory United Church. He can be reached at