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

Submitted by Brad Inglis

Is it my imagination or have we somehow slipped from one season into the other with barely a breath in between? 

Around here we are already planning for the Christmas Bazaar, or should I say, it is planned and now the pie baking has begun! This year we will be open Friday evening November 29th from 6 to 8 and Saturday November 30th 10am to 2pm. We have lots of vendors, great baking and many, many vintage creations and re-purposed items that are now bird houses, signs, wall art, cottage collectables and Christmas decorations. This year we are also creating homemade grapevine wreaths. We are also hoping to have an amazing array of costume jewelry for sale. So…please clean out your drawers and donate whatever it is you aren’t using and then come and buy some new pieces that you can’t live without. The more vintage the pieces the better! 

As you know, we are an isolated community and sometimes folks need help with getting to appointments either in town or further afield – volunteer drivers make this possible. Please contact Linda Godhue for more information (519) 596-2333 or . Drivers can be compensated for their expenses and you are only asked to drive where you are comfortable going. It doesn’t matter if you are here year-round or gone part of the year, we are happy to have your assistance when you are available. AND, rides are available to those who need them. Please call Linda and ensure that you give her advanced warning of your upcoming appointment. 

The Tobermory Food Bank continues to seek volunteers to assist during hamper time, picking up donations, working in the Food Bank when it’s open and with special events. It doesn’t require a lot of time, but it does make a huge difference in the lives of our folks who need the support. Please contact Linda Godhue if you can help out (519) 596-2333 or .

Our Tedtalks sessions continue every Tuesday afternoon at 3pm here at the church. Every week, together we watch a twenty minute Tedtalks presentation and afterwards discuss it. You don’t have to be here every week because each week is a new session, so if the title is of interest to you, please join us: 

• November 5th – Pope Francis, Why the only future worth building includes everyone. 

• November 12th – Lesley Hazleton, The doubt essential to faith. 

• November 19th – Alaa Murabit, What my religion really says about women. 

You can check out our web page or call the church for upcoming sessions. All are welcome!

Finally, we would like to thank everyone in the community and visitors for another great Thrift Shop season. Everything is packed up for another year and we raised just over $30,000. None of which would be possible without the donations of items, the amazing volunteers, the volunteer management team and of course the shoppers. We are always pleased to say that the funds raised from the Thrift Shop stay right here in this community, making our ministry possible, assisting the Community Outreach Fund, The Meeting Place and support of chaplaincy programs in our local hospitals. Thank you!

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