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

Submitted by Brad Inglis

Well, the church is looking like a warehouse these days. Every corner seems to be stuffed with items for the bazaar. The freezers are filled with frozen homemade apple, cherry and blueberry pies, ready for you to bake in your own home. Vi Adams rolled out more thank 100 pie shells and other volunteers helped to fill them. Fresh baking and homemade jams will fill the bake tables at the Community Centre on Friday November 29th 6 to 8pm and Saturday November 30th 10am to 2pm. The St. Nicholas Bazaar will once again take over the town! 

There will be a variety of foods available at the Christmas Café for you to enjoy at the bazaar or to take out. We are making butter chicken (not too spicy), Korean specialties, samosas, homemade soup and pizza. Come for lunch, shop and visit with your neighbours and friends. There will also be specialty coffees served up thanks to The Sweet Shop and live music!

Once again, we are featuring local authors, crafts from various vendors and our ever popular, repurposed collector items from Twisted Roots. You will find amazing creations for the garden, unique bird houses, indoor/outdoor signs, vintage furniture and a big variety of Christmas decorations – perfect for everyone on your list. We are also asking people to bring their own shopping bags if possible and lots of cash. You’ll need it for our Silent Auction and Trash to Treasures table!

Once the bazaar is over, we are onto the Tobermory Muses Christmas Concert. They are hosting it at the church on Friday December 6th at 7pm. This energetic group will pull together many local talents who will share stories and poetry, sing and help launch us into the Christmas season. This has become a wonderful tradition and the church will fill up fast, so come early to get a good seat. 

December 1st is the first Sunday of the Advent season and our tradition is to serve communion on this day. This is the first of four Sundays where we celebrate and prepare for the birth of Christ. In church-land, this is a big deal! Each Sunday represents a specific sentiment as we make the annual journey to Bethlehem – Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. Our pop-up choir is busy practicing special music and there will be other guests sharing their gift of music throughout the season. Everyone is welcome to drop in and share in this sacred time of the year – you don’t have to be a professional church-goer, all are welcome. 

We always serve coffee and tea before our 10:30am service, so come early and visit with friends. You will find that each of the local churches are especially welcoming at this time of the year and celebrate in their own unique way – Light and Life Community Chapel, St. Edmunds Anglican Church and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church (shares space at Tobermory United – meeting Saturdays at 11:30am).

You know the season is changing when Bingo starts at the Community Centre. The Tobermory Legion Ladies Auxiliary will once again host bingo throughout the winter on Mondays at 1pm. It’s a great way to visit with friends and support a great cause. 

Who says there’s nothing to do in Tobermory?

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