We are delighted to have our own superstar musician, Madison Kozak, perform a concert at the church on Sunday July 14th! Raised in Lindsay and at Sturgeon Point, Madison’s passion and talent led her to Nashville, where she writes and performs music “with a strong back beat and lots of groove.”
Madison has asked that the concert benefit Women’s Resources, an organization that works to help abused women and their children in the Kawartha Lakes region.
Tickets ($20 adults,, $10 kids) available at:
SPA’s Canada Day barbecue at the park, Sunday June 30 at noon.
Celebration of Life: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2 p.m., at Eglinton St-George’s United Church, 33 Litton Blvd., Toronto
Mae has been a beloved member of our community and our church since the day she arrived at Sturgeon Point as a young nurse, to help Amy and Clair Stewart with their growing family.
It had been her plan to stay for the summer, but she did not plan on meeting the dashing Flavelle Macmillan. That one summer turned into a lifetime of summers, mostly spent at their cottage in Sandy Point.
Mae joined the board of the Sturgeon Point Union Church in 1971. She helmed every conceivable position until her retirement, forty years later. For a dozen years she served as secretary of the church and the record of meetings, captured in her beautifully hand-written minutes, filled with her charm and wit, are a joy to read.
Mae was much loved and will be much missed.
It was Mae’s wish that the church, and the outreach work it does, be supported in her memory. Donations may be received two ways:
By sending a cheque to:
Sturgeon Point Union Church
c/o Jeanne Crighton
Fenelon Falls, ON K0M 1N0
(We regret we are not able to accept electronic donations at this time.)
By donating with credit card or through PayPal via Sturgeon Point Association www.sturgeonpoint.com. Please write ‘Mae Macmillan memorial’ in subject line
Performed by Toronto’s Scrap Paper Theatre, at the Sturgeon Point Church
Saturday, August 17th at 4PM
Free admission. All are welcome.
The Christians is a big little play about influence and faith in an American megachurch, and the trouble when its leader changes his mind. Pastor Paul is going to preach a sermon that will rock the foundations of his congregation. He thinks it will be well received. He’s wrong.
The first of many, we hope! In August, 2018, Kolya and his family held a coming of age ceremony at our church. The Sturgeon Point community was invited to help celebrate this important milestone in Kolya’s life.
For your interest… text I found helpful in understanding the rituals and tasks Kolya, his family and friends were performing at his bar mitzvah, an excerpt from “My Jewish Learning 101.”
“Coming of age for a Jew, which happens automatically at age 13 for a boy and 12 for a girl, is termed bar and bat mitzvah, that is, obligated to perform the Jewish mitzvot (commandments). A ceremony marking the first performance of mitzvot such as being called up to the Torah to say the blessings (known as “getting an aliyah“) began to make sense only in the Middle Ages. Earlier, the age of majority had little practical meaning because minors were “permitted” (though not “obligated”) to perform many rituals that were later reserved only for boys who had reached the age of bar mitzvah.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah History
The history of the bar mitzvah dates back to a fifth-century rabbinic text references a blessing (still part of a traditional bar mitzvah) recited by the father thanking God for freeing him from responsibility for the deeds of his child, who is now accountable for his own actions. A 14th-century text mentions a father reciting this blessing in a synagogue when his son has his first aliyah.
By the 17th century, boys celebrating this coming of age were also reading from the Torah, chanting the weekly prophetic portion, leading services, and delivering learned talks.
Religious reformers of 19th-century Europe, uncomfortable with the ritual focus of the bar mitzvah, developed the confirmation ceremony, which celebrated the acquisition of the principles of Jewish faith by older teens. The confirmation ceremony quickly included girls as well as boys and spread to Reform and later Conservative congregations in the United States.
The new Colborne Street Gallery in Fenelon Falls will have a special show of local cottager Joan Horsfall Young’s series called Cottages. Proceeds of the book sales from the event will go to local Sturgeon Point organizations including the Sturgeon Point Union Church. Please come out to support our local artist and church.
Due to the success of past year’s efforts, the volunteers from the Sturgeon Point Union Church and the Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club will once again be dropping off empty grocery bags at your home or cottage on the August long weekend.
Kindly fill up the bag with non perishable items in support of this year’s Food Drive.
Items in need: Chicken noodle soup, rice, canned fruit, jam, peanut butter, coffee (ground & instant) and tea!
Drop Off Options:
Sunday August 6th, Sturgeon Point Union Church Service – 10:30am
Monday August 7th, Civic Weekend Running Races at Swannanoa – 10:00am
Donations are also gratefully accepted with cheques made out to: Salvation Army Food Bank