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Fireside Group

Fireside; Is a group of  people welcoming ALL who wish to come out to a  meeting on the 1st  Tuesday  evening of each month from Nov. to  Jan.  and Mar. to the following June,  at 7:30 pm. 

**ALL Information is in your Blue Pamphlet, ready for the year!!        They are for everyone, so that you can join in with the listed activities. It is always an interesting evening!! Pick up a pamphlet from the tables at each entrance. 

Sun.  Sept. 16: 10:30 am “Kummoniwannago Sunday!!” at Duff’s is kindly looked after by the Fireside & the Church School Teachers!! It is always a perfect lunch -hotdogs,  fresh corn on the cob, sandwiches, dessert & games for all ages!! It’s a great way to remind us and it “KICKs off the New Church School Year!!”

Sat. October 20: 10 am – 1 pm Duff’s Fireside & Community Bazaar, sponsored by the “Fireside” & welcoming ALL to participate in what you enjoy doing, it’s your choice!! Baking, Canning, making Casseroles, Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, Vegetables & Fruit, making Candy,  Serving & clearing in the “Jolly Lunchroom”, OR working in the kitchen is also an option!!                                                    The doors open at 10 am and all are welcome to have a relaxing day viewing the merchandise, purchasing your special treats, or relaxing in the Lunchroom at anytime, for coffee, tea or juice, sandwiches,  a comforting bowl of homemade soup OR a delicious piece of pie!!   TODAY is YOUR day to RELAX!!






















Special Services 2018

 Sun. Sept. 9: 10:30 am there will be a “Shared Community Church Service” with  Arkell, Crieff, Duff’s & Mt. Carmel Zion  at the Puslinch Community Centre.  ALL are welcome!!

Services in the Sanctuary at Duff’s begin on the 16th at 10:30 am It is “Kummoniwannago Sunday”,  the 3rd Sunday in September. The Teachers will be commissioned and the Children will be welcomed!!The Fireside and the Sunday School Teachers prepare games & quizzes as well as corn on the cob, hotdogs and sandwiches and maybe even chocolate cake to celebrate the RETURN of the Children to Church & Sunday School!! Janice McCaig dreams up great little contests & challenges for all ages. It is always a “FUN DAY” for everyone!!!! All are welcome!!                      (1:30 pm PFO Rehearsal in Nanson Hall…OR….as soon as possible.)

Sun. Oct. 7: 10:30 am it will be a “Communion” AND a Thanksgiving” Service! All are welcome!!                                      

Sun. Oct. 14: 10:30 am is a “Christening” Service                                                                                     1 pm PFO  rehearsal

Sun. Oct. 21: 10:30 is Duff’s 181st Anniversary Service                                                                   Rev. Bill Bynum will be conducting the service.

Sun. Oct. 28:10:30 am  Remembering & Appreciation Sun.                                                            and lighting candles for loved ones.
















































Parish Nurse Programs at Duff’s

A ” Fitness Class” is coming to Duff’s  Monday after Labour Day- Mon. Sept. 10 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm  with a qualified instructor!!         No cost the 1st night only……Be WELL!!  Be FIT!!

Luncheons for Seniors begin again in September on :                                  Wed. Sept. 12: 11 am. You will have a chance to meet the candidates for the Civic election coming up. Each candidate has the same amount of time. Please RSVP to Karen if you are staying for lunch by calling 519-820-3042   OR   email-

Tues. and/or Thurs.: ALL YEAR at  9:30  – 10:30 am SMART Program – providing: better exercises, while delivering safe, appropriate, physical activities for healthy aging.  This is a great workout plus it is FREE!!!  

Movie Afternoon: 1:30 pm “Faith Like Potatoes” All Seniors are welcome!! Bring your friends!!

“Welcome Room” Information:                                                                                    Library Movies……“Awakening from Alzhiemers” Book or Video                                                                    “It truly is an awakening!!”                                                  Pamphlets………………..…Alzheimers and MORE                                                  Softcover Book………….We have 3 Brains: the                                                                            Gut, Brain & Heart!

“Introduction to Tapping ”                                                                                             1st Small Binder…………Introduction to Tapping                                              2nd Small Binder ………..The Science Behind it all                                              3rd  Small Binder…………How to Thrive & Live a Life You Love                                                                      in Every Stage of Life                                                      4th Small Binder…………Boundless Living : How to thrive & Live                                                                Your  Life                                                                               5th Small Binder………..Creating Lasting Change: How to Get                                                                     Unstuck & Create Change with Ease!                6th Small Binder………....Tapping Into Your Chakras: How to                                                                          Harness Their Power to Feel Grounded and                                                       confident in Your Own Life.                                     7th Small Binder.…………Dodging Energy Vampires: A Highly                                                                       Sensitive  Person’s Guide to Protecting                                                                 Their Energy.

Sign out on the clipboard sheet & sign in once you bring it back.    email:                                                                           OR  call Karen: 519-820-8114






Duff’s Reception Committee

Stand – up Receptions: with some seating, tablecloths, centre pieces and a large, decorative, buffet table…


**Sit -down Dinners for up to 120 people or different items for Stand-up Receptions and prices are negotiable.**

Special Arrangements for these Hospitality Services  such as Coffee Break, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or Receptions & Catering for Birthdays, Showers, Weddings, Parties or Funeral receptions may be made by contacting the Service Club Ladies:                                Gillian Mahnke 519-824-4679  or Janice McCaig 519-822-0386


WMS on the GO! 2018

 The MS meetings  and acitivities:                                                                      **The WMS is actively engaged in knitting sweaters & caps for newborns. The sweaters & caps are sent to Jobat hospital in India twice a year.   Three years ago, 2 doctors from Jobat India came to Duff’s to explain & show slides about their hospitals, pregnancy programs and not only care for newborns, & new moms but also teaching families how to care for and feed the family. They also explained the difference that our help makes!! Many more babies survive!!!** 

Thurs. Oct. 4: 10:30 am at Duff’s . All are Welcome to our Thanksgiving Meeting!! Pat Ganning will be leading the meeting and Joan Law will serve the refreshments. Roll Call: I am thankful for…….

Mon. Oct. 15 is W.M.S. Fall Rally at St. Andrew’s Church in Arthur    10 am: Executive Meeting, 1 pm Fall Rally- ALL welcome!! The refreshments today will be prepared by the ladies from St. Andrew’s Kitchener.

Thurs. Nov. 29: Seniors’ Christmas Community Potluck at Duff’s!! 11:45 am Gathering  12 Noon Luncheon & Games, Entertainment: Ev Winer and Paul & Wendy

Mon. Dec. 3: 9 am Christmas plates will be assembled. If you wish to donate a treat for the plates, YOU are most welcome…small and/or light. (Check with Marion Hunter, if you wish.)






Teddy Bears: We have received 350 knitted Teddy Bears since  our Teddy Bear Tea, Oct.28, 2017 and last week, Jan. 31, 2018,  2 more large boxes were delivered to Duff’s…….Hurrah!! We are soooo thankful to have more bears for PEOPLE to take on their missions!! Pat and I are so excited and the bears are soooo cute & cuddly!! WAY to GO Ladies!!  Thank you, thank you!!

Volunteers are also Knitting….”Knitted Knockers” for women who have undergone masectomies. These items are special, handmade breast prostheses. The pattern is available from Duff’s.

The  WMS or Women’s Missionary Society at Duff’s is a very active group in our church and the church  community!!

**We are collecting clean milk bags for Alice McNeish to crochet into sleeping mats. She loves to do this project.

**We  are collecting: postage stamps to help people beat Leprosy”.

** We are collecting used eyeglasses or sun glasses for needy  people in 3rd world countries.**  

**If you would like to help with any of the above activities, please call the office 519-763-1163 for more information and/or patterns.**

  • Since the Teddy Bear Tea in Oct. 2017, we have received 10 more small, medium, large &  HUGE  BOXES  of beautifully knitted Teddy Bears, 
  • 300 Teddies with Bea & John Henderson to _______________
  • 100 Teddies with Dr. Scholton on his medical mission to _____
  • 18 Teddies to ______ with Barb McKay!
  • If you like to knit, you are welcome to pick up a Teddy Bear pattern or a Pneumonia Vest & Cap Pattern for newborns in India from  the display in the Welcome Room!