News from the Pews

By on April 1, 2022

St. James’, Rivers
as submitted by Kathy Roberts

April 17th is a special day for Audrey Sadler she will celebrate her 102nd birthday. Audrey was born and raised in Brandon. She met Robert Sadler while working in Elgin and they were married in 1938. She and Bob made their home in many communities and finally settled in Rivers and took up residence in 1952 on the Riverside Ranch on the bank on the Little Saskatchewan. Here they pursued their love of children, animals and gardening. Audrey and Bob have four children, seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Over the years they fostered more than 100 children, many keeping in touch with them. Audrey has been very active in the community, teaching Sunday School at St. James, volunteering in the elementary school and supporting the Senior Citizen’s Club. Audrey resides in her own home in Rivers, sharing it with daughter Kerri-Mae and Son-in-law, Ted Mayor. We extend our love and best wishes to Audrey for a happy, healthy birthday. Congratulations Audrey! 

St. James is a small parish but we are active in the community. Regular donations are given to the local food bank and this past month when Gordon and Lois Allen made the usual delivery of food, it included many knitted toques and mittens as well. Given our harsh winter, I’m sure they were well received. 

St. Mary’s, Brandon
as submitted by David Vail

St. Mary the Virgin, Brandon had a clever approach to the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper during the pandemic. Pancakes, sausages, syrup and fruit were prepared, boxed and offered for take-out this year. We were virtually sold-out! 

Thanks to the crew of volunteers who prepared, cooked, and helped with the dinner. 


Bernadette Njegovan, Darlene Tuffs-Dunlop and Sharon Vail
serve the Shrove Tuesday dinner. Photo Credit: David Vail.St. Luke’s, Souris  

As submitted by Lara Maso

Mae Hart, a member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church. Mae sold St. Luke’s famous chocolate Christmas mice at the Hartney, Manitoba craft sale in November. The mice have been quite popular for many years and are a major fundraiser for the church!

The Pelly Plains Parish 

as submitted by Virginia Beelaert

On Shrove Tuesday, Christ Church, Russell hosted their annual pancake supper after a hiatus due to COVID-19 public health restrictions. The donations from Pelly Plains Parish members will be sent to PWRDF. In this photo, the Rector of the parish, the Rev’d Chris Pilon serves tea and coffee to the Rev’d Lorraine Bonnell, one of the honorary assistants of the parish, and her husband Garfield.



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