CANADA—As many as 80 Philadelphia Church of God members from the Milton and London congregations and from around Ontario shared a special “Winterlude” congregational activity from February 15-17.
The weekend included Sabbath services, then curling in Acton after sunset, as well as cards and games. Milton member Stephen Maydanksi said, “It was an experience of a lifetime.” Sunday morning included ice skating and hockey on an outdoor rink, followed by a brunch of pancakes, sausages, eggs and spinach. Afterward, members played games including a biathlon with skiing and shooting, luge and a “figure skating” race in the snow.
“It was fantastic to see everyone bonding together and having fun,” said Milton member Marcello Sukhdeo.
Younger children were led on a treasure hunt, and a guided hike resulted in a spontaneous snowball fight. There was also a unique opportunity to try ice carving. The day ended with a potluck chili dinner by the bonfire.
“We had perfect weather, fun family activities, and good food” said Milton member Colleen Lovell.
On Monday, some spent more than six hours skiing at Kelso Park while others visited Regional Director John Macdonald’s house for a meal and games.
Milton member Michael Mansour called the experience an “exciting, energetic, fun-filled opportunity, and a refreshing way to spend time together as a family.”