S: Farewell to Lloyd and Janice
BC: The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
FC: Farewell Dear Friends
1: A special collection of memories for Lloyd and Janice. With love from the Manitoulin Island Ecclesia
2: Hello my Brother and Sister Before I go rambling on, I want to tell you how much we miss you, but I'm sure you are happy to be down there surrounded by your kids and grandkids. I hope all is well and you are enjoying your new surroundings. Hoping to see both of you soon then you can see all our little rug-rats running around. God bless till we meet again, Betty Hotte | Hello my Brother and Sister Before I go rambling on, I want to tell you how much we miss you, but I'm sure you are happy to be down there surrounded by your kids and grandkids. I hope all is well and you are enjoying your new surroundings. Hoping to see both of you soon then you can see all our little rug-rats running around. God bless till we meet again, Betty Hotte
3: Dear Lloyd and Janice, I will always remember all the wonderful times we shared together. All the times you had me in your home for a weekend stay. I remember how nervous I was the first time and also the first time to go to the meeting, but you made me feel so welcome that I forgot about being nervous. I will miss you very much, but I hope to see you again or hear from you once in a while. I have a poem that says it all ... Somebody Cares: Somebody cares for you more than you know Thinks of you always wherever you go Rejoices whenever your wishes come true Enjoys every moment together with you Includes you in memories, in thoughts and prayers Now and for always ... somebody cares. May God bless you both and keep you safe. Love in Christ Joyce
4: Thanks for the Memories From the welcome party (can that really be 24 years ago?) to.... Remember, Janice, how you and Linda sat across the road and sketched the house? Â– and we didnÂ’t even see you! What a gorgeous cake you designed and as tasty as it was pretty. How about that green truck, Lloyd. Grange loved it. His very first truck and he drove it Â"til the wheels fell off". Then there were the 24 or was it 240 cheese cakes for conference, Janice, and the car broke down but it coasted in through the gates first. You helped us out when we needed wood and again when we needed to get rid of wood. The goodies you brought and the visits you made to encourage and sustain us during GrangeÂ’s last days were such a boost to our morale. We will miss you but will be thinking of you often as the days go by. With much love Meggin and Ruth | Thanks for the Memories From the welcome party (can that really be 24 years ago?) to.... Remember, Janice, how you and Linda sat across the road and sketched the house? Â– and we didnÂ’t even see you! What a gorgeous cake you designed and as tasty as it was pretty. How about that green truck, Lloyd. Grange loved it. His very first truck and he drove it Â"til the wheels fell off". Then there were the 24 or was it 240 cheese cakes for conference, Janice, and the car broke down but it coasted in through the gates first. You helped us out when we needed wood and again when we needed to get rid of wood. The goodies you brought and the visits you made to encourage and sustain us during GrangeÂ’s last days were such a boost to our morale. We will miss you but will be thinking of you often as the days go by. With much love Meggin and Ruth
8: With love from the Wilson Family
9: Memories of Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Janice, hm? Oh, a few things come to mind What about the time, Uncle Lloyd, that you forgot to change your clocks for daylight savings â€- and you were late for meeting?! Or the family baseball games at the Big Lake School with Farquharâ€™'s ice cream afterwards at your home? We can't really express how sad it will be to live without your baking, Aunt Janice ... the donuts, the fudge, cream puffs! Bible class refreshments will never be the same again. Remember going to the farm every Sunday evening for dinner with Grandma and Grandad? It usually involved a game of road hockey (with Uncle Lloyd commentating the play-by-play, of course) and inevitably involved a round - or two â- of euchre and rook. And Grandad would only ever be YOUR partner, Uncle Lloyd! Boy, you could sure get him wound up 'but good'! How about you both working to get the March Young People's weekend up and running for all of our young people on Manitoulin Island? This has become such an important and uplifting thing for our ecclesia. And no one will ever forget your silly phrases or unique nick-names for everyone, Uncle Lloyd. Truly, you are one-of-a-kind, choosing to ignore normal nick names (like â€œDanâ€ or â€œRachâ€) and going rather for the oft neglected latter half of a name ... â€œielâ€, â€œchelâ€, â€œshlynâ€! It's hard for us to think of the Manitoulin Island Ecclesia without you both. Your family has been such an important part of our family for so long! But although we're sad to see you go, we rejoice in the many memories and in the Hope we have of life everlasting, together serving the Heavenly Father in perfection. And while we're 'remembering', we pray that you'll remember that you will ALWAYS have a home on Manitoulin Island, with us! May the Father bless you both, and keep you continually in His loving care; may the God of hope fill you both with all joy and peace, in believing.
10: With love from the Wilson Family | So many memories growing up on the Island with you both at the end of Silver Bay Road. How I would have gotten through my first couple of years of school without your help Aunt Janice with our math homework, I don't know! Mom would give it a try, then quickly say - "Phone Aunt Janice - she'll figure it out quickly!" Or learning the very valuable lesson of being able to laugh and have fun (or poke fun!) during some of the more intense Cooper Road Hockey games Uncle Lloyd! You both have been such a blessing in our lives, and we both appreciate all the times we have had together around the Word, around the board games, and around the dining room tables enjoying all those amazing family dinners! We absolutely loved having you with us at Terra Nova Bible School - the bear stories ("What do I do if I see a bear? Do whatever the bear does - if the bear stands up, you stand up, if the bear sits on the log, you sit on the log..." The rest will be kept in the cabin at Bible school!). And I'd probably still be up at the Bible School trying to set those silly jell-o desserts if it wasn't for you Aunt Janice! Thanks for showing us the true meaning of being a family! Should Christ remain away, we will have to continue on with the memories and when He returns, enjoy each others company for eternity. Love, The Newfies
11: I remember spending lots of time at Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Janice's house during maple syrup time. I think we thought we were an important part of the process, going to collect sap with the boys and standing around the fire and playing while the sap boiled. We were probably just in the way! I remember boiling hot dogs in the sap and having ice cream with the absolutely freshest maple syrup â€- to celebrate, of course. Good times! Love, Craig | Whenever I think of you both, Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Janice ... I always think of you together. That's what stands out about you, above all else! And I love that about you! Whatever your daily activity, you did it together: cutting wood in the bush, making ice cream, tapping trees, cleaning, sending trucks all across the continent, serving God and serving the ecclesia. Aunt Janice, you would shake your head at Uncle Lloyd's silliness, but the love you have for one another is clearly evident and totally inspiring. Thank you for this example of serving, together. Love, Rachel
15: This is what we remember of Lloyd and Janice. Always at every function. "Hard hitting right winger." Always a smile. At every preaching effort. Words of Wisdom Principled in living the truth. The book - Legalism vs. Faith. "She's so Sweet." The parents of Mark and Tim. Never saying no. Janice's refreshments. Wonderful influences. Leaders of the ecclesia. Humble. The green fisherman hat. The book - Conviction and Conduct. Always in the slot at a hockey game. Cleaning the hall at another level. Maple syrup. A couple to pattern our life after. Experience in the truth. We will always miss them. Thank you for the memories. Joe and Kim and family
16: Well â€- where do we begin ... there are so many happy memories we have of both of you and you are certainly going to be missed in our ecclesia. We are sad that we only got to live on Manitoulin for just over a year with you ... but we will treasure the year we did have! I (Dan) have so many memories of when I was younger and came up to the island for visits. I certainly will never forget staying at your place, having a meal with the dog at the table (he was almost human!) and Uncle Lloyd saying, â€œ"How are you, Mr. Christie?â€" Or how could I forget stopping at Farquhar'â€™s Dairy and seeing you two working away with smiles on your faces and ready to give us a tub of ice cream from the end of a run? And then the many, many baseball and hockey games were so much more fun with Uncle Lloyd around ... and we can't forget the famous line during a road hockey game in front of your house: â€œ"They make windows everyday!â€" Uncle Lloyd ... You certainly are one of a kind! We love how you are always positive and have a joke for just about everything. Your happy, jovial character is going to be missed for sure! Your friendly disposition always made visitors feel welcome, whether at your home, at the camp or in the ecclesia. Now that you are gone, who is going to be our â€˜wealth of knowledge€™ on such a vast array of subjects? Then again, there has been many a story you've spun and we almost believed it! Aunty Janice ... Thank you for making us feel so welcome when we moved to the island last year. The small things you did in helping us get settled in our new home did not go unnoticed. We will also miss your willingness to help out in the many areas of ecclesial life that you were involved in ... from working in the kitchen, to looking after the little ones, to cleaning the hall. For sure we are going to miss those yummy donuts on Wednesday night too! We will also miss your constant example of being at everything together. You were always there, always willing and always smiling. Although it is very sad you have left the island, we hope you will come back for visits ... our place will always be open for you to stay. Our loss is certainly Mississauga West's gain! May the blessings of God be upon you both as we await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
17: With love from Dan, Linda and Josiah xoxoxo
19: Some old memories
21: Where to begin ... Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Janice, you have both been a part of our lives for many years. We are so very happy for you both to be able to live closer to your family, to spend time with your children and grandchildren during these wonderful moments they are all experiencing. But we will miss you tremendously! For Barry, from the time he was a newborn baby you were involved in his life here on Manitoulin. From sleepovers with Robert, CYC activities, trips to Southern Ontario for young people’s weekends, and many other activities you were involved in, a large part of his growth and development. Samantha has also known you for many years from her years at the Kid’s Camp and since her involvement with Barry and the Manitoulin Ecclesia 13 years ago. Her first time on Manitoulin Island to visit Barry was spent at your house in Big Lake with Rob and Candice and is a fond memory for us all. Aunt Janice has taught Samantha so much over the years here on Manitoulin together. From potty training tips, donut making adventures, quilting, rolls and so many other activities that Aunt Janice was willing to share her knowledge and expertise. For the boys ... Uncle Lloyd has been a source of amusement and fun for them. His sense of humour and fun camaraderie he has with Ethan and Zach was a huge hit for them. When driving in the bush, they'd always keep an eye open for him so they could play some little joke they had going on with him. Driving by the house in Big Lake they'd get all excited looking out for Uncle Lloyd or walking into the meeting hall knowing Uncle Lloyd would be ready with a high five or a funny dance to get them giggling. Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Janice, you will both be truly missed here on Manitoulin, both in the ecclesia and in our homes. Both such hard workers in all the areas of life; organizing great activities for family days, giving encouragement to our younger brothers to continue working on their classes, giving encouragement to our young mothers to persevere through the difficult phases because as Aunt Janice would say “they will get better.” So many things that haven't even been touched upon that you both have done for so many of us through the years. You will truly be missed but we are very happy for you both that you are able to see your grandchildren regularly and are able to still come and visit all of us here. Our door is always open as yours has always been to so many. Please come visit us soon. With much love in our hope Barry, Samantha, Ethan, Zachary, and Benjamin
22: Feeding deer at the barn. By Ethan
27: Our family will miss having you two on the island very much. Aunt Janice will always be remembered for her sewing skills, making Laura the blanket when she was born that we all still use today. Thank you for always making good treats too. Uncle Lloyd was such a bundle of fun and no matter what could always be counted on to make you smile. Telling riddles and swapping deer stories. Remember the buck that died on the hall 's front lawn that Wednesday night? We hope that you will find as much joy being with your family as we found being with you. Take care! Love Ron, Tracy, Laura, Troy, Max, Jill and Andrew
28: Dear Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Janice, When we drive by your old house on the way to meeting and Wednesday night classes, we can't help but think of you. To us, that is your house! We remember you helping Jeff and I paint the back/refreshment room when we were first married and living those few weeks at the hall, and that you were the ones to put the finishing coats on it after we moved back down south for a year. We think of how all the children in the meeting were treated like your grandchildren, and the cute things Uncle Lloyd would say to our girls! "Oh, she's so sweet", and "oh, she's so smart, that one!" We think of the effort Uncle Lloyd made to speak with everyone, and your care and concern for our family, ecclesia and extended family. We think of Aunt Janice's delicious contributions to refreshments, potlucks, study days, and family days, as well as the "behind the scenes" work with meal and food preparation and clean up. You were real workers in our ecclesia, and we will miss you! Take care and God bless you in your new home and ecclesia. Love Jeff, Tracey, Elizabeth and Chloe XXxx
32: Dear Uncle Floyd and Aunt Janice How much we are going to miss your presence in our meeting is hard to write, but we have a few memories we wanted to write about. In the past two years, especially, how much hospitality you have shown us! You welcomed us back from Australia and (even though you did start up the “stand on the chair for your birthday” tradition), you made us feel totally comfortable. Whether you were teasing and making fun of the Australian accent, “putting a little Australian on it” (in your tea), “taking a shot from right about here”, or being a “hard hitting right winger”, you were definitely bright faces to have around. Thank you for having us for dinner countless times, for your hard work in our ecclesia (Aunt Janice, there are no refreshments like yours), but most of all, for your example as a couple who work together. Whatever you did, it was always as a team – a very effective one at that. So, most of all, your presence in our ecclesia as one unit, will be sorely missed. May God be with you in your life down south. Come and visit often. With all our love, always. Lucas and Ashlyn | Dear Uncle Floyd and Aunt Janice How much we are going to miss your presence in our meeting is hard to write, but we have a few memories we wanted to write about. In the past two years, especially, how much hospitality you have shown us! You welcomed us back from Australia and (even though you did start up the “stand on the chair for your birthday” tradition), you made us feel totally comfortable. Whether you were teasing and making fun of the Australian accent, “putting a little Australian on it” (in your tea), “taking a shot from right about here”, or being a “hard hitting right winger”, you were definitely bright faces to have around. Thank you for having us for dinner countless times, for your hard work in our ecclesia (Aunt Janice, there are no refreshments like yours), but most of all, for your example as a couple who work together. Whatever you did, it was always as a team – a very effective one at that. So, most of all, your presence in our ecclesia as one unit, will be sorely missed. May God be with you in your life down south. Come and visit often. With all our love, always. Lucas and Ashlyn
33: Dear Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Janice, We miss you both very much, but we cherish many wonderful memories to keep smiles on our faces. You both are great examples to us of how to work hard for the ecclesia and its members. You always were there to lend a hand when we were in need. We couldn't have moved to our new house or organized March weekends without your help. It was a great comfort to us that we never felt hesitant when asking for your help; we always knew you would be there. We valued your support the most when Jonathan was born. Aunt Janice, you were really supportive when we had concerns when Jonathan was a baby. Uncle Lloyd, you always got Jonathan to laugh (us too). We'll never forget the first Sunday we brought Jonathan and you said that you were so happy we finally had someone to call “Johnny”. Your bright smiles were instrumental in setting a positive tone in our ecclesia. We miss that the most. We send you with our love and we look forward to visits in the future both here on the island and down south. We will definitely keep in touch and may our Heavenly Father bless you both until we meet again. Much love, Matthew, Michelle and Jonathan
34: Lloyd and Janice God bless in your new natural journey, wherever it takes you and wherever you settle. Remember all the good times on Manitoulin Island, both natural and spiritual. May God continue to bless you in your lives in the ecclesia you have chosen. Remember us in your thoughts and prayers and remember Genesis 31:49 and Numbers 6:24-26. Paul and Karen