An Example of Stewardship

Author - Auteur: 
Jim Ransom & Rev. Debra Kigar
Ministry Unit: 
Harrington Harbour Pastoral Charge
Presbytery - Consistoire: 
Quebec-Sherbrooke

According to the last will and testament of Florence and Sam Anderson of Chevery (formally Cross River) Quebec, not all is doom and gloom in the Anglican and United Church Communities of Harrington Harbour and Chevery. Less than ten years ago, they directed their Notary to modify their Wills to have their ‘end of life’ assets divided amongst the Community Churches and Cemeteries. Sam died in 2009 and Florence died in 2013 and in early February the estate was closed with the following wonderful result:

Harrington Harbour - $37,859.73 for the Church and $37,859.73 for the Cemetery

Chevery - $37,859.73 for the Church and $37,859.73 for the Cemetery

An additional amount of $37,859.73 went to the Church and Cemetery in Alymer Sound; although the Community is officially closed, the Church and Cemetery are still used and maintained by the United Churches of Chevery and Harrington Harbour.

Sam, or Uncle Sam as most Coasters referred to him, had a very simple philosophy on the matter: “Florence and I will provide dollars to help maintain the church buildings and cemeteries; how the people choose to use these facilities and pay for their ministers are their business”. Although they could have lived in a manner more lavishly, in their way of looking at life, they had everything they needed - a comfortable home, good food, many friends and each other.

Sam and Florence both lived long and productive lives, 96 and 95 years respectively. They dated for 7 years and were married for another 68. Their primary life’s’ profession was light-house keepers on St. Mary’s Islands. Although they had no living children of their own, they had a ‘Coast-load’ of friends, many of whom were fed at their welcoming home.

Let us all give thanks for their wonderful life and example of stewardship; let us be buoyed up by their generosity and enthusiasm, and; let us never allow our churches to become monuments of the past.