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EALING GREEN CHURCH (Methodist and United Reformed) Ealing, London W5 5QT Telephone (020) 8810 0136 Web site http://www.ealinggreenchurch.org.uk/ Email firstname.lastname@example.org Contributions to Unity email@example.com Minister Church Administrator Church Secretary Church Secretariat Choir Leader Organist Communion Steward Unity Magazine Unity Distributor Ecumenical Officer Bible Reading Rota
Rev. Dr. Jen Smith (020) 8579 8114 Ms. Rebecca Catford (020) 8810 0136 Dr. Anita Oji 07435 081342 Mr. Stalin Sundarraj, Mrs. Valerie Jokosenumi, Mr. Philip BurnhamRichards Mrs. Fleur Hatherall (020) 8248 6774 Mrs. Fleur Hatherall (020) 8248 6774 Mrs. Hema Souri(020) 8840 4200 Parsons Mr. Lee Horwich (020) 8567 2851 Mr. Peter Chadburn (020) 8537 1966 Mr. David Groves (020) 8933 8315 Church Administrator (020) 8810 0136
The Church Office is staffed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week between 9.30am and 12.30pm, with the exception of public and other occasional holidays. If you are new to the church, the following groups meet on a regular basis, either weekly or monthly: Afternoon Bible Study Thursday (monthly) 1.30 pm Monday Fellowship Monday 2:00 pm (fortnightly) Choir Practice Friday 7:00 pm Luncheon Club Thursday 12:00 am-1:15 pm Full details can be found in the weekly notice sheet There are also a number of House Groups, which meet on a regular basis - see Church Notice Board for fuller details. You are welcome to come to any meeting. All contributions gratefully received. Please hand them to Lee Horwich, or email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org Last date for contributions to the March issue â€“ Sunday 8th February
From Dr. Jen
Dear Friends, Welcome to the February edition of Unity, and to this month at Ealing Green! As we turn from January towards February, we hit the festival of Candlemas, or the ‘Presentation of Christ in the Temple,’ in the catholic church calendar. Of course, we don’t do much with these lesser festivals in the Methodist, or Reformed tradition, but I think this one is apt and interesting to consider. I have a sense that as we move towards refurbishment, two things will be very important in the life of the congregation: discipleship (prayer, Bible study, service) and pastoral care (information, reassurance, voicing of anxieties, fellowship and hospitality). Candlemas helps us think about both. Candlemas is about the return of light, and candles to be used in the coming year are blessed in some churches. We turn our backs on winter and point towards spring. But set roughly forty days after the celebration of Jesus’ birth (the date probably piggy backing on a pre-existing pagan festival, as with Christmas) we have readings about Mary and Joseph bringing the baby to the temple in Luke 2, and encountering two slightly mad elders there - mad in the best way elders. They are the ones I am looking at for us at Ealing Green, this month, as we remember Candlemas. The first, Simeon, had a vision that he would see the Messiah before he died, and was waiting. His words, ‘Now lettest though thy servant depart in peace’ (Luke 2. 29, traditional language) are a wonderful statement of a life fully lived: he has seen God at work, and has one of those rare moments which carry a sense of completeness in work finished. Confidence in God and God’s presence. Not for nothing then that what the catholic tradition calls by its Latin first phrase, the ‘Nunc Dimittis,’ should have formed the heart of daily evening prayer in the Book of Common Prayer, and English language daily prayer thereafter. ‘Oh Lord I can sleep knowing that you are at work in the world, and I am safe!’ Our discipleship is going to be of paramount importance as we get taken up in dust and brick, oak floor and lighting: and our discipleship group at church knows this, and is planning a series of Bible studies that will help us with basics of our life and faith. As everything feels unfinished, we are going to need reassurance of the one who waited for the Messiah’s arrival well beyond the point where folk thought he was beyond it. Simeon will be the pattern for our discipleship, I hope. The other person Mary and Joseph met in the temple was Anna the prophetess: she was a widow very aged, who lived day and night in the Temple and knew everyone. She saw the child, ‘...gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Israel.’ (Luke 2. 38) In other words, Anna was a one woman information source, letting all those who came to the temple know what 3
had happened, and what was afoot. We will be asking our pastoral ‘points of contact’ in the church to act as Annas, keeping our whole congregation in the loop as to what is happening when, and listening to questions and spreading news as it comes up. Each of us is included in a group assigned to one ‘point of contact,’ posted on the wall of the foyer kitchenette. The idea is that we each have a personal Anna who can give us news and keep up visible in the congregation, especially if we are someone not able to be here in worship every week. Towards preparing for that, the pastoral committee has already invited all the points of contact to a reflection session about the pastoral care of the congregation from 10-11.30 sharp on Saturday, 8 March. Please come! I am certain other interested folk are welcome. In the first week of February out steering group will begin instructing the architect Potter and Holmes about the detailed specifications to put to tender, and we will receive tenders in March: we will then have to see if the costings all work, and if they do, we will likely begin construction over the summer. While it goes on, we will likely be worshipping in the Hall, and most of our site users will be undisturbed, though they may need to enter at the Grove. That’s what we know so far, at least. Paradoxically, in a time when the refurbishment will be all about builders and boxes, I am sure our discipleship and pastoral care are most important, and that’s what I’ll be looking towards. I offer you all a Blessing prayer for Ealing Green at Candlemas, and wish you a happy February.... Blessing of the Light Bless the miracle that turns wax to fire, Bless the lengthening of days: Awaken earth, awaken light! Bless the revelation of the baby, Bless the fecund grace of God: Awaken earth, awaken light! Bless our bodies and our lives, Bless our work and rest: Awaken earth, awaken light! Bless the Name of God who bore us, the Word of God who walked among us, the Breath of God who carries seed and voice, love and warning: Awaken earth, awaken light! Bless the whole creation, cradled by God the one in three and three in one, now and forever. AMEN. Every blessing, Jen
Letters and emails
"Revd. Dr. Judith Stephenson Dear Friends, After nearly 6 years as Chaplain to West London YMCA, I will be leaving at the end of this month. It has been a rewarding, and at times challenging experience and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to contribute to the life and work of this organization, sharing with so many good people their highs and lows. I have learned a great deal, shall miss the friendship and support, but recognise that it is time to move on. Friday 24 January will be my last day and then I shall be taking a break. With prayers, thanks and best wishes. Judith Revd Dr Judith Stephenson Chaplain
Palestine; Naqba and Naksa, Stories of Exile and Resistance Thursday 6th February from 7.30 â€“ 9.00 at Romford URC ,Western Road. 'Alywyn Knight works with Christian Peacemaker Teams in the West Bank Palestian city of Hebron. The CPT works with Palestinians and Israelis who are committed to the end of the occupation of Palestine by Israel using only non-violent means. Alwyn will speak about his experience of living and working in the Old City of Hebron, where illegal Israeli settlements threaten the peace of this historic community'. Please come to support Alwyn as he shares his experiences with us. Tea and coffee will be served. There will be a retiring collection to support this work. Anita Oji
It’s February, or will be shortly if I have managed to get this out before the end of the month, and the year is already one month old. Hasn’t a lot happened so far in 2014? I can’t imagine I am the only one for whom a lot has happened, I rarely am, but already this year a lot of things have happened – or seem to have. We have said goodbye, forever, to a couple of near friends/relatives and goodbye, for, we hope, much shorter periods, to others. The movement on the church refurbishment has started up again and we will shortly be having a meeting with the architect to plan out the way forward for the work that is to be carried out. After so many years it might be a bit premature to say that this is going to be the year it all happens. But on the other hand, if it is going to happen each year brings that likelihood closer and, in reality, it actually could be this year. Pray that we make the right decisions. Plans in our family life are starting to take shape and 2014 is already a busier year than the last few – and that despite the fact that one of us (and it’s not me) has retired. Maybe we didn’t have time to do these things (not the saying goodbye forever) before. Who can tell? In amongst all this, i hope that the year has started well for you and that 2014 brings you all, or at least a large chunk, of what you are looking for. Economically things appear to be changing and it is hoped that the spring and warmer, dryer weather (we hope, especially after the rainfall we’ve had – and we’ve been lucky compared to others to have had relatively little) will bring an uplift in people’s hearts and work for those who seek it. The Night Shelter has been, literally, a Godsend to many people and the local churches’ help to those in real need, such as the Food Bank, are a reflection of times that we hope we can look back on later in this year and see that the demand has peaked. We have been taught that the poor will always be with us and we do what we can to help. We are, generally, relatively well off and in a position to offer some help. Let’s hope that in the coming twelve months the situation improves so that we are able to see a positive change around us. Our help will always be needed, but it would be nice to see the situation becoming less dire rather than more. A huge thank you to all who contribute to the work of the church in all its facets. And, speaking of contributions, you may have noticed (I’ll bet you didn’t) at the bottom of page three, the date for contributions for the next edition of Unity. Due to the shortness of the month, or more importantly the fact that March 1st is on a Sunday, all of the much valued contributions need to be with me on or around the 8th of February to make it into March’s edition. Having brought that to your attention, I will stand back and wait for the deluge. God bless you.
News of the Church Family Please continue to pray for Geoff Harper who is still in Ealing Hospital, awaiting test results prior to more investigations. We also pray for Helen & family as they wait for the results. Lloyd Clarke came out of hospital on Christmas Eve but unfortunately was readmitted on 11th January. Please pray that Lloyd will soon regain his strength. Patsy Robinson has had the plaster removed but her arm remains swollen & painful as she starts to use it again. We pray that Patsy will soon feel more comfortable. We give thanks that Linda Field’s daughter Joanna, who had to have emergency surgery on 29th December, is home and is recovering well. Whilst praying for healing for Joanna, we also pray for strength for Linda who has been looking after her baby grand-daughter as well as Joanna, with the help of her son-in-law. Please remember in your prayers, Liz Clarke who has travelled to Ecuador where she will be working as a volunteer for a year. We give our congratulations to Ela Trail who has become a granny, for the first time, to twin girls. It is good to welcome back Hema Souri-Parsons after more than a year in USA, caring for her mother and brother. During our Covenant Service, Ramesh Khanna was baptised and confirmed. Please pray for Ramesh on his continued journey of faith. Sadly, Audrey Brown died in hospital on 28th December. Her funeral took place at Mortlake Crematorium on 15th January. We send our sympathy to her daughter Victoria & family. We pray particularly for those mentioned above and for all who carry the burden of illness and for their families and friends. Gill Hatherall
Pot Luck Lunch We will be having another Pot Luck Lunch after morning service on Sunday 16th February. These lunches are a very popular way of meeting new friends and getting a chance to chat over a delicious meal. Please bring a ‘dish’, main course or dessert. These shared contributions offer us all a great variety of food.
Do come! Future Church Meetings 2nd March and 1st June. 7
From the Church Secretary In the winter time with the sun low down in the sky I notice many details that go unnoticed come summer time. Apart from the bits on my floors that are illuminated when I look down, when I look up I enjoy the bareness of the trees that allow a longer view. One bush that I always look for at this time of the year is the dogwood because I can see the colour of the stem and its redness (though it can be yellow) reminds me about a story connected with it (not Moses and the burning bush!). It is said to blush for shame for being used as the wood for Jesusâ€™ cross. Unfortunately there is no record of what wood was used for the cross and the story is likely to be a modern myth. Somehow though I feel closer to the event when I can see some practical detail of what might have been. Words on a page in the Bible take on form and colour especially when I remember that Jesus was a carpenter and knew trees and woods in all their shapes and conditions. Hence, as I read the plans for our church refurbishment I try to imagine the form on paper being transformed yet remaining a sacred space. Nature reforms itself after the storms and floods of winter and blossoms. After our own church has been knocked about, disabled for a time and refashioned, will it be ready to flourish? We have been putting together an application for funds to Veolia for the external works at the front of the church; one of their criteria is sustainability. Of course they mean this for physical structures â€“ but here is a company dealing with the dirty side of life, with things we throw away, yet appealing for us to think in the long term. Our application should not be in the form of a myth but in certainty. This certainty is that our faith in God will lead us into the future and will enable us to share our sacred spaces more widely with others in the community. One of the joys of gardening in Nigeria was that it was never actually winter so you could find enough plants to blossom all year round. Another joy was to go round these plants and identify who gave them to you. There were no garden centres or such like. Plants came from friends who shared their collections with you and so your garden was a mixture of all these gifts. It was your own place for stories, a living space for your memories. You then had the responsibility to nurture and propagate your prize plants and give them away so the joy multiplied in the community. I think Jesus was such a gardener because of the way he tells his stories to illustrate how we are to grow in faith e.g. to multiply plants you need manure (Luke 13 v 8&9), to carry fruit you need strong branches (John 15 v 1-6) and to breed good stock you need quality fruit (Matthew 13 v 33). Godâ€™s Word is our certainty. Anita Oji We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea. W.H. Auden
“Back to Basics” with the Discipleship Group The Discipleship group began holding its Sunday bible class meetings in September 2013, and over four sessions our theme was “The Lord’s Prayer”. Praying it, Meaning it, Living it. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus gives us a pattern for living as his disciples. He also raises vital questions for today’s world in which we live. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the key takeaways from our study. The focus areas were: Our Father, • Jesus encourages us to think of God as our “heavenly father”. Like all good fathers, he offers unconditional love and guidance. He then sets us free to make our own choices – dangerous, but vital if we are to flourish. • “Abba” expresses the heart of Jesus relationship to God. He spoke to God as a child to its father; confidently and securely and yet at the same time reverently and obediently. • “As truly as God is our Father, as truly as God is our Mother”. God could not be everywhere at the same time so he invented mothers! In fact there is a long and honourable tradition of praying to God as our Mother. Jesus compares himself to a mother hen (Luke 13:34). Thy Will be Done, • Four familiar words, words which we sometimes utter before our minds are in gear. But if our minds and our wills are engaged and we see them for what they are, they become four explosive words. These words spell danger, for God might call our bluff. • Jesus uttered these words in the Garden of Gethsemane and God took him at face value. Without this short phrase spoken by Jesus out of anguish and with total sincerity, there would be no cross, and no Easter. • God’s will for us is clear – to be alert to the needs of our neighbours, quick to forgive, accept life as a gift from God, take knocks along the way as part of its “ rich tapestry” and live in a manner that commends our faith to those around us. Our Daily Bread, • Jesus and his generation depended on the labours of farmers and fishermen. With no refrigeration and little storage, there was a simple request for daily bread. • BREAD – was seen as a nourishing food and also very filling. Few Christians in the West feel any real urgency to pray for “our daily bread”. We take bread on the table for granted. And cake too. 10
• We “do not live on bread alone “, for when Jesus is tempted, he makes it clear that we need to nourish our spirits on the word of God. • Jesus came into the world; he loved it so much that he gave his life for it. He made himself the Bread of life - Sacramental. As we forgive, • Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Jesus states the two go together. Our duty to forgive is strongly linked with our own need of forgiveness. • Forgiveness can stop the mad cycle of attack and counter attack which marks so many conflicts. • Is it fair to say our approach should take account of circumstances, personalities, relationships and the passage of time? • “All have fall short of the glory of God”, (Romans 3:23). We all need the grace, generosity and forgiveness of God. We have received these vital gifts freely and abundantly and we are called to spread them around. Jesus made this uncomfortably plain. Jesus was a man of prayer. He prayed at his baptism, he prayed for a whole night before choosing the twelve apostles, he prayed with thanksgiving before feeding the crowds, he prayed in anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prayed. What do you think it might have been about Jesus at prayer which prompted the disciples request “Lord, teach us to pray”? Valerie C-Palmer
What Ealing Green Means to me I have lived in America, in India and now for more than 40 years in England. In all 3 places I am “a stranger in a strange land”. But not when I come to Ealing Green. Ealing Green is the Berth where the ship in which I was travelling to Christ found its moorings when in spring 1999 I declared my self for Christ in a telephone conversation with Joe's wife Erika. I first came to Ealing Green at Jackie's invitation to hear the Choir sing. I came with a friend who lived near me. We were welcomed at the entrance by Chris(tine) Follet, who when asked gave us good advice about what to do in Church as I told her I had not been in a church for I don't now remember how many years. (My friend was an attendee at an odd Presbyterian Church near her home.) We wanted to sit near the front (to hear the Choir) but as St. Paul had said not to take the seat of honour, not in the front itself, which I assumed what the front pews were, not too far in front. Now I know that no-one sits in the front! 11
Very soon Jane came and sat down behind us smiling and said something which made us feel very welcome. (Now I know that we had sat down where she normally sat but I had no idea that people had usual seats). She was soon joined by an equally smiling Lee. Both were visibly people of great faith. At that time I considered myself a Hindu but a very peculiar one as my main scripture was the Holy Bible and Jesus had played a great part in my whole life, especially in the troubled years 1993-1998. The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita was also important to me for reasons of family history. This is a peculiar book as it contains many things that Jesus taught. It is my best guess that these late teachings were incorporated into it in the early centuries of the first millennium as it was the practice in Ancient India not to write your own work but to rewrite older works with your ideas incorporated into it. This was meant to be a form of respect to the old. So that though in theory the Gita is older than the Gospel the version we now have of the Gita is by my best guess later than it. (The Gita is a small part of a longer work the Mahabharata which is an amplification of an older work the Bharata in the same process of rewriting older works.) Also both (the human) Jesus and the revisors of the Gita, could have been influenced by the teachings of Buddha who lived later than Krishna, the interlocutor in the Gita. Quran Sharif and Sufi teachings also played a part in my syncretic beliefs and so did, again for reasons of family history, the Guru Granth Sahib already a syncretic work. The cult of the love of god associated with Krishna was an integral part of my thinking. Among other hymns that day were Amazing Grace, the first time I noticed that one, “Lord, the light of your love is shining...” and Lord of the dance. My memory is poor and I have forgotten most of what I knew the works I just mentioned, which was always very incomplete, bur the impact of that first day in church was so great that the events have come back to mind. Lee and Jane exchanged inoffensive words about the zeal of those new to church and I started to come again and again. Joe's sermons, which some have called too elementary, were just what I a beginner needed, and he discussed things with me in the follow up meeting at a time when I was very interested in John's Gospel and a day came when after a special onset of Grace I prayed to Jesus to ask whether I should become a Christian. I asked for a sign, but the thought came into my Head that I was not going to get a sign, that by Bleeding on the Cross He had given enough of a Sign for anyone for anytime. My Ship had moored and it was at Ealing Green that it all happened. Ramesh Michael David
Travellers Tales (cont’d) 27. "Someone needs a digital detox." Engrossed in Facebook while out for a nighttime stroll, a Taiwanese tourist in Melbourne, Australia, walked off the end of the St. Kilda pier and plunged into the icy waters of Port Phillip Bay. Police rescued the woman in 20 meters of water -- oh, yeah, she couldn't swim. According to Victoria Police, "There will be no need for a lost property report as the woman kept hold of her mobile phone throughout the entire ordeal." 12
Kenâ€™s Letter Those of you who remember Ken will also remember the hard work he put in with the drama groups associated with the church. One day after being wound up by the younger members of the church in a group called EGYPT (Ealing Green Young Players Theatre) he stormed out. The kids were so shocked at this that they sat together and wrote the following letter. It is a mark of the depth of the love between him and them that he kept the following letter, which Helen kindly gave me to reproduce here.
Film Review. "The Wolf of Wall Street" Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, about 3 hours, released December 2013. Rating 18. The film is (loosely ?) based on the memoir of one Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio in a role which some reviews have suggested he did not enjoy) who begins his "professional" life as a stockbroker and within a few minutes of the film's opening loses his job in the market crash of 1987 when his employers, having advised him to enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle involving sex and drugs (and probably rock'n'roll) go bust. Rather than learning anything from this experience, Belfort joins a "boiler room" scam [readers unfamiliar with this term need to check it out as such scams are all too common some 25 years after their inception - I recommend a look at <<http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/apr/22/boiler-room-scam-cost-lifesavings>> for a good example of how the system works] and finds, amongst other things, that he is rather good at selling duff stocks. So good in fact that along with friends of a similar persuasion, he sets up his own firm after making his first pile of cash and then makes even more. Eventually, the whole thing unravels in a fairly unpleasant way, Belfort ends up in prison for a limited period but appears to show no remorse. The final scene has the real Jordan Belfort in a cameo appearance introducing DiCaprio who is about to give a talk on a cruise liner about how to become richâ€Ś.. DiCaprio acts his socks off (and the rest of his clothes several times) in what appears to be a major effort to turn this film into something better than it is. A minor part is taken by the ever brilliant Joanna Lumley as his crooked Aunt Emma who helps to launder vast sums of money. The rest of the cast play sometimes thinly-disguised real people few of whom, apart from an apparently incorruptible FBI agent - played very cool by Kyle Chandler - elicited much sympathy from the evening's audience (Susanne, myself, son Tim and his girlfriend). Drugs play a seriously major part of the lifestyle of Belfort and his sidekicks cocaine snorted through the obligatory large denomination dollar bills from some interesting places (don't ask, see the movie - or rather perhaps don't) being the major "upper" and whilst the film portrays some of the paranoia which is obligatory with this drug, the wide scale use is hardly condemned and the damage caused by its heavy use in young people is not made an issue. Balancing the over use of cocaine is the even greater use of "ludes" (Quaaludes, Mandrax, 714s - various brand names of the sedative methaqualone) presumably to counteract the cocaineinduced paranoia and allow some sleep. It is hard to see how drug taking at this level would allow anyone to function at all and one hopes (perhaps vainly) that the behaviour portrayed in this film is not still going on in financial services. The film also portrays women in a singularly depressing fashion: it is not clear which feature(s) of the film earn it the "18" rating - the language is appalling to the point of boredom, the drug-taking is continuous and despite their drug-addled 14
minds and bodies, the male (and the vast majority of the crooked financiers are male) participants indulge in a number of tedious orgies. Your reviewer is not a prude nor one who views the sight of the naked female body as unpleasant (rather the reverse), but this film portrays young women as willing participants in behaviour which (at minimum) can be described as demeaning. It suggests that, in exchange for money and drugs, anything goes. Perhaps it does. Eventually, tedium sets in. Some 15 years ago Lord (Peter) Mandelson commented that he was "intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich as long as they paid their taxes": obviously he had not seen this film (and nor do the participants pay their taxes) and he has, to some extent regretted this comment. Nevertheless, the sight of people getting filthy rich is not pleasant and the film left me with a very nasty taste in my mouth (perhaps that was the point). It has been widely lauded (The Guardian gave it four stars which usually recommends a film to me but there must be exceptions I guess). The film was far too long and by half way through, even though I was in a very comfortable seat, I was beginning to shift about and twitch. A few days before I had seen two silent movies featuring Buster Keaton- now there was some real acting and entertainment! Peter Baker January 2014
Popup theatre Amateur and fringe players Present
Once an actor …………… The story of a group of older actors who don’t want to give up the stage and a director who thinks they’d make good reality TV. Old actors never die…….. they merely lose the lines or the plot. Given the chance to perform they will - no matter how much they are losing it. 28th February, 2014 and 1st March, 2014 The Church Hall, Ealing Green Church The Green Ealing W5 5QT
Tickets: £7.00 (£6.00 concessions) Booked from 0208 578 9082 or any member of cast Curtain up: 7.45 p.m. Accessible via 65 bus, Underground at Ealing Broadway or South Ealing. Parking available in Mattock Lane or other residential roads after 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 15
Classic Cinema Club Ealing Friday evenings 1930 at Ealing Town Hall This month’s theme is: Science Fiction February 7th Forbidden Planet (1956) Director Fred M. Wilcox Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Robby the Robot Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster which roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery, and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone. Rob Hartill
February 14th The Man in the White Suit (1951) Director Alexander Mackendrick Starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker This showing is part of the 2014 Ealing Music and Film Festival programme.
Sidney Stratton, a brilliant but eccentric chemist, designs a fabric that never gets dirty or worn out. With the textile industry at risk of becoming obsolete, both the workers’ trade union and the mill bosses seek to stop him and his invention. This satire from Ealing Studios keeps with the spirit of their comedies, featuring a small individual up against the status quo. From the director of ‘The Ladykillers’ and ‘Whisky Galore’.
February 21st Godzilla (1954) Director Ishirô Honda Starring Takashi Shimura
A 164 foot (50-metre) tall monster reptile with radioactive breath is revived, thanks to nuclear testing. It goes on a mad rampage, destroying Tokyo - can it be stopped? Should it be killed? Marty McKee
February 28th Seconds (1966) Director John Frankenheimer Starring Rock Hudson What if someone offered you the chance to begin again, with a new life that was organized to be exactly what you wanted it to be? That's what the organization offers some wealthy people. They find a life that is what their clients would have wanted, artist, writer, politician, kill the person who is to be replaced and surgically alter their clients to take their places. We follow a new client from first contact, through his staged death, to surgery, recovery and replacement. Of course that’s when things become complicated. John Vogel
This month’s collection goes to the Chinhoyi Clinic run by the Chinhoyi Scottish Presbyterian Church in, unsurprisingly, Chinhoyi in that once prosperous, now beknighted country of Zimbabwe. I have attached a copy of some of the correspondence that I have had with Stanley, who is one of the people keeping the clinic on its feet in the face of forces that regularly threaten to overwhelm them. 24th May - Good Morning Lee. The sun shines here today, but not so brightly in the hearts of most Zimbabweans. I am sure the media continues to update you on what is happening here, but the worst and most of the terrible thins you won’t see or hear. We need prayers. I hope Julia has been in touch. You can trust her. She is a good lady. Hope the sun will shine over London today and always. Love Stanley 3rd June - It is no longer easy to get through to you. Hope you are all right. The phones are not always working and email is a nightmare. Could it be possible for you to send us $1000 for this month. We are running short of funds for drugs. Love to all. Stan. (text advising of a transfer sent that day). 4th June - I pray for God’s blessings on you. May he extend your territory. Thanks for the resources. Goodnight. Love Stan. 9th June - Hullo how are you there? We have contact finally! Thanks for the cash. I got it last Friday. I hope you are all well. Love, Stanley. 23rd June - Thank you and God Bless you too. We need God now more than we ever did. The situation is desperate. (After a long period of no communication). 21st July - Hi Lee, thanks a lot for the encouragement and prayers. Been experiencing network problems lately. Yes we are hopeful all this will work for good. We do not have electricity right now, so you are ahead of us news wise. God bless you, Stanley.
23rd July & 25th July (messages clearly don’t always get through first time). - Hi, Lee, here is trusting you had a blessed day. All is well besides the power blackouts we are having these days. Three days now no electricity. Well it’s that time of the month when I have to go shopping! Could it be possible to send $1000. Need to buy some antibiotics for the clinic. Got a huge consignment of painkillers from Julia & Co. Really low at the Clinic now. Stay blessed and keep the faith. Stanley. 25th July - Thanks, God Bless you now and always. Stanley. 7th August - So far away yet so very close. Away yet your presence has always been with us. Just to let you know that you are held dear in thought and prayer. God bless, much love, Stan, Chrissie and son. (following a follow up text to see if a payment had come through): 7th August - Yes we did, thanks. Sent an SMS of acknowledgment last Saturday. Maybe it got lost. No problems encountered. God bless, Stan. 7th August from Ealing Green - We had not received it. Glad it arrived safely. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Keep in touch. Best wishes, Lee 14th August (this took Stan two attempts to send). - Hullo there! Hope you are all well. Just checking on the after school club’s request. You had advised that the benevolent fund would assist. Any developments. And I was wondering if it would be possible for us to make an extrs request for the clinic. We are $500 in the red. Julia says things are a bit tight on her side but she is working on how work can go on. Praying that all shall be well with you. God bless, Stanley. 15th August - Hi, thanks a million times. May his grace be with you and all those who you love. Blessings, Stan. 20th August - Just collected the cash from Western Union. Banks only started operating today since the beginning of the month. Phones were not working so they could do nothing. My regards to all. God bless, Stanley. 30th August - Hi lee, that is great news for us! And don’t think you have delayed in any way. It would certainly take us forever to raise that kind of money. Am really stunned by the amount of love that you guys have showered on the Lomagundi people. I am really humbled. Thanks, man. God bless all of you. Much love, Stanley Your contribution can make a real difference. Please give generously 19
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