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Secretary: Asst. Secretary Treasurers: Pastoral Secretary:

Dear Friends,

Mrs Jane Gibson Mrs Betty Chadwick Mr Keith Clarke Mrs Hilda Wright Mrs Audrey Nall

Tel. 0115 8774056 Tel. 01509 508874 Tel. 0115 9724269 Tel. 0115 9734177 Tel. 0115 9734035

JULY/AUGUST 2013

Another different opening letter, Douglas and Sheila did a lovely family one in April, so I am doing the second. At the moment Lewis and I are on holiday in Corfu, and right now we are at the beach with Tricia, she has just been in for a swim and Lewis and I are on loungers with the sea lapping at our feet, it's 36 C at 1.20pm, does that sound good? Well perfect for where we are just now, but too hot for shopping, cooking or housework, even worse trying to sleep at night! A lot of our friends know that we are here for our granddaughter Samantha's wedding as well. We arrived late Monday evening and spent Tuesday and Wednesday helping with the final arrangements for the wedding in Corfu Town on Thursday. Sam and John arrived from Beeston the week before us. Tradition has it that the house the bride leaves from is decorated outside. So as she was leaving from Tricia's house, we made lilac tulle bows for all the downstairs windows and door. Thursday morning arrived with the same temperature, sun and blue sky! The hairdresser came at 9am to do the bride, 2 bridesmaids, Tricia and myself. It was all go and the three hours till the car arrived, at 12 noon for the wedding at 1pm, just flew by! Another Greek tradition is for the driver of the bride's car to keep his hand on the horn, and passing cars do the same in acknowledgement. 1


The car was decorated with ribbons and a beautiful arrangement of cream roses and lillies. Sam had her Dad's best friend to give her away. She looked stunning, as did our two Greek granddaughters, who were the bridesmaids. The ceremony was different too, a civil ceremony held in the 'Old Ionian Parliament' building. It was a large round room with a high ceiling, all cream and wall to wall red carpet. There was a large ornate table at the back and chairs around the wall, no seats to sit where the ceremony took place. We stood in two lines as Sam and Patrick walked in to 'At last' by Etta James and we were all invited to stand around the bridal party. The Mayoress of Corfu Town conducted the ceremony in Greek, and it was translated into English by the Wedding Coordinator. I did a reading, which was based on a passage from of St. Paul’s letters. Sam and John then exchanged their vows and rings. It was very simple but tasteful and over in a short time, very different, but lovely and there were lots of tears from the ladies (all happy ones). If anyone knows Corfu Town, we walked through part of the old town, to the Liston. All 28 guests in our wedding finery! The Liston is a colonnaded promenade built by the French in the same style as the 'Rue de Rivoli' in Paris. We had tables reserved at one of the many restaurants at the Liston. Cool drinks were needed, as we waited for the bride and groom to join us after their 'photo-shoot' at the Palace. The bridal car dropped them off at the far end of the Liston and they walked along hand in hand to meet us just like a scene from a movie, everyone clapping as they passed just a dream. 2


We continued with a lovely traditional Greek wedding meal at Romantic Palace Hotel in Agios Gordios, ending with Greek music and dancing to finish a wonderful day! I hope you are not all bored now! We will be back on 1st July, in time for the Garden Party

and we will do our best to bring the sun with us.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING Thank you to everyone who helped with the Christian Aid Coffee Morning. We were fortunate to have so many visitors from other Churches, as well as members of the Christian Aid Committee who helped on the stalls. The Committee is trying to raise the profile of Christian Aid in the town. All the Churches have their own events for Christian Aid but it is difficult to get in touch with the wider public since we were stopped from taking a market stall to sell cakes and advertise to others who do not attend the Church events. We are fortunate to have outside space to have a cake stall when the weather is good enough. The next event is arranged for August 31st at Trinity Church 10 am., weather permitting outside! The committee is making a bag pack event at ASDA and Tesco later in the year. We thank everyone for their contributions and the Church Meeting has agreed to make the total donation to Christian Aid up to ÂŁ500. Sincerely Betty

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I have often thought that sometimes the lessons from the lectionary, which give the Christian message through the Church year, can be a bit difficult to understand, especially for people who may be hard of hearing. If these readings are published in the Newsletter worshippers can read them before the service or even afterwards at home and have more enjoyment from the services. Please tell me if you don't like the idea! These are the readings for July. Most of our preachers do use the set lessons but not all of them in one service or we would be very late for lunch! For JULY the recommended readings are: Sunday 7th {2 Kings Chapter 5 verses 1-14} OR {Isaiah 66:10-14} {Psalm 30} {Psalm 66} Galatians 6:1-6, 7-16 St Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20 Sunday 14th July {Amos 7: 7-17} {Psalm 82}

OR {Deuteronomy 30: 9-14} {Psalm 25: 1-10}

Colossians 1: 15-28 St. Luke 10: 38-42 Sunday 28th July {Hosea 1: 2-10} {Psalm 85}

OR

{Genesis 18: 20-32} {Psalm 138}

Colossians 2: 6-15 (16-19) St. Luke 11: 1-13 Betty 4


NEWS OF THE FAMILY

This month the news is from me, Jane, as Audrey, bless her, is very poorly. She is not a person to complain and I know she is having a rough time, with always feeling so sick. She has been in and out of hospital and cannot seem to find out what is wrong. She is now awaiting an appointment for the gastric clinic, so for now she is staying with her son and family, who will look after her very well. We are thinking of you Audrey, get well soon. Can we all think of Barbara Bell, she has had lots of problems and life seems to be getting her down, a phone call from some of us would cheer her up, and I know Barbara is always the first to phone when any of us is not well and she supports all the fund raising events. Barbara Hardy, one of our Ladies Group, her son Christopher is very ill indeed and needs all of our prayers at this time. She has a good family who I know will support her very well. It is good to know that some of our members have improved in health. Anne and Alan seem a lot better, so are Barry and Gill even though Barry finds it hard to slow down, I know he loves his garden and he will be like me at times, very frustrated when he can't get on. Celia is looking very well now, I hope her last operation later this year will see her back to normal health. Marjorie seems to be well and happy with occasional outings and lots of visitors. We must think of May and Lewis, who leave for Corfu this week to visit their family and attend the wedding of Samantha. Safe journey to them both.

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A good Church meeting was had this week, with a busy Church Calendar ahead, starting with our Garden Party. We must think of Jill rushing about making things right for the day. Bless everyone at Church who come along faithfully whatever the weather even though many have aches and pains, it's good to enjoy each others company and all our children who do us proud. I hope I have not missed any special birthdays, but I do know that Violet Dawson is soon to be 4 years old on July 1st. Love to you all, Jane CHURCH OFFERTORY Loose Cash

Committed Gifts

Total

Weekly Average

March

£231

£491

£722

£144

April

£219

£462

£681

£170

May

£259

£421

£680

£170

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On a lighter note: A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorise one of the most quoted passages in the Bible: Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the verses. Little Ricky was excited about the task but....he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the children were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was very nervous. When his turn came, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know'. 7


On Saturday 18th May and Saturday 1st June fund-raising events were held at the United Reformed Church to raise money for abused and neglected children in Zimbabwe, Africa. On the 18th May we catered for 50 people providing them with a three course Indian meal and added entertainment, then on Saturday 1st June held a coffee morning, which held a variety of stalls. Altogether we raised over £1000, allowing us to travel to Zimbabwe this August and make a big difference to the local community and orphanage. However we realise we could not have accomplished this on or own and would like to say a big thank you to the Church for providing the facilities and everyone who donated their time and money into both events. Lakshmi Shajpal and Alice Park – (Jane Gibson's granddaughter)

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FERRETING ABOUT Not all may know that a female ferret is called a Jill; -the Jill that we know trains our choir with some skill. Once known as a Potter – with plants, she is one still. -the choir's on holiday now – will return in March with a will. All the choir performers, they will have to toe the line, Ferreting out the weaknesses and Pottering with the rhyme, performance day approaches – reaching standards just in time, extra concentration – no worries, will all go off just fine. From 'Christmas Concerts' to 'Music in May', 'Jerusalem Joy' to 'Camembert and Caberet' with 'Love Transcending', 'The Circle of Life' 'A Grain of Mustard Seed' performed without strife. What with 'Christmas Cracker' and 'Midsummer Feast', 'Flower Festivals' and 'Songs of Praise', not the least. Excerpts then selected from 'G.F.Handel's Messiah', 'Old Tyme Music Hall' as fresh challenge for the choir. What's coming next? Was the question so often asked, Will it be something to which we can all be relaxed? -not likely, the answer at long last, eventually was told, for a ten year celebration, we're doing 'Greater Than Gold'. Jill's not like a ferret really and Potters at a nice pace, our lapses and shortcomings, accepted with good grace, if by chance, a leadership election, held with democratic intent -the result in Jill's favour would be maximum consent. K.D. Clarke December 2009

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Hello everyone Firstly my grateful thanks go to all of you who have agreed to help in all sorts of ways with the Garden Party on July 6th. Of course I realise that by the time you read this the event will be over and we shall all know how kind or otherwise the weather was to us. A full report will appear in the September Issue. The choir members have been very busy rehearsing for their next concert which will be based on the 'Last Night of the Proms'. This will be held on Saturday September 21st at 7.30pm and has a number of well-known songs in it as well as featuring the band and guest soloists. The tickets will be on sale at the end of this month price £4.50, inclusive of programme and refreshments and the venue is the Church instead of the 'Albert Hall' but hopefully you will be just as comfortable. There is limited space as you know, so please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. This time we have a change of ticket secretary. Hilda is still happy to continue, but Keith has decided to finish with this particular job. He has carried out a sterling job for us over 12/13 years and our very sincere thanks are due to him for his efforts. A lady from the choir – Sarah Richards has offered her help with ticket requirements and I'm sure this will work out successfully. The choir look forward to your continued support and thank you for your past attendance at our events. Jill 10


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VOICE MAIL Be grateful God doesn’t have voice mail. Imagine praying and hearing the following; Thank you for calling Heaven, Please select one of the following options: Press 1 for requests Press 2 for Thanksgiving Press 3 for Complaints Press 4 for all other enquiries. I am sorry, all our other angels and saints are busy helping other sinners right now. However, your prayer is important to us and we will answer it in order it was received. Please stay on line if you would like to speak to: God press 1 Jesus press 2 The Holy Spirit press 3 If you would like to hear King David sing a psalm while you are holding press 4. To find a loved one that has been assigned to Heaven press 5 then enter his or her social security number, followed by the pound sign. (If you get a negative response, please hang up and try area code 666) For reservations at Heaven please enter; J-O-H-N-3-1-6 For answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth, life on other planets, and where Noah's Ark is, please wait until you arrive. Our computers show that you have prayed once already today. Please hang up and try again tomorrow. This office is now closed for the week-end to observe a religious holiday: Please pray again on Monday after 9.30am. If you are calling after hours and need emergency assistance, please contact your local priest. 12


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SUNDAY SERVICES 10.45 am July : 7 Mrs P Talkes - 5pm Songs of Praise 14 Rev. T Haggis 21 Mr Richard Dawson 28 Rev. Victor Lounder Aug : 4 Mr B Blackamore 11 Mr R Parker 18 Mrs B Kean 25 Rev. R Hawkins WEEKDAY ACTIVITIES JULY 2 Tues. 2-3.30 Tea, Cake and Fellowship 6 Sat. Garden Party 8 Mon. Ladies Monday Club – Meal Out 9 Tues. 1.30 – 3 Hobby and Chat 13 Sat. 7am – 5pm Horticultural Show 18 Thurs. Sight Support 22 Mon. Ladies Monday Club @ Betty's 23 Tues. 1.30 – 3 Hobby and Chat AUGUST 5 Mon. LMC- Speaker Ruth Beresford on Ghana 6 Tues. 2-3.30 Tea, Cake and Fellowship 13 Tues. 1.30 – 3 Hobby and Chat 15 Thurs. Sight Support 19 Mon. Ladies Monday Club @ Jean Dunham's 27 Tues. 1.30 – 3 Hobby and Chat SEPTEMBER 2 Mon. Ladies Monday Club @ Church 3 Tues. 2-3.30 Tea, Cake and Fellowship 7 Sat. Model Show Every Friday– 10am-1pm Coffee, tea and light refreshments

CHOIR PRACTISE Tuesday 7.30pm LADIES MONDAY CLUB – Fortnightly at 8pm RAINBOWS Monday at 5.45pm BROWNIES Monday at 6.15pm GUIDES Friday at 7pm

Newsletter july 2013  
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