Check out the following link to read about why we might need to rethink service times in out parish: Not Just Sunday Morning. Thanks to Rev’d Bosco Peters and his liturgy.co.nz site for another interesting post.
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On Sunday we sadly farewelled our People’s Warden, Mary-Jane (“MJ”) Mumford. She’s returning to Auckland to take up a new and very exciting position. But it’s hard to be sad for long when MJ is around; she has a life-giving energy about her and a wonderful sense of humour. She sees opportunities where others see obstacles, and she has a kind and encouraging word for everyone. She is hospitable and generous.
In the relatively short time she was a member of our parish she instigated our brand of homemade produce — ‘From the Church Gate’ — launched at the A & P Show last spring; and she inspired and helped to organise a variety of social and fundraising events as well as special worship services such as the Pet Blessing service and Flower Power Sunday (to mark ‘Bee Awareness Week’). Also, she has been a great encourager of our foray into social media, here on this blog and on our Facebook page. Mary-Jane is often to be found with her camera in hand, which we are learning is fairly essential if you want to engage in social media!
We will miss her tremendously; but here’s the upside: MJ has family in the district so we know she’ll be back in this part of the world from time to time. We look forward to seeing her again in the coming years. In the meantime, she leaves a legacy of optimism, encouragement and warmth. Bye for now, MJ! Come and see us soon. God bless you.
The parish quarterly newsletter for Winter 2014 is out now. Those who usually find this in their letterboxes should get theirs during the week (once it stops pouring with rain and we can get out to deliver them!). Let our parish administrator, Patricia Gardner, know if you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, or if you would like to receive an email copy in future. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Enjoy this amazing short video by Martin Heck, made using time-lapse photography over a four month period that he spent in New Zealand.
‘Some thoughts on kindness’
This video published on YouTube is only two minutes long but quite thought-provoking, especially the final word. It’s an animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by author George Saunders at Syracuse University in May 2013. The wonderful advertisement-free review site www.brainpickings.org drew attention to the video this week along with an illustrated book based on the speech that has just been published.
Produced By: Above Average. Adapted By: Tim Bierbaum
Here is another instalment in a series of blogs by Rev. Bosco Peters (liturgy.co.nz), which we have been following. Read about Habit #5 – Being Connected -by clicking here and start a discussion. Happy reading (or read and weep?). How does our parish do in its communications?