The LINK February – March 2018
Welcome to this edition of the Link, our monthly newsletter designed to keep you linked into the happenings around our parish. I am very aware of the large number of people who receive the Link who through health and limited mobility are no longer able to be present at worship or church events as they once were. But that doesn’t mean they are no longer valued members of our parish. On the contrary, many continue to uphold the parish in prayer and support the work in other ways as they are able.
The Link has been edited by Derek and Margaret Hughes for the past 20 years. It originated as the Messenger from Chalmers Church and became the Link after the amalgamation of the Timaru parishes in 2009. At the end of last year Derek indicated his desire to retire from this role. I am very thankful for all the work the Hughes have put into this publication over the years, making it an interesting and informative read. We are committed to continuing on this good work and the high standard they achieved, so the Link will continue, albeit under a new editor.
January was holiday time for us and Catherine and I enjoyed a couple of weeks exploring the Taranaki and Wanganui regions. Highlights were cycling the forgotten world highway from Taumaranui to New Plymouth which I did over 2 days. It was very hilly and challenging! We also enjoyed a jet boat ride up the Wanganui river to the Bridge to Nowhere which was very special. But there were some unexpected things along our travels that we hadn’t planned that were wonderful surprises. Like the festival of lights in Pukurua park in New Plymouth which was magical. And arriving in Wanganui on the day of the Vintage festival to a very large classic car show.
We place a lot of importance on planning and we need to do this to avoid drifting aimlessly along. We have many dreams and plans in the pipeline for our church this year, but I wonder what surprises God will have in store for us?