Thought For The Week 21 July 2019
Welcome to our services today at Trinity and St Stephen’s. If you are visiting with us, I hope you find our services engaging, inspiring and even challenging! Last Sunday we enjoyed a combined service at Trinity but I had to leave early in order to get to Ashburton for a congregational meeting to call a new minister for that parish. I’m happy to report they voted 100% to receive Rev Johanna Warren as their minister. Johanna served in Blenheim for 16 years before going to Fielding 3 years ago so it will be nice to have her back in the Alpine Presbytery. My role as Interim Moderator will end with her induction in November.
Members of our St Stephen’s congregation will be aware of the issue of the Silver Birch trees on the front of the property and their encroachment into the overhead power lines. The property group have decided to prune these trees rather than remove them and to keep the cost down will seek volunteers to help with cleaning up the trimmings.
I will be away in Nelson from 22nd July- 2nd Aug attending the Caleb Leadership Course.
Last Saturday night we had our second winter cultural night this time featuring the cuisine of Sri Lanka, prepared by Indi Jeevaratnam and her family. Indi gave a fascinating talk about her home land and up-bringing and tried to teach us the Lord’s prayer in Tamil (a language which has some very big words!). Around 60 people enjoyed a wonderful evening – big thanks to Indi and the pastoral group for organising this event.