Notices – August 2013

St. Paul’s Devonport

The Church property is to be sold (may have already been sold) and this opportunity is being given to people to come together in their old church.

The details are:

Sunday, 11 August at 2pm there will be a meeting of past members at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Victoria Rd, Devonport, to get together before the church property is sold.   All welcome.

ALONE AGAIN?  Widowed, Separated or Divorced?

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A Floral Affair


Flowers, Concert, High Tea


Is to be held


The Church will be decorated as usual with Flowers to the theme:

Songs of Spring

Tickets will be sold for this Fund-raising event

$25  adults, $10  children

Helpers are needed

Can you volunteer for

Setting and Hosting ONE TABLE

Enquiries to Margaret 483-5680

or Pat      480-5749

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Duty Rosters – August 2013

  Elder Duty Door Duty
August 4 Nan John & Isabel
August 11 Mary Colin & Edith
August 18 Bill Malcolm & Margaret
August 25 Robin Andre & Helene
September 1 Liz Judith & Robin

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Dates for August 2013

Sunday 4th 10am Kids N All Service
Monday 5th 10am Drop Inn Morning with Residents of Shoal Bay Villa and Regency
Tuesday 6th 7pm Come to Quiet, Alf’s Office
Sunday 11th 10am Quiet Service led by Alf
Sunday 11th 6.30pm Speaker Series – week 1
Friday 16th 12.15pm Roast Meet, Lindisfarne Lounge
Sunday 18th 9.30am Café Church
Sunday 18th 6.30pm Speaker Series – week 2
Wednesday 21st 7pm Church Council, Lindisfarne Lounge
Friday 23rd 6.15pm Friday Fun Nights
Sunday 30th 10am Worship and Communion Service led by Bob Scott
Sunday 1st 10am Kids N All Service
Monday 2nd 10am Drop Inn Morning with Residents of Shoal Bay Villa and Regency
Tuesday 3rd 7pm Come to Quiet, Alf’s Office

Future Dates of events at St Aidans – for your Diary

Sunday August 11th 6.30pm Speaker Series Week 1
Sunday August 18th 6.30pm Speaker Series Week 2
Saturday September 14 2pm A Floral Affair

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What is happiness? – August 2013

From Naomi Simson

Recently I read an article about some new research from Deakin University. (I like the fact that as you get older you are likely to be happier) called the ‘Golden Triangle of Happiness’. Simply put, it found that you are likely to be happy if you have these three things:

1. Someone who loves us

2. A household income that provides the necessities

3. Connected to the community

Life is not perfect, it is not a constant party – without sad or bad times it is hard to appreciate good times.

Our society is changing quickly. The world is shrinking; the amount of information is endless. Yet I am left wondering if I’m the dinosaur from a past era not keeping up with the times? Am I the old-fashioned one urging people to ‘smell the roses’, ‘enjoy the journey’ ‘discover and see what is around you’?

What I do know is that depression is on the rise in Western society.

These are the thoughts I am sharing with my teenagers:

1. When making a choice about where you spend your time, ask ‘who will remember in a year from now?’ Your family is with you for a lifetime – friends come and go over the years.

2. Is the grass always greener? Is it possible to simply be where you are – be present, curious and enjoy it for what it is?

3. To give is to get – and the greatest gift you can give is your time, listening and presence. When you do this you will feel a sense of comfort and satisfaction.

4. More, more, more does not give you happiness. Comparing yourself to your friends and peers often leads to a great sense of insecurity and dissatisfaction.

Instead of living life based on a fear of missing out, perhaps live with respect, responsibility and resilience, and see if you move your own Personal Happiness Index – or perhaps at work where you could move your Personal Engagement Index too.

Naomi Simson has received many accolades and awards for the business she founded,, including the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year – Industry.

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Foreign Correspondence – August 2013

From Europe:

Hello to everyone at St Aidans,

Sorry we didn’t ‘correspond’ last month but we have had a very busy time since we last wrote.  Having packed all our extra luggage into boxes to be shipped home, we prepared the Château for the arrival of its American owners who spend their 2 month summer vacation here. Leaving our ‘home in France’ was a little sad as it has been such a wonderful experience living there and we had made good friends.

However farewells done we left for new experiences in Portugal and Spain. The reason for our trip to Lisbon and Porto in Portugal was the Rotary International Convention. Convention is always a big event and at Lisbon there were 17,000 attendees from all over the globe. For us it is meeting up with Rotary friends, listening to amazing speakers and sharing ideas with people from around the world that makes Rotary conventions a great experience.  We managed to also enjoy the sights of Lisbon. It is a beautiful city with wide leafy boulevards, historic buildings, a myriad of eating places and friendly people.

After the Convention we went north to Porto and spent a very full four days exploring this second city of Portugal. A day trip up the Douro River, visiting vineyards that make port (and tasting as well!), learning about Portugal’s wealth of history (remember Vasco da Gama) and enjoying wonderful food made this a memorable trip.

From the north of Portugal we travelled with very good friends from David’s Rotary club in Northcote to the south of Spain for our first trip to magical Andalusia. Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga had one thing in common – the heat! It was HOT so we explored and did sightseeing in the morning, had a siesta after lunch and then went out in the early evening to enjoy the cooler part of the day.

Andalusia is full of Moorish history from the times when the Moors ruled this part of Spain for 300 years.  The two places that stood out for us were the Mesquita in Cordoba and La Alhambra in Granada. The magnificence of these buildings is hard to describe – the architects, the artisans of the time have left a great legacy for the world to enjoy. The Mesquita was built in the 10th century (about 960) as a mosque. It is huge and originally had over 1200 pillars. When the Christians over ran and defeated the Moors, the centre of the Mesquita was demolished and a cathedral built between the remaining 890 pillars. It is used as a Christian place of worship but is surrounded by the pillars and decorations of a mosque. We found it a spiritual building that two faiths had used to worship their God.

The Alhambra is better known and it is visited by thousands of people every year. It was a palace with beautiful gardens. The Moorish architecture with its  exquisite carvings in the stone, decorated ceilings, the use of water in fountains and ponds – so much beauty in one place. Both places showcase the magnificence of the Moorish empire during its reign in Spain.

At the time of writing we are travelling in the UK, visiting friends and family from the Scottish Highlands down to the coast of Cornwall. We will spend a few days in Paris and back at the Château before beginning the long trip back to Auckland. We have had an amazing experience but it is now time to return to our family and friends.

We are looking forward to seeing you all back at St Aidans.

Until then

Best wishes from Liz and David

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