Grace Notes September 2017

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Grace Notes September 2017

NEWS CORNER
There are no Grace Notes this month as Grace is
recovering at home after her op. She was in hospital for
shorter than the expected two weeks and is doing well.
Instead here are some snippets of news for you to enjoy:
Robin, Isobel and Marion attended the finals of the High
Schools choir competition held in the Aotea Centre. Robin
had been following the competition all along. Marion felt
quite strange as she had to change her loyalties: she has
been a supporter of Westlake Girls for many years and this
time had to hold thumbs for St Kentigern. The reason was
Bella, her great granddaughter who at 12 and still in
middle school was the youngest member of their senior
Choir. Marion’s presence must have helped as they were
awarded Silver.
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Pat and Colin have recently returned from their annual
pilgrimage to Wanaka for Colin to ski. Pat also walked on
her own around the lake, experiencing the wonderful
mountain views.
They attended the Wanaka Presbyterian Church and were
pleasantly surprised to see it had grown from last year
with a number of new families. This congregation focus
on the community with men’s dinners, prayer groups and
Mainly Music among other things. Colin and Pat were
especially impressed to hear about their fortnightly
dinners for the Ski Workers. These are free and attract 100
people from the three ski-fields in the area.
Nan and Kerr Inkson “The highlight of our recent trip
overseas, and the main reason for it, was the wedding in
London on July 15
th of our daughter, Eileen, to David
Harold. It was a most joyful day. They are so very happy
together, and it was wonderful to share their day with
family and friends. Beforehand we were able to spend
time with David’s family, and to catch up with friends and
family in England and Scotland. This included a big
family party in Beauly, in the Scottish Highlands, for
Nan’s extended family – another happy occasion. We also
spent a few days in Lisbon, a beautiful old city, with
historic buildings, beautiful squares and narrow twisting
streets, with amazing patterned paving. The sun shone
most of the time we were away, but without any
heatwaves, and we really had a wonderful time.
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A few snippits from Fyfeshire:
A nice touch of international relations was enjoyed when
the parents of the French exchange student Martin came
to stay with Kathryn and Brett to join Martin at the end of
his exchange. He and Grandson Baxter had enjoyed good
fellowship and it was nice to meet his parents. July not
the best time to visit N.Z. but they had good weather and
even walked the Tongariro Crossing. We enjoyed their
company.
As a special treat Edith and her three daughters and had a
“Girls’ Weekend” @ Tinopai, on the Kaipara, at Deb’s
holiday home. A bit of serious walking, lovely sightseeing
to Bayley’s Beach on the rugged west coast, excellent food
and lovely long sleep-ins. ———. Interesting to visit the
swamp kauri workshop where beautiful artworks are made
and to learn that the supply of swamp kauri will probably
run out in 5 years!
Extract from letter from John Biggers in Sedona AZ ,
7 August -We are doing reasonably well; and
manage to keep up with our growing (in age) family.
We know that the church will continue with the
meaningful ministry that we experienced on two
visits.
We wish your new pastor the best of luck in her
work.
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