More Notices – May 2016

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More Notices – May 2016

FLORAL AFFAIR 

Saturday 17 September 2016 – 2pm

Mark your calendars now –

Plan to be there –

The world famous in Northcote St Aidans Floral Affair.

The committee is working to ensure another memorable day incorporating Flowers, Music, and Afternoon Tea.

 

 

 

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BEING THANKFUL

A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, “So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That’s very commendable.  What does she say?”

The little boy replied, “Thank God he’s in bed!” 

 

 

 

ANZAC Day 2016

St Aidans was again proudly represented at the Northcote ANZAC Day service.  Thank you to everyone involved.

The following was posted on Neighbourly by Caroline Milner

‘A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could re-position mine – while doing so, he told me that women should wear their poppy on the right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much.  The leaf should be positioned at 11o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended.  He was worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them – lest we forget”.

 

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment.  It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.  We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.  (Thich Nhat Hanh)

The present moment is the most profound and challenging teacher we will ever meet in our lives.  It is a compassionate teacher; it extends to us no judgement, no censure, no measurement of success and failure.  The present moment is a mirror; in its reflection we learn how to see.  Learning how to look into this mirror without deluding ourselves is the source of all wisdom. In this mirror we see what contributes to the confusion and discord in our lives and what contributes to harmony and understanding.  We see the relationship between pain and its cause on a moment-to-moment level; we see the bond between love and its source. We see what it is that connects us and what it is that alienates us.  (Christina Feldman & Jock Kornfeld).

Lighter moments

Murphy says to Paddy, “What ya talkin into an envelope for?”

“I’m sending a voicemail ya fool!

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I was explaining to my wife last night that when you die you get reincarnated but must come back as a different creature. She said she would like to come back as a cow.

I said “You’re obviously not listening.”

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When I was in the pub I heard a couple of plonkers saying that they wouldn’t feel safe on an aircraft if they knew the pilot was a woman.

What a pair of sexists. I mean, it’s not as if she’d have to reverse the bloody thing!

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An Irishman is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. He proceeds into the water, subsequently bumping into the preacher. The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon, he asks the drunk, “Are you ready to find Jesus?” The drunk shouts, “Yes, I am.”

So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water. He pulls him back and asks, “Brother, have you found Jesus?” The drunk replies, “No, I haven’t found Jesus!” The preacher, shocked at the answer, dunks him again but for a little longer. He again pulls him out of the water and asks, “Have you found Jesus, brother?” The drunk answers, “No, I haven’t found Jesus!”

By this time, the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk again – but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds, and when he begins kicking his arms and legs about, he pulls him up.

The preacher again asks the drunk, “For the love of God, have you found Jesus?”

The drunk staggers upright, wipes his eyes, coughs up a bit of water, catches his breath, and says to the preacher,

“Are you sure this is where he fell in?”

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UNTIMELY ANSWERED PRAYER

During the minister’s prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. Tommy’s mother was horrified.  She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, “Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?”

Tommy answered soberly, “I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did!”