Notices – July 2020

An inclusive Christian community in Auckland, New Zealand

Notices – July 2020

The Thanksgiving Offering  for St Aidans on 28 June raised a total of $1160 –  many thanks to all those who contributed!

If you missed out on the day it’s not too late to join in now!

Also remember that your regular giving can be done by Automatic payment . Bank Details for both St Andrews and St Aidans are at the end of the Newsletter.

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DINNER CLUB

Our Dinner Club is a friendly group which meets for a meal out, once a month, next one will be Saturday 18 July. Dale notifies people where and when by email or phone, as well as by the church notices. We pay for our own meal which is usually about $30 depending on how many extras you have. Please let Dale know if you are interested in joining us.

Contact her on 4283793 or adalekerr@gmail.com to confirm.

FOOD BANK

Contributions brought to both of the weekly Sunday Services are taken to the Salvation Army depot at 430 Glenfield Road.

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Fresh fruit or vegetables eg potatoes, carrots, onions delivered to the depot on Monday Wednesday or Friday mornings from 9.30 am would also be appreciated but the weekly collections at church are dry goods only.

Come to Quiet

Our monthly meetings of Come To Quiet will resume after lockdown with our first meeting on Tuesday July 7th in the Lindisfarne Lounge at St Aidans. We will continue with our present series of investigating the Evolution theory of Teilhard de Chardin.

I include here a quotation from the latest Daily devotions of Richard Rohr highlighting how current the study of cosmology is to the Christian religion:

A Christian Cosmology
Sunday,
June 21, 2020

The word cosmology has been used more frequently in recent years, even in religious circles. If cosmology is the study of the origin, processes, and shape of the universe, then it also involves the study of God, the universe’s Creator. I find it utterly enticing, but I also know how threatening it has been to Christian thought as a whole.

Up until Copernicus and Galileo, western cosmology was very linear and largely informed by faith, with little attention to science. With a kind of extended egocentricity, Christians thought the earth was the center of the universe. God dwelled on his throne (and God was considered male), Jesus somehow dwelled beneath God, with heaven, the earth, and hell set below in their fixed places. But after the Copernican revolution, scientists have discovered ever more galaxies, and demonstrated that we humans are not the center of anything. We are just a small part of a much bigger ecosystem and universe. It is a very humbling lesson that we are still adjusting to five hundred years later! From that revolutionary moment, religion and science largely stopped talking to one another and started going in two different directions.

Richard Rohr

mainly music

mainly music has recommenced on Tuesday mornings at St Andrews with the 2 sessions at 9.15 and 10.45. For further information contact Pauline on 027-6665035.

Finding Fungi

Did you know that NZ has some very unusual and colourful fungi?

On a recent trip to Rotorua, while walking through the Government Gardens we encountered what initially looked like a pile of bones discarded amongst the dead leaves and leaf mould. On closer inspection they turned out to be delicately formed strands of white fungus. Each bundle was different and among the mature specimens we saw brown spores which encased the lacy strands pushing their way up from the ground. Later, courtesy of Google we discovered it is known as Ileodictyon Cibarium or Basket Fungus and has an unpleasant odour due to a smelly slime that surrounds it. The early Maori settlers collected the spores which they ate.

A little further on we found another fungus which is also part of the stinkhorn group. This is known as Aseroe Rubra and looks like a sea anemone. Amongst the brown leaves it stood out like beacon welcoming us to its habitat.

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Our son and granddaughters have found a number of other amazing specimens while out walking around the area, many of which look as if they should live under the sea. Meanwhile all I can find in the bottom of my garden are the toadstools that look like they belong in a fairy story. Google tells me that they have a valuable part to play in our gardens and ecosystems. Without them dead trees wouldn’t rot. The fungi transforms twigs and branches into mush which becomes top grade humus, recycling nutrients back to the soil.

So next time you go walking in the bush or a park keep your eyes fixed on the ground, you never know what you might see

Pauline

“Breathe”

By Robyn Allen Goudge

So when the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. Jesus repeated, “Peace be with you!’ and said, “As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit!”

John 20: 20-21

“I can’t breathe!”

The final words of a man pinned down –

Humiliated, oppressed, murdered.

I watch from the distance of TV or internet,

But this craving for air, a space to breathe freely, I recognise.

To live, to love, to breathe, to be,

Is basic to every one of us.

For covid-19 sufferers around the world,

Every breath of air is also precious and necessary.

For some, by the time a ventilator is connected,

It is already too late.

This craving for air, a space to breathe freely, we all recognise.

To live, to love, to breathe, to be,

Is basic to every one of us.

Yet still the ancient words of Cain

Reverberate down the millennia,

“Am I my brother’s keeper?”

What’s it got to do with me?

Can I be honest about the ways I have smothered the breath of others?

In my scramble to get what I want, have I pushed others aside and taken in more than my fair share?

What selfishness, superiority, indifference or racism is in me?

Can I put aside my own rights and privilege to ensure that others can freely breathe?

From Ihumatao, to Hawera,

In Aotearoa, Australia and across the Pacific,

The same cry is heard –

For air, for space to breathe freely,

To live, to love, to breathe, to be.

Yes! I have a duty of care!

To keep the peace, but even more,

To be a positive peace maker, a peace creator, a peace breather.

For the same breath, the same air, flows from your lungs into mine, and out again to another’s.

As the breath of the Holy Spirit hovered over the waters of creation,

So the breath of the Holy Spirit gives life to every living being.

This good Spirit has no colour, no race, no bias, no prejudice.

It seeks to “infect” all it touches with the blessing of the Spirit of love.

There is no ‘social distancing’ with the breath of the Spirit.

I can pass it on to others with a clear conscience!

Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat!