Greetings – – Summer at last – hot sunshine – lovely warm swims – tomatoes and corn ripening – meals outside – lots of interesting outdoor happenings, especially on the beach. There was hardly an inch to spread your towel on the day the outrigger canoes had their races. Tide was high – thousands of folk enjoying the sun and sea and sport – a very narrow strip of dry sand to lie on! The ‘Beach Series’ on Tuesday night have been a sight – goodness knows how many swimmers, kayakers, stand-up boarders and runners all take off on the sounding of the siren, followed by the ‘Little Nippers” racing along after the adults, all in their different coloured caps and shirts – all competitive and out to win! Great for fitness.
Did you manage to see the Chinese Lantern Festival in Albert Park at the conclusion of their New Year festivities? What a beautiful sight. Memorable among the displays were the Antarctic, with penguins, polar bear and icebergs and the farmyard with life size cows, sheep and chooks. Quite amazing. But the highlight (pardon the pun) was the array of lanterns strung high in the magnificent old trees of Albert Park. Quite magical. They must have looked beautiful looking from the Art Gallery windows. Hundreds of thousands of every nationality were enjoying the festival – sampling delicious Asian food from the 100 foodstalls (just like Hong Kong) and admiring the displays – a good natured throng shuffling along together.
We send positive thoughts for health to those who are not so well at the moment. Hopefully the sunshine will help. Ann and Don enjoyed visits from their family recently – Malcolm was over and their son from Christchurch and daughter from Wellington.
It was good to see ‘Rise and Shine’ off to a good start – keep this in mind for the third Sunday of the month. The coffee is great.
We have birthday greetings in March for Jocelyn, Cam, Malcolm and Nan. Enjoy your day folks. We missed Rae’s milestone last month – congrats on your 80th Rae. I hear the celebrations went on for some time !
We remembered specially our brothers and sisters in Christchurch last month – a year from the major earthquake. We pray that rebuilding will go ahead in earnest.
OUT AND ABOUT – Our Grace who plays such beautiful music for us enjoyed a 10day Pacific cruise with her husband earlier in the year. She said it was great and recommends the shipboard life.
Jeanne ran in the Coastal Challenge in February, from Browns Bay to Devonport. She loves running and finds it therapeutic. On Valentine’s Day Jeanne celebrated 10 years since her arrival in N.Z from South Africa. We’re glad you came, Jeanne. Further to Alf’s reflection in February, she says life is full of ‘thin places’.
WHAT is it about Oakura? Betty & Bruce enjoyed ten leisurely days there again, doing ‘not much’. Maybe some good books? Good food? Even a glass of a good red? A well deserved rest.
Edith spent an enjoyable weekend with the Rotary Caravan Fellowship in February – this time in Raglan, staying with her friend in her beautiful country home and participating in the Rally activities. A pleasant distance to drive for a relaxing weekend.
We look forward to the DINNER & FILM evening of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” pre-release on 14 March. Can’t go wrong with a cast like that – Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson. A pleasant way to raise funds.
We will meet with our friends from the other churches on Friday 2 March at 10.30am for the World Day of Prayer at Northcote Baptist . This year’s service is written by the Malaysia World Day of Prayer Committee entitled “Let Justice Prevail”. Everyone welcome – do come.
THE ART OF GOOD LEADERSHIP IS TO CONSIDER EVERYONE’S OPINION BUT TO MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND……….
Go well and safely ………