St Aidan’s Meanderings – July 2014

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St Aidan’s Meanderings – July 2014

Greetings – – Isn’t it good to have Alf and Fleur back among us, looking refreshed. Welcome back!

It has been interesting to watch the brilliant footwork of the World Cup Soccer teams as they battle it out for the championship. The Super Rugby has been exciting, with new stars shining and causing upsets at the top. Our rowers again excelled at the World Championships and Steven Adams continues to make his mark in American basketball. Wimbledon has given us a few surprises – it will be interesting to see if Venus returns to our January tournament next year.

We are pleased that Ann is comfortable and settling in to Greenvalley Lodge in Glenfield. She loves having visitors. We remember Joan in NorthbridgeHospital. Jocelyn and Margaret had short spells in NorthShoreHospital recently and happily are back on deck. It’s great to see Mary and Joan making the effort to come to church. We love seeing them.

BIRTHDAYS – We say Happy Birthday to Bruce, Don B, Grace and Miles this month.

And it is HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to William & Siala.

Once again Friday Fun Nights catered for a capacity crowd of children who had a good time. Our thanks to the Team and all who helped.   CAFECHURCH is always a winner – we look forward to it.

CONCERT BY THE HEAVEN BENT GOSPEL CHOIR on SATURDAY 26 JULY, 2pm, at ST. AIDANS – please tell your family and friends to keep the date free – it is a major fund raiser – tickets from Nan and Edith are $25 pp, children $5 (under 15), pre-schoolers FREE. You will thrill to the stirring rhythms and uplifting harmonies of their Gospel music What’s more, it’s fun. (See noticeboard for details)

OUT AND ABOUT:   Further to Marion’s trip to Paris with her daughter Elise, wanting to attend a church service on Easter Sunday, they went to the Church of the Madeleine where composer Faure spent years as choirmaster and organist. When the service started at 11am there were about 2000 seated, of whom at least 1,000 took Mass. She returned to the church shop to purchase a CD of Faure’s “Requiem” which was recorded in the church. They enjoyed Parisian coffee with Elise’s favourite NZ marshmallow Easter eggs and took a taxi to the cemetery La Pere Chaise to find the graves of such as Rossini, Poulenc, Chopin, and Oscar Wilde. An interesting excursion. Then it was up to Sacre Coeur where the nuns came out dressed in their white habits, to sing Vespers. Very beautiful. Next it was on the Montmartre train to Place Pigalle for dinner and show at ‘Moulin Rouge”! In all a memorable Easter Sunday!!

Pat and Colin walked 255km in 2.5weeks in Spain – less than a year since Pat’s knee replacement! They were both thrilled to be back walking the Camino de Santiago, having walked that portion 10 years before. There have been many changes – the number of pilgrims has increased 10 fold; pathways have been widened and routes altered. Motorways criss-cross the land. Huge apartment buildings (unfortunately fairly empty) have been built near small villages –   But the challenge of walking the Camino is still there – setting out in the morning, not knowing where one will stop to eat, sleep; carrying all one’s possessions in a small pack; a very special experience. They felt privileged again to be walking as so many have walked since the Middle Ages. They completed their holiday driving along the northern coast of Spain – beautiful country with steep hills and small inlets with ports and ancient fishing villages set into the coast. From the Spanish/French border they caught the fast train back to Paris for the flight home. (I wonder how fast is fast, Pat?)

David and Liz spent 10 days in Sydney attending the annual Rotary International Convention. About 18,000 Rotarians from around the Globe listened to world class speakers; saw some of the many humanitarian Rotary projects; caught up with old friends and made new ones. The Convention was held at Olympic Park so it was a ride on the trains or ferries every day – all transport was free to Rotarians during the Convention so they were able to travel the length and breadth of Sydney. After the Convention they attended the “Post Convention Cruise” an annual event for the Yachting Fellowship. Lots of trips out on the water round Sydney with lots of food, fun and fellowship. Next World Convention is in Sao Paulo, Brazil – time to learn the samba and the tango!! (This brought back memories for me, Liz. Bob and I attended the World Convention in Melbourne in 1992, with 22,000 others! Fred Hollowes’ young widow was an inspiring keynote speaker. An experience that stays for ever – Edith)

A little closer to home – if you happened to remember the opening remarks of ‘Meanderings’ for June, they described the view over the fields of Hato Petera at sunrise from Edith’s new home in Tonar Street. No. 56 is a purpose built (rental) house for 5 senior ladies (only 4 at present) by the Bays Community Property Trust, consisting of volunteers from Torbay Baptist Church. She is happily settled and would be pleased to show you round the house. The family enjoy telling their friends that Nana has gone ‘flatting’. It is hard to realise that Niko, the great grandson, will be one year old this month – fairly close to the birthday of Prince George – so we enjoy reading the reports of George’s progress!

It is now obvious that winter hath come! Wrap up, do some physical jerks and keep warm!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – A few helpful thoughts from William Barclay ……

“It is good to have strength of will without being stubborn ;

It is good to have strength of Purpose without being intolerant;

It is good to have strength of faith without being Self righteous;  

A man (or woman) requires both strength and gentleness before he can be a pillar in the house of God”  

Go well and safely                            

Edith