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News and Notices, Sunday 22 September

posted 24 Sep 2013, 23:18 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 24 Sep 2013, 23:21 ]
  1. Last week we had another joint meeting of Aboyne and Ballater vestries about the vacancy. The documentation to describe and advertise the vacancy is very nearly final now and +Bob expects to be able to place the advertisement early in October. At that time it will go on to diocesan and provincial web-sites.
  2. Meantime a lot of work is being done on the Rectory. The Ballater congregation and vestry have been particularly helpful in scoping the work and initiating it, though St Thomas's are much involved. As for the rectory garden, members from Ballater congregation and vestry have been doing a heroic job in cutting grass and tidying it up, but there is more work to do. In particular shrubs have to be cut back from the railings so that they can be painted. Sue is organising a working party:  'Warren and I are going to go and attack the marauding shrubs shielding the railings at the Rectory on Monday 30th September 11am – 1pm. We have a trailer, so can take away any debris. I have invited anyone who wants to from St Thomas to join us, and I am hoping that someone might come and make tea for the workers – I’ll provide the provisions, just need willing hands with old clothes, gloves and loppers if they have them. The more the merrier.' Sue is also inviting people from St Kentigern's.
  3. Last call for those interested in the diocesan conference at St Ternan's this Saturday (28th September). Rev Lisa has asked me to circulate this: 'A reminder that the Autumn Conference for our Diocese will be held on Saturday the 28th of September from 10am - 2pm at St Ternan's in Banchory. It is open to anyone from the congregation, and particularly relevant for those committed to mission, growth, and paying attention to God in that important ministry.'  If you wonder if this is for you, below is a bit more information on what the speakers will be covering.  For catering purposes, please contact me with names or numbers intending to be with us on the day.  Thank you for sharing this information with anyone who might wish to attend.
    1. Anne Tomlinson, in her paper Prayer and Mission Strategy, an Undivided Whole weaves the teachings of Thomas Merton, Rowan Williams, and others into real stories of church growth, spiritual and otherwise, from her own Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway and other parts of the world. A quote from Merton which resonates with her overall theme: 'The challenge ... is how to keep the focus on the action of God, rather than the choices and preferences of human agencies.' The work is for leaders and others not to seek the 'quick fix' but to ground decisions in God's plan.
    2. Ian Ferguson’s outline includes 'my personal prayer journey with God,' and the history of Westhill Episcopal Church, with more detail on section 'Westhill Journey in Prayer'. His conclusions will cover the imperative of corporate prayer to see churches grow, and the challenge of a prayer life in a local church.
  4. A reminder about Harvest festival: Harvest festival is on Sunday 6th October, and Jinny Forbes-Cable asks me to let you know that people will meet to decorate the church at 10.00 on Saturday 5th Oct.
  5. Also as previously advised, there will be a bring-and-share lunch after the harvest festival service, Sunday 6th October. Please contact us if you intend to come and give some indication of what you want to contribute if possible, though I am very open to lovely surprises. You'll be able to drop things off before the service.
  6. I'm away next weekend, so if you've got anything for N&N please email.
  7. And finally - October edition of Centrepost is attached.
Anne Harper - Vestry Secretary
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St. Thomas' Church Aboyne,
24 Sep 2013, 23:18