Seventh Sunday of Easter 12 May 2013
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… A Message from Peter … (K2K)
“We had to cut short our adventure. Bike problem after only a couple of hundred kilometres. Both Raja and I felt very disappointed ... a sense of failure (?) and of letting the team down?
BUT … every cloud has a silver lining. We have discovered so much ... so much beauty and so much about us all ........
The planning for the trip also had last minute visa difficulties and now we feel better prepared when we make another attempt. We WILL complete the adventure, maybe later in 2013 or 2014.
My thanks to all who have supported us so far.
We are so richly blessed, and even if we do not achieve what we set out to achieve, with our eyes and our hearts open, we can find so much more than we ever imagined” -
“… with the extra time in Kathmandu, (maybe this was also part of the auspicious failure), we have arranged to decorate the first IGWR home as it now has 12 children living there. We have leased another unit for additional student volunteers and are following up leads for some orthopaedic support for Ayog. We have met a volunteer doctor from NZ who will conduct a clinic at Arunas Orphanage.
The blessings of the Divine pour forth as light from the
sun in boundless generosity”.
The First Tuesday Club had its first meeting on 7 May.
22 attended and had a great time with music, games and personal sharing. The mood was a happy endorsement and we are now planning for the
4 June meeting. All ideas welcome. Contact Claire for information.
Check out our WOW (Words of Wisdom) segment below.
WOW No.1 - "Anyone can teach me something – even if it’s what not to do" (Michael Cockram)
A New Creation
- Fremantle council changed their planning policy to promote more urban infill AFTER members of the St Paul’s Community had established “A New Creation” in the developments surrounding the church precinct.
- The Guardian Newspaper on 18th March reported an initiative by a Church in Aberdeen; “the only place in the UK” where such an initiative is found….. St Paul’s had adopted the same over a year ago… another “New Creation”.
- What will YOU, and what will we seek to realise as “A New Creation” this Easter?
(Unless otherwise advised)
1st Saturday 8.30 Busy Bee
1st Sunday Heartsong (7pm Winter)
1st Mon 7.30pm LA/LMP Meeting
1st Tues 10am First Tuesday Club
2nd Thurs 8pm Contemplative Prayer
3rd Mon 7pm Church Council
2013 Dates for Elders’ Morning Tea
Sale of Neways Products
The proceeds of the sale of Neways products last Sunday was
around $500.00 … and there is more for sale this Sunday.
All monies raised will go to IGWR and Just Manna
11 June 7pm IGWR Nepalese Fundraising Dinner
“A New Creation”
You are invited to share in a discussion of OUR realisation of Easter. We can explore together how we will bring about our own “Acts of the Apostles” as we come into the reality of resurrection. Here we have an opportunity to give shape and re-shape our whole understanding of being church. This coming Tuesday 9th April 7.30pm meeting room
John Dunnill writes:
Having nearly completed my 2 year contract with St Paul's I am now seeking a full-time parish ministry position. I will however be around for a while longer as I am currently assisting with ministry at St John's Fremantle and will also be leading worship here during May (and running an "Easter Wings" programme here that starts this week).
The Human Journey:
Formative Influences that shape our Spirituality - a workshop and exploration led by Steve Runciman and John Dunnill. May 11th 9-4.30. See fliers in Hall. More information from John.
Post Easter Study Group
Monday Afternoons Starting Monday 15th April - take a walk through St Luke's Gospel with me. Each Monday at 2.30pm in the studio (finish by 4pm). Please record your names next Sunday or email me. Let's make it fun! Michael Cockram
K2K - Kathmandu to Kashmir – May 2013 2 Men - 2 Faiths - 2 Motorbikes
Peter & Raja (IGWR-Nepal Director) Riding 2143kms across landscapes where mountain peaks rise above peoples of many faiths….A Muslim and a Christian ride side by side 2 Raise funds, 2 Support the education of children, 2 Make a difference With YOUR help We seek sponsors who will give 3 cents per Km and that will feed & educate one child for one month Please see Lia/Marie/Peter if you wish to be a sponsor of this ride.
Direct donations can be made to the IGWR account: Bank: Commonwealth BSB: 066-107 Account: IGWR Inc. Account Number: 10565151 [swift code for overseas transfers: CTBAAU2S] All donations managed and audited via IGWR Inc. In Giving We Receive
halted because of bike trouble
Paschal Candle Stand.
The new paschal candle-holder is part of our “New Creation” this Easter. If you like the new look within the baptistery please consider making a contribution toward the cost of the new piece of church furniture. Contributions should be given direct to Bob (treasurer) or left in an envelope in the offertory plate (or office). The balance of the $545 cost will be donated so that our general accounts are not affected.
Saturdays 8:00 am Breakfast at St Paul's
Nourishment for body and soul, overlooking the garden, with coffee and friends
Our ministry to the young members of our community is very much an activity of realising “A New Creation”. Give thanks to those who prepare activities each week AND please consider becoming part of the SPARKLES team. If you would like to help it will involve one Sunday morning every 5-6 weeks, and the team are there to help you
A beginners' workshop will be held each week, starting at 1:15pm followed by the normal class which starts at 2:00pm and ends at 3:00pm. $5.00 per week with all proceeds going to Just Manna funds. If anyone is interested in sharing the fun with us, please come to the Church hall any Wednesday at 1:15 and join in.
Christ Path Seminar – Andrew Harvey: “Until we discover Jesus as the supreme living, revolutionary presence of love, who is as much the son of The Mother as he is of The Father, a sacred being who fuses the deepest knowledge of the transcendent with the passionate involvement of the earthly activist, we will continue to allow the churches to disfigure and rob Him of His true identity…”. Please see Susan Grace for information
For the cost of a coffee per day, you can give life to a Child
We need some more sponsors to help us with our commitments in Nepal
The 15 children at Aruna’s Orphanage
(from 2-6 years old) all need sponsors for both living and educational costs.
WE NEED another 14 sponsors to give life to these delightful kids.
Each child is given a home and an education for $87.50 per month
For less than one cappuccino per day
See notice board in the hall for more details<
Wanted – good computer with internet connectability to be used by a Wollaston formation student for assignments/study etc. Please contact Michael on 0478 636 588
Bali reflection: Two months after returning from my three and a half months in Bali (as pastor of the English-speaking congregation at Bukit Doa (Nusa Dua)), what stays in my memory? A stream of visitors, of all nationalities, finding their way to the Sunday morning service: intrigued by the situation (a church on a hilltop between a Hindu temple and a Buddhist viswara); delighted or bemused by the worship with its mixture of gamelan and hymns; always welcomed. Evening Bible study groups meeting in homes, trying to have meaningful and respectful conversations about sacred things amid the diversity of languages and ways of understanding. Children in the pre-school, lapping up the words and images of new story-books, singing songs, making me feel the little I was bringing them was very special. Also meeting with the teachers, sharing their excitement as they plan the growth of this little kindy into a primary school for the children of the area. Thanks to those of you who contributed money for the school and for social work in the community; and for your personal encouragement for me in this venture. I will be continuing to support the Bukit Doa community, and if you would like to share in this, or to receive more information, please let me know. John
Another New Year’s resolution……
Behave as if the God in all life mattered…
IGWR In Giving We Receive Postcard from Kathmandu
Thank YOU again for a Wonderful Easter…
50 days of encounter with resurrection that will bring us to the fire of Pentecost Arise Thank You and we give thanks for each other. What a wonderful community we are and what a wonderful place to encounter Easter. There are many activities and many individuals that work together to make Easter happen here at St Paul’s - Thank YOU… and may we continue as a people of the resurrection - seeing in each other the risen Christ.
Thank YOU for being here today – for being a part of our shape, our Word, our Life and our Future……
Each and every member is a vital part of the Body.
Our Thanks Page
Corks and Stamps:
Could you please save all the corks from your celebratory bottles for Ruth Shelley who will give them to the Girl Guides. She would also like used postage stamps - all of them, not just interesting foreign ones. They go to Rotarians, and help the third world somehow!
Morning Tea Volunteers Needed Desperately:
Ruth needs some people to join the list so that she doesn’t have to keep calling on the ‘faithful few’ who are suffering from Tea-Maker Fatigue. Ten or twelve more make each turn come around once every 3 months.
We delight in and give thanks for those who so generously provide the beautiful flower arrangements in the church each week. A new roster for 2013 is being prepared and we invite you to add your name to the list of volunteers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to contribute in this special way to the life of St Paul’s. If you think you can provide even small and simple arrangements, please contact Ronny on 9335 2242 or email@example.com
ChurchSafe Refresher – Have you registered?.
These sessions were introduced to provide awareness in the areas of child protection, risk management, disclosures of abuse, and the identification of persons of concern. As a Church we have made significant progress in this area and our ongoing commitment necessitates that we maintain standards in this area. To that end, a series of ChurchSafe refresher workshops have commenced.
Anyone in the following roles must attend a refresher program before 1st July 2013.
1. Clergy (compulsory)
3. Parish Council Member
4. Lay Pastoral Minister / Liturgical Assistant
5. Leader of a prayer or bible study group,
6. Musical Director or Choir Leader
7. Anyone in a child related activity (Sunday School, Camps, Creche)
8. Co-ordinator of volunteers at a working bee, etc.
For information about when the sessions are being run and how to register, please visit the following page on our website - www.perth.anglican.org/churchsafe
or contact the Diocesan Office on 9325 7455.
Our Graham wins Prize
STOP PRESS: Graham Kershaw, architect of our East End and beautiful amphitheatre has won the Blake Poetry Prize. Check out the NSW Writers' Centre write-up on . Congratulations, Graham.
Why do churches always seem to be asking for money?
Well churches are places where the Holy Scriptures are read, for example: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? And although faith costs nothing, works do require financing.
Today’s readings go even further in asking us to look again at the way in which we create/employ our wealth. In our modern culture we count our blessings by counting what we have.
Imagine if we hear the Word of God, “Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor”
Imagine a world in which we do not count that which we have, but rather count all that we share. The scriptures have an overall orientation toward giving, and that is summed up in one of our foundational statements of faith:
"You shall love your neighbour as yourself."
Sunday Lunches: It has been suggested that Sunday lunches be held monthly, usually on the last Sunday of the month.
We are aware of a Sudanese family who are setting up their own home and are in need of some furniture. If you think you may be able to assist please speak to Michael Jessup 9336 4930
Bali Notes (5)
Last Friday we were up early for a long journey to Blimbingsari, in the far North-West of the island. In 1939, when the Dutch Government was fed up with disruptive Christian missionaries, this was the jungle waste that the Christians were banished to, all of them, Protestants and Catholics in adjacent settlements. The hope was obviously that they would not come back. But today Blimbingsari is a peaceful village of gardens and pretty houses, and at its centre is the large mother church for the Protestant Church of Bali.
We were there for the ordination of the new Bishop, recently elected for a four-year period (now there’s a thought!). As one of the pastors I was summoned to take part in this pilgrimage to the place of origin, and this corporate laying on of hands. We made a pretty sight in albs and red stoles (looking quite Anglican, really) as we processed across the courtyard and up into the church.
It is built in Balinese style, without walls and very high. Sixteen pillars soar upwards and cluster at the top around a glass roof, so light streams down into the worship space. At ground level the church opens into the garden, where a waterfall makes continuous music underlying the liturgy.
Assisted by Gamelan orchestra and choirs we sang well known songs, unknown songs, and songs in difficult but hypnotic old Balinese chant, as the former Bishop divested himself of his symbols of office and laid them on his successor, who later ordained four beautiful young deacons as Pastors. So the church was renewed, in the space of three hours, and after a simple lunch of nasi goreng w
(4): With about 17 calendars running concurrently it’s not surprising there are so many festivals here. First there was Independence Day (August 17th), which is a big deal in a new country which has to keep reminding itself it is one nation, despite being 3000 islands with numerous languages and ethnic groups, many of which would prefer to go it alone if they got the chance. So the red and white flags flew from every pole, and even the café near me paused its usual laid-back music to relay stirring anthems at intervals through the day. Then came Idul Fitr (and the Muslim builders are still on holiday). Now it’s the big Hindu festival of Galungan, the celebration of the presence of the gods on earth. It feels like Christmas, with the children on holiday, streets lined with long decorated bamboo poles (penjor), processions in traditional costume, and big Temple events in the streets involving good (represented by the big shaggy-dog-like Barong) battling against evil (represented by the witch Rangda). There is much fun for the children, though perhaps less fun for drivers since the streets are often blocked. It all goes on for ten days until the gods depart at Kuningan. But don’t despair, with a 210-day calendar it all comes around again in seven months. John
It’s gone strangely quiet here. The hotel where I am staying is being rebuilt, just behind my flat, so usually I am woken early by a roar of motorbikes and a merry bricklayer’s song. But the workers are nearly all Muslims from Java, so they have gone home to celebrate Idul Fitri and the end of Ramadan, leaving me in peace. This week the hotel seems to live up to its name, Dhyana Pura (Meditation Place: ‘dhyana’ is a Sanskrit word connected to ‘Zen’). It belongs to the Protestant Church here and was build as a retreat centre before the tourist business took over this whole coast. The symbol is a bit weird but shows someone with huge ears (to listen to God) and huge feet (to rush into action). How much meditation still goes on here I don’t know, but I feel my ears (and feet) beginning to grow… John
In Giving We Receive: Our IGWR work in Nepal has grown to a budgeted expenditure of $60,000/year. We are growing the network of sponsors to ensure we can achieve this work. Please contact Marie, Lia or Peter if you would like details of how to contribute.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUES BOOKS FOR SALE: These books cost $65, 20% of the purchase price goes to "In Giving We Receive". Contact Ronny at the office, or Maureen Lucivero on 0402 880 412 to buy one. The books contain discount vouchers for many local restaurants, as well as cinemasand other forms of entertainment. One example is a 2 for 1 offer on adult tickets for the Picasso to Warhol exhibition currently showing at the Perth Art Gallery.
DO SOMETHING SPECIAL: Today, there are 211 young people in the Perth Metropolitan area that need a place to call home. Fostering Futures is looking for overnight, short term and long term carers to give a young person support and a home. You will receive training, ongoing support and financial assistance. Make a difference to a young person’s future. Contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9263 2070.
Women nurturing Women: Come and enjoy a relaxing and nurturing energy based treatment from qualified Healing Touch Practitioners at our open day for women. Sat monthly between 2pm and 4pm
Cost $20. Please call Claire on 0415745812 or email
email@example.com to book and avoid overlaps and waiting times. (See flyer on hall notice board)
Teatowels: If you have taken some home to wash and inadvertently kept them, could you return them please as we are very short of them. No questions asked and the confidentiality of the confessional will be honoured.
Our Thanks Page
SPRING CLEAN: Tranby House would very much welcome donations of GOOD used men’s clothing. Especially with the cold winter weather there is a demand for warm clothes and also waterproof clothes (incl shoes). Donations to Tranby House, unit 6, 5 Aberdeen Street East Perth (9220 1200). If you have a load to take please put a notice in next week’s sheet if you could also deliver for someone else.
ANGLICARE The need for food is great ... our basket is empty!
We are a "doing" community, a "building" community, a "loving" community, a "meditating" community, a "caring" community, a "studying" community, would you like to be part of the praying community? If you are interested in belonging and supporting our community, their friends and family in prayer, contact Rosemary Spark. Also if you or someone you know needs to be upheld in prayer, please immediately contact Rosemary.
News From Nepal.
Five of our students, Sabnam, Sanchita, Jabir, Ganga and Kamala, who have been attending universities and other colleges have now graduated.
Rajkuma and Sangita have completed first year of a business management degree and are waiting for their results.
Many thanks to St Paul's community for your financial and emotional support of our students over the last five years. Without your input it would be impossible for such a wonderful outcome. Marie.
Line dance classes
They resume on Wednesday 14th March at 2pm in the church hall. This is a St Paul’s fundraising activity and it would be good to get support from members of the congregation – at present only one dancer is from our church. A great way to exercise while having fun and I hope lots of you will join us! Gillian Loffel
Twenty from St Paul's
I recently wrote to twenty members of our community asking if they would consider giving an additional $50 per week so that we can pay off the East End loan early. Each month we currently have a loan commitment of $2000, and if twenty of us can underwrite this commitment we will save over $25,000 in interest payments.
So far the responses that I have received have generously increased our loan repayments by $1800 per month, and there are still eight responses to come.
This is a wonderful response that makes a big difference for all of us – Thank You.
I would also welcome hearing from any other members of the community who feel they can contribute to clearing our loan via a direct debit commitment over the next 1-2 years.
[Please contact Bob, Ronny or Peter if you can help]
Snowlands Light of Education School - Nepal
Part of our commitment to helping the children at the school is to provide day's outing and picnic. With 160 children this becomes quite a task and involves four buses and a mountain of food. It is one of the few occasions in the year that the children also have meat to eat.
If you would like to contribute to this project please give your offering to Peter or EFT direct to the IGWR[In Giving We Receive] account:
A bank account has been established (with Anglican Community Fund) for donations...
A/C: IGWR–Nepal - BSB: 706-001 – A/C No: 30006088
Although it's not yet summer, the gardening group would like to start assembling the watering team. Please give your name to Debbie if you are able to join the 'gardening ministry'.
Eddie Vagg [ 25.12.1920 - 14.01.2010 ] continues to 'give'. The last electricity for the rectory was a CREDIT thanks to Eddie's bequest which was used (in part) to provide solar panels. And he gives even more, two parishioner's who have also installed solar panels with the same company who did the rectory, result is us getting a CREDIT of $1600 from solar unlimited.
Thank YOU Eddie: Last month we received $127 in credit from Synergy thanks to our Solar Panels which were installed thanks to a bequest made by Eddie Vagg. Please consider YOUR bequest to St Paul's Church (membership is for eternity!)
Wednesday Morning is the time to turnout for the "Garden Group", it is a chance to catch up mid-week, share in some activities and hospitality, and ALL are welcome to pop in.
Hilton Park Anglicare [formerly Coolbellup but now co-located at St Edmunds, Hilton] has need of support.
Their work at Coolbellup includes:
1 Support to public housing tenants
2 Being a Broker for people with disabilities
3 Leasing public housing for people whose behaviour would not qualify them for public housing, and working with such
Ways we could help:
1 Busy bees: working with the Anglicare staff and tenants in tidy up housing when threatened with eviction.
2 building up a register of contacts with: curtains, bedding, pots and pans, blankets, warm clothing, furniture, that they can call upon. Many of their clients are either in need of such or hard on such or may take with them [with blessing] what has been provided when they move. They have nowhere to store such much needed goods.
3 Finding a welder and labourers: They have shed 3.5m x 2.5m but need specialist shelving which is beyond their financial resources, though they could fund materials
I have offered, through the auspices of Just Manna, to build up a data base of people who
1. can help: either in gardening, or collecting and delivering goods as needed.
2. have items referred to that are surplus to requirements and could provide them if called upon.
Email me (Howard Eaton) any offer
What part do risk and courage play in the life of our community?
“What part do risk and courage play in the life of our community” is one of the questions for reflection. The diocese of Perth website has a number of references to “Risk”:
- The Diocese of Perth is committed to ensuring the highest standards of risk management is provided in order to protect our people
Risk Management Checklisit
- More information about the ChurchSafe programme available at Churchsafe
And, as in our wider culture, we are all reminded to “belt up” and wear crash helmets on our bicycles.
- How do we understand this cultural direction in relation to our Lenten reflections
As we build on the South Side of the church so white ants have invaded the garage and we will have to replace a section of the garage roof… Not only is this a hint that our giving is always important… It also serves to remind us to Keep Awake
Many thanks to the gardening group who work so hard to keep our gardens weeded, fertilised and harvested. The many hours spent every week result in a delightful display of beauty and colour for us all to enjoy. However, to keep it alive and flourishing, it needs regular watering now and through the dry, hot months ahead. We need your help! If you can spare some time (preferably later afternoons) to water, contact Debbie 9386 1001 or Ronny 9335 2242 or put your name on the Roster in the hall.
Sheer silence: for those who wish to spend time before the service in silent contemplation, the chapel will be available from 9.00am each Sunday.
“There is nothing so much like God as silence”
are a delightful way of offering hospitality and sharing hospitality. They can also give us a chance to meet regularly to look at questions of faith and to share our unfolding Christian journey. Please consider inviting a few to meet regularly - maybe over bread & soup to keep the catering simple.... Home Groups
. Building the Community: St Paul's Beyond the Walls
Morning & Evening Prayer is held in the chapel.... It feels different and so we should be open to the changing space and to changing the space as we come together in prayer.
History of St Paul’s: The Archive Group’s book is out and on sale for $20. See Margaret Paynter, Val Pearson or Diana Robinson.
St Paul’s on the Internet: How do we get to see ourselves and the diversity of people/activities that make us the community we are? One way is to visit the web-site
Rosemary does a wonderful job of keeping a current picture of the community up to date… It is well worth a visit and there is quite a collection of photos past and present.
Who is Missing?
If you’ve missed someone or know of someone who’s not been to Church for a while, please send them a card, call them or visit…. For by encouraging each other we create life for ourselves.
NETBANK DETAILS FOR REGULAR GIVING
If you would like to simplify your giving to the church, direct debit is available through the internet. Details are …..
St Paul’s Anglican Parish General Account BSB 706-001 3000-3006
Kath Jordan’s biography of the well-known Loreto nun, academic
and activist Veronica Brady, entitled Larrikin Angel and published by Round House Press, is available at St John's Books, Fremantle, or online at www.roundhousepress.com. A review of the book by Roy Williams, reprinted from The Australian, is in April’s Messenger. Have you a copy of Larrikin Angel, biography of Sister Veronica Brady, written by our fellow parishioner Kath Jordan yet?
Have you a copy of Larrikin Angel, biography of Sister Veronica Brady, written by our feloow parishioner Kath Jordan yet?
GIVING and THANKSGIVING and OFFERING and GIFTS
Our Regular Giving is what creates our community….
Our Giving provides a stipend for our Priest
Our Giving Pays all bills for the church, the hall and the rectory….
Our Giving is all we have to maintain and restore our properties
Our Giving is what we have to Give to others and to the calls for “alms”
Our Giving supports Chaplains in Schools and enables us to provide the community with the use of the hall…….
Envelopes - Help us to be regular and to think of what we give…..
And in a similar manner… Direct Debit achieves the same……
Please Consider Being a REGULAR Giver for even when you cannot make it to Church – we are still here.
Just Manna – like to help our refugees?
We have refugees who need assistance to set up and activate donated computers. And CARAD are looking for volunteers to provide practical and emotional support for refugees living in our community. If you can help with either or would like more information please speak to one of the St Paul’s Just Manna team.
Out Thanks page is so big it has its own page
Diamonds R Forever
Invitations are being sent out to enable the purchase of a stained glass diamond panel that will be incorporated into the windows of the church and documented with an entry in the Centenary Memorial Book
It is an opportunity for those associated with the Parish, past & present, to remember a loved one or to acknowledge an important part of their spiritual heritage.
We will soon install the first “diamond” so that you have the opportunity to see what is the vision for this fundraising and memorial initiative.
Contribute to our Business and Service Directory
Just Manna press release launch Photos
As we are swaying – Lets Give Peace a Dance
Our webpage The East End and East End Plans ; St Pauls' without Walls
REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER