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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Newsletter reflection for 19 February 2012


Newsletter reflection for Sunday 19 February 2012.


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Good morning,
In the sermon last week I talked about human beings as a combination of physical, spiritual, emotional and social. To be healthy, we need to look at being healthy in all areas of our lives.
Some of us have been becoming more aware of our physical health as we look at our diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle issues at the Thursday night weight loss group “Watchya Weight.”
One of the things which has become apparent, and which was discussed at the Church Council meeting on Wednesday night, is that as a church we do not always encourage healthy living.  One simple thing we can do to encourage our whole church community to better health is to be aware of the nutrition of the food we offer for morning tea.  Things as simple as using skim milk and low fat cheese instead of the full-fat varieties, and choosing crackers which have less fat and salt, can help to support our church family in caring for our health.  Of course, fresh fruit is also a great thing to put on offer when there’s an opportunity. (And everyone thoroughly enjoyed Heather’s delicious, healthy hot soups when winter got so cold!)
There’s always going to be a place for treats – and some members of our congregation love their chocolate biscuits. But let’s also start to think about the things we could do to help encourage each other to be healthy in all aspects of our lives.
Grace and peace,
Iris

Dates to note

19 February. Today’s worship leader is Thom – so there will be no service notes on worship-services.blogspot.com
26 February. Guest speaker David Livingstone Jajjan from Uganda – talking about building children’s homes.
9 March. All annual reports to Julie Hultgren in preparation for AGM.
17 March. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
25 March.  11am AGM.
 5 April. 7.30am. Maundy Thursday service.
6 April. 7.30am. Good Friday service.
16 May. 7pm. Church Council.
16 June. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
15 September. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
17 November. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.

Parking

Parking and safe drop off and pick up are always going to be a challenge in a church property that has limited access and is surrounded by major roads.  On Sunday mornings – can we try to leave the loading zone and the first parking space on the Waterworks Road side of the church available for drop off and pick up of people with walking difficulties? And, if possible, could we leave the other parking spots on the Waterworks Road side of the church available for older people or people who may find it hard to walk further? (We have no control how the general public uses these parking spots, but we can try to manage our selves.)
During the week, when we have activities like Community Care, Yarn Group, Busibodies, etc, can we try to put our cars as far into the church grounds as possible? We need to avoid blocking the driveway itself where possible (again, as a matter of safe pick-up and drop-off), and to try to keep a way clear for everyone to get in and out safely.  
We also need to be aware that members of the public do park in our grounds for various reasons during the day (such as school parents doing the pick up and drop off).  Although we’re not formally responsible for these people, while they’re on our site, we need to be gracious hosts, and be aware of the issues involved in their being able to get in and out safely as well. (We have a sandwich-board sign which can be put near the driveway to ask people not to park in the church grounds when we need the space for our own activities.)

1 comment:

  1. One of the factors which has become obvious, and which was mentioned at the Place of worship Authorities conference on Thursday evening, is that as a church we do not always motivate a healthier lifestyle.

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