ST. MARY’S , ABERFOYLE 16th August 2015 Trinity 11
The Feast of St Laurence Deacon and Martyr
John 6: 51—58
HYMNS: A&M 207, 200 omit vv.5 and 6, 235 omit v.2, On sheet.
READINGS: Proverbs 9: 1 –6 (P.642; Ephesians 5: 15—20 (P. 1176);
John 6: 51—58 (P.1071).
Saturday 29th August
19.30 at McLaren High School
Dance to the sound of an 18 piece band featuring music from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and many more, with professional dancing
display. Bar facilities. Proceeds in aid of the Callander churches.
Tickets £10: now available from Richard.
Sunday 30th August
11.15 Preacher at St. Mary’s : The Revd. Canon Cynthia Dowdle,
Canon Residentiary of Liverpool Cathedral.
Monday 7th September
Monday Club at Gartmore House. A club open to more senior members of St. Mary’s parish. Arrive at 11.00, enjoy tea or coffee, entertainment and lunch. Cost £3.50 Transport available if necessary. For further details contact Richard.
Tuesday 15th September
Dunblane Area Council meets at St. Saviour’s, Bridge of Allan. The speaker is the Revd. Thomas Brauer, Diocesan Missioner
‘ Our Mission in Christ’: imaginative understanding and creative
practice for mission’.
Sunday 20th September
16.30 St. Ninian’s Cathedral , Perth
Richard will be installed as Synod Clerk and Canon of the Cathedral during evensong. Details to follow.
Friday 25th September – Sunday 27th September
Preliminary notice: Callander Railway Anniversary Weekend
Saturday September 26th and Sunday 27th: Railway Festival
Saturday 26th September
Preliminary Notice: Lucy Moore of Messy church fame is coming to our diocese to lead a one day workshop. This workshop is not about Messy Church per se, but will explore how to be church for families with young children, and worship in all-age contexts. We will explore themes of children’s spirituality, the unique ministry and worship needs of families, and how to think about making the experience of church welcoming to families with children. Lucy is an internationally known presenter, worship leader, and author, and has influenced thousands of churches globally in their ministry with children and families. Details to follow.
Friday 2nd October
Linkage Harvest Supper – not to be missed!!
Saturday 3rd October
St. Andrew’s: The wedding of Stacey Adamson to Chris Brown
Sunday 4th October Harvest Festivals
My Little Auntie Annie
Little Aunt Annie was not more than 4 feet tall. Her mother had died giving birth to her and she was passed over to my mother’s mother (who already had had seven children) to raise.
She was a dear little person and took her role as Aunt to her adopted
sisters’ children very seriously. My own sister and myself were included in that.
For birthdays and at Christmas we each received through the post a very, very large box which, on being opened, contained a slightly smaller box, which on opening, contained a bit smaller box and so on ad infinitum until something akin to the size of a matchbox appeared which, on opening, contained a small brooch or a few sweeties.. For all the other presents we received, nothing else quite took the pride of place that Auntie Annie’s box did.
She was unique, turning up for funerals dressed as for a wedding in her Sunday best, and at eleven o’clock every morning would turn up at her local adopted sisters’ house for coffee. A creature of habit, when the two sisters died, she still turned up at their house and the new owner’s, being made aware of her habit, would give her a cup of coffee and then send her on her way.
Kind and thoughtful, she was loved by all, and when in older age, her memory ceased to function , all who knew her accepted the fact , and adapted to her needs.
Little Auntie Annie loved her God, deeply; and I know He loved her. Brave, kind, tolerant and generous, she ploughed her little furrow and left behind her a memory of acceptance and endeavour. Her adopted sisters tried to widen her outlook by giving her novels to read. “How did you get on with the book?” they would ask her. “Eee, it were lovely,” she would say in her Lancashire voice. “What did you like about it?” they would ask. “Green it was”, she would reply, referring to the colour of the cover, and that was all they got.
She lived into her eighties, becoming a sort of mascot in the Home that she eventually went to and being much mourned by all who knew her.
I imagine she was much welcomed by her God and we very much missed her mystery boxes.
presents every Christmas.
Robert Burns said “Guid gear gangs in sma’ bulk” and that sure was Auntie Annie.
Answers for last week’s quiz
The Apple of my Eye
2.1 Corinthians 9:22
Be All Things To All Men
To Beat Swords into Ploughshares
4.Acts 20: 35
It’s Better to Give than Receive
5. Matthew 15:14
The Blind Leading the Blind
6. Matthew 7:6
Cast Pearls before Swine
7. 1 Peter 4:8
Cover a Multitude of Sins
8. Luke 6: 31
Do as You would be Done by
9. John 20: 24—9
A Doubting Thomas
10. Job 19:20
Escape by the Skin of One’s Teeth