Thank You for being here, for only in others can we discover the unity of spirit for ourselves; and so we give thanks for each other as we share this wonderful space together.

Thank you for being here

Blessed opportunities wherein we come from our solitary closets to see ourselves in solemn assemblies. Single devotions are weak in comparison of these; here is the joy and strength of union.
Private people are but half themselves and are naturally magnified in others.
We are enlarged and multiplied when we see ourselves in so many faces in divine assemblies.
The difference between earth and heaven is that here we are dispersed, there we shall ever be united together.
Thomas Traherne

Thank you for being here. Your presence is a light that illuminates the Divine in all Life.

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Thank You - For being here today - and for your generous giving that enables us to be here tomorrow.

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Thank You for being here, for sharing your story here and for making us the community that we are, each of us is so much a part of a wonderful whole.

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Thank you for being here – for sharing – and for creating an opportunity for us to make real (to realise) the Risen Christ

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Thank You to all who share in our worship

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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.

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Thank you

Thank You to Rev'd Dr John Shepherd who "dreamed, schemed, conspired and cajoled" to make real the dream of the Cadogan Song School which was commissioned last month as a new and shining star in the Cathedral precinct, (full story in the Anglican Messenger). In the words of the present Dean, Reverend Pengelley: "This may represent one of his finest hours".

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Another Thank You to all involved in the restoration of St Paul's. What an absolute delight to return from Nepal and see the progress on the south side of the Church. It is a wonderful sign of new life and of re-creation, and a sign that we continue to build and improve, a sign that there is a real ministry here that extends beyond the vision of the priest. Peter Humphris

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Thank You: We are delighted to have Rev’d Dr John Shepherd as our locum priest as we seek to discern and discover our next Rector. Thank you John, for being here and for the gifts you share with us all.

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Thank You to our new Church Council, and what a busy year it will be. Our Council will guide the process of finding a New Rector and also are looking at the West Wall restoration in addition to our day-to-day activities.

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Thank YOU: With Joan and Michael away it has been a delight to have others helping out to ‘keep the show on the road”; thanks to all who contribute day-by-day to the life of St Paul’s.

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Thank you to Christabel, Corinne, Chris Hedges and all the helpers, for a delightful Bastille Day Elders’ Morning Tea. Tricolour outfits, berets, lavender, delicious food and lusty singing of Le Marseillaise brought us all a ‘taste of France’.

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Thank you Joan and the Team for another delightful Elders' Morning Tea, and thanks to all who helped make Easter, Easter!

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Thank YOU Michael and Joan for all their work in preparation for the Baptism and Confirmation of Colleen Kader and Thea last Sunday. What a splendid celebration. And our thanks to Bishop Jeremy for his presence in celebrating with us.

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Thank YOU to Maureen, Carol and the team for another splendid Elders’ Morning Tea. We had a Nepali meal and it was a delight to receive the support from a new couple who want to sponsor our children in Nepal

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Thank YOU to all who make the gardens so beautiful. We receive so many comments about the grounds and the overall precinct, and all is very much a reflection of our inner beauty.

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Thank YOU to those on the door, those who clean the Church, those who make our morning tea and all who help us to be what we are when we are all together.

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Thank you for being here and sharing with us as we wander through the wilderness of Lent seeking the reality of our Faith.

Thank you
.... Joan and the team for another delightful Elders’ Morning Tea; next month we have Maureen and Lia hosting the EMT and we are still looking for others to host this delightful morning…

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.... to our Church Council who met last Monday for the first time in 2017; we had a delightful sharing of ideas for the year ahead.

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Thank you to the new faces and to those who have brought new energy and life to our journey together.

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Thank you to all who water and tend the gardens; it is a delight to take an hour or two out of our normal routine and just come and potter around the Church, and a delight to participate in creating such beauty.

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Thank you to all who call on those who are unwell and those unable to come to Church; sometimes a phone call can make all the difference.

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Thank you Gabby Dean, for the many blessings we receive from your service sheets and also your daily reflections; and as all head “Back to School”, may you rejoice in the blessing of your graduation.

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Thank you to Joan, and all those who helped with another delightful Elders Morning Tea; and our thanks also to the children of Beaconsfield Primary who came and sang Christmas songs for us.

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Thank YOU to Joan, Michael and the team for another delightful Elders’ Morning Tea. It was good to see so many and good to appreciate that we are all part of an on-going story.

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Thank you Martin, for coordinating our fair this year; it is good to have a fresh perspective and at the same time to bring together all the many different stalls that make it such a great day.

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Thank you to our Church Council and to all who help us in creating the journey that we share here at St Paul’s. And thank YOU for being here and being part of our journey.

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Thank you for the rekindling of children in our community, and for all who bring the energy of re-creation to share.

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Thank you, Gabby, for rekindling our Spirit with your pictures and reflections each and every day

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Thank You for a STUNNING Elders’ morning Mad Hatter’s Tea. We broke the record for the most cup cakes and pastries in hall and had a delightful concert from The String Beans.

Thank you to Chris Hedges and the team of helpers that made it all possible. It really is a delightful St Paul’s tradition that extends beyond this community to embrace others.

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Thank you for those who help setting up the church and keeping it clean, we appreciate your gifts.

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Thank You Martin taking on the coordinating of this year’s fair, and thanks to all who shared ideas last Sunday in preparation for the fair.

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Thank You to those who help moving furniture and delivering goods to those in need. Most weeks we are able to help someone in the local community and make a very real difference to their lives and their enjoyment of living.

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Thank You Joan (and the team) for another Elders’ Morning Tea and a time for us to share with those who have lived the story the longest…. (so far!)
We all had great fun sharing and competing for medals in our version of Rio.

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Thank you for the work of our Church Council who met again last Monday. It is a delight to seek a way forward and to be part of guiding all that we are becoming.

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Thank You for the guidance and support we receive from our Church Council:
Joan Jessup (Warden) * Christabel Chamarette (Warden) * Laurel Ellis * Debbie Gwynne *David Hawks * Bob Matthews * Martin McAllen * Peter Smith

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Thank You…. To our wardens and Church council who seek to lead, encourage and direct our common journey. And thanks to all those who make this such a beautiful place in which to share our journey together.

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Thank you to all who contributed to our Annual General meeting and thank you to those who made soup and brought bread to share for lunch afterwards

Thank you to all who prepared reports, questions, our panel and to those who cleaned up and washed up afterwards.

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Thank you, Gabby, for the many wonderful images and for the delightful reflections you share day-to-day on the discussion group, and week-by-week in the service sheet.

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Thank You to those who create our Saturday morning breakfasts and to those who make good coffee.

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Thank you, Trevor, for a delightful sharing of your story and for taking us all into an exploration beyond the confines of the everyday. The evening was attended by about 80 people and so it was also a great fundraising event.
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Thank You Margaret Paynter for sending our any spare service sheets to those who cannot come to church each week, and welcome back from leave……
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Thank you for our LA+LPM group (Liturgical Assistants and Lay Pastoral Ministers). We met last week and looked at the services for the month of May and some changes that might further develop our time together on Sunday mornings.

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Blessed are the pickle makers: Thank you to the jam and pickle makers. What a delight to have home-made produce.

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Palm Branches:

the green leaves of Palm Sunday are a delightful reminder of all the work that goes into our gardens; thank you for all who tend to the plants here at
St Paul’s.

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Thank you to all who gave their time and talents to provide another delightful Elders’ Morning Tea, and thanks to all who came and enjoyed the hospitality.

Thank you for all who shared their journey through Lent and for those who gave us inspiration in the wilderness.

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Congratulations and Thank you, Peter

For your twenty years of ‘shining as a light in the world to the glory of God”. Stunning!!

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20 Years at St Paul's
Thank you for having me,
Peter

Congratulations and Thank you, Peter

For your twenty years of ‘shining as a light in the world to the glory of God”. Stunning!!

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20 Years at St Paul's
Thank you for having me,
Peter

 

Thank YOU to all who come and water the garden, those who help to keep beauty alive, and to all who enjoy the stillness of this place.

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Thank You to all who participated in the Epiphany dinner. May we continue to exchange our gifts with one another throughout the year.

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Thank You to all who create and look after our place of worship and our place of hospitality. And an encouraging invitation to come and water the garden in summer. It is a delightful quiet time that refreshes both the garden and the gardener.

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Thank You Eddie Vagg: December 25th is Eddie’s Birthday – and as we celebrate the coming of light we give thanks that Eddie’s bequest of solar panels continues to “Give”. Our last electricity bill had just over $500 in credits that we generated.

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A big, grateful Thank You to everyone who contributed to the wonderful Elders’ Christmas Morning Tea this week. We enjoyed a beautiful spread, and the singing of the children was delightful. Thank you to those who cooked and served, from Thea T.

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Thank You Again, one and all, for another delightful FAIR. Thanks to all for the many different ways in which we ‘gave’ to each other.
We have received much positive feedback from the wider community

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Thank you to Joan and the team for another delightful Elders’ Morning Tea. It is a wonderful sign of ‘honouring’ those who walk ahead of us.

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Thank you to those living on the Church precinct, for all the minding and little jobs that go unnoticed but really do serve the community – much of our presentation, our security/safety and maintenance is looked after by those on the block.

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Thank you to all who have supported our work in Nepal and those who sponsor children. Lia, Joan, Michael and Peter H will be in Kathmandu looking at the fruits of this wonderful harvest.

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Thank you to all who help with the gardens and the grounds

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Thank you to Ronny, Margaret and Bob and Maureen who undertake the office work that keeps us running, and thanks to all who give time to attend to those little (and big) jobs that make a difference.

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Thank you: I would like to thank those who were able to attend Anne’s funeral last week.  It meant so much to me to see you there – and a special thanks to Belinda who sang so beautifully.
Chris Wortham

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Thank you to those who clean the church and the toilets. You do really help us to shine as a light in the world.

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Thank You to Chris Hedges and the team, and thank you to the Beaconsfield School Choir for a STUNNING Elders’ Morning Tea the week before last. What a wonderful experience for all.
Thanks especially from Thea Thomas, who loved the spread provided by the team, as well as the wonderful energy of the children.

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Thank YOU to all who appreciate the many gifts that are shared in this community, and thank you to all who seek to give even more of themselves.

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Thank you for all who contribute toward our Elders’ Morning Tea. Thank you to the “Elders” who come and share in being ‘together in one place’.

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Thank you to our church cleaners and gardeners, so many people comment on what a delightful place this is… “How good Lord to be here”.

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It is said there is no such thing as a free lunch.  On May 2nd there was!  So many of us must say a big thank you Joan and Michael Jessup for the most delicious one that we all enjoyed at St Paul’s on the day of Michael’s ordination. Thank you.

Ruth

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Joan and the crew for another delightful Elders’ Morning Tea

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And thank you Alan (Val’s son) and George Paynter for the caring work you have done (and are doing) in relation to the Honour Board and in enabling us to remember.

Thank you to all who created a wonderful celebration of life for Dee.

His funeral was quite special and very much reflected one well loved by the St Paul's community.

It is also a delightful reflection of the St Paul's Community - the holding, being with, sharing and supporting that has been happening over a number of weeks, very much came together in celebration. Thank you to all who gave so much to Dee and to Ruth and their family as they walked with Dee to his journey into eternity.

Thank YOU Joan and Michael for doing so much. Your ‘giving’ is appreciated.

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Epiphany provides us with a good time to reflect on the ‘signs’, the heavenly starts that illuminate our forward journey. The twelfth night is also when we take down our decorations and in that process I delight in looking back through the cards and gifts of Christmas. THANK YOU for your cards, your messages of love and your gifts. A delightful sign of “How good Lord to be here”. Peter

Wheelchair Ramp

Thank you to Michael Jessup for organising a wheelchair ramp for the interior of the church.

IGWR Banquet at Darbar Restaurant.

Maureen and I would like to extend a big thank you to those who supported the meal at the Darbar, designed to extend the profile of IGWR. We had lots of fun, met new people and enjoyed some wonderful Nepalese food.
Namaste, Carol

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Thank You for ANOTHER wonderful Elders’ morning tea - Joan
and Kim cooking and some ten helpers to make it a special morning
for our long-lived ones.

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Thank You to Joan, Michael and the team of JUST MANNA for all the support you provide to the most vulnerable. Michael has just moved 7 fridges which were donations to help with Just Manna projects.

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Thank You, Gabby Dean, for the service sheets every week and the thoughtful reflections EVERY day via the discussion group.

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Danke schön to Joan and to all who again provided a wonderful Elders’ Morning Tea and a celebration of Octoberfest, with tea and coffee replacing the usual 6.7 million litres of beer.

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Thank you to our Church Council who met this week to manage, direct and discuss our orientation and our direction. Our community is very much given shape by those who contribute their time, talents and their money, and we are blessed by all who give to make us who we are.

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Thank You for a beautiful garden. Thank you all who help with our gardens and the maintenance of the church precinct.

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And Thank You to the garden of poppies that grow on our graffiti wall.

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Thank You to those who quietly help with the many different tasks that bring life to our community…. And to those who give voice in thanks.

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Thank you for those who responded to Raja’s appeal for help following the floods in Kashmir. This week I transferred $1450.00 as a gift from us.

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Thank YOU to Joan, Christine Hedges and the team that provided a mountain of food for the Elders’ Morning Tea this week. What a delight for us to have the Beaconsfield Primary choir again, and they too delight in us (and the food we serve!)

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Thank you to our Church Council who met his week and continue to guide our journey, we highlighted the importance of getting ready for the FAIR… 22nd November … and very much sought ideas/actions that will make this a BIGGER & BETTER event that build on previous years.

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Thank you for those who met last week to progress with the establishment of “St Paul’s BEYOND Inc.”. We are very much working toward a sustainable future for the life and work of St Paul’s in the wider community.

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Thank You to our Liturgical and Pastoral Assistants. This is a ‘giving’ ministry that is so much more than serving during the Sunday liturgy. Our team of Assistants contribute to the shape and direction of our overall ministry and extend our priestly ministry in many different ways.

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Thank You to our Church Council who met last Monday evening. There is a real sense of excitement and expectation about all that is going on in and around the parish.

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From Marie:

Due to my ongoing mystery illness and the Specialist orders not to drive the car I want to thank the wonderful caring St Paul's community for your daily phone calls and visits. The endless daily trips to specialists, X-rays, blood tests, scans and most importantly finding extra time to make sure I had a coffee some where nice on the way home.

Special thanks to Maggie Brett for seeing that all ran smoothly and Pauline, Rachael, Carolyn and others outside the St Paul's family for their ongoing support. I could never have coped with out you all.

Love and thanks for all you care and support, Marie.

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Thank you to our wardens who very much guide our movement and help to discover both the direction and the shape that is our evolving “New Creation”.

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“How good Lord to be here”.... I celebrated 19 years of ordained ministry in the priesthood last weekend... all of it blessed by being here at St Paul’s. Thanks for having me. Peace & love - Peter H

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Thank You to Joan, Michael, Amy, Christabel, Claire & Maggie for another delightful Elders Morning Tea……

Thank You to those who contributed to Rodger’s Music & Performance discussions; there was a sharing of ideas and an energy to look at some delightful new events.
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Thank You – Joan Matthews –

for all you have given to us, and shared with us; and for being alive with us this Easter.

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Thank you, each and all, for making this a beautiful place. Earlier this week the Church Council of Mosman Park came to see and wonder at the beauty we have created here.

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Thank you to those who are sharing in Lent Groups, Lent films and times of reflection and prayer; together we move toward the promise of Easter

Thank You to those who work very much behind the scenes:

Susan who looks after the altar linen, Maggie who cleans the toilets, the money counters and the sacristans, Thea who clears the breakfast dishes for our Saturday breakfasts, Gabby who creates our service sheets, Rosemary who keeps us online. And YOU for being here.

Thank You for our wardens,

Chris, Joan and Rodger who share very much in shaping our ministry, our orientation and who listen for our common story.

Thank YOU for your birthday gifts….

It was a delight to receive your birthday wishes and also your gifts that amounted to $1510.00. Generosity is always an inspiration, and I have added $490 to this gift and have deposited $2000 into our IGWR account that will make a real difference to all that we create and support in Nepal. Thank you so much – Peter H

Thank You to our Church Council.

Our Church Council met last Monday as they continue to support and direct the ministry of this community. We give thanks for their work and for all that they enable as we share in the ministry of the Church.

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Elders’ Morning Tea

Thank you to all who help with our Elders’ Morning Tea on Tuesday. It is a delightful time that is enjoyed by hosts and guests alike.

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Thank You to Sue Cooke for giving us continuity and organisation with our “SPARKLES” group, and for all who help out with our children each Sunday.

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Ruth for your initiative in coordinating the successful fundraising event, “My Story”. Thank you to the speakers, Christabel Chamarette, Michael Cockram and Peter Newman for sharing their stories and for generously donating their time. Thank you also to all those who supported this series of talks.

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Michael Cockram and those who participated in the “Reach for Life” program at Karnet Prison. I attended the program completion and handing out of certificates last week and was impressed and inspired by this ministry of ‘restorative justice’. It was a wonderful experience of creating wholeness. Peter H

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To all who have arrived at St Paul’s since last Australia Day, you have brought us new promise.
To all who have arrived in Australia since last Australia Day, you have brought us new promise.
To all who seek to come to Australia, you are tomorrow’s promise.
To all refugees, for you call into question our capacity to fulfil our promises.

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Thank You again for all who contributed to our Epiphany dinner, The gifts that contributed to our work in the wider community amounted to over $550.00

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Thank you to all who quietly maintain our place of worship and celebration - washing up and watering, arranging flowers, service sheets and morning teas, making music and keeping altar linen clean and fresh, welcoming, counting, sending out service sheets, preparing activities for our children and reporting all on our website…. There truly is a ‘royal priesthood’ to be found here in our midst.

Thank you for all who contributed toward our Epiphany dinner, everyone won the raffle.

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Thank you to Santa… and to those in our community that played Santa this year. We have received 39 gifts totalling $8,650.00… What a delightful Christmas present for us all.

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Thank You for all who have helped us in the preparations for Christmas. Let’s celebrate the feast and rejoice in all that is brought to birth.

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Thank YOU for being here and for sharing together our ADVENTure into the gift and giving of Christmas. Thank you to our Choir and Musicians who give us a melody and lead us into singing with one voice. Thank you to our sacristans – those who make ready the church for our worship and who maintain the sanctuary and ‘order’ of our worship

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Thank You to Joan, Chris Hedges and all who helped with our Elders’
Morning Tea, a delightful morning with the Beaconsfield primary School
Choir. Joan made around 100 sausage rolls and 100 mince pies and 50+ little
plum puddings.

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Then we had the Deanery Christmas Lunch immediately following and 20
guests for three course lunch Thank you Joan (again) and Lia for preparing
lunch and for all who helped set up. A day of hospitality that entertained
over 100 people.

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Thank You for all who made the fair happen and for all who worked hard in setting up and clearing away.

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Thank you Marie, Maureen and Laurel who regularly water the garden. In the summer months ahead please enjoy some time in the garden and maybe consider watering as a delightful activity that gives you some time out of life’s busyness.

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Thank you to Michael & Joan Jessup who have been very busy “making all things new”, the new gate for the front of the rectory, and the side panels that finish off the front of the rectory; the fence behind the Kitchen/meeting room that tidy the area up; and the installation of three stone panels that reflect the window design.

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Thank you for all you do to create beauty (and all at no cost to the parish).

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Thank you to Bob Matthews, for keeping our books in order, AND for getting us all inspired to make the rectory front garden look good.

Thank you to all who are working and planning for our Fair… only 13 days to Go

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Thank you all for organising such a great outing for the group of Seniors at St Paul’s. All enjoyed the day I am sure. God bless all. love from Beryl H.

What an Exhibition!

Our thanks to Gabby for a delightful exhibition that was a great showcase for the Church and the precinct. Our thoughts are to offer this exhibition space every year as part of the Fremantle Festival.
It was a success and a delight – thank you to Gabby and to all who helped with the event.

Thank you to EVERYONE involved in helping with my first ever exhibition.

I am so grateful. The St Paul’s precinct was a credit to all who worked so hard to make it look splendid. Friends from work who came were delighted with the Church and Chapel and garden. And as usual, the hospitality was generosity given – wonderful food on Friday night and coffee and breakfast on Saturday. About $356 was given at the door and this will be divided between Just Manna and In Giving We Receive. Gabby.

Thank you to our wardens and church council who give so much in creating our future….

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Thank you to all who are working and planning for our Fair…not many days to go now!

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Thank you to Lia & Peter Hillier for all their work on producing the IGWR Concert for Kathmandu, and to all who supported the event.

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Thank you to all who contributed to our community weekend at Nanga; there were some valuable outcomes from our reflections and from our being together. It was another opportunity for us to appreciate that as a whole we are more than the sum of the parts.

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Thank you to our Church Council who met last Monday to continue to give guidance, direction and discernment to our ongoing journey.

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Thank you for another delightful Elders’ Morning Tea, we shared a celebration of Spring together and were all delighted by receiving gifts of Kath Chadwick’s handiwork.

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Thank You…. To our warden’s and Church council who seek to lead, encourage and direct our common journey. And thanks to all those who make this such a beautiful place in which to share our journey together.

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Thank you to Paul Roberts for the excellent job haircut he gave our front hedge. It gives the correct impression to the outside world that we are proud of our church. Ruth

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Michael for delivering fridges and bedding to those in need, and thank you Claire and our pastoral carers for all that you ‘give’. Thanks also to those who take communion to Hillcrest each month, and so extend our sacramental ministry into the wider community.

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Thank you, to the garden group who help to keep our grounds looking alive and full of beauty, especially after the strong winds we’ve had this week.

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Thank you to Joan Jessup and Michelle for taking care of Elders at our Elders’ Morning tea. Thank to those who attended in their berets and other French accoutrements. Vive la France!

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Thank you to our LA + LPMs, and all who assist with the liturgy each week.

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Thank You to all who contributed to our AGM. It gave us all an opportunity to see where we are and to get some idea of the journey before us. The ‘feedback’ has been collected and will be consolidated for presentation to our Church Council. Our Church Council is considering a revised budget to that proposed in the AGM report with significant reductions made in response to the general feedback at the AGM.

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Thank you to all who contributed to our IGWR Dinner last Tuesday, a delightful evening share by nearly 50 friends. We hope to have a similar event again in three months’ time.

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Thank you to our Church Council who spent Friday evening and all day Saturday looking at the possibilities and direction for our on-going journey at St Paul’s

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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.

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Thank You for the Champagne. Thanks for your well-wishes, prayers and friendship as I celebrated another birthday at St Paul’s. I look forward to “A New Creation” in the year ahead.

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Thank YOU to Gabby, Kim & John who, with Richard Rohr, brought us this year’s Lent Studies, and Thank You to all who led groups through the Wilderness of Lent and all who participated in our journey toward Easter.

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Thank You Kim for another Elders' Morning Tea and for a delightful celebration of Victoria Mercer’s significant birthday.

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Thank You to those who are sharing their Lenten reflections. Bit by bit we seem to be discovering and glimpsing the desire we have for the Divine Word, and discovering that the Church is more than we have previously imagined. It is a Body that we create and a body that creates us. It is what we make it!

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SPARKLES: Thank you Rhonda for our interim roster. Our ministry to the young members of the St Paul’s community is as important as every other ministry. It is also a fun, rewarding and a very forgiving and creative space.

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Thank You Kim & all who helped with our Chinese New Year Dinner Fundraising event; and thanks again for the Elders’ Morning Tea which is real gift to many each month.

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Thank You: Michael Jessup has been having a field day on GumTree and we’re getting rid of our junk very quickly. We’ve also had a few mornings clearing up the block and making ready for the verge collection. A good Christmas experience of “I AM making all things new”.

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Thank You   to all who participated in the Epiphany dinner. May we continue to exchange our gifts with one another throughout the year.

And Thank you to all who worked so hard to make our Celebration of Christmas happen, from getting the Church clean and ready to preparing meals. From counting and banking to laundry, from rehearsals and singing to making morning tea. From preparing and folding service sheets to spreading mulch. There is much to do, much to be done and much to be received as we give to the community.

Thank You Eddie Vagg:

December 25th is Eddie's Birthday – and as we celebrate the coming of light we give thanks that Eddie's bequest of solar panels continues to "Give". Our last electricity bill had just over $500 in credits that we generated.

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Magnificent
Thank you Janice & Gabby and the choir and readers who provided a magnificent evening of "Carols & Readings" last Sunday.

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Thank you Rosemary (via email)
“I visited your web site earlier today and firstly wanted to congratulate you on the appearance, excellent content and accessibility I discovered there. It is not often I come across a web site that offers such a positive user experience and great information too.”

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Thank you Kim (via email)
“Thank you for helping create the most perfect day I could have imagined! I will be highly recommending you and everyone at St Paul’s, it was amazing. You were all so helpful and I appreciate everything you did. The food was delicious and the staff were great. It was such a special day for us and I will forward Peter some photos when we get them. Thanks again:”

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Thank you, to the wardens, Chris & Michael, to Howard and to all who have been so busy for the last 5-6 weeks. It is a delight to follow the life of St Paul’s through the website, discussion group and Gabby’s delightful photos and reflections. “How good, Lord, to be here”.

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Church Council meets on Monday. Please take a moment to share your thoughts with those who are our church councillors and to thank them for their guiding hands. 

Thank You to those who stay behind after church to sort out the banking of the offering, and to Bob Matthews, our treasurer, who keeps the books balanced and who manages the accounts of the parish.

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Church Council: Thank you to our church council members who really do wrestle with the practical issues of keeping St Paul’s alive, vibrant and financial. This week’s meeting was a difficult but valuable sharing of possibilities, potential and concerns as we looked ahead to the ongoing life of our community.

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Thank You to those who stay behind after church to sort out the banking of the offering, and to Bob Matthews, our treasurer, who keeps the books balanced and who manages the accounts of the parish.

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Thank you for a wonderful response last Sunday. We are able to send $500 for new bed sheets at Snowlands School, which will make a real difference to the 150 Children at the school. 

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Thank YOU to ALL who attend to ‘bodily needs’ and spiritual needs of others. Thank YOU to Michael Jessup for his works in Pastoral Care – taking Communion to aged care homes, conducting a service at Hillcrest, delivering winter clothes for distribution to the needy, and more…

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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 http://www.stpaulsbeaconsfield.org.au/
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.

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Thank You from Lyn (Joan's daughter) to all who visit Joan Matthews. Lyn is away for seven weeks and so we are encouraged to visit Joan a little more frequently if anyone is able to.

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Give Thanks for all those who contribute their time and talents to the creation of beauty here at St Paul's and for those who attend to the 1001 practical issues that enable us to share in this delightful place.

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Sunday Lunches: It has been suggested that Sunday lunches be held monthly, on the last Sunday of the month. The next one will be 26th August.

Thank You to Geoff and Kim and helpers who prepared our delightful Christmas in July turkey and plum pudding luncheon last week.

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Thank you to all who help with our morning tea – Preparations and the clean up afterwards, especially when we have an event like the AGM. Thank you to Ruth for arranging the roster.

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Thank you for all who provided hospitality for our Elders’ Morning Tea last Tuesday. We were delightfully entertained by “The String Beans” and by Thea and Nelson who both gave us a taste of India.

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Thank You to those who prepared our delightful Sunday Lunch last week… And thank you to each and to all who help us in sharing hospitality Sunday-by-Sunday

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Thanks to some excellent management by the warden’s and clergy team we’re getting there! Very soon the car park will be completed [alleluia - Christ IS Risen]
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Thank YOU: To those who have participated in the painting of our new community room/kitchen, it has enabled us to save some $11,000  (the original quote for painting!) AND thanks to those who continue to bring our wall of theological graffiti to life.

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Thank You to Kim and those who helped out with our Elders’ Morning Tea last Tuesday. We had a “May Day” celebration in the “work’s canteen” and as we shared our lunch boxes so too we heard of the various occupations that those present had been engaged in.  What a delight to discover how much we have all done and in so many different jobs.

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Thank You: A big thank you from the Just Manna team for the donations to assist Abraham, Mary and baby Emanuel. We were able to provide a cot with new mattress, high chair, pusher, car seat and clothes; all were gratefully received.  

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Hi, I would like to tell you how amazed and grateful I was to find that so many of you lovely parishioners have contributed to the Christabel fund for artificial legs! When you live with a problem such as mine on a daily basis it seems odd to think I may not walk like Clint Eastwood or John Wayne. The opportunity is to see myself through your eyes and to realise that I do need help and a new limb. Your generosity has opened new possibilities for me. Thank you all sincerely and to Christabel for her love and caring. I will keep you posted on progress, yours Chris J.

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Thank you to all who have been part of my 60-year life journey, more than 25% of it has been at home here. Thank you to all who have given me life – and who make real the promise of life in abundance. Peter H

To celebrate a 60th Birthday on Refreshment Sunday is refreshing!

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Thank You to those who are sharing their Lent journey in groups. Thank you for sharing your stories as we seek to realise ourselves in the glorious resurrection of Easter.

 

Thank You Kimberly, Yvonne, Belinda & Katie for the celebration of your confirmation last Sunday, there was a delightful feel of confirmation for the whole community and so too a knowing that we are renewed and recreated as we share with each other.

Thank You for Nanga

What a delightful time together sharing in the "Bread of Angels"… Today during our ROAST LUNCH we will show photos of the weekend and will (via Church Council) add any monies left over from both the lunch and Nanga to the "Horn of Africa Appeal"

Thank you to all who shared in this year's Nanga weekend

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Thank You… for the 'anonymous' $10,000 toward paying off our outstanding loan. We are recruiting a group of parishioners who are prepared to contribute toward clearing our loan and will hopefully report soon that we can clear the loan within a couple of years

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Thank You - Kim and helpers for another Stunning Elders' Morning Tea, with the Choir from Beaconsfield Primary School providing a delightful morning of harmony.

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Thank You Ruari-Jack, Kim and Performers for the 'Sundowner' series which raised over $600 and provided a venue for local artists.

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Thank You for the Nanga Weekend
Around 40 shared a beautiful weekend at Nanga. Every year we share the same place over the same weekend and each time we have a different experience of community to delight in. A show of hands at the end of the weekend suggests we’ll be back next year....

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Thank you
for all who have contributed funds for the Snowlands School in Nepal. Next week six [pilgrims] from the Parish (Marie, Diane, Lia, Joan J, Peter, and Kim) will be arriving in Kathmandu to spend a couple of weeks getting to know the reality that we can make a difference as we look toward the future

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Thank you to all who created our celebration of the Equinox on Wednesday. The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day are approximately equally long. It may be better understood to mean that latitudes +L and -L north and south of the Equator experience nights of equal length.
And we might see it as a natural event that calls us out of darkness into the marvellous light.

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Thank You to those who clean the church and keep our gardens looking beautiful. In the past week we have had a number of visitors who have come to see the beauty of St Paul’s... and they delighted in all that they saw

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Thank You to Our Choir and Pastoral Assistants - we shared a beautiful dinner together this week, attending to the little things that make a difference in our worship and turning our thoughts to the "coming of Light" (Christmas). Carol services, Children's worship, Nine Lessons & Carols and Midnight Mass. A delightful meal in which we look forward, and forwards to the continuing unfolding of a community shaped in the presence of Christ.

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Bob, Ronny & Margaret for the time and talents you bring to the office – your efforts keep our community operating week-by-week....

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Thank you, Kath Chadwick, for a wonderful example of welcoming.... Last Sunday Kath left her seat and went across to a new couple to show them where we were in the Prayer book.. A little gesture that can be so welcoming.

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“The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.” Thomas Merton

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To all who help in holding the beauty and the hospitality of St Paul’s - those who help with our Sunday Service, those who provide support in the office, those who come regularly to tend the grounds, clean the Church and Hall, those who provide morning tea.... and all who are part of this sacred space.

 

Thank you to Gabby Dean who always puts together the Service Sheets, and to Chris and Susan who ‘hold’ the Community Service, and Howard who created a beautiful service last Sunday and our Wardens…..
It is a delight to be able to take leave and know that we are held in such gifted hands……

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Thank You to everyone involved in the Bazaar last Saturday. A lot of work, but we made nearly $4000. Thanks to Shirley-Joy, Janice, Gillian and Lia for the organisation, and to ALL who helped on the day. ‘Blessed are the stall-keepers…..’

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Thank you Wonderful singer Hildia and family for the wonderful voice of Hildia – who sang for us last SundayIf you want to know/hear more visit “Voices with Soul

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We Give Thanks for…..
A chance to participate in Bible Study
Satisfaction in doing a job
Giftedness of the people
Worship services and choir
Love that comes out of the people
(from our AGM feedback)

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A New Sound System – Thanks to Thea Thomas for a generous donation that has provided us with a sound system that is fully portable and so can be used in the church and outside in the amphitheatre...all with no wires.

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We Give Thanks for…..
My “St Paul’s” family
Choir enthusiasm
Email discussion group that kept me spiritually connected while away
Belonging to a caring community
Creative expression
Finding the life force within
(from our AGM feedback)

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Thank you.... Bob Matthews, who spent a couple of days here to supervise the installation of the new front doors. Being around for tradespeople can be a frustrating exercise and take up time... Bob makes good use of that time doing another of the 101 jobs that always seem to need doing.

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We Give Thanks for…..
Beautiful church building and chapel
The Rector and his distillation of the Word in sermons and advice
Joining families at Sunday School
Spirit of searching and openness I find here
(from our AGM feedback)

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We Give Thanks for…..

Care, friendship and life of the church

Opportunity to share with wonderful people of God

The joy of music, support and loving leadership in the choir by its members

Visual beauty developing

Being part of vision and growth of St Paul’s

Closeness to the divine - Sharing - Sacred space

(from our AGM feedback)

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Thank You to all who contributed to our AGM…. It gave us all an opportunity to see where we are…. and to get some idea of the journey before us. The ‘feedback’ has been collected and consolidated and a copy is available on the noticeboard.

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Thank you for our Heritage: Thank you to all who created an afternoon for the wider community as we ‘opened ourselves’ for the Fremantle Heritage Festival. The Archive Group provide us with a valuable perspective, reminding us that we are part of an ancient and ongoing story. Thank You

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Thank You What a wonderful celebration we had last weekend. The Consecration was a delightful gift that we both received and created, an opening of ourselves to “I AM making all this new”, and an opening of ourselves to the wider community. Pentecost felt so real as we continued to bathe in the energy of newness......

Many contributed to making it all happen, and All contributed to its happening...... Thank You

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Thank You for ‘A Musical Miscellany’. Bob Matthews, Clarissa, and all who participated and helped with the event. It was so well enjoyed we are now considering a series of Musical concerts, maybe even monthly, to show off the community, our gifts and to offer a performance space for the wider community of talent... Thank You all....

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Thank you
To Bob Matthews and the team that look after our finances..... With the management of loans and building contracts the work of keeping our accounts requires quite an effort.

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Thank You to all who help create our Sunday worship… and to those who do the counting, recording, banking and balancing of our finances….  

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Thank you Ronny & Kim for preparing the invitations to our commissioning service...... We look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones.......

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Thank You to all who help create our Sunday worship… and to those who do the counting, recording, banking and balancing of our finances….

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Thank You – to the Wednesday Garden group & friends – who cleaned and polished all the Church Pews last Wednesday........   

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Thank You – to the garden group – for keeping on and not losing heart as our gardens get taken over by building works..... there will be a wonderful harvest........ soon...

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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.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection

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Thanks to all who organised the Easter day activities for our young ones…

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Thank you to Christina Chandler who created our new Paschal Candle

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Thank you Chris, Kim and Christabel for last Saturday’s Busy Bee and for cleaning the Church for Easter.

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Thank You
To all who helped – Clean the Church and the hall for yesterday’s wedding........ And to all who continue to keep on top of the 101 jobs that keep us going – especially with the increased difficulty of the building works all around us...

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THANK YOU.... for all who contribute to the life of St Paul’s. When the priest is away we discover in a very real sense that the sacred is held in communion. We are the Body of Christ

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Thank you… to all who have joined the rosters for Church Cleaning and hall cleaning. It is a real service to this community and to the wider community……
We are still looking for a couple of volunteers who would be able to vacuum the hall once a week.

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Thank You to all who participated in the Epiphany dinner.... May we continue to exchange our gifts wit one another throughout the year.....

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And...Thank you to all who worked so hard to make our Celebration of Christmas happen….. From getting the Church clean & ready to preparing meals.. From counting and banking to laundry … From rehearsals & singing to making morning tea…… From preparing & folding service sheets to spreading mulch... There is much to do, much to be done and much to be received as we give to the community.

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Thank You.... for all who contributed to the renovation of the Rectory Study. What a delight (another one) to find on my return and one less job to be done before Christmas.... Thank you

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Thank you Bob Matthews: For your paving ways up from the rectory garage, that made the area so much better for the fete. For those who don’t know, Bob works quietly and efficiently, preparing the ground and lifting and fitting the pavers. Chances are if you are standing on a paving stone, Bob put it there

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Thank You
I want to acknowledge the work currently being done by Chris Jamieson with the wardens as the East End progresses. Most in the discussion group and more in the church will not be aware of the emails, meetings and discussions that are taking place "behind the scenes".
That so much is being done, with me away, is ................ STUNNING
Thank you Chris, Kim and Christabel and Ronny (who will also there in the thick of it all), for all that you are doing to build the future.......
It is a delight to be a part of all that is happening..... Especially now as all are also flat out with Safari preparations....
Many thanks for a Stunning effort
Peace & Love
Peter H

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Thank You to those who provide our morning tea, those who get the Church ready each Sunday and all who serve this community.

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Thank YOU to all on the flower Roster and the Hall Cleaning Roster… your gift enables us ( and others) to enjoy this beautiful space each week…

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Thank You… Susan & Val for holding the sacred space of our community worship today, and for all who contribute week by week in getting the Church ready for our Sunday services…

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It is [being] Accomplished……
Thanks to much effort from our Church Council, Our Wardens, Chris Jamieson, Graham Kershaw, many volunteers and to each and every one of us, we’ve made a start….. And will see our plans for the east End of St Paul’s unfold over the next few months……….. It is a time of change, a time of renewal, of re-Creation and a time to build, to see ourselves building toward the East, the direction of the Rising Son…….

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Thank You to those who stay behind after church to sort out the banking of the offering, and to Bob Matthews, out treasurer who keeps the books balanced and who manages the accounts of the parish

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Bob Matthews…. Once again….. put in a full day’s work getting the paving laid for the foundations of the storage sheds… Then (with Alan A. helping) another day of effort to erect the first shed…. Not all of us can contribute so much time to the life and ministry of St Paul’s…. However, we can all share in this act of generosity and so participate in such blessings… As we have more and more to do, so our financial commitment to the community enables us to employ others to help us in our ministry

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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.

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Thank You
This week I went with Joan Matthews and Val Pearson to the communion service at Carrington Lodge. Both were thanked for their faithful service in bringing communion to those who can no longer come to church. This week the service was led by Julie (the priest from Hilton) with Joan helping with communion. It was a delight to see this ministry so beautifully held…. And for many years it has been held, by Joan, Val and others who have assisted from St Paul’s….. Thank YOU

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Thank You again to Bob Matthews and all who shared the creative activity of the Busy-Bee yesterday. Peter sent his apologies (although he didn’t sound very sorry).

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Thank you again to Kim and all who helped at another delightful Elders’ Morning Tea. The theme was ‘A’ for autumn, ANZAC, Angela and Apple cake; it was attended, as usual, by celebrities from the Parish ‘A List’.

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For a New and wonderful expression of Easter and a journey shared with many through Lent…… There are many to thank – some to be named and some unnamed…. and also many thanks to pass on from those who visited St Paul’s during the seasons of Lent and Easter …

Janice, The Choir & Musicians, bring to life the songs of creation that each of us seek to sing, in unity and harmony... Easter, and every Sunday is the fruit of your giving at rehearsals and is a gift that together the fragility of a creative community seeking its song.

Kim, once again, helped with the overall themes for our Easter liturgy and created a liturgical space that both held our worship and reflected our community. The organisation and preparation for Easter requires much, and Kim gave much in ensuring our presentation and our hospitality was so beautifully accomplished.

Christabel & Kim for their input and sharing as wardens, which provide regular and constant attending to what shapes our community and our direction. Arranging, reflecting and orchestrating the many threads that make up the tapestry of life at St Paul’s

Debbie & Howard and the Wednesday Gardeners who keep the grounds as an Icon of Life and beauty... a reflection of our reality as the Body of Christ... And thank you to the team that water the grounds throughout the week(s).

Gabby brought reflection and guidance to our Lenten Journey.... Giving shape to our sharing and inspiration to the ongoing conversation through the discussion group.... The Service sheets are prepared each week with the same sense of giving, sharing and inspiration.

Joan created our Paschal candle as a wonderful reflection of us as community.... and put in the effort to create our Sand Mandala (Prayer in the Sand), which again gives us another avenue to seek and to express the mystery of our faith.

Bob Matthews holds us to account in more ways than one. As treasurer he keeps our “household accounts” and provides our Church council with financial reports to assist in our planning. And he continues to build community by attending to the maintenance around the grounds… from paving bricks to limestone blocks. The Busy Bees he arranges and his efforts are already bearing fruit.

Liturgical Assistants... At Easter and every Sunday our worship is brought to fullness with the help of those who attend in the Sanctuary. They make real and visible that what we have here is not of anyone’s making, rather it is ourselves In Community.

Secretarial duties (Val & Margaret). Thank you for an often unseen ministry... They help with the constant phone calls and mailing that keep us in communication and the scheduling of Hall bookings and other rosters.....

Gabby gives us another opportunity to reflect on ourselves as she transcribes the sermons each week. In addition her selected highlights and the Quotations & Poetry she shares give us some further reference points in which to consider and question our part in becoming ‘The Body of Christ”

The Unseen & The Unnamed – thank you to those who fill the many places on the multitude of rosters. Thank you, both for Easter and for your Regular Giving. Week by week we are supported in our becoming community by: Tea Rosters – Coffee makers – Readers – Sacristans – Brass Cleaners – Hall cleaners – Sunday School helpers - Church Cleaners – Altar Linen laundry – Toilet Cleaner – Scones – Flowers – Money Counters – Sidespeople – Wine supplier – Gift givers – healers – visitors – shared meals - open houses..… and more

Those who come are also an important part of our “being a community in Christ” and for those who visit, those who come to receive, we also give thanks and acknowledge the part they play…
Those who are disturbed by what we do, within the community and without the community, provide us with a diversity of expression, they hold us to question and give us an opportunity to doubt…. Again we thank them for the part they play in our becoming.

Church (Parish) Council – last but not least – for meeting month by month – and for providing us with some direction, discernment and responsibility as we travel through the year

And – if you are not on this list – thank you - for sometimes what is omitted is as important as what is included…… Thank You

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Thank You … Joan Jessup for a beautiful Paschal Candle…. And Joan shares the following reflection that opens us to the Symbol of the candle and the design she has created….

The Paschal Candle reminds us that the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispels the darkness of our hearts and mind….. Paschal comes from the Hebrew word for Passover.

The cross signifies that Christ is central to our lives.
The Greek letters, alpha & omega (αω) signify that God is the beginning & the end.
The current year represents God’s presence here with us now.

The alpha & the omega & the year are merged together to signify the continuity of the Word, yesterday, today & tomorrow.

The Paschal candle represents Christ’s presence in our midst, it is therefore appropriate that the candle reflects the life of the people of St Paul’s.

The silver arch & the rugged stone wall represent the east end of the Church which as part of our history is soon to come down ( before it falls down) and will be replaced with something new that will take us into the future.

The poppies represent the diggers whose names are on the honour board who left to fight in the First World War but who never returned.
The poppies also represent St Paul’s today as they bloom each spring in the Church garden. A continuity and a link between the past & the present & which will continue to bloom in the future.

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Thank You
It was a delight to have Archbishop Roger and Cheryl with us last Sunday, to receive Roger’s ministry and to offer our hospitality.
And from Roger…
“Many thanks to the folk in the Parish of Beaconsfield for the very warm welcome extended to Cheryl and I during our visit yesterday. Once again it was a pleasure to be a part of the worship and fellowship of the parish. Please convey our appreciation to the parish family.”

The Archbishop commented on the beauty of the music at St Paul's.... He hears a lot from a lot of different Churches.... But very much appreciates the music here at St Paul's...Thank You to Janice, our musicians and the choir.

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LAs and LPMs…. Those who assist in the Sunday liturgy……. At our monthly meeting this week acknowledged that the “Service Sheet” and the “Web-site” provide a really valuable contribution in keeping the community “together” even when we are “far off”….. Thank You Gabby and Rosemary…..

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Thank You… for Birthday greetings…. And for Soup and prayers that restore health

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Thank You… to those who are sharing their Lenten reflections…… bit by bit we seem to be discovering the Divine reality of the Word…. And discovering that the Church is more than a place of worship… it is the “sacrament” of the Divine Promise……. It is what we make it!

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Thank You
Peter Carney cleaned the church and rectory carpets…. Peter is a professional carpet cleaner and he donated his services… The Rectory carpets really needed a good clean and they have come up really well……
IF YOU NEED YOUR CARPETS CLEANED… please call Peter as he makes a donation to St Paul’s for all work he does for members of the St Paul’s community: 0410 575 744

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Thank You
For all who helped in creating another delightful Elders’ Morning Tea – and a bonus to hear some lines of Love as we acknowledged Valentine’s day together…..

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Thank You for enabling us to realise Christmas;
may we continue to appreciate that
It is in Giving that We Receive

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Thank you…. Chris Jamieson for the many meetings and the experienced planning that is keeping the East End and our building plans moving during the "Quiet Season"... Chris has spent a lot of 'holiday' time, giving to the realisation of our plans....

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Next Brew.... Next time we brew an ale for the fair, we might call it "Bob Matthews"... for as those who wash up in the hall will know... it is good to have Bob on tap..... 

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Thank you for our Choir & Liturgical Assistants..
Invitations are being prepared for a ‘thank you’ dinner to acknowledge the sharing of gifts that bring our worship to life each and every Sunday......... Tuesday 16th December 8.30pm
HOPE - PEACE - JOY - LOVE

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Thank You... to all who created another wonderful Elder’s Morning Tea on Remembrance Day... And special thanks to Dennis & Donna..... Dennis gave a very moving presentation that was created to give families some real sense of connection with family members who are deployed overseas...... Thank YOU....

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Thank You... Rosemary for the web-site and the latest pictures of the re-roofing (and more), and Thank You… Gabby who also looks after our communications with the weekly creation of our Service Sheet.

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Thank You... Bob Matthews who continues to look after our maintenance needs,,,, There is a list in the hall of projects and jobs... enough to keep a number of us busy and so an opportunity to work together... Please let Bob know if you can help out.

Thank you… to the Wardens and to Chris Jamieson, who have taken on the many tasks required to Realise the East End Development……

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Thank You … Theo & Val for representing the Parish at the Diocesan Synod last weekend.. And Thank You Chris Jamieson for your time & talents in getting our restorations underway…

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Thank You… To all who made our Nanga Community Weekend a delightful place of recreation and reflection…. And to the 15 young ones who were there for the weekend, sharing and participating to the delight of all…

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Thank You… Theo & Val for holding the sacred space of our community worship today, and for all who contribute week by week in getting the Church ready for our Sunday services

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Thank You… to all who visit the sick and keep in contact with those who do not make it to Church on Sunday….. In the busy-ness of our lives it is refreshing to take some of our time to give to another…

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Thank You… Bob Matthews continues as our treasurer to keep the parish accounts and to ensure the payment of our bills and the balancing of our books… On top of a couple of mornings (days) in the office each week he also finds time to do a few maintenance jobs AND has just finished another path in the North Courtyard… Thank you Bob for all that you give….

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Thank You for the ongoing effort to prepare the gardens for Spring….. The ever-changing life in our gardens reflects the movements in our community… Weeds, Blossoms, Mulch and retaining walls… all together pointing toward the coming of Light in the renewal of Spring

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Thank you to all who share in the life of this community beyond our time together on Sunday… For those who work in the Gardens, in the office and all who help to maintain our daily presence. And thank you to our communicators…. Gabby via the service sheet, Rosemary via the web site… and all who keep in touch by emails, letters and cards…

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Thank You to Gabby for arranging last Sunday's MELLOW concert....
The music was truly sublime…….A delight to share such a ‘mellow’ and pleasant afternoon……..and the Church acoustics are fabulous……….. it was a wonderful event and raised $1400 towards the East End Project... Thank YOU

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Thank You to all who helped in the gardens on Wednesday....... How appropriate when we hear today's readings! When we work together in the garden cutting, pruning, digging, weeding, sweeping, mulching... so we engage theology with our hands.... and after the work is done.... we wait for the harvest.....

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Thank You to Kim and the team that put together another splendid Elders’ Morning Tea … each month it is a delight to share with our Elders as they come together … and Thank you Donna for the photos that will soon appear on the website.

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Thank you Kim for arranging the activities for our young members... The Ice skating outing was a great success on Monday with 16 skaters in total, and we had 26 booked for the Cat Balloon show and picnic yesterday.

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East End & Re-Roofing Update
As many will have read in the news, steel prices have risen dramatically and our re-roofing has gone up by 40%. We are therefore approaching Lotteries West to seek an increase in their funding toward this part of our restoration. We must, however, also appreciate that building costs continue to escalate and our completion of the East End Project still requires substantial fundraising…. Please continue to consider your Giving as we seek together to continue building on the foundations of our community.

Thank You to those who have made a further commitment to Funding the East End Project….

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On the Net
Thank you Rosemary for continuing to keep our Cyber-Presence up to date… The St Paul’s website provides a wealth of resources – archives from St Paul’s and many interesting links to the world beyond…….

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Myanmar Appeal: Thank you to all who donated to the Red Cross Myanmar appeal through East Fremantle Primary School. If you requested a receipt please see me as I have them with me today. The students fundraising day will be this Thursday after being delayed due to another fundraising event at the school. Susan Cooke, Chaplain East Fremantle PS.

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Thank You to The String Beans for a wonderful performance at this week's Elders’ Morning Tea.

As of 28th May this year The String Beans’ parent organisation was added to the Register of Cultural Organisations; donations supporting the children’s orchestra are tax deductible. Cheques should be made out to the “North Fremantle Cultural Development Fund”. More information from Madeleine, 9430 7032 or send donations to PO Box 46 North Fremantle 6959. 

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Annual General Meeting
Thank you to all who participated in our AGM last Sunday…..
Notes from the 20-20 table discussions were recorded and a copy is in the hall….
Parish Council have already met and although the meeting had an overfull agenda, the issues raised at the AGM are already creating a ‘work in progress’ and have created a positive energy as we look to the future….

We acknowledge and appreciate our new Church Council
Christabel Chamarette (Warden)- Theo Mackaay (Warden) – Kim Kemp(Warden) – Alan Albany - Rosemary Horton - Chris Jamieson – Michael Jessup - Bob Matthews (Treasurer) - Val Pearson(Secretary)
Theo Mackaay(Synod) - Val Pearson(Synod)
( Synod Alternates : Alan Albany & Michael Ellis)

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AM Amazing Ministries……..acknowledged at the AGM
Michael Cockram Order of Australia (working with prisoners & Restorative Justice)

Michael Cockram has been awarded, (in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List), an Order of Australia award for his service to the community through his roles in Prison Fellowship WA and his work within the Restorative Justice system!! An amazing Man see newspaper article

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Beth & Pat (Monet Dreaming) for their Creation & Re-Creation in the garden at St Paul’s

Thank You to The String Beans for a wonderful performance at this week's Elders’ Morning Tea.

As of 28th May this year The String Beans’ parent organisation was added to the Register of Cultural Organisations; donations supporting the children’s orchestra are tax deductible. Cheques should be made out to the “North Fremantle Cultural Development Fund”. More information from Madeleine, 9430 7032 or send donations to PO Box 46 North Fremantle 6959. 

Thank you Beth and Pat,
Those of us who share your view of beauty are happy to have been in receipt of your gift……………the garden is a sign of what is possible when a few take on the sea of weeds and create a ‘Divine’ space to be enjoyed by many………..

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Thank you
Our Pastoral Assistants…. Our Sunday School creators….. Our Gardening team… our Wardens and Our Church Council have all recently held meetings as we look post-Pentecost to realizing the fruits of the Spirit that have enflamed us…..

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Thank You to those who again provided a wonderful morning tea for our ‘Church Elders’… a gift of honouring the foundations on which we continue to build.

Thank YOU to Kim for proving a delightful Thank You dinner for the Choir... and to Bob Matthews for another great lay!....... and to all who gave us a wonderful celebration of Pentecost last Sunday...

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Thank You, Clarissa, for hosting such a wonderful afternoon of music last Sunday... and Thanks to Janice Miller-Eves, Madeleine Clews, Bradley Gilchrist replaced Jenny Watten, Nicola O'Loughlin and Jenny Christie. In sharing their ‘gifts’ they have raised $1000 for the East End Project.

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Thank You to Chris Jamieson who took his first step into the ministry of ‘Lay Pastoral Minister” last Sunday, our LPMs (previously Pastoral assistants) provide US with an opportunity to extend OUR priestly ministry.

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Thank YOU... Kim and the team that provided another stunning Elders’ Morning Tea. The ANZAC reflections enabled us to re-member how much has been Given for us to receive...... Thank you to all who share their spirit via the Discussion Group…. it November 11, 2017

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Thank You again to Bob Matthews who has called us into sharing the creative activity of Busy-Bees and for all that was achieved on Saturday. How good to work together creating and recreating the life that is St Paul’s

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Thank You for a Wonderful Easter
All who participated – all who shared – All who came to be with us
And thanks to
Janice, the Choir & Accompanists for our music
Kim and the crew who catered for the Great Three Days
David & Susan who folded the service sheets (all 470 of them)
All who helped setting up the Church ready for Easter Day
Beth and Pat, our Sand Artists who created Jerusalem
Sue, Elizabeth, and all who created such a delightful Children’s ministry
Theo for the extra coffee and coffee making
Those who set up and washed up before & after our shared meals.
Lucy for our new Paschal candle
Val & Lynn for extra ‘sacristan’ and altar linen duties...
And our regular Sacristans, Pastoral assistants, Sides-people, Cleaners, Readers, Tea Makers, Toilet Cleaners, Hall cleaners, table cloth washers, money counters, and YOU.

And Thank you Rosemary for getting the web-site up and running after the changes that you had to make.
Please visit US: http://ww.stpaulsbeaconsfield.org.au

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What a great Easter
The young ones also had a great Easter experience at St Paul's on Easter Sunday.
Thanks to the team who created the activities - Elizabeth Farmer, Lucette Cant & Sue Cooke
Ruth, Elizabeth's mum, Janice, also helped with their support...Ingo, Mathilde, Henry & Koby providing even more assistance, encouragement & patience and then...Parents, Grandparents, big bros & sis's: holding the space, being there & guiding the little ones.
Peace & Love
Peter H

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Thank you
Rosemary for continued update on the St Paul’s web site…. and thank you Gabby for your weekly efforts in producing our service sheets…….

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Thank You to Rhonda for her initiative and effort in organising our raffle, which raised around $1500 for the life and ministry of this community….

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And Thank You to all who enable our Sunday Worship…. our sacred space is created by many to hold us all.

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Thank You … Bob Matthews for installing another soak well and for filling another jumbo waste bin….. And Beth & Pat who continue in the garden even in this HOT weather.
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Epiphany Thanks….
To those who set up for the Epiphany dinner… Thank YOU
To those who cleared up after the dinner….. Thank YOU
and to all who came and made it an Epiphany….. Thank YOU

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Thank YOU
For Christmas Cards, Christmas Gifts, Christmas Treats, Christmas Dinner, Christmas Liturgies, Christmas Service Sheets, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Worship, Christmas Music, Christmas Carols, Christmas Cleaning,……….. Thank YOU for Christmas… Peace & Love Peter H

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Thank You for enabling us to realise Christmas; may we continue to appreciate that
It is in Giving that We Receive



THANK YOU to all who have held the sacred space, all who have kept the Community together, all who have given of themselves so that others may be held and loved…. Coming home to St Paul’s is to face a daunting ask…. It is also to encounter an amazing blessing.

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Thanks to those who helped with this month’s Seniors’ Morning Tea - Sandy, Christabel, Denise, Gary, and Jo – and especially to the delightful choir from Beaconsfield Primary, who brightened our day and set the mood for Christmas with their Aussie version of  “Dashing through the Bush, in a Rusty Holden Ute”! Kim

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Thank you to those who teach, set exams and mark exams, and for all who encourage our children and young members.


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Thank You….. To all who made our Community weekend at Nanga such a special time. And Thanks to those who contributed to its preparation… Maggie, Gabby, Peter, Kim & Sue for the planning and organising, and then all who pitched in to get everything together and down to the camp……. Special thanks to Maggie and Bob for the laughter, song and co-ordination of the great food that issued from the kitchen!

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Thank You
Beryl & Stuart for the gift of our Memorial “Book of Life”

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Thank You Robin for the Gift of a car to be used where it is needed.

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Thank You Those who Clean our church and our Hall

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Blossom
in celebration of the sweetness of life
Thank You to all who contributed to the celebration of our Garden and to the celebration of those who create and tend the gardens…..
And thank you to all who supported the day by coming along and bring family & friends.

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Thank You.. Frank for your presence, and your ministry with us this morning

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Thank You… Maggie Brett, Sue Cooke, Gabby Dean, Peter Smith, Kim Kemp and all who are busy making preparations for our Nanga Weekend..
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Thank you to Christabel, Kim & Theo who meet each week to look at the many activities that make us “A Worshipping Community”….

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And thank you to Bob Matthews…… Alongside his activities in the garden, he is putting in a lot of time to keep our accounts up-to-date…. A very necessary job and one which is part of the many “unseen’ activities that keep us on track…..

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Thank You to all who helped out with the Busy Bee on Saturday… It is a delight to participate in keeping “our” church looking Beautiful.

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Thank You to Kim and the team for another delightful “Elders’ Morning Tea”. Thank you to Christabel who sets the tables after Parish Council every month

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Thank you to Gabby Dean who has put together the Service Sheets for the last three Sundays. As a result, Peter has had more time to devote to training for the 2008 Tour de France.

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Thank You to all who are helping with fundraising initiatives and to all who are contributing to our refugee support activities – The harvest is certainly plentiful.

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Thank You to Joan Matthews who hosts a lunch every month to enable Peter to catch up with two or three parishioners in a relaxed and delicious setting.

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Thank you to the hall cleaning team – the roster is underway and we’re more and more taking responsibility for OUR community….

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Thank you Bob Matthews who has been paving again and making a "potting" area for the garden workers

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Thank You to those who arranged for transport last weekend.... and to Spearwood Parish for arranging the Bus

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Thank You for being here, for sharing your story here and for making us the community that we are, each of us is so much a part of a wonderful whole.

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Thank you Kim….. Tuesday’s Film Fundraiser achieved $465 and was a night enjoyed by all who attended……. delicious desserts!

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Thank you to the hall cleaning team – the roster is underway and we’re more and more taking responsibility for OUR community….

Sunday Activities with Children – The TEAM
Caroline Crichton & Fe Cooke
Gillian Clark & Sue Cooke
Kath Jordan & Rhonda Clegg
Robin Coopes & Sue Izzett
Paul Roberts

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Thank You Kim and all who make the Elder’s Morning Tea happen each month…… Thanks to Madeleine who arranged for the ‘String Beans” to come last Tuesday and share their musical gifts with us … and thanks to those who donate toward the costs of this worthwhile ministry.

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Thank you to our Parish Council who met last Monday to share a meal – the new and the old Parish councils together.
The work and the direction provided by our parish council is integral to the process of our being a community the creates church…

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Thank you Bob Matthews for spreading all the woodchips in the car parking area…… another gift that we all benefit from.

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Thank You
To Bill Castleden, for his inspiring address on Global Warming at our Fundraising Dinner
To Ian Alexander for getting the dinner up and running
To those who donated & prepared the delicious food for the dinner
and
Thank You to those who supported the function
We raised about $1600

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Thank You to all who contributed to our AGM…. It was a meeting filled with ‘real’ energy and it gave us all an opportunity to see where we are…. and to get some idea of the journey before us.

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Thank you Graham for your continued inspiration in drawing us together and drawing from us the possibilities for the re-creation of the East End. The very process is as much a reflection on who we are as the Heritage precinct is a reflection of our continuing journey….

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Thank You Robert Graham (Joy & Bob’s son) for our music today.

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Thank you … mum…….

Thank you to Graham Kershaw for such a wonderful Model of St Paul’s and a view that shows a possible re-creation of the East End…….

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Thank you to all who help make the Wedding Service for Robin & Christopher a very Special community feast….. When we work and celebrate together there really is a great sense of Celebration

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Thank you Val and those who help with looking after our parish records and archives…. It helps us all to see our selves as part of a continuing story, building on the past and creating the future

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A Great Pleasure….
Archbishop Roger has sent a letter of thanks and affirmation following his time with us on Palm Sunday…. He very much appreciated the “warm welcome” that is St Paul’s
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Thanks to Sue Cooke for organising he Easter day activities for the young ones… and to Koby for arranging the weather

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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.

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Thank you to Alison Kershaw who created our new Paschal Candle

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Thank You
As a community we encounter Easter with the ritual and symbolism that speaks an eternal truth…..
To those who created our worship, the choir, readers, and creators of our sacred space we acknowledge your gift….
To those who provide the support and the hospitality that we receive and offer as a community….. we acknowledge your gift……
And to each other, each and every one, we look with wonder at the possibility of new life and new direction that is birthed in the resurrection.

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Thank You……
Together we have affirmed our Parish council in our desire to see the East End of the Church re-created as our commitment to a future presence that reaches out toward the East and to the Rising Son…….

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Thank you to all who sent cards on my 95th birthday. I appreciate the
thought and effort you have all made to make me feel part of St Paul's.
Frank Roach

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Thank You to Gabby Dean, Corrie an Kim for last Sunday’s Simnel Cake

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Thank You
“And so by chance, I see how God endures a world that makes me weep”
[Mary Michael]
This quote from a poem by Mary Michael provides insight into my experience of brain tumour diagnosis, surgery to remove the tumour, rehabilitation of a leg that was left paralysed and connection with the pain experienced by my fellow patients
The past two weeks have been tough for Joan and me.
Psalm 116:7-8 “Relax and rest, God has showered you with blessings… and your foot was kept from stumbling.” It has been a source of encouragement and strength knowing God is with us as I have learnt to walk again.
The prayers, support and love from the St Paul’s community for us, as new members of the congregation has been empowering and has carried us through tough times.
“What goes around, comes around”
I truest that one day I, we, will be able to give back to the St Paul’s community some of the love we have received…
Thank You ……. with love Michael

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Thank You to Joan, Corrie an Kim for today’s Simnel Cake and Santiago Tart .. A treat of Lent Refreshment and Pilgrim’s Fare

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Thank You to Sandy for the Lent materials – the articles that she has selected are giving us some real food for the journey… and some questions to help us discern our direction

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Thank You to all who helped at our Busy Bee last Saturday……
We are having a Parish Council + Community Busy Bee on the first Saturday of every month – it is an opportunity for US to keep the place clean and tidy and to get some of those never-ending jobs completed…….

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Thank You to all who have responded to our East end invitation… and thanks for the comments that give encouragement to our Parish Council…

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Thank You to Kim and to those who help create the Elders Morning Tea… It is a real gift that we acknowledge as we Give to our Elders and honour their contribution to the foundations of this community

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The Choir enjoyed a “Thank You” picnic together on Thursday evening and then enjoyed the film “As it is in Heaven” at the Sommerville……
We give thanks for their commitment to our worship and to our being a community that sings of God’s Divine Love.

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Spanish Night – Thank You
Thank you to all who created such a wonderful evening of creative Food, Dance and Song…. And thanks to those who came and enthusiastically enjoyed the evening…We are truly a community that is richly Blessed..

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Thank You to those who come and water the Garden…. To those who cleaned up the hall after the Spanish Dinner….. And to all who take time out during their week to look after the needs of someone else…..

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Thank You to Graham Kershaw – who has produced some drawings to give us an idea of the options we have already discussed…… These capture much of what has been put forward in the discussions groups to date….
They are not final drawings and they WILL change as we continue to share and develop our ideas…
Graham has done much work for us as part of his GIVING to St Paul’s
a gift we are delighted to RECEIVE.

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And another Thank You to Rosemary who designed the cover and so willingly provided the many drafts required to get the content just right..

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Thank You to Bob Matthews who has been grinding up our green waste – your help is MULCH appreciated

Thank You to Kath Chadwick for cleaning the altar vessels each Sunday and for washing the altar linen.. and thanks to those who share in the laundry services - keeping our altar cloths clean and ready.

Thank You Denise for watering the rectory Garden and for finding the water Leak… The tap is now replaced and waste has been eliminated….

 

Thank You - For being here today - and for your generous giving that enables us to be here tomorrow.

 

Thank You to Margaret who has been looking after the office while Val was on Holiday - And thanks for all the work in the Garden as we continue to create beauty - a true reflection of creative activity.

Thank You to those who tend the gardens - those who water and look after the beautiful landscape in which we have our being..

Thank You Janice.. for your gift of music and singing… and for holding the space(Sound) during the choir’s absence…

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Thank You Rosemary for bringing the Web-Site up to date and for the ongoing task of getting the BEAK ready for printing…..

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Thank you to all who worked so hard to make our Celebration of Christmas happen….. From getting the Church clean & ready to Preparing meals.. From counting and banking to laundry … from Rehearsals & Singing to Making morning tea…… There is much to do, much to be done and much to be received as we give to the community.

Thank You for enabling us to realise Christmas
May we continue to appreciate that
It is in Giving that We Receive

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Thank You - For being here today - and for your generous giving that enables us to be here tomorrow.

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Thank you for all that you are – and for all that you Give
& Thanks also to us and for all that we call forth from each other

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Parish Council also proposed a vote of Thanks for Joy and her help in making our 2006 Art Exhibition a successful event…

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Thank You to ALL who contributed to and participated in our Christmas Fair.

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Thank You to Kim and the team of helpers that created another delightful morning tea for our “Elders”…. and a thank you to the Beaconsfield Primary “Choir” who entertained us with their voices and their energy…..

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Thank You to those who come by day by day to share in the work of the St Paul’s community

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Thank You for all who are busily preparing for our Fair…..

 

Thank You… To Christabel and Joy and to all who have helped in making the Art Exhibition Happen….. Its all hanging together well!

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Thank You - to Sandy, Anna and Gabby for planning the themes and programs for our Nanga Community Weekend.

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Thank You to those who provide our morning tea, those who get the Church ready each Sunday and all who serve this community.

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Thank You - to our musicians and our choir for they give in creating harmony and leading us in worship.

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Thank You
Ben, Alex, Amber, Koby, Francis, Isaac, Mungo, Sarah & Baden
It was great to have your energy with us at Nanga.. and good to appreciate what a gift our young ones are to the community.
Thank you for sharing the weekend with us
You are quite Special and You make a difference

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Thank You - to Sandy, Anna and Gabby for planning the themes and programs for our Nanga Community Weekend.

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Thank YOU to Sandy for facilitating our third group of Living the Questions…. Last Wednesday we reached out twelfth session and already have plans to repeat and rerun ALL of the discussion topics that the program includes……

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Thank You to all who are looking out for others…… Maybe we should all invite someone for a bowl of soup or for a cheap shared meal in Freo… As we share together so we become more fully alive.

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Thank You - to our parish council, for the meal we shared together, we begin to see the possibilities before us and the many different “callings” that bring us together and that will enable us to sustain our community life in Christ.

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Thank you to those who stay behind after church to sort out the banking of the offering, and to Laurel, our treasurer who keeps the books balanced and who manages the accounts of the parish.

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Thank You Rosemary Horton for maintaining the relevance of the data available and for keeping the site operationally functional….

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Thank You - to those who clean the Church and to those who give toward the cleaning of the Hall…… Together with those who maintain our gardens there is a realization of our Giving to the community.

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Thank You to all who are looking out for others…… Maybe we should all invite someone for a bowl of soup or for a cheap shared meal in Freo… As we share together so we become more fully alive.

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Thank You to Kim for preparing the Chocolates for giving out on Father’s Day


Thank You to those who support refuges with practical help, and with a generous sharing of their lives and their love.

Thank You - to our parish council, for the meal we shared together and for a commitment to grow and share as we shape our future alongside the future of this community.

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Thank You to all who helped with the “Highland Supper” last night and for those who came and enjoyed the evening….. Our fundraising activities enable many to come to church each Sunday …… And they give us an opportunity to demonstrate our generosity.

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Living The Questions
We looked last time at the Kingdom of God as opposed to the Kingdom of Caesar….. We are called toward the realization of the Kingdom of God…
So……… In what do we invest our time/talents/resources? Why do we maintain an orientation to the Kingdom of Caesar? What would making a change look like?.............. Thank you Sandy for your facilitation

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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.

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Thank You to those who clean the church – It makes a difference that we all can enjoy…….. And those who give extra so we can have the hall cleaned each week – Thank You

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Thank YOU to Laurel who looks after our accounts
Thank You to those who clean the church it is looking GOOD
Thank You for the $100 donation - it will pay for two weeks hall cleaning

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Thank You to Gabby, Alison Rosemary and the BEAK editorial Team – its almost there!

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Thank You – Val for clearing up the Storeroom - A Huge Job!!!

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Thank You to Chris Williams for freely offering legal support to facilitate the paperwork required to rescue that Sudanese family we are committed to sponsor as humanitarian refugees.


Thank You - to our choir for their being a gift to us.

As we are swaying – Lets Give Peace a Dance

Thank YOU to Joan Matthews and all who share in the St Paul’s Prayer Chain – May you know the value of your Giving.

Thank You to Sandy for preparing our three confirmation candidates for giving to them and honouring them ‘in community’. Thank you to Kim and her helpers for another delightful Elder’s Morning Tea……
Thank You to all who celebrated the confirmation of Andreas, Amy and Laura last Sunday – It was a delightful celebration of ourselves in community

Thank You to Rosemary for keeping our web-site up to date and relevant….

Thank you to our music ministry team for their contribution to our ministry beyond the parish boundaries.

Thank you Sandy for preparing our confirmation candidates for this very special day in their lives.

Thank You once again Lynn for the monthly scones at morning tea and Thank you Margaret Paynter for organising our roster of Morning Tea providers they do a great job and wash up as well…
Thank You to our 2005/2006 Parish Council………
Alan Albany - Christabel Chamarette- Gabrielle Dean - David Heaphy -Laurel & Michael Ellis - Rosemary & Roger Horton
Theo Mackaay(Synod) - Val Pearson(Synod)
Thank You Val

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l for taking the minutes and for your help in the office each week
Thank You to Angela & Keith for their weekly service of cleaning the hall….

 

To all contributing to our discussions regarding the East Wall of the Church…… There is much for us to reflect on, particularly in regard to where we are NOW and where we are going in the FUTURE.

Thank You Sandy for your giving in guiding our Confirmation candidates.

A copy of “Sandy’s Confirmation workbook is on display in the hall.

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Thank You
Lynn for the monthly scones at morning tea and Thank you Margaret Paynter for organising our roster of Morning Tea providers they do a great job and wash up as well…

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Thank you Howard and Theo – for an opportunity for a week-end down at Margaret River…. Perhaps it should happen more often!

Thank You to Joan Kossi for the many times you cleaned and polished the church floors and helped to prepare for our Sunday worship

Come unto me and Rest

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Thank you for the donation for the client I work with. We bought the shoes and some socks and I have enough extra to get her some physio sessions which she also needs. It’s good to be connected to St Paul’s and to be able to access the generosity of that community to assist someone who really needed some help. Leith

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Thank You to Kim and for the team of helpers for creating another wonderful Morning Tea for 24 of the more senior in our community.

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Thank You Lynn for the Scones today and every month

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Thank YOU – to Kath Chadwick who washes the altar vessels each week and also launders our alter linen.

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Thank You – Denise McLannan for taking a ute load to the tip for us and Thank You Bob Matthews and Peter Wall for repairing the front steps of the hall.

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THANK YOU - to all who are looking after the gardens in this hot weather

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Thank You

David Murray has given much to the life of the Church through his priestly and Episcopal ministry – We give thanks for his ministry and for all who give of themselves for others

 

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Thank YOU – Gabby for transcribing our Sunday Sermons and Rosemary for posting on to the St Paul’s Web Site….. It is great to be able to revisit our preaching and the highlights are most helpful…..

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