We are few in numbers, but great in enthusiasm and in fellowship one with the other, sharing and caring. On our last meeting day the Uniting Church Historical Society had set up in McGregor Hall their interesting and fascinating display to commemorate the World War 1, so as the theme for our own meeting was "Anzac" we paid them a visit. How very worthwhile it was - there were set out on display post cards, letters, photos, a display of efforts from girls of Methodist Ladies' College, poems, and much more! On hand to assist and answer any questions while we were there, were members of the Historical Society, including Glenys Edwards and Ken and Barbara Hayes.
We met in the upstairs lounge, and over lunch learned of forthcoming events. On Monday 29th June we will support other groups with a Film Morning at the Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park. Rev Norah Norris has tickets for $15, and she will offer you raffle tickets as well! The film is a new release starring Helen Mirren - "Woman in Gold" and $6 from every ticket Norah sells will come to our Fellowship. Film mornings are a great money- raiser for us and enable the Fellowship to support church projects such as National & World Mission and Frontier Services. Norah sold 28 tickets for the recent film morning at the Capri Theatre- our funds have benefitted by $168 as a result.
Thank you to all those who have given items for Mission Packing Day and Old Timers' Fete in Alice Springs. Our contributions have been collected during May and will be sent to Marion U C for packing on Tuesday 2nd June. We are grateful to Jeffrey and Jeanene Schapel for picking up all the goods from Scots and delivering them to Marion.
Two Fellowship members attended the launch of Australian Church Women's Community Concern - this year a group called "Seeds of Affinity- Pathways for Women" will benefit from the series of meetings arranged in suburban and country areas. We learned about this organization which commenced in 2006 with a group of women who had lived prison experience, meeting in the Semaphore Uniting Church. They raise funds by producing their own range of natural health and beauty products, and making and selling a variety of biscuits including gluten free. They work together to challenge the stigma faced by women leaving prison, and support them and their children during the difficult transition from prison.
We shared the mementoes we had brought along from World War 1 and 2. Margaret Morey, read the moving poem "The Anzac on the Wall". She wore her late father's medals including the Military Medal. Audrey's father kept a diary and wrote in it every night where he was. Mary spoke about The Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium - opened in 1927 as a memorial to the missing in the battlefield. Every evening at 8 pm Buglers sound the Last Post. Norah told us about her father's two brothers - Jack died and Fred was reported missing in action. She brought along medals, including the 1914-15 Star, the War Medal and the Victory Medal. When Kath was just a child, her father's brother sent her a post-card whilst he was on active service.
The next meeting on Thursday 4th June is "Amongst Ourselves". Alleyne Womersley is Facilitator and Mary Thomas is on kitchen duties. Please join us. Bring your own lunch at 12 noon, you will be most welcome. We are all asked to bring along an item which we treasure, and we will share with those present why it is so special to us. Mary Thomas
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