Fellowship members met on Thursday July 2nd and we all enjoyed a mug of chicken soup with our lunch. It was a small group, but it is good to meet together and share news and care for each other. Margaret Morey, as Facilitator, opened the meeting by reading several reflective readings from the book “Food for the Journey” – all thoughtful – some amusing, some meaningful, but all with a message. This book was published in 2010 by the then National Adult Fellowship Committee, and contains many wonderful recipes as well as some stories. If you haven't got your own copy, do buy one – I think UCAF still has a few available.
We were delighted to welcome Rev Dr Dean Eland and his wife Judy. In 1980 Dean was Minister at Whyalla, and at the request of the Board of Missions, he took 3 months’ leave, and with Judy and their three young children, went to Vanuatu as volunteers, at the time when the Presbyterian Church led the Independence Movement. Judy spoke about this experience, and also two subsequent visits - in 2005 when on a cruise, and in 2010 when there were celebrations for the 30th anniversary, re-creating independence with a well-planned Independence Service. Dean had prepared an interesting and informative Power Point presentation and Judy spoke to this, so it gave us a good vision of their visits, and the changes they have seen over the years. Judy said the Government is encouraging people to take a look back and see what progress has been made.
They brought along some attractive souvenirs – articles made by the people, and Judy wore her “Mother Hubbard” a practical frock like all the ladies wear, made for her from a simple pattern, using 2 yards of material and trimming.
Thank you to those who contributed goods for Mission Packing Day. The three centres (Marion, Balhannah and Salisbury) all reported a successful day with 170 cartons for various communities and Op Shops in Northern Australia, and 15 cartons to Alice Springs for the Work Stall at Old Timers Fete, held in August. The cartons are about the size of a tea chest, so it gives some idea of the volume of goods supplied. Those who packed were especially impressed with the quality and variety of items for Old Timers – so thank you all.
The next meeting is Thursday 6th August. Please join us if you can – BYO lunch at 12.00noon. Members, as the year is more than half over, maybe it is time for us to take a look at our group and what we are doing, and consider what the future holds for Scots Fellowship.
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