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September 2017 Letter

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Dear congregations

 

We had an amazing time in South Africa! I wished more than once that I could take all of you along and show you some of the awesome sights we’ve seen… We spent quality time with family and friends, and we also spent some time close to nature. We stayed in a Wild Life Reserve, where we saw beautiful wild animals.

And that made me think of Job 39, where God speaks to Job about the animals in nature and how unique God made all of them…

It was very special to see wild animals up close, but on our last day in the Resort we got a little TOO close to one of these wild animals! To a baboon… And might I add – a HUGE one! I was busy packing our bags when the boys came running towards me, shouting for dear life: “There is a baboon in the kitchen!” And so there was. A huge big baboon, taking it’s time to open the pantry door, eating our fruit, and then opening all our chocolates and biscuits one by one before eating it and lickings it’s lips afterwards!! Just showing enough teeth to keep us all far away! At last André plucked up the courage to go and chase it away, and although we all got the fright of our lives, it just reminded me once again how amazing God is, how cleverly he made all the different animals, the baboon, and all of us too. He gave us so many gifts and talents…

And if a baboon can cleverly open a packet of biscuits, throw the wrapper away and eat the biscuits to its heart’s desire, just imagine all the things we can do!!

One of these things is West Kirk’s Garden Fete, which will be taking place on Saturday the 2nd of September. I’m super excited about this!

Let’s show our communities what an amazing event the church can pull off!

So please come along on the day to support us, or if you are able to help in any way, please get in touch with me as soon as possible.

I can’t wait to see you all there.  

 

Blessings,

Nanda

 

The Link - Issue 96

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GARDEN FETE & FRINGE

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A date for your diary!

On Saturday 2nd September from 11am till 3pm there will be a fete and fringe entertainment held on the West Kirk church premises.

This event promises to have something for everyone!

In the grounds will be gazebos with a variety of craft stalls; bottle stall; face painting and tattoos; raffle; a variety of games to suit young and not-so-young; some requiring skill, others just a bit of luck. And who will be unlucky enough to be in the stocks??

If you thought you had to go to Edinburgh for The Fringe, you could be proved wrong. In the church itself, there will be a series of 30 minute musical  entertainments covering a wide range of interests including for a younger audience. Admission for any or all of these sessions is by donation.

Then, of course, there's the food. Refreshments of soup & sandwiches, then coffee / tea and cream scones will be available in the hall whilst outside ice cream and a BBQ cooking burgers will be on hand throughout the event.There will also be a cake and candy stall in the hall where you can take away some more goodies to enjoy at home.

The organising committee are looking to the congregation  not only for donations, but also volunteers to assist in setting up, manning events, and dismantling and tidying up after the event. All help will be gratefully accepted.

 

Landlubber's Ship sailing soon

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We are now fully subscribed but like to have a few names on a waiting list should anyone call off!

Should you wish to add your name to this list please complete and submit a form.

We set sail on Monday August 7th, when we hit land and go on a wonderful adventure exploring a paradise island in search of treasure. So" Me Hearties", come dressed ready for fun and many wonderful challenges!

Landlubbers filling fast!

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If you wish to join us for our fun packed week on our "Polbeth Paradise Island" you better get your get your skates on and book your place now, as we have a limited number of spaces still remaining!

We set sail on Monday August 7th at 10am

 

 

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June 2017 Letter

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WORD OF LIFE

At the end of May the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland took place. Although I wasn’t a commissioner at the Assembly this year, I followed bits and pieces of the debates via live streaming, and I attended Heart & Soul in Princess Street Gardens on the Sunday. The theme of the General Assembly this year was “Word of Life”.

 

Each year HM The Queen appoints a Lord High Commissioner as her representative to the General Assembly, unless she attends in person. This year, Her Majesty appointed HRH The Princess Royal. I was very fortunate to meet Princess Anne briefly at the West Lothian Presbytery Tent and I was extremely impressed by her speech. She said that if she had to choose a “word of life”, she would choose “love”. Because love is what she saw and experienced during her week at the Assembly.

 

And you know, that made me really proud to be a member of the Church of Scotland. Because in this broken world, we need nothing more than love. And anybody who ever has anything to do with the church, should feel and experience nothing but love. If there are divisions and in-fighting and gossiping going on in the church, how on earth will we be able to get the love of God spread to the outside world?

 

If there is one thing I love about the General Assembly, it is the fact that it reminds us that we are not alone here in West Calder and Polbeth Harwood. We are actually just a very small part of a huge national church, which is in turn part of a massive world-wide Christian movement…

So, if we start locally to let our lives as members of the Church of Scotland be ruled by love, this love will spread nationally and internationally. And to me, love is like glue – if we use it correctly, we will be able to mend the broken world we live in... Jesus took the first step, let’s follow his example!

 

With LOVE,

Nanda

The Link - Issue 95

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