Update 9 August

Dear Friends,
Does anyone know how to build an ark? We’ve certainly had some rain lately and isn’t it good! Be careful when you’re driving; I was on the freeway yesterday when it was raining hard, there was little visibility, and many cars had no lights on- I could only see the cars in front when their brake lights were on. No wonder there are more crashes in wet, wild weather.

The August edition of the Messenger is out and you can find it here:

Attached is a letter from our Deacon, the Revd. Annette Des Fosses, who is also a School Chaplain. We have supported Roseworth Primary School in the past: there are many children with special needs, who are disadvantaged or from difficult home situations, and the Camp is particularly beneficial for them. It costs $200 for each child, and Annette has said that anything we can contribute will be of great help. If you would like to make a donation, you can either pop cash or cheque in an envelope clearly marked ‘For Roseworth Year 6 Camp’ and put it in the collection plate; or do a bank transfer to BSB 706 001, Account no. 30003057 Anglican Parish Carine-Duncraig and mark that it is for the school camp. Any problems- let me know.

You may remember that at the Annual Meeting of Parishioners back in June we voted to employ a cleaner for St Nicolas’ and you may be wondering what’s happening. The process was held up because the Human Resources person at Church House was away on leave and we needed to wait until she came back this week, so now we can go ahead! The advert is attached; please feel free to pass it on to anyone who might be interested, put it on a public noticeboard near you, and let folks know we have this position. Watch this space.

This morning I went to Opal Carine Aged Care to do the monthly Communion Service for the residents, one of whom is Mary Bannister and another is Rose Anderson, Cindy Gold’s mother. They were both at the service today, which was lovely; I gave our love to Mary and she sends her love to you all. I usually do two nursing home services each month: one at Opal and the other at Lady McCusker Amana Living. There is a fair amount of preparation to do, and now of course anyone entering an aged care facility must have shown proof of vaccination and do a negative RAT beforehand; but it is a joy to be there and to offer the opportunity for worship to people who are no longer able to attend church. Many elderly people, who have been regular church attenders, miss it terribly when they can’t be with their parish community any more. Most of us take it for granted that we can choose whether we attend church or not; for people in poor health or in aged care the choice is not there. Opal has had a serious Covid outbreak recently with over 70 residents contracting the virus; but thanks be to God, no one has died as a result. Please pray for caregivers working in residential and home-based aged-care; they do a wonderful job, are not paid very well, and deserve our respect and support.

Parish Council meets tonight at 7:30pm; please keep our Wardens and Councillors in your prayers.

Here is the Collect Prayer of the Week for the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Grant to us, Lord, we beseech you,
the spirit to think and do always such things as are right,
that we, who cannot do anything that is good without you,
may by you be enabled to live according to your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless,

The Reverend Lorna A M Green