On Sunday the 17th the hymns and anthem will be accompanied by an ensemble of string players. The violinists are from Differdange – Petange Music School and Esch/Alzette Conservatoire: Solo Violin: Laurene Schuller; 1st Violin: Joao Rocha, Mathilde Kodazzi,; 2nd Violin: Jo Impey, Camal Tahireddine, Naori Yamaguchi. Viola: Sally Eborall; Cello: Anna Weyland; Organ: Alan Carlisle. The Choir is also accompanied from time to time by amateur viol-players, and in the near future will be joined by a brass quintet.
We are keen to encourage new singers with some musical experience to participate in our choir in order to enjoy a growing variety of choral church music. If you would like to join the choir or an instrumental group for the occasional Sunday service (First Sunday Group – pop and rock band and Evensong – a monthly special service, with rewarding and challenging music), please contact Ovidiu Dragan – Music Director, email@example.com.
Penny and Phil Harvey would like to thank all of those people who contributed towards their farewell gift of a communion set, which Phil will put to good use for home visits in the Sprowston parish. Also for the extra cash which has helped to fund the purchase of a new guitar to be used in local school assemblies and some parish services. They really appreciate your kindness, generosity and encouragement.
“Lumen” Autumn Edition
The deadline for contributions to the next issue is midnight on Sunday, 24 September. Please send articles (Word or OpenOffice) and photographs (jpeg) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The theme is “Bearing Fruit”.
Christian Classics Book Club
The first meeting will take place at 8.00 pm on Thursday, 21 September at Gerry and Amanda Taylor Aiken’s home in Lux-ville. The first book is Pete Rollins, “How (Not) To Speak of God”. Participants will need to get the book themselves. To RSVP and for address details please contact Amanda by email: email@example.com.
We will be celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving during the 11.00 am service on Sunday, 24 September.
We invite you to bring gifts of foodstuffs, either non-perishable items in tins, bottles or packets or, if you have a garden or access to a fresh food market, fresh fruit or vegetables. The following items are particularly useful and appreciated: tea, UHT milk, ground coffee, biscuits, biscottes/toast, sugar, jam, honey (small jars preferably), tinned vegetables, stock cubes, rice, pasta (normal and gluten free), sachets of powdered/instant soup, small bottles of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and packs of fruit juice (from concentrate).
Our gifts will go to ATD Quart Monde (www.atdquartmonde.lu) which offers practical help to families in need in Luxembourg. Help will be appreciated immediately after the service to carry the gifts downstairs to the front door – please speak to Edward Ojo, who will be delivering the goods to ATD.
The 11.00 am service will be followed by a Harvest Thanksgiving Bring and Share Lunch downstairs in the Salle Maria Rheinsheim, starting at 1.00 pm. Please e-mail Rani Roloff by Wednesday, 20 September if you would like to come, indicating what type of dish (savoury or sweet) you will be bringing to share, in order to ensure a good variety. Please also bring a bottle of wine/water/carton of juice to share. All welcome – please feel free to bring along friends as well as family! Rani would appreciate the help of a few volunteers to set up and clear away afterwards.
Join one (or both) of our Quiet Days at the home of Carol and Steve McCarthy in Schrassig on Friday, 29 September, starting at 4.00 pm, or on Saturday, 30 September, starting at 9.00 am. This is an opportunity to share with others a period of silence in a lovely garden setting – drawing, playing with clay, walking a labyrinth, meditating or simply sitting still and letting God speak to you. Food and drink will be provided and there will be a nominal charge of €5. For further details pick up a flyer at the back of the church or contact Ann Thorogood at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve McCarthy at: email@example.com If you’ve never tried this before then come along; it can be a deeply liberating experience.
New: ‘Sing and Strum’ Group
If you would like to learn ukulele/guitar chords and sing simple songs from different cultures, sourced from Lambeth Praise, Taize and Iona, then Lisa Dishman would love to hear from you! It could be a day time or early evening group, and instruction will be given. There are even some instruments for use by those without their own. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Lego and Kapla
Junior Church is looking for donations of Lego (base plates, bricks and people, and possibly also Duplo) and Kapla. If you have some, please contact Evelyn on email@example.com Thank you very much!
Following the disastrous recent floods in South Asia, Friendship Luxembourg, whom we are already supporting through our normal charitable giving, contacted us asking for donations to support their work amongst those directly affected in Bangladesh. Our Charities Committee and churchwardens support this request and invite you to consider donating towards this appeal. The account number of donations is LU63 0080 2121 6830 2001 (Friendship Luxembourg) at Banque de Luxembourg, BLUXLULL. Friendship have not indicated a specific text to be communicated, but we suggest “Don pour les victimes des inondations”. Donations to Friendship Luxembourg are tax-deductible in line with the usual legal conditions and limits.
Save the dates
This year’s Charity Treasure Hunt will take place on Saturday afternoon, 23 September, at Bambësch. Details can be found on the notice board and there are posters of various sizes at the back of Church for your information. If possible, please do take one and display it at your workplace, local shopping centre etc.
Next JPIC meeting
On Monday, 25 September at 8.00 pm at 4 rue du Pont, L-5355 Oetrange, Katy Clay will talk about her experiences as a prospective Green party MP in the run-up to the 2015 election in Britain. All welcome.
Our next charity fundraising Arts Festival will be held on Sunday, 4 February 2018 in the Konvikt Centre from 12.30 pm to 7.30 pm. As last year there will be musical and theatrical performances and workshops as well as food, drink, books to buy and various amusements. Suggestions for new attractions gratefully received, as well as offers of help on the day. Contact Philippa Seymour.
Recruitment of our next Chaplain
Thank you to all who participated in the consultation phase of this process. Summaries of the results of the consultation activities are available now (questionnaire, vision day). Our Chaplaincy Profile is also available here. The documents required from us were approved by our Church Council in June and sent to the Diocesan office. The post has now been advertised and we hope to be interviewing in October.
Contact Forms and Electoral Roll Application Forms
The forms are available at the back of the church or can be downloaded here. Please put completed forms in the box at the back of the Church or return them to the Anglican Church Office,
Centre Jean XXIII, 52, rue Jules Wilhelm, L-2728 Luxembourg.
Donation Envelopes dated from 3 July 2016 to 25 June 2017 are available at the back of the Church for those unable to come to Church on a regular basis but who would still like to make an offering.