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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – PAGE 21
The next Matters of
Faith will be published
on December 8 and
the theme will be the
Coming of Christ at
Christmas. It will be
about the Advent of
Jesus. Please send
your news items to The
Courier or Pastor Bill,
phone 8339 4139.
To love another person is
to see the face of God.
– Les Miserables.
There are two classes
of people in the world –
those who divide people
into two classes, and
those who don’t.
LIFE is better together. That’s what
they say at the Uniting Church
in Bridgewater where their Sunday
services are at 9.30am and for 10am for
You only have to look at weekly
events to see how this church includes
everybody who want this togetherness.
The men’s group meets fortnightly on
Tuesdays from 1.30–9.30pm at the Oak.
It begins with a sharing time, offers
a helping hand to those who need it,
and provides a warm welcome for the
The women have their special social
group on Mondays from 7–9pm with
dinners together, or cooking, walking
group, book reviews, crafts and other
Playmates for parents, carers and
children is held on first and third
Monday of the month from 9.30–11am.
The church also provides pastoral care,
has Bible studies, mission and outreach
activities and programs for youth, a
prayer team, family fun nights and care
for one another.
The Pastor is Rev’d Christa Megaw. For
more information phone 0400 830 483.
IN 2002 Francis Crowe, a dedicated peace worker
in her 80s, belonged to a small community peace
group in Massachusetts.
She had tried for months for an appointment to see
their congressman about the impending war with Iraq.
The congressman was reluctant to have his position
challenged and refused to meet with the group.
Finally, Frances and her friends brought together
a larger group delegation which involved others
from the community whom the congressman would
There were local ministers, teachers from the school
where his children attended, and other well known
Early one Sunday evening, the large neatly dressed
crowd arrived at the congressman’s house and began
a serenade of beautiful peace songs, complete with
After about half an hour of melodious singing, the
congressman came out of his house smiling.
He invited the group to sit on the lawn while he
listened carefully for 90 minutes to their concerns
about initiating war with Iraq. When they left he
thanked them warmly for coming.
The next day a newspaper reporter called Frances
Crowe and said, “I understand you were part of the
community group that serenaded Congressman Neal
with peace songs last evening?”.
The reporter went on to say that the congressman had
told him that the peaceful message of the community
had helped him change his mind and he was now
about to vote against the war.
Meanwhile politicians in Australia and many in the
US, were reporting that the war was necessary and
that we had the victory. Some had a different story.
Other reports were telling us that hundreds of
thousands had been killed or injured in this futile war
and even today this country does not have peace.
Many people have decided that bombing others is not
To those who find God in the ordinary moments
Who know that life has meaning beyond the ordinary
That make up our ordinary days
Who show kindness in the face of hurt
Who seek the human in the eyes of those who have
done them harm
Who offer consolation rather than judgment
Who offer help and hope rather than seeking their
Who feel the presence of God in the trees and the
And a baby’s helpless cries,
In the loneliness of the elderly, the love of young
Who are moved to tears by the kind act or caring word
Who stop to help the weak rather than seek the favor
of the strong
May this find favor in your eyes.
WITH frequent news items about
unemployment, youth problems,
care for the aged and social problems
today, people are turning to the Salvos
In SA the Salvos have ministered to all
kinds of people for more than 150 years.
They have helped those with financial
hardship, the homeless, those
experiencing marriage difficulties and
those suffering domestic violence.
If we were to make a list of what they
do, it would be a long list of care and
ministry with love.
Let us consider this wide reaching
concern for people.
Wide ranging help
They help those suffering alcohol and
drug addictions, youth issues, survivors
of suicide, disaster victims, prison
rehabilitation, the aged, new migrants,
emergency relief, problem gambling,
counselling, unemployment, court and
prison services, tracing families...
Should we continue, because there are
In caring for South Australians the
Salvation Army brings real meaning to
the concept of putting faith in action.
And you can help! Maybe by a donation,
or a bequest in your will, or donating
clothing and goods, or becoming a
volunteer, or working in one of the Salvo
The Salvation Army has a place of
worship in Mt Barker and two thrift
shops – one at Mt Barker and the other
at Jibilla (Aldgate) on Mt Barker Road.
WHITE RIBBON DAY: This event will be held
in various ways on November 28 when more than
50,000 men will repeat “I swear never to commit,
excuse or remain silent about violence against
women. This is my oath”. It is time for both men
and women to decide to oppose physical, verbal
and sexual abuse and any kind within families and
in our lives.
A PEACE VIGIL: The Hills Anglican Parish
holds a peace vigil each month on the second
Friday at their church on Arkaba Road, Aldgate.
They meet from 5.30–6pm with prayer for peace
in their hearts, in their homes and in the world.
All welcome to join them.
ECUMENICAL SERVICE: The churches of
the Stirling district have cancelled their morning
services for Sunday, November 15, and will join
for an ecumenical service on the Stirling Library
lawns at 10am. Ex-AFL player Shaun Hart will be
the guest speaker. At 11.30am, after the churches
of the Hills have been united in a worship service,
the Stirling Christmas Pageant will begin. This
is a time to show our faith in our approach to
ANNUAL CAROLS NIGHT: Rockleigh Uniting
Church will hold its annual carols night on
November 22 with the SA Police Band and local
artists. The evening will begin with a sausage
sizzle from 4.45–5.55pm, an earlier start because
people are coming from some distances to be part
of the celebrations and they need a feed. Don’t
worry – the wonderful supper is still on after the
carols. Proceeds will go to the CFS.
JOINED TOGETHER: Two roads in
Macclesfield – Venables and Luck streets – will
be linked by two churches in the town. They
will be called Mary McKillop Way in a project
begun several years ago and now completed.
Because the local convent was visited by the first
Australian saint, the nuns planted trees to border
the joining track which can now be used by local
people as they remember this historic walkway.
INFUSION YOUTH: Every Friday from 6–8pm
the youth of the Infuse Church meet at 147
Hurling Drive, Mt Barker. This is for 12–18 years
with free food and drinks, great fun, and is a place
where you will be valued and accepted. Infusion
youth is a place to belong.
REMEMBRANCE DAY: Let us remember
on this day as The Courier is published we are
remembering the many lost in war. Lest we
IN 1938, just before WW2, Rufus
Jones, George Walton and Robert
Yarnall were led by God to Germany
to meet with the German SS about
Because the Quakers (Friends) had
initiated a massive feeding program in
Germany after WW1, they had reason to
hope the Germans would believe in their
The three men said they had come “to
inquire in the most friendly manner
whether there is anything we can do to
promote life, and to relieve suffering.”
After hearing their requests, the SS
officers left the room to confer.
The three Americans bowed their heads
“and entered upon a time of deep,
quiet meditation and prayer” while
they waited for the officers to return.
Later they learned that their room had
been bugged and their “silence” had
confirmed the earnestness of their
They were then told that they could
proceed with their work of Jewish
evacuation and that other Quaker
representatives could be permitted to
travel unhindered throughout Germany
and Austria to implement their purpose.
In the US the entire mission was seen as
The Quakers received a grant to finance
a new team of Quakers to be sent to
Germany and plans were drafted for a
camp to house refugees to receive visas
to the US.
But the plans were never realised
because American politicians decided
not to accept the refugees.
The Calm Center is
an inspiring book of
poetry selected and
introduced by Eckhart
Tolle and written by
Steve Taylor. These
and reflections gently
bring us out of our
hectic days and back
to the bedrock of peace
and also joy. I know
that not everyone is
into poetry, but this is
deeply personal and
very helpful to the
soul. I obtained the
book from Matildas in Stirling.
Are you okay?
Colleen Sim writes in The Bridge:
I AM and I know you are all concerned with the
number of women who are being killed, yes, killed
by husbands and boyfriends and the effect this has
on the children in those families.
We have been encouraged lately to ask, for the
sake of mental illness, Are You Okay? I commend
that to you a thousand fold but also keep an ear out
for the women in your lives and ask them whether
Approach politicians, any and all, about this
scourge on our society, petition them, ring them,
email them, but keep up the pressure.
Staff at the Jibilla Salvos store,
Andrew Shillabeer, assistant, left
and Linda Sinclair, manager.
Salvos make a difference
A BACKHANDER: When I was 12 people told me
that if I want to be successful, I must change my grip,
give up this two-handed backhand. I said I would
change but I knew I couldn’t. The truth is I am a
very stubborn person. I was hitting the ball and it felt
good to me, so I said to myself, ‘Why change?’ It is
important to find your own personality in this game,
your own style. You have to find it and no one else
can find it for you.
– Bjorn Borg
The huddled masses
Life is better together
A Member of
Parliament went to sleep
for half an hour during
a debate and when he
woke up he found he
had been Prime
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