Euroa Gazette : 2018-12-12

NEWS : 15 : 15

NEWS

euroagazette.com.au The Euroa Gazette, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Page 15 Nagambie Notes with Di Grant By DIANE GRANT Phone: 5794 1720 Email: [email protected] THE sounds of traditional Christmas Carols and Bible Lessons fill the air this time of the year across the world. They spread the message of good will and the Spirit and meaning of Christmas. On Thursday, December 6 members of the Anglican Parish of Central Goulburn Mother’s Union (MU) branch gathered together for their annual Advent Seven Lessons and Carols service at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Avenel. This annual service grants the members some peace and preparation before the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem as written in the Holy Bible and faithfully believed by many Christians for over 2000 years. The MU members are all aware that they will be very busy in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but they like some time to reflect on their Christian faith . It helps them get in the spirit of the Holy season. The Parish and Mother’s Union group donated towards an adult Personal Pars: 70th birthday wishes go to Edna James from family and friends. Birthday wishes go to Payne, Carol Dickson, Bill Donovan, Maree Langley, Nan O’Brien and Andrea Burns. Anniversary wishes to Lisa and Brendan Miller. Spread some Christmas Cheer: Dad died when I was nine and left mum with three kids. That year’s Christmas was very sad except for the caring hand of friends, the Salvos and the Apex Clubs of Hawthorn and Albury. They eased our pain. My three kids have lived overseas or interstate for 25 years. I lived for 10 years on my own until I married John. Many a Christmas I spent alone, unless a friend took pity on me and invited me to their home. I thank God I have my spiritual religious belief in Christmas that lifts me up. I realise sometimes that that is not enough for some, and that it is not all beer and skittles for everyone. But the Christmas cheer these folk gave to me and mine from my young age, I try to extend each year in many ways. I especially like writing about local groups or organising events where we can spread some Christmas cheer. There are many individuals or families who will not enjoy Christmas because of isolation, financial difficulty, loneliness, sadness. So why not reach out to them this year? Christmas Community Tea: That’s why tomorrow we are holding the Community tea for those who live alone, are isolated, or house bound; sponsored by our churches and community again. Golf Club. 6pm-8pm. Details D. Grant 5794 1720 This busy week: This is all part of my trying to spread the Christmas spirit, Christmas cheer and good will around me each day. It’s a pity we do this at Christmas but cannot do this all year round! I was able to attend the Women’s Shed Christmas lunch last week and it was nice being able to catch up with the ladies who have shared many chats and cuppas, activities, crafts over the past year. I was able to attend also the Mother’s Union Advent Lessons and Carols service in St Paul’s in Avenel to prepare for the coming Christmas celebrations. Then had lunch at the Avenel Pub and met up with the Avenel Seniors there. . It was also nice to decorate our Kelvingrove Village for our residents Christmas party in the community hall last Friday. On Saturday I enjoyed the Nagambie Healthcare residents, families, staff and volunteers lunch mixing with some of our oldies. I still have the Community tea tomorrow, and the Carols in Buckley Park Friday. 5pm. I hope to see some of you there too. Watch out for the old lady with the camera! Christmas decorations in town: Congratulations to all the volunteers who made the colourful Christmas bunting banners strung along the shop verandahs to spread some Christmas cheers for shoppers, visitors and locals. Those like Andrew at the Post Office and Rebecca Baker Pharmacy and other shops and houses look lovely with their lights and decorations. School news: Today, Nagambie Primary School’s Grade Six Graduation dinner. Mechanics hall. December 19, St Joseph’s Graduation Mass. 5pm. St Malachy’s church and MacKillop hall December 19, Nagambie Primary School’s Christmas concert. 6pm- 6.30pm start. Mechanics Hall. New Years Eve around Lake Nagambie. Why not bring your picnic tea, chair, rug and family to the Regatta Centre near the Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park. To view the 10pm Fireworks display or from Jacobson’s Outlook. Details M.Kettels. 0429 334 339 Church news: Anglican. December 15. Celebration at Wangaratta Cathedral. 11am...10th anniversary of Bishop John Parkes in our Diocese. December 20. Lakeview Lodge Hostel Christmas service. 10.30am. Christmas Eve. St Paul’s Avenel. 5pm and at St John’s Nagambie. 7pm Catholic: Christmas Eve. St Malachy’s 5:30pm carols then Vigil Mass at 6:00pm. Christmas Day. St Mary’s Avenel. 10am. Presbyterian: Christmas service TBA. Details W. Day. 0429 933 116. Uniting: Christmas Eve. Avenel Church at 7pm. Thoughts for the week: If you feel small and worthless, or know someone who does, do something great – help someone in need this Christmas. KEEPING THE FAITH: MU celebrate Christmas at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Avenel. Pictured are (from left) Dawn Elliott, Mary Greenshields, Margaret Hurren, Gladys Burgoyne, Len Clarey, Marlene Brew, Muriel Andrea, Dawn Leece and Diane Grant. homeless persons and children in need project this year. The goodies were to be packed in sewn cloth bags made by MU members Gladys Burgoyne and Jenny Moran. The parish thanks all who donated goods or funds for the project, and will drop them off to the Salvation Army for them to distribute locally. The branch sent Australian MU Christmas cards to their link branches in Northern Ireland and Frederickton Canada. The MU members then enjoyed their end of year Christmas lunch at the Avenel Imperial Hotel. The MU invite members of the community to attend a church service at any of our local churches this Christmas to share in and spread the good news that Jesus is the reason for the season. By DIANE GRANT EACH year the festive season seems to come around faster, for older adults at least; it may go slower for smaller children. For their parents it probably comes around too quickly too. 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