November 2017 Newsletter from Reverend Ellen Goldsmith

NEWS from LADOCK CHURCH  NOVEMBER 2017

 

We look forward to seeing you this autumn.

Team Service and Farewell to Andrew: 29th October, at Probus, at 10.00; no service at Ladock

Andrew’s last Service at Ladock:  5th November, 11.00

Andrew and Jane’s Retirement Do:  6.30 pm Tues. November 7th Probus Church; all invited.

Welcome Back Again:  Wednesday, 1st November:  after dropping off children at school, call into Church for coffee and cake, and to pray for your child.

Coffee Morning:  4th November, in Ladock Community Hall.

Remembrance Sunday: 12th November, 10.50 by the War Memorial

Grampound Road Anniversary:  19th November, 10.00; no service at Ladock

Morning Prayer:  every Tuesday, 9.00-9.30

Do check out our website too for more information http://www.ladockchurch.org.uk or get in touch if we can help in any way.

Foodbank:  we collect for Truro Foodbank using the blue box in Church; do drop in non-perishable items.  We were delighted to give our Harvest produce to the Foodbank, as well as

donating £381.  Donations to Ladock Church are always welcome too; you can do this in confidence on-line:  Sort code:  30-97-28 Account number:  00560934.

Writing in October, looking out of my study window, the trees are beautifully adorned in their autumn colours; they will, no doubt, be rather bare as November wears on.  It reminds me of the many trees that have been significant for me through my life.  Just to mention a few, there was the spreading damson tree in my childhood garden, where my sister and I made dens, and ate garden produce!  From our window when we lived in Sittingbourne, we could see a row of mature trees along Remembrance Avenue – planted to remember the fallen in WW1.  When I was training for ordination, another student had a ‘picture’ of us all waiting to be ordained, like a row of young saplings – all different, and with potential to grow and be fruitful.  I knew then that I wanted to be an ‘Oak of righteousness, planted by the Lord, for the display of his splendour’ as Isaiah puts it (61:3) – a lot to live up to!  And I have always loved one of the Easter prayers:  ‘And now we give you thanks because, for our salvation, Christ Jesus was obedient even to death on the cross. The tree of shame was made the tree of glory; and where life was lost, there life has been restored.’  For me God, like trees, is always there, strong and dependable, life-giving and life-loving.  I wonder what sort of tree you are, and if you sense God’s sap rising up producing leaves and fruit.  I do hope so!  Come and be part of the forest!  We shall have a forest of Christmas Trees in the Church 2/12-10/12;  come and look around, and join informal Carol Singing round the Trees, 6 pm on 3/12.  

Do also let us have your thoughts about filling the vacancy left by Revd Andrew’s retirement.

Revd Ellie Goldsmith                                                                                              Canon Andrew Wade   

Team Vicar, Tel. 01872 520192                                                                   Team Rector, Tel. 01726 882746

ellen.goldsmith@btinternet.com                                                         andrewsanctuary@aol.com

Safeguarding Officer:  Jane Sloan  jsloan24@btinternet.com


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