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CHURCH NEWS - July/August 2006
Above: after the Fete weekend outdoor service in Horsefair Lane
As I write this letter we have just come to the end of another successful fete weekend. In spite of the counter-attractions of the World Cup, there was a good turnout, and the weather was glorious – not only for the fete itself, but also for our All-Age Service in the marquee on
Sunday and the delicious BBQ lunch afterwards for all the helpers.
Many people have remarked that Odell fete is special, and visitors come from quite a distance to support it. It is a wonderful achievement for a small village to be able to put an event like this on, but is only made possible by the enthusiasm and commitment of the committee and many willing volunteers to set up and take down, and to man the stalls on the day. What struck me as a newcomer is how much everyone
involved works together so well, with obvious enjoyment. More help is always welcome, either on the day or preparing beforehand, and every contribution, however small, really helps to share the load. So do speak to Jill Cheadle or Jane Eshelby if you would like to be part of the team that makes it all happen next year!
After a busy stretch it’s good to take time out to relax and recharge our batteries – and if we want to maintain a good life balance, we need to find spiritual refreshment as well as opportunities to restore tired minds and bodies.
Jesus himself often retreated to a quiet place to be alone with his heavenly Father – to take time out to rest and to be refreshed and renewed by the Holy Spirit – a pattern we do well to follow. Some Christians regularly go away for a quiet day, or an annual retreat, but for some of us even finding a short time and space we can be alone with Jesus is not easy.
So during the first week of August, I will be opening the church to offer you an opportunity to enjoy peace and stillness, and to take some time out with Jesus. Around the church will be a number of "prayer stations", each with a particular theme, inviting you to spend a little while in quietness and reflection. How you use this time is down to you – no-one will approach you – but someone will be on hand should you wish to talk or ask for prayer, for yourself or someone else.
The church will be open at the following times:
Sun 6th August - 6pm-8pm
Mon 7th August – 3pm-5pm
Wed 9thAugust – 3pm-5pm
Thu 10th August – 7pm-9pm
Don’t worry if you can’t make any of these times – I’m happy to open up the church anytime – just ring me on 720234 to arrange.
Wishing you all a relaxing and peaceful summer,
with love and prayers, Christine.
The Prayer Chain
The Prayer Chain is there if you need prayer for yourself, for others or for members of your family. Please don’t ask for prayer outside your own family without people’s permission. To have a number of people pray just telephone Christine (720234).
Above: Pentecost in the Park
Churches from Harrold and Carlton, along with All Saints’ Church, Odell, met together in Harrold-Odell Country Park on a sizzling hot Sunday 4th June to celebrate Pentecost. The main speaker was Keith Parr from Coventry Cathedral; music was provided by Wellingborough Music Group. Representatives of the Chellington Youth Group also gave a short talk on their activities.
The Story of Oswald Chambers and his beloved wife Biddy.
‘My Utmost for the Highest’ is the world’s best selling devotional book. Yet, without Gertrude Chambers, the unrecognised force behind Oswald Chambers’ writings, we wouldn’t have this book at all.
In the Forward, she tells us how the selections came from his various speaking engagements, yet she signed only with the initials B.C. Who was this remarkable woman? Her husband affectionately called her ‘Biddy’, a term of endearment.
Oswald died as a result of complications following surgery in Egypt where he had been ministering to the British troops. Thousands mourned his death at 43. So well loved was he among those to whom he ministered that, in spite of the fact he wasn’t part of the military, he was still given a full military burial in the old British Cemetery in Cairo.
Oswald and Biddy were married for just seven years; at age 34 Biddy became a widow and the single mother of a little girl.
The real story of Oswald Chambers began at his death. Biddy (Gertrude) was a stenographer before she met Oswald. She could take shorthand faster than many of us could talk. She began taking his messages down in shorthand, hundreds of them , never thinking that one day they’d be transcribed into books of which she became the publisher.
The world owes a debt of gratitude to this humble and generally unknown woman whose efforts are still a blessing to many. May we have the courage to be more like her, who believed that great things could be accomplished when you do not seek the credit.
Some extracts from U.C.B.Sarah Bennett
Art and Craft Exhibition and Sale
At Carlton Village Hall
Saturday 8th July
10am to 5pm
Sunday 9th July
1pm to 5pm
Refreshments and light lunches served
In aid of St. Mary’s Church, Carlton, new toilet and kitchenette fund
For further details contact Sue Brown, 32 Rectory Close, Carlton 720442
‘…A Man Plans His Course, But The Lord
Determines His Steps’.
Proverbs 16:9 NIV
The world is not going to devote itself to making you happy! Once you accept that, you will begin to move forward. Life does not always work the way you want it to. Paul wrote, ‘Whenever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you’.(Romans 15:24). But he never got there; instead he landed in prison. But from there, he wrote the epistles.
Look out! Your disappointment may turn out to be God’s appointment. The Bible says, ‘In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord
determines his steps.’ Aren’t you glad God’s in control of your life. Let the philosophers argue over why life works as it does; just focus on how to live it! If you live to be a hundred, what good is it if resentment and regret keep you from enjoying a day of it? And what good is more time, if you are just wasting the time you have?
Remember how an oyster makes a pearl? When a grain of sand gets into its shell, instead of resisting it the oyster wraps it in layer after layer of beauty till a pearl is formed. The poet said, ‘This tale has a moral for isn’t it grand, what an oyster can do with a morsel of sand; and what could we do if we would only begin, with some things that get under our skin.’
God is working in everything you are going through today, for your good and his glory. So let it make you better, not bitter.
Taken from "Word for Today" with kind permission of United Christian Broadcasters. (Tel:01782:642000)
Our Giving in July is to CMS (Central Funds).
Proclaiming the gospel involves more than you think!
Ask anyone what is the first thing they think of when they hear the words 'proclaiming the gospel', and they will probably imagine a person standing on a street corner preaching loudly with a Bible in hand.
Depending on your point of view, it is either a compelling or an amusing image. But the truth is that proclaiming the gospel involves a lot more. 'Gospel' language in Paul's letters covers a whole range of activities.
People need to hear the gospel to become Christians at first, but they also need to hold on firmly to the gospel to grow in their faith and be part of congregations which are ready for the return of Christ.
CMS is committed to proclaiming the gospel through a wide range of ministries. Its fundamental motivation for proclaiming the gospel
is to bring glory to God. It is the divine intention that on the final day 'at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father'.
Founded in 1799, CMS has attracted upwards of nine thousand men and women to serve as mission partners during its 200-year history.
Today there are about 150 mission partners in 26 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. A budget of £5.75 million a year is needed to maintain and expand this work.
Our Giving in August is to the Tiger Kloof School
The Tiger Kloof School provides a Christian education and plays an important role in the much needed process of social integration in South Africa.
Wednesday 5th 10.30am at Jill’s, Rectory Farm, Odell.
Wednesday 19th 10.30am at Christine’s, The Rectory.
There will be a break until September.
All Saints’ Flowers for July
2nd Nikki Freeman
9th Jill Cheadle
16th Sue Robinson
23rd Margaret Jones
30th Sarah Bennett
All Saints’ Flowers for August
6th Faith Hartwell
20th Georgina Harrison
27th Eileen Shakespeare
Birthday Greetings To:
Miles Tringham on 24th August and to everyone else with a birthday in July or August.
Wed 5th 10.30am Meeting Point at Jill’s, Rectory Farm.
Fri 7th 2—4pm Hearing Clinic Harrold Medical Practice.
Sat 8th 10am – 5pm Art and Craft Exhibition and Sale, Carlton
Sun 9th 1– 5pm " " " " " " " "
Tues 11th 7.30pm W.I. Odell Village Hall.
Wed 12th 3.00pm Senior Citizens’ Strawberry Tea at Linden
Wed 19th 10.30am Meeting Point at Christine’s, The Rectory, Odell.
Sat 22nd 8.30pm Moth trapping, HOCP.
Sat 5th 7.30pm John Zaradin and Eric Hill performing,
Sun 6th 6 – 8 pm All Saints’ Church open for prayer and
Mon 7th 3 – 5pm " " " " " " "
Tues 8th 2 – 4pm Hearing Clinic, Harrold Medical Practice.
Tues 8th 7pm W.I. Barbecue, Rectory Farm.
Wed 9th 3 – 5pm All Saints’ Church open for prayer and
Thurs 10th 7 - 9pm " " " " " " "
Fri 18th 6.30pm Wodehill Jazz Band at The Bell, weather
Mon 21st 10.00am Conservation task day, HOCP.
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