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A Time to Plant People love to affirm posi- uve ideas. Old-fashioned community gardens are in vogue at present -a practi- cal response to the eco- nomic down-tumn and, I suspect, individual resis- tance to the negatives as- sociated with globilization. St Alban's generosity in allowing alocal sustain- ability group to use a sec- tion ofits lovely grounds has met with strong public support. The Easthourne Community Trust ap- proved a grant of $500 to Eastbourne Carbon Reduc- tion Action Group (ECRAG) towards materi- als for two raised beds and mixed fill, Then this week, the Eastboume Garden Group sent the hat round in response to atalk about the community garden and raised $45, half of which has been spent on winter seedlings. These are al- ready planted out in two fine raised beds and bene- iting from the rain Wel- lingtonis curently experi- encing. A Time to Laugh Ityoulike pancakes you are not alone! Over 50 pancake lovers gathered to cele- brate Shrove Tuesday in the church hall and gardens, Much use was made of the terrific new French doorswith the guests enjoying the in and out doors. ‘There was awonderful carnival atmosphere as children young and old concocted their favourite crépe com bos. The annual pan- cake race trophy. a green trying pan bear- ing the race team highly contested. As, a parent, I thought the first race, consisting of how many plates each team For everything there is a season, and a could wash, dry and stack, was highly successful. something! may try at home! The frantic pancake passing race was areal siall Emily and Sophie enjoying the pancakes tester and the relay with bonus points for the best pancake flip proved as in Parish of Eastbourne, New Zealand Inspiration for the garden came from the group's life- time interest in community garden projects. Those of uswho are over fifty grew upwith vege plots at home and even at school. And many locals have never stopped growing vegeta- bles 0 thisresource must not be lost. Local schools are already giving chil- dren hands-on experience and an opportunity to tap Stan Hunt's broad knowi- edge of organic vege growing Cont'd on page 3 popular as ever. ‘The noisy festivities gave way to a poignant peaceful silence as Damon urged the children to con sider the meaning of Lent, With eyes closed andin si- lence we listened to our breaths and the sounds around us, miraculously stil as we shared a prayer. For those of us not {fasting over Lent the somewhat strategi- cally placed * Walk to church Sunday” helped shed the extra calories gained onthe day! Jutta Chisholm ry matter wader heaven. OUTLOOK Lent March 2009 Tuside this issue: ‘Alle to Plant 1 Communty Garden Alin t Langh 1 Paxale Party Ale law 2 oom the Vicars Desk ‘Ala to Keep Save 2 (Chetan Me don ‘Alle t Bull tp 3 Rept fom the A ‘Alle to Plant 3 cuntued ‘Ale » Sw 4 Motiew? Un Bawer [From the Registers Baptisms: Olivia Hollard 14/12/08 Jack Kemp 22/2/09 [Johnny Baird 1/03/09 Amelia Cathie 22/03/09 Weddings: [Sarah Sinclair and Niall Maller 9/01/09 Paula Wightman and Alex- ander Hay 24/01/09 [Abigail Spinks and Daniel Borufant 14/02/09 Amber Baldock and Daniel Milward 28/02/09 Nicola Jones and Henry Chung 21/03/09 OUTLOOK Lent 2009 A Time to Love Dear Friends, A favourite saying of mine is “what you focus on becomes your reality". It isa phrase I heard some years ago at a conference and, for good reason, it has stuck with me ever since. You see, itis hard in our society to escape the culture of complaint. In our home lives, our work places, and the community organisations we be- long to, people seem to have a fixa- tion with the negative. We are quick to find fault with others and slowto offer any encouragement or praise. ‘This situation, of course, is not helped by a media that makesits money sell- ing "bad" news, Every day we are bombarded with the worst vices of human nature; and s0 itis ttle won- der the world we live inis becoming increasingly like the stories we tell. Buti this the way it has to be? Asa child, Iwas captivated by the stories of Jesus, and! continue to be today. What! see in his life is a per- son fully aware of the destructive forces at work around him; but who chooses another way. Jesus is fo- cused on the good, the possible, the ‘world created and loved by the au- ‘thor oflife; and so, through this act of attentiveness, is able to bring about alle had hoped and prayed for. ‘A.similar point is made by St Paul. He ‘writes in his letter to the Philippians “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whateveris honourable. whatever is ‘just whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable. ‘there is any excellence and ifthere is anything worthy of praive, think about these things... and the God ofpeace ‘will be with you.” [chapter4 verse 8] 2009 presents us with many chal- lenges, Economic woes, anincrease inviolent crimes, and global warm- ing are real concerns. But may we be part of the solution, and not the prob- Jem, Inspired by Jesus, and strength- ened by God's Spirit, maywe so live ‘that our world is transformed by the Easter hope we proclaim, Ven Damon Plimmer A Time to Keep Silence ‘These words are from a prayer wnit- tena time very different from now, so chaotic is our own. But the need for fumes of stillness in the midst of a busy life, with allits anxieties and concerns, goes back way through history, In our own day, we are anything but stl. How can we be with the immedi- acy of television showing houses and forests exploding into Names in front of our eyes? We hear of the huge con- sequences of economic collapse right round the world. Seemingly remote events impact directly onus and our families, creating uncertainty and distress. How canwe hush our frenzied, hy peractive world? And why, what's the point? It's rather like waiting for the compass point to settle when we're out on the water, needing to find our way, or hiking im remote bush; that moment of calm is essential or we do not know where we are. ‘The howis simple. Sit down, be still, be free from distraction, and commit ‘yourself to this for a short period daily. Thisis the essence of medita- tion, or contemplative prayer. The difficulty getting in the way is ou- selves. We want to he doing things, but the body must be still. We must {free our minds of all thought, but the incessant chatter in our heads never ceases. Itis this silence, this time of letting go of ourselves, that brings us into the consciousness of God. "Be stil, let go" the Psalm wniter heard in ‘the midst of his meditation “and know thatI am God. Silent meditationis the spiritual basis of all our faith-community, and of all religions, for Moslem and Hindu and Buddhist, asitwas for Jesus. Tony Martin AMen's Meditation Group is soon to stant at St Alban's. Ifyou would like to ‘now more, please talketo Damon (562 7304) or Tony Martin (562 6210). Damon and Mike modeling the matching ‘socks they received for Christmas. The new French doors coming out fom the ‘hal can be seen in the background. ein God, even. nen. Tong time Eastbourne resident and ‘much loved parishioner Jean Gilmer, was recently farewelled irom St Albans iter many years of involvement in this ‘community. Jean has joined othersom the Bays at Sprott House in Karori OUTLOOK Lent 2009 A Time to Build Up In my report last year I talked about the many various roles within the par- ishwhich linked us together as a chain of God's ove. This year Ihave come to see us all more as a mesh ‘with our links interwoven forming a solid net, there to catch each other (or ourneighbours) when there is a possibility of a stumble or a fall and to haul us back to the safety of the love taught to us by Jesus. Ithas been this net that gathered us together for our major fund-raising drive to carry out the necessary maintenance and the improvements to ourhall. When the quotes were received for the work we had all agreed needed to be done and the sums seemed so far out of our reach, 1 was reminded of the words of a past parishioner who told the Vestry of the fume that if we knew what we were doing was right we should step forth infaith and be reassured that all ‘would be well. My conservatism made me intensely sceptical of that view at the time and Iwasin the mi- nority subsequently proved wrong, Somewhere over my shoulder Ifelt her smiling at me asl repeated her ‘words urging Vestry to endorse the plans. And so, much of 2008 was involved in the finalisation of the plans and the raising of the necessary dollars which saw the commencement of work at the end of the year. In tough financial tumes we have raised all but around $5000 of the target thanks to the ger- erosity of parishioners and the sup- port of the wider community for our fundraisers, Some more communal and individual effort in 2009 should see the balance of funds raised and the work completed allin plenty of ‘ume for our centenary year in 2010. (Our parish net also bound us to- gether as we farewelled some well loved members of the parish family ‘who were commended to God's keeping during the year. Itwas with great sadness that we heard of Graeme Thomson's diagnosis of a cancer which was to take his life sooner than anticipated, The resonant sound of his voice and the strength of his faith will remain in all our memo- nesfor along time, Joan Baker's ‘words to Damon as she felt death approaching ‘which Damon shared with us all - “Damon, Godis, loving me." - have also left a lasting legacy to strengthen the mesh of our net. Uheard a parishioner recently askifit ‘was a special Sunday when she was caught up in the whirlwind of people arriving for the 9.30 service, Damon's response that every Sunday was made special by the individuals who came to churchwas a true observa- ‘tion of the reason our numbers con- ‘nue to grow and why even the front pews are filling up. Itis hearterung ‘thatwe attend church because we ‘want to be there. Ithias become a ‘vital part of our lives, an integral part of the inspiration that makes us one. ‘Thank you once again to all those ‘who have made myrole as your war- den so much easier thanit might have been, Thanks to those who so ‘willingly serve on the rosters for all ‘the things that "make us tick" - low- ers, cleaning, morning tea, lawns and gardens, readings, linen and, of course, the beautiful music, those ‘who take responsibility for mission, outreach, maintenance, Ezee Meals and{for the young people and youth of the parish. Each of you has strengthened the mesh. Thave had a busy year as your war den butt has been very rewarding to feels strengthen and to see the growth in the parish. Thank you all forthe opportunity to be your voice an 2008. PennyGngg Congratulations to those elected to office atthe recent AGM: Penny Grigg (People's Warden), Reid Booth Ma- sina Hanbury-Sparrow. Don Mcllroy. (Charles Odlin (Treasurer) StefiPlim- mer, Keith Young. Phyllis Mossman remains as Vicars Warden A copy of allthe AGM reports is available on the parish website or from the office. Lint mT A Time to Plant cont'd Arecent newspaper article about the flats in Newtownwhere a tenant is photographed standing beside her frst vegetable garden smiling from earto ear saysit all, Auckland Cathe- dral gardens and aniotous kor shaped raised garden at St Columbas in Grey Lymn provide great models. A visit to the Home of Compassion in Island Bay will find Sister Loyola pre- siding over an amazing tapestry of formal and informal vegetable gar- dens, Sister provides encouragement to people whose lives have not been easy by giving individuals achievable tasks, a sense of being needed, mixed wath a lot of love. Around the world, the response from communities have been transformed into community vegetable beds, berms replaced by vegetables and private lawns nipped up for family greens, Soon there'll be no need for Iawn-mowers- the lawn will be re- placed by the potato patch. After all, it’s less work and offers delicious benefits for the family and those in need of aneighbourly gesture? ‘Mary Tallon Peter Baldock talking with his daughter ‘Amber and her husband Dan Milward out- ‘Bde the church on their wedding day.