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Dear Friends,

At present the Church of the Resurrection is throbbing with music, as jazz musicians prepare for a performance this evening by the Nordic Jazz Trio, for which all the tickets have been sold.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) there will be another concert in church at 7 p.m., to which I hope that you will be able to come.  The John Powell Singers, a distinguished choir from Manchester in England, will be giving a concert of sacred music from the fifteenth to the twentieth century in aid of church funds.  The choir has included us in its first tour of Romania specifically to help us in our fund-raising efforts.  Tickets for the concert will cost 10 RON at the door.  There are thirty members of the choir and so a good range of volume as well as style may be expected!

On Friday there will be another concert in church at 7 p.m. As part of the Bucharest Early Music Festival there will be a chance to learn more about early musical instruments.  In The Music Lesson five musicians will demonstrate their instruments (including harpsichord, violin and recorder) and the instruments will be introduced in Romanian and English. The programme will last for about an hour and should be fun as well as educational. It is intended primarilty for children, but all ages will be most welcome. There will be free admission with a retiring collection.

There will be more concerts to enjoy later in the year, including a performance of music for violin and organ to be given at 6 p.m. on Sunday 2nd December by Dieter Stanzeleit and Adina Cocargeanu and the annual Diplomatic Choir Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 4th December.

11th November is Remembrance Sunday and our service in church will be earlier than usual, at 9.30 a.m., to enable those who wish to do so to make their way to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery for the traditional Remembrance Sunday observances. The Cemetery is on Highway 1, on the road to Ploiesti, approximately 16 km from Otopeni Airport, north of the villlage of Tancabesti on the right hand (east) side of the road.

In early December we willl hold our next major fund-raising event.  This will be a Fish and Chip Supper to be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday 8th December in the Intercontinental Hotel.  This event is intended for all ages and children will be particularly welcome.  Tickets will cost 200 RON per adult and 100 RON per child.  In addition to a delicious meal of fish and chips there will be other activities, such as face-painting.  Tickets and further information about this evening will be available shortly. Please make a note of the date now in your diary.

On 7th October we celebrated Harvest Festival in Bucharest.  A good supply of tins and packaged food were received and donated  to the Casa Ioana charity to assist the homeless in Bucharest.  The recipients were very grateful for this assistance. After the service some of us enjoyed lunch together in the restaurant Chez Marie . The following Sunday we celebrated Harvest Festival in Sofia, where we were joined by a party of pilgrims from Gloucester in England.  Later in the month I visited the British School of Bucharest to talk about Harvest as an opportunity for thanksgiving and for sharing.  The school had made its own harvest collection for children in need.

Christmas is inexorably approaching and there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate the coming Feast in the Church of the Resurrection.  On 9th December there will be a children’s Nativity Play during our Sunday service, to be followed by lunch in the restaurant Chez Marie. On 12th December we will hold our Chaplaincy Christmas Carol Service at 7 p.m. Later in the month Midnight Mass will be celebrated as usual at 11.30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, with a Family Communion service at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day.  In Sofia a western European diplomat was overheard observing to one of the Sofia clergy that Christmas had nothing to do with religion, but we know that he was completely wrong.  It is those of us blessed with Christian faith who understand what Christmas is really about! Join us we celebrate this joyful knowledge in the Church of the Resurrection.

I hope that you will be able to join us for worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays and also for our special events.  In any case your prayers for us would be most welcome.  Prayer unites us all across the world…and even across Bucharest!

Best wishes,

Fr Patrick