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Dear Friends,

The monthly newsletter has now returned after the summer break.  The break was caused less by the heat than by the fact that I have been functioning singlehandedly for the last two months.  I mean that literally, as my right wrist and hand have been out of action and I have been sporting a dashing blue sling.  I look back fondly to the days when the only sling I encountered was a drink in Singapore!  Thorough medical tests have shown that there is no lasting damage to the bone structure and also no indication of arthritis.  The cause remains a mystery, but I am improving steadily and thank God regularly that I am left-handed.

On 15th September we had a wonderful Summer Garden Party.  The rain kept away till the following morning and about 120 people enjoyed the delights of the garden of the British Ambassador’s Residence.  It was a very relaxed and enjoyable occasion, and raised 17,780 RON for Church funds.  We are most grateful to Lillah Houghton and to Rachel Sargent and her team for all their hard work  in planning and holding such a splendid event.  The food was excellent!  We are also grateful to our host for his hospitality and to our sponsors and those who contributed items for the silent auction and raffle prizes.

Our next special occasion will be Harvest Festival, which we will celebrate on 7th October.  Any gifts of tinned or packaged food will be gratefully received and passed on to the Casa Ioana charity to assist the homeless in Bucharest.  After the service there will be a buffet lunch in the restaurant Chez Marie opposite the church.  This will cost 50 RON per adult and 25 RON per child.  If you wish to attend this either sign the list available at the back of church after the Sunday service or send me an e-mail to inform me of your intention. We need to know numbers for this event and so please let me know by 30th September if you wish to attend.

In our Diocese there are annual Archdeaconry Synods, which bring together Chaplains and lay representatives from the various Chaplaincies.  Last year we welcomed the Synod of the Eastern Archdeaconry to Bucharest for the first tme.  The participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were delighted to learn something of Romania.  This year our Archdeaconry Synod is meeting in Greece (near Athens) from 27th to 30th September.  John Barker and I will be representing our Chaplaincy.  Please remember the Synod in your prayers. I will be leaving the Synod on Saturday and hope to be back in Bucharest for church on Sunday morning, God willing and Greek airports permitting.

December is always a busy month as well as one with much to enjoy, so I will take this opportunity to mention  some of our December activities.  On 8th December there will be a Fish and Chip evening at the Intercontinental Hotel, an event that is intended to appeal to all members of the family.  On 9th December there will be a children’s Nativity Play during our Sunday service, and on 12th December we will hold our Chaplaincy Christmas Carol Service at 7 p.m.  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.

More details about these and other events in December will be supplied in the coming weeks.

At the end of October we will have a week of music in church, with three concerts at 7 p.m.  On Monday 22nd October there will be a concert in church given by the Nordic Jazz Trio, with three famous jazz musicians, drummer Jon Christensen (Norway), guitarist Jakob Bro (Denmark), and Thomas Mogu (United States) on the bass. Tickets @ 50 RON are available from office@jazz.ro and not from the church.  On Tuesday 23rd October there will be a concert in church given by the John Powell Singers, a leading choir from Manchester in northen England. The choir will be touring Romania and has kindly agreed to give us a benefit concert in aid of our church funds.  Tickets @ 10 RON will be available in church for this concert. Their performance will be of a very high standard and I encourage you to come and bring your friends with you. On Friday 26th October, as part of the Bucharest Early Music Festival, there will be an opportunity for children to learn more about baroque musical instruments.  In The Music Lesson five musicians will explain and demonstrate their instruments.  For this event there will be free admission with a retiring collection.  It should be a most enjoyable occasion, and will be a fun way for children to learn more about early music.

I hope that you will enjoy the coming months and be able to join us both for worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays and for these special events.  Some new families have joined our worshipping community and the Sunday School is again up and running.  Come along and join us if you can, and in any case remember us in your prayers.

 

Best wishes,

Fr Patrick