WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
A man named Stuart McLean passed away this week. I don’t expect more than two or three of you know who he was. He was a Canadian writer, broadcaster and excellent storyteller. In thinking about him this week one of his quotes stuck in my mind. He said, “It’ll all come out right in the end, and if it doesn’t…it’s not the end.”
Minister and Officers
|Minister||Rev. Joan E. Grindrod Helmn
|Correspondence Secretary||Mrs Margaret Gibson|
|Worship Secretary||Miss Hilga Peacock
01665 711 156
|Pastoral Secretary||Ms Lindy Conway
01665 713 006
|Treasurer||Mrs Sally Black
01665 711 262
|Fabric Convener Minutes at present||Miss Jan Archibald
01665 711 304
Church Family News
We send our sympathy to Doris Manderson whose sister died in early January.
As always we also think of all those who are not able to join us each Sunday morning.
We are pleased that Joan Robinson is making good progress after her recent fall.
Good Wishes to our good friend Masie Luke as she undergoes knee surgery and also Rev June Barras, Acklington, who is having hip surgery in February.
To all those who gave their time to prepare our church over the Christmas season.
Also to "Homespun" Thank you to the group - Hilga, Sally, Maureen and Wilma who took our "Homespun" Service. They had given much thought to an encourageing and inspiring subject - the value of even the humblest people in God's world.
A huge "Thank you" to Ann and Richard who have replanted the containers. They are such a brilliant splash of colour on these grey days.
It has been a pleasure to welcome visitors in recent weeks. Do look out for them and "have a word", maybe hand them one of Jan's "welcome cards" which are on the table by the visitors' book.
We say "Welcome to Naomi who has come to live in Abbeyfield House. We were pleased to meet her daughter and son-in-law when they came to morning service."
Do remember that our flowers continue to give pleasure to others after they are taken from the Communion Table. I receive most appreciative messages from those who are enjoying the flowers and appreciate being remembered.
THANK YOU, CHANCELLOR
Many of you will recall the letter which Paddy enclosed with your Free Will Offering Envelopes. He felt that many may still have doubts about "Gift Aiding" their Weekly giving so he has produced the following:
Perhaps they remember the covenants in the past where one had to commit yourself to paying a certain sum to charity every year for seven years. The charity could then reclaim tax. People were, not surprisingly, wary of this long term commitment. But all that has gone. In 1990 the Chancellor introduced Gift Aid for larger donations. Ten years later Gift Aid was expanded to cover all donations to charity of whatever size.
NO STRINGS ATTACHED - gift Aid is applied to the individual donation. There is no long term commitment.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
The Government have announced an intention to reduce basic rate Income Tax to 20%. (I've used this figure as it's easier to calculate)
All you have to do is fill in a Gift Aid form with your name and address, stating that you are a UK tax payer, you wish the charity to reclaim the tax and you pay in tax at least as much as your total Gift Aid. (Phone Jan Archibald 01665 711304 for form.)
THE VALUE OF OLD AGE
Remember – old folks are worth a fortune – with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys and gas in their stomachs.
I have become a little older since I saw you last and changes have come into my life. I am quite a frivolous old girl!!! I am seeing five gentlemen each day.
As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed and then I go to see John. Next, it’s time for Mr Quaker who gives me my oats. They leave and Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day I am ready for bed with Johnny Walker.
What a life – and oh yes – I am flirting with Al Zymer. The vicar came the other day and said that at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter. I told him, “Oh I do. No matter where I am, if I am in the kitchen or upstairs or in the basement, I ask myself – ‘Now what am I here after?’”