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Music Relief for Braidwood and Villages

It’s been a tough time for Braidwood and the villages of Mongarlowe, Charleys Forest, Majors Creek, Reidsdale, Araluen and out to Nerriga and Sassafras with severe bushfire destruction and water restrictions. The support from within the communities themselves and also from outside with fresh RFS, SES and international firefighting crews have been tremendous and tiring. In planning the Summer/Autumn Concert Series at St Andrews Anglican Church, we have been overwhelmed with a wonderful selection and also tremendous generosity.

Firstly, one of Australia’s most outstanding contemporary jazz collaborations, a super group comprising Mike Nock, Jonathan Swartz, Julien Wilson and Hamish Stuart has offered to perform in Braidwood for FREE as a gesture of goodwill to our fire-ravaged, water-deprived region and those who have supported the monumental bushfire effort here. They are touring their new album THIS WORLD which has such prescient new works entitled ‘We shall rise again’ and ‘And in the night comes rain’. A collection will be taken up at the end of the concert and all the proceeds will be donated to a nominated Braidwood bushfire fund. They will be performing on Monday 10 February starting at 7pm. First in, best dressed!

Australian born and Italy-based organist, David Chynoweth, who will be performing at St Andrews on Sunday 15 March from 2pm, has also offered 50% of the concert takings to a nominated Braidwood bushfire relief fund.  May we encourage all your readers to come and support these wonderful musicians and their extraordinary generosity.

Organist David Chynoweth

The 2020 Summer/Autumn Concert Series at St Andrews Anglican Church, Braidwood includes:

Monday 10 February 7pm Mike Nock+Jonathan Zwartz+Julien Wilson+Hamish Stuart ’This World’  Donations welcome for bushfire relief
Friday 14 February 8pm Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. Tickets: $40 adults, $35 concessions and $30 students
Sunday 1 March 2pm Maddie Anderson and Grant Roberts. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 concessions
Sunday 15 March 2pm Organist David Chynoweth. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 concessions. 50% proceeds for bushfire relief
Sunday 19 April 2pm Oriana Chorale, ‘Two Worlds’
TBC May 2pm Ben Marston Trio

Readers interested in St Andrews musical programs are encourage to join our mailing list for regular updates: artwork123@icloud.com. Make a lovely day or evening trip to Braidwood! You’ll be made very welcome.  Tickets can be purchased on the day at the door, cash only.

An invitation to join EfM (Exploring Faith Matters)

Exploring Faith Matters challenges us to begin a journey of exploration of the Christian faith—to make sense of our own faith journey with that of the Christian tradition; to build a coherent theology or understanding of God; to reflect theologically; to discern what it means to follow Christ.

We do EfM in small reading and discussion groups led by trained mentors. Through individual study, sharing our discoveries, and exploring our faith together, we learn to think theologically. We connect what we come to know of the Christian tradition with our ordinary daily activities. EfM offers a four-year program where participants enrol for one year at a time. Participants commit to: reading and reflection in preparation for the weekly meeting; attendance and participation in the meetings; preparedness to share experiences, ideas and questions in a small group where norms of confidentiality, respect, diversity and trust are observed. Most groups develop through discussion and shared fellowship.

There are several active EfM groups in Canberra. We are taking applications from new students now, and weekly meetings will commence 10 February with a ‘taster’ meeting for people to see whether EfM might be for them. For further information, please contact Kay Pendlebury (0409 313 153 or kay.pendlebury@ozemail.com.au). Details of the EfM curriculum are at http://efmaustralia.org

Prayer for Communities Affected by Fire

Many of us have friends, family and property down on the south coast and snowy mountains.

Our churches at playing an important role helping others in evacuation centres. Many communities have be touched by the fires. The outlook for other towns such Batlow and Tumbarumba looks deeply troubling. In the days ahead, they will play an even more significant role with recovery efforts.

Holy Covenant Jamison (89 Dexter Street, Cook) will host a prayer vigil for coastal communities affected by fire on SATURDAY 4 JANUARY from 10am until 12 noon.

This is an opportunity to pray for all those affected and involved in protecting lives and property. It is also a time to lament the devastation of forests and wildlife but to also pray for leaders and their response to the climate emergency.

The time is short because on a day of extreme heat, we also need to be mindful of our own wellbeing and that of our families who may need our attention as the heat and wind intensify in the afternoon.

By all means pass this note along to friends from other churches who may wish to join us.