Tuesday, December 14, 2010

E.L.W. Christmas celebration 2010

In spite of the extremely cold weather and the biting wind, the ladies managed to get to the church hall.    It is one of the most lovely E.L.W. celebrations and one not to be missed.

This group is a very loving group, caring for one another and for shut-ins.  Cards are sent, visits are done by members both to hospitals and nursing homes, people call each other, and in general minister to each other in loving kindness.  

The congregation is mostly German speaking, but the younger generations speak English so services are held in both German and English.

Today was a lovely programme with scripture readings, seasonal poetry, prayer and many people participated to make this event happen.

A special presentation was made to Pastor Frank and Pastor Astrid, to Herbert who helps the women's group so much and to Carol-Anne, the church secretary.

To finish off this wonderful event, an array of sandwiches and sweets, fruits, coffee, tea and herbal tea was served, buffet style.

The buffet table so lovingly prepared by the women

The manager scene in the church basement

The downstairs smaller Christmas tree, wooden ornaments

Happy voices rose in song praising God and singing familiar carols in both languages.  Joy was present in the singing, the fellowship of the ladies, the caring shown to each other and the concern for others, as evidenced in the ladies making sandwiches tomorrow for MacSoc which is a ministry for street people.  Two hundred people are expected to come for sandwiches,goodies  and a Christmas celebration.  A collection was also taken up for the Childrens Breakfast Programme which is run thoroughout Hamilton.  Over $300 was raised for this programme alone.

Our President, Kathe welcoming everybody including the little fellow with his grandmother

A snapshot of some of the group

English tea cups donated by people

.  It certainly was a very nice affair, good food for thought, good food to feed the body and wonderful fellowship to feed the soul!

I would certainly recommend this group to anybody who would care to participate.

I need to go out again tonight as it is Lit Chat.  I shall be reading my story on the snowflake and I also need to deliver the jade necklace to one of my fellow writers.  It should be a nice event also.

Tomorrow, I hope to stay home and rest!

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