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14th February 2016


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 14 February 2016

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

A personal note

On Tuesday this week, we received the shattering news that my brother, Martin, is now terminal with his Cancer and has been given 3 months to live. You may be aware that he has fought this since diagnosis in December 2014 and that we have been swinging up and down with him since then. Treatments have seemed to work and then not to complete the job. The last treatment was a savage chemotherapy and stem cell transplant in October, since when he has never entirely picked up strength

For me, personally, Martin is the last member of my close family, although I have some cousins that I rarely see. The last few years seem to have been very difficult, somehow.

We brought nothing into this world, and we take nothing out. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord”. How many times have I read these words at Funeral services? But I will not hide from you that this is devastating news for me and for my family. And I do, of course, ask you to pray, not only for Martin, his wife Janet and their grown up family, but also for Steph and me, and for our daughters.

We should have been away on holiday for half term this Sunday, but as I write this, it is entirely unclear as to whether or not we will be away or at home. Much will depend on the needs of Martin and Janet at this time

Thank you for your support and understanding

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

Aston Stone
145 145
77 431
261 261
286/227 379/330
396 242

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Ron Osborne, Doreen Knight, Rod Tobias, Noelle Emery, Andrew Kelsall, Terry Clarke, Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Glenn Ashall, Barbara Thornicroft, Roy & Barbara Ball, Martin Cardinal, Baby Tanya Hancock, Vera Tomkinson, Crystal Jenkins, Neil Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Julia Johnson, Rosemary Tranter, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks

 

And for the departed:

Harry Townsend, Constance Kear, Patricia Lamb

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 16th 11.45 am – 1 pm DROP IN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 17th 7.30 pm Holy Communion with Lent Address & discussion

Thursday 18th 10.30 am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LENT 2016 Our Lent Course begins this week on Christian basics. We meet at Aston St Saviour at 7.30 pm on Wednesday to hear Berwyn Babb speak about Worship within the context of a Holy Communion Service. Do come and join in.

 

ST SAVIOUR’S CLEANING AND COFFEE ROTAS: None of us want to sit in a dirty church, and part of the quality of our welcome in Christ is being there at the end of worship with a hot drink and a smile: but both need volunteers urgently! Can you help? Please see Christine Burton

 

MAGAZINE DELIVERIES on the Lichfield Rd are needed. Can anyone help? Please contact Berwyn Babb 812921