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September 2019


29th September 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

September 15th saw our 40th Wedding anniversary, as many of you already know. Our daughters and son in Law had told us that last Saturday, they would be taking us out for a meal:- little did we know that this was a blatant “fib” , and that they had actually organised a surprise party in St Michael’s hall, with many of our family and friends having driven big distances to celebrate with us!

So, last Sunday followed in the chain of events, with our enjoying cake with our church family after both 9.15am and 10.45am. Not only this, but they had colluded with Rev’d Alison to arrange a renewal of our wedding vows after 10.45am. To say that we were choked with emotion is putting it mildly!

So, instead of writing the usual “blurb” for the pewsheet, this week we want to say a huge Thank you to everyone who has shared the occasion with us. As I said to our guests on the Saturday night, you are all very special people as your cards and gifts have shown. Thank you is simply inadequate. We are touched and moved by your kindness. God bless you all

 

Ian and Steph

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            564                              564

            442                              53

                        34                                253

339/404                       276/226

33                                33

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

Kathleen Wright

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 1st 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café  - St Michael’s hall

Thursday 26th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

            7.30pm “Spiritual essentials” – 11 Farrier Close

 

SPIRITUAL ESSENTIALS. Session two is entitled “Nourishment – keeping going.”  Everyone Welcome to the Rectory, 11 Farrier Close on Thursday

 

ST MICHAEL & ST WULFAD HERITAGE DAY:on Saturday 5th October from 10am until 4pm. We need volunteers to help man the church. Please speak to Jean Sutton if you can help.

 

HARVEST SUPPER:Saturday 5th October at Aston Village Hall. This will be a bring and share supper. Everyone welcome, but please sign the list at the back of church.

 

LADIES OUTINGTuesday 17th December 5.30pm – Lichfield Cathedral illuminations – cost £6:  Name and money to Steph by Sunday October 20th. Food plans to follow

22nd September 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Messy Church logoCelebrate Harvest with us on Saturday 28th September from 3-5pm at St Michaels Community Hall. Craft Activities, Fellowship, Food and Celebration. All families welcome.

Our Harvest Services are at St Michael & St Wulfad on 6th October at 10.45am and at St Saviours on 13th October at 9.15am.

 

 

In todays’ Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about a dishonest steward who is commended for his prudence.

A steward is dismissed because he is squandering his master's property. He is called dishonest because he is not serving the interests of the rich man, his employer. Trying to curry favour for himself among the rich mans debtors, he brokers repayment of the rich mans’ loans by foregoing the interest and fees that had been levied to line the servants pockets. It is this action, in which the steward puts aside his greed and takes the longer perspective in order to enhance his security, which is commended by the rich man.

The passage concludes with 3 morals, first that the listeners should be prudent about the use of wealth. Secondly, trustworthiness. Those who can be trusted in small things can be trusted with great things. Finally, Jesus tells his listeners that no-one can serve two masters simultaneously.

 

Nichola Abbott

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            484                              282

            330                              124

                        425                              392

10/500                        227/Sheet

188                              532

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

 Jean Poole and Kathleen Wright

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 24th in St Michaels Hall 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café  

Thursday 26th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

 

SPIRITUAL ESSENTIALS

Spiritual Essentials is a course written by Paula Gooder, a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. It covers the essentials of the Spiritual life

We shall be running this course as a study group, this autumn, starting on Thursday 26th September. The first session will be held at the Rectory at 7.30pm and is entitled “Compass – Finding Direction. It is hoped it will be a fun session. Everyone is welcome.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING:Nichola is hosting a coffee morning on Friday 27th September from 10am until 12 noon in St Michaels Hall. Lots of Tea, Coffee and Cake will be served. Everyone welcome.

ST MICHAEL & ST WULFAD HERITAGE DAY:on Saturday 5th October from 10am until 4pm. We need volunteers to help man the church. Please speak to Jean Sutton if you can help.

HARVEST SUPPER:Saturday 5th October at Aston Village Hall. This will be a bring and share supper. Everyone welcome, but please sign the list at the back of church.

15th september 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, withSt Saviour Aston by StoneAll good gifts around us.jpg

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            429                              429

            53                                231

                        133                              422

342/127                       127/500

122                              501

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

Joyce Watson, Eric Jackson and Jean Poole

Remembering their families and frileds at this time

 

8th September 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

This week we face a real challenge. How do we respond to the call to “renounce” all we have so that we can be a disciple of Jesus? Someone once pointed out that you and I may be the only Bible some people ever read. Do we truly mirror the Lord in every aspect of our daily lives? Is the joy of the Lord our strength? What have you had to deny, or put aside in order to follow Jesus? Was it worth the cost? What have you depended on in the past that you left behind to follow Jesus? Wealth? Fame? Relationships? Leisure time? Remember, there is no such thing as cheap grace. Everything comes at a cost. We are promised a cross when we sign on to follow the Lord. Authentic discipleship requires radical commitment. What will it cost you this week? What is the cross you bear? Pay the price, carry the weight, and anticipate the joy that will be yours when you hear from Jesus, “well done, good and faithful servant.” 

 

LADIES OUTING:   Ladies, please meet at Aston Marina at 3.15pm for Afternoon Tea at 3.30pm.

 

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING:Nichola is hosting a coffee morning on Friday 27th September from 10am until 12 noon in St Michaels Hall. Lots of Tea, Coffee and Cake will be served. Everyone welcome.

 

MESSY CHURCH:The next session is on Saturday 28th September in St Michaels Hall from 3pm until 5.30pm. Any offers of help would be greatly received. Please contact Mary Babb if you can assist.

SHALLOWFORD HOUSE OPEN GARDENS AND ART EXHIBITION. Today 2-4pm. Cream teas for sale. For more information speak to Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246

 

AUTUMN FAIR Saturday 14th September – St Michael & St Wulfad’s, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30; A replacement for the garden party that was due to be held earlier in the year. We are looking for items for the tombola, or cakes for the cake stall etc. If you can help with any of these, please speak to Philip Leason.

 

SPIRITUAL ESSENTIALS

Spiritual Essentials is a course written by Paula Gooder, a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. It covers the essentials of the Spiritual life

We shall be running this course as a study group, this autumn, starting on Thursday 26th September. The first session will be held at the Rectory at 7.30pm and is entitled “Compass – Finding Direction. It is hoped it will be a fun session. Everyone is welcome.

Nichola Abbott

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            466                              467

            136                              466

                        422                              237

308/463                       452/222

304                              122

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright

 

And for the departed:

Janet Chattaway, Joyce Watson, Thomas Linstead

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 9th 7.30pm at Cotes Heath – Deanery Synod

Tuesday 10th in St Michaels Hall 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café resumes

Thursday 12th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad