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Meadowside,  Methven, Perth PH1 3SZ

 

September 2019

 

Dear Friends

 

          Newsletter time comes round with welcome regularity.   Summer has

 

ended and now we enjoy autumn, I hope.

 

          Recent days have brought us sadness with the passing of Hazel and

 

before that David Logan, a good and valued friend to the church.  Other

 

dear members have been, and in some cases still are, less than well.   Our

 

sad times and our low times we bring to God in prayer.   Please make time

 

to pray for members and friends for whom life is not easy or comfortable.

 

No-one is beyond needing prayer.

 

          But we should be thankful too.   Baptisms, new members, restored

 

health for some, new audio visual equipment, the continued commitment of

 

some to the prayer corner, the willingness of many to be helpful in so many

 

different ways, the deep reverence of Remembrance Sunday in November,

 

the joy and happiness of Advent and the happy celebrations of Christmas

 

are all before us, as God our Saviour spares us.   With anticipation let us be

 

thankful.

         

          Chris and I look forward to sharing with you and to being prayerfully

 

supported by you through the final quarter of 2019.  We are delighted by

 

and grateful for all the support and encouragement we receive from you.

 

Thank you and God bless each one as only He can.                                                                                                                                            

 

Your pastor

 

 

Alan

 

 

                                          CHURCH REGISTER

 

                                           Death

Mrs Alice Hazel Kelly, 4 Wemyss Crescent, Monifieth

in Roxburghe House on 9th September 2019

 

This address was given to the congregation by Elspeth Collins on Sunday 29th September

 

Yesterday many members of our congregation were able to be present at the Dundee Crematorium to share in the Thanksgiving Service celebrating the life of our dear friend Hazel Kelly who died on 9th September 2019.  This Service was conducted by our Minister Rev Alan Livingstone with sincere and heartfelt appreciation of the special person Hazel was and he

referred to her at the start of the occasion as an “awesome person” which indeed captured the essence of our friend.  The term “awesome” could also describe accurately the very large congregation of friends and family which thronged the crematorium to give honour and respect for the life of such a well-known and loved lady.

I stand here this morning to bring to our hearts the many facets of Hazel`s character which were laid bare in her long years of service to the life of Ward Chapel and then Dundee Congregational Church.  To start with, her unceasing loyalty, integrity and professional dedication were much in evidence for the 14 years she was involved with the financial affairs

of the church as assistant treasurer to the late Dennis Collins and this was greatly enhanced when she shouldered the ever increasing burden of being our full Treasurer for the past 2 years.  Her attention to detail and leadership at very difficult times in the history of our church gave much support and lent some considerable confidence to her fellow Trustees in particular.  One of her many blessings was her wonderful sense of humour and this she used to an unbelievable length throughout the two years of coping with ill health.  It has been humbling for all of us to witness the strength of character which she showed at each cruel stage of the relentless progress of her severe illness.   Always willing to help any of us whether it was in a business capacity, as a listening ear, as a chauffeur or just as a friend, nothing was too much trouble if she could be of help.  Her last visit to us for Morning Service was on Sunday 25th August when she struggled to her feet to say how much she had appreciated being our Treasurer and to express her good wishes to Dr Dumiso Moyo as her successor.  This was such a poignant moment and it deserves to be remembered in the hearts of all of us present that day.  I have only referred to her financial world so far but Hazel and I were young mothers together over 50 years ago when our children were part of the Sunday School of Ward Chapel held in our present day church hall,  and we have never forgotten those days.  Their Sunday School teachers were our own Evelyn and Irene Cox which is very heart-warming to remember today with respect.

 However, there is a large community well apart from church in which Hazel is enormously appreciated and this wide circle of interests and friends was epitomised by the vast congregation at the Crematorium.  Every aspect of her very varied life was given her wholehearted loyalty and enthusiasm and this surely applied to her sporting successes from quite an early age.  Never underestimate the value of the golfing world and ski-ing adventures!   Although Hazel was so sadly widowed in 1987 she set about making a new life for herself with Jane and David and this she achieved successfully with immense courage and dignity. 

It is only true to say that a vast number of good folk in Dundee, Broughty Ferry and Monifieth are grieving at the moment and so will many friends further afield.  However, the pain of grief will be hardest for Hazel`s large loving family and our love, our prayers and our understanding we extend to her daughter Jane and son-in-law Rob, son David and daughter-in-law Sue, grandchildren Ben, Vicki and Niamh, and brother Richard and sisters Ruth and Louise. The beautiful singing of Niamh and heartfelt reading of Ben touched all of us and there is no doubt Hazel would have been so very proud of their contribution to honour the love and respect with which she was surrounded.

 

May she rest in the peace of our Lord as she so richly deserves.

         

 

 

           HARVEST THANKSGIVING AND DOORS OPEN DAY

 

On Saturday 14th September our church was a hive of activity as Jessie and her team decorated the interior of our lovely building to a superb degree with flowers, fruits and vegetables kindly donated by generous members.  While this was being carried out Graeme Tarbet excelled himself at our special organ and played wonderfully for over 3 hours to enthral out visitors as well as our hard working volunteers.  This atmosphere was a perfect image to present to visitors and we had 19 good folk looking in to see what lay behind our outer doors.  There were expressions of delight at the beauty of the church and also happy comments that our church`s beauty and the welcome we gave visitors with refreshments and individual guides surpassed other buildings being visited!

 

Not only were our floral displays so noteworthy but thanks to the tremendous generosity of our friends and members there was a positive mountain of specially chosen provisions for us to hand out to Dundee Foodbanks.  This magnificence was spread out along the entire front pews to enhance the joy of spreading the good of harvest-time to those whose need is great.

At this point I must make special mention of our own unique George Christie`s prize winning blooms in glorious colours and unbelievable giant vegetables which are entirely the result of this lovely gentleman`s very green fingers and round the year hard work.  I still don`t believe his birth certificate is accurate as he can`t really be over 90 years old!   What a wonder he is.

 

We need to give grateful thanks to all those who delivered the harvest trays and flowers to those not able to be with us and also to the many friends who gathered bags of provisions to deliver to several of the foodbank drop-in points in local supermarkets. As well as provisions donations of £50 were given to Eagles Wings and £30 to Foodbanks.  

 

Many are the expressions of gratitude received from the recipients of our harvest gifts,  but as a congregation our thanks are expressly for our indefatiguable Jessie without whose artistic flair and floral skills our church would be bereft.  It was quite sad to dismantle everything after the lovely Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 15th but we can be assured that our week-end was a great success from start to finish.

 

EMC

   APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER

 

On Sunday 25th August 2019 a specially convened Church Meeting of our Congregation unanimously agreed to the appointment of Dr. Dumiso Moyo as Church Treasurer and as a Trustee.  He was brought forward on the unanimous recommendation of all members of Kirk Session and the Church Trustees.

 

Dr. Dumiso Moyo

 MZIRUP     Member Zimbabwe Institute of Regional & Urban Planner

 MRTPI       Member Royal Town Planning Institute (Chartered Town 

                   Planner)

 SFHEA      Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

 FRSA         Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

 

Dumiso is Academic lead of Urban Planning at Dundee University to name only one of his positions as a leader and teacher in the Architecture & Urban Planning field.  He has worshipped with us for many years having come to us during the ministry of the late Rev Alastair Keddie.  He was then joined by Dr Skhue Ncube PhD who is a Research Fellow in the UNESCO Centre for Water Law Policy & Science at Dundee University.   This lovely couple now have their precious baby daughter Eureka who was born on 31st January this year and was baptised in our church by Rev Alan Livingstone on 28th July to the delight of all our congregation.

 

          Mrs. Ruth Finnan continues to assist with the day to day financial tasks which she already undertook for Hazel and now gives assistance to Jessie.  With the advice of Hazel`s nephew Andrew Walker of Walker Dunnet CAs we are in the process of being guided by a professional investment manager to oversee the stewardship of the church investments.

         

          This new system ensures the correct management of this complex area of church life which very much exists `behind the scenes` and which has been seriously affected by the sad deaths of Dennis in 2017 and Hazel so recently on 9th September.  Many decades of careful stewardship have been covered by both these highly respected office-bearers who served their Church with unstinting dedication and integrity and are sorely missed.

 

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