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ALMA EMAIL CIRCULAR 23 FEBRUARY 2012

From Sheenagh Burrell, ALMA Co-ordinator
almacoordinator@london.anglican.org T: Tuesdays: 020 7932 1231

The second half of January and the first of February have felt like a living through a verse from Ecclesiastes 3. It has been a time of great rejoicing: the foundation stone was laid at the T3 Bernard Mizeki church in Lebombo; Priests have been ordained in Angola (including the first female priest) and Lebombo; the Provincial Synod has approved the next phase of the multiplication of the Mozambican dioceses but at the same time the church has been battered, quite literally, by a succession of tropical storms and cyclones.

Tropical Depression Dando, Tropical Cyclone Funso and Cyclone Giovanna have wreaked havoc on all coastal areas.  Dando affected Maciene where the school rood was blown away and filled in some of the new foundations at T3; Funso caused widespread flooding in Zambezia in the north, and Giovanna caused flooding and power surges in the south. Please pray for our partners as they respond to this devastation.

You may like reflect on the impact of Climate Change by reading and signing the Ash Wednesday Declaration by Operation Noah and hold this alongside our Lent Appeal ‘Giving Ministry Wheels’ also launched today.

1. Diary Dates

Wednesday 22 February Ash Wednesday. Launch of our Lent Appeal ‘GIVING MINSTRY WHEELS’.

Tuesdays 28 February to 27 March. Lent Lunches at St Mary’s Stoke Newington. A lunch of homemade soup, bread, cheese & biscuits will be served from 12.30 - 2.00pm. All donations will go to the lent appeal.

Sunday 11 March. Fairtrade Diocese Celebration Service at St Paul’s Cathedral 6 pm. All Welcome – a fairtrade nut producer from Malawi will be speaking.

Saturday 17 March 1.30 - 5 pm  Route around the World at St George’s Church Bloomsbury part of Climate Week – Climate action for resilience, renewal and hope. A very relevant topic for all ALMA Reps and Friends.  Come and hear how communities around the globe suffering from environmental stress and disaster are gaining resilience and building a better future.

13:30 Church Doors open (Refreshments: Upper Vestry Hall)
14:00 Welcome
14:05 Keynote - The Rt Rev Peter Wheatley, Bishop of Edmonton
14:25 Help where it hurts - Stephanie Hubbard, Christian Aid
15:00 Refreshments
15:30 Water, water everywhere? Tales from Peru - Daniel Hale, Progressio
16:05 Rio Earth Summits Legacy from 1992, Prospectus for 2012 - Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, Earth Charter UK
16:30 Conclusion and networking
17:00 Depart

To attend - RSVP to brian.cuthbertson@london.anglican.org 

NB: MANNA AGM in September is just Bishop Mark Van Koevering, no Helen this time.

2. News from our Partners

a) Angola

b) Mozambique

c) Lebombo

d) Niassa News

3 London News

 

Thank you for all you do for ALMA and are doing for the 2012 Lent Appeal.

I do have more information on the cyclones which I’d be happy to forward if anyone would like it. Please pray for all involved in relief efforts.

Sheenagh Burrell
ALMA Co-ordinator
Tel: 020 7932 1231 Tuesdays Diocese of London, London Diocesan House 36, Causton St, London SW1P 4AU.

visit London Diocese website