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A good LOL from Howard
Quick thinking Chris C caught this smokey image on Anzac Highway during the recent bushfire.

Don Taylor’s Adventures in PNG

3 Socially distant kings from Howard

Gill is appreciating the Jacaranda snow

This hive was from the possum box in the tree next to the chapel. Graham and Barbara’s son has moved the hive into a regular box and taken it to the country. He said the queen was one of biggest he’s seen!

From Pam’s daughter Kathy 🙂

Can you guess which St Jude’s parishioner went for an early summer dip?

A good LOL from Rebecca & Ken 🙂

A beautiful version of the Lord’s Prayer from Norma

Please click here to view it.

With lols from Gill

St Corona- a gift from a very generous parish

She will be on display in August in the entrance of the church, for you to get a better look.

From Kath

Kath sent us this photo of the recent History Buff gathering at the Arch of Remembrance. Note St Jude’s banner just to the right of the arch. People approached Kath and Peter them to tell of their connections to the parish over the years. What a wonderful winter day!

From Ken and Rebecca

A wonderful recent sunset image to “Brighton” you up . Pun courtesy of the photographers. 🙂

The Fog! The Fog! A wonderful photo shared with us by Pam. Her daughter took it early on Tuesday morning 14/7/20 from Mt Lofty.

Please click here to view a beautiful video representation of the Lord’s Prayer from Norma.

From Rosey (this could well be true)

A new lol from Ken and Rebecca

A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he’d make a deal with his son, “You bring your grades up from a C to a B average,
study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about
the car.” The boy thought about that for a moment, decided, he’d settle
for the offer, and they agreed on it. After about six weeks his father
said, “Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.” The boy said, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”
(You’re going to love the Dad’s reply!

“Did you also notice they all walked
everywhere they

Images provided by Greg & Sue

During lock-down the art group has been meeting online, and have excelled in their most recent exercise around design and realism. It is wonderful to see exciting local art work can come out of such a challenging times. Congratulations to all!

From Didy

A priest, a minister and a rabbit walk into a bar after lock down “What will it be?” the barman asked the rabbit, “I don’t rightly know said the rabbit, I am only here because of auto correct.” 🙂

A lol From Ken and Rebecca 🙂

Please click here for a moving video sent to us by Ken & Rebecca about the earth in COVID times, and our place in it.

From Cathryn and Dan- very good 🙂

Do not despair y’all!

Virginia put us onto this article that encouragingly notes a lower rate of despair (even during COVID-19) for those who have the gift of faith. Please click here to read more.

A funny clip from Jan and Peter

This clip from Ronnie Barker “technology and older people” comes with a mild theme warning. Click here if you would like to go to the clip.

From Wendy and Lyall to give you a chuckle 🙂

TEN (10) THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU  1) You are reading this.  2) You are human. 3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips. 4) You just attempted to do it. 6) You are laughing at yourself.  7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5. 8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5. 9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it too. 10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.  You have received this e-mail because I didn’t want to be alone in the idiot category. Have a great Day. Laugh, and then Laugh and sing It’s a Beautiful Morning even when it’s not. “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”

From Goldy for a laugh 🙂

These are said to have appeared in pew sheets over the years…

Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help. 

Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation. 

For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs. 

Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get. 

From Didy

It’s time to put your gym clothes on, or at least your get out of the old PJs for a workout with Claire Drummond (Academic Lead) at Flinders University in the college of Nursing and Health Sciences. Why not get fitter in lock down?

Please click here for video 1

Please click here for video 2

From Wendy and Llyal with lols 🙂

I’ve just been talking about this with my microwave and toaster while drinking coffee and all of us agreed that things are getting bad.
I didn’t mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything.

Certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant.
In the end the iron straightened me out as it said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing.
The vacuum cleaner was very unsympathetic… told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over!
The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion and didn’t say anything but the door knob told me to get a grip.
The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to …….yes, you guessed it …..pull myself together.

Bonnie’s poem- from Heather

Heather wrote to me after the Easter sermon with this wonderful poem by Bonnie Thurston about the stone, and the angel that sat on it. It is page two if you click here on this link. If you are interested in helping establish a reflection/ meditation/ poetry page on our site please email me and I will see what might be possible for us. Are you able to record a meditation, are you willing to send in articles or poetry or simply want to make a suggestion? Feel free to let me know…I am all ears 🙂

NJ & Grant have been working at Wurrawong again this week. Of course Doris goes- chickens don’t do distancing!
Virginia’s Dog “Scout” Joined the home choir and sang along with NJ on Palm Sunday!

How could beautiful Maggie cause so much trouble? Just ask Chris C.

During the bushfires, Australians showed their Aussie spirit of mateship. In this time of uncertainty and worry, it hasn’t always been evident as it’s become an attitude of “me” first by some people – the fighting over things that at the moment are in short supply and verbally abusing the shop assistants who are only doing their jobs. This has been described by many, including me, as being un-Australian. It is not what we expect, but there have been acts of kindness such as the man who stood outside Centrelink giving $20 each to about 15 people.

On March 23, my dog and I got tangled up when she was startled by a car. I hit a brick wall face on, falling back on to the footpath. Maggie slipped her harness and bolted. A man by the name of Mike stopped his car to see if I was all right. I wasn’t. Many others came to my aid. I was concerned about Maggie, because it was by Brighton Road, but a lady located her hiding in someone’s back yard. Mike called an ambulance (more than once and actually told them that I was 60; I corrected him as those who know me know that it’s awhile since I saw 60) also I think the dog catcher. He was with me for about 45minutes. An off-duty police officer stopped the bleeding, an off-duty fiery had a firstaid kit and was able to dress the wound and an aged-care worker went to get ice. Maggie was taken to the RSPCA who took great care of her overnight. When my daughter arrived and Mike had left, another couple stopped and helped me to my feet and into my daughter’s car.

There were so many people offering and giving help. They were truly “Good Samaritans”.

PS The paramedics were great, but they took an hour to reach me, coming from the RAH and then having first gone to the Broadway, Glenelg instead of Brighton. FMC have a clinic in the Domain so I didn’t have to go to the hospital and ambulances can go there.

Thank God for baby Ole (pronounced Orla)
Please give God thanks for the great news.

You will never guess who went fishing this week with Grant and NJ…..

Some wisdom from Didy:   Kindness can make a difference to all aspects of our lives. Under normal circumstances we may not think too much about it in the home, but this pandemic has changed everything. Suddenly we find ourselves sharing confined spaces, doing different things and being more aware of each other’s behaviour – good and bad. We are bound to find ways to reduce friction and promote harmony. Perhaps kindness can help.

    This is what we try to most of the time:

    1. Be cheerful and smile when you greet each other.

    2. Make allowances for each other’s behaviour. Most people are doing the best they can in the circumstances, including you.

    3. Limit complaining and try not to comment on every lapse.

    4. Listen to each other. Listen also to how you speak to each other and about each other. Is it kind?

    5. Look at each other when you’re talking, not at a screen or phone.

    6. Try not to take other people’s thoughtfulness and kindness for granted.

    7. Mind your manners: ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’, ‘May I?’ and  ‘Excuse  me’.

    8. Say you’re sorry if you make a mistake.

    9. Avoid discussing problems when you are tired or hungry.

    10. Use humour: Whether you give people something to laugh at, or laugh at what others offer, it is a form of generosity.

From Paul

Paul has contributed the following “Toilet Roll Ballad” for your entertainment but it comes with a language warning and is not appropriate for children.