From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
This is the third week of our Season of Remembrance. The 20th November is marked as the Transgender Day of Remembrance throughout the world. This Sunday at All Saints, we will be joined by people from MPlus, the Chiang Mai LGBT advocacy group, to mark the day. This year we have a list of 368 people who have been killed in the last twelve months because of who they are and how they appear. It is far from a complete list, and most of the people listed are from the US and South and Central America, with a few from India, Pakistan, and Turkey.
Transgender people occur throughout the world and frequently suffer exclusion and marginalisation, leading to exploitation and abuse. This week’s service is a chance for all of us to stand alongside these people in solidarity.
Our readings this Sunday will be 2 kings 23:1-2, 7-8, 11-12, Galatians 3:23-29, and Matthew 19:3-13, and we will be singing the hymns Stand up Stand up for Jesus, Lord We make this Cry for Freedom, Beauty for Brokenness, and Let Us Build a House! Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!
If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When page.
New House Group
Of course, we all have different experiences and knowledge about trans people, and for those who would like to know more, Ken and Emily Chase are hosting a get-together at their home next Wednesday, 21st November. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and Elena Kelly will lead and share some of her experiences.
Pamela, Elena, Jufil, Me, and Ken, at the Chase Home!
After the very successful Lent Meetings, it is hoped that this will develop into a regular meeting for All Saints people who live to the north of Chiang Mai, with other groups later also developing.
Contact Emily on email@example.com for directions.
Festival of Carols
This Tuesday, Pamela Chase and I went to look at the Chiang Mai Christian School chapel to plan the decoration for our Festival of Carols – it is going to look amazing! Then this Wednesday, I popped in to All Saints to hear the Lannacapella Choir rehearsals – they are already sounding amazing! Bill Moeller and Chris Tananone are part of the choir and it looks like being the best performance yet!
It is going to be a wonderful night, and hopefully one which will raise a lot of money for the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage! Posters and free tickets are now available at the church. Please take some to share!
This will be upon us in only two weeks! On Sunday 2nd December we will mark the beginning of Advent, and the service will be followed by a special potluck – people are invited to bring Christmassy treats to share as we decorate the church for Christmas!
Many Christmas events coming up! These will again include a sit-down Christmas lunch – the turkeys are already sitting in the freezer! The meal is free but people will need to sign-up so we can calculate numbers, and people will be allocated things to bring!
Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others. All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives! We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,