Moving Forward!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

The House and Land!

Dear Friends,

Last Tuesday night the All Saints Trustees met to consider the way forward for All Saints.  There were a number of items on the agenda, but he most significant and exciting was the proposal to move to a bigger and better facility!

We have been offered a house and land with a ten-year extendable lease and a nominal rent.  It is a great location in Pa Tan, and within the Superhighway.  The house will provide place for potlucks, church office, children’s work, and possibly somewhere for me to live!  The land is big enough for us to construct a purpose-built sanctuary!

The Trustees voted unanimously in favour of approving the proposal to develop the site, and I will now be finding accurate costings and producing a proposed timeline, as well as agreeing the terms of the actually rental contract.

The House!

This is an amazing opportunity and will enable All Saints to continue to grow and expand our ministry to all!  At this time of Advent, as we wait expectantly for the coming of Christ at Christmas, we can give thanks and look forward to all God’s wonderful provision. Hopefully, firm details will be available by the end of January!  Who knows, we may be able to host next year’s Festival of Carols in our own building!

Meanwhile, this year’s Festival of Carols is nearly upon us, and details of how you can help are below.  This week we will gather together to celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent as we look at the Angel appearing to Mary.

Our readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 40:1-11; Philippians 1:3-5, 9-11; and Luke 1:26-38; and we will be singing the carols O Come, O come Emmanuel; Song of Mary; and The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came! 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.

Festival of Carols – One Week to Go!

Our Festival of Carols is only just over a week away!  It is going to be a wonderful night, and hopefully one which will raise a lot of money for the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage!

If you would like to offer practical help, we will gather at All Saints at 10 a.m. on the morning of Saturday 15th, to pack things up and transfer them to Chiang Mai Christian School Chapel.  We need to move the organ, the sound system, lights, chairs, an altar, and many smaller decorations, etc.  We have a small truck coming to help move the larger items, but many hands will help make things easier!

Help will then be needed in setting everything up and decorating the chapel, as well as assistance after the service in taking everything down, and transporting it back to All Saints!  Just come along if you can help!  There will also be a short meeting after church this Sunday about providing refreshments after the Festival and arrangements for Christmas Day!

Posters and free tickets are now available at the church.  We will need lots of people to take these this week for placing in shops, businesses, and schools!  Please take some to share!

Other Events Coming Up

Jerry Nelson from Chiang Mai Rotary asked me to share their event which is tomorrow night in aid of the Mae Tao Clinic, and Chris Tananone is part of the choir for the performance of The Messiah at Payap University on Saturday.  We will be giving out tickets for our Festival of Carols before the performance, so if anyone is going and would like to help, please let me know!

Christmas 2018 at All Saints

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!  Please sign-up now!

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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

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