From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
A Wonderful Night! The YCF Choir!
We had a wonderful night at our Festival of Christmas Carols at Nong Pratheep Church last Saturday night! We began the Christmas Season singing all the old favourites like Hark the Herald Angels Sing and O Come All ye Faithful, and listening to the Lannacappella Choir.
Lannacapella with director, Clare Lyons
The American, British, Australian, Portuguese, and Indian Consuls, and other community representatives, did readings, and the offering for the Youth Charity Foundation raised around THB15,000. The children of the of YCF also sang!
Our wonderful organist, Kaew
Around two hundred people attended and many commentated on what a great way it was to begin Christmas!
This Sunday we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent as we anticipate the coming of the Christ-Child at Christmas! In our New Testament reading, James urges his readers to love one another and not grumble against one another as they await the return of Jesus. May we too, be ever joyful!
Our readings for the Third Sunday of Advent will be Isaiah 35:1, 5-10, James 5:7-10, and Matthew 1:18-25, and we will be singing the hymns Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, Of the Father’s Love Begotten, Angels We have Heard on High, and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel! Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!
Christmas Movie Night – this Sunday!
From time to time it is fun for us All Saints people to see a movie together!
The new British film, Last Christmas, is showing at Central Festival. Currently there is a showing at 7:10 p.m. We will aim to go for this showing. Meet outside the cinema at 7 p.m. so we can buy tickets to sit together. (The time may change so check with the cinema or find out more on Sunday morning!)
Christmas Activities at All Saints
Please join us for our Midnight Mass, or our Christmas Morning Eucharist. or both! We usually have lots of visitors at Midnight Mass so it’s good to have All Saints people to welcome them too!
Forty people have already signed up for Christmas lunch! Please sign-up this Sunday, or send me an email, if you would like to join us! We will have roast turkey, and all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding or pumpkin pie!
Please signup if you are planning to come! This is not a potluck so we need to get organised!
Christmas Gifts for Children
at Youth Charity Foundation
This year we will once again give the 50 children from the Youth Charity Foundation a Christmas present from All Saints. If we spend 150 THB on each child, that will cost 7,500 THB and we would also like to give something to the adults who work at the homes.
If you would like to contribute to this project, please put money in the red box at the back of the church or give to Trustees Bill Moeller or Chris Tananone, or our treasurer, Don Williams. Thank you in advance for your generosity! We plan to deliver the gifts on Saturday December 28. Let Bill or Chris know if you would be interested in joining this event (which will include food provided by the YCF).
Another way to support the children of the Youth Charity Foundation is to purchase their beautiful handmade Christmas cards. They are 40 THB each. Take as many as you want and put the money in the box next to the cards.
New Year Potluck and House Blessing!
William and Tarntip would like to invite everyone to their home on Monday 30th December for a New Year Potluck and House Blessing!
We will start at 4 pm. onwards and have a full blast this year. Food, Live Music, Puppet Shadow, Children Talent Shows, Bowl Singing from Nepal. Also, there will be cooking demonstration as well. Everyone is welcome. For persons who wish to participate, please email me at purn.karunsiri@ gmail.com
William has had his operation following his motorbike accident and is on the mend!