From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

Dear Friends,

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

We held the first Transgender Day of Remembrance service at All Saints on 20th November 2016 and it has become an annual event. This year, for the first time we will have a special Saturday evening gathering in addition to our Sunday morning service.  This will be held at the New Vicarage in conjunction with the LGBT advocacy organisation, MPlus.  

It will be good to have some Thai-language input and also to include positive stories of trans people in Thailand.  The event will begin at 5 p.m. with registration and snacks, and then things will begin more formally at 6 p.m. with a few short presentations by different people.

It would be very good to see a lot of support from All Saints people, so be there if you can!
 Then on Sunday we will have a special service beginning at the usual time of 10:30 a.m.

Our  bible  readings this week will be from 2 kings 23:1-2, 7-8, 11-12, Galatians 3:23-29, and Matthew 5:1-11,  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!

Saturday 20th November
Transgender Day of Remembrance event
at the New Vicarage
5:00 p.m.

Sunday 21st November
Transgender Day of Remembrance service at All Saints
10:30 a.m.

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s sermon, “War is always a failure!”, can be viewed here!

War is always a failure?

Advent Sunday – Next Week!

Let’s decorate the Church!

In two weeks’ time it will be Advent Sunday!  The service, at which the All Saints Choristers will also sing, will be followed by decorating the church for Christmas and a potluck at the vicarage!

Please sign up with what you can bring at the back of the church. This should be a great fun event for both children and adults!

Potluck lunch to follow!

Christmas Events for your Diary!

Posters are now available for distribution!

Saturday 11th December.  7:00 p.m.    
 Festival of Christmas Carols 

Friday 24th December      11:30 p.m.  
 Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December  10:30 a.m.  
 Christmas Family Eucharist
 Followed by Christmas Lunch

Sunday 26th December  –

Thursday 30th December       
 Christmas Celebration at YCF

Festival of Christmas Carols

Posters and tickets are now available for distribution.

Due to Covid restrictions we have a maximum capacity of 150 people.  There will only be 100 tickets available, as the Youth Charity Foundation will number nearly fifty people! Please take a ticket and keep it safe as you will need it to gain entry.  If you find that you have tickets that will not be used, please return them so that others can have them.

It should be a wonderful event with the Lannacappela Choir leading the singing and performing their own items, and the All Saints Choristers singing for the first time!

Interreligious Tree Planting

Last Monday I was invited by the Department of Peacebuilding, Payap University to an interreligious tree planting ceremony. 

Representatives of the Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, and Sikh faiths were present, along with different Christian representatives.

It was good to represent All Saints and make new friendships!

Chili Night continues!

A few of the group!

Everyone is again invited to the New Vicarage next Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Chili Night!

Every week, mum and I are hosting this open-house, offering chili con carne and rice followed by ice cream.  Anyone can come  – you don’t have to let us know, just turn up.  (Although advanced notice is useful so we can prepare enough chili!)

All are welcome – not just All Saints people.  Tell your friends, spread the word! Email for address and directions!

Prayer Meeting

We have a weekly online prayer meeting.  Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.  

Use this link to join the prayer!

Thursday Lunch

Some of the lunch group

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club continues at noon next Thursday.  All are welcome!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

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