Looking toward Christmas
A visit of an angelic harbinger, a long journey to reach a Judean town, a mother holding her newborn baby, laying him in a farmyard trough to sleep, signs, sayings, visitations of meek and mighty, a host of angels, a warning not to retrace the same journey home. These are the perennial recountings of the Christmas story. But most important to also remind ourselves of the meaning of that signal event, central to our faith. Bishop Robert has sent some words exploring that meaning both as concluded by St. Paul two thousand years ago and its continuing vital relevance and requirement in the contemporary world.
Traveling at Christmas
Several of us have left the Zagreb area, during the Advent weeks. Often when travelling we see new things, or see things in a different way (or just plain see things we’d perhaps usually overlook) . . .
Remembrance service at the Cathedral
On 11 November we accepted an invitation from the British, Canadian, French and German Ambassadors to Croatia to attend a special Mass at Zagreb Cathedral, in the spirit of reconciliation, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the World War 1 Armistice and in remembrance of all victims of conflict.
|British Ambassador Andrew Dalgleish (R) with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and other Ambassadors and representatives|
|Mark presenting a donation to the British Legion Poppy Fund Appeal 2018 on behalf of the Anglican Chaplaincy to Peter Clements, Dep. Ambassador|
Remembrance across the European Diocese
Bishop Robert was in Paris on Remembrance day. He reflects on the historical event of Armistice, and on the day in Paris 100 years later.
Gallery of photos across the diocese, for Remembrance.
End of year 2018
On 8 June Mark Davies was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for his services to the British community in Croatia–cricket, English language teaching and work with the British Council, as well as his service in the Anglican Chaplaincy. We wish Mark our proudest ‘Well done’!
|Mark, with Andrew, receiving his award|
At our final 10 June service we wished our fondest farewell to some more dear friends– Ify, Mary and Ify’s two children. We will miss them, and will hold them in our prayers as they move onto their new life beginning in America.
So we move to our summer activities and meditate on our reduced regular numbers in September, trusting in the Lord’s true intentions for our ongoing worship and work among English speakers in Zagreb.
Chairperson’s report for 2017-2018
During the week of 16-24 May the agenda for our annual church meeting, with request for responses (agree/ not agree) to agenda items, was circulated via email to all of our church members, including an annual report of our activities over the past year, prepared by our chairperson Janet Tuškan
Janet’s report began:
After several years of plenty we seem to be entering a leaner time. After the Snowden family left us in 2016, in the summer of 2017 four complete families moved away: the Williams, the Dong Hwans, the Marshalls and the Faggs, and Colin Bucknor left for service in Afghanistan. Audrey Bucknor and Christy Lawrence also moved on. We no longer have a Sunday School group, but pre-school children are still cared for in a crèche run by Esther Davis. We are grateful to her! In spite of being scattered far and wide, it is good to stay in contact with former members as far as possible.
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Anglican links in the wider Zagreb area