2013.02.27 (Wed)

Sunday 3rd March 2013

Hello Friends,

On Saturday, 2nd, we're visiting 'Nottingham Castle Museum'. Meet outside Emmanuel Church at 8.45 am. Cost of entry and bus-fares will be about £13. Bring your camera, something to eat (there is a cafe at the Castle if you wish to use it), and an umbrella in case it rains! We will enjoy the Museum, Underground Caves, Art Gallery, Gardens and Local-life Museum - and you can have your photo taken with Robin Hood! Don't be late, 'cos the bus won't wait.

We meet next Sunday afternoon, 3rd March, from 2.30 pm until 4.30 pm in the ‘Lounge’ @ Emmanuel Church Centre, 43 Forest Road. Your hosts will be Aaron, Sneha and somebody else! OPEN-HOUSE International Friendship Café is especially for overseas visitors to Loughborough (students, academics, employees ~ married or single, children and adults); those for whom the U.K. is a ‘foreign’ land!

Sunday, 10th March is ‘Mothering Sunday’ in the UK – it's a good time to tell your mother that you love her, so send her a greeting card now, or phone her later!

May you all experience God’s wonderful blessing,



Dates & Events for your 2013 Diary ~~~

15 Fri       University Spring Term ends.
20 Wed     Astronomical Spring begins today (usually 20 or 21)
                 – Vernal Equinox.
21 Thu      Free Lunchtime Concert at Emmanuel Church
                 (refreshments at 12 noon, concert begins at 12.45 pm.
24 Sun      Palm Sunday
28 Thu      ‘Maundy’ Thursday
29 Fri       Good Friday
30 Sat      Clocks go FORWARD by one hour in the UK on fourth Saturday!
31 Sun      Easter Sunday – join us at 6 am on Beacon Hill
                 to celebrate ‘Son~Rise’!
31 Sun      British ‘Summer Time’ Begins
When Will the Moon be Clear and Bright

When will the moon be clear and bright?
With a cup of wine in my hand, I ask the blue sky.
I don’t know what season it is in the heavens this night.
I’d like to ride the wind to fly home,
Yet I fear the crystal and jade mountains are much too high and cold for me.
Dancing with my moon-lit shadow
It does not seem like the human world.
The moon rounds the red mansion,
Stoops to silk-pad doors,
Shines upon the sleepless,
Bearing no grudge.
Why does the moon tend to be full when people are apart?
People may have sorrow or joy, be near or far apart;
The moon my be dim or bright, wax or wane.
This has been going on since the beginning of time.
May we all be blessed with longevity.
Though far apart
We are still able to share the beauty of the moon together.
A poem by Su DongPo (Su Shi)
written during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1297)
Translated from Chinese by Zhu Tong ‘Cherir’(2010)

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