Ascension Day opened with light drizzle and thick cloud cover. Did a bit of cold, damp and miserable weather deter the Weldam picnickers? Oh no! Forty Five people attended a wonderful Ascension Day service in the chapel. There would have been more, but some of the congregation were unable to attend either for health reasons or other commitments. An unexpected visitor was Daisy the dog, who was invited in. Daisy was beautifully behaved and happily participated in the Peace, receiving many a pat on her head as she stood in her pew, happily wagging her tail.
After the service everyone wended their way out of the chapel and up through the trees to the woodyard. Fortunately, though still cloudy, the drizzle had ceased. Most people had brought in food for the bring-and-share picnic and this was now laid out in the workshop. Visitors and guests who had not come with food to offer were made welcome and assured that there was more than enough for everyone. And of course there was. A wonderful spread of dishes representing both Dutch cuisine and the mixed range of cuisines from the diverse congregation.
First, our chaplain offered up an entirely appropriate grace to get the meal started. People sat at the tables laid out in front of the workshop, chatting over the food. Then going back for more and moving to a different table or group. It was a great way to meet new people and catch up with old friends.
Music as usual was provided by our musical maid from the Cape of Good Hope, Carol. Requests were taken and everyone was invited to join in with any of their favourite
songs. While this was going on the several dogs that had arrived with their owners, took the opportunity to socialise with each other and the humans. One dog in particular was sorely missed, little Dirk.
A plant sale was organised on the same lines as the food. People donated plants to be sold with the proceeds going to flower fund.
Thus the meal comprised of sampling different foods, listening to music, exercising dogs, buying plants, comparing gardening experiences and catching up on each others news. As the old saying goes, A’ good time was had by all’.
Flower Fund Book Sale
Happily the environment was not burdened with a huge fire to get rid of all the books brought into the hut for this year’s Flower Fund Book sale. Even the amount of people using an E-reader did remain quite low I understood. In fact, quite a number of members of our congregation did rummage through the, generously donated, huge pile of books on offer. Unfortunately the amount of books in the English language was a bit disappointing. Luckily a lot of us do read Dutch as well and they could find a lot of fine quality reading material.
Friday before the Book sale started Theda and I did sort through a large amount of boxes and tried to set up the tables in an orderly display of categories and titles. In fact there were so many books we even had to temporary clear the church library to find place for everything on offer.
This year’s books were quite a number of literature works by famous Dutch writers as well as cooking books, travel guides and a number of historical books. Even before the Book sale did start several books were already sold. Quite a lot of cash was spent, however in some cases, one would like to purchase a particular book, having no more cash at hand. New was the possibility to do a bank transfer during the week after. I will most probably repeat this extra service next year. This year’s Book Sale did make a very nice total of € 176, 60.
At the end of the Book sale quite a lot of titles were still unsold. A portion of those were taken by Nicky, a few bags were taken by Theda to try and sell them at the Summer Teas and the Castle Fair church stall in due time. The remainder was taken to the collection point of the Glanerbrug Book Fair depot. They organize, each January a huge Book Fair aimed for Charities. The revenue is split three ways, one part for the homeless shelter “De Wonne” in downtown Enschede. Another part for the young girls home “Casa de Menino in Campina Grande, Brazil and the last part for the Vincentius Vereeniging (Association to counter poverty in material and physical sense > community social service.) For more details you may find these charities in the following link: http://www.boekenbeursglanerbrug.nl/testbb/goede-doelen/
I would like to thank everyone who did contribute by bringing in books, buying the books but I would like to thank Theda in particular, because she knows a lot about how to handle the books, set up the stall and moreover to bargain for a good price. And for next year if you did forget this year to bring in books, especially English one, I would offer you this suggestion: Get yourself a big bag from one of our Supermarkets, and fill it gradually with books you think might be suitable for next year’s Flower Fund Book Sale.
Once again thank you all.