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Newsletter January 2020
Welcome
Happy New Year & Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2020!
 
For most of us, life is getting back to ‘normal’. Decorations have come down – or if you’re following the more Spanish custom, are slowly being taken down following the 6th of January Epiphany celebrations. Perhaps you have made a New Year resolution or two - that may or may not be holding firm by the end of the month! Others have made ‘dry-January’ promises and for some smaller meals are being prepared. Yet in Church there are still signs of Christmas being celebrated, with the Crib figures being kept in place and we are now keeping Sundays of Epiphany, to mirror the 40 days of our Easter celebrations. Finally ending with our celebration at Candlemas, or the Presentation of the Lord on 2nd February.
 
The beginning of a New Year offers each of us new opportunities and hope – both as individuals and as a Church community. So let us have a common New Year Resolution for 2020: to work together to build up the congregations in our Chaplaincy, to make them truly welcoming, attractive and inclusive communities, so that others will want to join us as we journey together in faith this year.
 
Hope for the New Year:
‘Every day Christ’s Kingdom may be carried forward by the men and women of hope, for hope is the strong awakening from the spells of discouragement and listlessness of despair.  It is the refusal to be weighed down and depressed by evil; a refusal because it is not right to indulge in the melancholy pleasure of looking at the dark.  Hope calls us to the light as hope fights with such power on the side of God.  For it not only receives, not only welcomes, not only trusts in God’s promises, but it throws them into light and reality - so that they become not words, but things of substance.’  
(George Congreve, SSJE  1835-1918)
 
Fr Nigel
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Just a thought...
A friend recently sent me this prayer, which is used at the annual Covenant Service of the Methodist Church, which is a call to celebrate all that God has done for us, affirming that we give our lives and choices to God.  It is a good prayer for us all at the start of a New Year.
  
I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you,
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.'
 

(The Methodist Covenant Prayer)
Looking after God's Creation
Confused about what plastic can be recycled in Spain?
In the UK there are very limited recycling opportunities for plastic, so you may be surprised at how much of your plastic ´rubbish’ can go into the yellow bins in Spain to be recycled. The signage is very poor on these yellow recycling bins, so we can be left floundering.
 
Thick plastic packaging to thin flimsy bags can go in the yellow bin as well as plastic bottles.
 
But how do you know what can be recycled?  The labeling can be confusing with several so-called recycling symbols on packaging.
 
A lot of us think the two-arrow yin yang type symbol means that item an be recycled. Not necessarily so. The symbol only means that the producer is doing something about the waste it creates.
 
The key recycling logo to look for is one that shows a recycling bin with the words recicla. Often the bin shown will be yellow.
 
But items don't have to have this yellow bin logo to be recycled. Similar products can also go in, and remember a lot more can be recycled than in the UK.
 
Here’s a quick list of everyday plastic items that can be recycled:
  • Plastic bottles – drinks, water, safe cleaning products, sauce or other food stuffs. 
     
  • Plastic bags of all sorts.
     
  • Plastic packaging - thick wrapping materials, light plastic, cling film.
     
  • Yoghurt and other food pots.
     
  • Food wrappers - crisp, sweets, confectionery.
 
All items should be clean especially, packaging used for food.  It does not have to be sterile - a good rinse at the end of washing up is enough.
 
But remember recycling is a last resort. Reducing consumption needs to be the priority if we are going to have a significant impact on the natural world.

Here is an interesting thought provoking report on plastic:
https://twostepsfreelance.com/2019/06/26/plastic-is-not-fantastic/

 
A lot of us think the two-arrow yin yang type symbol means that item an be recycled. Not necessarily so. The symbol only means that the producer is doing something about the waste it creates..
The key recycling logo to look for is one that shows a recycling bin with the words recicla. Often the bin shown will be yellow.
But items don't have to have this yellow bin logo to be recycled. Remember a lot more can be recycled than in the UK!
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Dates for your diary
  • Calahonda Tuesday Coffee Mornings
    every Tuesday  10.30am meeting at Los Olivos Café
     
  • Los Boliches' Wednesday Coffee Mornings every Wednesday 10am - 12:15pm 
     
  • CINEMA CAFE  at Los Boliches on Saturday 18th January 2020. This month we are showing ‘The Second Best Marigold Hotel’ (2015) PG | 2h 2min | Comedy, Drama. If you enjoyed the first film you should enjoy this one! Doors open 2pm, film starts 2:30. Refreshments will be available before and after the film. Everyone is welcome so please bring friends and family with you! 5 euros suggested donation. Pay on the door. For more information contact John Brown 655 342 874
     
  • BIBLE STUDY in Alhaurin starts again at Marjorie's on Thursday 23rd Jan 3.00pm. Fortnightly thereafter
  • GUITAR RECITAL on 21st February 2020 7:30pm at Los Boliches. Matt McGurk Playing traditional & modern Spanish guitar music. There will be a bar and a raffle. Tickets are 15 Euros and include Tapas to be served during the interval. Tickets are available from all worship centres, or phone 952 49 41 84 or 609 51 01 31

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