Ibumu Refresher Evening

We heard very exciting news at the Ibumu Refresher Evening. The secondary school in Ibumu is open! The ringbeam on the laboratory is nearly finished and some roof trusses are ready. Ibumu has electricity. All has been funded by the villagers themselves! There is still a lot more to do – with corrugated iron sheets, timber and nails needed to complete the roof and more furniture needed for the students (not all have a desk and chair).
I (Linda) have updated my blog with lots of details and photos of the developments in Ibumu: missiontripmusings.blogspot.com
Please pray for:
• Pastor Hepelwa Batazarli, his wife, Esther and baby Prosper and the church in Ibumu
• Village leadership, in particular the Village Chairman (Mwenyekiti) – that they will work together well
• The school and all the students attending
• Headmistress Naja Msokwa and the staff
• The completion of the school buildings and the furniture and equipment that is needed
• The renewal of relationships between Ibumu and EI and my churches
• Emmanuel International staff in Tanzania
(A huge thankyou to Linda for organizing a very interesting evening, It really doesn`t feel like it was three years ago.)

We are very encouraged about the secondary school at Ibumu that has opened in July 2018 and to hear about the progress on the laboratory building. There is a lot that still needs doing. Please pray! If you feel called to also financially support this, please speak to Linda Fitzmaurice (or email editor.churches@hotmail.co.uk) about how to do this.

Shoe box appeal 2018

Firstly, we want to say a big Thank You to Hayley Martin for all the years that she organised the shoe box appeal in our parishes. Hayley has decided that it is time to hand over to someone else.

The Cornerstone regulars will take on part of the jobs relating to the appeal.
On Monday 1st October we will cover the shoeboxes with seasonal wrapping paper. If you like to help, please join us at 2pm in St Stephen’s room, St Stephen’s Church.
If you have any spare shoeboxes, please leave them in the porch area or in St Stephen’s room.
The wrapped up shoe boxes can be collected from church to be filled up with the appropriate gifts. Details what is appropriate will be provided with the shoe box.
Please deliver the filled up shoeboxes to Shoe Zone, 31 London Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1PQ.
If you are unable to deliver them due lack of transport, you can drop them off to St Stephen’s church. Someone has offered to deliver them to Shoe Zone. The last delivery date is 14th November 2018.

Thank you,
Cornerstone Team.

BEATS (British Earthquake And Tsunami Support)

We have received the following message from Sarah Page, with whom we visited Indonesia last year. “We hope you will be able to find a spare half hour or so to attend an Art Exhibition/Sale in aid of BEATS on Saturday 22nd September 10:00 – 16:00 at St Paul’s Church, Chichester (parking is very easy, across the road in the Festival Theatre car park). Original artwork will be displayed by local artists Anthony Freeman, Roger Clark and Lucy Swales”. BEATS is currently trying to support people affected by the recent earthquakes in Lombok, Indonesia.

Thank you,
Stephen and Jane Everard.

Forthcoming events

On Saturday September 8th St. Leodegar’s are holding a craft fair in North Mundham village hall and there will be a tombola stall and raffle at it.

I would be grateful for any donations for the stall.

Also, on Sunday September 9th there is Hunston Village Vintage Fete and Picnic and St Leodegar’s have been invited to run stalls and games at it.  The money we take on these will be kept by the church.

Sue Waite and I have decided on Cakes and Preserves, Bric-a-Brac and Books for the 3 stalls and various games that have been used at the church fete in the past.

We would appreciate items for these stalls and we will also need helpers on the day.   The fete runs from 1pm to 5pm on Hunston playing field.  If you have any other ideas for stalls please let me know.

There will be boxes at the back of the church for any donations to the tombola and raffle.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Joan Duberley