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BIRDSEDGE | Tom Wood took the service at Birdsedge Church as Eileen wasn't able to. He talked about bitterness to sweetness. In the book of Ruth, Naomi said to call her Marah which means bitter. Naomi was bitter about how much she had lost but God's plan tuned everything to sweetness. Likewise in Exodus when Moses led Israel from the Red Sea they went 3 days without water. When they did find water at Marah it was bitter and undrinkable. Moses cried out to the Lord who showed him a piece of wood which when thrown into the water made it sweet. Sometimes God has to empty us so that he can fill us with himself. The next service will be taken by Malcolm Jacobs.

Birdsedge Village Hall - The next Lunch Club will be on September 15th not 8th due to holidays. This month's quiz winners were the Wonky Donkeys. The next quiz will be held on September 30th 8pm. Bar and supper available. A Car Boot Sale for September will be arranged and when the date has been fixed items for the sale can be collected. There will be a Sponsored Walk in October and a Coffee morning with lunches on October 15th. "Michael Buble" (not really) will perform at a Ladies Night for Christmas on December 3rd. Tickets are on sale at PS15 per person and includes a hot supper available on 01484 604289. Gentlemen are also welcome.

EMLEY | At St Michael The Archangel Church on Sunday a 9.15am Holy Communion service was held, Rev Dr John Marsh based his talk on a reading from Jeremiah in the Old Testament, "They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water" Jeremiah 2: 13, considering the way that the Jews had rejected God in favour of other "gods". The relevance to today's society is the apparent 'worship' of money and possessions - the 'unclean' water of the 'broken cisterns' - and the rejection of God's offer of the crystal-clear living water which he provides. There was no evening service.

During the summer months there are no midweek Holy Communion services, no 'Men's Breakfast' and no Youth Work. However,our plans for future events continue, with Clayton and the Band with No Name performing on Friday September 23rd and a revisit of "Odd Sock" for a ceilidh in October.

Next Sunday 4th September, there is our "Worship for All" service at 10.45am, informal and with activities for youngsters. There will be a Holy Communion Service at 6.00pm, quiet and reflective, and our midweek services will resume on September 6th. Please see our websitefor further information: www.stmichaelsemley.org.uk or noticeboard for details.

The next monthly service at Savile Court Flats, led by members of Emley Methodist Chapel and St Michael's, will be on Wednesday September 7th2016at 2pm - all welcome to join us for our informalservice of songs, readings and prayers.

SHELLEY | The Shelley Over 60s Club met for their weekly games meeting at the Village Hall. From 8 tables the whist high of 89 was achieved by Brenda Wilkinson and the low of 61 went to Lily Walker. The Bingo line was won by Margaret Dunning and the full house by Joan Horne. Raffle prizes went to Brian Nelson, Jean Denton, Margaret Schofeld and Sheila Morris. Birthday Greetings were extended to Phyllis Thompson, William Adair, Ian Burkinshaw, Jenny Sykes, Sheila Stones, Gerald Hawthornthwaite, Joyce Schweidler, Fiona Sanderson and Roy Wincote. A minutes silence was held in memory of Lewis Bower and Helen Earnshaw who passed away during the past week. Shelley Museum, Far Bank, Shelley will be open Saturday the 3rd of September from 1000am to 1.00.pm. for the information of all interested parties.

SKELMANTHORPE | The Great Catch, the theme of the service at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Led by Rev Alan Wilthew and hymns accompanied by Christine Senior playing the organ. The Gospel reading was taken from Luke chapt 5 vs 1-11 'Jesus calls His first disciples'. The reading was followed by thoughts that we should be moving into 'deeper water' to become closer to God just as the disciples trusted Jesus's advice to cast their nets into 'deeper water' to catch the greater number of fish. Holy Communion was shared together during the service and refreshments were served following worship. Next Sunday Dr Alison Caswell will lead the service at 10.30am.

STOCKSMOOR | Stocksmoor Bridge Club results: Thursday August 18 - North/South: 1st D Cliff C Bolland 2nd A Stephens E Pearson 3rd M Sandell M Buckeridge; East/West: 1st C&A Barnett 2nd A Dowlen K Charlesworth 3rd J Shaw E Tullie. Thusday August 25 - North/ South: 1st A Barnett E Pearson 2nd S Colven K Gimblett 3rd D Burley J Wilson; East/ West: L Tempest S Crossland 2nd M Dey P Polden C Barnett M Cooper.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2016
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