With us still outside the semester, all remainsquiet at M&Ms this week. A flavour (actually quite a detailed flavour) of our semester activities may be found at the revised and updated semester-card attached to this email.
Wednesday 16 September (that's today) sees the first of two KU Leuven Orientation Days for New Students from 11u45 till 14u in the KU Leuven Agora (http://bib.kuleuven.be/english/agora/about/where), which is well worth a visit even if the Orientation Day is of no interest to you! Anyone who's feeling friendly is very welcome to come along and help Jack distribute our new M&Ms cards and packets of M&Ms sweets to new students. M&Ms is always placed in the same part of the building as the other religious groups, so it's also a good chance to meet our brothers and sisters from other churches and faiths.
This Sunday, 20 September, is Trinity 16.
- Jack will lead the service and preach.
- The theme this semester is Parables (see the semester-card), and the lesson will be Luke 15:3-7, the parable of the lost sheep.
- This is relevant because our Homegroup (which meets for the first time this semester on Wednesday 23 September) often chooses to discuss the previous Sunday's readings.
- There will be the world's shortest PCC (church council) meeting after the service.
- During the notices, Jack will explain how we at M&Ms can help the major effort to alleviate the appalling living conditions being endured at the moment by refugees recently arrived in Brussels mainly from Syria: http://europe.anglican.org/news/news/post/951-refugees-bring-their-plight-to-the-heart-of-brussels
- Advance warning that next Sunday, 27 September, Joachin Embi (the artist who will be working on our parish installation on Parables this semester) will be visiting us before and during the service.
Quiet as things are at the moment, M&Ms has not kept totally out of the news:
- This article shows Jack in his capacity of president of the Anglican churches in Belgium at an ecumenical service in Brussels last week to pray about the environment and God's creation: http://netrv.be/ecokerk/208-leiders-van-de-christelijke-kerken-in-belgie-roepen-politici-op-tot-daadkrachtig-klimaatbeleid
- KU Leuven's student newspaper The Voice has an article by Linnea, Jane & Jack this week: http://www.thevoiceleuven.be/saint-martha-marys-anglican-church-leuven/
- Jane has been busy writing poetry recently: https://properwritesleuven.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/where-are-my-wings/
- Jack's bid for world domination starts here: http://europe.anglican.org/news/news/post/949-voting-underway-in-general-synod-elections
Have a great week!
Daily Anglican prayer:
Church of England weekly podcast:
Jeremy Heuslein's blog (former member of M&Ms, now on the staff of Holy Trinity Brussels and training as an Anglican priest):