Sunday, June 29, 2008

Faithful Visiting Teaching Supervisors

Dedicated Barbara and Josephine can be quietly seen going about each Sunday fulfilling their callings, helping organise the visiting teaching in our Ward and to hand out and collect from the sisters their visiting teaching statistics for the month. Not an easy job but they are always smiling and patient with us all - thanks for a great job.

Now that winter has really hit and it's cold, dark and miserable outside, keep your spirits up and reach out to those you visit to help lift them as we support each other.

We can all go VISITING TEACHING in July - yeah!! We can do it!!! Check out the link to July's message on the right hand side of the blog.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Gourmet Girls Club

After such a fun cooking enrichment activity on Friday evening it has been decided to have a regular cooking activity. The next 'Gourmet Girls' night out will be on the 1st August, 7 pm at Rachael's home. The theme of the night will be DECADENT DESSERTS. Ann will demonstrate how to make an original home-cooking apple pie, Rachael will demo a quicky sticky date pudding in the microwave. Everyone welcome to come along and bring a dessert for everyone to sample.

September's Gourmet Girls club will feature bread making - keep posted for more information.

Cooking Enrichment Activity

Friday evening saw a brave group face the cold to learn how to make an authentic Indian Curry with Saro. Saro was quite the expert demonstrating her skills, having already shown 3 relief society groups when she was last in the USA how to make indian curry.
We also learnt how to eat indian style - with our hands!! Some of us were better than others!!

Saro's Chicken Curry

1 whole chicken
2 large onions
1 clove garlic
grated fresh ginger or ginger powder
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
coconut milk
3 cups water
3 tablespoons oil
3 tomatoes
3 potatoes 3 tablespoons curry powder (purchase from asian shop in Sandy Bay)
1 tablespoon salt

1. Cut chicken into pieces
2. Heat oil and fry onion, garlic and the spices until brown or golden
3. Add chicken and fry till chicken is lightly browned
4. Add the curry powder, onions, tomatoes and potatoes
5. Then add the water, and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Just before boiling lower heat to simmer until chicken is tender and potatoes cooked.
6. Dish up and serve hot, with rice.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Playgroup Activities

Some of our Young Mums have been meeting together regularly and enjoying each other company while the children also enjoy socialising with each other. Thanks to Sam who started these sessions and now to Miriam and Ev for continuing them on this year. Thanks Ev for sending these photos to put up on our blog.

Looks like heaps of fun at Fit 'N Fun and a great day at Richmond feeding the ducks.

Emma Smith

Here is an brief video depicting Emma Smith's life with the prophet Joseph Smith. An inspiration to us all.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

New High Priest Group Leader

We thought we would put up a photo of our new High Priest Group Leader for those of you who may not know Ben. Ben is married to Kristy. They have both recently moved into the Ward with their two year old daughter Jenna, and then little Julia arrived in May.

Ben was born and raised in England and served his mission in Ireland from 1997-1999. Since marrying Sister Kristie in 2004 Ben has accepted callings as Elder's Quorum President and 2nd Counsellor in the Bishopric in their ward in England. Ben is happy to serve the members of the Rosny Ward as High Priest Group Leader and get to know them better. Ben also is an avid music fan and enjoys British history, particularly the Medieval and Tudor periods (look out, he's a Royalist!). He is passionate about cricket and has adopted Collingwood as his AFL team since their arrival in Tasmania.

What happened on Sunday

1. We welcomed Jill and Fiona into our Ward (as well as the rest of their family) and are thrilled to have another family in our Ward boundaries.

2. Remember the Young Married Fireside this evening at the Stake Centre.

3. Family History Enrichment Activity will be held at Lindy's home on Thursday evening at 7 pm. We will be looking at NewFamilySearch.

4. Cooking Enrichment Activity will be at Rachael's home on Friday evening, 6.30 pm - how to make an authentic indian curry with Saro. Please let us know before Wednesday night if you are coming.

5. Sister Ann D shared her favourite hymn with us which is Abide with Me 'Till Eventide for 5 minute music.

6. Belle and Rachael presented our lesson from a talk given by Elder Bruce D. Porter entitled A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit. "Those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit was willing to do anything and everything that God asks of them, without resistance or resentment. We cease doing things our way and learn to do them God's way instead."


You will have noticed the glamorous sister in our congregation over the past few weeks. Sadly we didn't get to farewell her in Relief Society this week because she has already gone back to her home in Hawaii but with her permission we are printing a few lines about her as over the years she is a regular visitor to our Ward. For those who didn't get an opportunity to speak to her she used to live in our Ward (or back then it was a branch) and was around at the time that the Rosny Chapel was built. She was baptised when she was 8 by our own dear Brother Murry and she comes back regularly to visit her mother and sister who still live here in Tasmania. For those of you who are watchers of the TV program LOST she is actually the casting director for that program. She has also worked on Magnum PI, Pearl Harbour, and others I can't remember. She has also met lots of famous actors and although I won't share with you what she thought about some of them she did say Adam Sandler is a most delightful man and very nice. (Isn't that great to hear as he makes the funniest movies!!). So if you are reading this back in Hawaii Margaret, we all hope you had a safe trip home and we look forward to seeing you again next time you come back 'home' to visit.
PS Erin and Leah will shortly be staying with her in Hawaii on the last week of their holiday - lucky for some!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Change of Venue for Curry Evening

We have had to change the venue for the Authentic Indian Curry enrichment activity on Friday 27 June. It will now be held at Rachael's home, commencing at 6.30 pm. Saro is keen to demonstrate to us all how quick and easy an authentic Indian Curry is and hopefully we will be sampling by 7.30 pm!! Please let us know if you are interested in coming (for those who have already responded don't worry about responding again) so that there will be enough curry for everyone to have a taste.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Recent Stake Leadership Meeting

Have been waiting for a photo of the Stake Relief Society Presidency before we posted this but can't wait any longer. At our recent leadership meeting this song was read to us and we thought you might all like to read it. It is very appropriate for us as Relief Society sisters:-

We are pilgrims on a journey,
And companions on the road,
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
When you laugh I'll laugh wih you;
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven
We shall find such harmony,
Born of all we've known together
Of Christ's love and agony.

Dearest Sister let me serve you,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too.

(Words from an old English hymn book, adapted slightly by Stake Relief Society)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What happened on Sunday

1. We sang happy birthday to Peggy to wish her a happy birthday for last Friday.
2. We reminded everyone of the quilting enrichment activity on this Thursday evening at the chapel, 7 pm.
3. Ev is looking for tulle and white fairy lights for August if anyone can help her.
4. The fireside for Young Marrieds will be held at the Stake Centre next Sunday at pm.
5. Rachael spoke to the sisters about the open house that will happen in September at the chapel. Any sisters who are happy to 'man' the Relief Society room for an hour or two please see Rachael. The room will be full of displays regarding Relief Society over the years in our Ward.
6. Sister Diana shared with us information regarding Evan Stephens who wrote and/or composed 18 of the hymns in our hymn book, including In Remembrance of thy Suffering, Today While the Sun Shines, Let Us All Press On and True to the Faith.
7. Piret lead us with the lesson today entitled "Gifts of the Spirit". We talked about having to have faith to receive gifts of the Spirit. We also talked about Joseph Smith receiving a gift from the Lord to be able to translate the Book of Mormon and in the manual a story is recounted by David Whitmer about how Joseph
Smith learned that the divine gift was with him only when he was worthy to be guided by the Spirit. (That story is on page 116 if you would like to read it).

Changes to our blog

What do you think of our new format? Does it feel more Relief Society-ish to you?

We hope everyone gets to have a quiet moment or two tonight to prepare for partaking of the Sacrament tomorrow. The lesson in Relief Society this week is entitled "Gifts of the Spirit" (Page 115).

Here's a quote for all our sisters who work in Primary. Elder M Russell Ballard said "...clearly, those of us who have been entrusted with precious children have been given a sacred, noble stewardship, for we are the ones God has appointed to encircle today's children with love and the fire of faith and an understanding of who they are."

See you at church.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What happenened on Sunday

1. We welcomed Sister Helen back from her temple mission in Sydney. We know she appreciated the flowers and the food for her pantry that sisters contributed to.

2. Just a reminder about the authentic Indian Curry night happening at Lindy's home on the last Friday of this month - 6.30 pm with Saro.

3. For all those in leadership positions there is a Stake Leadership Meeting with Elder & Sister Sobrowsky this Friday evening at 7 pm at the Stake Centre.

4. Tahli (Sam's daughter) is getting baptised on Saturday at 4 pm at the Chapel.

5. 5 minute music was taken by Mari-anna who shared information about taiko drumming.

6. Miriam lead us in the lesson from Chapter 8 of Teachings of Presidents "The Everlasting Priesthood".

Monday, June 2, 2008

Congratulations and Welcome Julia

Congratulations to Kristy, Ben and Jenna on the safe arrival of beautiful Julia Anne who was born on the 3 May 2008, weighing in at 8lbs 4 oz.

Kristy is looking absolutely wonderful and Julia is so cute and makes the sweetest squeeks in Relief Society - another prospective Relief Society sister in the Ward - yeh!!

Don't forget to call on the Relief Society if you need us.

What happened on Sunday

Ok here's our regular little update on what happened in Relief Society on Sunday:-

1. The first Sunday of the month the young women and their leaders also come into Relief Society for the beginning part. We stand as a group and recite the young womens theme together. It's great having such beautiful young faces with us.

2. We had several visitors with us today and hope that everyone made them feel welcome.

3. Sister Helen's bag of groceries is looking really full and if you want to drop something into it before we give it to her next week you are most welcome.

4. Anyone in a leadership position is invited to attend a Leadership Meeting with Elder Paul Sybrowski on Friday 13 June, 7 pm at the Stake Centre.

5. There's a young married fireside at the Stake Centre on Sunday, 22 June at 7 pm.

6. Remember to put your name on the Board for Tithing Settlement with the Bishop

7. We wished Charlotte all the best on her upcoming marriage to Jake next Saturday

8. New Visiting Teaching slips were given out - those in Primary and Young Womens if possible seek out Sister Barbara to collect yours, otherwise she will endeavour to seek you out!

9. We had a 5 minute section today with Sister Barbara regarding Visiting Teaching. She talked about how we don't have to stay long in a home, how we need to seek the spirit to discern the needs of the sisters we visit and not to talk about ourselves! This month we need to choose a talk from the May 2008 Ensign to share with our sisters.

10. Miriam then spent 5 minutes talking about our Family Mission Plans and the types of goals we could set as individuals or as families to help us with our Family Mission Plans. If you need any help with your Family Mission Plan please ask a member of the Relief Society Presidency, the Ward Mission Leader or have the missionaries over for a meal and ask them to help you make one!

11. So sorry Belle I forgot to hand out the missionary food roster for the month!! (SO SORRY MISSIONARIES! - not that they will know how sorry we are because they won't be reading this blog!!) They only have 1 dinner appointment this coming week so if you could send some food their way I am sure they would appreciate it (and their mothers at home will also be very grateful). That will go around in Relief Society next week so please be mindful of the missionaries.

12. Sister Diana gave our lesson as Sister Janet wasn't able to make it at the last minute. Thanks Diana, you did a great job at very short notice and the discussion was based around a talk by Robert D. Hales in the November 2007 Ensign entitled Personal Revelation: The Teachings and Examples of the Prophets. "We prepare to receive personal revelation as the prophets do, by studying the scriptures, fasting, praying and building faith. Faith is the key."

13. Then sisters shared personal testimonies with each other.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Upcoming Enrichment Activity

As well as our regular service/craft activity, quilting enrichment activity, play group activity, and family history activity this month we are having a Cooking Activity.

It will be held at the home of Sister Lindy's, Friday 27 June, 6.30 pm. Saro is going to teach us how to make an authentic Indian Chicken Curry. Saro has kindly offered to make one before hand which we can taste while we are watching her demonstrate how it is done.

To help us know how many people are interested in this activity and so that we can provide enough food for everyone to have a small taste (or a big taste if only a couple of sisters come!) please let us know by:-

(a) making a comment on the blog saying you can come

(b) emailing Lindy, or

(c) letting a member of the Relief Society Presidency know on Sunday.

Feel free to invite friends to any of our enrichment activities.