There has been a fruitful meeting between members of the Board of Directors and members of the Social Assistance Committee. It has reached very good agreements for the future in terms of:
-the scholarships, which from now on will be called Educational Credits
-the work focused on an Anglican congregation of the Diocese that is in need (in this case, the Church) Jesus the Savior "of Villa El Salvador, led by the Rev. Rubén Mancilla)
-The Social Work actions are going to be reported in the newsletter, Facebook page and the Cathedral's website, both in English and in Spanish.
-All social work carried out by any of the Cathedral congregations will be channeled by the Cathedral Social Work Committee.
-It has been proposed that someone from the Spanish-speaking congregation will help with the audiovisual record of the current activities of the Social Work Committee.
- Volunteers are invited to participate in the activities of the Construction Committee Social.
- There is going to be another meeting between the Council and the Social Work Committee
1: The congregations are reminded that an Extraordinary Meeting will be held on March 24th, to include any new members and revise the list of current members, in a timely manner, and the Annual General Meeting will be held on May 5th.
2: The Cathedral staff has been given a 7.5% increase to their salaries.
3: The Cathedral staff with school age children have been paid the school grant that has been agreed by the Council for the last three years.
4: It has been coordinated with the construction company in charge of the construction of the building next door to the Rectory, in order to prevent any damages to our foundations, walls, etc.
5: Since there are new office buildings being constructed in the area, measures are being taken with the municipality, in order to safeguard our parking lots and driveway.
6: We are working on charging new rates and guarantee amounts for weddings, in order to better protect our premises and assets.
1: Rev’d Mark Ewbank’s resident visa has been approved. His Resident Card (Carné de Extranjería) is now in progress.
2: It is agreed that an Extraordinary Meeting should be held on March 24th, to include any new members and revise the list of current members, in a timely manner, and the Annual General Meeting should be held on May 5th.
Nothing significant to share with the congregations.
No council meeting was held.
1: Visa application process for the Rev’d Mark Ewbank has been successfully completed.
2: Social Work Committee: In the next few weeks, Ana Núñez and Blanca Pasco, Council members from the Spanish congregation, will prepare a Draft Plan that includes the Cathedral Social Work Ministry’s vision, mission, and development. A summary of the Social Work history is still pending.
3: Revision to the Cathedral Association Articles of Association: Our attorney, Ms. María Cecilia Flores, has prepared a draft amendment to the Articles of Association. The Dean will send it tomorrow by email to the Council Members. The proposed amendments are shown in red. The Council agrees to devote 30 days to read and analyze the New Proposed Articles of Association and share their views on the next Council meeting.
4: Christmas Bazaar: In progress. The Dean will encourage the Spanish congregation to get involved.
5: We are in the red in our budget. The congregation is exhorted to a better stewardship when managing their offerings/ pledges.
In October this year we started our very first English conversation class, the idea was for us to add something more to the community here in Lima besides our book sales and Christmas bazaar.
One of our English leaders who is a retired teacher says he could not resist in offering to help as it was a great way for us to interact with the community and he has found the students really appreciative, he says "Some of the students even bring cakes and sandwiches to have with the coffee and tea. This enthusiasm encourages you to do your best for the students."
Each session varies in topic and activity but the main objective is that the students will practice and build confidence in their spoken English, as well as enhancing listening, pronunciation skills and building up vocabulary then being able to transfer these new words into everyday English. Even though the classes are attached to the Anglican Church this fact is not mentioned and religion is not mentioned at all during classes. And as a bonus the teachers are native from England and the USA!
Our students have various reason for learning English, whilst many require it for their career, others have grandchildren in English schools then some just want to learn to be fluent for travel. One said "As soon as I come into the classroom I completely disconnect from the world, I am totally enjoying my class", and another said "I enjoy everything about the class, we are like a family. I feel totally comfortable".
As well as the classes, the students were invited to join us for a thanksgiving potluck dinner in November. We had over 40 of them join us, it was a wonderful evening.
We ended the year for a Christmas break and so many of our students came along with some amazing treats!
We are so happy everyone is enjoying the classes, we hope they continue for a long while! If you or someone you know wants to improve their English, tell them to come along!
Classes for 2019 continue on Wednesday and Saturday mornings 10am-12noon from 2nd January
Inspirational short story and article taken from our christmas magazine 2018
As you might remember, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her Alarm clock didn't go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.
One of them missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.
One's car wouldn't start.
One couldn't get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today..
Now when I am
Stuck in traffic ,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone
All the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself,
This is exactly where the universe wants me to be at this very moment...
Next time your morning seems to be going wrong,
The children are slow at getting dressed
You can't seem to find the car keys,
You hit every traffic light,
Don't get mad or frustrated;
It may be just that
Love and the universe is at work watching over you.
May Good luck continue to bless you, with all those annoying little things
And may you remember their possible purpose.
.....and a personal story.
One day during the war my mother took me out to tea. The bombing started early but it quietened down and we decided to go home and said our goodbyes. But then little Jean decided she wanted to say goodbye all over again so we delayed 5 minutes more. Halfway home we heard a swish and a bomb exploded before reaching us. We crouched down behind a fence; the air filled with sound and light as a basket of incendiaries came pouring down just the other side of the fence. An excited Jean called out, "pretty lights! pretty lights!" Mum was less thrilled. When we continued on home we found that the first bomb had fallen into the very road that we would have turned into at the wrong moment; all that was left was a mass of broken bricks. All because I said goodbye again. Both Mum and I hope we have used our second chance well.
Article taken from our christmas magazine 2018
“Christmas season has already begun and Christmas Eve is pretty much around the corner”. (That’s how I started a previous article called ‘The Meaning of Christmas’)
Yet, for many of us it could be a difficult time because we are away from our home and family. We are away from our culture, our friends, our people, our language, our slang and our traditions. We could even sing Elvis’ ‘Blue Christmas’ substituting the word ‘you’ for the name of our country. So, what do we do now? We’ve got an emotional crisis going on, in a way sometimes related to what we know as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). I remember my first semester in college. I moved from cozy warm Venezuela to cold snowy Buffalo, NY. It did affect me a lot! Last year I was also away from home and this Christmas I won’t be able to go back either. Therefore I understand what you may be feeling while being away from your home these holidays, but I also know how we can let this sadness not affect us. Hence, I’m going to share with you a few tips that can help you not only clear your mind, but also feel better and enjoy the wonderful meaning of Christmas wherever you are.
1 Christmas is about ‘love’ and ‘sharing’. Once you acknowledge that, you will start feeling the Christmas spirit all over, which will make you feel joyful and connect emotionally with those around you.
2 ‘Home’ is where your heart is. And if you are away from your home country, make the present country you are in your home. Love the place you are living in, embrace it and enjoy the beautiful details it has to offer. Once your heart is connected, your emotions will be positive.
3 Talk to your community. We are here to be your friend and also your family. Some of us are away from our home towns too, yet, we all enjoy the time together and help each other out to feel at ‘home’.
4 Don’t drink too much: Alcohol is a known depressant and it’s better to have a clear mind. Go for long walks, exercise, connect with the nature and start feeling fresh. With a clear mind everything is better.
5 When you feel sad and weak…pray! Prayer takes you to a moment of relaxation where you can connect with God and your inner self. May I suggest Psalm 62? I read it every time I’m feeling down and miss my beloved Venezuela.
Remember that the Christmas spirit is a connection with God that you carry in your heart, and as long as you are connected to Him you will carry happiness anywhere you go. Hard times may come some times, but God is with us through them all.
Nico Perez Rojas
“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9
Christmas season has already begun and Christmas Eve is pretty much around the corner.
We start to think about the gifts we’ll be getting for our family members and friends as well as the days off that some of us will be having. Christmas season is beautiful: the decorated trees, the music, the snow (in some countries), the shopping, THE FOOD and most important THE PRESENTS! Isn’t that what defines ‘Christmas’ after all?
Some of you may answer “Yes!” and some of you may answer “Hmm…not entirely”.
So what do we know about the meaning of Christmas then?
Christmas is about Jesus Christ, our Lord. It’s about Him and the main changes in the years to come since the day of His birth. When I think of Christmas I think about love and sharing, because God represents love and the community represents sharing. We are forgetting who we are because we live in a community where everyone keeps everything to themselves and don’t express their emotions. We are lacking identity and therefore everything that surrounds us is a material concept of love and sharing.
Fortunately, it only takes a few seconds for our brains to realize the true meaning of Christmas, because once we develop a concept, make it conscious and believe in it, we will act up and follow that path. Our first community started with only twelve people and through love and sharing grew to hundreds of thousands. Which makes you think, are we just numbers in the world or are we human beings who can share and love? Are we a simple individual in an empty territory or something else?
This Christmas let us spread LOVE with our community and SHARE with everyone this amazing feeling, because it is through Jesus Christ our Lord that we have learned the meaning of those two important words. The decorated trees, the music, the shopping, the food and the presents are just part of the celebration of Jesus’ birth, who taught us valuable lessons that we should keep in both our heart and mind.
Nico Perez Rojas
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus laid down his life for us. Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:16-18