(Extract from Parish Magazine June 2019)
Just as the seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter - are the heartbeat of the calendar year, here in Taney, the publication of our Parish Magazine, Taney News marks the advancing seasons of our Parish calendar at Christmas, Easter, Summer and Harvest. I would want to thank all those involved in the production and distribution of Taney News. The Rev. Bernie Daly has been the Editor for the past number of years. She has now decided to ‘retire’ from this task and we are delighted to know that her daughter, Jo Bourke, has stood up to the plate and has taken over this important task. Jo has also joined the Parish Office staff as part-time Parish Secretary and we welcome her to the Parish Team. You won’t be able to read this edition of Taney News without being aware that we are gearing up for our annual Parish Fête on Saturday 8th June! Once again, our hardworking Fête Committee members have been planning a wonderful programme for a great family day out which caters for all ages. Please do support their efforts either by providing items for the various stalls or by offering to help out on one or other of the stalls on the day. The Fête is our most important fundraiser during the year, as well as being a fantastic Parish occasion, so do join in with your help and support and spread the word among your neighbours and friends encouraging them to attend.
The Easter General Vestry was held on Sunday 7th April. Those who were appointed or elected to positions of responsibility in the Parish for the coming 12 months are recorded elsewhere in this edition of Taney News . We thank those who have offered themselves in the service of the Parish as well as those who served in the past year. In particular, we are hugely indebted to our Churchwardens and Glebewardens who ensure that all is in readiness for our Worship Services week by week and who look after our buildings and property on an ongoing basis. We are so lucky in Taney to have a wide range of volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise in the service of the Parish. A big ‘thank you’ to one and all.
As pointed out at the Easter Vestry, the Parish relies heavily on the financial contributions and support of you, the parishioners, and we are so grateful to you for your continuing support. It is worth noting however that many of you do not contribute financially in a planned and recordable way. The advantage of doing so in a planned and recorded way is that all contributions of €250 or more in a calendar year qualify for the ‘tax back’ scheme whereby the Parish will be able to benefit from the grossing up of your contribution by 31% at no extra cost to you. As they say, this is a ‘No Brainer’! If you currently subscribe to the work and ministry of the Parish by cash donation via the church offering plate, could I encourage you to consider making your contribution using the church envelope scheme, by Standing Order or by cheque. The Parish now has the facility to receive payments and donations by Debit or Credit Card. Please contact the Parish Office to register for one of these methods of contributing to the life and ministry of the Parish.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our young people who are preparing now for their State Exams – both Junior and Leaving Certificate. We wish them all well at this stressful time and pray that they will be given the spirit of calmness to enable them to give of their best. Best wishes to all!
As we head into the Summer months, I do hope that you will be able to get some time for rest and recreation. If you are visiting other areas, do make a point of attending worship there. Parishes love to
welcome visitors and do pass on the good wishes and greetings from Taney!
With every Blessing.