First Good News – Sunday 28th June 2020

Hi everyone. A beautiful sunset reminding us of God the Creator…

It’s amazing what you can do with old potato boxes:

Great work on the jigsaw boys! (99 most beautiful places on earth – is Donaghadee in there?)

Dogs and long grass always fun and who knows what’s in the hedgerows…..


It’s a while since we had a quiz:

Books of the Bible – Brainteaser.

This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was founded by a gentleman in an aeroplane seat pocket, on a flight from Shannon to Honolulu keeping him occupied for hours.  He enjoyed it so much he passed it on to some friends. One friend form Illinois worked on this while fishing from his John Boat. Another friend studied it while playing his Banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column, another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot that’s a fact, some people however, will find themselves in a jam especially since the Book names are not necessarily capitalised. Truthfully from answers we got, we are forced to admit, it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the Books in this paragraph.  At a recent fundraising event which used this puzzle the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade sales hit a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle as one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it they were all right there in the plain view hidden from sight. Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that Books like Timothy and Samuel may occur with their numbers. Also keep in mind the punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember there is no need for a mad exodus. There really are 30 Books of the Bible lurking somewhere in the paragraph waiting to be found. How many can you find?


And a tasty recipe: Summer Paella For family of 4/5

4/5 slices of cooked smoked bacon – chopped

½ red pepper chopped

1 medium onion or 3 or 4 spring onions finely chopped

A few sugar snap peas chopped

8/9 cherry tomatoes chopped

Black pepper to season

2/3 cupfuls of rice washed and put in a saucepan

3 chicken stock cubes dissolved in a little boiling water

Some peas and sweet corn

Put the rice, peas and sweet corn in a saucepan. At this point I dissolve the stock cubes in a cup of boiling water and add to the rice with another 2 or 3 cups as necessary to cook the rice.  Firstly, fry bacon in a little oil and remove, chop and keep warm in oven. Then add the chopped onion (or spring onions) to the pan and gently cook until soft. Add the red pepper and sugar snap peas and cook until soft.

Sprinkle with black pepper to taste.

Add the chopped tomatoes and bacon and heat through.

When rice is cooked, add to the bacon/vegetable mixture and stir well. Serve and enjoy!

A word on the resumption of church services: The NI Executive is due to make an announcement this Thursday 26th, with PCI and Presbytery issuing further guidelines for churches probably on Friday 27th. It is likely our Insurance Company will also issue guidance. Our Kirk Session then needs to meet to agree protocols and the church building must be prepared for social distancing etc. With all this is mind, it is not yet possible to confirm a date when services can resume but be assured, we are working towards the safe reopening of our church asap. A letter will be sent to each family nearer the time. Please remain prayerful about these things.  Rev Janice