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Past – Present – Future… a blessing in song from Romania, lockdown greetings cards and yet another look back into our picture archive

21 May 2020

Make me your church and be with me, always with me; a song of comfort and reassurance from Zsuszi and Andor 

Zsuzsi and Andor Ferco and their two children, whom many here at MBC have known for a good number of years, are currently living and working in a Hungarian speaking part of Romania, and during this time of isolation and lock-down they have recorded a beautiful old Hungarian hymn. 

Pastors Zsuzsi and Ferkő Andor like us are working remotely as alongside a third pastor they address the needs of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Odorheiu. Their church which is called Belvaros Reformatos Egyhazkozseg in Hungarian is featured in the video, which can be found at by clicking on this link or on the photo. 

The words of the hymn are:

Always with me Lord, even when my sinful eye cannot see you.
That is why I sing to the Lord, because He is always with me.

You promised to Your people that your Holy Spirit will live in them.
Make me your church and be with me, always with me.

In my despair and in my fear and in my sadness I know that I am safe in your arms.
During the  days and in the nights of  sorrow the Lord is with me, the Lord is with me, always with me.

When I will see you in the home where sin, disappointment and death cannot harm me,
I will sing forever the Lord is with me, the Lord is with me, always with me. 

Karen crafts some beautiful cards

During the lockdown Karen Ross has started to make cards and pictures using quilling. For the uninitiated (and that includes me) quilling is  an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes which make up designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, eggs, and to make models, jewellery, mobiles etc.

Karen says she had not done it before but is now really enjoying it. So far she has produced  lots of pictures, mainly birds and flowers. Here are a rainbow of smaller ones!

Another home group takes to Zoom.  This picture was sent in by David Casson.

And finally a few more pictures from MBC’s picture archive including: 

Youth Pastor Jonathan Hayward (1988 – 1992), a couple of images from Pulse, day trips (ancient and fairly modern) and a couple of wacky ones from Rewind and Moortots.  WITHOUT YOUR INPUT THIS PAGE WOULDN’T EXIST. PLEASE KEEP YOUR STORIES AND PICTURES COMING IN. 

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