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Friends of Partnership: General Annual Meeting on 6th June 2018

Memory of deceased members

The general meeting commemorates the deceased members Ernst-August Gausmann (Barkhausen Rabber) and Wolfgang Striesche (Bennien). Both members have supported the partnership work for many years.

New board elected

In its general meeting, the association elected a new board on June 6th, 2018 and rethought the awarding of the funding. The board has been elected for the next 2 years:
1.    Chair: Elke Eilers (Bad Essen Parish)
2.    2nd chair: Henning Enge (Melle-Petri Parish)
3.    Scripture: Susanne Storck (Ahrenshorst Parish)
4.    Cashier: Simone Koch (Ahrenshorst Parish)

The general meeting thanked Rev. ret. Duscha for his great energy, which he has invested in board work for so many years (photo). Together with Eckhard Eilers Rev. Duscha will continue to design the Friends of Partnership newsletter.

New funded projects

Pastor Duscha reported on his visit to the partner circuits in South Africa in October/November 2017. Afterwards the project Bishopstowe was discontinued by the South African side. Friends of Partnership regretted this step very much, as initial progress was evident. It was also regretted that the investments for the development of the site by the Diakonisches Werk in city and district Osnabrück were lost. Due to the closure of the Bishopstowe project and due to the good experience with the Bursery Fund, the General Assembly, at the request of the Board, decides on the following new rules for awarding the funding:
"In future, the association will promote various projects in ­South Africa and Germany. For this purpose, the Executive Board is commissioned to develop criteria for the approval of project applications received and to apply them provisionally. At the next general meeting (June 2019), the members will discuss the criteria catalog and the experiences made and vote on the list of criteria. The maximum subsidy amount should not exceed € 1,000 per project."

The Executive Board is currently working on the eligibility criteria. Irrespective of this, we would like to ask you all for grant applications in order to gain an overview. From now on, all parishes in South Africa and Germany can send project applications to Friends of Partnership through their parish councils. Requests for strengthening of faith, social contacts between parishioners or parishes, applications for social integration of marginalized groups or initiatives against racism will receive special attention in accordance with the statute of Friends of Partnership. Applications for construction measures will currently not be considered. The precise award criteria will be officially announced by the Board following its meeting in January 2019, through the partnership bodies of the circuits and partner parishes, as well as the Friends of Partnership website. Please send the applications with name and contact details of the project management to the mail address of the chairlady:
elke@eilers-media.de.

Bad Essen, 16th December, 2018

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Dear friends of the partnership work,
The last 12 months have passed very fast. Our intense life in the north and south has filled the days. Did the annual watch word 2018 fulfilled us?

GOD says:
I will give to the thirsty
the springs of the water of life
– as a gift.

The Revelation 21,6

Somehow we have remained "thirsty". The desert of missing humanity and the veld fires of war, displacement, corruption and hunger are spreading again. Did we actually think in the "good years" that we could control or even control injustice and strife? Maybe, they just took a break and we did not influence them? To be a Christian, to be a Lutheran Christian, is and remains a challenge.
I admit that sometimes I am very ­tired about the efforts my conviction sets on me. And then there comes a year-long watch word for 2019 on the plan, which calls me again actively to act:

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace an pursue it.

Psalm 34,14

I should not only seek, find, promote and preserve peace. No, I should chase after him. Does peace, the peace of justice, run away from us? Is something missing that we had already? Are we too slow or too tired to hold it? Don't we have enough strength and energy to shape it? Do we point out the discord, which does not emerge consistently enough through ­false allegations, disinformation and corruption? GOD, does our faith in Jesus Christ and belonging to the Lutheran Church give us the permission or even the commission to become active? How much democratic disobedience do we have to apply as Lutheran Christians to chase after those who disturb peace?
Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple because they deeply disturbed the peace of the church. He himself has shown us that there are values for which we must actively participate, even if things become uneasy and uncomfortable for us.
Let's stay on the ball and fulfill our mission. To chase peace means not to give a meter of space to those­ sowing the seeds of strife. It remains true: Peace arises through justice. Racism, aggression and corruption lead to strife. God grant us in 2019 the strength and per­severance to chase after His peace and the wisdom to be consistent and emphatic at the right moment.
Yours
Elke Eilers, Chairlady

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Good news in December 2018: Our newest Friends-of-Partnership-newsletter No. 18 is online now. On 18 pages we tell what happened in matters of lutheran church partnerships of Bramsche circuit, Durban circuit, Melle-Georgsmarienhütte circuit, Pirna circuit and Umngeni circuit. Your can download the pdf-file just here: FOP_Newsletter_18

Enjoy this new edition and send your comment to elke(at)eilers-media.de or h.duscha(at)gmx.de or eckhard.eilers(at)eilers-media.de.

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Ernst-August Gausmann died yesterday,

After a long fight against illness, our friend and member of „friends of partnership“, Mr. Ernst-August Gausmann, died yesterday in an age of 71 years. We are mourning together with the Gausmann family.

DSC_8985Ernst-August was very much engaged in our lutheran church. Since long time he was a voluntary worker in his home parish Barkhausen-Rabber. He was a member of the parish council and represented his parish in the synods of the former Melle-circuit and in Bramsche circuit. Since 2013, he has been the chairman of the Bramsche circuit synod. The last five years, he was additionally a member of the Lutheran Church of Hanover to represent the Osnabrück reagion.

Ernst-August got an education as a lay preacher in our church and helped the pastors with services in many parishes and old-age-homes. His very interest was on the history of „his“ home church, St. Kathrine in Barkhausen, which is one of the oldest churches in the region with roots which are more than 1000 years old.

Ernst-August Gausmann had (not only) a special view on the partnership relation between Barkhausen-Rabber parish and Chatsworth parish in Durban circuit. He was a member of the Melle circuit partnership committee from 2007 till 2012 and the same in the circuit partnership committee of Bramsche from 2013 till yesterday and he represented his parish in the membership meetings of „friends of partnership“ with high engagement.

When he visited Chatsworth in 2012, he was fully “enlighted“ for the churches partnership and helped to revive this parish relation and made it (together with the friends in Chatsworth) a living relation. He was in the parish team to prepare the delegation visit from Chatsworth in June 2014. He planned to visit Chatsworth again early this year, but had to cancel he trip shortly before the start because of his illness.

We have lost a brave and strong co-worker for Gods work in this one-world.

From South Africa Nathi Myka, Dean of Umngeni circuit, wrote: “Condolences to the bereaved family and to all who moarn his death. May he rest in peace.”

The chairman of the Durban circuit partnership committee and the co-ordinating partnership committee of Durban and Umngeni circuit, Mr. Khumalo wrote: “Condolences to the family friends and the church especially the Bramsche circuit. May he rest in peace.”

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Good news in September: Our newest Friends-of-Partnership-newsletter No. 17 is online now. On 19 pages we tell what happened in matters of lutheran church partnerships of Bramsche circuit, Durban circuit, Melle-Georgsmarienhütte circuit, Pirna circuit and Umngeni circuit. Your can download the pdf-file just here: FOP_Newsletter_17

Enjoy this new edition and send your comment to elke(at)eilers-media.de or h.h.duscha(at)gmx.de or eckhard.eilers(at)eilers-media.de.

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The week from June 10th till yesterday (June 16th) had many different and informative topics for the delegation from Christianenburg parish visiting its partner parish Bad Essen till 21st of June.

Saturday, June 10th: Sightseeing in Osnabrück
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In the town hall of Osnabrück, where the peace contract has been signed 1648.

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Together with Dr. Werner Kröger, Ulrich Höfelmeier, Carola Wientke and Elke Eilers the delegation had a sightseeing walk in the city of Osnabrück. They saw and got information:
Townhall with the hall where the Westphalian peace contract was signed 1648 to end the 30-years-war in the mids of Europe.
St. Marys church (Lutheran)
Dome (rom.-kath.)
and some more places.

Sunday, June 11th: Trombone choirs rally
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The delegation took part in the circuits trombone choir rally in Rabber (next parish to the East of Bad Essen). Choirs mainly from the Melle area and the parishes in the Eastern part of Bramsche circuit had invited to this Sunday service happening in a brand new hall owned by the regional water supplier.

Monday, June 12th to Tuesday, June 13th: Visit to the Wartburg and Wittenberg
At the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, where (aus the legend says) Martin Luther "posted" the 95 themes.

At the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, where (aus the legend says) Martin Luther "posted" the 95 themes.

Together with Rev. Elfriede Siemens the three ladies drove to the Wartburg, where Martin Luther had to spend about one year and did the main parts of translation of the bible to the German language.
Thereafter, the delegation visited Wittenberg, where the reformation started 500 years ago. The Castle Church, the Town Church, the Luther House (where Luther lived together with his wife Katharina, their children and many temporary guests) were shown and explained to the guests from the South.
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Wednesday, June 14th: circuit conference and Friends of Partnership annual membership meeting

Parish secretary Carola Wientke, the house ceeper of the parish hall and Lungile Majozi preparing the meal to have after die annual meeting meeting of Friends of Partnership.
Parish secretary Carola Wientke, the house ceeper of the parish hall and Lungile Majozi preparing the meal to have after die annual meeting meeting of Friends of Partnership.

In the morning the guests were invited to the conference of Pastors and Deacon working in Bramsche circuit. The meeting took place in the Bad Essen parish hall. They had the opportunity to speak with the pastors and Dean Hans Hentschel.
The Friends of Partnership association (regional welfare organisation to support the churches partnerships) met in the evening again in the parish hall of Bad Essen. Chairlady Elke Eilers welcomed the guests, who were involved in the discussions about the Bishopstowe Project (Agape food) and the general aims and the future of the free association. Many members were thankful to have the opportunity to greet the guests had to have some private words with them.

 

Thursday, June 15th: Visit to a college for social and old age health care in Bad Essen, One-World-Shop and weaver museum in Bramsche and information for the partnership committee of Bad Essen parish.

After a visit to a college for social and old age health care in Bad Essen in the morning and a trip to Bramsche to see the One-World-Shop and weaver museum, in the evening, the delegation informed the Bad Essen parish partnership committee about the usage of the donations for the bursary fond which were distributed to children and students in Christianenburg parish in the years 2015 and 2016.

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Thereafter the ladies followed an invitation to the St. Nikolai church where the church choir had its weekly rehearsal hour (see above). Singing together was very enjoyable for both sides.

Meike Wolter, Rhosta Gcaba and Elke Eilers (from left)
Meike Wolter, Rhosta Gcaba and Elke Eilers (from left)

At the very end of this long day a surprise was arranged for Rhosta Gcaba: Meike Wolter, who had been in South Africa as a volunteer worker for half a year in 2003, popped in. She had some weeks in Rhostas home that time and both enjoyed meeting after that long time.

 

Friday, June 16th: Kindergarten and confirmation class

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In the late morning the delegation visited the Wehrendorf kindergarten accompanied by Eckhard Eilers. They got information about the number of children and stuff members, day and learning structures and the basics of support and control by the municipality and county authorities. The children were singing for the guests, the same the guests did for the children.
On the afternoon program the delegation took part in the confirmation class of the first year of three, which is for children in an age around 10 years. After a break of three years the confirmation class continues for two year with the confirmation serve at the end in an age of about 14 years.

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Thank you for understanding!

Eckhard Eilers

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30 years of North-South-parish partnership: Delegation from South Africa in Bad Essen

Presents from the major: (from left) Dr. Werner Kröger, chairman of the Bad Essen parish partnership committee, Rev. Zodwa Cele, Rhosta Gcaba, Lungile Majozi und major Timo Natemeyer.
Presents from the major: (from left) Dr. Werner Kröger, chairman of the Bad Essen parish partnership committee, Rev. Zodwa Cele, Rhosta Gcaba, Lungile Majozi und major Timo Natemeyer.

Since Thursday, 8th of June 2017 three women from Christianenburg parish (Durban circuit, ELCSA SED) are visiting St. Nikolai parish in Bad Essen as their partner parish for two weeks.

At the beginning of the visit, the delegation was welcomed by the major of Bad Essen municipality, Timo Natemeyer, in the town hall of Bad Essen. Natemeyer highlighted, that he is always enjoying to welcome guests from other continents and countries. In the reception he showed a large presentation, which was held in English. So the guests and the accompanying chairman of the parish partnership committee, Dr. Werner Kröger and Rev. Elfriede Siemens, were able to follow up without any translation. The three ladies were specially interested in the social offers like Kindergartens and schools at the one side, but also in the democratic procedures which include the citizens of Bad Essen.

Rev. Zodwa Cele thanked for the delegation with Rhosta Gcaba and Lungile Majozi: “Thank you for the warm reception, which surprized us, and for the impressive information“.

There is something special with the delegation: Mrs. Rhosta Gcaba has been a member of a circuit delegation in 1986 from that time Durban circuit to that time Melle circuit, which started the partnerships between the parishes in the circuits, also between Bad Essen and Christianenburg.

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Before year's end, the second newsletter of Friends of Partnership has been published. It contains again a lot of information about the association and meetings of circuits and parishes in the second half of 2016. Further on you find reports about  events in all the circuits Bramsche, Durban, Melle-Georgsamrienhütte, Osnabrück, Pirna and Umngeni.

If you like you can download this new edition right here. You find it also under documents.

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Consult_RefugueesParents_e_Seite_01The German chamber of psychotherapist (BPtK) has edited a booklet to help refugees parents, having traumatized children.

It contains answers and tips under the following toppics:

  • How can I help my traumatised child?
  • Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters
  • Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters
  • Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children after Disasters
  • Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents after Disasters

Please download the booklet here.

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