Monday, April 9, 2007
Our Anglican church is located in Bucharest, but within our congregation there is a multitude of nationalities and Christian denominations represesented. This is the first of a series of introductions to members of our church from around the world.
Arnold (Noldy) and Lavie Lengkey are long standing members of our church. Noldy is studying for a doctorate at the Agricultural University in Bucharest and Lavie is here with him and attending the German school in Bucharest. They enrich our worship every Sunday, with Lavie an enthusiastic member of our Sunday School. On Easter Sunday they easily won the prize for the "most smartly dressed couple attending church" as these photographs confirm.
Noldy's wife has stayed in Indonesia with Lavie's sister, and they are waiting eagerly for Nlody's studies to finish in the autumn of 2008! From Bucharest we send Christian greetings to them in Indonesia!
On Palm Sunday our service was enriched, both by the children giving us a wonderful start to the service by entering waving willow branches and leading our singing of the opening hymn "Make way, make way, for the King of Kings!", but also by a baptism. We welcomed through baptism as a member of the church family, Valeria Turp, tha daughter of Craig and Amelia.
It was wonderful to have a full church, a combination of family and friends of Valeria and our regular worshippers. Although our Chaplain, Martin Jacques, was taking many baptisms in his former parish in England, this was his first baptism in Romania. Suffice to say that he handled it magnificently with not even a sign of a potentially dropped baby! It was overall a great day-welcome to the church family, Valeria!