This week was the branch Christmas party. For some reason it was not widely known by all members of the branch so the attendance was not as good as it could have been. But those that came had a good time, we had a lot of fun. Due to some miscommunication, we found out on Friday evening that we were in charge of the food. So we spent all of Saturday buying things and preparing the food. We managed to get it together and everyone really enjoyed the hot apple cider, cheese ball, seven layer dip, Nanaimo bars and the other things that we put together. The Irish love their "Christmas jumpers" as evidenced in the photo above. We played some fun reindeer games, had some food and finished off the evening singing Christmas carols.
We went down to the city centre to the Strule Arts centre this week to see a craft fair that was being held there. It was pretty small but a woman who was selling jewellery had some questions about our badges and the church and we got in a lengthy conversation about the church and religion in general. She was a really nice person and we left her with a Christmas pass along card and an invitation to come to our church. We also stopped by a thrift shop to see if we could volunteer there maybe once a week to help them out. We are going back next week to see the person in charge.
We had our weekly Self Reliance course on Tuesday evening. The class went well and everyone was in attendance. I had some problems with the materials and had to drive out to the church to run off some materials that we needed the day before. When I was leaving the church there was pheasant walking across the lawn. It is the first one I have seen here. There are fields behind the church so not surprising to see him there.
One thing that the Irish love is their crisps, what we would call in Canada potatoe chips. What they do have here is a variety of very different flavors. Vive la differance! It is interesting but I don't think I could bring myself to try some of them, not trememdously appealing.
One thing that we really enjoy is teaching the YSA Sunday School class. Today was the last class this year so at the end we gave them a little Christmas treat that Maurene put together. They are a good bunch of young people and it is nice that two of them are returned missionaries. This tiny branch has one missionary out right now and another one is leaving in January. They have sent out 7 missionaries in the last five years, that is amazing!
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.