College preserves faith community during pandemic

first_imgIn a time when sitting side by side in church is a distant memory and standing shoulder to shoulder in prayer an anomaly, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry has put together a plan to maintain its faith community in the midst of separation. Liz Palmer, a 2013 alumna of the College, returned to campus last August as the assistant director of Campus Ministry. While her inaugural year in the position is drawing to a close under unprecedented circumstances, she said these challenges have provided an opportunity to develop creative initiatives to support the college community. “The staff of Campus Ministry continues to meet virtually once a week,” Palmer said. “This has been a way to share ideas and brainstorm. Personally, this has been a space where I have found a lot of support throughout the pandemic.”Staying true to its fundamental mission of outreach, Palmer said Campus Ministry has developed a way to create more systems of support for students through communal devotions and faith development, including some that took place during Lent.“During Holy Week we streamed the Stations of the Cross live from Instagram,” she said. “Each night we prayed the Stations from various sacred spaces on campus. We hoped that it would be a creative way to unite the community in prayer and bridge the distance. It was also a way that we could bring campus spaces that are so missed by our students to their homes through live streaming.” The Stations of the Cross were led each night by a different Campus Minister. Palmer said Sacred Heart Chapel in Holy Cross Hall, the cemetery of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and Holy Spirit Chapel in Le Mans Hall were some of the locations where the services were held. In addition to bringing a nostalgic glimpse of campus to students, these events are also reinforcing bonds between students and facilitating personal interaction, albeit remotely, in an age of social distancing. “We have offered various weekly opportunities through Google Meet,” Palmer said. “I have been working with a student group called Fiat to host Monday evening prayer at 9 p.m. EST weekly. One senior plays the piano and sings worship songs from her home in Pittsburgh, Pa. She has been integral to the success of these virtual gatherings. I often then lead the group in prayer and reflection, and the students are able to share their thoughts in the chat.”Bible study has proven to be another popular outlet for students to manage anxiety by meditating on readings that reflect the role of faith and hope in the midst of crisis, Palmer said.“Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry, hosts Bible study once a week,” she said. “Last semester, the group had been focusing on the Book of Revelation. However, in this time of pandemic, they intended to lighten the mood by exploring what the Bible says about hope.” Palmer said she and her Campus Ministry team have been rewarded for their dedicated efforts by witnessing strong participation and support from students in the various virtual meetings.“We have received a really strong response from students,” she said. “A memorable virtual meeting that we offered was a one-time coffee and conversation gathering with the senior class. The students who tuned in shared a myriad of thoughts and feelings. They expressed that they felt lighter and more hopeful after seeing some of their peers and staff members from Saint Mary’s.”Looking ahead to when this crisis will be relegated to history, Palmer said she has already considered ways of implementing some of these activities as a way of re-envisioning and reinvigorating spiritual outreach. “While we are definitely living in trying times, our current reality has invited us to be innovative and creative,” she said. “This new way of virtual ministry has proven to be effective. I think that it will invite us to consider new ways to approach ministry even when we have all returned to campus post-pandemic.” Tags: COVID-19, smc campus ministry, virtual campus ministry, virtual faith resourceslast_img read more

Roger Tory Peterson Fire Likely Caused By Faulty Light Fixture

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The collection, he says, is stored in alternative, temporary spaces within the building pending the restoration of the areas where the collection had been stored.The institute’s trails will however remain open to the public during the closure. Pearson says they plan to reopen exhibits sometime in early 2021. Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.JAMESTOWN – A fire at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown likely started by a faulty light fixture.Arthur Pearson, Chief Executive Officer with the institute, announced the news on Tuesday afternoon.He says because of extensive water damage throughout much of the interior of the building, the museum will be closed until further notice. Originally, Pearson was hopeful they could reopen this week.Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.“Nearing the end of the emergency response phase of the restoration – removing all water-damaged ceilings, walls, flooring and contents – RTPI will work closely with JCC to restore the building,” said Pearson in a statement. “Early indications are that the restoration may take several months to complete.” Fire crews were called to the institute last Thursday after a fire broke out in the attic space above one of the archive spaces.The sprinkler system extinguished the fire quickly, resulting in minimal fire and smoke damage.According to Pearson, the Peterson Collection, the largest assemblage of Roger Tory Peterson’s artwork, films, books and related items, is safe and secure.Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.last_img read more

‘Credit Unions Vote’ campaign webinar set for Sept. 17

first_img continue reading » CUNA will conduct a webinar on its latest Member Activation Program (MAP) campaign, Credit Unions Vote, Thursday, Sept. 17 starting at 4 p.m. (ET). Registration is free for CUNA members, and a recorded version will also be available.The webinar will feature a review of the Credit Unions Vote platform, an overview of current member template and review the goals of MAP.“The credit union movement has a role to play in this election and MAP is prepared to make sure you and your members are ready to vote,” said Adam Engelman, CUNA’s director of federal grassroots and programs.CUNA launched the Credit Unions Vote campaign last month to call on all credit unions to urge their members to vote in the November election and visit for the latest information on voter registration, voting options and more. CUNAcenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dozens of trees fill woman’s home for Christmas

first_imgSIDNEY CENTER (WBNG) — From the outside of Bobbi Falank’s home, you wouldn’t know she loves Christmas. “It started when I was younger and living on my own, poor, I found a tree on the street, dragged it inside, decorated it with whatever I could. And still I find a lot of these trees, people just discard, throw them away, and I take them in and I repurpose them,” said Falank. “I don’t decorate the outside, I’m in the middle of nowhere, I have two neighbors, and there’s no point,” she said. But when guests come by and see her home, she’s met with a smile. So while Falank is lighting up faces this year, her work never really ends. “My family might say I have a problem because any time I see a tree, whether it’s at a garage sale, at a curb, I will pick it up,” said Falank. Each tree is a different theme. From sunflowers, to airplanes, to the ‘everything tree’ made up of projects Falank’s son has made through his school years. One tree even comes complete with snow. “That makes me feel tremendously happy, yeah. Just seeing the joy on their face, that I could bring that to them,” she said.center_img Dozens of Christmas trees fill her home, a collection that’s been growing for years. “Awe, they’re just in awe. And they take pictures of themselves with every tree,” said Falank. “I hope that they feel warm and cozy and loved because that’s how it makes me feel.” But when you take a step inside, her love for the holidays is quite obvious. It’s a feeling that makes it all pay off. “I’m trying to figure out where I can put other trees. Maybe an upside down tree?” She’s already thinking of ways to spruce things up for next year.last_img read more

Singaporean to sell half of City’s £200m Lion Plaza

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Standard Life in giant retail bid

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There are plenty of properties to escape to hustle and bustle of Brisbane in the hinterland

first_imgPart of the166 Balmoral Rd, Montville offering which is listed for offers over $2,650,000. Picture: Sunshine Coast hinterland has always been a popular market, and who wouldn’t want to live somewhere surrounded by lush green hills and distant ocean views?And there are plenty of options from every price point.At the high end of the market you can accommodate not only yourself, but more than a dozen of your nearest and dearest.A home at 166 Balmoral Rd, Montville, is listed for offers of more than $2.65 million. 42 Treehaven Way, Maleny is seeking offers of more than $895,000. Picture: four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on 5014sq m is listed through RE/MAX Hinterland — Maleny. It has entertainment areas and an in-ground heated lap pool.The home has Sydney blue gum timber floors, timber bench tops in the kitchen, a 5kw solar system, solar hot water and more than 100,000 litres of rain water storage. The property has 18 bedrooms in all. Picture: of Montville is 10 self-contained apartments and a two-storey, two-bedroom townhouse. Cottages in Montville is four luxury rainforest spa cottages while Montville Day Spa has three massage rooms, a beauty therapy room, sauna and flotation pool. The sale of the property includes all the furniture and fittings.If sharing with that many people isn’t appealing, a home at 42 Treehaven Way, Maleny, is for sale for offers of more than $895,000. 166 Balmoral Rd, Montville comes with its own day spa. Picture: that money you can secure an 18-bedrooms on acreage, with 17 bathrooms and parking for 16 cars.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The property is listed through Trevor Jones of Blue Moon Property — Sunshine Coast. It operates as accommodation known as Clouds of Montville, Cottages in Montville and Montville Day Spa. At the more affordable end of the scale is this Maleny home listed for $435,000. Picture: the cheaper end of the market, a two-bedroom Maleny home is listed for $435,000 through Shane Gierke, Maleny and Hinterland Real Estate — Maleny.The 1920s Queenslander with a sleep-out was moved to its position in the ’80s. It retains many original features, including light fittings, stained glass feature windows and decorative fretwork, while the kitchen and bathroom have been modernised.last_img read more

This is the latest must have for homeowners who fancy themselves a MasterChef

first_img3 Moorfields St, Fig Tree Pocket. Picture: doesn’t love a takeaway pizza for dinner on occasion.But the ordering, waiting and paying for it can be a bit off-putting, especially on one of those big sporting nights of the year such as State of Origin. There’s no need to sit around waiting while your tummy grumbles if you have your own pizza oven. 5 Goodenia Crescent, Seventeen Mile RocksThe home is on an 808sq m block and is walking distance to the estate’s parklands including tennis court, barbecue areas and playground.It has bamboo floors, high ceilings and an alfresco area with a brick pizza oven, built-in barbecue and fridge.There is a swimming pool with a water feature, pool slide and a cubby house. The home also has a Balinese hut in the backyard.No need to call up the pizza takeaway at 120 Lake Eyre Cres Parkinson. The home within the Lakewood Estate is on a 838sq m block. 120 Lake Eyre Cres, ParkinsonThe current owners are prepared to convert the children’s retreat into another bedroom is the buyers want ti done, including wall, door and paint.The four-bedroom home has an outdoor area which overlooks the heated swimming pool which has a waterfall and glass pane fencing. On the deck is an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven.The home is listed through ils Townley of AllProperties Group.center_img 3 Moorfields St, Fig Tree Pocket. Picture:’ve scoured the listings and found three homes where pizza can be on the menu any night of the week.At 3 Moorfields St, Fig Tree Pocket, this four bedroom home, known as “Kings” house, has been renovated.The lounge room has raked ceilings and an ornate fire place and there is a covered entertainment deck with a classic fire pit and custom made pizza oven.There is also a shed which can be used as a mini studio. It is listed through David Gowdie of Harcourts Graceville.At 5 Goodenia Crescent, Seventeen Mile Rocks, a five-bedroom house listed through Niakal O’Brien of Belle Property Sherwood, is within the Edenbrooke Estate.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agolast_img read more

Australian soccer player Tommy Oar selling Gold Coast house

first_img MORE NEWS: Katie Page’s apartment building racks up two more big sales Soccer star Tommy Oar has listed his Gold Coast house for sale. Photo: Ashley Feder/Getty ImagesAUSTRALIAN soccer star Tommy Oar is giving his beachside Gold Coast house the boot with hopes of scoring big at auction.The Central Coast Mariners A-League player and Socceroo has listed his three-bedroom Mermaid Beach residence almost two years after buying it.Property records show he snapped it up in February 2018 for more than $1 million.Professionals John Henderson Real Estate director Luke Henderson, who is marketing the property with Matt Maguire ahead of its February 29 auction, said Oar bought it as an investment. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast a top spot for apartment investment The Mermaid Beach residence at 31 Sunbrite Ave will go to auction later this month. Oar bought the property in 2018 as an investment.On a 405sq m block, Mr Henderson said it was in a “dream location”.“The property is positioned in the highly sought-after northern end of Mermaid Beach where cafes and restaurants are in abundance,” he said.“The beach is at the end of the street while all the delights of Broadbeach, including world-class shopping and restaurants, are just a few minutes drive away.”He said the property offered endless opportunities for prospective buyers, including a renovation project, investment or knock down for a future dream home.“Mermaid Beach has always been an exceptionally popular suburb on the Gold Coast but in recent years, (it’s) gone through a major transformation,” Mr Henderson said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago It can be rented out for more than $500 a week. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59center_img “Many of the older style cottages that the area was once famous for have been replaced with an amazing array of beautiful new beach homes as a new generation of buyers move into the suburb.”CoreLogic data shows it was last listed for rent in November 2018 at $550 a week.Oar, 28, formerly played for the Brisbane Roar and joined the Mariners in 2018. He will join expansion club Macarthur FC for its maiden campaign in 2020-21.He has also made 28 appearances for his country, including at the 2014 World Cup.last_img read more