25 December 2013

Jesus Born On This Day

Luke 2:10-12 (NLT)
10 but the angel reassured them.
"Don't be afraid!" he said.
"I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!
11 The Savior--yes, the Messiah,
the Lord--has been born tonight in Bethlehem,
the city of David!
12 And this is how you will recognize him:
You will find a baby lying in a manger,
wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!"

My Christmas video for this year

21 December 2013

Merry Christmas! 2013

Merry Christmas!

May God's love
be perfected in us all
(1 John 4:17-18)

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2013 has indeed been a year of many trails and challenges but in it all, they bring its own rewards and growth, more so when we placed our faith in Christ Jesus as our advocate and counsellor. Has 2013 been a challenging year for you too?

Here then is our prayer for you. May the joys of the season fill your hearts with goodwill and good cheers and may you also be blessed with many beautiful memories of this season.

May the New Year find your home filled with joy, your heart filled with love, and your life filled with laughter. May 2014 also be a year of many possibilities and good things waiting to happen.

Let your faith founded in Christ Jesus lead you to a place of peace, a place of rest, for in Him is the source of all your blessings (Matt 6:30).

Margaret + Simon

01 December 2013

State Library of Victoria - More Than A Library

A library is not one of the places you would go when you are in the city of Melbourne. However I found the State Library of Victoria to be an exception when I want a quiet place to be on my own while waiting for friends or in-between meetings. The building itself is an icon of heritage architecture and that in itself is worth a look.

The State Library of Victoria is open seven days a week, excluding some public holidays. It is located at:
328 Swanston St,
Melbourne, Victoria
3000 Australia
Tel +61 3 8664 7000

Even before you enter the library building, the grassy lawn in front of the library's grand entrance on Swanston Street is a popular lunch-spot for the city's workers and students at the adjacent RMIT University. There are old and new statues along the side steps to the front entry of library that may interest you; Saint George and the Dragon, Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) and two sculptures from the Dromkeen Scholastic Collection of Children’s Book Art, installed 2012.

In the library you see students with their heads down, working with their laptops/tablets or within groups whisphering among themselves, working on their respective projects, reading or taking notes. The reading rooms are well lighted and surprisingly quiet and you can feel the spaciousness of the place.

While the library is frequent by students, there is always something happening at the library that would draw in a crowd. For example, free guided tours conducted by staff and volunteer guides, fun things to do that are suitable for the whole family – most of them are free and even a place to eat and drink. You can enjoy a light snack, delicious lunch or coffee and cake at the cafe, Mr Tulk. There is even a bookshop, located between Mr Tulk and the library foyer if you fancy a little shopping for a book or any of its exclusive range of stationery.

Libraries are generally about books, books and more books. But apart from the books, which there are said to be over a million, you will find that the history of the Library is evident in almost every room you go to – there are Victorian oddities, grand marble staircases, panes of stained glass and great bluestone walls. As you walk into the heritage reading rooms, like the dome shaped La Trobe Reading Room, you could not help but notice the grandness about the place.

The La Trobe Reading Room is surrounded by three floors where the Library houses their permanent exhibitions The Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas and The Changing Face of Victoria as well as a display from the Pictures Collection in the Cowen Gallery.

As a result of recent redevelopment work done, the State Library of Victoria can now be considered as one of the largest exhibiting libraries in the world.

This Library has a lot more going on than shelves of books. You can play chess, use game consoles, workshop projects with your friends, check out what's hanging in the galleries, watch films, listen to music, and browse newspapers and magazines.

Chess Area

Children Play Area

Arts Galleries

Permanent Exhibitions

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