Around Swan Hill Parish – 19th October 2018

Last Tuesday  sixteen members of M.U. Australia (Mothers Union) met for their AGM in the Function Centre.

Sylvia Bail was re-elected President of the Nyah West branch, and our Bendigo Diocesan President Leone Tress continued as branch secretary.

The Anglican M.U. has 4 million members in 83 countries of the world who provide Christian care for families. New members are always welcome.

Currently the local branch is assembling “ pamper packs” as pre-Christmas treats for mothers affected by the drought.

An ongoing annual project initiated by the former Swan Hill branch has been the charity concert for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.  This will again be held at 2.00 pm on Sunday 28th October in the Anglican Church, with afternoon tea in the Function Centre .

The Boot and Cottage Craft Sale is on again tomorrow 9am-12pm, and the monthly Cafe Church at 5.00pm on Sunday.  All age activities, some prayers  and a meal make up an enjoyable family evening.

A.B.M.  “ Go for Gold”  donations for September came to  $ 90.00, and Elijah’s jar is still supporting a school in India.

Registrations for “ Bible in the Bush”  close on October 25th for the gathering at Redcliffs November 2nd to 4th.

Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 12th October 2018

Last Sunday many of the holidaymakers had returned to the fold and were treated to a special song from Jeannette during the Eucharist. It was complementary to the passage from the Letter of James which we have been studying with Rev. Peter for some weeks. James writes of the transience of the life cycle and our need to recognise where our true value comes from.  Compared to the rest of the world, Australians are well provided for. We should acknowledge our blessings with humility before the source of all creation.

Tonight at 7pm there will be an Awakening Australia Rally supported by the Ministers’ Fellowship as part of a non-denominational movement. The venue is The Grain Shed, with worship and a guest speaker. The recent movie night there showed the times of Paul, the Apostle of Christ. The barbaric cruelty of those times is still evident in today’s world, and we in “The Lucky Country” should not be complacent.

Revs Peter and Denis have been at Clergy Retreat this week and in Kerang on Saturday Peter and others will be attending the update of Safe Church workshops.

Next Sunday the Mothers’ Union members will be preparing pamper packs to distribute through St. Luke’s Anglicare for mothers deprived of little treats through the ongoing drought. Check the notice board for details of Bibles in the Bush weekend, Nov 2-4.

Please mark calendars for Sunday October28 at 2pm for the charity concert for fistula hospitals in Ethiopia. Musicians, adult and student will be featured and music scholarships awarded.

Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 5th October 2018

More than sixty people, several of the ladies wearing shawls and hats, and with gentlemen in waistcoats, filled the pews last Sunday in the Pioneer Settlement church for a non- denominational  service of Morning Prayer.

Rev’d Peter Blundell also  dressed for the occasion as a Vicar in old style “C. of E.” clergy vestments, ( all but the traditional full circle “ Dog Collar” ! ) and the old church organ provided a challenging background for the “ Golden Oldie”  hymns.

The glorious weather brought several visiting families to join with the regular Swan Hill Parish family for the service, and the Paragon Café volunteers were wonderfully calm in the face of the flood of hungry customers for lunch.

With all the varied attractions at the Swan Hill Show this weekend, it highlights how blessed we are, despite the drought situation, to still appreciate the efforts of all those on the land who bring their precious livestock and produce to us city dwellers.

We pray for rain, also for the people of Indonesia and all the aid workers involved in rescue efforts after the earthquake and tsunami.

This Sunday we will continue to explore the letter of James,  and work to be the ‘salt of the earth’ in living the gospel message.

Remember to turn clocks one hour FORWARD on Saturday night to get to church before 9.30 am on Sunday.

Pray for safe journeys for all returning holiday makers.

Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 28th September 2018

Welcome to all school holiday visitors enjoying the spring sunshine with the locals.

We are looking forward to the return of Rev Denis and Helen this weekend after a lovely time of R & R with family in the UK.

It was also good to see  Murray back with us last Sunday, ready to rejoin the music group on Show weekend.

This Sunday there will be just the one service for the Parish, which will be at 11.00 am in the lovely little church at the Pioneer Settlement.

John will meet parishioners from 10.30 am in the Settlement entrance with wrist bands to admit us free of charge.

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The service will be Morning Prayer  with “ Golden Oldie “  hymns, and it would add to the occasion if people would like to wear items of costume ( early 20th Century.)

The Paragon Cafe will welcome us as customers for our lunch. Everyone is welcome , it is non denominational.

It would be great to see grandparents with children on school holidays.

Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 21st September 2018

Last Sunday’s Café Church found a roomful of assorted AFL and local footy team supporters in their colours for the team- oriented activities.

Peter and Jeannette  drew a great response to the new choruses introduced, and the meal was a traditional Footy menu of pies and chips. There was a challenge to place names of characters from the bible on the whiteboard to set up an all- star footy team.

Some hilarious choices made sense when explained in terms of their suitability. There was a mix of both male and female across the positions on the field,  and of course the coach was Jesus. Peter spoke of the biblical parallels of encouraging team-mates and shepherding.

The Baptism of Nate earlier in the day was a special occasion, and it was lovely to welcome the four generations of the family to the Eucharist and then morning tea with a special cake, and a gift from the Mothers’ Union.

The letter of James has been the theme of the sermons this month and will continue through to mid-October.

Remember that Sunday 30th September, being a fifth Sunday, there will be one parish service, which will be in the Pioneer Settlement church at 11.00 am. We are encouraged to come in costume to set the scene and maybe encourage visitors to join in with us.  For those who wish to stay on, lunch can be purchased in the Paragon Café.

Trivia note : The strong winds over the last few days have been known as  the “Equinoxial Gales” , coinciding with the equinox on September 21/22, when the hours of daylight and dark are the same length.