HAPPY NEW YEAR

Dear Friends,

My Dad loved maps. He had a cupboard full. Maps can help you find places. Maps are not always printed or in digital form in our electronic devices. Some maps are in our head. They are the ones with all sorts of delightful details like turn left after the second creek crossing then cross four cattle grids and at the fork go left past the bottle tree and there you are.

The wise men were trying to find Jesus. They used a particular star and some verbal advise to find him. Some churches at this time of year put on their billboard – “Wise men still seek Him”.

If you were not a Christian, where would you look for Jesus? How would you know the way? If your answer is, ‘Come to Church’, then what do we have that will be like a map to show the way? We have our lives, our words and actions, that will show others the road that we have taken to Jesus. We need to let others see our lives so that it can be a map for them.

May God use each one of us to be a blessing to others in 2020. Happy New Year.

Peter Blundell (Rector)

ADVENT STUDIES – HOPE

HOPE is the theme of this years Advent studies taken from the Psalms, Isaiah, Peter and Romans. Starting November 27th, our Advent Discussion Groups will be held on Wednesdays at 11:15 am in the Foyer of the Anglican Function Centre at Swan Hill and 3:30 pm at the Nyah West Uniting Church. Each will run for 4 weeks up to Dec 18th. Each discussion is self contained so if you miss one – just come along the next week. The only cost is your time and a willingness to engage in the topic.

Local Talent in Concert

Alana Hughes on Trombone at Christ Church on Sunday October 27th 2019
Damien Guarneri on Drums

Two local musicians received awards recently, along with several other talented musicians displaying there skills at Christ Church Swan Hill for a Charity Concert.

The Lilian Mary Gibbs Encouragement Awards were presented to two local music students; Alana Hughes (Trombone and Trumpet) and Damien Guarneri (Drums)

The Concert was also a fundraiser for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. The Anglican Church in Swan Hill has supported this work over several years and we continue in a small way to help this great work of care and healing