Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 16th February 2018

Following long tradition, the Parish family celebrated “ Pancake Night” on Shrove Tuesday to bring in the season of Lent.  This is a reminder of the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted to change his mission on earth.  Our thanks to Kylie Gardner and her students for the preparation and serving of our meal on Tuesday.  About 60 people attended and friends circulated happily between courses.

On Wednesday there were two services where the imposition of ashes from burnt palm crosses was used as a sign of preparing to follow Jesus example of self- denial until the celebration of his resurrection at Easter.  The discipline of self denial  doesn’t necessarily mean giving up something, rather might it be a prompt  to ‘go the extra mile’ to do something to meet the need of others.

We also pray for Rev. Matt Brain, who is to be inducted as the 10th Bishop of Bendigo this month.

The Boot Sale is back tomorrow, sausage sizzle, tea and scones available, great fresh produce and plants on sale,  and plenty of treasure hunting opportunities. 46 Splatt Street, Swan Hill.

This Sunday there will be no service at Nyah West, but two in Swan Hill. The ‘all age service’ at 9.30am in the church, and Café Church at 5.00 pm in the foyer.  The planning group met last week and have drafted out the ten programs for this year.  People are taking turns to organise the simple 6.00 pm meal, there will be music and a prayer to open,  then a series of great activities for all ages under the enthusiastic leadership of the Baker family.  For the families who enjoyed “Pancake Night”, make the third Sunday of each month a regular family occasion at the Café Church.  For more information phone 5032 2506

Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 9th February 2018

This year the Anglican church will host the World Day of Prayer on Friday 2nd  March at 10.00 am.  There will be a preliminary meeting in St Mary’s parish hall on Tuesday 13th  February at 1.30 pm. Three representatives from each of the four churches involved:  Anglican, Catholic, Uniting and Church of Christ, will be allocated parts to read in the prepared service, so attendance is important.

On Friday February 23rd at 10.00 am  there will be a rehearsal in the Anglican Church to ensure that the half hour service runs smoothly on the following Friday, 2nd March. A simple morning tea will follow as Lent is being observed.

Annual reports are now overdue as all need to be assembled ready for distribution a week before the Parish AGM ………….

Please return them as soon as possible. The music group report has already been filed, and any who wish to join in the weekly practices; please note that during the extremely hot weather, practice will be changed from Thursdays at 4.00pm to Saturdays at 11.00 am. Extra musicians and singers always warmly welcome at this time.

Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 2nd February 2018

This Sunday we will welcome Rev’d John Worrell from Kerang to celebrate the Eucharist and lead our worship.  There will be no service at All Saints Nyah West this Sunday.

We give thanks for the refreshing rain during the week bringing respite from the run of extreme high temperatures.

Despite air conditioning there may have been a big meltdown of bunnies of the chocolate variety out of season.  Possibly Easter weekend would have been more appropriate for their arrival in the stores.  The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 14th February, along with the Lenten study based on the booklet  “ Make a Difference” by Bp Bill Ray, Bishop of Northern  Queensland.  Study groups will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, add names to the list when choosing a time.

Once again we give thanks for Kylie Gardner and her College students who will provide the catering for our annual celebration of “Pancake Night” on Tuesday 13th February at 6.00 pm.  Please book places on the list in the porch, $8 single, $20 for families, a great night always.

A chance to “Have your Say” regarding Café Church for 2018 will be at the planning meeting after church on Sunday 11th February.  This for many is an undiscovered delight for families who may not be able to come to traditional church on Sunday mornings.  Thanks to the Baker family, this get-together between 5.00 and 6.30 pm has happened on the 3rd Sunday of each month, with planned activities around a theme, and an evening meal (all offers of help accepted).  Those who enjoy Pancake Night each year might think of Café Church as a scaled down version of this family night and make a decision to attend and support this parish venture

Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 26th January 2018

May God continue to bless this beautiful continent named long ago by the Portuguese explorer

Ferdinand de Quiros,  “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”.  Perhaps it was because he saw the sign of the ( Southern ) Cross in the night sky.  Whatever the reason, all who live here should give thanks today for the privilege of calling Australia our home.

Despite the heat on Saturday, the Boot Sale was again successful.  Again on Sunday there was still a good gathering of the faithful, and it was a joy to congratulate two of the younger couples of the Parish family, the Bakers and the Gells, celebrating their wedding anniversaries.  For another milestone, all are invited to open house tomorrow at the Dillon’s home from 2.00 to 6.00 pm to help celebrate John’s 90th birthday !. No gifts please, but slices would be appreciated.

Tomorrow at 10.30 am there will be a service at Alcheringa, all visitors welcome.  On Sunday the Eucharists are at 9.30 am in Swan Hill and 11.15 am in Nyah West.  A reminder that reports from all groups are needed to be in by 3rd February to be included in the AGM report book.

Wednesday 10.00 am services will resume in February, the week before Ash Wednesday on February 14th.

On Tuesday 13th the traditional Pancake Night will be held in the Function Centre, heralding the season of Lent.

Around Swan Hill Parish – Friday 19th January 2018

The Car Boot Sale is on again from 9.00 am to midday tomorrow for fresh produce, craft, Trash and Treasure and other bargains. Also check out the Anglicare site across the corner on McCallum St for larger items for sale. Sausage sizzle and fresh scones always in demand will be available while you browse.

For entertainment, call into the church at 11.00 am where the music group will be practising the songs for the 9.30 am all age worship Sunday Eucharist.  Join the singing or just sit and enjoy, requests are always welcomed so do please ask for your favourites.  The four regulars of the group are Murray, Merilyn, Helen and Joan, and on occasion, Wilma and Graham Steel.  We would appreciate others to come to practise and help lead the singing during the warm ups at 9.15am on Sundays.

This Sunday there is no Nyah West service but the Op Shop there will be open from2.30 pm to 4.30 pm.  Take a little drive out there and have a browse through the wonderful array of quality clothing and sale items.  Customers may be rewarded with a cuppa, everyone welcome.

The holidays are drawing to a close, and we farewell all visitors with prayers for safe return to their homes.  For the local congregation, welcome back to all the travellers as the Parish Family links together again.  We continue to pray for a new Rector, and resolve to join in one of the studies during Lent as we do so.