Around Swan Hill Parish – 26th October

Anyone passing the Function Centre last Sunday between 5.00 and 7.00pm might have wondered what all the hilarity was about. Those inside were enjoying the activities of Café Church, which also happened to include a 12th birthday celebration for Eloise. Jeannette had recovered enough voice to lead the singing, but Peter was on the sick list, so Denis and Don led proceedings while David cooked the BBQ.

November 18th will see the last Cafe Church for this year, then we will be preparing for the Christmas Eve family service and children’s pageant.

At 2.00pm this Sunday there is to be a charity concert  the church in aid of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. Four adult instrumental soloists will entertain in support of a number of young music students, of whom three will receive a $500.00 encouragement award to continue their music studies. There will also be an announcement of a new scholarship to be offered next year. Young people need to gain confidence performing in front of an audience, and it is also rewarding for their teachers and parents, so  please support these young musicians, and the young mothers and staff in the Hamlin Fistula Hospital, by your attendance and donations.

$5.00 adults, children free, lucky door prize and afternoon tea in the foyer next door. All welcome.

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.