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.
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
Café Church this month reflected on various mottos and slogans in sport – especially Olympics and football. Then we considered some of Paul’s use of athletic images in the scriptures to encourage the Christian disciple to focus and excel in Christian life. Most people know the Scout Motto or the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, but could we come up with something to spur the Christian on?
Mottos take a few shapes. The three words in series as above is not the only shape for a motto. It can be two ideas, either parallel or contrasting (eg One Team One; Mission or such as that often used when telling the inspiring story of Kerri Strug at the 1996 Olympics – “pain is temporary, pride is forever”) An example of a longer tag line I like is “there is no traffic on the extra mile”. So here are some suggestions from the Café Church folk for us to live by:
In Swan Hill – starting Aug 7th -(Note change of date) will be a six week discussion series on Paul’s First letter to Peter. This will be on Wednesdays at 11:15 am in the Foyer of the Anglican Function Centre. Come for our 10am communion service if you like with a cuppa at about 10:45am. The discussions will conclude y 12:30