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

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