Weekly News Sheet

Sunday 1 December, 2019
8.45am Mt. Victoria - Morning Service - Tim McIver
10.30am Blackheath - Morning Service - Tim McIver
5.00pm Hartley—Communion Service—Tim McIver   
First reading - Exodus
Second reading - Matthew
St. Peter’s: Tim McIver;
St. Aidan’s: Judith Finney;

Weekly News

Some New Bishops
Good morning and welcome to Church. It’s great to have you here especially if you’re new or visiting. We’d love to meet you after church over a cup of tea.
Last week I wrote about the announcement of a new Bishop for the western region of the Diocese. I’ve included your invite to the consecration of Rev Gary Koo in the Weekly News this week. 
There have recently been several other new Bishops appointed to significant Diocese around us. This past week the new Bishop of Bathurst has been consecrated and commenced his role. Mark Calder has been the Rector of the Anglican Parish of Noosa for the last 10 years and before that the Rector of the Parish of Roseville. He will have a challenging task as he seeks to lead a Diocese with significant financial problems. We should pray for Mark and for all of our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Bathurst. 
During Synod there was yet another consecration of a new bishop (not at Synod, just similarly timed.) Bishop Jay Behan has been consecrated and begun his role as the Bishop of the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa/New Zealand. This story is a little more complicated. The Churches which belong to this group to be led by Bishop Behan had formerly been part of another Diocese under another Bishop. They have left that Diocese, which has also meant leaving their property and bank accounts behind. This all took place because these churches and their leaders believed that the Diocese had strayed so far from the word of God, that they could no longer remain in fellowship. They have taken this step at great personal cost and after much careful prayer and deliberation. We should now look to support them and Bishop Behan in prayer as they seek to faithfully follow the Lord Jesus and build His Church.
Jesus’ church is growing fast in many parts of the world. We must continue to work hard and to pray that it would continue to grow in our little corner of the globe. Jesus is powerful.
Yours in Christ, Tim.

NEXT SUNDAY 8 December, 2019
1st Reading:   25:23-40
2nd Reading:  21:1-22
St Peter’s: David Doyle; 
St Aidan’s:   Steve Hunt; 


Missions #Pray for CMS. Pray for guidance as the Parish works to find another missionary to support, someone that we can help and pray for. Pray for Neil & Inge May Pray for health, protection and energy as Ingre & Neil live and work in the challenging environment of Nepal. Pray for the Child Nutrition Project in Jumla and for the great disparity between boys and girls. Join in prayers with INF for a “Journey with Jumla” to support health and development projects with a strong focus on gender equality.  # Pray for Philip & Elke Knight, for Annabella and Lilly. Pray for newcomers to Port Hedland that they will find the church family there a welcoming oasis and a blessing in their lives.  Pray for the growth of home groups in the study of God’s word and that more people will have a desire to join in and see the blessing of such involvement.  # Pray for Mark Muss in the very demanding ministry he has at Lithgow Correctional Centre, Pray for Mark’s health and wellbeing and that he will feel the Holy Spirit’s uplifting power as he copes with all that this position requires of him. Pray for all chaplains in both prison and hospital situations, pray for good health, strength and commitment. Mission more locally # Pray for Archbishop Glenn Davies especially as his time as Archbishop comes to an end this year. Pray too for our minister Tim and for Jodie, Rafael, Elsie and Claudia in their ministry in our Parish. Pray too for Bishop Ivan Lee, as he takes on a new challenge in ministry and for wisdom as a new Bishop for the western area is chosen this year.  Our Children’s Ministry # Pray for School Scripture lessons and for the changes that are being introduced into our schools. Pray for the children and also give thanks and pray for the teachers and helpers. In Blackheath – Susie, Pat, Michelle, Sui Lin and Nicky. In Mt Victoria – Moira and Carol. Pray especially for Michelle as she does SRE at Katoomba High School. Pray for the search for a full time leader for SRE at Katoomba.  # Pray for the Playcentre as Jodie, Susie and Megan strive for a different direction with a program called Mainly Music. Pray that this new idea will attract young mums and dads and will build up great relationships. # Pray for Kids Club in Mt Victoria, also for the Kids Club at Blackheath and the Imprint Youth group also in Blackheath as the leaders seek to bring Jesus as Saviour and Lord to children and young people. The World # Pray for the Lord’s mercy in the provision of peace in the midst of the pain and suffering of war, the peace that only faith in Jesus can bring. Pray that our governments in Australia will choose to lead us in Christ honouring ways and that all our representatives will serve with integrity and honesty in their particular roles within the Federal and State Parliaments, and in the local Council.

Around the Parish this week
Teens Bible Study Group meets during school term every Sunday during the service at St Aidan’s Blackheath.
Care & Share Support—if you or someone you know needs this service at any time please contact Judy Dyer, Judith Finney or Carol in the church  office.
 Toys’n’Tucker is with us again for this coming Christmas. Start collecting for this appeal and leave any donations at the back of each church – pick up will be on Wednesday 11th December, from Blackheath.
 Hartley Monthly Morning Tea—will be on Monday 2nd December at the Lolly Shop in Little Hartley starting at 10.30am. A booking for a Christmas lunch get-together has been made at the Manor House in Mt Victoria for midday on Monday 2nd December—let Carol Crossman know if you’d like to be there. 
 Women’s Business Christmas Dinner— Tuesday 3rd December 6.30pm In St Peter’s Church Hall Mt Victoria. Cost is $20—RSVP by 29th November to Jane Falcke on 47877 614 or or email brakepro@iprimus.com.au 
 Men’s Coffee Morning will be held on Friday 6th December starting at 10am and will be at Petalura Eatery in Mt Victoria. Men from across the  Parish are welcome. 
 Carol Services across the Parish and Christmas Day Services—see  coming events

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