Weekly News Sheet

SERVICES FOR TODAY  
Sunday 12 January, 2019
  8.45am Mt. Victoria - Morning Service - Tim McIver
10.30am Blackheath - Morning Service - Tim McIver  
First reading -  TBA
Second reading -  TBA
PRAYERS
St. Aidan’s:  Brian Connon;

Weekly News

JANUARY
 
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.

I hope your hearts are filled with joy and hope and thankfulness during this  New Year Period.

We have been having a  difficult fire season. The brown crunchy grass underfoot also draws our attention to our desperate need for rain.

I am simply reminded that there are things that are beyond our control that can be a great threat to our wellbeing. Then of course there are a whole series of threats that we do have some control over. Regardless, we human beings are really very fragile.

The God who made us came to be one of us, fragile and vulnerable. More than that, He came not just to dwell among us but to rescue us.

As you are confronted by various dangers and stresses this summer, remain hopeful, remain joyful, remain thankful, for Jesus Christ is in control and had come close to us.  
 
Yours in Christ, Tim.

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.
 Please pray for the Mt Wilson community and all we know there as they face a week of back burning in and around both Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine.
 St Aidan’s Blackheath will hold a special children’s Christmas Service today—Sunday 15th December starting at 10.30am. Come and enjoy a morning with the children from Mainly Music and the Sunday School.
 St Peter’s is still collecting stamps for BCA so keep any Christmas stamps you get and leave them at the back of the church for collection.
 St Aidan’s roster for January is out, spare copies at back of the church.
 All donations for Michelle’s work should be sent to this bank account Reference “Michelle” or in an envelope marked the same in Sunday’s collection. Bank Account Details for Anglican Parish of Blackheath. St George—BSB—112879 Account—0487995715
 Direct Deposits can be made to the following Bank Accounts rather than using the weekly envelopes or weekly cash. St Aidan’s – Commonwealth Bank Blackheath. BSB – 062507, A/c – 00800188. St Peter’s – Westpac Lithgow. BSB – 032829. A/c – 121177. St John’s – St George Lithgow BSB – 112879 A/c – 486927665 St George’s – St George Lithgow BSB – 112879  A/c – 046518471
 A Date for your Diaries – St Peter’s is again hosting a seminar given once again by Di Morgan with a theme of Depression and Anxiety – understanding from a Christian perspective, understanding the issue and equipping us to love and support those who are struggling. This will be held on Saturday  22nd February 2020 

NEXT SUNDAY 19 January, 2019
BIBLE READINGS 
1st Reading:   TBA
2nd Reading:  TBA
St Peter’s: TBA ; 
St Aidan’s:    Susie Easton; 

PRAYER POINTS  - January 2020

Colossians 4:3 “Pray for us, that God will open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.”

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. Their contract term goes until mid 2020 as does their current visa. Work will always be there, no doubt, however visas are getting more and more difficult to obtain. Pray for Neil and Ingre as they explore options for the future and clarity about the journey ahead.# Pray for Philip & Elke Knight, for Annabella and Lilly. Pray for all the church family at Port Hedland as they face the hottest time of the year with very high temperatures and humidity. Give thanks for the opportunity the family will have for holidays. Pray that they will be refreshed and encouraged by their time away. # 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. Pray too for Bishop Gary Koo as he takes on the role of Bishop for the Western Region. Our Children’s Ministry # Pray for School Scripture lessons in 2020 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 High.  # 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. Our Church Family # Pray that the joy of Christ would remain prominent in the hearts of those now in aged care facilities  Mary Broome in Morven Gardens, John Aitkens at Wahroonga and Claire Jones in Bathurst. Pray for Dagmar & Hugh Rees and Ron Green as they deal with health issues. Pray too for Peter Falcke, travelling to Penrith for treatment each week and for Jane & his family, # Pray for Care and Share’s ministry and for the outreach service they provide.# Pray for our Growth Groups, meeting somewhere in the Parish each day of the week during school terms. Pray for the leaders as they study and help all who attend to see the gospel message clearly. # Pray for the Men’s Coffee Morning and the Ladies Coffee Morning both held in Mt Victoria for the whole Parish and for the monthly Women’s Business Group held in St Peter’s hall and the Monthly Morning Tea at Hartley in the Lolly Shop, as we reach out to others in the community. Our Sunday Ministry # Pray for Tim as he brings us God’s Word that by the Holy Spirit, the Word will challenge and change us. Pray for all who visit any services that they will feel welcome and seek to learn more. # Pray for all who enrich our worship through song, Bible readings, prayers, provision of morning and afternoon teas, supper, and the welcoming of the newcomer.# Pray for Michelle Seers making Jesus known in her various roles.Pray for her health and wellbeing. Pray for the many situations she has in the Parish overseeing activities with women and young people.Our Committees and Parish Council # Pray that our meetings will see us thanking  the Lord for guidance, growth and provision. Pray especially for the AGM meetings to be held early in 2020, pray for people to be willing to take the responsibility of positions that are necessary for the smooth running of our churches. Australia # Pray that our governments in Australia will choose to lead us in Christ honouring ways. Pray for the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and for the Federal Parliament that they will seek to have a vision of service to ALL in Australia, especially those who struggle from day to day because of finances, health or any other reason. Please pray for rain on our dry land. Pray for those who rely on the land for their living that they will turn to the Lord to find the strength to cope with all situations. Pray for all who have been affected by the recent fires, especially for those who have lost loved ones or have lost their homes and livelihoods. Pray for rest for those who have worked so tirelessly during this difficult time, thank the Lord for such commitment and care for others.

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