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The Anglican Parish of Cobden-Runanga

The Herald To know Jesus Christ and to make Him known. Sunday 15th March 2009 Theme for this Sunday: Christ, The Wisdom Of God (Runanga) Eric Holman (Cobden) Readings: Ex 20:1-17, 1 Cor 1:22-25, John 2:13-25 (Runanga) Eric Holman (Cobden) Theme for 22nd March: The Sinful Woman Readings: Gen 18:1-8, Luke 7:36-50

Tim Writes  I want to thank everyone for your expressions of support to Nicky and I regarding her Grandmother's recent illness and passing away. Esther passed away on Sunday about 30min after we had left for home. In the end I felt we made the right decision to go over and to spend that time with her. Nicky got to stay the whole night and from the moment we arrived she was more settled and peaceful and did not require morphine again. It was like she was waiting for us and when we left it was time for her to let go as well. The funeral was on Thursday and I was blessed to be able to take it. Thank you once again for your prayers. We have felt strongly supported by the Parish and all you have done has been much appreciated. AGM AND NOMINATIONS The AGM will be on the 19th of April immediately after the 10:30am service at Cobden. We will have a quick cuppa and then reconvene for our

discussions. Those presenting reports like the wardens and ministry team leaders will need to get busy soon. Also we are looking for nominations for vestry members and people's warden. TAX REBATES AND GIVING Last year the Govt changed the tax rebates on charitable donations. Previously you could claim a 1/3 of what you gave up to a maximum of $630. Any giving above $1890 was not eligible for a rebate. The Govt realising how a cap on rebateable giving could limit giving to charity decided to do away it altogether to encourage people to give more. So now you can claim a 1/3 back no matter how much you give. Give $10,000 and you can get $3,333 back instead of just $630. The new rules came into effect last year and people will already be benefiting from this, but to do so you need to be on the parish envelope system. See Tim if you would like more info on this matter. Lawn Mowing Roster 15th March E Holman

LIBRARIAN Kath Christians is temporarily unable to see to the library so we're looking for someone to take-over for a short period. There are some books to shelve and if really keen an opportunity to arrange the books by category and alphabetically. See Tim if interested. BOARD REQUIRED Benedikt Lang is a 17 year old German Catholic student needing board from July til the end of the year in Greymouth. He speaks English. His hobbies are many and varied. He also works at setting up sound equipment and plays the keyboard. He describes himself as honest, reliable, humourous, polite and uncomplicated. Within his church he works with youth

and guides others in preparation for confirmation and designs activities for younger children. A Non Smoking environment required and will be reimbursed at $180/week. Anyone interested contact Deb Pedersen Gould 0210497749 or 7625609 asap. FRIENDSHIPS KIDS Starts its 2009 year on TUESDAY 17th. MARCH. This year our programme will commence at 6:30pm. Finishing at 7:45pm. We had a rewarding time last year and the children were a pleasure to teach. We look forward to having them back for another year. PARISH PICNIC Next weekend the 22nd at Lake Mahinapua after church.

What's On This Week! Mon 16th Tues 17th Wed 18th Thurs 19th Fri 20th Sat 21st Sun 22nd

All Day 7:00am 9:00am 6:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 9:00am 12noon 7:30pm 9:00am 7:00pm 10:30am 9:00am 10:00am 10:30am

Vicars Day off Ecumenical Prayer Meeting Wardens Meeting Friendship Kids starts Lorimer's Home Group Shirley Smith's Home Group gets underway Bible in Schools at Runanga Ministers Association Meeting Parish Prayer Meeting Bible in Schools at Cobden Youth Group @ The Shed Music Group Practice Runanga Church Service Blackball Church Service Cobden Church Service

Priest-in-Charge: Rev. Tim Mora, 186 Main South Rd, Greymouth Phone & Fax: 768 9605 Mobile: 027 204 8560 Email: Vicars Warden: Eric Holman 768 7704 E-Mail: Peoples Warden: Nolene Millar 768 4638 E-Mail: Blackball Contact Person: Trevor Johnston 732 3820 Runanga Contact Person: Barry Smithson 762 7826 Website & Newsletter:

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