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The Anglican Parish of Cobden-Runanga

The Herald To know Jesus Christ and to make Him known. Sunday 22nd February 2009 Theme for this Sunday: Signs and Wonders Readings: Isaiah 61:1-4, Luke 7:11-22 Theme for 1st March: John the Baptist Readings: Mal 3:1-5, Luke 7:23-35

Tim Writes  It would sometimes seem that Christianity mainly expresses itself through the written and spoken word and yet there is a rich Christian heritage in the arts as we caught a glimpse of with Wayne Lorimer's message a few weeks ago. Indeed the picture of creation in Genesis and many of the Psalms would tell us that the truth about God can come in many creative shapes and forms. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the arts from a Christian perspective especially with the advent of new forms of media and technologies. Here in NZ a trust has been formed called the Chrysalis Trust to inspire, resource and network together artists and all those interested in expressing faith through the arts. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in this area to take a look at www.csartspace.org.nz or www.cs.org.nz. There are also some brochures at the back of church. SUNDAY SCHOOL LEADERS

At the picnic there will be a brief meeting to discuss Sunday School. ASH WEDNESDAY Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of 40 days of lent as we prepare for Easter. To this end there will be an ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service this Wednesday (Feb 25th) at 12 noon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. All are welcome. NEW COBDEN ROSTER The new Cobden roster for March to May is now out at the back of church. You can also view it online at http://cobden.nelsonanglican.org.nz/ros ter.pdf BISHOP'S BLOG The Bishop has begun his walk and as I write this is making his way over the Takaka Hill. Please pray for physical resiliency and that God would bless his effort. You can keep track of his efforts in an online blog (Journal) at the following internet link. http://bishoprichard.wordpress.com Lawn Mowing Roster 22nd Feb S. Nimmo

SIGN UP FOR BISHOP'S WALK At the back of each church are forms and a map for signing up to walk part of the way with the Bishop on Mar. 6th & 7th when he walks from Punakaiki to Greigs and then to Greymouth. People are welcome to walk with him for part or all of that distance. We will be arranging transport to and from the various points on both Friday and Saturday. Please read the instructions and then fill in the form if that's what you would like to do. ECUMENICAL PRAYER MEETINGS Come join with Christians from various churches to pray for our community. Currently we have two regular opportunities to join together. Weekly from 7-7.30am during term time in the Holy Trinity Chapel each Tuesday, and

monthly from noon-12.30pm on the third Thursday of the month just before the Ministers Association meeting. The venue will vary from month-to-month and will be advised in the newsletter. This month (Thursday, Feb 19th) the meeting will be held at the Holy Trinity Parish Centre, 201 Tainui St. All welcome. BISHOPDALE HANDBOOK For those interested in the work of the College and the courses they are offering we have a few copies of their latest handbook at the rear of church. LENT STUDY GUIDE To coincide with the Bishop's walk the Diocese has prepared a Lenten Study guide. There a few copies at the back of each church.

What's On This Week! Mon 23rd Tues 24th Wed 25th Thurs 26th Fri 27th Sat 28th Sun 1st Mar

All Day 7:00am 9:00am 10:00am 12noon 9:00am 7:30pm 9:00am 11:00am 7:00pm 10:00am 10:30am 9:00am 10:00am 10:30am

Vicars Day off Ecumenical Prayer Meeting Wardens Meeting Dixon House Communion Ash Wednesday service at Holy Trinity Bible in Schools at Runanga Parish Prayer Meeting Bible in Schools at Cobden Regional Deanery day Youth Group @ The Shed Paintball YG Music Group Practice Runanga Church Service No to Family Violence picnic Dixon Park Cobden Church Service

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

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