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The Anglican Parish of Cobden-Runanga

The Herald To know Jesus Christ and to make Him known. Sunday 14th December 2008 Theme for this Sunday: Our Joy in Christ (Runanga) Peace - 3rd Sun in Advent (Cobden) Readings: Isa 61:1-2,10-11, Lke 1:46-50, 53-54 , John 1:6-8.19-28 (Run) Edie Nimmo (Cobden) Theme for 21st December: Love - 4th Sun in Advent Readings: Romans 5:1-11, John 3:1-21

Tim Writes  Last Sunday we talked about the persecuted church, our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for their faith overseas. We also looked at the different ways in which we could support them through prayer, being informed, supporting mission agencies who support them, letter writing campaigns and so on. We especially encouraged folk to make prayer for the persecuted church part of their daily devotions. To that end you have been given a copy of the Barnabas Fund prayer diary with your newsletter. If you have no other method of praying for the persecuted church then can I encourage you to use this. If you find it helpful then can I also encourage you to contact the Barnabas Fund and ask to receive it regularly. Their contact details are as follows. Barnabas Fund NZ 14A View Road Mt. Eden Auckland 1024

Ph: 09 630 6267 or 0800-008-805 Email: JIG SAWS If you like Jigsaws then feel free to borrow or even take and keep the ones at the back of the Cobden church. TEAR FUND RESULT Last year we raised $700 plus for the Gift For Life cards. This year the total stands at $850 approx. and may go higher before Christmas Eve. Well done everyone. PARISH CAROL SERVICE Tonight at 7pm there will be our very own Parish Carol service at Runanga. Please bring a plate of food to share for supper. Personally I look forward to it because it's one of the few occasions that we gather as whole Parish. GIVE-AWAY RECIPE BOOK Free recipe books at the back of each church to take away. Lawn Mowing Roster 7th Dec Eric Holman

BAPTIST CHRISTMAS DINNER As in previous years the Baptist church will be hosting a Community Dinner on Christmas day at 12noon for those who will be alone or would like to share Christmas with others. If you would like to attend RSVP to 768-4174. ADVENT SERVICES MEANINGFUL Our Advent services have been going well. Last Sunday in particular as we talked about the persecuted church and then wrote prayers for them on white doves which we then placed on the Christmas tree was particularly moving. This week the theme is peace. BISHOP'S WALK The Bishop will be walking the bounds of the Diocese next year. On Feb 23rd he will begin walking the Heaphy track and from there travel down the Coast. He will be our responsibility on Mar 6th

& 7th when he walks from Punakaiki to Greymouth. People are welcome to walk with him for part or all of that distance. If you plan on walking the Heaphy then you will need to make hut bookings at the DOC website, The dates are as follows, 23 Feb - Brown Hut, 24 Feb Perry Saddle Hut, 25 Feb - James Mackay Hut & 26 Feb - Heaphy Hut. You will also need to arrange transport from Karamea back home. Cost/hut is $25/adult. Let me know if interested because I may be walking it myself. REGENT CAROL SERVICE Combined Churches Community Carol Service at the Regent Theatre next Sunday 21st December at 7pm. Folk are encouraged to attend and bring friends. It should be a great night to get out and celebrate the Reason for the Season with the whole community.

What's On This Week! Mon 15th Tues 16th Wed 17th Thurs 18th Friday 19th Sat 20th Sun 21st

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

Vicars Day off AAW luncheon at Pebbles Share vestry Tea at Mora's Warden's Meeting Memorial Service at Westland Funeral Services Last Lorimer's Home Group for the year Ministers Association Breakup Prayer Meeting at Dalma's Term Four ends Primary School Music Group Practice Runanga Church Service Cobden Church Service Churches Carol Service at Regent

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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