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The Anglican Parish of Cobden-Runanga

The Herald To know Jesus Christ and to make Him known. Sunday 10th May 2009 Theme for this Sunday: Christ True Vine (Run), Pauline Stengs (Cob) Readings: Acts 9:26-31, John 15:1-8 (Run), Pauline Stengs (Cobden) Theme for 17th May: War in the Old Testament Readings: Isaiah 45:1-7, Matt 2:1-18

Tim Writes  This will be Pam Honey's last Sunday with us for a while. Words can't really express just how sad this occasion will be. We will be saying more in the service but for now on behalf of the parish. Go with God Pam we will miss you in so many ways. HOW WE GIVE TO MISSIONS It was informative and encouraging to see the overseas missions work we are supporting through the Anglican Board of Missions (ABM) a few weeks ago. I suspect it was fairly new information for a lot of people and it got me to thinking that an explanation and an update on how and what we give to missions might be helpful. Firstly, how do we give to missions? Well for those using envelopes you'll notice that there are two spaces for recording your giving. One records the money you give towards the general running of the church which come to around $85,000 a year. The second space records any extra giving you want to put direct

towards missions. Currently as a church we plan on giving $2,640 to the ABM. Sadly we just fell short of this target last year so if you haven't yet considered putting a little towards missions over and above your normal giving can I encourage you to think about it. Both amounts are credited towards your giving and result in a tax receipt at the end of the financial year. Secondly how much do we give away as a church and where does it go? $2,640 goes to ABM from the envelope system but we also give 10% of the profit from pizza sales to ABM. Just as a note if we raise more than $2,640 we don't keep any back, it all goes to ABM. We also give around $200 at Easter to missions work in Israel and at Xmas we give $4-500 towards Tear Fund and Christian World Service. We also give 10% of the take from the Sharing Shed away to Missions. $750 to Bible in Schools, $350 towards a sponsored child and $400 to orphans in Romania. So you can see that as a church we give quite widely and generously. Lawn Mowing Roster 17th May S. Nimmo

OPEN DOORS VISIT On Monday the 18th of May Wayne Curham of Open Doors will be speaking at the Cobden Anglican Church at 7:30pm. He will be speaking on the state of the persecuted church in Islamic countries as secret believers. All welcome and an offering will be taken. SWINE FLU AND COMMUNION Theologically speaking receiving just the bread is deemed to be sufficient for having received the whole of communion. So for anyone with the flu or flu like symptoms or for those have been near or live with those with the flu then can I encourage you to at the

present time to take the bread only when you come up for communion. COMMUNITY MEALS Meals will commence at Greymouth Baptist Church building (76 High St.) on Tues 26th May at 12 noon and continue till Oct. The meals will consist of two courses: Soup and hot meal or hot meal and dessert. Gold coin donations are appreciated. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend. Bookings not required. SPEAKER ON ISLAM IN NZ Shashikant Christian will be speaking at Cobden church this Tues 12th May at 7:30pm on Islamic influence in NZ. All welcome. Donation taken.

What's On This Week! Mon 11th Tues 12th

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Vicars Day off Ecumenical Prayer Meeting Wardens Meeting Friendship Kids Shashikant speaking at Cobden Church Supervision Bible Society Meeting Shirley Smith's Home Group Lorimer's Home Group Bible in Schools Runanga Parish Prayer Meeting Bible in Schools Cobden Youth Group at "The Shed" Bishop's Advisors Meeting Music Group Practice Runanga 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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