Wednesday, 12 July 2017

PEW SHEET 16th July 2017



SEA SUNDAY
Sunday 16th July 12 noon
at Port Albert Community Hall, Victoria St, Port Albert.
Join us at 12.00 noon for soup and rolls  Guest Speaker The Reverend Ken Rogers; Ken is an Anglican Priest who retired from Foster in October 2006 to live in Forest Hill, Melbourne.

His interest and involvement in the Mission to Seafarers stretches over twenty years and he currently serves on the Board in Melbourne. Ken is looking forward to sharing with us on Sea Sunday.
(please note there is no 9.00am service at St John’s Port Albert on Sunday 16th July)
Thank you to all our knitters – we have collected 14 hand-knitted beanies to warm the heads of seamen who are far from home and need to know that someone cares enough to lovingly knit for them.
MISSION NEWS
               A colourful poster has arrived from the Bible Society featuring people and partnerships around the world, as representatives from many nations meet in Sydney to share in the most significant event in our Bible Society calendar-the Roundtable  Exchange. This will be part of the celebrations of  200 years of Bible Society work around the world and your donations have helped so many people to own a Bible, THANK YOU. There are still so many people who haven't heard God's word or don't have access to the printed scriptures. Can we give a donation to help  spread the Word? Last year, with your help, the Bible Society movement undertook more than 800 projects which are likely to reach over 500 million people with God's word, BUT, more than 500 projects didn't go ahead because the money ran out. Do have a look at the poster, I'm sure you will find it of interest.


THE BIG HYMN SING
Sunday 27th August 2.00pm Holy Trinity, Yarram
Gold coin donation
A warming afternoon tea will be provided
Invite your friends
PARISH COUNCIL MEETS Wednesday 19th July 4.00pm at the Rectory
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS -
a place for fellowship around the Bible
a place for prayer
a place to ask questions
In Yarram – Coffee Connect, Mondays 3.45pm at the Coffee Palace, (in recess during School Holidays)
In Port Albert –Thursday 20th July 3.30pm at St John’s Raglan Street, led by Rev. Jo currently studying The Gospel of John;
You are welcome to join a group at any time or if you would like to start a group please talk to Rev. Jo
NEW BIBLE STUDY – in August we will be commencing
a new 8 week study on The Lord’s Prayer. If you would like to join in for this study
please speak to Rev Jo or put your name on the list at church.


Sunday, 2 July 2017

PEW SHEET 2nd July 2017


SEA SUNDAY 16th July 12.00 noon
join us for soup and rolls at Port Albert Community Hall, Victoria St, Port Albert  Guest Speaker The Reverend Ken Rogers

Rev. Ken Rogers
Ken is an Anglican Priest who retired from Foster in October 2006 to live in Forest Hill, Melbourne.

After schooling he studied Applied Physics at RMIT, worked as a Technician at Melbourne University, was a Warden of an Overseas Students Hostel in Carlton and as a youth worker prior to marriage and then theological studies.

He and his wife Susan have ministered in Ceduna, Forest Hill, Geraldton and since retirement have done many Locums including a stint in Katherine.

In November 2012 -for three months Ken lived in East Jerusalem and Susan was living in Bethlehem as human rights observers. His interest and involvement in the Mission to Seafarers stretches over twenty years and he currently serves on the Board in Melbourne. Ken is looking forward to sharing with us on Sea Sunday.

NAIDOC WEEK Tuesday 4th July 11.00 – 12.30am
on the lawn area next to flags at the DELWP offices
Welcome and Flag raising
Dancers from Wulgunggo Njalu Learning Place
Free Barbeque
Anglicare celebrates its 20th Year after amalgamating three of the most experienced child and family welfare agencies: The Mission of St James and St John, St John’s Homes for Boys and Girls, and the Mission to Streets and Lanes. Today we give thanks and celebrate the work of Anglicare in Victoria and especially in this Diocese of Gippsland.


MISSION NEWS                
        Mission news this month provides more interesting reading. 
You will find a special envelope in your pew today from Anglicare Victoria as part of a special appeal. If you wish to make a donation to help celebrate over 260 years of aiding vulnerable people in the community please feel free to do so, using the provided envelope. Today is Thanksgiving day for the wonderful work Anglicare do.
Also please take a copy of their Winter newsletter, ''Imagine",
as usual full of interest.
        A newsletter, too, from the Brotherhood of St.Laurence,; inspiring stories of work with refugees and asylum seekers, particularly the Homework Club and employment program.  You will notice a colorful poster on the board, "Celebrate in Prayer", from Anglican Overseas Aid; a few ideas to add to our prayer list. Donations are always welcome to their work too.


The Parish of Yarram congratulates The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy on the
Bishop Kay - opening doors
for women in ministry
occasion of her recent Queen's Birthday Honour; Order of Australia for distinguished service to religion and as a pioneer and role model for women, to church administration, and to pastoral care and equality.



BIBLE STUDY GROUPS -

a place for fellowship around the Bible
a place for prayer
a place to ask questions

In Yarram – Coffee Connect, Mondays 3.45pm at the Coffee Palace (in recess for the school holidays) 
The Gospel of Luke
In Port Albert – Wednesday 3.30pm at St John’s Raglan Street, led by Rev. Jo currently studying The Gospel of John;
You are welcome to join a group at any time or if you would like to start a group please talk to Rev. Jo

Saturday, 17 June 2017

PEW SHEET 25th June


25 June - 2nd July CALENDAR
Sunday 25th June 10.30am Holy Trinity
11.15am Congregational Meeting Holy Trinity

Monday 26th 11.00am Crossley House Service
3.45pm Bible Study Coffee Palace, Yarram
6.00pm Dinner Club at the Commercial Hotel, Yarram

Tuesday 27th Rev. Jo’s Day Off

Wednesday  28th 10.30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity, Yarram
4.00pm Parish Council

Thursday 29th  3.30pm Bible Study, St John’s Port Albert

Friday 30th   

Saturday  1st July   

Sunday   2nd July WORSHIP 9.00am St John’s, Port Albert and 10.30am Holy Trinity, Yarram

FUNERAL SEMINAR
Gippsland Funeral Services will hold an information day at The Ship Inn Wednesday 28th June 1.00pm – 3.00pm speakers include: a solicitor, palliative care nurse, Casbolt Stone Mason, Gippsland Crematorium and Clergy including Rev. Jo.

Parish Council meets Wednesday 28th June, 4.00pm at the Rectory


BIBLE STUDY GROUPS -
a place for fellowship around the Bible;
a place for prayer; a place to ask questions
In Yarram – Coffee Connect, Mondays 3.45pm at the Coffee Palace, currently studying The Gospel of Luke
In Port Albert –St John’s Raglan Street, led by Rev. Jo currently studying The Gospel of John; next meeting Thursday 29th 3.30pm
In Won Wron - next meeting 27th June more details to follow.
You are welcome to join a group at any time or if you would like to start a group please talk to Rev. Jo
Please note there are copies of the Bible Study – John; The Way to True Life by Douglas Connelly available for $10.00 you may purchase for private study or join the Port Albert Bible Study Group or start a new group.
ANAM CARA QUIET DAY 22nd July St Mary’s Morwell – Music, Christian Spirituality and Scripture a personal journal led by The Rev.d Dr Dean Spalding, details on notice board.
16th July SEA SUNDAY at Port Albert Community Hall, Victoria St Port Albert. 12.00noon Guest Speaker The Reverend Ken Rogers Soup & rolls lunch and a simple service. Proceeds to The Mission to Seafarers


BEANIES FOR SEAMEN - The Reverend Ken Rogers invites knitters to create much needed beanies for seamen. We will pass on these knitted gifts when Ken visits Port Albert on Sea Sunday 16th July.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

PEW SHEET 11th June 2017


TRINITY SUNDAY – The feast of the Holy Trinity was not proscribed as an official celebration of The Church until 1334. In a sense, every celebration of the Eucharist could be considered a festival of the Trinity because the whole Trinity is at work in every moment of creation, redemption and sanctification. However, Trinity Sunday does provide a particular day in the liturgical calendar to reflect on the revelation of God’s self as Trinity, what some have called the triune God. We are particularly attached to the festival of the Holy Trinity because our Yarram church bears the name Holy Trinity. As the centenary of Holy Trinity, Yarram edges ever closer the Parish Council plan to honour the past, celebrate the present and plan for the future. We hope to gather a small group of people to coordinate the preparation of historical material, a memorabilia exhibition, and the events to mark the occasion.

In 2018 we have already set the following dates:

Sunday 4th February foundation stone commemoration

Sunday 9th September parish luncheon

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
  • The Abbey at Raymond Island Winter Program The Rev’d Canon Prof. Dorothy Lee will speak to her newly published book – The Gospels Speak: Addressing Life’s Questions. (see notice board for details)
  • An Afternoon of Traditional and Contemporary Music and Poetry June 17th, 2017 1-4pm Delbridge Hall, Cunninghame Street, SALE. Featuring Artists Don & Christa Dwyer from Newry  2017 Victorian Bush Poetry Championship Finalists
  • 19th – 22nd June Clergy Conference (Rev. Jo attending)
  • CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - Holy Trinity: 25th June 2017;
  • 16th July SEA SUNDAY at Port Albert Community Hall. 12.00noon Guest Speaker The Reverend Ken Rogers Soup & rolls lunch and a simple service. Proceeds to The Mission to Seafarers
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS -

a place for fellowship around the Bible;
a place for prayer; a place to ask questions
In Yarram – Coffee Connect, Mondays 3.45pm at the Coffee Palace, currently studying The Gospel of Luke
In Port Albert – Wednesdays 3.30pm at St John’s Raglan Street, led by Rev. Jo currently studying The Gospel of John;
In Won Wron - next meeting 27th June more details to follow
You are welcome to join a group at any time or if you would like to start a group please talk to Rev. Jo
Please note there are copies of the Bible Study – John; The Way to True Life by Douglas Connelly available for $10.00 you may purchase for private study or join the Port Albert Bible Study Group or start a new group
Copies (revised) of The President’s Address from the 38th Synod of Gippsland are available at church for you to read and return.
SEA SUNDAY - The Reverend Ken Rogers invites knitters to create much needed beanies for seamen. We will pass on these knitted gifts when Ken visits Port Albert on Sea Sunday 16th July.

Friday, 26 May 2017

PEW SHEET 28th May 2017


MAY - a MONTH of PRAYER

True contemplation is not a psychological trick but a theological grace
Thomas Merton
In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in ‘muchness’ and ‘manyness,’ he will rest satisfied. Psychiatrist Carl Jung one remarked, Hurry is not of the Devil, it is the Devil.’If we hope to move beyond the superficialities of our culture, including our religious culture, we must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation Richard Foster: Celebration of Discipline, 1989.
During this month of prayer
the phone app. Pray as You Go is recommended

Please note there are Pocket Prayer Books of  A Prayer Book for Australia available for sale $25.00. See Rev Jo if you would like to purchase a copy.



As we continue to adopt new ways to work of the healing of the planet you are invited to assist in the preparation of Boomerang Bags Saturday 3rd June 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Yarram Secondary College.
See www.iview.abc.net.au to watch War on Waste episode 2 which addresses the problem of plastic bags in Victoria and Australia. This program is highly recommended, it airs on ABC Tuesday nights at 8.30pm.
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS

a place for fellowship around the Bible;
a place for prayer;
a place to ask questions
In Yarram Coffee Connect, Mondays 3.45pm at the Coffee Palace,  studying The Gospel of Luke
In Port Albert3.30pm at St John’s Raglan Street, led by Rev. Jo currently studying The Gospel of John; Wednesday 31st May. We meet at 3.30pm for about one hour.
In Won Wron – next meeting 27th June more details to follow
You are welcome to join a group at any time or if you would like to start a group please talk to Rev. Jo.
Please note there are copies of the Bible Study – John; The Way to True Life by Douglas Connelly available for $10.00 you may purchase for private study or join the Port Albert Bible Study Group or start a new group.
No More Spiders in the church
No More Mice in the hall
Thank you to Derek Rothwell; member of our parish and a licenced pest controller who has just started his own business – South East Gippsland Pest Control
If you are having trouble with mice at present why not give Derek a call 0422 153 440
Pentecost Sunday, 4th June - 9.00am St John’s, Port Albert and 10.30am Holy Trinity, Yarram – please wear red.
A fellowship meal will be held at Holy Trinity Hall 12 noon. You are invited to bring simple finger food to share.
FIVE WAYS TO BE HUMBLE
  1. Avoid taking credit                      
  2. Praise and help others                  
  3. Admit one’s mistakes
  4. Go last
  5. Learn from others


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

PEW SHEET 21st May 2017


MAY a MONTH of PRAYER

The Parish Council have set aside the Month of May for a special focus on prayer in the parish.

Christian Meditation - the second of our introductory sessions will held 27th May, 4.30 – 5.30pm at The Rectory led by David Miller

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone, wherever you are on your life’s journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and to keep on beginning.

Christian Meditation is based on the writings of one of the Desert Fathers, John Cassian. He described a method of prayer that flowed out of the Gospel, which stills the heart and mind and allows the prayer to simply ‘be’ with God.

How to Meditate -

  Sit down. Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word "Maranatha". Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and - above all - simply. The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day. Don't visualise but listen to the word, as you say it. Let go of all thoughts, images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying it or when your attention wanders. It may take a time to develop a habit of meditation so we suggest you begin with as little as 5 minutes and work up gradually to 20 or 30 minutes. Rev. Jo notes that Maranatha is an Aramean word meaning; Our Lord is coming or Come Lord Jesus.

The Anam Cara website is highly recommended where you will find many resources to enhance your prayer life.


Please note there are Pocket Prayer Books of A Prayer Book for Australia available for sale $25.00 see Rev Jo if you would like to purchase a copy.

* a place for fellowship around the Bible
* a place for prayer
* a place to ask questions



In Yarram – Coffee Connect, Mondays 3.45pm at the Coffee Palace, led by Linda Bowden currently studying The Gospel of Luke
In Port Albert – 3.30pm at St John’s Raglan Street, led by Rev. Jo currently studying The Gospel of John; Wednesday 24th We are now meeting at 3.30pm for about one hour.
In Won Wron – Recommences this month please contact Rev Jo for details

You are welcome to join a group at any time or if you would like to start a group please talk to Rev. Jo
Please note there are copies of the Bible Study – John; The Way to True Life by Douglas Connelly available for $10.00 you may purchase for private study or join the Port Albert Bible Study Group or start a new group
Pentecost group at Holy Trinity
NEWS FROM PARISH COUNCIL …
Pentecost Sunday 4th June; 9.00am St John’s, Port Albert and 10.30am Holy Trinity, Yarram – please wear red. A fellowship meal will be held at Holy Trinity Hall 12 noon. You are invited to bring simple finger food to share.

Friday, 12 May 2017

PEW SHEET 14th May 2017

We pray for and give thanks for all mothers and those who act as mothers.



MAY a MONTH of PRAYER


The Parish Council have set aside the Month of May for a special focus on prayer in the parish.

Christian Meditation - the second of our introductory sessions will held 27th May, 4.30pm at The Rectory led by David Miller see www.wccm.org



Please note there are Pocket Prayer Books of A Prayer Book for Australia available for sale $25.00 see Rev Jo if you would like to purchase a copy.


During this month of prayer try the phone app.


PRAY AS YOU GO


Grace before mealsKen and I have recently returned from annual leave. While in Melbourne we often ate in restaurants or at the home of friends. It is our habit to say grace before meals no matter where that is. When we are in the home of friends we naturally respect their wishes but if we are dining in a restaurant or at home we give thanks for God’s blessings and for the food we are about to enjoy. Sometimes, when we do so in restaurants we feel a little bit embarrassed but we go ahead anyway even if it is in a low voice that only those at the table can hear. May I encourage you, in this month of prayer, to say grace at meal times even when in public. If it has not been your habit to say grace I offer the following to help get you started.

Suggested graces:
Bless those that sit at this table, the food that is on it, and those who prepared it. Amen.

May God bless this food to our use and ourselves in God’s service. Amen.



BIBLE STUDY GROUPS -

a place for fellowship around the Bible;
a place for prayer; a place to ask questions

In Yarram – Coffee Connect, Mondays 3.45pm at the Coffee Palace, led by Linda Bowden currently studying The Gospel of Luke
In Port Albert – 3.30pm at St John’s Raglan Street, led by Rev. Jo currently studying The Gospel of John; current dates - Thursday 18th May, Wednesday 24th We are now meeting at 3.30pm for about one hour.
In Won Wron - resumes 21st May please contact Rev Jo for details
You are welcome to join a group at any time or if you would like to start a group please talk to Rev. Jo
Please note there are copies of the Bible Study – John; The Way to True Life by Douglas Connelly available for $10.00 you may purchase for private study or join the Port Albert Bible Study Group or start a new group

PARISH COUNCIL MEETS Wednesday 17th May 4.00pm at The Rectory