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The Bulletin Sunday 17th September, Pentecost 15 Year A

Anglican Parish of Lismore

Pentecost 15                                        17th September 2017




Parish Contact Details


open Mon—Fri (9.00am-1.00pm)

Suite 1 Centre Arcade

76 Woodlark St

PO Box 378

Lismore 2480

p:         (02) 6621 3200

m:        0412 657 036

e: office@lismoreanglicans.org.au


Social Media


Rev Christian Ford

e:         rector@lismoreanglicans.org.au

m:        0419 642 294

day of rest: Friday


Rev Alan Shaw

e: shawthing50@gmail.com

m:        0413 955 790

day of rest: Monday



St Andrew’s, Lismore

Sun      7.30 am Holy Communion

9.30 am Family Service

8:30am 5th Sunday

Combined Parish Service

Mon-Fri 8.30 Morning Prayer

Wed    11 am Holy Communion



Sun      10 am Holy Communion


Sat       5.00 pm Contemporary Service


Sun      5 pm (3rd & 4th Sunday)


Sun      10 am Holy Communion

(4th Sunday)



Hearing Loop (for the Hearing Impaired). First 5 rows from the front in the Nave of St. Andrew’s Church

Toilets (inc. Disabled) Inside St. Andrew’s Parish Hall.

Baby Change Station: Located in disabled toilets in Parish hall.

Mobile Phones:  Please turn your mobile phone to silent during worship services.

Parking in Church grounds: Please be considerate of those who have mobility issues.

Large Print Prayer Books: Available from sides-people at the back of Church


This Sunday Pentecost 15

Malachi 3: 7-12

Psalm  24  p244 (prayer book)

1 Peter 4: 7-11

Mark 12: 38-44


Next Sunday Pentecost 16

Exodus 16: 2-15

Psalm 105 1-6, 37-45  p332 (prayer book)

Philippians 1: 21-30

Matthew 20: 1-16


Message from your Minister

Last week I handed out the blue Financial Giving cards as part of our stewardship program.  I have been made aware that there is some confusion about how they work.  Firstly let me apologise for any confusion that the cards have caused, it was not my intent to cause confusion.  So to help let me outline exactly how they work.

Firstly the numbering.  There is no intention to reinstate something like the Wells Program.  While programs like the Wells Program were an attempt to teach Anglicans about regular giving, they had fatal flaws and in a number of people bad memories.  The numbers are not a way to get that program back, I have no interest in starting a program like that.

The numbers are simply a way to protect people’s privacy about what they give.  When you give the card back you cut along the dotted line and place both the smaller section and the larger section in the plate.  Then when they are all collected, the wardens will have the smaller section with only the persons name and what number they have.  They will not know how much any person or family gives.

I will have the larger section with a number on it and how much and what manner people will give.  I will not have any names and will not have access to the list of names.  That will allow a total of pledged money to be given to the Parish Council so a good and useful budget can be worked out for the Annual General Meeting without knowing individually what any one person gives.  There is also the need to get back to people the forms they need for direct debit or we need to know how many sets of envelopes to order.  The envelopes cost money to get and I don’t want to waste money ordering too many envelopes.

The process would work that I would tell the wardens which form or a set of envelopes go to which number and then they would look up the number and give the form or envelopes to the appropriate person.

Your envelopes will not be marked with your number and we will not be checking up on whether or not you fulfill your pledge.  Your pledge is your generous gift to God through the parish and is between you and God, we only wish to know the complete parish total so we can budget properly.

Of course I would like to encourage everyone to start using direct debit giving.  Let me assure you it is very simple and you will remain in control of your money.  There are no fees or charges for direct debit and it makes it easier and safer for those who do the counting and the banking.  You remain anonymous and retain control of your money and can end or change the direct debit at anytime.

Again I would apologise for any confusion and ask that you get the blue cards back as soon as possible.  If you have any questions about the process please feel free to talk to me or the wardens for clarification.


Rev Christian Ford


This week we pray for…


Prayer Points:

  • Confirmation Candidates who have started their preparations.
  • Pray for peace in the world, the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority.

The sick: Olive Sheaffe, Joan Sheaffe,  Len Clapham,  Marie Wilson, Bernice Robinson, Wendy, Stan Heywood, Margaret Doyle, Deirdre Paillis, Glenda Roe, Russell Cook and Rev Dr Greg Jenks Dean elect of the Cathedral.

The bereaved: We remember all who have gone before and pray for their families and friends.

The Anglican Parish of Lismore in the Diocese of Grafton is committed to protecting your privacy.

The people on this sick list have requested prayers at this time. Please inform the Parish Office of any changes.


Aged Care Services

Caroona Marima 2nd Mon 11am

RSL Chauvel 1st Tues 10.30am

Caroona Jarman 4th Wed 10am

Caroona Kalina 4th Wed 11am

St Joseph’s 4th Thurs 11am

Fromelles Manor 1st Fri 11am

Mary’s Grange 2nd Fri 9.30am


Parish Activities

Contact the office for details

  • Toddler Time 9.30 am Mon in Parish Hall
  • Intercessory Prayer Group

8.30 am Tues in St Andrew’s.

  • Bellringers Wed 5pm & Fri 5:30pm
  • Choir
  • Parish Council 3rd Tues 7pm in Parish Office
  • Court Care Mon 9am
  • Parish Op Shop Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat 9-12, 54 Rous Rd, Goonellabah
  • Prayer Chain
  • Wyrallah Community BBQ 2nd Sun 4.30pm.


Bible Study/Home Groups

Contact the Office for details

Mon 7.30 pm

Tues 7.30pm 1st week

Wed 10 am

Thurs 7.30pm & 7pm Dunoon

Fri 7.00pm 2nd & 4th week




Welcome to all as we gather to honour and worship the one true God. Please join us for a cuppa in the hall next door after the services

Church News

Marriage Equality Postal Survey:  Over the coming weeks we are going to be bombarded with advertising and information, both true and inaccurate.  I want to propose that our morning tea after church become a place of respite from all the advertising and discussion.  There are people within our church family who hold passionate opinions on both sides of the argument.  Whilst it is an important discussion for us to have I would advise that we have that discussion at other times.  I am more than open to those who want to talk about the issue with me, just not after worship.  Let us all take a break from the discussion for just a brief time each week.                Rev Christian Ford.

Singing Group: 5:30pm 21st September, 2017. St Andrew’s. All singers welcome.

Mainly Music Planning Meeting: The next planning meeting will be 9:30am Tuesday 3 October, 2017. Parish Hall. Please can you help out, we are in need of some 600ml water bottles to make shakers.

St Thomas’ Wyrallah Service: On Sunday 24th September, 2017 a service of morning prayer will be held at 11:30 am. There will be NO 5:00pm service on this day.

Back to Church Sunday: 24th September, 2017 for all services in Lismore Parish. Please pray for people you may like to invite to your church service on the 24th. Please may we have some volunteers from St Andrew’s to bring a plate for morning tea.

Service of Blessing of the Pets: 9:30am Sunday 8th October, 2017.  St Andrew’s

Lighting Appeal: So far we have raised $10,307.40. If you would like to help us reach our target of $15,000 please place your donation in the specially marked envelopes at the back of St Andrew’s or in an envelope marked “lighting appeal” and place in the offertory.

Parish Breakfast: Saturday 14th October, 2017. Parish Hall.

Diocesan News

Cathy Ridd’s Ordination: 10:00am Saturday 23rd September, 2017 Grafton Cathedral. Cathy Ridd will be ordained for the priesthood. Please ring the Parish Office if you are interested in car pooling either as a driver or passenger. Estimated time of departure 8:00am. Also if you would like to contribute towards a gift please place money in an envelope marked Cathy’s ordination and place in the offertory.

Commissioning: Rev. Canon Judy Taylor  Rector of Casino. 6:00pm Friday 22nd September, 2017. St Mark’s Anglican Church Casino.

Gathering of Cursillistas: 9:30am cuppa, 10:00am start. 30th September, 2017. Hunt Hall – Grafton Cathedral. The gathering will be facilitated by Archdeacon Gail Hagon along with Chris Nelson (Diocesan Registrar) and will be discussing the 4th day community.

Community News

Heartfelt House Fundraising Event: 8:15pm 22nd September, 2017 at the Rochdale Theatre  “Birthrights” by David Williamson This is a story that explores the complexity of family relationships. Tickets available by phoning or texting Tre Rawstorne 0403 562 471.

Embrace Your Season Conference: 22nd to 24th September, 2017. Port Macquarie. Topic “Live Life Fully”. Speakers Rev. Geoff Broughton and Pastor Scott Higgins. More information see flyer in your church or web sites www.portanglican.com or www.eventbrite.com.au.

Support after Suicide Group in Lismore: Lifeline’s Northern Rivers’ will be offering a Support After Suicide group in Lismore from late September to mid-December this year. We are encouraging people of adult age who have experienced the loss of someone close to them through suicide to contact Lifeline’s Lismore office if they are interested in being part of such a group. The aim of the group is to help people bereaved by suicide to work through their grief,. The group will meet on Saturday mornings at Lifeline’s Conway St. Counselling Centre in Lismore.

For further information call Jan Fedley on 6622 4133 or email mso.lifeline@lis.net.au