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The Bulletin Sunday 24th December, 2017 Advent 4

Advent 4                                        24th December 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



Social Media







Rev Christian Ford

e:         rector@lismoreanglicans.org.au

m:        0419 642 294

day of rest: Friday


Rev Alan Shaw


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


Dunoon (in recess till February)

Sun 10 am Holy Communion

Goonellabah (in recess till February)

Sat  5.00 pm Contemporary Service

Wyrallah (in recess till February)

Sun 5 pm (3rd & 4th Sunday)

Nimbin (in recess till February)

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




Lismore Anglicans




Minutes from the Minister: 


I hope you all have your Christmas shopping done by now.  I don’t know about you but I would hate to be in or near the shops today.  In the hustle and bustle today though don’t forget that it is still Advent Four.  It is easy to forget this year,  as Advent 4 is swallowed up in Christmas Eve.


We focus on Mary and her willingness to say yes to God.  Think about that for a second, by our best estimates we think Mary would have been early or mid-teens, say 14 or 15 years old.  She has said yes to God for a task that is full of potential difficulty for her, unwed and pregnant.  Yes, she was engaged but can you imagine how long that would last the moment Joseph finds out she’s pregnant.  It took the intervention of an Angel to save the relationship.  And yet she said YES.


Truly a courageous woman of extraordinary faith.  So as you are getting ready today for Christmas I would ask that you spend a moment to think on Mary’s faith and courage.  Give thanks for her obedience to God and pray that we too may have that same faith, obedience and courage.


Could I take this opportunity, on behalf of all the ministry team here at Lismore Anglican Parish to wish you a very happy and holy Christmas.  May you and your family be filled with the blessing of peace and joy that comes through the gift of the Christ Child.






Rev Christian


Next Sunday Advent 4

2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16

Song of Mary  p9 (prayer book)

Romans  16: 25-27

Luke 1: 26-38


Sunday 31st December Epiphany Isaiah 60: 1-6

Psalm 72: 1-7,10-14

Ephesians 3: 1-12

Matthew 2: 1-12



This week we pray for…

2018 Year of Invitation  at our Church.

The sick: Olive Sheaffe, Joan Sheaffe,  Len Clapham,  Marie Wilson, Bernice Robinson, Margaret Doyle, Glenda Roe, Keeley Bowmar, Margaret Jarrett, Gloria Page, Rev. Roy Cowin, and Rev. Dr Greg Jenks Dean elect of the Cathedral.

The bereaved: We remember Mary Lee, Kathleen Hollis and Rev Alan Lambert (who made our Votive Candle Table) and 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

All Services in recess until February

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 Parish Office for details

Toddler Time now in recess

Intercessory Prayer Group

8.30 am Tues in St Andrew’s.

Bellringers Wed 5pm & Fri 5:30pm


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.

Craft Group 1st Sat 11am-2pm

Bible Study/Home Groups

Contact Parish Office for details

Mon 7.30 pm in recess

Tues 7.30pm 1st week

Wed 10 am

Thurs  7:30pm & 7:00pm      Dunoon. In Recess

Fri 7.00pm 2nd & 4th week in          recess.


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

The Ministry Team thanks everybody who has helped over the last year and we look forward to working with you all in 2018.

Rev Christian Ford, Rev Alan Shaw and Margaret Weatherby


Clergy Leave: Rev. Alan will be on leave from the 25th December 2017 and returning to work on Tuesday 23rd January, 2018 and Rev Christian on leave from 26th December, 2017 and back Saturday 30th December, 2017.

Office Closure: The Parish Office will be closed on Friday 22nd December, 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January, 2018.  If you need assistance please phone our after hours number 0412 657 036

Wednesday Services: Morning tea prior to the service  is now in recess. The 11:00am service will be held as usual except for the 27th December, 2017. Service only will resume again  on the 3rd January, 2018

Sunday 31st December, 2017: Service 8:30am at St Andrews, Lismore. This is the only service in the Parish on this weekend.

Worship Service Review: The Parish Strategic Plan calls for a review of the worship life of the whole parish. Age profile survey was part of that and the next part is a survey of the worship life of the parish. , the Parish Council, have released the survey and we ask that you return your completed survey AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you want your say in the life of the Parish.

Name Badges: We will be placing an order for name badges in the New Year. Anybody who would like one please place your name on the list in your church. Cost TBA.

Christmas Appeal—Envelopes are available on St Andrew’s mission table for donations to ABM, Bible League, Christmas Bowl and Barnabas Fund.

Church Calendars: Please collect your calendar at the back of St Andrews and place $12 in a separate envelope marked church calendar

Parish Council  Minutes:  Minutes from last weeks Parish Council are at the back of your Church

Year of Invitation: The leadership team and church wardens would like 2018 to be our “Year of  Invitation”. Is there someone you think would enjoy our Christmas services or you would like to invite to our church. They will be most welcome.

Spring Cleaning in January: Our Parish Hall, storage spaces and shed are in need of clearing out. If you are available to help please let Christian or the office know when you may be available to help out.

REAL Casual Teaching Position: Religious Education  Association of Lismore is calling for Casual Teachers for our High Schools. Interested applicants please find the advertisement for the position in your church. Contact Pastor Lyn Lingard Mobile 0434 061 964

Court Care Rosters 2018:  Available at the back of St Andrews. If anybody would like to go on this roster please contact the office.

7:30 and 9:30am Rosters: The current rosters remain in place  until new rosters are finalised in early 2018. Good news is that many new people have volunteered so that the duties can be shared around more.

Diocesan News

Installation of the new Dean elect Rev Dr Greg Jenks is set for 6:00pm Friday  2nd February, 2018 in Christ Church Cathedral Grafton. If you would like to attend and want a lift please contact the office.

Bishop Sarah Macneil’s Retirement Gift: If you wish to make a  monetary contribution to her gift you can deposit directly into the AFGD account by Thursday 15 February, 2018. Account name: Bishop’s Farewell Gift, BSB 705-077, Account number: 00041100