We at times have camp fire dinners to raise money for the church. we had one in June and it was welcome to have a break in the weather. 44 meals served. with the help of regular visitors to Micthel from South Australia, Alan and Pat and Eliane we made wonderful day of it.
Two couples, Geoff and Jackie, Trevor and Penny, came out from St Barts to help install a new kitchen and bathroom. they stayed for 2 weeks and the rectory is now very livable and warm. thank you very much for your time and effort. you set a good example for others in the future we hope.
We were fortunate to have the Cursillo group come out and visit us in the west. for some it was the furthest they had ever travelled. we shared in a camp fire dinner on their arrival, sang songs, heard about each others journey. The town of Mitchell was all benefitting from this visit as the motesl and parks were full with visitors. 71 in total. Thank you for your support
On the 8th of March the Queens Baton came through Mitchell. Some of the runners are from the Mitchell: Christine McLean, Wendy Cicero, John Birkett, Steffan van Munster an others represented the church and rural community of the region. It was great day for the community and those who took part. a great privilege to be part of this world event.
In Mitchell we had the pleasure of welcoming Kate in to the Christian family. We all went to the weir in Mitchell and did a full emersion. Was a privilege to be part of Kate and Jack's journey in Christ. Jack in her husband and also Kates sponsor. We pray for all blessings for their journey in Christ together.
Earlier this year we farewelled Glenda who has moved closer to her mom in Roma. Glenda was the local librarian and an asset to the Mitchell. We ask Gods blessings to be with her.
The Christmas season was filled with many opportunities to share in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and welcoming Him into our world. Christmas was a typical summer experience of heat and dry, a few spots of rain. We began our services in Cunnamulla, Thargomindah before moving back to Mitchell for Carols by candlelight evening , 1st time in a few years. In Charleville we celebrated and shared time with Wyandra and Augathella. We moved back to Mitchell for late night shopping which is a great opportunity to visit the whole town. Morven we had the Carols evening in the church for a bit of relief from the heat the Christmas month ended with services on properties, Abbieglassie and Silverleaf, then in to town of Amby and finally Mitchell. Christmas day we remembered that the season can be tough for some finding Christmas lonely and sad, we had a 'blue' meal for all to attend who did not have a home to visit.
Over all a blessed Christmas.
Merry Christmas and a blessed new year to YA'll
Police remembrances day was held at all Saints Charleville. It was time to remember those who have died as Officers of the law, it was also a time to remember the present Police officers who do so much for the communities in which they serve. Well done and thank you.
With great joy we welcome Charlotte Finch with her baptism. We thank her parents Cameron and Madonna Finch for bringing her forward to be baptised. Charlotte is supported by a wonderful community close and far. let us all continue to support each other through a baptism vows. Congratulation.
We had our annual fund raiser in Mitchell, 'Christmas in July'. It was well setup and ready to go. The weather was predicted to be cold and rainy, but who then listen to the weather . Well just after the food was served we were washed out. All gather in the church and finished their meals in the church building. As I wish for all, that we may get ;bogged', well this was it in our own back yard. It was a time of sharing and thanking the WORC camp for all the work they do in and around Mitchell.
Bush Ministry Fund has sponsored a new car for Rev Steffan and Eliane to travel on safety and comfort. We are very thankful to Bush Ministry Fund, Thankful for Bishop Cameron for organising and Thankful to Tony and Jeff for delivering it to Mitchell. If you see it around stop us and say hello.
To make a donation go to: http://anglicanchurchsq.org.au/bush-ministry/
Rev Steffan has married Eliane on the 19/20th May in Switzerland. Eliane will be travelling the west as usual with Rev Steffan. So if you see them in you area stop and say hello. Congratulations to the couple, may your journey be blessed in your ministry in the western region.
We had a wonderful celebration of Easter out in the western regions. With Di and Kaye celebrating in Charleville, Augathella and Morven. We did a service in Mitchell on the 12th. and Cunnamulla we celebrated the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We then celebrated Easter in Thagrimindha on the 16th. He is Risen Alleluia, he is Risne Indeed Alleluia.
On the 17th of April we welcomed the latest member into the Family of Christ as we baptised Angus in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. It was a wonderful service outside in front of the church building in Mitchell All Saints. Angus is part of four generation to be baptised at All Saints.
We celebrated the union of Samuel and Ashley Swadling on the 15th April. A wonderful day celebrated with lost rings, music interrupts yet a great day for all.
Over the weekend of the 7th 8th and 9th we had visitors from St Barts Toowoomba. They walk with us as we visited healthy aging and played Hoy, and shared coffee with all. They also shared with us as we all celebrated and gave praise to our loving God in St Aidans, Wyandra, St Luke's Augathella and All Saints Charleville. There was some time for them to enjoy a bit of hard labour as they cleaned and gardened. Not that it was expected. we also visited some properties which was welcomed with hot tea and cakes.
Thanks again for the people who come and walk with us.
We have had the Gold Coast St James men come and walk with us. While they were in Mitchell they worked on the bush Brother cottage. With a bit of modern touch and paint it is looking very liable. Thanks to Barry and Barry And Bill. wonderful to have you walk with us. We bought the Windows, hard-flex and plumbing bits from our local hardware. You are welcome abck anytime to come and enjoy your fruits of labour.
We would like to congratulate Jack and Daniel Sullivan as becoming the newest members of the kingdom of God. On Saturday the 19th we celebrated their baptism out on the 'Lingard' property south of Mitchell. Let us all celebrate this wonderful day.
Congratulations to Thomas and Sarah Barnes on their marriage today. Our prayers that God may bless your marriage into the future. The Wedding was held at the lake outside Quilpie. A beautiful setting for a beautiful day.
Our Lenten study begins tomorrow 1st of March, Ash Wednesday. For the 40 day journey ABM has put together a 40 day devotional to guide us to the deserts of our souls. The books are available from Steffan at $6 each. This is an opputunity for you to journey towards Easter with a daily devotin by yourself our with others. Discusssing what each reflections means to you as we journey together seeking a deeper relationship with God and His mission for us in the world.
“Into the desert” ABM Lent smartphone app. Download your free app here: www.abmission.org/apps
Ash Wednesday services will be held at All Saints Mitchell at 6pm on the 28th March and Charleville at 11am and Cunnamulla at 6pm on the 1st of March.