Dear Members of the Diocesan Family

The Retreat – 30 Jan to 2 Feb:
The retreat is open to all clergy and licensed Lay Ministers. It is important that the numbers are finalised for catering purposes. Please let Julie know if you are attending. The Registration Form is attached.

The Right Reverend Graeme Rutherford is the retreat conductor.

I will be forwarding the worship Roster early next week when the numbers are finalised. For the Eucharist the readings will be those of the day. For the Daily Office, the readings will be supplied as they will fit into the talk that follows.

Please continue to pray for:

The Reverend Elimo Tapim, family and loved ones, along with the St. Stephen's community of faith as they gather to give thanks for the earthly life and ministry of Mrs. Renah Tapim on Friday at St. James Cathedral at 11am.

The Reverend Chris Yule who recently underwent gall bladder surgery. Chris is now home and we pray for a speedy recovery.

The Reverend Elaine Jeston, who is in hospital and is in isolation. We pray for both Elaine and Tom at this time and we are pleased that Elaine is making good progress and we pray for continued steady progress.

The Reverend Beryl Finch has been staying with her daughter since being discharged from hospital. The good news is that Beryl and Chas will be returning to Magnetic Island this week. We give thanks for Beryl’s healing to date and for steady regaining of strength.

Mr John Wood, a former member of the Diocesan Executive, as he continues to undergo treatment.

Bishop James Leftwich is in the Cairns Hospital undergoing further tests. Please pray for Bishop James, Lala and the family.

Please continue to pray for the clergy who are discerning whether God is calling them to Mareeba, St. Matthew's Mundingburra, the Mackay Cluster and Chaplain to Trinity Anglican School.

The Reverend Dr Barry Paterson who made his profession as a Dominican as a member of the Order of Preachers, last weekend. We pray for Barry as he lives into and lives out his vows.

Last week Robin and I took leave. Sadly, there has been a tragic death in the family and Robin and I travelled down south for the funeral. At the moment Robin, like many others across the Diocese, is afflicted with one of the various viruses and bugs that seem to be effecting people. We would value your prayers. Robin is resting and that seems to be one of the best ways to assist recovery.

This week school staff are commencing a new school year. We pray for them as they undertake their planning and preparation and settle into their teaching roles in 2017.

We also pray for those students who start school this year, along with their parents. We particularly
remember those students who will be in year 12 this year, as well as remembering those many
students who are returning to school.

Students are waiting to hear if they have been successful in obtaining a particular University place.
Times such as this can be of great joy and great disappointment.

On behalf of the Diocese I welcome Mr Paul Sjogren, the new Principal of Trinity Anglican School
(TAS) to North Queensland. We look forward to Paul's ministry as Principal and to the life of the

Please pray for Paul and his wife Tracey as they settle into the North, and also for their two daughters
Danielle and Jacqueline.

The Torres Strait:
Early this week the clergy and Churchwardens held the first of their monthly teleconferences for this
year. It has been resolved that to provide ministry leadership on the Torres Strait an Area Dean will
be appointed. I will be writing to the Torres Strait Island parishes this week outlining the motion that
was passed recently.

When we held the Torres Strait Island teleconference people were talking about the AGM. It certainly
reminded me that the year is getting underway very quickly. Please be assured of my prayers as
you plan for your AGM. For me an AGM has a twofold purpose. First, to give thanks to God for the
blessings of the past year. Can I say there have been many exciting ministry activities across the
Diocese. The second aspect is to plan and focus on the future. I was asked the other day, how does
that happen. There are many ways but at an AGM the budget tells very clearly of the ministry

Please ensure that you hold your Parish AGM by the last day of February, (as per Canon 2 21.1).
There is a provision in the Canon for the Bishop to grant an exemption, but there must be valid

Anglican Savings Fund (ASF):
The ASF Audited Statement and Confirmation Letters for the year ending 31 December 2016, were
mailed to all Parishes on 13th January. Please confirm the parish balances and return the form to
the Auditors in the envelope provided as soon as possible.

Wishing you every blessing as we enter fully into the new calendar, school and academic year.

Yours in Christ

The Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray
Bishop of North Queensland

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