Dear Members of the Diocesan Family

In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life:
On Sunday afternoon, The Reverend Mary Eseli, priest at Injinoo entered her eternal rest. We assure The Reverend Erris and the family of our love and prayers at this time. I will let the Diocesan family know when we will celebrate The Reverend Mary’s earthly life. At the moment work is being undertaken on the Church of St. Michael and All Angels.

Yesterday, Miss Colleen Saveka entered her eternal rest. Colleen is well known in the Torres Strait and was an office bearer of the Torres Strait Regional Council. We assure Colleen’s family of our love and prayers at this time.

Last evening Bishop Bob Butterss entered his eternal rest. Bob was an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne from 1985 to 1994 and lived in retirement in the Diocese of Newcastle. Bob was actively involved with ABM-A, being the Victorian Secretary for four years and then the Chair of ABM from 1976 to 1984.

We assure the family of our love and prayers at this time.

Conference for those involved in ministry:
This conference is being held Friday (7th July) 10am to 3pm in the Board Room at the Registry. If you plan to attend please let my PA know for catering purposes. Several people have asked can they raise questions for the purpose of discussion amongst ourselves. The answers is yes, but I have asked people to supply their questions early, so that I can undertake preparation. To date there has been no questions received.

The Coming of the Light:
It has been good to hear the various reports of the Coming of the Light ceremonies and services across the Diocese. I realise a lot of work goes into the preparation.

Robin and I had the joy of celebrating the Coming of the Light in Cairns, this year.

Anglican Overseas Aid:
Please see the attached information regarding the Seeds for Life: 2017 End of Financial Year Appeal.
This appeal does not close until 31 July, so you still have time to donate – and get in early for next financial year!

AOA EOFY Appeal pew sheet

Messy Church Workshop:
St. Peter’s Parish West End are hosting a Messy Church Workshop on Saturday 29 July. Information and Registration form attached.

Messy Church Workshop1

Messy Church Workshop-2

NAIDOC is the first full week of July each year and as a nation we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. We pray for the celebrations across the Diocese.

Please be assured of my prayers for those who are travelling. I know that for some of you, Synod can be a five day reality. I really appreciate the effort many of you make to be present.

I remind all those who are attending Synod from out of Townsville that during the Synod weekend the V8 Supercar race is being held in Townsville. As a result, there are a number of road closures. If you follow the detour signs you should be right.

On the Synod timetable, I had two Bible Studies listed. I had asked The Reverend Dr Mark Harding to lead our Bible Studies. Due to various circumstances Dr Harding is not able to be with us now and it is too late to invite someone else.

Some people have asked if anyone can come to Synod. The answer is yes, but visitors do not have the right to speak or vote. One of the reasons I deliver a State of the Diocese Address on the Friday evening is so visitors can hear the Bishop speak about life in the Diocese. Copies of the State of the Diocese Address, as well as the Presidential Charge will be available during Synod.

I encourage as many people from across Townsville to worship at the Cathedral at 8.00am on Sunday. As well as being the Synod Service, it is also Sea Sunday. Stained glass windows will be blessed. Following the service Glencore will be providing brunch. There will be no morning tea at the Cathedral School on Sunday morning. We will go straight into business.

The locations for Synod:
Friday evening: St James’ Cathedral
Saturday: The Cathedral School – 154 Ross River Road Mundingburra
Sunday: St James’ Cathedral, then to The Cathedral School

Look forward to catching up with some of you over the weekend.
In the meantime, please be assured of my prayers.
Yours in Christ

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

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