Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
In Sunday morning’s message Denis will be looking at the theme ‘He’s Coming.’ He will be examining three readings from Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36 and 1 Thess. 3:9-13. In Jeremiah on top of the blessing they are to receive there is a promise of the coming of Jesus. He will be a branch of righteousness descended from David’s line. Jerusalem will be called the Lord our Righteousness.
In Luke Jesus describes the end-time conditions that will affect the whole world. The extremely disturbing phenomena preceding Jesus’ return will strike great fear amongst unbelievers but will provide a source of hope and expectation for followers of Jesus. We are told to watch and pray.
In Paul’s 1st letter to the Thessalonian Church, Paul prays that He might see them to perfect what is lacking in their faith. He also prays that their love may increase and overflow for each other and everyone else, so that we might stand blameless in holiness before God when Jesus returns.’ Rest assured He will return. Will we be ready? … Denis
Sundays@5: From Keith’s Desk … In this afternoon’s message we will be looking at another of ‘The Attributes of God’ specifically Grace. Divine Grace is defined by Abraham Booth as ‘the eternal and absolute free favour of God manifested in the granting of spiritual and eternal blessings to the guilty and unworthy.’ A more simple definition I like is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. There are three principal characteristics of Divine Grace: It is eternal, it is free and it is sovereign.
There is no doubt that grace and truth were fully revealed and perfectly demonstrated, when Jesus came to this earth and died for us all on the Cross. It is through Jesus alone that the grace of God flows through His chosen people. It was always part of God’s ancient plan.
It should be apparent that we become followers of Jesus through God’s unmerited grace, not as a result of any effort, ability or act of service on our part. We will look at the grace of God displayed toward the lost son, the woman caught in the act of adultery and the Apostle Paul. We may well ask ourselves this question: ‘Do we know God’s grace fully in our lives?’ … May God’s richest Blessing be with you all, Keith.
Messy Church Christmas – Let’s Celebrate! – Sunday 16 December 4pm to 6pm – a free family Christmas fun time of craft, games, stories and dinner.
November Congregational Meeting update: At the November congregational meeting held last week on Sunday 25th, after a lengthy discussion regarding our church’s future, it was agreed by the congregation that both morning and evening services should close and a brand new combined service should be formed. The new service, which will start from Sunday 3rd February 2019 at 10.15am, will enable the church to be more intentionally intergenerational. The evening service will have a closing service on Sunday 9th December and the morning service will have a closing service on Sunday 23rd December.
I would like to thank everyone who has served or is currently serving in these services to make them an amazing tool for our church to show the local community the love and grace that our Lord and Saviour has shown us. We, as a church, understand that change can be hard but with the help of the Spirit we will come together in this new way and grow the kingdom in our local community.
Other items discussed where the minister’s and family pastor’s reports which can be obtained on request, and Church Council elections in which Alison Kell and Rob Kell were successfully elected. Richard gave an update on our finances and indicated that we are currently below budget for our offerings. I encourage each one of us to re-assess our situations and not only pray about what we give, but act if you feel God is leading you to. The audited financial report for year ending 30th June 2018 was also presented and a copy can be obtained from Richard.
Kevin gave an update in regards to the Peakhurst Area School Scripture Board and if you would like any further information regarding the PASSB please speak with Kevin.
For any other information in regards to the congregational meeting, please feel free to contact me. – Rob Kell, Chairman
Church Council Election Results 2018: The Church Council Election process for 2018 commenced on Sunday 7 October and concluded on Wednesday 21 November. Following the counting of votes cast by the church members and members in association, Alan Findlay, Graham Kell and I declare; Alison Kell (1 year) and Robert Kell (2 years) to be duly elected to the Council. Their nominated terms listed above will commence on 1 January 2019.
Following the completion of the 2018 election procedure, one (1) position remains unfilled on the Council.
Conversations with John Anderson: Featuring Dr. Kevin Donnelly AM, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. John talks to him about the state of school education in Australia today and expounds some of the reasons why Australian students are not performing as well now as they did in previous generations.
Carols by Streetlight will be held on Tuesday 18th December at 7pm. We will walk around local streets stopping at various points to sing a number of carols before moving on to the next location. Here is an opportunity to express the joy of Christmas to our local community. Please choose to be involved even if you don’t think that you sing very well. You will provide much needed volume.
The route and meeting point on the 18th December is yet to be decided.
Carols by Streetlight is a community activity and everyone is welcome to be involved however people will need to come to the practice session in order to become familiar with the songs and especially the tunes.
The practice session for Carols by Streetlight will be held a week earlier on Tuesday 11th December at 7pm at the worship centre. The tunes that we have chosen are mainly upbeat (Herb Alpert. Herb who?), and it is important that you become familiar with them.
Printed copies of the carols and CDs of the music will be available in the library for you to take and practice. The music and lyrics can also be accessed and downloaded from Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y9xzl02ggurvhgp/AAD-sRpGy8IKMk4GylSkC9ADa?dl=0
For any inquiries please contact Lawrie on 0404 354 291 firstname.lastname@example.org
DVDs of the Week:
SilverBells. Veteran sports anchor, Bruce Dalton, lives life “for the win.” But, to his family, friends and those around him, that’s not always a positive think. After getting into a brawl with a referee at his son’s basketball game, Dalton is sentenced to community service as a Salvation Army bell ringer during the Christmas season. Approaching even raising donations and filling food baskets as a game to be won, things quickly go south. Will Dalton learn that life isn’t a win or lose game, but a sport best played as a team? Dalton’s job and relationship with his family hang on that very question ….
The Last Straw. It’s Christmas time at the McDonald house, but with the children’s constantly bickering, silent nights – and days – are nowhere to be found. Pretty packages and a sweet-smelling tree don’t come close to filling the family home with the true spirit of the first Christmas. But that changes when mum revives an old tradition of building a soft bed for Baby Jesus in the manger; a single piece of straw is added for every kind act between family members. Will the quarrelling and negative feelings in the McDonald household ever cease? Inspired by a true story and filled with heart and humour, The Last Straw may forever change the way your own family celebrates Christmas.
Carpark Carols: This year our Carpark Carols evening will be on Sunday 23rd December from 5.30pm. As this is one of the major outreach events that we have with our local community, any help that you are able to give would be very much appreciated. Please see the sign-up sheet in the foyer for the different areas in which help is needed.
Also we will hand out gift bags at the carols so we are asking for donations of packets of lollies as we did last year. A container will be in the kitchen for your donations and a team will put the bags together before the event.
Seniors’ Afternoon Tea: Many thanks to everyone who assisted in making our “Sound of Music” such a success last week. We had 100 people attending including 50 guests which was a great outreach to the community. We also appreciated the help of our younger people in the kitchen and the aroma of hot strudel wafted into the church area on cue. Susan.