Church news for the week beginning 28th – 29th May 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend we continue a mini-series called ‘Know and Tell the Gospel’.  Jodie will be speaking on the topic “The power of  the gospel”, from Romans chapter 1 verses 8 to 17.

Mission of the month: Moore College

Moore College is our mission of the month. Support this ministry by purchasing gifts from the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

Refuge Retreat

Our high-school-aged youth group is going away on a weekend camp at Burrill Pines next weekend, 3rd to 5th June. Already we’ve got many non-church kids joining us. We’re charging only $20 per kid, including food, transport and accomodation, so that we can make it as easy as possible for people to join. Spread the news with the teenagers you know, and if you’re willing and able, we’d love cash donations to help us make the subsidies possible.

Dinner at the Bowlo

Join us this Thursday at 6pm at the Jamberoo Bowling Club for a relaxed Chinese meal together.

Men’s Dinner

You’re invited to join the men of Oak Flats and beyond on Tuesday night 7th June for the next Men’s Dinner. Our speaker is Moussa Ghazal. 6.30pm at the Central Hotel Function Room. Bookings essential. Phone 0439 561 373 or email mensdinner@oakflatsanglican.com

Gong Men’s Day

Join us on Saturday June 18th, 9am till 2pm or 5pm to 9.30pm at Dapto Anglican for a great day of teaching and encouragement for the men of our region. Price is $35 (or $25 concession). Register online at www.gongmensday.net

New roster coming soon

If you’re unavailable to serve on a roster from 27th June through 18th September please let us know via comment card, email office@jamberooanglican.com or even better go to www.jamberooanglican.net

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4200.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $4237.00, leaving a gap of $-37.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $208,000. Compared to that total we received $209,025, leaving a gap of $-1,025.

Olimometer 2.52

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .

Saying ‘sorry’ is just the first step

sorry in the sky

Sorry Day over Sydney Harbour (CREDIT: Butuba via flickr.com)

Thursday was National Sorry Day in Australia, a day to recognise all the damage done to Indigenous peoples of Australia since the arrival of the British in 1788.

I’ve witnessed people roll their eyes at this stuff before, and not only scoff but even protest against the welfare policies provided to Indigenous peoples today that give them assistance in housing and education, as if it’s somehow unfair.

They probably didn’t realise at the time that I am Indigenous myself.

Massacres of Indigenous peoples were still occurring well into the 20’s and 30’s of last century, often tacitly approved by–if not involving–law enforcement.

After being legally considered flora and fauna for over 100 years, they were only recognised as citizens in 1967.

Tens of thousands of children with mixed Indigenous/non-Indigenous descent were stolen from their families for ‘assimilation’, to absorb them into ‘white’ people while the rest were assumed to die out–and this was occurring until the 1970s, the decade before I was born.

This was not to be officially recognised by the Australian Government until the 1990’s, allowing for consequences to spiral further for another generation.

We are not talking about ancient history: we are talking about hundreds of people groups on this continent who have lost not only their land but their languages, culture, families, identity, and, for ninety percent of them, their lives.

This doesn’t just resolve the moment that the destruction stops, for there needs to be proactive help and reconciliation.

There are generations of Indigenous people today who have been severely disadvantaged from birth because their parents were severely disadvantaged and suffered greatly, and the problem has amplified.

Government assistance with things like housing and education is not only reasonable, but a minimum.

We are still a long way from an equal playing field. 

John Hanlen (one of the members of last week’s Moore College team, who spoke at our church last Saturday night).

Church news for the week beginning 21st – 22nd May 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

At our 5pm Saturday service, we welcome Matt Straw who is speaking on the topic “Real Hope, Real Jesus”, from Luke chapter 24 verses 36 to 48.

At our 8am Sunday service, we welcome John Hanlen who is speaking on the topic “The Real Problem”, from Mark chapter 2 verses 1 to 10.

Mission of the month: Moore College

Moore College is our mission of the month. Support this ministry by purchasing gifts from the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

New Website is live!

Visit www.jamberooanglican.com to see our new website. Check out the photos… you might see yourself in there somewhere!

Chops, Chips & Chocolate… and Church!

As part of our ‘Back to Church’ Saturday this weekend, we’re having a meal of chops, chips and chocolate after our 5pm service. Free chops, chips, and a chocolate fountain… plus some salads (for the health conscious!).

Join a small group

If you’re not part of a small group, then why not join one? It’s a great way to get to know others and God, in a safe and enjoyable community. There’s one on Wednesday night, Friday morning, and Sunday morning. Details at www.jamberooanglican.com/biblestudies or make a note on a Comment Card.

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4200.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $4237.00, leaving a gap of $-37.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $208,000. Compared to that total we received $209,025, leaving a gap of $-1,025.

Olimometer 2.52

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .

Coming up this weekend 28th – 29th May 2016

This weekend we continue a mini-series called ‘Know and Tell the Gospel’.  Jodie will be speaking on the topic “The power of  the gospel”, from Romans chapter 1 verses 8 to 17.

It’s also the right time for us to recognise many of the needs of our missionaries, so we’ll have a special report about what’s been happening in the lives of our partners in global, word ministry.

Our 8am Sunday service will be Lord’s Supper Sunday Service.

If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a prayerbook service.

If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.

Hurry up and wait!

An AS350BA Squirrel helicopter from 723 Squadron (CREDIT: Royal Australian Navy)

An AS350BA Squirrel helicopter from 723 Squadron (CREDIT: Royal Australian Navy)

When I was in the Navy I learnt an important lesson: the ‘hurry up and wait’.

It usually occurred when we’d be told without much notice to be in the next place, that’s usually not very close to where you are, in less time then it really takes you to get there. This is called the hurry up.

Typically what would happen once we had arrived is that the hierarchy would then take another 30 minutes to figure out exactly what it was that they wanted us to do. We did plenty of waiting like this.

As Christians, we’re actually in the ‘hurry up and wait’ business, too. 

In the Bible, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), but the Bible also tells us that the ‘time is near’ for Jesus’ return. (Revelation 1:3).

This time could even be today or tomorrow.

I want to challenge you to hurry up. Share your faith in Jesus with friends and family, the ones you’ve wanted to share the good news of Jesus with but haven’t quite gotten around to it.

I want to challenge you because, as the Bible tells us, the time is indeed near.

If you don’t trust Jesus, hurry up and investigate Jesus because without trusting in him there is no hope of the ‘wait’.

This is because Christians wait in hope of Jesus’ glorious return.

Whether he returns today, tomorrow or not until more generations have come and gone, Christians await his glorious return knowing we will finally be at home with Jesus when he comes.

So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up!

Mitch Herps (Moore Theological College student)

Coming up this weekend 21st – 22nd May 2016

This weekend is the perfect time to be back to church. We’d love you to join us!

At our 5pm Saturday service we have Matt Straw speaking on the topic “Real Hope, Real Jesus” from Luke chapter 24 verses 36 to 48. After the service we’re hosting a FREE chops, chips and chocolate night. Join us for a free BBQ meal, with salads, hot chips, and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit, followed by free espresso coffee. It’s a great contemporary church service for people of all ages, and includes a special kids’ program.

If you’d prefer a more traditional service, then come along at 8am on Sunday morning. We have John Hanlen speaking on the topic ” The Real Problem” from Mark chapter 2 verses 1 to 10. This is a prayer book service with great hymns and time for reflection.

So, come along at 5pm on Saturday or 8am on Sunday and hang out with us at 45 Churchill Street.

Church news for the week beginning 14-15th May 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend we welcome Mitch Herps, a Moore College student, who is speaking on the topic “Meeting the man who calmed the storm” from Mark chapter 4 verses 35 to 41.

Mission of the month: Moore College

Moore College is our mission of the month. Support this ministry by purchasing gifts from the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

New Website is live!

Visit www.jamberooanglican.com to see our new website. Check out the photos… you might see yourself in there somewhere!

‘Come Alive Week’ has begun

This weekend we welcome a team of 24 theological students from Moore College to join with us for a week of mission to the communities of Oak Flats and Jamberoo from the 14th to the 22nd May. Please be praying!

Financial support of Come Alive Week

Are you able to help pay for a some or all of any of the expenses of Come Alive Week? General costs including dinner on the 14th & 21st May, and other food, transport, coffee and other expenses. Please place your marked gifts in the collection bags. Thanks to God for your generosity!

MixER Young Adults Night

Event for younger adults up at Oak Flats Anglican church. Special guest speaker and musician from the Moore College team. 7.30pm on Monday 16th May.

Ladies Dinner

You’re invited to join the ladies of Oak Flats and beyond this Tuesday 17th May to hear Kate Henderson, a Moore College student. Kate will be speaking on the topic of “How do we know that God will keep His promises?”, from Hebrews 11:1 – 12:3. Dinner is $7 payable at the door, and there is no need to RSVP.

Men’s Top Gear Night

Food, fast cars and free grace! 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday 17th May at 17 Gow Avenue, Albion Park Rail. All you can eat (well almost) pizza.

Men’s BBQ Breakfast

The men are meeting at 8am on Saturday 21st May for a BBQ breakfast at Oak Flats Anglican with special guest speaker. Perfect for your mates to come and hear about Jesus!

Mini Market

Join us at the church on Saturday 21st May, 9am to 12pm. Plants, cakes, bric-a-brac, local produce, books. craft, coffee, tea & pike-lets all on offer.  A great day for our community! Contact 4236 0158 for further information. Donations would be greatly appreciated, please drop them off to the Church hall on Friday 20th May

Back to Church Saturday – Chops, Chips & Chocolate

As part of our ‘Back to Church’ Saturday, we will be joining together for a meal of chops, chips and chocolate on the 21st May after our 5pm service. Free chops, chips, and a chocolate fountain… plus some salads (for the health conscious!

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4200.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $4237.00, leaving a gap of $-37.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $208,000. Compared to that total we received $209,025, leaving a gap of $-1,025.

Olimometer 2.52

Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .

Isn’t it time to come back to church?

Back to ChurchIsn’t it time you came back to church?

At 5pm this Saturday 21st May we’re hosting a FREE chops, chips and chocolate night at the church. Join us for a free BBQ meal, with salads, hot chips, and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit, followed by free espresso coffee. It’s a great contemporary church service for people of all ages, and includes a special kids’ program.

If you’d prefer a more traditional service then come along at 8am on Sunday morning for a prayer book service with great hymns and time for reflection.

This weekend at both services we’re welcoming a group of young trainee ministers who will share with us the heart of the Christian faith.

This is the perfect weekend to come back to church. We’d love you to join us!

Market Day

Market DayJoin us this Saturday at our church for our annual Market Day!

It starts at 9am in the morning, and we’re planning to end at midday (unless there’s still strong interest after that time).

We’ve got lots in store, including plants, cakes, bric-a-brac, local produce, books. craft, coffee, tea & pikelets.

We’ll also be enjoying a good-old BBQ sausage sizzle with cans of drink for sale… everything you need to keep you going as you rummage through all sorts of treasure (and hopefully not too much trash!)

Plus, we’re having live music from an acoustic guitar group, to help with your bargain hunting!

We’d love donations of your once-loved goods and chattels, with proceeds going to support the work of your local church in the village and valley. Drop your stuff off to the Church hall on Friday 20th May if you’re able.

If you’d like to know more then contact 02 4236 0158 for further information or email robert.curll@jamberooanglican.com.

 

Back to church week

Back to Church“Why don’t you come back to church this week?”

This is the question that we’re planning to ask hundreds of people this week as we connect with our village and valley in a big push to welcome people back into church.

Some people will respond by saying, “I’ve never been to church before… so why should I come this weekend?” This will create the perfect opportunity for us to share that people should come to church to come alive with Christ.

For others, they’ll say that they don’t feel the need to come to church. This should naturally lead to a great chat about how God created every person and longs for us all to know him and come alive with Christ.

Some might also respond to this challenge by saying that they don’t feel they’d fit in to church. This should lead us to talk about the many different kinds of people who are part of our church, from all ages and walks of life.

Finally, they might feel that it wouldn’t be right for them to come to church because of the bad things they’ve done. This will create a wonderful opportunity to talk about the rich message of grace that comes through the death of Jesus on their behalf.

It’s my prayer that over this week we’ll have lots of different opportunities to share the good news that ‘Jesus is Lord’ so that many people will hear his call to repent and believe, and then be saved.

That’s a great reason to come back to church! What about you?