Church news for the week beginning 20th August 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Jodie continues the series ‘Two Ways to Live’ with the fourth talk “The cross” from Isaiah chapter 53 verses 3 to 6, verses 9 to 10 and 1 Peter chapter 2 verses 22 to 24, chapter 3 verse 18.

Mission of the month: Church Missionary Society (CMS)

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

Parish Council

Our Parish Council meets this Monday, 22nd August at 2.30 pm at the church. Please remember them in your prayers.

Ladies Guild Meeting

The Ladies Guild are meeting this Wednesday, 24th August in the church hall at 2pm.

SWITCH Women’s Conference

The women’s conference for the Illawarra is coming up soon. Saturday 15th October from 8:45am to 4:30pm at Waterslea Conference Centre (Nowra). Cost $60. Details www.southernwomen.org.au

Join a Small-group Bible Study!

Monday 7.30pm with Phil Pratt for young adults (at his house in Kiama Downs);
Wednesday 7.30pm with Trevor and Robyn Lucas (at their house in Jamberoo);
Friday 9.30am with Mandy McNeill for women (at her house in Jamberoo);
Sunday 9.45am with Graham Errington and Mark Howard (at the church);
Sunday 5pm with Mark Howard (at the church).

New roster coming soon

If you’re unavailable to serve on a roster from 19th September through to 11th December please let us know via comment card, email office@jamberooanglican.com or even better go to www.jamberooanglican.net

Visit of George Statheos

George Statheos will be visiting our church for four days from Thursday 15th September to Sunday 18th September for a mini-mission. Plan to bring a friend to church, and keep dinner free on the Saturday for a Greek meal! Please also pray for the organisation and planning of events.

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4626.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5018.00, leaving a gap of $-392.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $187,200. Compared to that total we received $171,752, leaving a gap of $15,448.

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 .

The joy of life together

 

Rayne

As I prepare to return to Canada after seven months as your Youth Ministry Intern, I recall one of my favourite parts of Scripture:

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:15-17

These verses simply and profoundly tell the Church how we are to be with one another.

As I read these words and reflect on my time with Oak Flats and Jamberoo Anglican Churches, I see this passage being lived out.

It is beyond encouraging to walk into church on a weekend and be greeted by a room full of people who clearly love the good Lord and his church deeply, are at peace with one another, and take such joy in worshipping God communally. 

In caring so deeply for the church family, even times of trials and admonishment seem to come and go with joy (James 1:2-3) and thankfulness in our churches, which further reflects the integrity of God being so clearly at the centre of everything.

Many churches do not reflect Colossians 3 as well as your two parishes do. Your witness as church congregations is profound.

I hope you are encouraged by this and continue to build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11) as the body of Christ, for I have been so encouraged by you. I will thank God for you always.

Blessings, Rayne Loehndorf

Coming up this weekend 20th – 21st August 2016

This weekend Jodie continues the series ‘Two Ways to Live’ with the fourth talk “The cross” from Isaiah chapter 53 verses 3 to 6, verses 9 to 10 and 1 Peter chapter 2 verses 22 to 24, chapter 3 verse 18.

At both our services we will hear a mission update about CMS – our mission of the month.

Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer 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 Prayer Book 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.

Church news for the week beginning 13th August 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Jodie continues the series ‘Two Ways to Live’ with the third talk “God’s judgement” from Deuteronomy chapter 29 verses 16 to 20, and 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 verses 6 to 10.

You, me and the Bible course

At the same time as our ‘Two Ways to Live’ talk series we’re going to be going together through the workbook ‘You, me and the Bible’. If your small group leader’s not doing it then you can grab a copy for just $5 and do it with a friend.

Mission of the month: Anglicare

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

Ladies Dinner

You’re invited to join the ladies of Oak Flats and our region this Tuesday 16th August to hear Kara Hartley. Dinner is $7 payable on the night at 35 Fisher Street Oak Flats, and there is no need to RSVP.

Mike Baird at Shellharbour Prayer Breakfast

Premier Mike Baird is speaking at the Shellharbour Prayer Breakfast, Friday 28th October 7am at Ravensthorpe, Albion Park. Join the other churches of our region to hear Mike’s Christian testimony. Tickets $45 available online at  shellharbourprayerbreakfast.org

Join a Small-group Bible Study!

Monday 7.30pm with Phil Pratt for young adults (at his house in Kiama Downs);
Wednesday 7.30pm with Trevor and Robyn Lucas (at their house in Jamberoo);
Friday 9.30am with Mandy McNeill for women (at her house in Jamberoo);
Sunday 9.45am with Graham Errington and Mark Howard (at the church);
Sunday 5pm with Mark Howard (at the church).

SWITCH Women’s Conference

The women’s conference for the Illawarra is coming up soon. Saturday 15th October from 8:45am to 4:30pm at Waterslea Conference Centre (Nowra). Cost $60. Details www.southernwomen.org.au

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4626.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5018.00, leaving a gap of $-392.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $187,200. Compared to that total we received $171,752, leaving a gap of $15,448.

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 .

Faster, higher, stronger?

7721180-3x2-700x467As we reach the midpoint of the 2016 Summer Olympics we’re reminded again of the wonder of the human body.

Each day we hear about the smashing of world records, as we witness men and women go faster, higher and stronger.

It is right to be amazed at the way that God has made us, but we must be careful not to worship creation rather than the creator.

For, we read in the Bible that this can become the end point in a downwards spiral away from true worship of God.

Even though God has made it very clear that he is worthy of all praise, people have chosen to neither glorify him nor to give him thanks. (Romans 1:21)

And this has naturally led to people to worship created objects, which ultimately means they have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. (Romans 1:25)

This sounds a little intense, but the temptation to worship created things rather than the creation is something that is part of human nature, and even the pleasure of the Olympics can result in idolatry if we are not careful and wise.

So, enjoy cheering on the green and gold… but as you see humans break through the limits of speed, height and strength, be sure to give God the glory!

Coming up this weekend 13th – 14th August 2016

This weekend Jodie continues the series ‘Two Ways to Live’ with the third talk “God’s judgement” from Deuteronomy chapter 29 verses 16 to 20, and 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 verses 6 to 10.

After our 5pm Saturday service, please join us for a bush dance starting at 7.30pm to farewell our youth intern, Rayne as she heads back to Canada.

Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion First Order AAPB 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 Prayer Book 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.

Church news for the week beginning 6th August 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Jodie continues the series ‘Two Ways to Live’ with the second talk “Humanity Rebels” from Genesis chapter 3 verses 1 to 6, and Romans chapter 1 verses 18 to 25.

You, me and the Bible course

At the same time as our ‘Two Ways to Live’ talk series we’re going to be going together through the workbook ‘You, me and the Bible’. If your small group leader’s not doing it then you can grab a copy for just $5 and do it with a friend.

Mission of the month: Anglicare

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

150th Anniversary preparations

Our church building is turning 150 next year, and we’d love to have a celebration! If you are interested in helping organise this special event, please let us know so we can plan a time to meet up together for planning.

Rayne’s Farewell and Bush Dance

Join us on Saturday, 13th August to farewell Rayne as she heads back to Canada. Church service at 5pm followed by a sausage sizzle and lamingtons at 6.30pm. A bush dance will begin at 7.30pm. All are invited. Come to all or any part of the event. Please RSVP to lesleyaerrington@gmail.com for catering purposes.

Ladies Dinner

You’re invited to join the ladies of Oak Flats and our region on Tuesday 16th August to hear Kara Hartley. Dinner is $7 payable on the night at 35 Fisher Street Oak Flats, and there is no need to RSVP.

Pie Drive Fundraiser

Please contact Vic East on 4236 0525 if you are interested in a Pie Drive Fundraiser for Scripture at Kiama High School.

Mike Baird at Shellharbour Prayer Breakfast

Premier Mike Baird is speaking at the Shellharbour Prayer Breakfast, Friday 28th October 7am at Ravensthorpe, Albion Park. Join the other churches of our region to hear Mike’s Christian testimony. Tickets $45 available online at  shellharbourprayerbreakfast.org

Join a Small-group Bible Study!

Monday 7.30pm with Phil Pratt for young adults (at his house in Kiama Downs);
Wednesday 7.30pm with Trevor and Robyn Lucas (at their house in Jamberoo);
Friday 9.30am with Mandy McNeill for women (at her house in Jamberoo);
Sunday 9.45am with Graham Errington and Mark Howard (at the church);
Sunday 5pm with Mark Howard (at the church).

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4626.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5018.00, leaving a gap of $-392.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $187,200. Compared to that total we received $171,752, leaving a gap of $15,448.

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 .

Are you worried about your privacy?

If you hadn’t already noticed, next week’s Census is causing quite a bit of a stir.

Most of the concerns are because the Australian Bureau of Statistics have determined that they will be keeping every name and address on file, without giving people a choice to ‘opt out.’

Censuses tend to be a magnet for controversy, usually because people like to keep their secrets to themselves.

There is a place for appropriate privacy, (especially when it comes to modesty), but it’s worth remembering that nobody can keep their secrets hidden from God.

For, we are reminded in the Bible that “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight” and that “everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews chapter 4 verse 13.)

God is fully trustworthy with what he knows about us, but as our creator he has a right to hold every human accountable for their lives.

And we know that his living and active word is “sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews chapter 4 verse 12.)

Fortunately, God is merciful, and we know that he will forgive us when we seek reconciliation with him for when we’ve acted like he’s not our loving ruler.

So, knowing how much God knows about us, this Census Tuesday is a perfect opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness, through the death of his son, Jesus.

Coming up this weekend 5th – 6th August 2016

This weekend Jodie continues the series ‘Two Ways to Live’ with the second talk “Humanity Rebels” from Genesis chapter 3 verses 1 to 6, and Romans chapter 1 verses 18 to 25.

We will also share the Lord’s Supper at 5pm Saturday, so be sure to join us for this important reminder of the death of Jesus.

Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer AAPB 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 Prayer Book 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.

Church news for the week beginning 30th July 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Jodie begins a six week series on “Two ways to Live”, with the first talk ‘God as loving ruler and creator’, from Genesis chapter 1 verses 26 to 31, and Revelation chapter 4 verses 6 to 11.

You, me and the Bible course

At the same time as our ‘Two Ways to Live’ talk series we’re going to be going together through the workbook ‘You, me and the Bible’. If your small group leader’s not doing it then you can grab a copy for just $5 and do it with a friend.

 Mission of the month: Anglicare

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

150th Anniversary preparations

Our church building is turning 150 next year, and we’d love to have a celebration! If you are interested in helping organise this special event, please let us know so we can plan a time to meet up together for planning.

Men’s Dinner

You’re invited to join the men of Oak Flats and beyond this Tuesday night 2nd August for the next Men’s Dinner. Our speaker is Dr Noel Weeks. 6.30pm at the Central Hotel Function Room. Bookings essential. Phone 0439 561 373 or email mensdinner@oakflatsanglican.com

Dinner at the Bowlo

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

Rayne’s Farewell and Bush Dance

Join us on Saturday, 13th August to farewell Rayne as she heads back to Canada. Church service at 5pm followed by a sausage sizzle and lamingtons at 6.30pm. A bush dance will begin at 7.30pm. All are invited. Come to all or any part of the event. Please RSVP to lesleyaerrington@gmail.com for catering purposes.

Pie Drive Fundraiser

Please contact Vic East on 4236 0525 if you are interested in a Pie Drive Fundraiser for Scripture at Kiama High School.

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4626.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5018.00, leaving a gap of $-392.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $187,200. Compared to that total we received $171,752, leaving a gap of $15,448.

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 .