Church news for the week beginning 15th October 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Jodie begins the second half of our series on the Old Testament book of Job from chapters 22 to 24 with the topic, ‘Mythbusting repentance.’

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 18th October to hear Christine Jensen. Dinner is $7 payable on the night at 35 Fisher Street Oak Flats, and there is no need to RSVP.

Ladies Guild Cake Stall and Rose Show

The Ladies Guild are holding a cake stall on Saturday 22nd October from 9am outside the Antique shop (opposite the bowling club). Donations such as cakes, jams, pickles, marmalades & fresh produce would be greatly appreciated. All donations can be brought to the stall on the day or dropped in at the Lucas’ place beforehand – 88 Churchill Street, Jamberoo.
From midday there will be an Art, Rose and Car show. Make sure you come along and see what Jamberoo has to offer.

Combined Leadership Meeting

Saturday 22nd October is our next Combined Leadership meeting at Oak Flats Anglican Church, starting at 8.00am.

KBECET Dinner

The KBECET (Kiama Board for Employing Christian Education Teachers) Annual Dinner is on Saturday 22nd October. 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are $25 each. Contact Vic East on 4236 0525.

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5164.00, leaving a gap of $-364.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $228,000. Compared to that total we received $215,467, leaving a gap of $12,533.

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 .

Showing love in the marriage debate

Marriage

This week at the Synod meeting of the Sydney Anglican Church there was a lengthy discussion about the present debate on the redefinition of marriage.

During this discussion, we thanked the Archbishop’s Plebiscite Task Force for the work they had done in preparing a booklet to help educate people about the issue.

Whilst this booklet is still in draft format for review, it was reported on by the media, and its contents were quoted and discussed.

I am looking forward to distributing the final version of this booklet to you in the next few months.

But as a taste, here is a helpful section that tells us why that we are acting as good neighbours when we share the good and warn of the bad:

God’s plan for marriage brings positive things for children and society. Even for people who don’t believe marriage is a gift from God, the vast majority of Australians know that marriage brings good.

It’s not surprising that, if we abandon God’s good plan for marriage and define it another way, there will be consequences. And many of them may be negative. Christians have been way too silent on this. We can’t be good neighbours and stay silent on the damage that can be done if we change the meaning of marriage.

Because we’ve been largely silent until now, most Australians are simply unaware of the consequences of redefining marriage – the consequences for families and children, the consequences of removing gender difference from our societal structure and the consequences for freedom of speech.

Let’s look at those consequences and how we can talk about them with our neighbours – whether they’re believing people or not.

Let’s pray that this important discussion can be carried out with respect and love.

Let’s also pray that this discussion will glorify God and lead us to many gospel conversations.

Coming up this weekend 15th – 16th October 2016

This weekend Jodie will begin the second half of our series on the Old Testament book of Job from chapters 22 to 24 with the topic, ‘Mythbusting repentance.’

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

During our service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and our Senior Minister Jodie will be answering these questions:

  1. In Luke 10, did Jesus mean that he saw Satan fall because of the ministry of the disciples at that time, or was he referring to an event before the Fall?
  2. Given that gambling is a major cause of suicide, what should Christians do to stop it?
  3. Did dinosaurs exist at the same time as humans, and were they included in Noah’s Ark?
  4. Why don’t we say “and be thankful” anymore in the Lord’s Supper?
  5. How many times have you read the Bible from cover to cover?

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 8th October 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend we welcome Dan Odell who will be speaking on the topic “The Prodigal Son” from Luke chapter 15 verses 11 to 32.

Next week’s Bible Talk

Next week, Jodie will begin the second half of our series on the Old Testament book of Job, “Mythbusting Reality”, from chapters 22 to 24.

Mission of the month: Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES)

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

SWITCH Women’s Conference

The women’s conference for the Illawarra is on this Saturday 15th October from 8:45am to 4:30pm at Waterslea Conference Centre (Nowra). Cost $60. Bookings and details www.southernwomen.org.au. Registrations close Sunday 9th October.

Ladies Dinner

You’re invited to join the ladies of Oak Flats and our region on Tuesday 18th October to hear Christine Jensen. Dinner is $7 payable on the night at 35 Fisher Street Oak Flats, and there is no need to RSVP.

KBECET Dinner

The KBECET (Kiama Board for Employing Christian Education Teachers) Annual Dinner is on Saturday 22nd October. 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are $25 each. Contact Vic East on 4236 0525.

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5164.00, leaving a gap of $-364.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $228,000. Compared to that total we received $215,467, leaving a gap of $12,533.

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 .

Should you be a gospel worker?

Recruiting the next generation of gospel workers at this year's MTS Mission Minded Conference

Recruiting the next generation of gospel workers at this year’s MTS Mission Minded Conference

I’ve always found it hard to describe my job.

You’d think it would be easy enough to just say that I’m an ‘Anglican Minister’.

But the problem is that this creates the impression that only paid and ordained people ‘do’ the ministry in the church.

Yet, when we look in the Bible at Ephesians chapter 4, we see that all of Jesus’ people are servants (ministers) who work to build Christ’s church:

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…

So, if you’re a follower of Jesus, then you’re a minister!

There are so many ways to minister: you can do the Bible reading during a church service, or set up the chairs, or do a talk in the kids’ ministry, or provide morning tea to our seniors.

After all, we’re all in the ministry!

But as we also saw in Ephesians, God uses some particular ministers to speak the gospel in order to equip all Christians for ministry.

And that’s why we still need some specific leaders in the church… and some of them will do it as their ‘job.’

So what do we call this kind of work?

At last weekend’s ‘MTS Mission Minded’ conference, I became convinced that the best description is ‘gospel work.’

So, for people who have their ‘job’ as a ‘worker’ who speaks the gospel to believers and unbelievers, this describes the heart of the task.

Should you be considering gospel work?

PS – I’m still looking for an apprentice gospel worker to train in our church as an MTS Apprentice… let me know if you’re interested…!

Coming up this weekend 8th – 9th October 2016

This weekend we welcome Dan Odell, who will be speaking on the topic “The Prodigal Son” from Luke chapter 15 verses 11 to 32.

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 Holy Communion First Order AAPB service.

During our service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and our Senior Minister Jodie will be answering these questions:

  1. What is the significance of Isaiah 14:12 where Satan is referred to as the “morning star, son of the dawn”?
  2. How is Satan involved with the Prince of the Persian Kingdom in Daniel 10:13?
  3. Did Sarah know about Abraham’s intention to sacrifice their son?
  4. Why did Abraham leave Isaac on the hill when he returned to his servants (Genesis 22:19)?
  5. Does God really test us or does he just appear to do so in order to teach us and others?

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 1st October 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend we welcome Matthew Meek, who will be speaking on the topic “Trusting God” from Genesis chapter 22 verses 1 to 19.

Next week’s Bible Talk

Next week, Dan Odell, chaplain at Shellharbour Anglican College, will be speaking on the topic “The Prodigal Son” from Luke chapter 15 verses 11 to 32.

Mission of the month: Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES)

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

Men’s Dinner

You’re invited to join the men of Oak Flats and beyond this Tuesday night 4th October for the next Men’s Dinner. Our speaker is Lachlan Edwards, from Figtree Anglican. 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.

SWITCH Women’s Conference

The women’s conference for the Illawarra is on Saturday 15th October from 8:45am to 4:30pm at Waterslea Conference Centre (Nowra). Cost $60. Bookings and details www.southernwomen.org.au. Registrations close Sunday 9th October.

Children’s and youth programs in holidays

During school holidays our normal midweek children’s and youth programs take a break until the week of 10th October.

Thanks from Lawrie Craft

To Meree’s friends of Jamberoo, and especially the church family. We thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers during the period of her illness and at her passing into glory. Her memories of Jamberoo were very precious to her, and even though the disease appeared to take every facet of her being from her, we were able to tell her about Jamberoo, the church and her neighbours and friends along with the other special people, events and places that had been important to her. Meree’s faith in her God was firm, established over 5o years ago, and that could not have been take away. Marie is now in heaven with her Saviour, well and sharing i the joys of that place, meeting up with those she so dearly loved, that have gone before her. Lawrie, Kyle, Glenn and Elise together with their families truly appreciate you all so much. God bless, and keep you safe. Lawrie.

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5164.00, leaving a gap of $-364.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $228,000. Compared to that total we received $215,467, leaving a gap of $12,533.

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 .

Why God thinks cops are tops

Police Remembrance

On this National Police Remembrance Day, it’s worth knowing that God thinks that cops are tops.

In the book of Romans, chapter 13 verse 1, we read that everyone should “be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” 

God has given authority to the New South Wales Police Force, which means that when they carry out their duties, they are doing his work in his world.

Whether it’s cancelling a drunk driver’s licence, or protecting a vulnerable person from abuse, our police force are doing God’s work in his world.

Indeed, the next verse in the Bible shows just how much authority they have from God in their job.

The Bible says, “Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

But as this verse reminds us, we live in a world that does not willingly accept authority, and so we should expect people to rebel against the authority that God has given the police.

And this comes from the fact that all humans are rebels against God, by nature.

But praise God that Jesus has sacrificed his life, taking the punishment we deserve, and giving us the forgiveness we don’t deserve.

And to take advantage of this, all a person needs to do is to say sorry for rebelling, and rely on God as loving ruler.

This is the greatest act of sacrifice, and also a great model for those who risk life and limb to protect and to serve.

And this day we honour the members of our police force, along with their family and friends, who together are involved in carrying out God’s authority in this world that he has created.

Coming up this weekend 1st – 2nd October 2016

This weekend we welcome Matthew Meek, who will be speaking on the topic “Trusting God” from Genesis chapter 22 verses 1 to 19.

Matthew is the AFES FOCUS National Director and will be sharing an update about his ministry at the University of Wollongong.

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 24th September 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Graham Errington will be speaking on the topic “Blessed are your eyes” from Luke chapter 10 verses 17 to 24.

Next week’s Bible Talk

Next week, Matthew Meek will be speaking on the topic “Trusting God” from Genesis chapter 22 verses 1 to 19.

Mission of the month: Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES)

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

Men’s Dinner

You’re invited to join the men of Oak Flats and beyond on Tuesday night 4th October for the next Men’s Dinner. Our speaker is Lachlan Edwards. 6.30pm at the Central Hotel Function Room. Bookings essential. Phone 0439 561 373 or email mensdinner@oakflatsanglican.com

SWITCH Women’s Conference

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

Children’s and youth programs in holidays

During school holidays our normal midweek children’s and youth programs take a break until the week of 10th October.

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $5164.00, leaving a gap of $-364.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $228,000. Compared to that total we received $215,467, leaving a gap of $12,533.

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 .