Coming up this weekend 25th – 26th June 2016

This weekend we continue a three-week Bible talk series called ‘Leviticus: Life in God’s presence’, with the next talk by Jodie with the title, ‘Holiness – the need to be different’, from Leviticus chapter 11 through to chapter 15.

This weekend we will also be having a special prayer time for the upcoming election on July 2nd.

Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion Second Order AAPB.

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.

 

Church news for the week beginning 18th June 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend Jodie begins a three-week Bible talk series called ‘Leviticus: Life in God’s presence’, with the first talk ‘Sacrifice – the cost of pleasing God’, from Leviticus chapter 1 verses 1 to 9.

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.

Jamberoo Interchurch Service

Join with fellow churchgoers around our village and valley in our quarterly interchurch service. This Sunday 19th June at 7pm at Jamberoo Anglican Church. Please bring a plate for supper as we are the host.

Ladies Dinner

You’re invited to join the ladies of Oak Flats and our region this Tuesday 21st June to hear Stacie Pakula. Dinner is $7 payable on the night at 35 Fisher Street Oak Flats, and there is no need to RSVP.

Ladies Guild Meeting

The Ladies Guild are meeting this Wednesday 22nd June in the Church hall at 2pm.

Soup and Sandwich lunch

Join the Ladies Guild of Jamberoo Anglican for a Soup and Sandwich lunch on Wednesday 13th July. Guest speaker is Alison Blake speaking on the topic “Who do you think you are?” from Matthew chapter 1. Cost is $10 at Jamberoo Anglican church hall at 11.30am. Please RSVP to Helen on 4236 0158 for catering purposes.

Japanese Students visiting Jamberoo

A group of 15 primary-aged Japanese students will be visiting Jamberoo Public School from 30th July to 3rd August. If you are able to host a Japanese student for theses four nights, please see Graham Errington for more information or email him on graham.errington@jamberooanglican.com 

 

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 .

Hope from the horror of Orlando

orlando-pulse-massacreThe shooting at Orlando reminds us of the evil of humanity and the fragility of human life.

It is a bitter tragedy to see 49 people shot dead and 53 others seriously injured from a civilian mass shooting with military-style weapons.

It is also very sad to see the LGBTQI community targeted by a man who claimed to be influenced by Islam.

Yet in the midst of the tragedy and the sadness there is hope.

People have gathered across the planet to pray for the victims and their loved-ones, regardless of whether they agree with the values and beliefs of those who were targeted in the attack.

It shows the best side of humanity as together we demonstrate love for individuals, even as people disagree about matters close to our heart.

It is good and right for us to be engaged in debate about things like the definition of marriage, but even as we disagree, we must do so in love.

Let us keep praying for peace in our world, especially as we witness the sin and hatred that is sadly part of broken humanity.

Let us pray for the leaders of our world, as they seek to work together to deal with extremist violence and the weapons that can cause such harm.

Let us pray for those who are injured, for those who are grieving, and for the communities shaken by this senseless violence.

And let us pray in this tragedy that people might “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” and “know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19)

Coming up this weekend 18th – 19th June 2016

This weekend Jodie begins a three-week Bible talk series called ‘Leviticus: Life in God’s presence’, with the first talk ‘Sacrifice – the cost of pleasing God’, from Leviticus chapter 1.

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 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.

Church news for the week beginning 11th June 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend we welcome Mark Short from Bush Church Aid (BCA), who is speaking on the topic “Mission: unchained and unchanging” from Acts chapter 12 verses 1 to 24.

New mini-series next week

Next week Jodie begins a three-week Bible talk series called ‘Leviticus: Life in God’s presence’, with the first talk ‘Sacrifice–the cost of pleasing God’, from Leviticus chapter 1.

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.

MiXer – Voting for Dummies

Young Adults event at the Pratt’s Place (78 North Kiama Drive, Kiama Downs) from 6pm on Monday 13th June. Join us for dinner with guest speaker: Geoff Kyngdon.

Year 13 Fiji Mission Trip

Liana McNeill and Daniel Rainey, along with a team of 120 from the Year 13 program, head off to Fiji this Thursday, 16th June for a month-long mission trip. Please remember them in your prayers.

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

Jamberoo Interchurch Service

Join with fellow churchgoers around our village and valley in our quarterly interchurch service. Sunday 19th June at 7pm at Jamberoo Anglican Church. Please bring a plate for supper as we are the host.

Ladies Dinner

You’re invited to join the ladies of Oak Flats and our region on Tuesday 21st June to hear Stacie Pakula. Dinner is $7 payable on the night at 35 Fisher Street Oak Flats, and there is no need to RSVP.

Introductory Pastoral Care Course

This course is perfect for those interested in becoming a Volunteer Hospital Chaplain or Church Pastoral Carer. Runs over 5 Saturdays during August & September, 9am to 3pm at Oak Flats Anglican. Email office@jamberooanglican.com for more information.

Soup and Sandwich lunch

Join the Ladies Guild of Jamberoo Anglican for a Soup and Sandwich lunch on Wednesday 13th July. Guest speaker is Alison Blake speaking on the topic “Who do you think you are?” from Matthew chapter 1. Cost is $10 at Jamberoo Anglican church hall at 11.30am. Please RSVP to Helen on 4236 0158 for catering purposes.

Japanese Students visiting Jamberoo

A group of 15 primary-aged Japanese students will be visiting Jamberoo Public School from 30th July to 3rd August. If you are able to host a Japanese student for theses four nights, please see Graham Errington for more information or email him on graham.errington@jamberooanglican.com 

 

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 .

All other ground is sinking sand

Erosion along Sydney beaches (CREDIT: David Morgan-Mar via Flickr)

Erosion along Sydney beaches (CREDIT: David Morgan-Mar via Flickr)

This week we’ve seen the powerful forces of wind and rain.

Whether it’s been the flooding of buildings around Picton, or the erosion of the beach at Collaroy, we’ve witnessed just how easily our homes can be damaged or destroyed by ‘natural’ forces.

As we saw these pictures in the media, many of us might have recalled the story Jesus told about two men who built homes on very different foundations:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew chapter 7 verses 24 to 27)

Jesus was speaking about the need to hear his words and put them into practice.

For if we don’t build our life on the solid foundation of Jesus, then we’ll be investing everything on something that is only a big storm away from being destroyed.

Let’s pray for those who have been affected by the storms that have lashed the East Coast over the past week, and ask God to help them rebuild their lives.

But more than that, let’s pray that this graphic illustration reminds everyone of the need to stand upon the solid ground of Jesus’ word, since all other ground is sinking sand.

Coming up this weekend 11th – 12th June 2016

This weekend we welcome Mark Short, who is speaking on the topic “Mission: unchained and unchanging” from Acts chapter 12 verses 1 to 24.

Mark is the National Director of Bush Church Aid (BCA) and will share a presentation about BCA and the support they offer for churches in remote and regional Australia.

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

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.

Church news for the week beginning 4th – 5th June 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend we welcome Geoff Kyngdon who is speaking on the topic “The nature and character of God” from Psalm 139.

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.

Men’s Dinner

You’re invited to join the men of Oak Flats and beyond this 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

MiXer – Voting for Dummies

Young Adults event at the Pratt’s Place (78 North Kiama Drive, Kiama Downs) from 6pm on Monday 13th June. Join us for dinner with guest speaker: Geoff Kyngdon.

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

Introductory Pastoral Care Course

This course is perfect for those interested in becoming a Volunteer Hospital Chaplain or Church Pastoral Carer. Runs over 5 Saturdays during August & September, 9am to 3pm at Oak Flats Anglican. Email office@jamberooanglican.com for more information.

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 .

God’s word is really powerful

(CREDIT: Matthew Keefe via Flickr)

(CREDIT: Matthew Keefe via Flickr)

We don’t really appreciate power until we lose it.

Some of us have felt the powerlessness in retirement, where one day we’ve got power over people and processes, and then the next day, this power is given over to someone younger.

Some of us have felt the powerlessness during poor health, where one day we’re running around a field, or carrying bags of groceries, or just tying your shoelaces, and then the next day we’re confined to crutches, or bedrest, or told about the medical condition that will now define our future.

Some of us have experienced powerlessness through abuse, where one day we’re young and free, able to make choices about life and actions, and then the next day your spouse takes away your power to contact friends, or spend money, or make simple choices.

So, we cry out to God to ask him to fix this world that suffers so much from the powerlessness of loss and sickness and abuse, and as we pray, God shows us the very thing that has the power to change everything.

It’s the power that is summed up in the simple phrase, “Jesus is Lord”, and it’s the power that transforms lives in this life, and in the life that is to come.

Romans chapter 1 verse 16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

For, as people hear the gospel of Jesus, and believe in him as Lord and Saviour, then hope comes from the power of the gospel to bring true forgiveness and genuine reconciliation.

This side of Heaven we won’t enjoy the full peace that we await, but we will have real hope in the real Jesus as we await his return or our going to be with him.

Coming up this weekend 4th – 5th June 2016

This weekend we welcome Geoff Kyngdon from Oak Flats Anglican, who is speaking on the topic “The nature and character of God” from Psalm 139.

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 Morning Prayer AAPB.

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.