Church news for the week beginning 29th October 2022

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be hearing from God’s worda as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 on ‘The Power of the Cross’.

HELLO SUNDAY NIGHT!

Next week on 6th November we when we’ll be gathering at 4 pm for our first Sunday Night Church! Only the day and time has changed… but everything else stays the same.

MOORE COLLEGE ‘PTC COURSE’

Would you like to grow a deeper understanding of God’s word? Grahame Scarratt will be lecturing the Moore College ‘PTC Course’ here at our church. If you’re interested, let Jacob or Brad know.

WOMENS’ TEACHING DAY

Join the women of our church for a special day of teaching and fellowship – 10 am to 2 pm Saturday 12th November at Berry. You can register for the upcoming event here.

MORNING PRAYER

Join us at 7 am every day (except Sunday) at zoom.jamberooanglican.com as we gather to read the Bible, pray, and encourage each other as the new day dawns.

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible’ By Vaughan Roberts.

Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book.

How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole?

This book gives you the big picture of the Bible! It provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And it points you to the Bible’s supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him. We have physical copies available for purchase over in the church hall. However, if you wish to order your own copy online or read via Kindle, you can do that here.

GIVING UPDATE

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

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 NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/

Trick or Treat?

When it comes to Halloween, Christians have a wide range of views about whether it’s helpful, harmful, or something in between.

It all started with a pagan festival to mark the start of the darkness of winter, called the winter ‘solstice.’

Then in the fourth century, Christians adopted that festival as their own, calling it ‘All Saints Day’ to remember those who were killed by the Romans for following Jesus.

The night before ‘All Saints Day’ (or all ‘Hallows’ Day) became known as ‘Hallows Eve,’ or ‘Halloween.’

People started to get very superstitious about Halloween, and so they made lanterns to try and scare away evil spirits, with their tricks and treats.

For this reason, many Christians avoid this event because of how it distorts and glorifies the dark, spiritual world.

Yet, most people around us just see it as a fun opportunity to dress up in spooky outfits and walk around extorting strangers to give them lollies.

So, perhaps it might be a really good opportunity for us to talk about how Jesus defeated Satan on the cross?

We could share this verse about Jesus:

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Colossians 1:13-14

What’s more, we can tell people that when you trust in Jesus, we can stand against the powers of the devil:

Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:11-12

Maybe Halloween is another time of the year when people might be more open to talk about Jesus and how he alone can give us certainty for eternity though his victory over evil?

JODIE McNEILL

(photo credit: Maddy Baker from freelyphotos.com)

Coming up this weekend 29-30th October 2022     

This weekend we are going to be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians Chapter 1:18-25 on ’The Power of the Cross’.

After our 5pm Saturday service we’ll be having dinner, and after our 9am Sunday service we’ll be enjoying brunch together.

We’d love you to join us in-person if you’re able, or watch our livestream at watch.jamberooanglican.com.

Here are the questions that Jodie is planning to answer:

1 Is it OK for the Christian church to be divided into denominations?
2 If we’re united, then why are we not a Uniting Church?
3 Since Jesus replaced priests, why do some churches still have them?
4 If Paul didn’t like baptising people, why did he baptise a few people?
5 If someone is sexually immoral like in 1 Corinthians 5, should we ‘get rid of them?’
6 Why do you think that women shouldn’t preach to mixed congregations?
7 Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

If you’d like to submit your own question to be answered in church in the future, then simply hit ‘reply’ to this email.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

1 Corinthians: A Loving Church – 2: Unity In Christ – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 – Jodie McNeill • 22-23 October 2022

Disunity is Death

Paul wants them to live in _______

We must be _______ in the name of Jesus

The _____ matters

We pursue _____, even if it causes _________

Our divisions can be _________-based

We are to be ______ and united

They divided into different ________

They divided according to their ______

Their ___________ shaped their behaviour

Christ is ______, so we should be, too

Church is all about _____

There’s a valid reason to ______ a Christian leader

The most important thing is to ______ the Good News

Paul chose to avoid ______ speech

The _______ shapes the method

Our united church is a ____ from God

Equal and _________

Some issues do need to ______ a church

The truth about Jesus matters more than _____

Pray for wisdom and ____

The Irish Un-Settler

Sullivan, our English Settler, is our most effective pre-evangelistic tool, for as we walk him, he brings people to us.

They talk to us about him, ask about the breed, notice our accent, tell us they have a relative in Perth and ask if we’ve met them, then ask, “What are you doing here?”

In Sydney that would be an open door, wouldn’t it?

We’d say, “I’m planting a new church,” or, “I’m starting a new congregation,” or even, “I’m a minister of a church.”

It would be an open door everywhere else we’ve lived, from Southern England and the midlands, to Northern Ireland… but not in Dublin.

Those words mean different things in Ireland.

Grace doesn’t mean, “God’s undeserved favour to us, primarily in Jesus Christ,” and church doesn’t mean, “A gathering of believers in Jesus Christ.”

Tomas, a Dubliner born and bred, and one of our dog-walking contacts, said,“Cam, you’ve got to understand, the Irish have suffered under two oppressors: the English and the Catholic Church.”

To Tomas and to our other neighbours, the words I use to speak about the wonderful message of reconciliation of God to us by the death of Jesus on the cross represent oppression and abuse.

If we say, “we’re planting a new church,” many hear, “we’re starting a new agency of tyranny.”

I also walk Sully in the Silicon Docks, where companies have pet-friendly offices.

Two older men told me much the same as Tomas: “The English tried to crush our culture, and the church tried to crush our spirit.”

We’re working out how to speak about God’s love when the words, ‘Jesus’ and ‘Church’ are associated with abuse, coverup and abduction.

That’s why we’re so thankful for our partnership with Jamberoo Anglican, and we praise God that you are with us as we work to plant a new church in Dublin… and as we try and help people understand why that’s actually a really good thing!.

CAMERON JONES

Church news for the week beginning 22nd October 2022   

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 on ‘Unity in Christ’.

IRISH MISSION WEEKEND

This weekend we’re welcoming Cameron and Alex Jones from Dublin to join us for a special Irish-themed dinner/brunch after church, with lots of great opportunities to hear about their church-planting ministry.

HELLO SUNDAY NIGHT!

Two more weeks till the 6th November we when we’ll be gathering at 4 pm for our first Sunday Night Church! Only the day and time has changed… but everything else stays the same.

MOORE COLLEGE ‘PTC COURSE’

Would you like to grow a deeper understanding of God’s word? Grahame Scarratt will be lecturing the Moore College ‘PTC Course’ here at our church. If you’re interested, let Jacob or Brad know.

WOMENS’ TEACHING DAY

Join the women of our church for a special day of teaching and fellowship – 10 am to 2 pm Saturday 12th November at Berry. You can register for the upcoming event here.

MORNING PRAYER

Join us at 7 am every day (except Sunday) at zoom.jamberooanglican.com as we gather to read the Bible, pray, and encourage each other as the new day dawns.

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible’ By Vaughan Roberts.

Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book.

How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole?

This book gives you the big picture of the Bible! It provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And it points you to the Bible’s supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him. We have physical copies available for purchase over in the church hall. However, if you wish to order your own copy online or read via Kindle, you can do that here.

GIVING UPDATE

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

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 NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/

Coming up this weekend 22-23rd October 2022    

This weekend we are going to be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians Chapter 1:10-17 on ’Unity in Christ’.

After our 5pm Saturday service we’ll be having dinner, and after our 9am Sunday service we’ll be enjoying brunch together.

We’d love you to join us in-person if you’re able, or watch our livestream at watch.jamberooanglican.com.

Here are the questions that Jodie is planning to answer:

1 Since the resurrected Jesus has a physical body, doesn’t that mean that heaven is a physical place?
2 When Jesus returns and brings people to heaven, does that mean that people die when he comes?
3 Were any of the Corinthians faithful Christians?
4 What was the first language spoken?
5 Can we bring back the ‘meet a member’ segment?
6 How will we celebrate the centenary anniversary of the “Women’s Work in the Church Ordinance 1922?”

If you’d like to submit your own question to be answered in church in the future, then simply hit ‘reply’ to this email.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

1 Corinthians: A Loving Church – 1: The Gift of Grace – 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – Jodie McNeill • 15-16 October 2022

Amazing Grace

Grace really is ____

Grace brings special _____ to the church

The church in Corinth was _______

A ______ church

Paul was a _______ person in the church

Sosthenes is his ______

There’s ultimately only ___ church

‘Holy’ means being set apart and _________

Our holiness comes from ______

He prays for more _____ and _____

Paul begins by ________ God for them

Jesus gives us what we ____ to live and serve

The Corinthians were attracted to _______ things

They appear to be very _____

By receiving these gifts, they get _________

We ____

When Jesus returns we’ll be _________

We should long for the day when Jesus will ______

Jesus will never leave us _____

We need God’s grace to help us ____

Church news for the week beginning 15th October 2022  

OUR SERMON

This weekend we will be hearing from God’s word as Jodie McNeill preaches to us from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 on ‘The Gift of Grace’.

INTRODUCING ‘NOURISH’

Thursday 20th October we launch an all-new ministry to Women called ‘Nourish!’ Every Thursday morning during school terms, from 9:30-11:30 am in the hall. BYO craft if you’d like, and come for a cuppa and a chat!

IRISH MISSION WEEKEND

On 22-23 October we’re welcoming Cameron and Alex Jones from Dublin to join us for a special Irish-themed dinner/brunch after church, with lots of great opportunities to hear about their church-planting ministry.

HELLO SUNDAY NIGHT!

Three more weeks till the 6th November we when we’ll be gathering at 4 pm for our first Sunday Night Church! Only the day and time has changed… but everything else stays the same.

MOORE COLLEGE ‘PTC COURSE’

Would you like to grow a deeper understanding of God’s word? Grahame Scarratt will be lecturing the Moore College ‘PTC Course’ here at our church. If you’re interested, let Jacob or Brad know.

WOMENS’ TEACHING DAY

Join the women of our church for a special day of teaching and fellowship – 10 am to 2 pm Saturday 12th November at Berry. Details and registration details coming soon.

MORNING PRAYER

Join us at 7 am every day (except Sunday) at zoom.jamberooanglican.com as we gather to read the Bible, pray, and encourage each other as the new day dawns.

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible’ By Vaughan Roberts.

Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book.

How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole?

This book gives you the big picture of the Bible! It provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And it points you to the Bible’s supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him. We have physical copies available for purchase over in the church hall. However, if you wish to order your own copy online or read via Kindle, you can do that here.

GIVING UPDATE

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

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 NEW details. Account name: Jamberoo Anglican Church. Account number: 356831. BSB: 032605.

To give to our tax-deductible MTS Scholars Fund to support our apprentice youth minister, head to mts.com.au/give/jamberoo-anglican-church/

Nourishing Relationships

Being a Christian woman in today’s world is hard, no matter what age or stage of life you are in.

You may be a young woman leaving school, entering the workforce and navigating new relationships.

Or you may be single, or newly-married, or perhaps you’ve just become a mother.

Or maybe you’ve now become an empty-nester or grandmother or widow?

We know that it really does take a village to raise a child, and our church can provide that village to help each other.

So often women tell me they would love an ‘older’ Christian woman to walk alongside them—sometimes just to listen, to advise, or to read the Bible and pray with them.

This is what Paul talks about in Titus 2 where he calls older women to be mentors, advisors and role models for younger women.

It seems we are all looking for that older, godly woman to be our mentor—but maybe that person might be you?

However, you might look at your life and think that it’s just too messy to have anything to offer another woman.

But here’s the thing: we all have messy lives, and the experiences you have lived will be of great value to help equip you to listen, advise and mentor other women.

That’s why we’ve launched ‘Nourish’: a place for women of all ages and walks of life to connect with one another over a lovely morning tea.

We plan to meet in the hall on every Thursday morning from 9.30 to 11.30am during school terms.

While we’re not specifically a craft group, please feel free to bring your knitting, crochet, cross stitch, or whatever if you’d like.

We love little ones, so please feel free to bring along toddlers… and we’ll even have some morning tea available for the kids!

So whatever your age and stage of life… no matter whether you’re single, married, widowed, a mother or a grandmother, we’d love you to join us at Nourish.

SANDEE BATELIC

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