THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: We continue our Revelation series with Wendy Henry preaching on the letter to Pergamum. Dan Follent is leading the service, Katie Adams is organising the music team, Mel Hill will lead in prayer, Dan Lansdown is convening, Phil Prior and Jadon Dutra are on audio/data, and Ella Henry and Katie Adams are providing supper. Thanks everyone.
ANNUAL CHURCH GATHERING & LUNCH: Sunday 25 August, straight after the morning service. Why do we have these meetings? It’s an opportunity for us to gather as a church community for prayer, fellowship, to hear from our leaders and listen and discern together what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. This year we are honoured to have our Vietnamese congregation preparing lunch for us. Donations are welcome as they seek to raise funds for mission work in Vietnam. Please plan to be there!
HOSPITALITY LUNCHES: Sunday 15 September. Once or twice a year we try to give everyone an invitation to lunch in people’s homes following the morning service. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and get to know each other better across both morning and evening congregations. Make sure you sign up to be involved! Could you offer your home and host a group? If so, please indicate how many guests you could manage. PLEASE keep the date free and plan to take part. Want to know more? Contact Deirdre Willis.
GUYS NIGHT – FOOTY & PRAYER: For all guys (sorry girls, this one’s just for the lads), if you’re free on Sat 10 August, head down to the Winfield Estate from 7pm to catch the Collingwood v Sydney game, and we’ll share and pray for each other at half time. No need to RSVP, just rock up. Bring some drinks and snacks and your game face.
LOVE ABBOTSFORD II: Love Abbotsford is back again! Please join us on Saturday 31 August as we spread the love to the housing estates on Hoddle Street. As a church, we want to show practical love to those living on the housing estates by providing the kids there with some fun and entertainment on Saturday. We’ll run a BBQ, play basketball and soccer, have live music, and some fun stuff (balloon animals? facepainting?) to entertain the younger children. If you can help for all or part of the day, that would be great! And if you have any other fun ideas of things we could do, please let us know! Contact Paul Pallot for more information.
- Karana is an aged-care facility in Kew and on Sunday mornings they have a church service in their chapel. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to spend an hour and a bit on a Sunday with the elderly people at Karana. It will only be once every six weeks, and it is a great chance to love our neighbours and brighten someone’s day! For more information, please contact Laura Baker.
- Eastern Palliative Care is seeking volunteers to help clients on their palliative care program with visits, outings, companionship, driving to appointments; or listening, recording and compiling biographies. Full training provided, plus ongoing support and mentoring. Info session in Mitcham on Wednesday 28 August from 2-3.30pm. Contact 1300 130 813 to register or visit www.eastpallcare.asn.au for more info.
ADVANCED MENTOR TRAINING NIGHT: Tuesday 13 August, 7.30-9pm at Syndal Baptist Church Activity Centre. Featuring guest speaker Kylie Butler from Novo coaching. Free event, open to anybody wanting a better grasp of mentoring. Session will focus on the following crucial skills: Framing the mentoring relationship; Entering the tough spaces; Partnering with the Holy Spirit; The Power of Prayer.
‘HALF OF THE SKY’ – MOVIE NIGHT: A movie night is being held in the Ian Woolf Auditorium at Carey Baptist Grammar on Thursday 15 August at 7pm to help raise money for the CARASA Foundation. CARASA stands for Care for All, Reach All, Serve All. The movie, Half The Sky, introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable – and fighting bravely to change them. It features Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and America Ferrera. In addition to the screening of the film, supper will be provided and there will be a market place of Fairtrade stalls and information from organisations who are particularly working with women and children such as Baptist World Aid, World Vision and JustSalvos. Tickets $10, all proceeds to the CARASA foundation.
YOUTH DIMENSION OPEN NIGHT: What are you doing next year? If you’re thinking about or interested in sinking your teeth into the Bible and experiencing God in action and hands-on ministry – come along to this open night and find out more about the Youth Dimension ‘Immerse’ training course. Wednesday 21 August, 7.30pm at 58-64 Hall Rd, Warrandyte South. Visit www.youthdimension.org.au for more info.
SHUT UP & LISTEN: How can we maintain a relationship with God in an age of noise? Shut Up & Listen is a five-week series running on Thursday nights in August, providing a space for young adults to come together and discover how Christian Spirituality can deepen their relationship with God. The sessions run from 7-9pm at Ashburton Baptist Church, the cost is $35 for the series or $10 per night.
- August 1: Doing/Being (Roslyn Wright)
- August 8: Speed/Slow (Simon Holt)
- August 15: Head/Heart (Mark Payne)
- August 22: Noise/Quiet (Peter Bentley)
- August 29: Consume/Create (Ann Lock & Narelle Stephens)
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: This week I thought I’d feature Whatever Happened to…The Charismatics? This documentary was a recent episode of Compass on the ABC and discusses the charismatic movement in Australia in the 1970s and 1980s. I appreciate people will have very diverse views on this documentary so watch it if you want to and decide what you think. The video goes for just over 28 minutes. The link is at www.abc.net.au/compass/s3795778.htm.
That’s all for this edition of NightChurch News – Steve Pattison.