NightChurch News, 11 May

THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: We continue our series on 1 Thessalonians with Paul Pallot preaching on ‘Being Disciples: Missional Community (Thess 2)’. Mary-Anne Philip is leading the service, Tom Tuena and Romona Boswell are organising the music team, Luke Boswell and Tim Mitchell are on audio/data, Mel Hill will lead in prayer, Tom Tuena and Deanna Nikodijevic will be praying up the back, Leonie Marshman will be providing supper, and Marny Croot is convening. Thanks everyone.

You can download the study guide for our Thessalonians series here: http://tinyurl.com/kxgxcc6.

CHURCH GATHERING & LUNCH: On Sunday 25 May, we will gather together after the 10am service to pray, share a meal, and seek God’s wisdom and guidance for our mission as a church. This Sunday a ‘Team Talk’ report will be available and an agenda for the meeting. Please make it a priority to attend.

MAY MISSION PROJECT: As part of May Mission Month, we’re aiming to raise $5000 as a church to support a recycling project in South East Asia (further details here: http://tinyurl.com/k4y6dxm). You can give via direct transfer to the church account with reference ‘May Project’, or in a marked envelope in the Sunday offering.

COMING UP THIS WEEK:

  • ‘Heart of Worship’ Seminar: Thursday 8 May, 7.30pm in the hall. “Exploring a Theology of Worship and Art”. If you’re involved in music ministry, or interested in learning more about it, this is the evening for you!
  • Urban Seed City Walk: Friday 9 May, 7pm in the city. Urban Seed is an organisation that’s in the city centre amongst homeless, drug-addicted, mentally ill and isolated peoples. They’re going to give us a tour of what goes on in the city with some reflections on Jesus’ life amongst the poor and oppressed. Come and check it out! We’ll probably grab a bite to eat beforehand at China Town. Contact Mat Hunter if you’re interested.
  • Tunes Under The Tree: Saturday 10 May, 7.30pm at The House. A night of lovely music, great people and cool drinks, TUTT is not to be missed! Fantastic line-up featuring Khoi-Khoa Doan and brothers, Jess Powrie, Hayden Jeffrey and Wire Bird. Donations accepted to help pay for the event and artists.

UNSHACKLED: The Unshackled movement exists to help bring an end to human trafficking and slavery, and encourage personal commitment to pursue justice. May 12-15 is ‘Unshackled Week’, with a line-up of free events throughout the week:

  • Rise to the Challenge (Mon 12 May) – Advocacy works. Learn how to raise your voice, use your pen and shape your thinking for the benefit of the poor and exploited.
  • Stand Firm (Tues 13 May) – A men’s only event. We will pose the question: How are men uniquely positioned to eliminate slavery and human trafficking?
  • Walk Humbly (Wed 14 May) – Sex trafficking is actually taking place in our suburbs… but there is something you can do about it! Hear from those at the forefront of the fight in Melbourne.
  • Run With It (Thu 15 May) – A dynamic night of advocacy in action. All the hands-on help and interaction you need to make a difference in a world that needs your voice and effort!

All events will be held at NewHope Baptist Church (3 Springfield Rd, Blackburn North), starting at 7.30pm. Free admission. More details at www.facebook.com/unshackling.

MEN’S MUSTER: Talk it up boys! The Muster is on again at King River Camp Cheshunt, May 23-25 and will again be a sensational weekend of Manly Pursuits (4 Wheel Drives/Bikes x3/Treks and more) with some stimulating fellowship and input. Jono Schroder is the speaker and his topic is: Real Men 1. Deal with Anger, 2. Approach and deal with Conflict and 3. Keep their word. $120 for the weekend.  Suitable for any blokes 18+. Register at www.thecampingprogram.org.au.

STATE YOUTH GAMES: SYG is coming up on 6-9 June in Warragul. $100 for spectators, $140 for competitors. Contact Ben Ramsay for more details. Sign-up for KBC team here: http://sygrego.com/mysyg/kbc/signup.

PRAYER: There is prayer at the back of the church at 5pm every Sunday. We’d love you to join with us in this important ministry!

That’s all for this edition of NightChurch News – Steve Pattison.