NightChurch News 29 September

THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: We are having a Worship and Prayer Night, led by James Docking, Tom Tuena and Lauren Morgan, and with Paul Pallot as the speaker. Dan Lansdown is convening, Luke Boswell and Jadon Dutra are on audio/data, and Zach Moore and Katie Adams are providing supper. Thanks everyone.

LOVE ABBOTSFORD III: By special demand, Love Abbotsford is back again, and it’s coming up soon on Sunday 6 October! It may feel like we were just there, but it’s time to return, build on the connections we’ve started to make, and provide our best day yet! As per last time, we’ll be hosting a BBQ, playing basketball and soccer, providing some sweet live music and kids’ activities, as a way to show the love of Jesus to the community at the Hoddle St Housing Flats. This time we’re going for a Sunday afternoon, as we’ve been told that this will be a great day for contacting with as many young people as possible, so it’s likely to be our biggest LA yet! If you’d like to be involved, please contact Paul Pallot, or simply RSVP to the Facebook event!

NIGHTCHURCH CAMP: Coming up soon on Friday 18 October – Sunday 20 October. We’ll be heading down to Inverloch for the weekend to get stuck into some swimming, surfing, beach soccer/frisbee, camp-site relaxation, pleasant walks and basically any fun activity you can think of, as well as exploring what our true identity is! Cost is only $40 (that’s seriously cheap), so block out the weekend for good times!

PREACHING CLASS: Would you like to learn more about preaching and teaching the Bible? The last few years we have run a course which looks at:

  • Some of the biblical assumptions behind why preach and the different dimensions to preaching
  • How to ‘exegete’ or understand and interpret a biblical text in its context
  • Exegeting culture and society in regards to biblical themes
  • Practical tips on speaking in public such as style, vocal techniques, overcoming nerves, etc.

For those who would like, there are some actual preaching opportunities that will flow out of the course. Dates: Sundays Oct 20 to Nov 10, 4.30-6pm in the Velvet Lounge. Please register your interest direct with Nicholas Tuohy.

FINAL DAU UPDATE (from Andy Hunter): You have all now helped to pay Dau’s final trimester for a Bachelor of Business at Kenyan Methodist University. The last trimester is largely administrative, but involves a work placement and him handing in his final assignment. It was therefore a bit cheaper and I was able to use the extra cash to send him to his graduation – a particularly important part of Uni in East African culture. Thanks to everyone so much for your support over these years, from buying lamb back in 2008, to donating $10 for a pair of jocks in 2012 and other regular donations in between. Dau has found it hard to express his full gratitude to everyone over email, but wanted me to pass this on to you all:

“Thank you all so much for everything! It’s really a pleasure to have you as friends. You have been a father, mother, brother, sister and a friend to me. I will never, ever, forget about what you all have done in my life. You have made what I thought was impossible possible. I never thought of joining a university because it’s reserved for rich people’s children, however, God, through you, made my dream come true. Let me assure you all that you will continue to be in my heart and I will make sure that I am in contact with you for the rest of my life. May God the Almighty bless you abundantly!” Dau hopes to join his brother in the workforce as soon as possible.

AFL GRAND FINAL: Come along to the church hall to watch the AFL Grand Final on the big screen! BYO meat and drinks for a BBQ lunch before the game starts – bread, sauce etc provided. $5 donation at the door, all funds go towards the 2014 Vietnam mission trip. Saturday 28 September from 12pm, kick-off is at 2.30pm. All welcome!

NOW SHOWING: ‘Now Showing’ is a series looking at the key topics of Christianity. There will be short films made by members of the congregation as well as discussion led by Laura and Mat. The evenings will run fortnightly on Mondays at 7.30pm, held in the church hall. For more details please call Laura or Mat. Coming up:

  • Sept 30: P.S. He Loves You – Grace and Forgiveness
  • Oct 14: The God, Father – Religion vs. Relationship with God
  • Oct 28: New Bourne Identity – How God Changes our Lives

MELBOURNE TRUTH LAB: “Another Way of Doing Life” featuring guest speaker Shane Claiborne. Christians are meant to be radical non-conformists, interrupting the patterns of our world with prophetic imagination – a holy counterculture. Shane will share stories of contemporary communities who are living with beautiful creativity and sometimes getting in a little trouble for it. After all, the Kingdom of God is not just something we hope for when we die, but something that we are to bring on earth as it is in heaven. Let’s turn off our TVs, pick up our Bibles, and rethink the way we live. Thursday 3 October, 7pm at NewHope Baptist (Blackburn). Tickets $10 at door, http://surrender.org.au.

PRAYER: The House is hosting prayer time at 7am on weekdays. There is also prayer at the back of the church at 6.30pm every Sunday night. We’d love you to join with us in this important ministry!

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Softpedia at www.softpedia.com is useful for finding the latest software downloads for various operating systems. The home page also has reviews of software and news covering a wide range of topics.

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