THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: Nicholas Tuohy will be preaching on Luke 1:1-45, ‘The Coming of Messiah’. Ella Henry is leading the service, Dave Powys is organising the music team, Dan Follent will lead in prayer, Zach Moore and Jono Davenport are on audio/data, Will Baird is convening, and Lauren Morgan and Grace Loh are providing supper. Thanks everyone.
LOVE ABBOTSFORD: Love Abbotsford is back again for the fourth and final time for 2013! Sunday 15 December, from 12pm we’ll be heading down to the Housing flats on Hoddle Street to share Christ’s love for us by loving the residents there. We’ll host a free BBQ, have some live music, play soccer and basketball, and have some fun activities for the younger kids. As the time is very near to Christmas, we have decided it would be great to make Christmas cards with the kids on the day. If you have any crafty materials (stickers, stamps, blank cards, etc) that you would like to donate, that would be much appreciated! Contact Sarah Trebilcock or leave them in the church office and she will pick them up from there. Also, we are still looking for one or two people to face paint on the day – please contact Sarah if you think that may be your calling! And most importantly, please be praying that the relationships formed throughout the community continue to point us all towards knowing and loving Jesus more.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS: We are inviting our congregations this year to consider picking up some items as gifts for women in prison and the men at Carrical Boarding House. The last few years we have seen a generous response to this call and we hope and pray it continues this year. Remember Jesus’ words: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Mt 25). Every blessing, Nicholas.
For women resuming life after a prison sentence:
- Food (all sorts), especially ‘special’ things – chocolate biscuits, dried fruit, lollies, biscuits, BBQ shapes, potato chips
- Pens and stationery
- Washing powder
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Dish washing detergent
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- UHT Milk, coffee, tea, sugar, milo
- Pasta and sauce
- Toilet paper, soap, face washer
- Christmassy stuff
- Washing basket (we deliver the hampers in washing baskets).
For Carrical men, a Hawthorn boarding house where we do a monthly BBQ:
- Plain mugs (to be painted with each person’s name)
- Small notepads, pens
- Individually-wrapped confectionery/chocolates/nibbles (unwrapped items are difficult to divide up and share)
- Deodorant (for men)
- Tea, coffee, hot chocolate (small packets)
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste (individual ones, not a pack of 10)
- Other small items
Please bring items such as these on Sunday 15 December as we celebrate God’s goodness to us, and share what he has given with others. Or, if you wish, please enclose a gift of money in a labelled envelope, and others will do the shopping for you.
MISSION EXPOSURE: Considering a short-term mission exposure trip? KBC’s Global Mission Team strongly support mission exposure trips and would love to support you in your mission journey. We are a group of mission-minded people who are keen to:
• hear about your plans
• pray for you before, during and after your trip
• provide you with extra training, resources and debriefing
• help you keep the church and small groups informed about your trip
• chip in to help cover your costs ($250 ‘scholarships’)
To find out more, download a copy of the Global Mission Team Exposure Trip Scholarships from the website (http://kewbaptist.org.au/global-concerns), or contact Nicholas Tuohy.
PRAYER: There is prayer at the back of the church at 6.30 every Sunday night. We’d love you to join with us in this important ministry!
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: With Christmas approaching I thought I’d feature the video Bethlehemian Rhapsody a parody of Bohemian Rhapsody by the group Queen. This is one of the cleverest parodies I’ve ever heard and it has a good message as well. You can watch the video at http://tinyurl.com/yc7hsp8.
That’s all for this edition of NightChurch News – Steve Pattison.