NightChurch News June 9

THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: Luke Gibbons is leading the service as Pieter Keuneman continues our new series ‘Life With Jesus’, speaking on Worship and Faith. Katie Adams is organising the music team, Coby Docking will lead in prayer, The House is convening, Phil Prior and Jadon Dutra are on audio/data, and Nick Barclay and Jono and Crispin Newmarch are providing supper. Thanks everyone.

NEW SERIES: Last Sunday we began our new series on Life With Jesus at NightChurch, beginning with “Relationships and Friendships”. For the next six weeks, we will reflect on a number of topics in this series, continuing with “Worship and faith”.

At the heart of our faith is the good news of Jesus – that we have been saved by God’s grace in sending His Son to die in our place for us. Rather than having to earn our salvation or be good enough for God to accept us, the Bible affirms that “While we were still sinners, Christ dies for us.” (Romans 5:8). The message of the world is often either that we are perfect and in no need of anyone in our life, or that we are hopeless and pathetic. But the message of grace is that despite our weaknesses, despite our mistakes, God loves us and sent Jesus to die for us.

So we enter a period of thinking about Life With Jesus at NightChurch; not as a pattern of life that will earn God’s favour or to win our salvation. Instead, Life With Jesus is all about how we respond to God’s act of free, generous grace in our lives, and how we live as his redeemed, beloved children.

Over these weeks, we will consider how Life With Jesus affects our friendships and relationships, our worship and faith, our spiritual gifts and calling, our views on money and employment, evangelism, secularism and pluralism, ministry to each other and prayer. Please pray for NightChurch as we continue to explore these important topics, and thank God that He sent Jesus to die for us so that we don’t have to earn our way to God!

MENTORING: For the last two Sunday nights there has been an opportunity for people to express their interest in mentoring. If you didn’t get a chance to put your name down, please
feel free to message Laura (for girls) or Paul (for guys) if you are interested in being involved or just finding out more. Contact Laura  or Paul.

STATE YOUTH GAMES: This Queens Birthday long weekend, a group of about 35 NightChurch members will be attending the annual State Youth Games, to compete against approximately 3000 from about 70 churches in a mixture of 12 team sports and 20 individual sports. Please pray for the safety and enjoyment of our team members and the success of the event. A big thank you to Ash Moore and Graeme Younger for helping to organise our team!

CHURCH OFFICE: A reminder that the church offices are now located at the front of the hall (16 Highbury Grove). Please note that Lauren Morgan, our church office administrator, will be on leave from May 31-June 16. During this time, the rest of the ministry team (i.e. Nick, Wendy, Pieter, Paul and Laura) will be periodically checking the church email and phone messages. If you need to drop in at the office, please call ahead to ensure that someone will be there.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: 7pm Thursdays, The Ponds Brewery (14 Milfay Ave, Moonee Ponds)

Jun 6       Jono Newmarch: The Christian Worldview
Abrahm Gunn: How Do We Know What We Know?
Jun 13    Taryn Atkinson: Healing
Nicholas Tuohy: Hospitality and Jesus
Jun 20    Julia Tulloh: Gender Equality
Chris Mulherin: Science and Religion: Friend or Foe?
Jun 27    Renee Bazley: Psychology and Spirituality
Jono Newmarch: The Human Predicament
Jul 4    Film Discussion: The Dark Knight

CHURCH GATHERING: Our next Church Gathering is coming up on Sunday 16 June, 4.30pm in the hall. We will share dinner together after the meeting. Please plan to be there!

REVERENCE & REVERIE: The Concordis Chamber Choir (of which Lauren Morgan is a member) presents their winter concert ‘Reverence & Reverie’ on Sunday 23 June, 2pm at Ian Roach Hall (Scotch College, Hawthorn). Tickets and further details available at: www.trybooking.com/50927.
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THE CROSSING: June 28-30, Yarra Junction. Explore the call to mission at ‘The Crossing’ –through main sessions, workshops, discussion groups, personal reflection and discernment times, together young people can be informed and inspired by God’s engagement in the world, and how he invites each of us to join with Him in seeking to fulfil His mission. Further details at: www.unoh.org/thecrossing.

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