6 May 2012
NIGHTCHURCH: Julia Rhyder is our speaker, who works with the Bible Society in their international and advocacy portfolio. She will talk about her role in researching the place of the Bible in Australia, and, specifically, reaching out to young adults in Melbourne, Matthew 23:13-15, 23. Mary-Anne Philip is leading our service, Jono Newmarch is coordinating the music team, Laura Holley will lead the intercessory prayer, Andy Mitchell is the convener, Thom Holley and James Hayes are on audio/data and Cail Rayment is bringing supper. Thanks everyone.
CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED: www.christianityexplored.org. 8 May-19 June. This can be life-changing for you and your friends! Katie Adams spoke on Sunday evening about the impact of the Alpha Course for her, which is a similar series.
- Invite people to come – be in prayer about the people you believe God wants you to invite.
- Pray about the whole series and its impact on individuals and the church.
- If you want to be on the team – help with welcoming, catering, setting up, packing up – let Nicholas Tuohy know.
- Make a donation so that we can provide free meals and resources for participants. Put a labelled gift in the offering, or do a direct transfer.
- If you don’t yet have the dates down – Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm, in the hall, May 8 to June 19, starting with a meal, then discussion, DVD, etc. And, on June 16, a day session, 9.30-3.30.
MOVED – We will follow this sermon/small group series for four weeks. It highlights the centrality of mission to our faith, develops awareness of current global mission issues and encourages a personal and community response.
To join a small group for the series, email Grace on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sarah Trebilcock. Groups begin this week. If you want to know more about MOVED, see www.globalinteraction.org.au
COMING UP SOON
THE GATHERING OF THE CHURCH. We have our May Church Meeting at 4.30-6pm, 20 May, followed by a meal together (6.00-7.00). We will learn more about and pray about, tentative plans for the appointment of staff, adjusting our property to enhance our ministry potential, and more.
- If you would like to help Grace Leslie organise a simple meal for this please let her know!
CAMP FOR MEN, The Muster: May 26-27, King River Camp, Cheshunt. A few NC men are in already! Speak to Luke Gibbons if you are interested.
STATE YOUTH GAMES, June 8-11. If you would like to be involved, speak with Ash Moore.
Frances Schuringa worshipped here for a time, lived in The House in 2008, and then returned to Tasmania. On Tuesday, Frances went to Thailand for five months to work in the Nan province with Global Interaction, our Baptist mission. Please pray for her!
Remember also Katie Adams heading back to Canada today for another tree-planting stint.
THANKS: to the hosts of the Hospitality lunches last Sunday, and to all who participated.
- AJ and Mel Winter are looking for a room to rent / board from July 1 to early February 2013. They need to move out of their current rental place, and plan to move back to Naracoorte, SA, early next year. Quynh Anh, one of the members of the Vietnamese congregation baptised at Easter, is looking for a place to stay until the end of the year, as her host (diagnosed with cancer) can no longer help her. If you can help, contact the pastor, Khoi Doan. She has good English.
- Steph Pittard’s friend, Meg is looking for accommodation in Footscray. If you can help, speak to Steph.
ITEMS FOR NIGHTCHURCH NEWS: Steve Pattison