NightChurch News 9 December

THIS SUNDAY: We will have a ‘Summer Mission Commissioning Service’, with Nicholas Tuohy as our speaker. Caz James is leading the service, Katie Adams is organising the music team, Jono Newmarch will lead in prayer, Zach Moore and Amy Williams are on audio/data, Dan Lansdown is convening, and Laura and Tom Holley are providing supper. Thanks everyone.

SUMMER MISSION: With so many NightChurchers heading off on various missions/camps/etc over summer, we’d like to put together a bit of a ‘mission diary’ so we can commit as a church to praying for these events as they happen. So if you’re involved in some sort of summer mission (eg. beach mission, ESA, Cornerstone, many others!), then please email to let us know where you’re going and when – we’d love to pray for you! We will be praying for and sending out the various mission teams at our Sunday night service this week.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: This Sunday we will be collecting gifts for women rehabilitating after time in prison, and for men living at Carrical House in Hawthorn. Please bring items such as those listed below – or, if you wish, please enclose a gift of money in a labelled envelope, and others will do the shopping for you.

For women resuming life after a prison sentence (via Kerryn Pell)

  • 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, facewasher
  • Christmassy stuff
  • Washing basket (we deliver the hampers in washing baskets).

For Carrical men, a Hawthorn boarding house where we do a monthly BBQ:

Small items to fit in mugs (mugs are already purchased):

  • Small notepads, pens
  • Individually wrapped confectionery /chocolates, nibbles
  • Deodorant (for men)
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate (small packets)
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste (individual ones, not a pack of 10)
  • Other small items

‘PROCLAIM FREEDOM’ PETITION: Barnabas Fund is running a campaign that seeks to raise the profile of the persecuted Church around the world. The ‘Proclaim Freedom’ petition provides an opportunity to call our governments to pursue decisive policies aimed at putting pressures on states that persecute or condone the persecution of Christians and assisting other countries to improve the lot of minority groups within their borders. A copy of this petition will be available in the church foyer over the coming weeks – please consider signing.

GIRLS’ NIGHT IN: Saturday 8 December, 6pm at The Hub (35-39 Colebrook St, Brunswick). Includes supper and live music, including an appearance by The Dreamboats (Grace Lawry and Cat Sietkiewicz’s band). Come along and help raise funds and awareness for the fight against women’s cancers.

CHOIR CONCERT: Lauren Morgan is singing with the Concordis Chamber Choir in their Christmas concert this Saturday 8 December, 8pm at Ian Roach Hall (Scotch College, Hawthorn). Featuring the Australian premiere of Nicholas Buc’s newly completed Gloria for choir and full orchestra. Book tickets at:

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