FIVE Community News – 24th May 2017

5pm-logoGenesis – The Origins of Everything

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This Sunday will be our final study in the Origins of Everything from Genesis for the moment. We will return to consider the rest of Genesis in the coming years. As we read Genesis 20-22 (and please do this before Sunday!), we notice there are numerous narratives about Abraham’s life after God’s horrific and just judgement on the towns of the plains (Genesis 19). Abraham falls back into his old ways, being deceptive out of fear for his life (Genesis 20). With the birth of Isaac, Abraham faces the challenge of dealing with tensions between family members (Genesis 21). And to top it all off, God challenges Abraham to sacrifice his only son (Genesis 22).

What is God teaching Abraham (and us) through these narratives? What does it look like to life by faith in God’s promises?

Upcoming:

28.05   Powerful Faith in Powerful Promises (Genesis 19-22) – Communion gathering

04.06   New Series: Truths Worth Dying For – Faith Alone

11.06   Truths Worth Dying For – Grace Alone

18.06   Truths Worth Dying For – Christ Alone

25.06 Truths Worth Dying For – Scripture Alone

Parish Prayer Night

Please join us at the Thomas Street building on Thursday 1st June to pray for our church.

Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

Sun 6th Aug – Bible Readers Training afternoon

Sun 3rd Sept – Sharing your Testimony training afternoon (with optional follow-up training on Sun 10th Sept)

Memory Verse of the Month

If we say, “We have no sin,”  we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive  us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:8-9 (HCSB)

Northmead Winter Appeal

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Thank you to everyone for being extremely generous towards Anglicare. A big thanks to those who knocked on doors and spoke with people outside the Northmead IGA and in Winston Hills Mall. We pray that Anglicare may use all the groceries, blankets, clothes and items we gathered for them to talk about Jesus with people who are poor, destitute and in need.

Approximately 400 Thank-you Packs were given to people in our community. Pray that they may read the information about Anglicare and ourselves, and most importantly that they will read the Two Ways to Live gospel tract!

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Stretch Night – Tonight!

Slide1This month’s Stretch night on Wednesday 24th May (tonight!) with be on the Sacraments, particularly Holy Communion. What are the Sacraments? What is happening when we share some bread and wine (aka grape juice) together or wash someone? What is Scripture describing or prescribing for us?

Location: Thomas Street building

Time: 7:30pm

This Sunday we will be expressing our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ on Sunday 28th May.

Working Bee

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Painting the inside of the church building; morning tea; fixing office building gutters; coffee break; moving a shed (or putting a new floor in it); morning tea; meet and smell people from other congregations; coffee break; gardening; painting; grab another coffee and muffin; shifting mulch into the garden beds; more painting the inside of the church building; chatting with other members of our church; pulling weeds; and then watching the paint dry.

These are some of the things that are happening during our working bee – Saturday 3rd June. If you have particular skills (e.g. painting or serving a good coffee), then please let Sharon in the church office know.

EQUIP Conference

EQUIP is an annual conference for women. This year it will be a day of learning and sharing and growing, as they explore the treasures in God’s word and what it looks like to follow Jesus in everyday life.

For more information, please speak with Sharon in the church office.

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Marriage Weekend Away

What is the alternative to enriching your marriage other than our Marriage Weekend Away? Hearitol! (Please note the warnings at the end of the video – for a real long term solution to communication issues in marriages, we recommend our Marriage Weekend Away)

Our Marriage Weekend Away from 23rd-25th June at The Retreat at Wiseman’s Ferry will be a great opportunity to remind yourselves of God’s purposes for your marriage and to re-equip your marriage to deal with such conflict situations.

To register, please grab a brochure from the back of the church. Please return complete forms as soon as possible. Registration closes on 9th June. Payment plans are available.

For more information please contact Mark or Sharon in the office.

KidsQuest 2017

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As per the last few years, KidsQuest has been an extremely fruitful opportunity to tell children the news of salvation through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Why not start considering how your children might invite their school friends along to this fun week.

You can register your children for KidsQuest on the Northmead Anglican Churches’ website.

Please contact Jacquie if you are able to help during the week with looking after kids, morning tea, rego, organising games, making lunches for the team, skits, giving talks, organising craft, chatting with parents, running the coffee cart, prayer or any other helpful acts of service for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ministry Opportunities

Parramatta Family & Local Court Support Group Inc

Over thirty years ago a volunteer service began at the Family and Local Courts in Parramatta, in reaction to a lack of support and positivity in places that both sought to resolve family disputes and misdemeanours of the law. An interdenominational group was formed from local churches in the area, to lend an ear, and a smiling face, and a hand of kindness by way of a cup of tea and a biscuit to those attending the Family Court and the local Court. The support group are seeking the help of people who might like to be a Rostered Volunteer about three hours a month for serving tea and coffee at either or both of the courts. Choice of day or week of the month is available ie. 3rd  Tuesday. Time is usually between 9am and 12.30pm. For more information, please contact Robyn Druitt (member of FIVE congregation) or call Margaret Wigmore on Ph: (02) 9871 8492, mobile 0407 436 642 or email at wiggy46@optusnet.com.au.

Winston Hills Wednesdays Women’s Gospel Team

The Gospel Teams for the Winston Hills women’s groups require a few people to assist care for the children while the mothers meet together. If you are able to join the roster (usually a fortnightly commitment), please speak with Rochelle or Amber.

Dates for your Diary

May 2017

June 2017

  • Thurs 1 – Parish Prayer Night
  • Sat 3 – Working Bee
  • Sun 4 – Prayers training
  • Sat 17 – Missionary Prayer Breakfast
  • Fri 23- Sun25 – Marriage Weekend Away

Longer Term

  • 16-18th March 2018 – FIVE Weekend Away

FIVE Prayer Points

  1. Thank God for the work of Anglicare, taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to those in need. Pray that God will use our gifts to build his kingdom in heaven.
  2. Pray for the financial situation of our church, particularly as financial giving is down, that we may all give generously, cheerful and in response to God’s outrageous grace to us in Jesus.
  3. Pray for those who have been sick, unemployed, mourning or struggling in life under many trials.
  4. Pray for the Santiches in New Zealand. Pray for their children as they make personal decisions about how they will live by faith in Jesus Christ. Pray that Mark and Renee will have wisdom in speaking about Jesus with them.
  5. Pray for Jacquie and her KidsQuest leaders as they prepare for this outreach event for children in July. Pray that they may be prepared and able to coordinate all the different aspects of the week.

FIVE Community News – 17th May 2017

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Then Abraham said, “Let the Lord not be angry, and I will speak one more time.  Suppose 10 [righteous people] are found there?” God answered, “I will not destroy it on account of 10.” (Genesis 18:32 HCSB)

Then the angels  said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here: a son-in-law, your sons and daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of this place, 13 for we are about to destroy this place because the outcry against its people is so great before Yahweh, that Yahweh has sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19:12-13 HCSB)

On Sunday we are considering the fascinating passage concerning God’s judgement on the cities of the plains, namely Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham seeks to mediate with God for any righteous people in the cities (Genesis 18:16-33). Will God relent from his judgement? On what basis will God’s judgement pass over sinners? Lot and his daughters are rescued from judgement, however the story does not end well for them. Their descendants become nations that are a continuous thorn in Israel’s side.

Please read Genesis 18:16-19:38 in preparation for Sunday.

Upcoming:

21.05   The Sinfulness of Sodom (Genesis 18:16-19:38)

28.05   Powerful Faith in Powerful Promises (Genesis 19-22) – Communion gathering

04.06   New Series: Truths Worth Dying For – Faith Alone

11.06   Truths Worth Dying For – Grace Alone

18.06   Truths Worth Dying For – Scripture Alone

YAK Training – Saturday’s Training is Cancelled

The Youth and Children’s Training scheduled for this Saturday has unfortunately been cancelled. Jacquie and JJ will contact those who are involved with information about the change of dates.

Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

Sun 6th Aug – Bible Readers Training afternoon

Sun 3rd Sept – Sharing your Testimony training afternoon (with optional follow-up training on Sun 10th Sept)

Memory Verse of the Month

If we say, “We have no sin,”  we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive  us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:8-9 (HCSB)

Northmead Winter Appeal (30th April – 21st May)

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Thank you to everyone who has been generous with their time and finances this month during our Winter Appeal in gospel partnership with Anglicare. There are still opportunities to assist at the Northmead IGA and Winston Hills Mall stalls this Saturday. Please contact Mark if you’re able to help for 2 hours.

Stretch Night – The Sacraments

Slide1This month’s Stretch night on Wednesday 24th May (please note new date!) with be on the Sacraments, particularly Holy Communion. What are the Sacraments? What is happening when we share some bread and wine (aka grape juice) together or wash someone? What is Scripture describing or prescribing for us?

Location: Thomas Street building

Time: 7:30pm

This month we will be expressing our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ through Holy Communion on Sunday 28th May.

Working Bee

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Painting the inside of the church building; morning tea; fixing office building gutters; coffee break; moving a shed; morning tea; meet and smell people from other congregations; coffee break; gardening; painting; grab another coffee and muffin.

These are some of the things that are happening during our working bee – Saturday 3rd June. All help welcomed.

EQUIP Conference

EQUIP is an annual conference for women. This year it will be a day of learning and sharing and growing, as they explore the treasures in God’s word and what it looks like to follow Jesus in everyday life.

For more information, please speak with Rochelle or Sharon in the office.

Equip

Marriage Weekend Away

How would you resolve the following marriage conflict situation? [Warning: a few swear words]

Our Marriage Weekend Away from 23rd-25th June at The Retreat at Wiseman’s Ferry will be a great opportunity to remind yourselves of God’s purposes for your marriage and to re-equip your marriage to deal with such conflict situations.

To register, please grab a brochure from the back of the church. Registration closes on 9th June. Payment plans are available. For more information please contact Mark or Sharon in the office.

KidsQuest 2017

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As per the last few years, KidsQuest has been an extremely fruitful opportunity to tell children the news of salvation through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Why not start considering how your children might invite their school friends along to this fun week.

You can register your children and grand-children for KidsQuest on the Northmead Anglican Churches’ website.

Please contact Jacquie if you are able to help during the week with looking after kids, morning tea, rego, organising games, making lunches for the team, skits, giving talks, organising craft, chatting with parents, running the coffee cart, prayer or any other helpful acts of service for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ministry Opportunities

Assisting with ESL (Monday mornings)

Are you available on Monday mornings to support our ESL outreach ministry? The ESL team is looking for a few people to run the kitchen, prepare morning tea, and be available to chat with anyone who joins the program. Please contact Mark at the office or Denise Carpenter (0431 737 559) if you can help or would be willing to join a roster.

Usher and Assistance at Woodberry Village Sunday service

Because of the failing health of those that help out in welcoming people, guiding people to a seat, and so on, we need volunteers to help out. Would your Gospel Team consider this as an opportunity to reach out to the residents at Woodberry with the gospel? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for each Sunday service whose names would be added to the roster. Please contact Don Barker if you could assist with this.

Parramatta Family & Local Court Support Group Inc

Over thirty years ago a volunteer service began at the Family and Local Courts in Parramatta, in reaction to a lack of support and positivity in places that both sought to resolve family disputes and misdemeanours of the law. An interdenominational group was formed from local churches in the area, to lend an ear, and a smiling face, and a hand of kindness by way of a cup of tea and a biscuit to those attending the Family Court and the local Court. The support group are seeking the help of people who might like to be a Rostered Volunteer about three hours a month for serving tea and coffee at either or both of the courts. Choice of day or week of the month is available ie. 3rd  Tuesday. Time is usually between 9am and 12.30pm. For more information, please contact Robyn Druitt (member of FIVE congregation) or call Margaret Wigmore on Ph: (02) 9871 8492, mobile 0407 436 642 or email at wiggy46@optusnet.com.au.

Winston Hills Wednesdays Women’s Gospel Team

The Gospel Teams for the Winston Hills women’s groups require a few people to assist care for the children while the mothers meet together. If you are able to join the roster (usually a fortnightly commitment), please speak with Rochelle or Amber.

Dates for your Diary

May 2017

June 2017

  • Thurs 1 – Parish Prayer Night
  • Sat 3 – Working Bee
  • Sun 4 – Prayers training
  • Sat 17 – Missionary Prayer Breakfast
  • Fri 23- Sun25 – Marriage Weekend Away

FIVE Prayer Points

  1. Pray for couples, who would value some re-tuning in their marriages, that they will find the finances and time to come to our Marriage Weekend Away.
  2. Pray for those who have been sick, unemployed, mourning or struggling in life under many trials. Pray that they may particularly have faith to trust in Jesus through these things.
  3. Pray for the Santiches in New Zealand. Praise God that Renee was able to join with us on Sunday. Please continue to pray for their children.
  4. Pray for Jacquie and her KidsQuest leaders as they prepare for this outreach event for children in July. Pray that they may be prepared and able to coordinate all the different aspects of the week.
  5. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are travelling this month that they will continue to read God’s Word regularly, pray continually, and proclaim Jesus Christ boldly with whoever they meet.

FIVE Community News – 3rd May 2017

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Genesis – The Origins of Everything

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Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6 HCSB)

This weekend we’re returning to the book of Genesis, picking up the story of Abram after he has defeated the kings of the plains, rescued Lot, and been blessed by Melchizedek, the King of Salem (Genesis 14). How has Abram experienced the fulfilment of God’s promises to him (Genesis 12:1-3)? Abram had certainly become rich in livestock and financially (13:1). Yet how will he become a great nation and receive the land?

Please read Genesis 15-17 in preparation for Sunday.

Upcoming:

07.05   The Cutting of the Covenant (Genesis 15-17)

14.05   The Miracle of Motherhood (Genesis 18) – Mothers’ Day

21.05   The Sinfulness of Sodom (Genesis 19)

28.05   Powerful Faith in Powerful Promises (Genesis 19-22) – Communion gathering

04.06   New Series: Truths Worth Dying For

Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

Sun 6th Aug – Bible Readers Training afternoon

Sun 3rd Sept – Sharing your Testimony training afternoon (with optional follow-up training on Sun 10th Sept)

Northmead Winter Appeal (30th April – 21st May)

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During the month of May, Northmead Anglican Churches are partnering with Anglicare to offer a helping hand to those in our community in need. We are calling on everyone in our parish to give generously from what God has generously given to us (2 Cor 8:8-9; Gal 2:10). And we will go into our local community and shopping centres to ask people to give towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal.

There are three key areas you and your Gospel Team can be involved:

  1. Donations from Northmead Anglican Churches’ members (Sun 30th April – Sun 14th May) – Over two weeks, members of our congregations are invited to provide food, clothing, and blankets towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal. Bring your items to the church and place them in the Winter Appeal buckets.
  2. Donations from Letterbox appeal postcards (Round 1: Sat 6th – Sun 14th May; Round 2: Sat 13th – Sun 21st May) – On the first weekend you place a Northmead Winter Appeal postcard in letterboxes in certain streets of Northmead and Winston Hills. The following weekend you knock on those doors with members of your Gospel Team and say you’re collecting food (as listed on the Appeal postcard) for the Winter Appeal. We will have Thank-you Packs for everyone (see below).
  3. Donations from Northmead and Winston Hills shoppers (Round 1: 11-13 May; Round 2: 18-20 May) – We plan to have tables set up outside a few shops in Northmead and Winston Hills. The tables will be decorated with Anglicare’s banners. Members of Gospel Teams or groups of friends are rostered to stand behind the tables, giving a Winter Appeal Shopping Lists to shoppers, inviting them to contribute certain food items towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal. Those who contribute towards the appeal are given a Thank-you Pack.

The Thank-you Packs will contain advertising material from Anglicare, information about Northmead Anglican Churches, an evangelistic tract, and other goodies like a lolly. As we meet with people in our community we can promote Anglicare, ourselves, as well as the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Anglicare is asking if we would be able to provide:

  • pasta & pasta sauce
  • chunky soup
  • tuna & salmon
  • cereal
  • long-life milk
  • toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • soap & deodorant
  • small jars of olive oil
  • blankets & warm clothes

Where do we go from here?

  • Start considering how you might contribute towards the Winter Appeal (bring your gift to church this Sunday or drop them off at the church office)
  • Discuss with your Gospel Team how you would like to serve
  • Gather a few friends and set a time to sit behind the table outside the shops
  • Sign-up using the forms at the back of the church
  • Inform the office if you’re available to prepare the Thank-You packs (prep day is Tuesday 9th May)

For more information, please contact Mark Groombridge.

NCEA Prayer Breakfast

Please join us at the Thomas Street building on Saturday 13th May at 7:30am to hear about the work of God’s gospel in our local high schools and to pray for God to grow his people through the work of NCEA.

Stretch Night – The Sacraments

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This month’s Stretch night on Wednesday 24th May (please note new date!) with be on the Sacraments, particularly Holy Communion. What are the Sacraments? What is happening when we share some bread and wine (aka grape juice) together or wash someone? What is Scripture describing or prescribing for us?

Location: Thomas Street building

Time: 7:30pm

This month we will be expressing our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ through Holy Communion on Sunday 28th May.

EQUIP Conference

EQUIP is an annual conference for women. This year it will be a day of learning and sharing and growing, as they explore the treasures in God’s word and what it looks like to follow Jesus in everyday life.

For more information, please speak with Rochelle or Sharon in the church office.

Equip

Marriage Weekend Away

How would you resolve the following marriage conflict situation?

Our Marriage Weekend Away from 23rd-25th June at The Retreat at Wiseman’s Ferry will be a great opportunity to remind yourselves of God’s purposes for your marriage and to re-equip your marriage to deal with such conflict situations.

To register, please grab a brochure from the back of the church. Registration closes on 9th June. For more information please contact Mark or Sharon in the office.

Ministry Opportunities

Assisting with ESL (Monday mornings)

Are you available on Monday mornings to support our ESL outreach ministry? The ESL team is looking for a few people to run the kitchen, prepare morning tea, and be available to chat with anyone who joins the program. Please contact Mark at the office or Denise Carpenter (0431 737 559) if you can help or would be willing to join a roster.

Usher and Assistance at Woodberry Village Sunday service

Because of the failing health of those that help out in welcoming people, guiding people to a seat, and so on, we need volunteers to help out. Would your Gospel Team consider this as an opportunity to reach out to the residents at Woodberry with the gospel? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for each Sunday service whose names would be added to the roster. Please contact Don Barker if you could assist with this.

Parramatta Family & Local Court Support Group Inc

Over thirty years ago a volunteer service began at the Family and Local Courts in Parramatta, in reaction to a lack of support and positivity in places that both sought to resolve family disputes and misdemeanours of the law. An interdenominational group was formed from local churches in the area, to lend an ear, and a smiling face, and a hand of kindness by way of a cup of tea and a biscuit to those attending the Family Court and the local Court. The support group are seeking the help of people who might like to be a Rostered Volunteer about three hours a month for serving tea and coffee at either or both of the courts. Choice of day or week of the month is available ie. 3rd  Tuesday. Time is usually between 9am and 12.30pm. For more information, please contact Robyn Druitt (member of FIVE congregation) or call Margaret Wigmore on Ph: (02) 9871 8492, mobile 0407 436 642 or email at wiggy46@optusnet.com.au.

Winston Hills Wednesdays Women’s Gospel Team

The Gospel Teams for the Winston Hills women’s groups require a few people to assist care for the children while the mothers meet together. If you are able to join the roster (usually a fortnightly commitment), please speak with Rochelle.

Dates for your Diary

May 2017

  • Fri 5–Sun 7 – e11even Weekend Away
  • Sat 13 – NCEA Prayer Breakfast (NAC)
  • Sun 14 – Mothers’ Day
  • Sat 20 – Youth and Children Training Day
  • Wed 24  – Stretch Night
  • Sat 27 – EQUIP Conference

June 2017

  • Thurs 1 – Parish Prayer Night
  • Sun 3 – Prayers training
  • Sat 17 – Missionary Prayer Breakfast
  • Fri 23- Sun25 – Marriage Weekend Away

FIVE Prayer Points

  1. Pray for the Northmead e11even am congregation as they are heading away together this weekend. Pray that they may grow in love and service of God and his gospel concerning Jesus, as well as in love and service of one another.
  2. Pray for those who have been sick, unemployed, mourning or struggling in life under many trials. Pray that they may particularly have faith to trust in Jesus through these things.
  3. Pray for the Santiches in Christchurch, NZ. Pray for Mark as he proclaims Christ on the university campus.
  4. Pray for the married couples in our congregation that they will reflect the self-sacrificial service of Jesus Christ in their relationship with one another (Ephesians 5). Pray for those couples who desire to go on the marriage weekend away, that they will be willing to make sacrifices to meet the cost, that they may be wise and blessed, and able to listen to one another.
  5. Pray that God may give the Winston Hills congregation wisdom and grace as they consider how they will gather together next year (they were told by the school that they will to be unable to use the classrooms for their children’s ministries after this year).

The Reading Room

On Sunday, we briefly considered how God’s purpose for our lives is to serve one another in the context of spiritual opposition (Ephesians 6:10-22). Paul’s advice to Christians is to equip ourselves with the news of Jesus Christ.

The challenge from a church leadership perspective is to answer the question: How? How can we equip you with the gospel of Jesus Christ so that you will be able to stand firm in your faith? The follow-up question is how do we equip different people, facing different challenges in different stages of life?

Last year Rory Shiner wrote a very helpful article ‘We need to talk about church scheduling‘. He helps us understand these differences, then makes some helpful suggestions how we might schedule and plan appropriately.

I trust you find it helpful to know that our church leadership are not unaware of the daily challenges you may be facing, nor ignorant of the impact that a marriage weekend has on your finances. Rather, they are trying to be wise in how to prepare you for eternal glory.

FIVE Community News – 26th April 2017

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Living with Purpose

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Magnification – Mission – Membership – Maturity

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life — a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45 HCSB)

Jesus Christ serves both God and us through his death and resurrection. How then ought we to live as those who love the one who served us by giving up his life? This week we will consider from Ephesians 6 how God’s purpose and work for us is to serve him, his Son, and one another.

Upcoming:

30.04   Living with Purpose – Serving in God’s Kingdom

07.05   The Cutting of the Covenant (Genesis 15-17)

14.05   The Sinfulness of Sodom (Genesis 18-19)

21.05   The Fear of the Faithful One (Genesis 20-21)

28.05   Powerful Faith in Powerful Promises (Genesis 22) – Communion gathering

Christianity Explored course

Christianity Explored

Christianity is pretty simple. It’s all about one life, the life of Jesus. 

Christianity Explored is a fun and relaxed course which investigates who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Everyone who comes has the opportunity to ask all their questions, read through Mark’s Gospel, and consider the life of Jesus. Everyone is welcome.

Our next course starts on Tuesday 2nd May. For more information please contact the church office.

Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Our welcomers training is a necessity for everyone on the welcoming and ushering roster. Since we desire to welcome and integrate all people who join us, and this is not just the task of our welcomers and ushers, it is recommended that ALL members of our congregation attend this training!

Sun 30th Apr – Welcomers Training afternoon (2-4pm at the Thomas Street building)

Sat 3rd June – Leadership Team Training Day

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

Please let Mark know if one of these is an area where you are interested in serving.

Northmead Winter Appeal (30th April – 21st May)

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During the month of May, Northmead Anglican Churches are partnering with Anglicare to offer a helping hand to those in our community in need. We are calling on everyone in our parish to give generously from what God has generously given to us (2 Cor 8:8-9; Gal 2:10). And we will go into our local community and shopping centres to ask people to give towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal.

There are three key areas you and your Gospel Team can be involved:

  1. Donations from Northmead Anglican Churches’ members (Sun 30th April – Sun 14th May) – Over two weeks, members of our congregations are invited to provide food, clothing, and blankets towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal. Bring your items to the church and place them in the Winter Appeal buckets.
  2. Donations from Letterbox appeal postcards (Round 1: Sat 6th – Sun 14th May; Round 2: Sat 13th – Sun 21st May) – On the first weekend you place a Northmead Winter Appeal postcard in letterboxes in certain streets of Northmead and Winston Hills. The following weekend you knock on those doors with members of your Gospel Team and say you’re collecting food (as listed on the Appeal postcard) for the Winter Appeal. We will have Thank-you Packs for everyone (see below).
  3. Donations from Northmead and Winston Hills shoppers (Round 1: 11-13 May; Round 2: 18-20 May) – We plan to have tables set up outside a few shops in Northmead and Winston Hills. The tables will be decorated with Anglicare’s banners. Members of Gospel Teams or groups of friends are rostered to stand behind the tables, giving a Winter Appeal Shopping Lists to shoppers, inviting them to contribute certain food items towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal. Those who contribute towards the appeal are given a Thank-you Pack.

The Thank-you Packs will contain advertising material from Anglicare, information about Northmead Anglican Churches, an evangelistic tract, and other goodies like a lolly. As we meet with people in our community we can promote Anglicare, ourselves, as well as the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Anglicare is asking if we would be able to provide:

  • pasta & pasta sauce
  • chunky soup
  • tuna & salmon
  • cereal
  • long-life milk
  • toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • soap & deodorant
  • small jars of olive oil
  • blankets & warm clothes

Where do we go from here?

  • Start considering how you might contribute towards the Winter Appeal (bring your gift to church from this Sunday)
  • Discuss with your Gospel Team how you would like to serve
  • Gather a few friends and set a time to sit behind the table outside the shops
  • Inform the church office what times you’ve chosen
  • Inform the office if you’re available to prepare the Thank-You packs

For more information, please contact Mark Groombridge.

Friends of Northmead – Legal Issues Seminar

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NCEA Prayer Breakfast

Please join us at the Thomas Street building on Saturday 13th May at 7:30am to hear about the work of God’s gospel in our local high schools and to pray for God to grow his people through the work of NCEA.

Stretch Night – The Sacraments

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This month’s Stretch night on Wednesday 24th May (please note new date!) with be on the Sacraments, particularly Holy Communion. What are the Sacraments? What is happening when we share some bread and wine (aka grape juice) together or wash someone? What is Scripture describing or prescribing for us?

Location: Thomas Street building

Time: 7:30pm

This month we will be expressing our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ through Holy Communion on Sunday 28th May.

Ministry Opportunities

Assisting with ESL (Monday mornings)

Are you available on Monday mornings to support our ESL outreach ministry? The ESL team is looking for a few people to run the kitchen, prepare morning tea, and be available to chat with anyone who joins the program. Please contact Mark at the office or Denise Carpenter (0431 737 559) if you can help or would be willing to join a roster.

Usher and Assistance at Woodberry Village Sunday service

Because of the failing health of those that help out in welcoming people, guiding people to a seat, and so on, we need volunteers to help out. Would your Gospel Team consider this as an opportunity to reach out to the residents at Woodberry with the gospel? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for each Sunday service whose names would be added to the roster. Please contact Don Barker if you could assist with this.

Parramatta Family & Local Court Support Group Inc

Over thirty years ago a volunteer service began at the Family and Local Courts in Parramatta, in reaction to a lack of support and positivity in places that both sought to resolve family disputes and misdemeanours of the law. An interdenominational group was formed from local churches in the area, to lend an ear, and a smiling face, and a hand of kindness by way of a cup of tea and a biscuit to those attending the Family Court and the local Court. The support group are seeking the help of people who might like to be a Rostered Volunteer about three hours a month for serving tea and coffee at either or both of the courts. Choice of day or week of the month is available ie. 3rd  Tuesday. Time is usually between 9am and 12.30pm. For more information, please contact Robyn Druitt (member of FIVE congregation) or call Margaret Wigmore on Ph: (02) 9871 8492, mobile 0407 436 642 or email at wiggy46@optusnet.com.au.

Dates for your Diary

April 2017

  • Sun 30 – Welcomers Training seminar
  • Sun 30 – Northmead Winter Appeal begins

May 2017

  • Tues 2 – Christianity Explored course begins
  • Wed 3 – Friends of Northmead seminar
  • Fri 5 – Sun 7 e11even Weekend Away
  • Sat 13 – NCEA Prayer Breakfast (NAC)
  • Sun 14 – Mothers’ Day
  • Sat 20 – Youth and Children Training Day
  • Wed 24 – Stretch Night
  • Sat 27 – EQUIP Conference

FIVE Prayer Points

  1. Pray that the new people who have been visiting our congregations will come along to our Christianity Explored courses.
  2. Pray for those who have been sick, unemployed, mourning or struggling in life under many trials. Pray that they may particularly have faith to trust in Jesus through these things.
  3. Pray “to the Lord of the harvest” for people to be raised up to assist with ESL at Northmead. Pray also that the number of people who are coming to learn English will continue to increase.
  4. Pray that as we finish off our Living With Purpose series this week, that we might consider who we live and what we live for. Pray that we might be a welcoming church that proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ to one another in word and deed.
  5. Pray for the teachers in our congregations and those who work in schools and universities that, as they start another school term, they may boldly stand for Jesus in the face of secular opposition and godless philosophies.

 

FIVE Community News – 19th April 2017

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Living with Purpose

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The New Testament writers used many metaphors to describe how God works in and through his people. What spiritual reality might you be describing if you described  a building under construction, a father’s height, a seedling, a body, and a child? The Apostle Paul uses many of these images in a single paragraph…

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself in love. (Ephesians 4:11-16 HCSB)

This week we will consider from Ephesians 4 how God’s purpose and work in us is to grow us to be just like Jesus Christ. He is working to make us mature in Jesus Christ.

Upcoming:

23.04   Living with Purpose – Growing to be like Jesus

30.04   Living with Purpose – Serving in God’s Kingdom

07.05   The Cutting of the Covenant (Genesis 15-17)

14.05   The Sinfulness of Sodom (Genesis 18-19)

21.05   The Fear of the Faithful One (Genesis 20-21)

Christianity Explored course

Christianity Explored

Christianity is pretty simple. It’s all about one life, the life of Jesus. 

Christianity Explored is a fun and relaxed course which investigates who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Everyone who comes has the opportunity to ask all their questions, read through Mark’s Gospel, and consider the life of Jesus. Everyone is welcome.

For more information please contact the church office.

Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Our welcomers training is a necessity for everyone on the welcoming and ushering roster. Since we desire to welcome and integrate all people who join us, and this is not just the task of our welcomers and ushers, it is recommended that ALL members of FIVE attend this training!

Sun 30th Apr – Welcomers Training afternoon (2-4pm at the Thomas Street building)

Sat 3rd June – Leadership Team Training Day

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

These training events are open for all members of Winston Hills. Please let Mark know if one of these is an area where you are interested in serving.

Northmead Winter Appeal (30th April – 21st May)

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During the month of May, Northmead Anglican Churches are partnering with Anglicare to offer a helping hand to those in our community in need. We are calling on everyone in our parish to give generously from what God has generously given to us (2 Cor 8:8-9; Gal 2:10). And we will go into our local community and shopping centres to ask people to give towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal.

There are three key areas you and your Gospel Team can be involved:

  1. Donations from Northmead Anglican Churches’ members (Sun 30th April – Sun 14th May) – Over two weeks, members of our congregations are invited to provide food, clothing, and blankets towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal. Bring your items to the church and place them in the Winter Appeal buckets.
  2. Donations from Letterbox appeal postcards (Round 1: Sat 6th – Sun 14th May; Round 2: Sat 13th – Sun 21st May) – With your Gospel Team, the first weekend you place a Northmead Winter Appeal postcard in letterboxes in certain streets of Northmead and Winston Hills. The following weekend you knock on those doors and say you’re collecting food (as listed on the Appeal postcard) for the Winter Appeal. We will have Thank-you Packs for everyone (see below).
  3. Donations from Northmead and Winston Hills shoppers (Round 1: 11-13 May; Round 2: 18-20 May) – We plan to have tables set up outside a few shops in Northmead and Winston Hills. The tables will be decorated with Anglicare’s banners. Members of Gospel Teams or groups of friends are rostered to stand behind the tables, giving a Winter Appeal Shopping Lists to shoppers, inviting them to contribute certain food items towards Anglicare’s Winter Appeal. Those who contribute towards the appeal are given a Thank-you Pack.

The Thank-you Packs will contain advertising material from Anglicare, information about Northmead Anglican Churches, an evangelistic tract, and other goodies like a lolly. As we meet with people in our community we can promote Anglicare, ourselves, as well as the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Where do we go from here?

  • Start considering how you might contribute towards the Winter Appeal
  • Discuss with your Gospel Team how you would like to serve
  • Gather a few friends and set a time to sit behind the table outside the shops
  • Inform the church office what times you’ve chosen
  • Inform the office if you’re available to prepare the Thank-You packs

For more information, please contact Mark Groombridge.

Friends of Northmead – Legal Issues Seminar

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Ministry Opportunities

Kitchen Aids for ESL (Monday mornings)

Are you available on Monday mornings to support our ESL outreach ministry? The ESL team is looking for a few people to run the kitchen, prepare morning tea, and be available to chat with anyone who joins the program. Please contact Mark at the office or Denise Carpenter (0431 737 559) if you can help or would be willing to join a roster.

Usher and Assistance at Woodberry Village Sunday service

Because of the failing health of those that help out in welcoming people, guiding people to a seat, and so on, we need volunteers to help out. Would your Gospel Team consider this as an opportunity to reach out to the residents at Woodberry with the gospel? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for each Sunday service whose names would be added to the roster. Please contact Don Barker if you could assist with this.

Dates for your Diary

April 2017

  • Mon 17-Fri 21 – Forge Youth Camp
  • Sun 30 – Welcomers Training seminar
  • Sun 30 – Northmead Winter Appeal begins

The Groombridges will be away from 21st-25th April.

May 2017

  • Tues 2 – Christianity Explored course begins
  • Wed 3 – Friends of Northmead seminar
  • Fri 5 – Sun 7 e11even Weekend Away
  • Sat 13 – NCEA Prayer Breakfast (NAC)
  • Sun 14 – Mothers’ Day
  • Wed 17 – Stretch Night
  • Sat 20 – Youth and Children Training Day
  • Sat 27 – EQUIP Conference

FIVE Prayer Points

This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,  would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the perception of your mind  may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. (Ephesians 1:15-19 HCSB)

  1. Praise God for those non-Christians who came along to our Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday services. Pray that they might continue to discuss the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ with us, and come along to our Christianity Explored courses.
  2. Pray for those who have been sick, unemployed, mourning or struggling in life under many trials. Pray that they may particularly have faith to trust in Jesus through these things.
  3. Pray for the mission of ESL at our church, that as people read the Bible in the classes, they may know more about our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that the numbers will continue to increase over the coming term and that more helpers can be found for both conversation and serving in the kitchen.
  4. Pray that as we finish off our Living With Purpose series in a few weeks, that we might consider who we live and what we live for. Pray that we might be a welcoming church that proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ to one another in word and deed.
  5. Pray for the youth who are away at Forge Camp this week that they will enjoy reading the Bible together, praying together, and having fun together.

FIVE Community News – 5th April 2017

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Is it any difference between being a member of the church and the local sports club? Pay your yearly dues, volunteer to run the BBQ for an event, make some mates. Is there any difference between gathering with friends at a local cafe and gathering in your Gospel Team? Some laughs, nibbles, and social interaction. How is being a member of God’s church different to other gatherings?

This week we will consider from Ephesians 2.11-22 how we live as God’s desires in this time before Jesus returns. In particular we’ll be hearing from Paul, what it means to belong to God and his family.

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This month we will be remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ during our special Easter services. These services are an opportunity to ask your friends and family to celebrate Easter with you. We will have a children’s program and morning tea is provided. A short talk will seek to help people understand why the unjust death of a man at the hands of a foreign occupying force and religious leaders was actually the best thing that could ever possibly happen for us.

Upcoming:

09.04   Living with Purpose – Belonging to God and his Family

14.04   Good Friday (9.30 am)

16.04   Resurrection Sunday (5.00 pm)

23.04   Living with Purpose – Growing to be like Jesus

30.04   Living with Purpose – Serving in God’s Kingdom

Online Bibles and Apps

The publishers of the Holman Bible must have decided that they would spend as little as possible on the binding for their pew Bibles. Consequently we’ve observed most of our pew Bibles disintegrating and coming off their covers. However you do not have to put up with tattered paper version if you carry your modern phone or tablet.

Online Bibles

You can read most versions of the Bible, even the original languages, through online Bibles. You only need internet access and a browser. One of the most simplest sites is Biblia.com. You have access to dozens of versions of Scripture. Just type in the passage you want and Bob’s your uncle. The Bible Gateway has even more versions for you to read, even in foreign languages.

Some of these online Bible sites can be set up to read the passage out loud. You can even copy the sound files, dump them onto a CD and listen to the Bible in your car on the way to work.

On some of these sites you can sign up to receive a passage from Scripture each day in an email. That’s handy if you’d like a small passage to reflect upon each day.

Bible Apps

The benefit of a mobile app is that you can download and read the Bible on your device. So no internet connection is required. Usually they do not take up too much memory space either. Most of the apps come with a select number of Bible versions, and so you might need to purchase your desired version if it is not on their list.

Check out the following free apps:

Logos app

The Bible (Bible Society app)

Bible Gateway app

Another benefit of the mobile apps is that you are able to purchase and download commentaries and dictionaries which will also help you study the Bible. You can, say, have the New Bible Commentary open in one half of the window pane while reading the passage in the other half.

So why our Bibles slowly fall apart, please consider using such online sites or apps. We would also recommend you try to avoid being distracted by everything else on your device if you’re in your Gospel Team or our Sunday gathering!

Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Sun 30th Apr – Welcomers Training afternoon (2-4pm at the Thomas Street building)

Sat 3rd June – Leadership Team Training Day

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

These training events are open for all members of Winston Hills. Please let Mark know if one of these is an area where you are interested in serving.

Ministry Opportunities

Kitchen Aids for ESL (Monday mornings)

Are you available on Monday mornings to support our ESL outreach ministry? The ESL team is looking for a few people to run the kitchen, prepare morning tea, and be available to chat with anyone who joins the program. Please contact Mark at the office or Denise Carpenter (0431 737 559) if you can help or would be willing to join a roster.

Usher and Assistance at Woodberry Village Sunday service

Because of the failing health of those that help out in welcoming people, guiding people to a seat, and so on, we need volunteers to help out. Would your Gospel Team consider this as an opportunity to reach out to the residents at Woodberry with the gospel? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for each Sunday service whose names would be added to the roster. Please contact Don Barker if you could assist with this.

Dates for your Diary

April 2017

  • Fri 14 – Good Friday service (9:30am)
  • Sun 16 – Resurrection Sunday service (9:30am)
  • Mon 17-Fri 21 – Forge Youth Camp
  • Sun 30 – Welcomers Training seminar

The Groombridges will be away from 21st-25th April.

FIVE Prayer Points

This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,  would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the perception of your mind  may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. (Ephesians 1:15-19 HCSB)

  1. Pray for boldness to take the opportunity to invite non-Christian friends and family along to our Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday services. Pray that our gatherings over that weekend will clearly explain the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. Pray for your non-Christian friends and family that God may reveal himself to them through the announcement of Jesus Christ, so that people may know him (Eph 1.17).
  3. Pray for those who have been sick, unemployed, mourning or struggling in life under many trials. Pray that they may particularly have faith to trust in Jesus through these things.
  4. Pray for the mission of ESL at our church, that as people read the Bible in the classes, they may know more about our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ.
  5. Pray that God continues to work in our hearts and minds, transforming us by his Holy Spirit, so that we might be like his Son, Jesus.

FIVE Community News – 29th March 2017

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Living with Purpose

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So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 HCSB)

As we saw in Ephesians 1 last Sunday, God’s first key purpose for us is to live for him and his glory. In fact, God has been working and making decisions before the beginning of this creation to make it possible for us to glorify him through Jesus Christ. Living for God and his glory is therefore foundational for everything we are and do at Winston Hills Anglican Church. From our gatherings to our daily response to the news about Jesus, God desires for us to honour and serve him and his Son.

This Sunday we will look at another purpose that God has for our lives. Why are we still living here on earth? What does God want us to do before Jesus returns? Please read Ephesians 1-2 in preparation for our Sunday gathering.

Please don’t forget that daylight savings starts this Sunday (wind your clocks back an hour). Feel free to come early and enjoy conversation on the lounges.

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Next month we will be remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ during our special Easter services. These services are an opportunity to ask your friends and family to celebrate Easter with you. We will have a children’s program and light snacks with coffee and tea are provided. A short talk will seek to help people understand why the unjust death of a man at the hands of a foreign occupying force and religious leaders was actually the best thing that could ever possibly happen for us.

Upcoming:

02.04   Living with Purpose – To Share God and Make Him Known

09.04   Living with Purpose – Belonging to God and his Family

14.04   Good Friday

16.04   Resurrection Sunday

23.04   Living with Purpose – Growing to be like Jesus

30.04   Living with Purpose – Serving in God’s Kingdom

Ministry Training – This Sunday: Kids’ Spots

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Sun 2nd Apr – Kids Spot Training afternoon (2-4pm at the Thomas Street building)

Sun 30th Apr – Welcomers Training afternoon

Sat 3rd June – Leadership Team Training Day

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

These training events are open for all members of Winston Hills. Please let Mark know if one of these is an area where you are interested in serving.

Friends of Northmead Picnic

This month’s event is a picnic at Cumberland State Forest (off Castle Hill Road, just past Coonara Ave) on Saturday 1st April from 11am. There are some lovely walks through the forest and if you’re interested in knowing the names of the various eucalyptus tree varieties in our area, many of trees along the walks are nicely labelled. There is a great native plant nursery and a cafe. So please invite your friends for a day in the forest.

Of course any visit these days to Cumberland Forest should include a walk through the treetops…

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For more information about this event, please contact Bev Ivins (0412142090), Robyn Dunlop (0417066827) or Hedley Mooney (0400207806).

Ministry Opportunities

Kitchen Aids for ESL (Monday mornings)

Are you available on Monday mornings to support our ESL outreach ministry? The ESL team is looking for a few people to run the kitchen, prepare morning tea, and be available to chat with anyone who joins the program. Please contact Mark at the office or Denise Carpenter (0431 737 559) if you can help or would be willing to join a roster.

Usher and Assistance at Woodberry Village Sunday service

Because of the failing health of those that help out in welcoming people, guiding people to a seat, and so on, we need volunteers to help out. Would your Gospel Team consider this as an opportunity to reach out to the residents at Woodberry with the gospel? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for each Sunday service whose names would be added to the roster. Please contact Don Barker if you could assist with this.

Dates for your Diary

March 2017

  • Wed 29 – Northmead Anglican Churches AGM 

April 2017

  • Sat 1 – Friends of Northmead Cumberland Forest Picnic
  • Sun 2 – Kids’ Spot Training seminar
  • Fri 14 – Good Friday service (9:30am)
  • Sun 16 – Resurrection Sunday service (9:30am)
  • Mon 17-Fri 21 – Forge Youth Camp
  • Sun 30 – Welcomers Training seminar

The Groombridges will be away from 21st-25th April.

FIVE Prayer Points

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door  to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison,  so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. (Colossians 4:2-4 HCSB)

  1. Pray for boldness to take the opportunity to invite non-Christian friends and family along to our Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday services. Pray that our gatherings over that weekend will clearly explain the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. Pray for the Moore College PTC training that pastors in Kenya have recently received through Steve Dunlop, that they may use what they have learnt from God’s Word to build the church in that country and region of Africa.
  3. Praise God for the parish leadership teams (wardens, parish council, treasurer, and Adrian Russell) for serving us, managing our finances, and making (hard) decisions regarding our property so that we might proclaim the news about Jesus.
  4. Thank God for everyone in our congregation, for he has brought us all together through Jesus Christ. Pray that the Friends of Northmead event will be an enjoyable opportunity for fun and relationship building with those who do not know Jesus.
  5. Pray for those who have been sick, unemployed, mourning or struggling in life under many trials. Pray that they may particularly have faith to trust in Jesus through these things.

FIVE Community News – 15th March 2017

5pm-logoGenesis – The Origins of Everything

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Abraham returns to the Promised Land from a poor performance in Egypt (Genesis 12). Will he now remain faithful to God’s promises as his nephew Lot offers to settle in the best parts of the land? Please read Genesis 13-14 in preparation for our time together on Sunday.

Upcoming:

19.03   Gen 13-14   The Beginning of the Blessing

26.03  New Series: Living With Purpose – Living for God and his Glory

02.04   Living with Purpose – To Share God and Make Him Known

09.04   Living with Purpose – Belonging to God and his Family

Praying For One Another

This month we have committed ourselves to pray for one another using the Praying for One Another diary. How are you going with it? How has God been answering your prayers?

Missionary Prayer Breakfast – Sat 25th March

Please join us at 7.30am at the Thomas Street building to hear about and pray for our missionaries. Breakfast included. All welcome.

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Ministry Opportunities

Kitchen Aids for ESL (Monday mornings)

Are you available on Monday mornings to support our ESL outreach ministry? The ESL team is looking for a few people to run the kitchen, prepare morning tea, and be available to chat with anyone who joins the program. Please contact Mark at the office or Denise Carpenter (0431 737 559) if you can help or would be willing to join a roster.

Usher and Assistance at Woodberry Village Sunday service

Because of the failing health of those that help out in welcoming people, guiding people to a seat, and so on, we need volunteers to help out. Would your Gospel Team consider this as an opportunity to reach out to the residents at Woodberry with the gospel? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for each Sunday service whose names would be added to the roster. Please contact Don Barker if you could assist with this.

Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Sun 2nd Apr – Kids Spot Training afternoon

Sun 30th Apr – Welcomers Training afternoon

Sat 3rd June – Leadership Team Training Day

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

These training events are open for all members of Winston Hills. Please let Mark know if one of these is an area where you are interested in serving.

Western Sydney Region Annual Women’s Autumn Dinner

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Tickets can be purchased online here for the dinner. For more information, please speak with Rochelle.

Dates for your Diary

March 2017

April 2017

  • Sat 1 – Friends of Northmead Parramatta Picnic
  • Sun 2 – Kids’ Spot Training seminar
  • Fri 14 – Good Friday service (9:30am)
  • Sun 16 – Resurrection Sunday service (5pm)
  • Mon 17-Fri 21 – Forge Youth Camp
  • Sun 30 – Welcomers Training seminar

FIVE Prayer Points

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door  to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison,  so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. (Colossians 4:2-4 HCSB)

  1. Pray for boldness to take the opportunity to invite non-Christian friends and family along to our Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday services. Pray that our gatherings over that weekend will clearly explain the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. Pray for Caroline Freitag (NCEA) and our Ministry Apprentices who are teaching Year 7-8 teenagers at Model Farms High School.
  3. Pray for the Northmead Anglican Church staff who will be away together next week to prepare and plan for parish activities in the second half of this year.
  4. Praise God for the rain he provides as well as the sunny days. Pray that we might be thankful to him no matter how the weather may disrupt our plans.
  5. Pray for those who have been sick, unemployed, mourning or struggling in life under many trials. Pray that they may particularly have faith to trust in Jesus through these things.

FIVE Community News – 8th March 2017

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Genesis – The Origins of Everything

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It is obvious that by the time we’ve read to Genesis 11, human sinfulness is completely entrenched in human hearts. Yet God has not decided to wipe out humanity in one just act of judgement. Therefore the promise to bless Abram in Genesis 12 comes as a surprise. How is God able to deal with human sin through a promise? This week we will unpack Genesis 12 to understand the promise and see how God plans to save people from their sin on the basis of trusting it.

Upcoming:

12.03   Gen 12   The dawn of Justification

19.03   Gen 13-14   The Beginning of the Blessing

26.03  New Series: Living With Purpose – Living for God and his Glory

02.04   Living with Purpose – To Share God and Make Him Known

Allan Webb’s Thanksgiving Service

m_7eHC6zSp7LUOiGtGJcsgyqb0rqEnBiRPAllan Webb will be remembered with great thanksgiving to God on Friday 10th at 12:30pm at Eastwood Baptist Church (3 First Avenue, Eastwood). More details can be found here. Everyone is welcome to come and thank God for Allan who has been part of our FIVE congregation for the past few years.

Missionary Prayer Breakfast – Sat 25th March

Please join us at 7.30am at the Thomas Street building to hear about and pray for our missionaries. Breakfast included. All welcome.

 

Friends of Northmead – Managing Arthritis

The Friends of Northmead is an initiative by Third Stage Empty-Nesters at Northmead Anglican Churches who desire to meet together and who also desire to bring their non-Christian friends into their friendship networks in a non-threatening manner.

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Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Sun 2nd Apr – Kids Spot Training afternoon

Sun 30th Apr – Welcomers Training afternoon

Sat 3rd June – Leadership Team Training Day

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

These training events are open for all members of Winston Hills. Please let Mark know if one of these is an area where you are interested in serving.

Western Sydney Region Annual Women’s Autumn Dinner

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Tickets can be purchased online here for the dinner. For more information, please speak with Rochelle.

Dates for your Diary

March 2017

April 2017

  • Sat 1 – Friends of Northmead Parramatta Picnic
  • Sun 2 – Kids’ Spot Training seminar
  • Fri 14 – Good Friday service (9:30am)
  • Sun 15 – Resurrection Sunday service (5pm)
  • Mon 17-Fri 21 – Forge Youth Camp
  • Sun 30 – Welcomers Training seminar

FIVE Prayer Points

  1. Praise God that he treats us with grace in Jesus Christ, dealing with our sin and shame on the cross.
  2. Please pray for Lyndall Burke and Adrian Webb as they mourn for the passing of their father Allan. Pray that we might all look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and eternal life with those who trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. Pray for Caroline Freitag (NCEA) and our Ministry Apprentices who are teaching Year 7-8 teenagers at Model Farms High School.
  4. Pray for 645 who have their Launch weekend away this weekend that they grow in their understanding of the Holy Spirit and evangelism as they grow in relationship with one another.
  5. Pray for our service leaders that they may serve us and lead well, putting into practise everything they were reminded of and learnt last Sunday.

FIVE Community News – 22nd February 2017

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Genesis – The Origins of Everything

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And God said to Noah, “There’s going to be a floody floody.” (Classic Sunday School Tunes ’50s-’80s)

Last Sunday we saw how the descendants of Cain are compared and contrast with the descendants of his brother Seth. Cain’s descendant Lamech boasts of his vengeful murder (4:23-24). Whereas Seth’s descendant Lamech cries out in hope that his son would bring relief from God’s judgement (5:29). And we see the extent of human sin at the beginning of Genesis 6 as mankind multiplies on the earth, but marry in a manner that continues to displease God (6:1-4).

How does God respond to this situation?

When the Lord saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time,  the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth,  and He was grieved in His heart. Then the Lord said, “I will wipe off from the face of the earth mankind, whom I created, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.” (Genesis 6:5-7 HCSB)

Is there any hope for mankind? What might turn God from completely regretting his creation of man? A righteous man, Noah (Genesis 5:8).

Can I recommend reading Genesis 6-9 this week in preparation to hear what God plans and does through his Saviour.

Highly Recommended Devotional Reading

Peter Jensen’s Power and Promise: The Epic Journey from Adam to Abraham in Genesis 1-15 is an excellent book to use as a devotional material while we are reading Genesis together. I have been using this booklet each day for my devotional time and thoroughly enjoying it. Peter’s explanation and reflections on the passages are very short yet insightful. Highly recommended!

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Upcoming:

26.02   Gen 6-9   A New Hope?

05.03   Gen 10-11   We Built This City…

12.03   Gen 12   The dawn of Justification

19.03   Gen 13-14   TBA

Prayer Resources

One item of feedback from our congregational meetings last November was that people wanted to be able to pray informed prayers for one another. In response to this, Jann and Carol have been working on a prayer resource that you can use throughout March.

If there are any specific prayer points you would like us to be praying for you during the coming month, please let Carol know.

Friends of Northmead – Managing Arthritis

The Friends of Northmead is an initiative by “Third Stage Empty-Nesters” at Northmead Anglican Churches who desire to meet together and who also desire to bring their non-Christian friends into their friendship networks in a non-threatening manner.

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Ministry Training

During the first half of the year, we’ve planned a series of training days for all congregations. The goal is to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and make sure we’re serving to the best of our growing abilities. Those expected to be involved will be invited and information about these events will be made available closer to the events.

Sat 25th Feb – Music Training Day (10am-2pm at Thomas Street building)

Sun 5th Mar – Service Leaders Training afternoon (2-4pm at Thomas Street building)

Sun 2nd Apr – Kids Spot Training afternoon

Sun 30th Apr – Welcomers Training afternoon

Sat 3rd June – Leadership Team Training Day

Sun 4th June – Prayers Training afternoon

These training events are open for all members of Winston Hills. Please let Mark know if one of these is an area where you are interested in serving.

Western Sydney Region Annual Women’s Autumn Dinner

WSRAWAD

Tickets can be purchased online here for the dinner. For more information, please speak with Rochelle.

Dates for your Diary

February 2017

  • Sat 25 – Music Ministry Training

March 2017

FIVE Prayer Points

  1. Praise God for the peace we experience in Australia, which allows us to gather and know our Lord. Pray for those whose lives are surrounded by relational, spiritual or physical conflict, that they may hold onto their faith and hope in Jesus while suffering.
  2. Thank God for those who serve us every week using their musical abilities. Pray for everyone involved in music at FIVE and as they attend the training this week, that they will value the training they receive from Ben Pakula and find encouragement from members of other congregations.
  3. Pray that as Dan, Ateca and Shimon start the Moore College correspondence courses, that God will build their knowledge and love for Jesus Christ. Pray that they will then be effective in teaching God’s Word to students in Fiji.
  4. Pray that the Allen family can settle quickly into the Gladesville Community, will be welcomed by the church, and be effective in proclaiming Jesus Christ in everything they say and do.
  5. Pray for the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ amongst “Third Stage Empty Nesters” at Northmead. Pray that they may have the boldness to invite friends and talk about Jesus.