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Community Food Drive – all set to go!

Community Food Drive - Anglicare Winter Appeal 2009

Busy that saturday?

If we will miss you simply leave your gift at the door

Or drop them off at the verandah of 29 Clanalpine St, Eastwood
(next to St Philip’s, Cnr of Rutledge st & Shaftsbury road)
See map http://tinyurl.com/anglicaremarsfielddropoff

NAAC Weekend Away – Reflections

In June, our church went to Blue Mountains for a ‘Weekend Away’. The theme for this weekend was ‘Time Away’. Most of us are not only busy and tired from our daily life but we also placed meditation on God’s word after all the other things we see as important.

It was time away from the distractions, busyness and daily routines of our life. It was time away to build each up other through loving, knowing and serving. It was time away to listen and talk to God and be reminded of how to live as God’s people.

Read about the experience of a group member, Mel, and how she found it this year with a bub. Mel’s Reflections on NAAC Weekend Away

Volunteer with Non-Profits

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Since discussing about simplified missional living a few weeks ago, we learnt that one way to live a missional life is to volunteer with non-profits:

“Find a non-profit in your part of the city and take a Saturday a month to serve your city. Bring your neighbors, your friends, or your small group. Spend time with your church serving your city. Once a month. You can do it!”

In July we will have our own Brunchie’s mission to reach out to a community. This will be a chance for you to serve our city and connect with people.

Perhaps you feel that as a Christian you ought to demonstrate your love and care to those who are in need for help. Perhaps you know a friend who loves to volunteer and would like to get involved. Maybe this is a chance for you and them to play a part and see Christ’s love in action.

We all live in either an apartment block or house and most likely don’t know many of our neighbours. Why not connect with them through this mission? You could also do this individually at your own time to get to know your neighbours. It is a non-intrusive way to meet them.

Be a part of the team and let’s get together to serve our city and to share the gospel and bear fruit for Jesus’ kingdom!

Join the Community Goods Drive in our July Mission

Gospel-Centred Living

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After a discussion on the article Simplified Missional Living the general feeling is that living with a mission-mind isn’t a typical mindset that we have as we go through our habitual week. Some ideas sound too foreign while others seem so simple we wondered why we didn’t think about it sooner. Perhaps the question to ask first is what is ‘missional living‘? It is a buzzword that is rapidly adopted by many Christians. It simply means to live a lifestyle with the intention to share the gospel message. The understanding is that all Christians should be involved in the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.

Is a reason why we don’t actively participate in missional living because we don’t have that same understanding?

Recently we were reminded in Genesis 1 & 2 and Revelations 4:11 that all of creation spells out the glory of God. But as we take a look around in our society, we see that God is not honoured. Instead, we see the idolatry of man-made things all around us. Since we know who is the true and living God, is this one of the several reasons why we should seek to lead our friends to Christ?

The article isn’t titled Simplified for no reason. It lists some clear and simple ways for Christians to make opportunity to engage with others to tell the gospel. While we may not feel comfortable with some of the ideas, the basic principle is there. Make every opportunity to not only be personal witness of Christ but to spread the gospel.

Sharing the gospel isn’t just reserved for evangelistic events organised by the church. Why not reflect on your week and see what new connections you can make. Coming up… is an opportunity for the group to engage in the community to help promote our church. Stay tuned!

Parable of the Sower

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I found Sunday’s sermon really challenging, “other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain” Mark 4:7 that is “the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things” Mark 4:18-19 chokes the word. I fall in this category. Do you?

In the midst of our busyness, where do you place the word of God?

Suggestions

How can I pray for you personally?

In Christ,
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“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.”
Romans 8:7