1. Between the Resurrection and Pentecost
2. CityServe feedback
3. Regional Events (May is huge)
1. In this season of our church calendar, we remember the few weeks when Jesus appeared to His disciples and spoke about the kingdom of God. He told them to sit tight in Jerusalem until they had been empowered to minister.
What can we learn from this time?
1. Jesus’ focus was the kingdom of God
2. The disciples were to later declare (and demonstrate) the presence of the kingdom of God and to teach about Jesus (see Acts 8:12, Acts 19:8, Acts 28:23,31)
3. Jesus told the disciples to hold back on ministry till supernaturally empowered. (Or in Aussie lingo… ‘keep your mouth shut and your hands in your pockets till the Holy Spirit fills you’)
2. City Serve Feedback (from Shane Cook).
The statistics (follow link)
Hi pastors just a quick update from our latest CityServe project, 10 Churches represented by 120 volunteers. I must say it was the most significant serve event I have been a part of, congratulations to the Churches from the Albion Park/Rail area for a fantastic effort. We had a Councillor come and give a few hours this was their comment…”It was great to work as part of a team of enthusiastic people. We were truly blessed with the weather. I look forward to working on the next project. Community spirit and the Holy Spirit are alive and well in our city.” We also had one of the senior directors volunteer most of their day to work alongside the volunteers and his comment was….”Thanks again to CityServe for yet another successful & blessed event! Kind regards”
In the Kingdom of God, wealth is measured in giving, not having.
3. Regional Events
City Bible Talks. Wednesdays from 6 May to 24 June
Bishop Reg Piper is offering a series of Lunch-time Bible Talks in the Wollongong Town Hall on the Apostle Paul’s life and ministry. See flyer
This term he will be concentrating on Paul’s work in modern day Turkey. The talks are being held in the Ocean Room from 12.45pm to 1.15pm sharp. Doors open at 12.30pm and close at 1.30pm. Lecture notes are given. All welcome. All free.
Monday evenings May 11, 18, 25 Towards Belief Illawarra.
Eight northern Illawarra churches are combining to present a program designed to shed light on 3 of the 10 big questions that the world outside has for the church.
From the website:
Leading Christian thinkers defuse the ‘belief blockers’ of our time.
Christian faith is often accused of being illogical and unreasonable. Are there valid responses to these views?
We invite you to Bulli Workers Club on Monday nights in May as we explore some of these issues. Come and join us at 7pm for the $10 Chicken Schnitzel, or arrive in time to grab a drink and watch a half hour DVD starting at 7.30pm. After the DVD there will be opportunity for discussion around the table and explore any thoughts or questions that may arise.
- May 11 Suffering
- May 18 Science & God
- May 25 Church Abuse
Saturday May 16thRide Around The Lake . This is the regular, well known, open community event. Follow link for an excellent 3 minute video of last years ride.
Saturday May 16th 7.30 pm and Sunday 17th at 10.30am. Jim White from Healing Rooms headquarters in the US will be ministering healing at Tullimbar Public School, Excalibur Road Tullimbar. Hosted by Increase Church. Contact Joe Riddington for details. The theme is Mark 16:18, “they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover”.
Sunday May 17th 6pmKeiraville international Church is celebrating five years of ministry and is holding a special thanksgiving service at the church, cnr Eastern & Moore Streets, Gwynneville. Ian Barnett (Figtree Anglican) is the guest speaker. Pastor Thayil John says: “This year so far we have had five receive the Lord, with this a total of 79 people have received Jesus within these five years out of which 41 have taken baptism at the Belmore Basin. Thank God!”
Friday, Saturday 22, 23 MayIllawarra Missions Day. Friday 6.30-9.30 pm Youth Event at Wollongong Baptist Church. Saturday 7-9 pm at City Central Presbyterian Church. This year’s theme is Partnership.
Tuesday May 26th City Breakfast.
Dr Greg Clarke, CEO of Bible Society Australia and Author of “The Great Bible Swindle”, (Australian Christian Book of the Year, written for non Christians) will speak at the next city breakfast at the Wollongong Golf Club. The times are 7.00am to 8.15am sharp. The cost is $30, buffet breakfast included. Acceptance is through www.trybooking.com/DIFP . Further details contact Reg Piper. See flyer.
Friday May 29 2015. The Annual Wollongong Prayer Breakfastwill be held on Friday, 29 May 2015, 7am to 8.30am. The speaker will be Lyle Shelton, the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. Tickets are $58, book on line.
Immediately following the breakfast at 8.45am, there will be opportunity to talk to Lyle in a more informal, relaxed setting till around 9.30-10 am. He then can answer questions, give personal perspectives and examples, and share his own faith passions.
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May 2015(Optional Leaders Day on Monday 1st June)
NoPlaceLeft is a Church Planting training event for Christian leaders, risk takers, and visionaries seeking a movement of multiplying faith communities and churches.
Venue: Youthworks – Deer Park Conference Centre, Royal National Park, See website or contact David Milne for details
Sat May 30th. National Day of Thanksgiving.This is an ideal opportunity to reach out into our communities in a myriad of ways. See link
Monday June 1st. 7.40-9.30pmSteve Smith and Ying Kai will be at Wollongong Baptist church to discuss principles of church planting movements (CPM). Both Ying and Steve are CPM world leaders (see their book “T4T a Discipleship Re-Revolution”). The format will involve presentation on principles, question time and supper. RSVP/questions to David Milne 0402600044
YWAM Wollongongis organisingGo Fest Sydney June 24-27 2015.
This event is for all who have a heart to work with churches, school groups or anyone sharing the vision to see a new wave of young and old alike connecting to God’s wonderful call on their lives. For more information visit Facebook.com/gofestsydney,or contact Sydney Go Fest email
Saturday August 22, 2015 Worship Over Wollongong (see website). This event features a massed choir in the Wollongong Town Hall. The Wollongong Gospel Choir is the host choir. Expressions of interest for involvement are invited. Executive director is Wayne Morris,
Friday November 6th 2015. Shellharbour Mayors prayer breakfast. The venue will be Ravensthorpe Conference Centre Albion Park. Guest speaker for the event is Margaret Court. See web page.
7.30 Friday Morning Breakfasts meet at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra.
We experts may think we are well suited to be used by God, but God seems to enjoy using novices.
If change was easy, it would already have been done.
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.
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