Overcoming the World 
(Blue highlights are links)
 Worship: Gospel Choir on Britain’s Got Talent. (warning: it’s wild!)
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? Deut 4:17 NIV
City Serve is coming to Wollongong. 
City Serve Wollongong March 2018 invites Expression of Interest

“We are seeking individuals, churches and businesses that are interested to participate in our INAUGURAL City Serve Wollongong project on March 2018. We will be working together to beautify and uplift an outdoor area of a high school in the Northern suburbs of The Illawarra”. Follow link for details
A brief article from Christianity Today on how a church can help simplify Christmas
Four clever, but disarmingly simple ideas: Follow link for details
‘Parents Night Off’
A simple children’s giving experience
‘Pass It On’ (maybe not quite so relevant here)
Church: short and sweet
Another idea for a Christmas/New Year service is to show a movie 

See a range of Church friendly movies now available through the Big Studio.

Copyright Seminar. Expressions of interest sought ASAP
Expressions of Interest are invited to attend a Copyright Seminar in 2018.
The seminar will be run at the Dapto Uniting Church in conjunction with the Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. 
50 attendees are required to make it happen.
It is designed for:
Church leaders
Worship leaders and muscians
Office workers
Those who produce printed material
Contact Bruce Fairhall for details  email   

02 4261 2424 (M: 0427 211 019)
Ministry Shortcut: Spend time in His presence and glow.
Combined churches prayer for revival in the Northern Suburbs Thurs Nov 23
Revival Prayer for the Northern Suburbs meets at 7pm on Thursday 23 Nov. at Sandon Point (near the trig station on the point where we meet for our Sunrise Easter Service). If wet or wild we will gather at Woonona Presbyterian Hall.
The home visitation programme is still powering on through November and December.
Sons of Korah: November 23rd Dapto Anglican Church. Bookings essential 
Sons of Korah is an Australian based band devoted to giving a fresh voice to the biblical psalms. The Psalms have been the primary source for the worship traditions of both Judaism and Christianity going right back to ancient times. With their unique acoustic, multi-ethnic sound Sons of Korah have given this biblical songbook a dynamic and emotive new musical expression…. (more)
For booking details: see link
Shellharbour City Baptist Church will celebrate the opening of its new building in Warilla on Saturday 25th November
Shellharbour Baptist
Dapto Anglican Church Christmas Festival Sat Dec 2nd, 5pm – 8.30pm 
Figtree Anglican Community Carols at Figtree High School Sat Dec 9th 
Handel’s Messiah 2pm Sat Dec 9th at Wollongong Town Hall
Handel’s Messiah is one of the best known and loved choral works. Going to a performance of it is an important and uplifting part of many people’s Christmas season. The Illawarra Choral Society performs it every second year in the Wollongong Town Hall with its magnificent organ. The choir will continue the tradition on Saturday December 9 at 2pm. The Messiah will be performed by the choir and guest soloists, organ and orchestra, directed by Meryl Jackson-Kew. Follow link for details
Combined Churches Community Carols at Albion Park Tuessay Dec 12th
Combined Churches Community Carols Shellharbour Sat. December 16th
Prayer Events:
Regional Prayer Movements: A seismic shift in strategy is the only hope for our churches, regions and nation.
Sunrise Prayer Relay January 1, 2018
New Year’s Day Sunrise Prayer Relay 2018
“We invite our brothers and sisters in Christ, prayer groups, and churches to join us all over the world to pray at Sunrise on New Year’s Day 2018 at a public location like a hill, lookout or landmark in your city or town. Your location might like to include praise and worship in your prayers. You could even take communion, have a time of fellowship or evangelism”. Use the prayer resources on the website and register your location at   www.sunriseprayerrelay.org
2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast. Friday Feb 23rd
“God has continually showering Illawarra with His goodness.  Earlier this year, we announced that the prayer breakfast will be called Illawarra Prayer Breakfast starting in 2018. We feel that it is the right time to humble ourselves and pray together as one with our brothers & sisters throughout Illawarra.
We are excited to announce that we will host a FREE breakfast for pastors & leaders throughout Illawarra to launch 2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 23rd February 2018.This FREE Breakfast serves as a prelude of the annual Illawarra Prayer Breakfast . 
The event will be attended by Christian leaders and pastors who have common interests in praying for each other, for unity and the region and bringing God’s blessings and His Kingdom to the region. Seats are limited to 50 people”.
See Website for details. Email your reservation enquiries and details to this address
The Worldwide Persecuted Church.
Special information Session Friday March 2nd 2018, an invitation from Pastor Shane Cook, Shellharbour Community Church 
“In raising awareness of the persecuted church, we are going to have a prayer and information session for all churches in the Illawarra area. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation on part of the persecuted church. We will have a guest speaker from Open Doors which is a ministry that supports the persecuted church worldwide. We will provide prayer points and have a brief prayer time for the persecuted church. There will also be a collection to provide support to Open Doors. This meeting will be held at Shellharbour Community Church on Friday March the 2nd 2018. We would love to see your church there at the meeting”. Follow link for full details and invitation
Then those whose lives honoured God got together and talked it over. God saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God’s presence and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written down, all the names of those who honoured God’s name.  
Malachi 3:16 The Message Version
All Generations Discipleship Training School at YWAM. Beginning April 2018. 
Singles, couples and families are all welcome to come and join in this special All Generations DTS being run by YWAM Wollongong, located at Port Kembla.
This course is based on the principle that we are a community of believers and no matter what our stage of life, we can all play a part in the great commission. 
Facilitators are Al and Cheryl Cartwright. Follow link for details and a short video.
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It’s a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
Actual quote from an 80+ year old in a local evangelical church: “I come from a Pentecostal background. Todays songs are all slow like a funeral, we need music with a bit of life, like the hymns in the old days”          
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
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