The Aussie value of sacrifice expressed on ANZAC Day

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On ANZAC Day all over Australia, crowds clapped and waved flags for our most unlikely heroes and their descendants. 
People of all sorts voluntarily got out of bed while it was still dark and quietly made their way to a dawn service site. These folk were moved by an inner desire and responsibility to honour and keep alive a significant event in our history. 
The event being remembered was a huge and senseless loss of life in a badly conceived battle of WW1 at far off Gallipoli. Nowhere on ANZAC Day is war glorified; on the contrary, it’s a time of shared grief.
Compare the ANZAC gathering to recent rallies in North Korea, or a few months ago, a run of Donald Trump presidential election rallies. Australians are unique and we do have unique values. The value of humility in sacrifice has obvious parallels in the Gospel, and should not be lost.
Possibly the greatest hero of the ANZACs was Fighting McKenzie, 
See the new book: The Man the ANZACS Revered. 
“William McKenzie was one of the most famous of the Anzacs, a legend for his work on Gallipoli and in France. For two decades after the war, he was literally mobbed by adoring soldiers and their families everywhere he went. However, McKenzie embodied almost everything the typical Anzac digger loved to hate. He was a Salvation Army chaplain, who preached against booze, brothels, betting and bad language. Yet McKenzie was respected and revered by the soldiers he served-and those who honour them should pay attention to his story”: Amazon Books
Lest We Forget
“We have time to do everything God tells us to do…
and no time for what He hasn’t”
National Gathering Sydney 2-3 May 2017

A National Conference to Explore City Gospel Movements.
This National Gathering will be a significant event in the life and future of the Church in Australia.  Follow link for details and a short video clip. 

In May, people from around the nation and from overseas will be gathering in Sydney for the inaugural National Gathering. The event is open to leaders and interested Christians from church and market place.
The purpose of the NG is to encourage and to inspire delegates with stories of how the gospel can, and is impacting cities and towns around the world, including our own nation. Tim Keller from Redeemer Church in New York described this city gospel movement:
The movement has seen incredible results in New York where there’s been a 300% growth in Christianity in recent years. At no point in history has there been such potential for a new growth of Christianity.
“The speed (and growth) of the gospel in a city is in proportion to the depth of unity in that city in the body of Christ”.

Hosted by Ian Shelton, One Heart Coordinator 
Sunday May 7th: One Question for God

On Sunday 7 May, the G4G* churches will gather 7pm, at Hope Theatre (Building 40), University of Wollongong, where Richard Chin will answer the frequently asked question:
What happens when we die?

*(The G4G churches are a grouping of reformed, evangelical churches within the Wollongong area, follow link for details)

Safe Church Workshop Sat 10th May.

Shellharbour Community Church will be hosting this training programme this year and have opened it up to people from other churches.
It’s the full workshop and cost is $35 which includes, training, handbook and lunch.
Contact is Laura Middleton, admin manager at Shellharbour Community Church.
One must have done this workshop (there are various providers) and it must be current before being able to legally minister in a church in Australia. 

See ‘The Shack’ in Cinemas 25th May

The Australian release date for The Shack has finally been set for the 25th of May.This highly anticipated film will be covered under the Big Studio Movie Licence when it comes to Home Entertainment but for now, we’re excited that it’s being released in theatres! 
As many are aware, The Shack, based of the New York Times best selling book by the same name, has had some controversy and questions surrounding it’s subject matter and interpretation of God. Eternity News has interviewed the author of the book, William Paul Young, and discussed a large number of the “hot topics” surrounding the book and now, movie and we think it’s definitely worth the read.

Wollongong Prayer Breakfast Friday May 26th
Prayer, Unity and Thanksgiving
The Wollongong Prayer Breakfast is an annual gathering of people who love the city, love the people of the city and love God. The purpose of the Wollongong Prayer Breakfast is to give thanks to God, pray for God’s blessing for our city, pray for each other, pray for a release of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in our city and prayerfully proclaim the words of the Lord’s Prayer “let Your Kingdom come, let Your Will be done” over the city of Wollongong and the Illawarra region. 
City Beach Function Centre
Speaker is Wendy Simson OAM
Wendy Simpson OAM is an experienced, versatile global business leader and company director. At present, she is Chair of Wengeo Group, a private investment group, which invests in industrial and commercial property developments. She is also part of Sydney Prayer Breakfast organising committee.


Figtree Anglican Church Sat June 3rd
Many conferences and seminars exist on becoming healthy, wealthy and wise, but very few speak directly into the lives of grandparents. This National Grandparent Conference is a great opportunity hear from a range of speaker, and to be encouraged how grandparents can and do play a unique and powerful role in the lives of their grandchildren. For all details, download a copy of the brochure.

Gong Men’s Day. Sat 17th June at Dapto Anglican Church 

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. 
“If time for God is being pushed aside, were are too busy and doing things He hasn’t given us to do”
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
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