1. Good News from Local Churches
2. Events 
3. Humour

(Blue highlights are links)
1. Encouraging news 
There is just so much Christian activity happening in the Illawarra, it’s too much to list!
Churches generally seem to be on the front foot, 
There is a heathy Kingdom perspective, 
New pastors and ministers are popping up everywhere, 
Leaders are talking to each other more, 
The spiritual warfare we find ourselves in is becomming more clearly defined,
Young people are leading the charge in worship, 
And importantly, prayer is begetting prayer… and that’s exciting.  

Last Saturday CityServe descended onto the Warilla Swimming Centre.
There was an army of about 70 volunteers present including many young people. People came from around 10 different Shellharbour churches. They made repairs to buildings, painted, cleaned up, planted trees and spread some tonnes of mulch. McDonalds and a local coffee shop helped out with food and drink. Organisers report that it was a fantastic day!
Last weekend about 1000 people dropped by the Winter Markets in Wollongong hosted by the Salt Church Wollongong
There is a brilliant story and a great picture in the Mercury, follow the link
For churches looking for creative ideas to impact a community, there are a few good ones in this local news item.
Another example of a church ‘getting right into it’ at a local level
2. Events: 

Great opportunity! 
Hear about some inspiring things happening in the UK.
This Wednesday August 31st 1200 – 1.30 pm, Pastors and Leaders Lunch at the Salvation Army Coffee Shop (The Foundry) Port Kembla
See poster below:
ACC Community Engagement Conference September 6th and 7th 
Hosted by the Lighthouse Church Wollongong.
Location: The Woolshed, 601 Princes Highway, Yallah (Wollongong, NSW)
The conversations you want to have about community engagement. This practical 2-day conference with some of the nation’s best speakers on community engagement, helping you see your community differently.
Speakers are Glen Gerreyn, Tim Costello, Lee Bromley, Claire Medden and Paul Bartlett.
Charted bus transport available to and from Sydney airport, and to and from the conference.
To register: Click HERE or for more information call 4229 9744
Saturday Sept 10th. G4G Women’s Conference 2016
‘Walking the Gospel of Life’
  • Speaker: Jenny Salt 
  • Date: Saturday 10th Sept 2016
  • Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm (doors open 9am)
  • Venue: Wollongong Salvation Army Corp, 11-13 Burelli St, Wollongong
  • Cost: $30; $25 concession; $15 for 15-18 years (includes morning tea and lunch; if you have food allergies please let us know and we will try to accommodate your needs.)
For further details including some background information on Jenny, see the G4G website (click on blue text)


Saturday Sept 10th. One Heart Combined Churches Worship Event.
ONE HEART is a combined churches worship event featuring worship teams from local churches coming together with ONE HEART to worship our Lord and Saviour Jesus!!!
Saturday the 10th of September 2016 – from 5pm till 9:30pm
Worship Teams from:
Shellharbour Community Church
Increase Church
Grace Church Shellharbour City
The Crossway Abundant Life Fellowship
Plus Special Guests from Hillsong Church

Hosted this year by:
Shellharbour Community Church
500 Shellharbour Road, Shellharbour City

For details, follow link  
***An ‘unseen ministry’, one of many in our region***

Saturday September 17th 5.30 pm
The India Relief Foundation International Dinner
Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, Princess Hwy Bulli.
Host: Vi Knowles
Guest speaker: Esther King. 
Dinner $20 per head. This must be paid at the time of booking. Vi does most of the cooking herself!
Vi is a 91 year old single lady who, for zeal and commitment, would put most of us to shame. Her burden is to rescue and provide schooling for the very poorest of children in India. This work is happening amongst a background of growing persecution of the non Hindu minorities; pastors are now being murdered. 
For more information, contact Vi on 4271 7571  

City Women Illawarra is inviting the whole Illawarra community of parents, teachers, counselors, pastors, youth workers and anyone who cares for our young generation to gather on Saturday, September 24th for an important mini seminar.

Shellharbour Prayer Breakfast. Friday October 28th.
See poster below:
For booking, Follow Link


Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am (now earlier). For prayer, fellowship and great start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra.   
If God is Good:
Dream Big and do Big things.
If Nothing is Impossible with God:
Take risks.
If Everything was Purchased at Calvary:
Trust God in All Circumstances.
If Everyone is Significant: 
I am Significant.
4. Humour     

Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.

If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.


Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   

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