A New Year with Jesus: Where to focus 
(Blue highlights are links)
Especially aimed at those among us with any British heritage
(Grab a tissue, push the chair back, stand, and click on the blue link!)
So what to do in 2018:
We have a brand new diary and lots of options for our ministries as we seek to function in a sea of needs and growing irrelevance. 
New Year Thoughts
Do get excited about who is with us. Jesus!
Do more than be another community group, we are called to higher things.
Do more than be a loving group of Christians, The world needs us. 
Do focus on prayer, evangelism, the word, and “signs that make you wonder”.
Do actively work with other churches. We might struggle but God loves it. 
Do be brazenly supernatural, graciously Godly and tenaciously persistent as we ‘swim upstream’ in our crazy world. 
A bold post from a Facebook friend:
“May this be the year mediocrity dies, our passion for Jesus deepens, we shake off the narrow shackles of the world and dare to act on impossible dreams. May this be the year our default as a Church comes to pray rather than to whinge, to unite in truth rather than to divide in judgement, to rise in faith rather than to panic in fear, to love at every opportunity.
Here’s to the Church that Jesus died for”
Salvation is to:
Restore Oneness with God
Bring Heaven to Earth
Secure our place in Heaven
-Peter McHugh, Stairway Church

Lynette Drake died December 23rd after a prolonged illness.
One relevant gem from Lynne’s ‘Just a Thought’ series:
“Recently I officiated at my mother’s funeral. As I pondered what to say, I was struck by the rapidity of passing time, the stupidity of holding a grudge, and how deeply the heart can be scarred. When the day comes for a summation of our own life, I wonder what kind of material we will have left behind with which to write the script?” (Follow link for more thoughts)
Don’t pick on the sheep when they wander, they only leave the shepherd when driven by felt needs. There’s nothing much that food and water, a reasonable place to stay and a cuddle can’t fix.
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
Seven Things Christians Should Give Up To Reach Unchurched People (Follow Link)
Eight Assumptions Pastors Can’t Make In A Post-Christian Culture (Follow Link)
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
March: Illawarra Anglican Churches Outreach  
During the month of March, the Illawarra Anglican churches in partnership with Moore College will be doing a major outreach into our community. 
There are various items based around the theme “Jesus Is…” including:
A youth event at WIN stadium.
Special church programmes (including a drama based on the book of Mark).
So if you are approached or visited by someone wearing a “Jesus Is” T-shirt, don’t be alarmed, it’s one of our friendly local Anglicans! 
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
Copyright Seminar  Dapto Uniting Church on Saturday 10th March 2018
The seminar will be run at the Dapto Uniting Church in conjunction with the Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. 
It is designed for:
Church leaders
Worship leaders and muscians
Office workers
Those who produce printed material
Contact Bruce Fairhall for details     

02 4261 2424 (M: 0427 211 019) or link to email  
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.
The Voice of the Lord sometimes sounds like the voice of your wife – Bill Johnson

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. 

Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
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