1. Fantastic fraternals and fabulous fellowships
2. War Room movie and the application to our older folk
3. CityServe report
4. A powerful local testimony
5. Regional events.
(Blue highlights are links)
1. Local leaders fraternals and fellowships.
It’s exciting that Christian leaders from various backgrounds are getting together for a host of reasons. It’s a sure sign of church health.
As relationships develop, leaders pray together, show concern for each other and work together on wider community and regional projects.
Current Christian leaders fellowships:
Northern suburbs Steve Dinning or Michael Bate
Corrimal Matthew Moore
Wollongong Dan Godden
Port Kembla Lynne Drake
Dapto Darryl Stewart
Shellharbour Lloyd Ollerenshaw
Albion Park Steve Roberts
Plus there are other informal groups and denominational fellowships.
Excerpts from ‘Local Revivals In Australia’ by Dr Stuart Piggin.
Follow link which includes the following statements.
(The link also includes excerpts from the study ‘Early Evangelical Revivals In Australia’ by Robert Evans)
3. Revival is usually preceded by unprecedented unity.
Unity among Christians must involve greater cooperation between Evangelicals and Charismatics. This will require godly leadership from those who have been given leadership roles in those branches of the Christian church…….
4. Revival comes when we move together….
An actual conversation with a local saint:
Q. Why do you like coming to this church?
A. Because the people are so humble.
2. The recent War Room movie has left us wondering what to do with i) an increased motivation to pray and ii) a cross generational model of discipling or mentoring.
Are our older people an underutilised resource? An article in the ABC reported that a recent study gave 3 simple keys to happiness: Relationships, Financial Control and Purpose. Prayer and mentoring are strong on purpose and relationships.
I’m sure we can give our older people better things to do!
3. Shellharbour CityServe. This initiative is still powering on. There were 4 projects scheduled for October. On the 10th, 120 volunteers from the Shellharbour churches gathered to work on the Oak Flats Swimming Pool. Read Pastor Shane Cook’s report.
Feedback from Shellharbour Council:
“Another extremely successful CityServe Project last weekend! Congrats & a Big thank-you to CityServe! What a great sense of community spirit and blessed projects.
The atmosphere of ‘good will’ has certainly preserved the CityServe Project work from vandals.
I have forwarded onto Mayor and Deputy Mayor as per your request”
Heaven’s doors open wide
I see as Your glory
Spills from inside
Just as at the cross
Arms still open wide
Your love and forgiveness
Bid me ‘come aside’.
© Lynne Drake , from Just a thought Series.
4. A Powerful Testimony.
Item from the Illawarra Mercury “From Guns to God: He was lost then saved”.
Mat attends the C3 church at Thirroul. He has an amazing story!
5. Regional Events
Sunday Nov 1st 2pm. Dapto Uniting Church Spring Music Fest. Doors open 1.15 pm This will be a a great family outing with singing, eating, fun for kids and heaps more. See link for details. Come and meet the newly appointed minister Rev Charissa Suli plus a host of well known, quality musical talent. This includes Sarah Moir, violinist extraordinaire (that’s what it says on the website and after watching a couple of her videos, it’s an understatement!), two choirs (Voices from the Pacific and Wollongong Gospel Choir) plus Grace Song and Family (Jazz musician and lecturer from The Academy of Music and Performing Arts)
Friday November 6th. Shellharbour Mayors Prayer Breakfast. The venue will be Ravensthorpe Conference Centre Albion Park. Guest speaker for the event is Rev Dr Margaret Court. See web page. See also an inspirational promo on Margaret Court, she’s quite a woman!
Saturday November 7th 2pm. Margaret will be speaking on Topic: Be a Voice of Righteousness and Truth. Venue is the Shellharbour City Baptist Church, 4 William Ave Warilla. Afternoon tea provided, cost $20. Details and booking Lloyd Ollerenshaw 0403087940.
Sunday November 8th, Margaret will be speaking at the am and pm services at Shellharbour Community Church.
Friday November 13th STAND TALL 9.30 am to 1.30 pm Warilla High School.
Following the highly successful Stand Tall events in Sydney 2013 and 2014, the Stand Tall event is coming to our region. Bookings are now open!
Guests and speakers include:Blind surfer, DEREK RABELO (He surfed the famous pipeline!, see movie promo); Former drug dealer and anti drugs youth communicator, TONY HOANG; Olympic track star, ELOISE WELLINGS; Founder of Burundi children’s charity, Orphans Eyes, CASSIE RELF; World’s best junior women’s skateboarder, POPPY STARR OLSEN (15 years old); Winner of Australia’s Got Talent, JACK VIDGEN; With THE VOICE semi-finalist, EMMA BIRDSALL
We welcome all High school students from the Southern parts of Sydney , throughout the Southern Highlands and the Greater Wollongong , Shellharbour and Shoalhaven regions. A brilliant opportunity for students from across the region to mix and communicate with the speakers and with each other. Chance to win a signed Annesley surfboard from Derek Rabelo.
For bookings and more information, go to: http://www.standtallevent.com/shellharbour.html
A light supper will be served afterwards
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph: 4272 1322
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.30 am. 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.
National Day of Prayer and Fasting7th February 2016. See link for details
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting18th Feb – 29th Mar 2016.
Friday February 26th 2016 7 – 8.30 am. Wollongong Prayer Breakfast launch
The event designed for Christian leaders who have common interests in praying for each other, for unity and the city, bringing God’s blessings and His Kingdom to the region. It will be a great time to greet, connect with other leaders and to testify God’s works in their life as well. Seats are limited to 50 people.
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.
How is your fraternal going?
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