OFFICIAL STATEMENTS FROM GOVERNOR GENERAL AND PRIME MINISTER NOW ON WEBSITE

The official statements from the Governor General and Prime Minister have been received and placed on the http://www.thanksgiving.org.au/website.  The 2013 statement from the Leader of the Opposition is still awaited at time of writing this newsletter. As soon as received we will replace the 2012 statement currently on the website with this year’s statement. The Statements can be found under the “Information” heading on the website.
 
The Governor General in her statement says the National Day of Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us all to reflect and give thanks for the valued contributions made by fellow Australians. In the Prime Ministers statement she acknowledges the importance of the day and encourages all Australians to take time out to reflect on our blessings and express our gratitude to those who have made a difference to our lives and our communities.
 
The purpose of the statements are for them to be made available to be read at all official NDOT functions across the country where folk are being thanked for their service to the community. They may be downloaded and distributed if necessary however there is a strict embargo that they must not be changed or amended in any way. We encourage you to use them for the purpose for which they are provided. 

Source: Australian Prayer Network

 

JUST 3 WEEKS TO GO – DONT LEAVE YOUR PRODUCT ORDERING ANY LONGER

With just three weeks to go before the National Day of Thanksgiving on Saturday 25th May it is important that you do not leave product ordering until the last minute. It can take up to a week for items to reach some parts of Australia so to ensure you do not miss out please submit your order to reach us by the 17th May.  You can of course purchase items over the counter at Koorong Stores across Australia right up until the NDOT.
 
The simple “Thank You” stick on badges are a great hit with children. They are a simple and cheap fun way for children (and adults) to say thank you to a friend, a school mate, or someone who serves them at the local shops. There are 20 badges to a sheet costing only $3.00 for single sheets reducing to $2.00 per sheet when 10 or more are ordered.  Great too for Religious Instruction and Children’s Church teachers to use to reward their students with a “thank you” sticker at any time during the year. This product is only available through the NDOT office.
 
Want to see one before you buy?  Go to http://www.thanksgiving.org.au/then click on “Resources”, and under “How to order cards, ribbons, badges and bookmarks” you will see an image of the badges, plus other items displayed.

Source: Australian Prayer Network

 

DECLARATIONS AND BIBLE READINGS FOR AUSTRALIA WORSHIPS AND SUNDAY SERVICES NOW ON WEBSITE

If your church or community is holding an Australia Worships event on the Saturday night of NDOT  or a Thanksgiving service on the Sunday we encourage you to join with the rest of Australia in using the same declaration and Bible readings that will be used Australia wide. Using the same material is one way we can unite as a nation and be part of something bigger than just isolated single events. Go to our website at http://www.thanksgiving.org.au/and click on “Information” to access the material provided. 

Source: Australian Prayer Network