30 May 2012

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  • 30-05-2012

Prayer points

  • For peace in Sudan and the safety of the Lutheran teams and those they support there
  • For those who suffer in the winter without adequate food and shelter
  • The Queensland District as it holds its pastors conference and synod in the coming week
  • That young men will hear the call to enter Australian Lutheran College as pastoral ministry students

News

PENTECOST AFTERGLOW

‘God is love’ can only come to life in our lives if God’s son gives up the attributes of God to enter our world and our lives and lives them for us in a way that is accepted by the heavenly Father. He has done it. The Holy Spirit points that out to us and shows us the risen and ascended Christ the Saviour and through his word continues to call us and gather us into Christ’s body. In this way Pentecost continues to ripple through the world.

NEW EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE CHURCH

An announcement will be made this Monday on an appointment. The General Church Council has extended the position into 2013.

RECENT WORKSHOPS

The GCC and District representatives addressed the constitution and lines of responsibility across the Church. The so-called ‘Stakeholders Strategic Review Team’ looked at setting the tone of a plan for all parts of the Church to tease out including addressing the Objects of the Church and how the ‘tagline’ ‘Where love comes to life’ can with integrity assist the Church and its departments. Thanks to Graham Caddies (Specific Ministry Pastor at Townsville QLD) who worked hard to guide us toward appropriate action. The Church also recognises the time volunteers on boards and committees give up to contribute to this process of planning.

FAITH INKUBATORS AUSTRALIA NATIONAL CONFERENCE: 10-13 SEPTEMBER 2012, NORTH ADELAIDE

This is your once-a-year opportunity to come together with others from Australia and New Zealand to be inspired and encouraged in your ministry to children, youth and their families. Come and be immersed in the Faith Inkubators System of Ministry. Learn the paradigm behind the ministry and how to best implement it in your congregation. You will receive support and networking opportunities from others as well as from the Faith Inkubators Training Team. If you would like more information, please contact: Jo Jones Training and Support Coordinator jo.jones@faithink.com.au or Jodi Brook National Director jodi@faithink.com.au

DEATHS OF MAUD ROSENDALE AND ANNA VELEBIR

Rev George Rosendale’s wife died last week (22 May) just after gathering around the Lord’s Table and receiving the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. To God be the glory.

Anna Velebir, wife of Milo serving as pastor of Duncraig WA, died on Monday, 28 May, after a difficult illness, now safe in the hands of her heavenly Father.

LUTHERAN RESPONSE TO CONFLICT THREATS IN SOUTH SUDAN

Two areas of conflict have put our work through ALWS with the poorest people at risk: tension between Governments of north and south (aerial bombing, churches burned, threats of war) and tribal conflict in south (massacres and abductions). Our team in Panyagor in Jonglei State has prepared an Emergency Plan to care for families should full-scale war break out. Information has been mailed this week to all ALWS supporters, with the essential goal to raise $250,000.

WEBCAST: DEFINING MARRIAGE, DOES IT MATTER ANYMORE?

On Tuesday, 26 June, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is organising a national webcast on marriage to take place from 7.30PM till 8.45PM in eastern states, 7.00PM till 8.15PM in South Australia and the NT and 7.30PM till 8.45PM in Western Australia (delayed). This will be a live broadcast of a Q&A style discussion in front of an audience, about whether the Christian understanding of marriage remains relevant and carries benefit, and will run for 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow discussion time afterwards. The panel will be hosted by Karl Faase from Gymea Baptist Church in Sydney and includes John Anderson, former deputy Prime Minister; Professor Patrick Parkinson, AM specialist in family law, child protection; Christopher Pearson, columnist for The Australian; Patricia Weerakoon, sexologist; Dr Allan Meyer, pastor and author; and Helen Meyer, educator and counselor. ACL has limited registrations to churches rather than individuals for this event. For more information and for your congregation to register go to http://marriagewebcast.acl.org.au/ . Each registration has a cost of $110 which is payable when registering. For marketing materials such as graphics and flyers that can be used to promote the event on within your church community visit http://marriagewebcast.acl.org.au/media.php.

REMEMBER TO UPDATE LAMP DETAILS

A reminder for congregations to update position holders and congregation contact details in LAMP. We are beginning to use LAMP more extensively to contact key people within congregations via email and it is important that these details are correct. If you require any help in updating contact details for your congregation, please contact the LAMP help person in your District via the District Office or email help@lamp.lca.org.au.

HERMENEUTICS SYMPOSIUM PAPERS

The papers presented at October 2011 Hermeneutics Symposium have been published together in the most recent edition of Lutheran Theological Journal (Vol 46 no 1 May 2012). Copies are available for $15.00 (incl. postage) from the National Office. Please contact Larissa Helbig on Larissa.helbig@lca.org.au or 08 8267 7300 if you would like a copy. You may also like to think about subscribing to Lutheran Theological Journal, annual subscription is $35.00. For requests regarding subscriptions please contact LCA Subscriptions, PO Box 731, North Adelaide SA 5006; phone 08 8360 7270 or email ltj.subs@lca.org.au.

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