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News and Notices - April 28, 2020
What does beauty for ashes really mean?  His truth says this - He was there... He is here, in the midst of it all...  We may not always see it or feel it or even understand it... but we can know beyond doubt, He is ...
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Above and Beyond

Hats off to our teachers who are pushed beyond what they have experienced before, to achieve what has been required of them in these last few weeks.  Our school system has risen to the needs of online learning and the feedback received from parents has been overwhelmingly positive.  Some have compared our schools most favourably with schools their other children attend.  
Additionally, while it had been feared that due to job losses children would be pulled out of enrolment, so far this has not been the case.
Our schools also report that parents have been joining in on the morning worships. 
What an unforeseen blessing.

Please keep our teachers, support staff and students in your prayers.

So You Miss Singing?

Enjoy this rendition of "Always" by Kirk Franklin, put together by Lorraine Roberts and young people from around the state who are no longer missing it so much...  Follow Covid_Choir on Instagram for more music, and if you would like to join in the fun, click HERE.
 

Thank You ADRA

The ADRA centre in Warburton's management recently recieved this message...
"Hello, this is (name withheld).  I am just trying to thank someone named (withheld).  I got a food parcel put at my door and I can't say how grateful I am.  It... it is just going to make the world of difference lately.  I haven't had any money and I have had no food and I appreciate it more than possibly words can say.  So thank you very very much.  If I can ever repay the favour, let me know.  Thank you."
Well done to those who are tirelessly being Christ's hands and feet, across Victoria.

You can read ADRA's latest situational report dated April 22 here.

Celebrate Messiah

Wangaratta & Benalla Churches recently invited Celebrate Messiah to speak on the relevance of the Jewish Passover to Christians today. It was a fascinating program, as Barrie Buirski took us through the Passover symbols and what they actually represent in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as our Messiah. It was both well presented and received, with people joining from many areas, including a Jewish gent from England. Most commented on grasping new insights to the depth of the symbols and all were blessed.
 

How do You Give Bible Studies?


The Elder Training videos - “How to Give Bible Studies” and “Organising Baptismal Service” have now been uploaded on https://disciple.org.au/resources/how-to-give-bible-studies/ for download or viewing. They are a good resource, the videos aren’t overly long, but they are very well made.  And you do not need to be an Elder to access them and learn.
 

VicYouth News

We had a meeting with our Pathfinder directors from across the state last week to hear how they’re going. Although the transition to online Pathfinders has been challenging, they are all finding fresh and creative ways to do honours online.

Pr Brendan Pratt presented an online “Reptiles” honour which multiple clubs tuned into and was very well received.

Our country clubs are staying connected more than ever with zoom meetings, online Bible studies and phone calls .  They are enjoying their new found connectivity with others. 

Also, the new Adventurer's poloshirts are now available here

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Hope Online 2020

Last week we shared with you about Revelation Today - Hope Awakens, the exciting and super easy evangelistic program It Is Written had prepared and were sharing with us and how it was to be preceeded by Gary Webster's program, Predictions of Hope.  The project has grown over this last week, and is now an Australia wide colaborative project between conferences, the SPD and AUC and Adventist Media.  Working together, we will present an online message of the hope found in Jesus, particularly relevant to the times we are living in, spread over several months.   
Go to Vic.adventist.org.au to find out more about Hope Online 2020.
Predictions of Hope - Beyond Corona
 

Renowned Bandmaster Honoured

The Australian Government has recognised the outstanding contribution to music by conferring the Medal of the Order of Australia on Melbourne businessman, Reynold Gilson who has led the Advent Brass Band since 1987, following in the footsteps of his father, Bruce Gilson and grandfather, William Gilson who founded the band in 1925 with a view to fostering loyalty and musical purpose among the young people within the Victorian Conference. Remarkably, 95 years later, Reynold Gilson has maintained the original purpose of the band, a community achievement recognised by the Federal Government of Australia.

Under Reynold’s baton, the Advent Brass Band has performed in many parts of Australia and has won competitions at the highest levels. More significantly, the band openly admits to primarily exist to present a picture of Jesus through music.

Pavilions Blackburn Lake Update

 
There are still some apartments available in Stage One as it nears completion.  Find out more here.
Please pray for the Pavilions project as it proceeds through the signing off process with all the relevant entities to obtain the certificate of occupancy.

 

SUNSET TIMES

Sunset Time Sabbath 2nd May:  5:32 pm
Next Week: Friday 8th May:  5:25 pm

THIS WEEK'S OFFERING

2nd May
South Pacific Record
 
Bulletin Secretaries please share this with the team producing your e-newsletter and ask them to include it in their church communications.  Encourage them to sign up for IntraViCon as well if they are not already receiving it.
https://vimeo.com/410005627
Download the e-Giving app to support your church through your tithes and offerings or visit eGiving online.
Posters which can be used in printed bulletins (when you are producing them again) and on digital screens (when we can again open the doors of our churches) are made available for you to  download HERE Please feel free to use them in your digital correspondence with your church.


OFFERING & SUNSET TIMES

See above

 

TRUST SERVICES


Steve Whitson, Director of Trust Services wants you to now that while he is now largely working from home, he is still available to you for consulting and advice with all matters related to Trust Services.  Appointments can still be made. 

Please contact him on 0423 784 000 to discuss your needs.
 

CHURCH EMAIL ADDRESSES


Does your church need an @adventist.org.au email address?  This can be arranged for a minimal fee of a little over $50 per year, which includes maintenance of the mailboxes, backup, anti spamming filtering etc.  If you would like to take advantage of this for your church, please email SherrieCourtney@adventist.org.au by May 8 and we will place a bulk order.  (You may however, still arrange for this after this date if need be.)
 

ABIDE WELLNESS RETREAT STILL SERVING ITS COMMUNITY


Due to Covid-19 restrictions,  management are continuing to share the benefits of a wholeistic lifestyle with the public through a contactless and healthy meal delivery service.
Their goals are to provide helpful and necessary services to their community, to be there for those around them.  They are starting with a meal delivery service to Melbourne's Eastern suburbs.  See what is on offer here.
 

GROWING TOGETHER


If you were unable to attend the Growing Together cohort as they unpacked the six core commitments from the book Growing Together at the Growing Together conference in February this year, and are keen to know more we are making available two things:
1. A PDF copy of the first chapter of Growing Young as a special bonus. 
https://vic.adventist.org.au/notices/
2. A red hot offer on Growing Young!  Currently Growing Young is available as an ebook for only $2.19AUD. That’s a 90% discount!!  (It’s available on both Amazon and Google Play. Go here for Google or here for Amazon).
Previously shared announcements and advertisements continue to be available for another two weeks from when they are first shared.  Don't forget to let us know if you need your announcement repeated after that.



 


First Posted April 21, 2020

 

THE LIVE MORE PROJECT - Wellness Enhancing Programs - Fee Waived

South Pacific Comprehensive Health would like to support our members and community during this challenging time and will waive the cost for the following resources for the next 2 months (ending May 18, 2020).

1.  Live More Project (10 weeks):  Aims to help people improve their emotional wellbeing from a whole-person approach.  (Normally $75 per person) https://eliawellness.com/livemore

2.  De-stress & Thrive (6 weeks):  Exciting new resource to help you develop emotional intelligence and resilience so you can buffer the stress of life. (Normally $25 per person)

3.  Forgive to Live (6 weeks):  Aims to help people free themselves from past hurt and emotions and start living a new life. To order your free workbook complete this shorturl.at/mtxPR and pay $15 for postage and handling.  (Normally $50)

4.  Retirement Ready (6 weeks):  Aims to help people to plan well for their retirement using a whole-of-life approach.  To order your free book complete this link (shorturl.at/cuLN6) and pay $15 for postage and handling.  (Normally $35)

For further information register your interest and indicate if you want to be a partner (host or participant at:  shorturl.at/sEQU4
 

First published April 15 2020
 

CONFERENCE OFFICE CLOSURE TO PUBLIC
 

In the interests of protecting both our constituents and staff due to the on-going threat posed by the coronavirus, the Victorian Conference Office has decided to close its doors to the public, EXCEPT by appointment.  Staff are however, continuing to serve diligently. 

Reception is still active so call  (03) 9264 7777 or email   VicReception@adventist.org.au
 

ADVENTIST BOOK CENTRE CLOSURE TO PUBLIC

The ABC is closed, but still serving…

Due to the on-going threat to health posed by the coronavirus, the Victorian ABC has decided to close it’s doors to face to face customers effective from close of business Thursday April 9, until further notice.

However, we will be still processing Web store orders.  
Web Store:  www.AdventistBookCentre.com.au    
Email :  vicabc@adventist.org.au  
Telephone:  (03) 9264 7766

Please call us if you do not have access to email or the web store.  Orders can be shipped to a postal address or can be collected from the roller door at the side of the ABC.

If ordering by email please supply your phone number so we can call you regarding pick up.

 

PAVILIONS Blackburn Lake


Stage two is now ready for viewing.  Built on our much-loved Campground, this premium retirement community gives members an opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle like no other.  Book your one-on-one appointment to experience Christian contemporary living at its best.

Please contact Mary George on (03) 5561 6337 or mary@pavilionsblackburnlake.com.au to make your private appointment.  

Pavilions Blackburn Lake, 133 Central Rd Nunawading.
 

As a service to Church members, we provide notices for accommodation available or accommodation wanted.  To submit an accommodation notice, it must be accompanied by a reference from your pastor or elder.  You can submit here

  

ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED

1 or 2 bedroom unit needed for single male in eastern suburbs.  Phone Peter Harrison on 0429 588 002.

FOR LEASE

15 Mirka Way, Point Cook Vic (Saltwater Promenade)
Quiet pocket of Point Cook, surrounded by schools/amenities and close to Point Cook SDA Church.
4 x bedroom, 2 x bathroom, single story home awaiting a Christian family to enjoy.  Space for kids to play.  Currently $425 per week.  Please call or text to 0411 593 047 or contact agent on (03) 9314 4200.
 
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