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May 19, 2020

 

Fear Not!

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  1 John 4:18 (NASB)
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Digital Church

We have all had to learn a new way of 'doing' church since the onset of Covid restrictions.  Melbourne City Church shares with us what they have been doing, and it includes digital socials!  They have also found an added benefit from meeting this way...
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Selfless Giving

"Well I’ve got Covid -19… need to get tested."
This was among Rebecca Auriant, ADRA's director for Victoria's thoughts when she started coughing uncontrollably.
What a great year 2020 was - from bushfires to Covid response and now she had the virus too...  "So I got tested, and praise God the tests came back negative." 
But that was not the end of the story.  She received a call the following day, informing her that while she was Coronavirus free, she did however, have something else.  Whooping Cough.
"One of my ADRA leaders discovered the news and the next day I received a surprise food package at my door.  At my lowest, sickest point, my team was there. "



"It reminded me of how food really is an act of love. Every time we feed someone we are showing Christ through this act.
"I am blessed to work with such an amazing team of volunteers who selflessly give themselves every day to support the least of these."

A big shout out to Rebecca and her team who are each giving selflessly of their time and resources to be Christ's hands and feet.
 

In Appreciation...

Also working tirelessly have been our education staff.  Here is some of the feed back just one of our schools has received during this difficult time.

Home and online learning is promoting growth in our students - 

My child has more discipline and self-motivation.

It is training my child to listen more carefully, he is slowly improving in this.

They have increased ownership of learning goals and are getting to be more organised.

I am seeing the independence of my child and no morning rush.

They are taking charge of their own learning, managing their time and becoming confident with new technology.

This will help my child when she goes to Uni.

 

Our families are appreciating the new experiences and insights - 

As parents we are getting involved in the education process too. 

I have a greater understanding of how my child works - her strengths and weaknesses.

We’re able to spend lunch time together and go for a bike ride!

I have greater insight into how my child learns and the expectations he has on himself as a learner.

My children have been so happy. They love coming into the kitchen after each class, grabbing a bite to eat and telling me what they have just learnt.


With God's blessing and guidance, good things are emerging through this time of difficulty.
 

Hope Online

This online program is into it's 3rd week.  Over 270K viewers watched Predictions of Hope, with a significant percentage of viewers from outside Australia.  Each presentation has averaged nearly 100 requests for study guides and this is increasing as we transition into the next program.
This is Hope Awakens with John Bradshaw, and is now under way.  Digital Bible workers are expecting to be in contact with participants from this week.
Please keep this program, and the people seeking answers, in your prayers.
 

Pavilions Blackburn

Work is continuing to progress.  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.

Hope Awakens with John Bradshaw

We are now running Hope Awakens with sessions 7:30pm on Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  
Please share the opportunity to watch either
               - from facebook.com/hopedigital or host a watch party and invite facebook friends, 
or
               - from hopeawakens.com.au and click on the share buttons underneath 

You can watch it live or view past sessions at hopeawakens.com.au (click red WATCH NOW button on top of page).

ABC OPEN... online

Our Book Centre is still open for business.  Orders placed at the webstore are being processed and you can email us to place an order if you would prefer.   

Please call us on 03 9264 7766 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 you order by email and wish to collect, please supply your phone number so we can call you to arrange a pickup time.

NEW in the ABC

Coronavirus vs Your Immune System Glow Tracts are available 100 for $5
FAR AWAY FROM HOME by Josip Kavur with Clive Nash. "My father marched to Russia with a gun but returned home with a Bible".   $22.95

This could be useful for your small group... online

Chovid Choir... their latest song is It is Well... Check it out on Instagram They are starting on the next song.  You can message them if you would like to join and sing with others in Iso.
Stage One is nearly sold out.  More info
Is your church planning an online event?  Do you have a story that might inspire others to step out of their comfort zone for the Lord? 
Please remember to share them with us - links at the bottom of the email...

SUNSET TIMES

This Friday:  22nd May 5:14 pm
This Sabbath:  23rd May 5:13 pm
Next Friday:  29th May 5:10 pm

THIS WEEK'S OFFERING

23rd May
Local Church
 
Make your giving easy while under social restrictions... the local and world church is continuing to serve its community, so please remember to continue your support... and thank you.
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 May 12, 2020

23rd May 3pm

Hughesdale SDA Church is running a 3-part online series by Steven Wong entitled “Why We Believe in What We Believe”.  Learn to defend your Christian faith and respond to sceptics.  3pm Sabbath afternoon.  Zoom ID 276 242 5031.  Password 165. 
 

23rd May, 2pm

Dr Mark Harwood from Creation Ministries International will present on Creation. Hear the good news that the biblical account on origins is not only historically accurate, but makes better sense of the evidence. This event will be hosted by the Yarra Valley Church through their Zoom channel:
https://acts-technology.zoom.us/j/180166570 (meeting ID: 180 166 570). 
 

22nd, 23rd May

#weRtheCHURCH - a time of celebration with the church across the South Pacific coming together to celebrate Creativity in Chaos – the Church’s response to Covid 19.
Commencing Friday evening, join fellow believers for this two day event.  More information at AdventistChurch.com
 
 

First Posted May 5, 2020

WEBSITE UPDATES

Needing help updating your church website?  Our Adventist Media team looks after the local church websites and will be able to assist you.  Email  support@adventistchurch.com  and Dan or Brett will help you out.

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