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News and Notices - April 15, 2020
As the shepherd knew where to find the green pastures and the still waters in ancient Israel, so our great God knows just what we need.  So we can be free of fear, even as we walk through dark valleys...
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New Evangelistic Program Starting May 2020


The Victorian Conference has been given the opportunity to be involved in an online It is Written evangelistic program called Revelation Today, Hope Awakens.
The presentations are on an easy to use and interactive platform and the IIW team have made it as easy as possible for churches to follow up on.  Talk to your pastor about it.
Starting in May, so read More...

 

Still in Touch?


How are you going with e-meeting with your church family since social distancing has commenced?  Has it been good, or are you one who has not heard from anyone and wondering why? 
Pastors have expressed concern that they are unable to contact everyone because of out of date contact lists.  So if you are feeling the isolation, or have not heard from anyone, please contact your pastor or one of your elders and give them your updated phone numbers and emails.


And if you know any of your church who are not digitally savvy, please don't forget them.. find old fashioned ways to assure them they are still part of the family...

Faith FM

The Faith FM team is finding new ways to nurture our churches and reach out to our communities during this viral crisis.  One of their initiatives is an afternoon drive-time program coming to us from Adelaide.  The team is also on the lookout for new ideas.   Read more...

What do you know about the Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program?

This program is quite different to other recovery programs.  Most treatment looks at symptoms and how to cope with them.  Dr Nedley's program looks at causes and how to eliminate the ones you can control.  
Our Conference Health department is piloting a DARP using zoom.  The pilot is scheduled to begin this coming Sunday evening.  If this pilot runs well, we’ll open up several other opportunities to take the course in the weeks ahead.  We want to ensure that ZOOM is our best platform, and that the break out discussion groups function well before we launch more broadly.  Read more...

Wellness Enhancing Programs - Fee Waived:

South Pacific Division 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).
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SUNSET TIMES

Sunset Time Sabbath 18th April: 5:49 pm
Next Week: Friday 24th April :  5:41 pm

THIS WEEK'S OFFERING

18th April
Local Church
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 your 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

 

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 stll 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 92647766

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 you order 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 0355 616 337 or mary@pavilionsblackburnlake.com.au to make your private appointment.  
Pavilions Blackburn Lake, 133 Central Rd Nunawading.

 

 

CHRIST'S DEATH AND RESURRECTION THROUGH NICODEMUS' EYES

 
Dick Duerksen, one of our presenters who had been lined up for Big Camp this year shared three presentations with us, of Nicodemus' experiences between Christ's death and ressurection, which were screened over the Easter weekend.  You can still hear Dick who shared with us, from his home in Oregon, exerpts from Nicodemus' "journal".  These presentations are still available here.



LOOKING FOR A CHURCH TO WORSHIP WITH ONLINE? 

Wanting to know what is happening around the Conference during this time of social isolation, or to find a link for a church to e-worship with each Sabbath?  Or perhaps looking for some guides to a small group-like church service that you can do with your family/friends?  Go to: vic.adventist.org.au
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.



 

 

EASTER IDEAS

 

Dick Duerksen was one of our presenters lined up for Big Camp this year.  Big camp is no longer on, but you will still be able to hear Dick as he shares with us from his home in Oregon, exerpts from Nicodemus' "journal".  Relive the events of Christ's last days through the eyes of this silent believer. 
Friday Evening, Sabbath morning and Sunday morning, streaming from Lilydale Church and Mildura Church at 7.30pm Friday, 9am Saturday and 10am Sunday over the Easter Weekend.
 

EASTER FOR KIDS

Commencing Friday evening and running for eight days, BigCamp@home has been developed by Children's Ministries departments around Australia.


LOOKING FOR A CHURCH TO WORSHIP WITH ONLINE? 

Wanting to know what is happening around the Conference during this time of social isolation, or to find a link for a church to e-worship with each Sabbath?  Go to: vic.adventist.org.au
 

HELP YOUR NEIGHBOUR WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING

Download this calling card, fill it in and letterbox it to your area https://disciple.org.au/resources/calling-cards/
 

STREAMING CHRISTIAN TV

For those who do not have Christian satellite TV installed but have internet access, you might want to consider FaithStream:  https://faithstream.tv/  It allows you to watch all the Christian channels in 1 place through a box connected to the internet rather than satellite.  Currently a promotion is running on their buy outright price of $269.
 

ONLINE MINISTRY TO HELP FAMILIES
IMPACTED BY COVID-19 CRISIS

Mums At The Table, a ministry of Adventist Media, has launched a private Facebook group to help mums who are having difficulties buying everyday essentials for their family due to the panic buying phenomena brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Mums At The Table Marketplace works like any other buy-and-sell groups on Facebook with one big difference: Anything listed on the page has to be free. It will be a dedicated space for group members to both ask for or offer help. Group members are encouraged to list any of their needs, with the idea that someone in their local area may be able to help—either because they have excess of that item or they know where the item could be purchased.
Churches or individuals interested in helping can contact Mums At The Table at hello@MumsAtTheTable.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/MATTmarketplace
 

ADVENTIST WOMEN VICTORIA – UPDATE TO EVENTS 

  • June 19th - 21st: RENEW: Women & Young Ladies Conference - CANCELLED
  • June 27th - IMPACT: Young Women’s Rally – CANCELLED
  • September 4th-6th - PURSUIT: Teen Girl’s Conference – STILL GOING AHEAD AT THIS STAGE
Due to the current events occurring in Victoria and across the world we decided sadly that we would need to cancel RENEW and IMPACT for this year. They will of course be back next year and we would love to see you all there. At this stage PURSUIT will still be going ahead as it’s not until September but we will keep you updated. If you would like to be on our Adventist Women’s Mailing list for all updates on current and future events please email Shonet at shonetheath@adventist.org.au
We are also posting almost daily on our Adventist Women Victoria Facebook Page if you would like updates please give us a follow and a like!
Adventist Women Victoria is here for you – if you have a need, practical or simply a listening ear please contact us at the above email address and we will help in any way we can. Stay Safe and God Bless.


GIVING OPTIONS

With the need for social distancing because of the COVID-19 Virus and with many churches needing to implement alternate measures to group gatherings, you may be wondering how to pay your tithes and offerings while not at church.  We have some options for you to consider.
Use the eGiving online donations website https://egiving.org.au/   You can donate directly to your church.  If you have not used this before you will need to set up a myAdventist account and there are instructions on the site as to how to create this account.
  • Your church may have a local bank account you can deposit into – Check with your church treasurer.
 You can deposit directly into the VIC Conference Bank. 
  • 033-112
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  • be sure to include your name and what donation is for.

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

  

No Contact Accommodation
Ballarat - Private detached, isolated, self-contained cottages still open for no contact accommodation.  For more information go to Tranquility.com.au  or phone Jennifer on 0409 839 130

FOR LEASE - 42 Mantello Drive, Werribee Vic
Quiet pocket of Bella Rosa Estate, close to schools and not far from Werribee SDA Church and town centre.  4 x bedroom, 2 x bathroom, single story home perfect for Christian family with plenty of space for the kids and a veggie garden.  Currently $425 per week.  Please call or text to 0411 593 047 or contact agent on 03-9314 4200.
 
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.
 
ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE
One bedroom unit with full kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities, furnished lounge, dining room, rural views & close to transport at Chirnside Park.  Contact:  Graham on 0408 316 669.
 
UNIT TO LET
One bedroom, self-contained unit with private entrance for let in Lilydale area.  Separate bedroom, modern kitchen, lounge, laundry facilities, modern bathroom, fully furnished.  All outgoings inclusive of rent.  Property set on a maintained, picturesque, quiet 14 acres.  Close to public transport.  Contact:  Kevin on 0417 810 644.

 
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