Bulletin I 11th November 2018

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11 November, 2018

PREACHER'S PEN

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus[a] by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. - John 19:38-42

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NEWS

24 HOUR PING PONG-A-THON

On 26th-27th October, we held our annual 24 Hour Ping Pong-A-Thon. We had a fantastic turnout and a great time was had by all. We managed to raise $6,137.50, enough to rescue four people out of slavery! Praise God! The overall fundraising efforts from around Australia, and new events in the USA, are nearing $500,000.

A huge thank-you to everyone who participated, donated, supported, and made food for the event.

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CYC CAMP SPONSORSHIPS

It’s that time of year again when Amy Day is looking for people who would like to sponsor campers to attend the summer camps at CYC El Shaddai. It allows children to go to camp who would otherwise not be able to afford to go.

One of our own young people in our fellowship has been able to attend camp for the past 9 years thanks to the generosity of those who have given throughout the years. She has blossomed in her faith and is now giving back and mentoring other young campers coming through. This is an example of how your giving will have eternal benefits. 

If you have a child who would like to go, but you are unable to afford the camp fees, please feel free to contact me to see if we can help send your child to camp. 

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WELCOME TO THE HARTWICH FAMILY

I had the privilege (as did Leah) of growing up in a Christian family. One aspect that really impacted my Christian journey was learning about creation science in later high school. I was hooked, so hooked I decided to study evolutionary biology at uni. After that I decided it was off to Bible college, including a desire to avoid girls and ignore ‘that topic’.

Leah and I met during our time while studying at ACM, also known as Adelaide College of Marriages. We exchanged rings in December 2012 in a beautiful garden (like the very first marriage, how Christian of us?!). The week of the wedding we both managed to secure jobs in New Zealand, so four weeks later we were on the plane.

Our time in NZ has many treasured memories. I worked on an evangelistic video Bible series while Leah was the youth director at our church. Amongst other deep spiritual insights we confirmed that rugby really was an inferior code to Aussie Rules and that due to geotechnical issues NZ sometimes didn’t smell that good, but the place itself is pretty much pristine and in places gorgeously untouched.

In our fourth year our little treasure, Daniel was born in November 2016. Being of high Christian integrity I had hoped our firstborn son would be born in the town of Bethlehem, but we fell one suburb short, and Daniel was born in Tauranga. He is simply a delight and joy. Four weeks (sound familiar?) after his birth we ventured back to our native land.

We now find ourselves a part of the Craigmore family. I have a role in the school to further develop those in Christian schooling in theology, apologetics and a Christian outlook on everything in life. Leah is full time + a half looking after Daniel and preparing for our second child, due in January.

- Sam Hartwich

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UPCOMING EVENTS

CAROLS IN THE CARPARK

Sun, Dec 16th 6pm

Live Music, Sing-A-Long Carols, Sunday School Nativity, Free Sausage Sizzle, Family Fun, BYO Chairs/Beanbags/Rugs

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OFFERING

Acc. Name: Craigmore Christian Church | BSB: 065-137 | Acc. No: 009-008-62

Description: Offering (Include name of person/ministry if designated gift)

28 October - $2,971.60 (des. $120)

4 November - $4,245.40 (des. $245)

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PRAYER REQUESTS

For prayer requests, please contact Annette Porrovecchio or submit a prayer request in the app.  

Ph: 0413 216 722

E: amporrovecchio@gmail.com

Requests will be forwarded to the prayer chain team members to pray over. If you want your prayer request to remain confidential please let Annette know that it is for the prayer chain team only.

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BULLETIN CONTACT DETAILS

Joshua Blieschke | joshua@craigmorechurch.org

Items for inclusion in the next Bulletin are required by COB 19 November.

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PASTOR + ELDER CONTACT DETAILS

Jeff Spencer | Senior Pastor | 0417 088 615

Andrew Kelly | YA Pastor | 0430 147 927

Phil Emery | Pastor | 0433 120 115

Graeme Holmes | Elder | 8255 2265

Ian Rowbottom | Elder (on leave) | 0422 244 584

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Bulletin l 1st March

PREACHER'S PEN

Jeff Spencer

I was reading in 1 Peter 4 on suffering and found verse 1 a challenge:"He who has suffered is done with sin.”

How is this so?

Perhaps it is because when we go through suffering, life is no longer able to gratify us through indulgence in its distractions. When circumstances rob us of fulfillment we are driven to search for it elsewhere.

This was the experience of whoever wrote Ps 73. In verse 25 and 26 he asks God, "Who do I have other than you in heaven? And there isn't anything, anywhere on earth that I need or want in life other than you!"

If you are struggling under some overwhelming trial at the moment, it just may be that this is exactly the place of enduring fullfillment that God is seeking to bring you to through what you are suffering... It reminds me of a poem that has always arrested me:

When God wants to drill a man,

And thrill a man,

And skill a man

When God wants to mold a man

To play the noblest part;

When He yearns with all His heart

To create so great and bold a man

That all the world shall be amazed,

Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects

Whom He royally elects!

How He hammers him and hurts him,

And with mighty blows convert him;

Into trial shapes of clay which

Only God understands;

While his tortured heart is crying

And he lifts beseeching hands!

How He bends but never breaks

When his good He undertakes;

How He uses whom He chooses,

And which every purpose fuses him;

By every act induces him

To try His splendor out-

God knows what He’s about.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP NIGHT

The first Women’s Fellowship Evening for 2020 is Thursday March 5th in the Church Cafe at 7:30pm. Come along for a fun ‘Get to Know You’ Night and devotion. Hope to see you there!

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OFFERING

16TH FEB

General offering: $3,317.80

Designated: $50

23RD FEB

General offering: $2,781.80

Designated: $50

BUDGETING

Budgeted average weekly offering: $3,100

Actual average weekly offering: $2,993

Budgeted year to date: $20,300

Actual year to date: $21,163

TO GIVE...

BANK TRANSFER

Acc. Name: Craigmore Christian Church

BSB: 065 137

Acc: 009 008 62

Description: Offering (Include name of person/ministry if designated gift)

OR in the offering bag

Bring in cash to Sunday services and place in offering bag

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BULLETIN INCLUSION

If you would like to submit an article to be included in the next Bulletin, please contact the church office or Ash Barnes.

office@craigmorechurch.org

ashleigh@craigmorechurch.org

Items for inclusion in the next Bulletin are required by 10th March

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PRAYER REQUESTS

For prayer requests, please contact Annette Porrovecchio.

Ph: 0413 216 722

E: amporrovecchio@gmail.com

Requests will be forwarded to the prayer chain team members to pray over. If you want your prayer request to remain confidential please let Annette know that it is for the prayer chain team only.

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PASTORS & ELDERS

Jeff Spencer | Senior Pastor | 0417 088 615

Andrew Kelly | YA Pastor | 0430 147 927

Phil Emery | Pastor | 0433 120 115

Graeme Holmes | Elder | 0437 755 007

Ian Rowbottom | Elder | On Sabbatical

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Bulletin l 16th February

PREACHER'S PEN

As we press into our study of John's first epistle he tells us that the foundation of his message is that God is Light and that in Him there is no darkness at all.

It seems obvious that the pure righteousness of God's holy character has some very powerful implications for us, if we want to live in fellowship with Him. The result is an unavoidable conflict between the sin that inevitably rises up within us to challenge the life that is birthed within us as the children of God in Christ.

If we are to enjoy a deep abiding sense of assurance of our salvation in Christ, if we are to maintain integrity in our profession, and if we are to fully be the expression of God's love to a world that is lost and fallen, then the reign of sin in our hearts must be broken and banished.

This is what it means to walk in the light. John's aim is to help us find that plane of living. Let's be open to hiw God wants to do that in each of us.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

CHURCH PICNIC

Sunday, March 1st - 12:30pm @ Harry Bowey Reserve

BYO Lunch, chairs, & sports gear

Water & Cordial will be provided

LADIES CRAFT

Ladies Craft mornings were started by Leila Lydeamore & Rosemary Chapman and have been running for 37 years.

Most of the ladies who currently attend are non-church goers, so it is a good opportunity to share the gospel as well as craft.

If there are any ladies that would like to join us, to either teach a new craft or learn one, you would be very welcome.

Meetings are on Thursday mornings and our first meeting this year will be on Thursday, 20th February at 10am to plan our activities for the year.

For any further information, please contact Beth Rowbottom on 8255 2648

CROSS & CROWN YOUTH

See attached - Term 1 Calendar

Fridays, 7-9:30pm, $2

Year 7-12

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WANT TO BE BAPTISED?

If you would like to be baptised please speak to one of our pastors; Jeff, Phil or Andrew, to organise your baptism and preparation. We are hoping to have a baptism service in the near future.

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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT JAKE & SARAH

Keep Jake & Sarah in your prayers as they prepare for marriage & enter this next phase in life.

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OFFERING

2ND FEB

General offering: $2,856.35

Designated: $120

9TH FEB

General offering: $4,004.25

Designated: $0

BUDGETING

Budgeted average weekly offering: $3,100

Actual average weekly offering: $2,974

Budgeted year to date: $18,600

Actual year to date: $17,846

TO GIVE...

DIRECT DEBIT

Acc. Name: Craigmore Christian Church

BSB: 065 137

Acc: 009 008 62

Description: Offering (Include name of person/ministry if designated gift)

OR in the offering bag

Bring in cash to Sunday services and place in offering bag

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BULLETIN INCLUSION

If you would like to submit an article to be included in the next Bulletin, please contact the church office or Ash Barnes.

office@craigmorechurch.org

ashleigh@craigmorechurch.org

Items for inclusion in the next Bulletin are required by 24th February

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PRAYER REQUESTS

For prayer requests, please contact Annette Porrovecchio.

Ph: 0413 216 722

E: amporrovecchio@gmail.com

Requests will be forwarded to the prayer chain team members to pray over. If you want your prayer request to remain confidential please let Annette know that it is for the prayer chain team only.

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PASTORS & ELDERS

Jeff Spencer | Senior Pastor | 0417 088 615

Andrew Kelly | YA Pastor | 0430 147 927

Phil Emery | Pastor | 0433 120 115

Graeme Holmes | Elder | 0437 755 007

Ian Rowbottom | Elder | On Sabbatical

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Bulletin l 15th December

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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Holiday Service Times

Christmas Eve - 7:00PM

Christmas Day - 9:30AM

Sunday Dec 22nd - 9th Feb - One Service at 10AM

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NO CRECHE

There will be no creche services on the 29th of Dec or the 5th of January, sorry for any inconvenience!

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OFFERING

1ST DECEMBER

General offering: $3,146.40

Designated: $50

8TH DECEMBER

General offering: $2,355.45

Designated: $0

BUDGETING

Budgeted average weekly offering: $3,100

Actual average weekly offering: $2,806

Budgeted year to date: $155,000

Actual year to date: $140,308

TO GIVE...

DIRECT DEBIT

Acc. Name: Craigmore Christian Church

BSB: 065 137

Acc: 009 008 62

Description: Offering (Include name of person/ministry if designated gift)

OR in the offering bag

Bring in cash to Sunday services and place in offering bag

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BULLETIN INCLUSION

If you would like to submit an article to be included in the next Bulletin, please contact the church office or Ash Barnes.

office@craigmorechurch.org

ashleigh@craigmorechurch.org

Items for inclusion in the next Bulletin are required by 13th January

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PRAYER REQUESTS

For prayer requests, please contact Annette Porrovecchio.

Ph: 0413 216 722

E: amporrovecchio@gmail.com

Requests will be forwarded to the prayer chain team members to pray over. If you want your prayer request to remain confidential please let Annette know that it is for the prayer chain team only.

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STAFF ON LEAVE

Phil Emery

30th Dec - Jan 10th

Andrew Kelly

30th Dec - 10th Jan

Sharon Bigwood

30th Dec - 14th Jan

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PASTORS & ELDERS

Jeff Spencer | Senior Pastor | 0417 088 615

Andrew Kelly | YA Pastor | 0430 147 927

Phil Emery | Pastor | 0433 120 115

Graeme Holmes | Elder | 0437 755 007

Ian Rowbottom | Elder | On Sabbatical

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