Bulletin I 23rd December 2018

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23 December, 2018

HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS!

“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” - John 1:9-10,12,14,16

We wish you God’s blessing this Christmas season!

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NEWS

HOLIDAY SERVICE TIMES

Over the school holidays, from Sunday, 23 December to Sunday, 27 January, the 9am and 10:30am services will be combined into one 10am service. We will also be holding a Christmas Eve night service at 7pm, and a Christmas Day service at 9:30am. We look forward to fellowshipping with you over this holiday season.

The Bulletin will return on 20 January. If you have anything to include in this issue, please forward it to Josh (joshua@craigmorechurch.org) by 14 January.

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STAFF ON LEAVE

Sharon 20 Dec - 4 Feb

Shayne 20 Dec - 7 Jan

Josh 22 Dec - 14 Jan

Andrew 24 Dec - 2 Jan

If you need to get in touch, please contact one of the other church Pastors or staff members.

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CAROLS IN THE CAFÉ

Thank you to all who contributed to making our Christmas Carols event a fantastic time celebrating Jesus’ birth! The event went off without a hitch after the organising team decided to move the event into the café because of the weather, turning Carols in the Carpark to Carols in the Café! We hope you enjoyed your evening and wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 

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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)

9 December - $2,833.45 (des. $170)

16 December - $3,348.85 (des. $70)

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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 14 January.

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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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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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