Blue Flower

1. Report on seminar headed by our regional bishops and senior clergy on the implications of changing the definition of marriage.

2. Information Night from the Australian Family Association

3. Dedication of new Shellharbour City Baptist Church

4. Careforce Lifekeys Seminar at Shellharbour Community Church.

5. Humour

  

(Blue highlights are links)

 

1. Report on the seminar to address the implications of changing the definition of marriage.

Senior Illawarra Christian leaders led a seminar, attended by around 50 leaders in Wollongong to address this issue. Below is a summary of points presented.

Politics is now speaking into the moral and religious domains. We must learn from history.
There is a bigger agenda behind the definition of marriage. It's becoming a human rights issue and will not stop at the church's door.
The definition of discrimination will ultimately include the gospel message which will be defined as 'hate speech.

There are are implications to funding for church based institutions such as schools, hospitals, welfare etc.
The events of the previous week with open conflict between the Mercury and the Catholic Church is a picture of things to come. The media may be against us, but God is for us.

People are trying to do the right thing, but (it seems there is) a sinister thing undermining the very foundation of our society

Jesus prayed the "great unanswered prayer" of John 17 for unity in the church. 
If we want to be heard, we must be heard as one voice.
Christians are retreating, the church is overwhelmed, leaders are overwhelmed, we don't have the language. Church folk are not coping.
Maybe it's time we talked about politics from the pulpit.
The church is entering into a time of disconnect with society.

We need a shift in language and get away from simplistic slogans. Speak from not just a Christian perspective, but from an Aussie point of view where we all have a right to freedom of speech.

Turn our personal conversations to Jesus and the cross. At the cross, we have to lay down our rights to be anything other than what God wants us to be.

It's now more about ideology than truth.

We are to love those who are different to us.

Share our testimony
Pray for ourselves and others
Family life is good for all

 

Key speakers:

Bishop Peter Haywood

Bishop Peter Ingham

Pastor Shane Cook

Rev Ian Barnett

Pastor Paul Bartlett

Rev Simon Mackenzie

 

Action items:

Pray earnestly for our nation.

Use and share resources such as the Australian Christian Lobby.

Be informed and inform our congregations on the issues and implications. 

Understand how critical the Christian vote is in this election. 

Use and distribute the Christian Values Checklist 

 

2. Information Night from the Australian Family Association

Same Sex "Marriage" has Consequences for All of Us Information Session and Action Meeting 

Date: Tuesday 21st June

Time: Arrive 7:00pm for 7:30pm presentation

Venue: Xavier Centre in the old primary school at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, 36 Harbour Street Wollongong

Same sex 'marriage' would mean:

a. Loss of our freedoms - those who oppose SSM including teachers, health workers, parents, ministers of religion and others may be prosecuted under anti-discrimination law.

b. Gender ideology imposed on all of us with implications for work places, schools and public spaces.

Please invite others to attend - your help is greatly appreciated. 

 

 

3. "First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist; 
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist; 
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist; 
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew; 
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me"

(See link for background to this poem written in Natzi Germany.)

 

 

4. Sunday 26th June 3pm. Celebration and Dedication of the new Shellharbour City Baptist Church building. 

Friends of the church are invited to participate in the celebration by writing their prayer or a bible passage with chalk on the walls or foundation of the warehouse that will soon be converted into a worship and ministry centre.

   

4. Careforce Lifekeys Seminar at Shellharbour Community Church.

Dear pastors we are so honoured to be hosting Alan and Helen Meyer from Careforce Lifekeys Australia on the weekend of the 22-24 July 2016. Over this weekend Alan and Helen will be focusing on 3 specific areas.

1: Making marriage better.

2: Valiant man seminar

3: Small group training

We want to open this weekend to all of the Churches and ministry's across our City's as we believe Alan and Helens message will be empowering and life changing. I have attached some promotional material including Alans bios and will follow up with some video material in the coming weeks.

Blessings to you in the great work you do in our City!

Follow link for booking

-Pastor Shane Cook

 

Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am (now earlier). For prayer, fellowship and great start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra.   

  

5. Humour    

Quote from a local pastor who was reporting congregational statistics:

"We have an older congregation but they are all healthy because they don't drink or smoke"            

 

 

 

              


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