Blue Flower

Begin with good old fashioned praise: Sing along with To God be the Glory, Royal Albert Hall
 
Visitor Friendly Churches
 
Council Elections
 
Same Sex Marriage Items
 
New: The TV advertisement from the Marriage Alliance is 'copping flack'  
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
 A church where people bring friends. What does it look like?
 
 
When churchgoers are asked to invite friends to church, there can be a whole raft of reactions. Do we understand their thoughts and responses?
 
Some general hints to be a visitor friendly church:
 
Be true to the Gospel
Be relevant
Be friendly
Be clear, concise and easily understood at all times
Be comfortable 
 
Continually ask the regulars how public 'church' could be improved. Listen.
 
There isn't a lot on the web written from a church visitors point of view, but there are a couple of helpful items in the following sites:
Church Marketing Sucks (has further links)
 
A growing, visitor friendly church is not just designed to keep regulars 'happy', but the priority is to remove the barriers for those yet to come.
 
 
 
 
 
The Council elections are coming
NSW Local Council Elections are on Saturday 9 September 
A full list of candidates is available, follow link.
There are separate pages and candidates for Shellharbour and Wollongong 
There are lots of passionate views on how to vote, but encourage one another to seek out those candidates who are wise, strong and above reproach. 
 
 
 
Same Sex Marriage Items:
The expansion of the definition of marriage is a defining moment in our history, leaders must stand up and lead
 
Table from a Fact Sheet published by Eternity Matters (follow link) 
 
The text of the article includes an indicative No vote from: 
  • Lutheran Church
  • Salvation Army
  • C3 Churches
At the time of writing, Eternity Matters had not found a public comment from the following church denominations on same-sex marriage, even though individual ministers may have issued statements.
  • Australian Christian Churches  (now public with a NO, see link below)
  • Uniting Church of Australia
  • Churches of Christ
  • Congregational Church of Australia
  • Greek Orthodox Church of Australia
  • Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia
  • Church of the Brethren
A clear and comprehensive statement has been written by James Macpherson, a senior pastor and member of the ACC National Executive. Follow link for a copy. 
 
Ps Wayne Alcorn, President of Australian Christian Churches (ACC), last week (23/08/17) called for a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Tuesday 12 September 2017, in the light of the proposed move to redefine marriage between a man and woman. Follow link for details.
The ACC represents 1000 churches, 3200 pastors and 350 000 constituents.
 
We are all encouraged to join with the ACC on this Day of Prayer and Fasting
 
 
Just Released
A new advert from the Marriage Alliance is 'copping flack' in high places and around Australia. Please view here (follow link)
 
 
Canon Sandy Grant from St Michael's Cathedral will be giving a public lecture on the subject of 'gay' marriage on Wednesday September 13th, 7.30 pm
 
 
The lecture's title picks up a much-discussed tweet. Is it true that #loveislove? Why defend the traditional definition of marriage?
All are welcome to attend this public lecture in the Cathedral at St Michael's on Wednesday 13 September at 7:30pm. It will be followed by Q&A.
The aim of this lecture is not to direct people how to vote, but to give a thoughtful expression of the 'No' case, as well as exploring related issues such as the connection of marriage to children, and freedoms of speech and religion. (Sandy G).
Read more, follow link.
 
 
 
 
 
New FaceBook GroupIllawarra Combined Church Events & Corporate Prayer
It's a forum for regional events and combined prayer activity in the Illawarra
 
 
This is a secure public site, and is for events and prayer items that relate to the wider church in the region. Currently there are around 300 members, and growing.
Check on the FaceBook page for further guidelines and goals of the group.
If you understand these new fangled 21st century thingies, want to pray for others, and check what's happening around the traps, join up!   
 
 
'Everyday Miracles' is up and running on Pulse 94.1
Listen in at around 6.20-30  9.20-30 12.20-30  3.20-30 am/pm most days.  
Churches and para-church groups are invited to contribute testimonies. 
 
 
 
From the DIDUNO series:
 
Centenary: 'Banjo Paterson, poet and hero. The ANZACS and the War Horses
 
                    
 
'Banjo' Paterson, one of Australia's and the English speaking world's most famous poets is immortalised on our ten dollar note. His role with the Anzac battalions in the Middle East 100 years ago is one of the lesser known parts of his life. 'Banjo led a team of men who looked after and trained thousands of horses in the Middle East. Their job entailed breaking in the feral brumbies, the farmer's nags, the wild bush horses and the occasional decent pony. His horses became the real heroes of the famous Light Horse charge at Beersheba during the liberation of the Holy Land
 
Read the exciting story, it's a great yarn! Follow link to 'Anzacs and the War Horses'.
 
 
 
U.S.A.   A new study undertaken by LifeWay Research confirmed Monday that absolutely everything that went wrong at the last church service was the sound guy's fault.
 
 
This event is at the Salvation Army Wollongong
 
 
City Women Illawarra Special Event with Letitia Shelton Sept 16th2-5 pm
Sept 16th 2-5 pm at Cedars Christian College
The key theme of this conference "Healing the pain of a City" 
Key Note Speaker Letitia Shelton (CEO of City Women). 
Plus Special Guests:
Marianne Saliba - Mayor of Shellharbour City, 
Michelle Green - Wife of NSW parliamentarian Paul Green
Topics include "Activating your influence", how you can impact government, community, media, youth, women and education in our region.
Follow link for details and booking
 
 
Church of the 21st Century October 6th and 7th Grace Church Shellharbour
 
Pastor Peter McHugh leads Stairway Church one of the largest churches in Melbourne. He has many insights and lots to share. 
The seminar is at Grace Church Shellharbour City.  Contact Trisha Hart on 0414841621 for further details.
 
 
Global Leadership Summit November 10th and 11th6-9pm Sat. 9-4.30 pmSunday.
Once again we are very excited to be hosting the Global Leadership Summit (GLS). Held via videocast, be inspired and equipped as you hear from an incredible range of speakers who are international leadership practitioners.
For registration and further details, follow link or contact Figtree anglican Church
 
 
All Generations Discipleship Training School at YWAM. Beginning April 2018. 
Singles, couples and families are all welcome to come and join in this special All Generations DTS being run by YWAM Wollongong, located at Port Kembla.
This course is based on the principle that we are a community of believers and no matter what our stage of life, we can all play a part in the great commission. 
Facilitators are Al and Cheryl Cartwright. Follow link for details and a short video.
 
 
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It's a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
 
 
 
Humour:


Father O'Malley answers the phone. "Hello, is this Father O'Malley?" 
"It is" 
"This is the Taxation Department. Can you help us?" 
"I can" 
"Do you know a Ted Houlihan?"
"I do"
"Is he a member of your congregation?" 
"He is" 
"Did he donate $10,000 to the church?" 
"He will"
 
            
                 
 
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
     
  
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