Issue 108 – May/July 2017
Our quarterly newsletter edited by Venessa Crane.
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“To Everything… Turn, Turn, Turn, There is a Season … and a Time To Every Purpose Under Heaven ….”
As the Byrds sang, or more accurately, as the Bible records in Ecclesiastes 3! The change of seasons has arrived. The autumn weather has changed some of the tree-scapes. The nights are cooler and the days are getting shorter. The change of seasons reminds us that not too long ago our lives were regulated by the rhythm of the seasons: planting, growing and harvesting were determined by summer, autumn, winter and spring.
While in our hi-tech, industrial, processed food & internet world we may not be so dependent upon the physical seasons anymore, in the life of the Church we still mark the year with various “seasonal” themes: Advent leading up to Christmas, Lent leading up to Easter and Pentecost, and from Pentecost to all the way back to Advent, time for learning and spiritual growth before we start the cycle again.
The Easter celebration of Jesus’ resurrection leads us to Pentecost. The Risen Lord has ascended, enthroned as King at the right hand of God. But just like Jesus promised, He has not left us alone. Pentecost reminds us that the Holy Spirit has come. From Pentecost, we explore what it means to be followers of Jesus aided & equipped by the Holy Spirit.
So in this Pentecost season over the next three months we will be looking at what the Bible has to say to us about The Privilege of Giving (from the OT prophet Haggai), and about Responding to God’s Love (from the OT prophet Malachi). I hope this next season, while not normally considered to be a time of harvest, will be fruitful for you as you learn more about God’s amazing grace and generosity towards us.
Rev. Ian Weeks – Pastor
The Case for Christ Movie – in Cinemas from May 4
A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed—or didn’t believe—as an avowed atheist.
Utilising his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.
Based on Lee Strobel’s award-winning bestselling book and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster, THE CASE FOR CHRIST is a movie for anyone who has ever pondered the existence of God…and what role He could play in their lives. Now showing at Event Cinemas, Macquarie.
Forest Preschool News – May 2017
Welcome to Term 2 at Uniting Forest Preschool. Here is a calendar of events for Term 2 and an article on Resilience for Children. The Forest Preschool still has some vacancies on Thursdays and Fridays for children 3-5 years of age. Should you wish to enrol, please call 9452 2510 or email gro.g1503119778nitin1503119778u@spt1503119778serof1503119778
God Bless, Carla Guinee, Director.
Monday 8th @ 2pm and Thursday 11th May @ 10am
The Big Bag Show (Young Australia Incursion)
Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th May @ 10am
Mother’s Day Morning Tea
Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th May @ 10am
Drumbeats: African drumming
Monday 29th May to Friday 9th June
HatchnGrow – Duck Hatching Program
Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th June
Gary and Carol Crees (Musical Adventures)
Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd June @ 10am
Wesley Garden’s Morning Tea
Resilience is a 21st Century parenting concept that every parent needs to understand.
Some kids are resilient by nature – their temperament helps them to be mentally and psychologically tough. You know those kids. They get straight back up after a setback or disappointment. Rejection in the playground doesn’t faze them. Unfortunately, not every child has such natural resilience.
The good news is that most of the research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and they actively foster it in their kids. Resilient kids share four basic skill sets- independence, problem-solving, optimism and social connection.
From a resilience perspective parents need to coach kids through some of their more challenging moments and reviewing what they may have learned for next time. Avoid solving all their problems for them.
You can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your kids by:
- Having a positive attitude yourself. Your attitude as a parent impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure you model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for your child when he meets some of life’s curve balls.
- Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that kids can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
- Make kids active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience.
- Build kids coping skills. There are plenty of strategies you can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way, including acceptance, getting away for a while, and normalisation.
Promoting resilience in kids is a not a single event but a continuous process that requires adults to be supportive and empathetic when things don’t go their way. It also requires you as a parent to have an understanding of resilience, so you have faith in yourself, and your child’s ability to cope.
IRAQ: Open Doors Opens A Door Of Opportunity
Christian charity Open Doors has helped an Iraqi man set up a business which is now flourishing, with plans to add to the current workforce of displaced Christians. Rabeea and staff manufacture traditional Iraqi sweets and deliver to shops across the country. Rabeea opened the factory in March to provide a living to families like his own, who sought refuge in Erbil in 2014 when Islamic State forced many Christians to flee their towns in the Nineveh plains. The factory stores the raw ingredients for their treats: sacks of sugar, buckets of walnuts, sesame seeds, coconut, pistachios and almonds. Although the Church in Erbil welcomed them, they wanted to earn their own income and be less reliant on aid provided to internally displaced people. Like his colleagues in the factory, Rabeea is now able to provide an income for his family and hopes one day to move his business and return to his home city of Qaraqosh. – World Watch Monitor
Fishing from a rocky cliff’s face with rough seas crashing against rocks 10 to 15 metres below was a group of keen fishermen getting very excited as the fish were on! This was the afternoon of 31st March this year. Manfred Yew, (assistant Pastor at BUC) and I had just arrived at the Heathcote Engadine Anglican Church “Fishing Mission” outreach event at Lake Tabourie on the NSW south coast. Over that weekend, 40 men attended the Christian mission; more than half did not attend a church.
Fishing for Lost Souls
This was the 34th Fishing Mission conducted by the church with a focus on creating a Christian environment or culture where believers and non-believers mix together with the theme of How God Uses Ordinary Guys. My two boys Mike and Andy joined me that night and we were all made most welcome – actually made to feel as if we had been attending the event for years.
Over the weekend, we all bunked in together, ate together, fished together, talked together and had the opportunity to share God’s Word, listen to some hurts and pray for people. This was an exceptional outreach time. Manfred was a key element over the weekend. This was his 12th Lake Tabourie mission and was able to rekindle many strong and fruitful relationships created at earlier camps. From an outreach point of view, it demonstrated relationships are a key factor in creating a bridge with a non-believer and perhaps over a short or longer period of time through that bridge, allowing God to enter someone’s life.
The fishing was not overly productive as in the past years, yet together we caught enough to feed 40 hungry men for Saturday’s lunch. Interesting how God provides! Dinner that night was a fantastic roast cooked in the portable oven – sweets was hot apple pie.
The Sunday morning Church Camp Service was the final event for the weekend where Manfred gave the message. He did not hold back and shared a strong message emphasizing Jesus came into the world to save ordinary people. It was interesting to note that the group stayed for the service, participated well and listened to the message. Many could have left prior to the service or just gone fishing yet they stayed to the end, some talking with Manfred afterwards.
The Fishing Mission was something to experience and I will be going back.
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