But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)
Happy Birthday to: Andrew Lee, Emelia Ward, Phil McClenahan, Helen Morrish, Thomas Kluck, Ollie Haase, Sophie Adamson, Joyce Sims and Glenys James.
Happy Anniversary to: Sharyn & Paul Litchfield and Michael Foster.
While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen. (Luke 9:34-36)
I'm very excited that on Saturday November 4, we are partnering with the Welcome Dinner Project to host a Welcome Dinner for members of the Syrian and Iraqi communities in Toowoomba. The dinner is designed to assist established Australians (people who were born or have lived in Australia more than 10 years) to meet and make friends with newly arrived Australians (people who have lived in Australia less than 10 years).
We’re seeking to employ a part-time Children and Families Coordinator to oversee, lead, and grow the children (aged 0-12) and families ministry at St Bart’s. In recent years, St Bart’s has experienced a rapid expansion in the number of children and families involved in the life of our church. St Bart’s currently has 125 children as members of the church, and an average of 65 children (0-12 years old) involved each Sunday (but can be as large as 90). Each week, an additional 40 children (on average) are involved with mainly music and another 30 children with our Friday Kids Club. Children and families are a valued part of our church and require special attention.
Stephen and Sarah have now settled into life in Sydney, and James is loving having a younger sister in Katie, who is nearly 5 months old (born 23 April 2017). Stephen finished at St Bart's in April and took a position at Quiz Worx. Quiz Worx is a ministry that shares the good news of Jesus with children all over Australia.
Happy Birthday to: Susie Gavey, Michael Foster, Suzie Ross, David Browne, Glenda Holmes, Julie Handley, Lawrence Gavey, Jill Meneely, Elijah Ryan, Leith Wittmack, Alim Deng, John Rogers, Dorothy Sizer and Bailey Garcha.
Happy Anniversary to: Joy & David Wright, Cynthia & Peter Sharp, Hartley Weldon, Dot Edwards, Helen & John Obst.
Registrations for CHARGE Youth Camp 2017 are closing very soon! This year we are going to Thunderbird Park at Tamborine Mountain from October 20-22. Cost is $80 per person. We have heaps of amazing activities planned for the camp, and it promises to be heaps of fun. Anyone in grade’s 6-12 is welcome to come along for an awesome weekend away! If you have any questions contact Peter Dutton at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17)
This Sunday we commence a new eight-part series on the Apostles' Creed. This ancient statement of faith finds its genesis in the teaching of the apostles and reflects some of the core elements of what we believe. But it's more than mere words! It is at the core of what we confess and believe, and has helped Christianity - across time - guard and hold fast to who God is and the truth of the Gospel. Together we believe.
In term 4, starting on Tuesday October 10, we will be offering two courses from the Ridley Certificate - "Knowing God" and "Apologetics". Both subjects cost $80 each with enrolments via Ridley College (see their website). The courses run from 7.30PM - 9.30PM for six weeks, with each session including two videos and a time for discussion. For more information, see the subject description below, or speak to Trish Rathie (email@example.com).
Following our sermon this morning on 'The Question of Marriage', I'd love to discuss this more with anyone who would like to talk over this further. With this mind, I'm inviting anyone to come along to either of two sessions this week at which we can talk. This will be a great opportunity to hear other people's questions (depending on who turns up!) and lovingly explore this topic together. So please come along to St Bart's on either Tuesday October 3 (3-4PM) or Thursday October 5 (7-8PM)
Last weekend at Synod, it is with great sadness that a close friend and mentor, Alex Crawford, went home to be with the Lord. His death was sudden and leaves an enormous hole in the lives of many, especially his wonderful family. Alex also was a significant influencer within the life of our church more broadly, being the powerhouse behind the Mathew Hale Public Library.