Church News

This weekend we approach Fathers’ Day. However, the day’s focus is probably overshadowed by anticipation of the Premier’s announcement about the Covid restrictions and hopes for their easing. This aside, the Diocese project director for Prevention of Violence Against Women-PVAW, Robyn Boosey, in her Fathers’ Day reflection in the 

TMA article

 ‘Breaking Free from Male Stereotypes’ speaks of the damage done to men by the shallow images of masculinity reflected in greeting cards and TV ads. These  fall far short of the range of attributes and emotions which men bring to the role of fathering and to their relationships. 
This accompanying

short video

offers a more wholistic and realistic picture of dads. It suggests that affirmation of the variety of characteristics men bring to being who God made them to be is necessary to free men from the pressure of fitting unreal stereotypes and the social and emotional issues that spring from that.
Jesus remains the most amazing and healthy model of manhood. In his utter dependence on God and his unpretencious love and healing for those who others ignored and rejected, Jesus showed us how to live. 

This Sunday Jeff Andrews brings us a thought provoking message from Isaiah 55 on the character of our Heavenly Father with inspiring reflection on how we can follow in our Father’s footsteps.
 

 ZOOM FELLOWSHIP AFTER SUNDAY’S SERVICE!

Straight after the 10.30 service this and each Sunday morning you are invited to fellowship together, via the zoom link below which will also be included in Jessica’s Service email. You will be asked for a Passcode which is provided below. In breakout rooms with others we will have the chance to catch up with or get to know and make feel welcome those we meet.  Join in the excitement of actually seeing your brothers and sisters in Christ again and be encouraged!

 

HYMN SINGING SERVICE ON ZOOM SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 4 PM
You are invited to join in singing well known favorite hymns in the context of a short CCD service on Sunday afternoon 13 September 4pm. No experience necessary. All welcome! Live music will kindly be provided by Carol Charters on the keyboard. A link and passcode will be provided in next week’s emails.

 

NEW COURSE – EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.  REGISTER NOW!

Part 2 of our EH Discipleship course commences in Term 4 – first week of Oct. learn the skills to loving people well and to avoid common pitfalls. Evening and daytime groups. Cost $35 ($30 conc) and $60 a couple covers workbook and devotional book each. Register at

admin@ccd.org.au

by 20 Sept.
Further details

here.

GLOBAL PRAYER FOR AN END TO COVID 19
AND A CALL TO PRAYER FOR OUR NATION
SAT
SUN 26-27 SEPT 
Bishop Philip Huggins, President of the National Council of Churches, has asked that the Aboriginal Christian Elders of Australia, led by Ps Peter Walker, will lead the churches of the nation in a National Solemn Assembly according to Joel 2, over 2 days, 26-27 September 2020.
You can join this extended prayer vigil on zoom
DATE: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September 2020
TIME: 9am-9pm (AEST) each day
ZOOM URL LINK: 

https://zoom.us/j/776881184

ZOOM MEETING ID: 776881184

For 12 min video of Ps Peter Walker’s story

click here

.

“Gracious God, trusting in your providence and presence,
we bring our prayer for an end to this pandemic.
We pray for your strengthening of those offering costly
leadership during this crisis.
We pray for all who are ill.
We pray for those anxious about getting ill.
We pray for those full of grief.
We remember those who have died.
We pray for your grace to sustain us as we do what we can in
our context.
We ask these things, as you encourage us so to do.
‘Ask and it will be given you.’ (Matthew 7:7).
In resurrection faith, we offer our heartfelt prayer through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.”

 

 VALE BETTY A
A much loved member of our 8.30 congregation, Betty A, passed away in the Lord on Friday 28 August, aged 84. Betty’s health rapidly declined after a recent diagnosis of liver cancer. Betty had migrated to Australia from England in 1958 and been in constant secretarial work, especially in the medical field. In retirement she was a long time secretary of U3A in Moorabbin and frequently travelled overseas. She also enjoyed organising social events at Lexington Gardens where she resided. Betty was a very active and cheery person, always looking immaculate and ready with a friendly word. Her living relatives are a niece and nephew in England and in Australia she is mourned by neighbours and friends at Lexington Gardens and close friends of nearly 60 years – Iris and Bruce. Betty has been part of CCD for nearly 20 years and deeply valued the worship life of this community. It is intended that a memorial service take place in Betty’s honour when restrictions are sufficiently lifted. Rest in peace faithful sister as you await the resurrection call of your Lord and Saviour upon his return.
 
 PRAY FOR OTHERS
Please pray for healing for T,(a believer and good friend of the Preman’s with Stage 4 lung cancer); for B’s wife H awaiting surgery for injured knee – in hospital after a fall; give thanks for R’s successful surgery; pray for S, having treatment for prostate cancer; for C’s husband, D, undergoing cancer treatment – give thanks for good report; Pray for A’s Mum – W – home now after minor stroke, and for the family caring for her and for her future; for N and all nurses in aged care; Continue praying for complete healing and recovery for C, E, J, A, J, P, S, L, C, A. Pray for God’s comfort for R and for N and for health for N’s daughter P . Pray for our staff team – for Tanya (recovering from recent surgery that went well) and for Baden as he leads our young people; for Mecka leading the Covid fight in Tanzania and for his family here in Australia; for Greenwood Mews and Manor – that the love of Christ touch and open many hearts to his grace and goodness. Pray for the people of Dingley Village, all who run businesses and for medical clinics and care workers.
 
PRAY FOR OUR MISSIONARIES
REV MECKA  OGUNDE is in Tanzania as Secretary General of the Anglican Church there. His 
main task there is to educate Tanzanians to prevent the spread of Covid 19 and thus save 
lives. They will use the usual  means to achieve this except ‘lock – down ‘which would severely impoverish the people and the government. Please pray for :-
  * His success in this task.
  *Our finishing raising $ 25,000.  to assist in this (about  $ 10,000. still to go )
  *Pray for his family in Melbourne—-now separated from him travelling back and forth. 
You can give to this appeal

here.

  TMA NEWSTAND
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God is at work among us!

Have you noticed – prayers answered for those undergoing surgery and treatments; Jill’s mushrooming community enterprise feeding those in need; others finding boldness and opportunity to share their faith in response to Greg’s recent stirring message and others volunteering service to the community?
God is stirring us to prayer; to compassionate action and enlarging our faith. How are you experiencing the stirring of God’s Spirit at present in your life? What is God directing your spirit, your thoughts and prayers toward? What next step might you take in response? Ring a friend and share your thoughts, praying together for God’s guidance or discernment and boldness. Be sure of this – God is frequently speaking to you. Often it is simply through a need or opportunity that presents itself to you. As we begin each day with a simple prayer of inviting God to direct our path that day trust that he is doing so and then be ready…
Eph 5: ‘Be filled with the Spirit…’ ‘…making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.’
 

JUST WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR – ZOOM FELLOWSHIP AFTER SUNDAY’S SERVICE!

Straight after the 10.30 service this Sunday morning you are invited to fellowship together, via zoom. The link will be in our weekly email.

Join in the excitement of actually seeing your brothers and sisters in Christ again and be encouraged!
 

FATHERS’ DAY INVITE TO ALL OUR KIDS FOR A DADS’ DAY VIDEO SEGMENT

Baden is looking for Primary aged children to help record a special presentation for the Father’s Day service. It will be similar to the Mother’s Day one earlier this year. If you would like to help out please

email Baden.

Thank you Church. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

NEW COURSE – EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.  REGISTER NOW!
Part 2 of our EH Discipleship course commences in Term 4 – first week of Oct. learn the skills to loving people well and to avoid common pitfalls. Evening and daytime groups. Cost $35 ($30 conc) and $60 a couple covers workbook and devotional book each. Register by email before 20 September. Want more info? Find it

here

.

 

 SUNDAY 2PM – UNITED PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

An online ecumenical prayer event has been coordinated and will be available 

at this link

 (not available until 2pm on Sunday). The recorded prayer from 20 leaders is also 

available here)

This invite has been passed onto us by Ps Diana Dow of Beth Tephillah Ministry Centre Williamstown.
 

 PRAY FOR OTHERS

Please pray for our own dear B in McCulloch House, soon to pas beyond the veil of this life into glory; give thanks for Rod’s successful surgery; for S, having treatment for prostate cancer; for C’s husband, D, undergoing cancer treatment with positive prognosis; Pray for A’s Mum – W – home now after minor stroke, and for the family caring for her and for her future; for N and all nurses in aged care; Continue praying for complete healing and recovery for C, E, K, A, J, P, S, L, C, A. Pray for R and for N – for grace upon N’s witness to the people of her retirement village in great need of Jesus; Pray for Mecka leading the Covid fight in Tanzania and for his family here in Australia; for Greenwood Mews and Manor – that the love of Christ touch and open many hearts to his grace and goodness. Pray for the people of Dingley Village, all who run businesses and for medical clinics and care workers.
 

PRAY FOR OUR MISSIONARIES

TIM & ASHLEIGH  PAMFLETT  have just concluded 5 years with YWAM in Townsville .
(The photogenic Andrew was born during this time). They have moved to NZ to live in the South Island in Oamaru ( Ashleigh‘s home town). See their latest newsletter

here.

They thank God for :-
   * a smooth leaving  process with all the goodbyes.
   * opportunity to rest for a few weeks, ( some in mandatory hotel isolation )
 They ask prayer for :-
    * employment;
    * setting up a new home, making friends & settling in;
    * for God to continue to guide them in where to serve him in a lay capacity. 
 

PRAY WITH OTHERS

Via Zoom

Saturdays 8-9am
Wednesdays 12-1pm 
 

 TMA NEWSTAND
 Global Christian news

God bless you,
 
Wayne, on behalf also of Tanya and the staff at CCD

 

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Hope in Anxious Times

As I prepare for Sunday morning’s service with Isaiah 35 and read the vivid and dramatic promises of God through the prophet, I reflect on how many years so many of these promises waited for their fulfilment. There were often layers to the prophecies, some relating to contemporary political events and military threats, some projecting decades ahead and others centuries, speaking of the One who was to come. What faith this called for from God’s people! How could they endure? How could they hold onto their hope?
It was certainly not by focussing on their circumstances, nor on the apparent delay in the answer. Their focus had to be the character of God who made these promises and who had shown his faithfulness time and again in the past. Ish 33:5-6 ‘The Lord is exalted for he dwells on high; …He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
When all else appears empty, unyielding, or greatly perplexing, dig deep into God and into his Word.
Let him become the centre of your focus, devotion and hope. He has predicted that the earth will be shaken so we ought not be surprised when this occurs. And he has revealed why: so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Hebs 12:27. Ally yourself to what cannot be shaken, Allow whatever idols that may have crept into your affections to be exposed for the pretenders that they are. Fear the Lord. He is your one and only safe place – the sure foundation for our times – and your truest treasure.

New Zoom Praise & Worship Service

This Sunday afternoon from 5pm – 6pm(ish) you are invited to church on zoom where we are able to meet with each other face to face. We will sing God’s praises accompanied by our own musicians. We will wait upon the Lord and share what he may be speaking through us, as well as reflect on Tanya’s message from Revelation 4. Come relaxed and expectant, ready to rejoice and to hear from the Lord. You can join via this link…https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88601904817 and using the Passcode 495665. To join by phone, call 7018 2005. Meeting ID 88601904817.
 

Discipleship that Deeply Changes your Relationships with Others
Learn to love others well through more effective communication, discovering skills that save much hurt and misunderstanding in relationships.

The ‘Emotionally Healthy Relationships’ Course

teaches us how to love others well as an expression and outflow of loving God. The course also takes us forward in our walk with Jesus through the daily rhythm of silence, stillness and prayerful reflection on Scripture Commencing first week of Term 4, registrations are now being received with brochure with details

here

Please register by 20 September.

Costs: $35 ($30 conc) ; (Couples $60 or $50 if sharing Devotional book) 
 
Rhythm of Daily Prayer

Please find here your own copy of prayers for three times a day and at night designed by the Welsh prayer and blessing community of Ffeld-y-Brenin. Enjoy!
 

MMA Gift

Dawn has expressed thanks for the recent anonymous donation of $150 to the work of MMA which in addition to off site sales rendered an income of $635 this week for this essential missionary work.
 

Pray for Others

Please pray for our own dear B A who is now in hospital and not expected to leave; for S, having treatment for prostate cancer; R (surgery this Tues); for C’s husband, D, in hospital commencing treatment for lung cancer. Pray for A’s Mum – W – in hospital with suspected minor stroke, for N, nursing in aged care under stressful circumstances; Continue praying for complete healing and recovery for C, E, J, A, J, P, S, L, C, A. Give thanks for recent good news for J, R, F in their health journeys. Pray for God’s continuing comfort for R and for N – for grace upon N’s witness to the people of her retirement village in great need of Jesus as she has requested. Pray for Mecka leading the Covid fight in Tanzania and for his family here in Australia; for Greenwood Mews and Manor – that the love of Christ touch and open many hearts to his grace and goodness. Pray for the people of Dingley Village, all who run businesses and for medical clinics and care workers.

Pray with Others
(Zoom Links for all)
Saturdays 8-9am 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88927972204

and /or 
Wednesdays 12-1pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84116495488

TMA Newstand – Global Christian news

God bless you,
 
Wayne, on behalf also of Tanya and the staff at CCD.

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God is alive and well.

The ever-present awareness and cloud of the virus in no way extinguishes God’s power, love and faithfulness.
The following testimony has been provided by John Lansdowne with the request that it be shared with the whole congregation.

To the CCD congregation:
In February last year, there was a tumour the size of a man’s fist in the top of my right lung. The past eighteen months of my life have been pervaded by the cloud of lung cancer. I sought prayer for healing and God heard and acted. He appointed skilled, kind and caring physicians, He provided these physicians with access to effective treatments, He gave me the support of my ever loving wife, and He gave me hope.
Scans conducted on 31st July 2020 show that there is no cancer. I’m healed; my entire body is cancer free.
I wish to take this opportunity to proclaim what God has done.
I wish to thank you, the CCD folk for your support and for your faithful prayers. The prayer blanket created by Janet and added to by many, comforts me during the night. Thank you
John Lansdowne

The words of Isaiah (60:1-3) in this context are apt ‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.’ Now is not a time for shrinking back or hiding away (though rightly observing physical distance and isolation as required). It is a time for confidently affirming and declaring God’s goodness amid any and every situation that life throws our way. Praise the Lord, O my soul. Forget not all his benefits! Ps 103

 

This Sunday Online

This Sunday please join us on line as Greg Salter shares from his heart and the Lord’s heart a powerful and timely message for us all. Read Matthew 28:16-20 and Mark 4:35-41 prayerfully in preparation.

Help for those in need

We give thanks to God for Jill Jeanes’ initiative in preparing ‘care packs’ for those in need. If you are aware of someone doing it hard, please let Jill know, or if you would like to contribute to multiply this work, please contact Jill.

Tanzania Covid Appeal

The Tanzania Covid Appeal stands at $14,600. Please spread the word and ask the Father to help the goal of $25000 to be reached for the benefit of the people of Tanzania. You can give here.

CCD Praise and Worship service on zoom

The new Praise and Worship service on zoom commences Sunday week, 23 August at 5pm! Watch out for the link which will be emailed next week.

Emotionally Healthy Relationships

The Emotionally Healthy Relationships course to help us to Love people wellwill commence the week of 4 Oct in Term 4. 2 min course Promo here and Registrations now open: Details here

Pray for Others

Please pray for S, having treatment for prostate cancer, R (upcoming surgery) and B for healing, peace and effective medical and practical assistance. Pray for N, nursing in aged care under great stress; for J recovering from a shoulder operation. Pray for E, giving thanks that she is home, and pray for the return of enduring strength to her legs. Continue praying for complete healing and recovery for C, A, J, P, S, L, C, A.

Give thanks for good news for J, R and F in their health journeys this week. Pray for God’s continuing comfort for R and for N – for grace upon N’s witness to the people of her retirement village in great need of Jesus as she has requested. Pray for Mecka leading the covid fight in Tanzania and for his family here in Australia; for Greenwood Mews and Manor – that the love of Christ touch and open many hearts to his grace and goodness. Pray for the people of Dingley Village, all who run businesses and for medical clinics and care workers.

Pray with Others

You are invited to join others in prayer on Saturdays 8-9amhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/88927972204
 
and /or Wednesdays 12-1pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84116495488

Do pray for and ring somebody today and help make their day!

God bless you.

Wayne – also on behalf of Tanya and the staff at CCD.

CHURCH NEWS

Where do you find your Hope?

What a privilege that in the midst of constantly changing restrictions and circumstances we are indwelt by the God of hope. I heard a quote yesterday from theologian Jurgen Moltmann who reasoned that since God is the God of the future as well as the past and present, he is in the future ahead of us, and he goes with us into the future. So, full of uncertainty as the future may be for us now, God has it and us in hand. He is there to greet us in it, as well as accompanying us on the way toward it.
Paul writes of this hope: ‘I pray that God, who is the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Roms 15:13

And this hope is not for ourselves alone…

John Pilbrow has contributed the following scripture and thought for our reflection.
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.    (Jeremiah 29:7)
What this speaks to me [John] is that we pray for everyone, particularly at this time. As Christians we are required to do our bit for the benefit of all. In other words, we Christians are not to think of ourselves as a sort of protected enclave. We’re all in this together!

Please join in the following prayer…

Our Bishop’s Covid 19 Prayer

 O God our heavenly Father,
Your son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Great Physician, who healed the sick, cured the blind and deaf and raised the dead, and who, throughout all history, holds dominion over disease and death:
In your mercy to this world, arrest and eradicate this coronavirus. Heal the afflicted and comfort those who have suffered from this scourge; so that those who suffer may know your healing heart and hand, that those who are anxious or burdened may know your comfort and peace that passes understanding, that the watching world may know your sovereign authority, prevailing power, mercy, and grace, and that all may come to know, love and worship you; we ask in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED BUT STAFF ACTIVE – ONLINE AND PHONE

With Stage 4 restrictions no staff are permitted to work from the church office, nor anyone be on site for any reason. That means no drop offs of any goods or any gardening work. Permitted exceptions are the staff team of no more than five people pre-recording the weekly service on Thursday afternoons and the essential service provided by Emergency Resources on Wednesdays.
Staff will all be available, however, working from home at their usual times on mobile phone and email. Mairead works Mon, Weds and Lisette: Tues, Thurs and have access to office email. Tanya’s day off is Sat and Wayne’s is Friday.
Currently our talented admin staff – Lisette and Mairead – are busy implementing a new online Church Management System that will greatly improve the storing and accessibility of information for staff and ministry leaders as well as congregation, integrating all data and info systems into one place with increased capacity for innovation.

Tanya is focussed on getting the new zoom service happening this month alongside her prolific pastoral contact, EHS group and preaching duties.

Wayne is organising the follow up course-Emotionally Healthy Relationships -planned for Term 4 – as well as facilitating two current EHS groups. Communication with staff and leaders is constant for us both and admin is always demanding attention. One project most will be unaware of is major repair to our downstairs meeting area which was damaged by a blocked toilet overflow brought on by the freeway works nearby. Their insurance will cover all costs. Carpet and contaminated plaster has been removed, hygiene testing done and builders will soon be on site commencing repair work.

Josie has all the finance numbers doing her bidding and Baden is keeping the youth and children engaged on Friday nights (yth) and Sundays (kids). Don’t miss Baden at his creative best on youtube this Sunday and Tanya has put in another ripper of a message for this Sunday from John 15:1-17.
And the amazing Jessica has produced a brand new CCD website design ripe to launch. Watch this space!

New Zoom Praise & Prayer Service with Holy Communion.

As mentioned last week, it is planned to commence an informal service of Praise and Prayer via Zoom on the fourth Sunday of each month and you are warmly invited to be part of it!

This will start on Sunday 23 August at 5pm. It will incorporate live worship and invite interaction in the sharing of prophetic words and testimony. A link will be provided in that week’s email and all are welcome. The service will aim to run for an hour. Please pray for Tanya as she gathers a team for this new service and feel free to contact Tanya to help or for further details.

Learning to Love Well through ‘Emotionally Healthy Relationships’

Keep an eye out for our follow up course to EHS, Part 2 of ‘Emotionally Healthy Discipleship’ called ‘Emotionally Healthy Relationships’.
It is not necessary for people to have done EHS to register for EHR. All are welcome.
Starting the first week of Term 4 in Oct. See 2 min promo here.

Maddv Longlife Milk

Please take direct to Neighbourhood Centre Weds mornings – 9-11am
Those willing to assist as volunteers – please contact Marion on 0429857509.
 

Further Prayer needs

Please pray for S, having treatment for prostate cancer, B and R for healing, peace and effective medical assistance. Pray for N, nursing in aged care under great stress; for J  following a complex operation on a damaged shoulder. Pray for E, giving thanks that she is home, and pray for the return of enduring strength to her legs. Continue praying for complete healing and recovery for C, A, J, J, J, P and S, L and F, C, A. Pray for God’s comfort for Roger and for N – for grace upon N’s witness to the people of her retirement village in great need of Jesus as she has requested. Pray for Greenwood Mews and Manor, for the love of Christ to touch and open many hearts to his grace and goodness.

All are welcome to join in prayer on zoom for those above and other matters:
Saturday 8-9am Prayer MeetingLink    Weds Midday Prayer MeetingLink

God bless you,

Wayne on behalf also of Tanya and the staff team.

 

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Covid Considerations and Zoom

We are exploring different ways for us to meet for worship in addition to our Sunday pre-recording. We are also considering bringing people together in various groupings to just connect and catch up with each other. All this presumes the ability to do so online, with Zoom seeming to be the most accessible vehicle for this to happen.
I would like to recommend that those who have not yet done so, please install zoom on your computer or device. It is free and is easily found via Google. Just follow the prompts or ring someone for help. This will enable us to initiate interactive ways for us to meet and to worship.

Marriage Course

A great opportunity to strengthen your marriage is the Alpha Marriage Course. Over seven Monday nights online, starting 3 August you are welcome to join locally well-known Baptist Pastor Bill Brown and his wife Julia for this highly recommended marriage ‘in-service’. Details here.

Tanzania Covid Appeal Update

It is exciting to see this appeal continue to creep up. It now stands at $13,975! Thank you for your generosity, which is shared by the people of Craigieburn and other ARDFA supporters. Please pray for further momentum to reach our goal of $25000 and pray for Mecka and his Covid strategy team in their work of education and prevention of the spread of this disease. You can give here.
 

MADDV – Serving those in need in Dingley
Thankfully, there is somewhere to go for those doing it hard during Covid.
Financial assistance can be received through Make a Difference, Dingley Village. However, Marion of MADDV is desperate for volunteers to assist her in this work as volunteer numbers have recently reduced.
The work is safe as distancing and masks are mandatory. If you have availability of a Weds morning between 9-11 for one day a month or fortnight and would like the joy of making a difference in the lives of people in need, please contact Marion on 0429857509. Thank you!
Thank you too for those continuing to provide Long Life milk for weekly distribution by MADDV. Why not make 4 cartons of milk a regular part of your shopping list as a $5 investment to bless someone in need? God bless you, kind people of CCD.

Prayers
We give thanks for the testimony to Jesus of EH’s life and pray for R and his family in their loss. Please also pray for JS in hospital for tests and operation on a torn shoulder ligament following a fall today. Pray for E, giving thanks that she is home, and pray for the return of strength to her legs in a way that lasts. Continue praying for complete healing and recovery for C, A, JH, J, P and S. Pray for God’s comfort for N and grace upon her witness to the people of her retirement village in great need of Jesus as she has requested.
This Sunday’s Service
This Sunday Tanya brings us another riveting message on a topic that is deceptively simple, yet life changing for those game enough to put it into practice. Chp 6 of the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course is ‘Discover the Rhythm of the Daily Office and Sabbath’. Have your bible ready with Daniel 6:6-10 and Exodus 20:1-17 with an openness to hear from God and joyfully obey!
 
God bless you and ‘see’ you Sunday.
 
Wayne and Tanya and the staff at CCD.

 

CHURCH NEWS

Greetings in Christ’s name,
 
In our service this week we move into chp 5 of the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course – ‘Enlarge your Soul through Grief and Loss.’ The reading is from Matthew 26:36-44: Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Honest heartfelt prayer in times of grief, leading to surrender to God’s purposes, helps us to experience God’s comfort and strength, and in time to grow in compassion for others in their suffering.

Bless you Christ Church Dingley for the outpouring of your love and support of Roger and his precious family in this time of their loss. We give thanks to the Lord for the gift of Evelyn’s time among us, her generous spirit and her deep faith in the Lord Jesus – he who is the Resurrection and the Life!
 

Helping our Wider Community

MADDV are in urgent need of volunteer helpers for their Wednesday distribution of food vouchers and utility payments, 9-11am. Required skills are a welcoming and kind smile and attentiveness to each person who comes in with ability to follow simple instructions. Please contact Marion Harriden 0429 857 509 if you are able to assist.

 We are also still collecting Long Life Milk weekly for MADDV to distribute to needy families. They have experienced a great increase in people seeking assistance over the last few months. These can still be left in the porch at CCD – though please do so on your way from a shopping trip or in conjunction with another valid cause to be out and about. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Hands at Work – Please see the brief personalised message to Christ Church Dingley from a member of the Hands at Work team.

https://vimeo.com/432110440/a36372359b

Pray for African youth reached by Hands at Work who are currently without the protective structure and purpose of school attendance.
 

Prayers for members of our parish in need

Roger and family, Carol Splade, Arlene, Eunice, Jean Hughes, Patricia, John, Steven, Lucy, Chris Moore and Terry DeFry.
Please continue to pray for one another – you might like to use the Parish Directory to pray through a page a day. Then follow God’s prompting to ring someone you have prayed for.

Our Bishop’s Covid 19 Prayer

O God our heavenly Father,
Your son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Great Physician, who healed the sick, cured the blind and deaf and raised the dead, and who, throughout all history, holds dominion over disease and death:
In your mercy to this world, arrest and eradicate this coronavirus. Heal the afflicted and comfort those who have suffered from this scourge; so that those who suffer may know your healing heart and hand, that those who are anxious or burdened may know your comfort and peace that passes understanding, that the watching world may know your sovereign authority, prevailing power, mercy, and grace, and that all may come to know, love and worship you; we ask in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 

TMA Newstand and TMA
The latest Global Christian News can be read

here.

 and July’s edition of TMA can be read

here.

God bless you all,

Wayne on behalf also of Tanya and the CCD staff team.

 

lockdown 2.0

As I write we are in the first day of the return to Stage 3 restrictions. This will be devastating for many, especially in business and job loss, and a cause of grief and anxiety as families and friends are once again kept at a distance, especially in times of grief. Our Bishop has supplied us with a suggested prayer to help us uphold others at this time.

O God our heavenly Father,
Your son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Great Physician, who healed the sick, cured the blind and deaf and raised the dead, and who, throughout all history, holds dominion over disease and death:
In your mercy to this world, arrest and eradicate this coronavirus. Heal the afflicted and comfort those who have suffered from this scourge; so that those who suffer may know your healing heart and hand, that those who are anxious or burdened may know your comfort and peace that passes understanding, that the watching world may know your sovereign authority, prevailing power, mercy, and grace, and that all may come to know, love and worship you; we ask in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Grace and peace in Christ Jesus,
Bishop Paul

In our service this week Tanya picks up the theme of Chp 4 of the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course – ‘Journey through the Wall’. The reading is from Genesis 22:1-18: The testing of Abraham over his son Isaac.
May Abraham’s example of faith inspire us in our trust in God through the testing times upon our state and world at present.
 
The Tanzanian Covid Appeal remains open through July as we press toward the goal of $25,000. Our aim is to resource the Anglican Church of Tanzania in its strategic response to the danger presented by Covid 19 to its nation. With recent generous gifts the current total stands at $12,675. ($9000 of which has already been sent to Tanzania). There is still time to give if you haven’t already, as we praise God for the wider response that has brought us this far.

We are also still collecting Long Life Milk weekly for MADDV to distribute to needy families. They have experienced a great increase in people seeking assistance over the last few months. These can be left in the porch at CCD – though please do so on your way from a shopping trip or in conjunction with another valid cause to be out and about!

Missionary News and Prayer

We have recently received the following newsletters to guide our prayers for Tavis and Kate Beer (CMS Missionaries in Darwin) here, and from Hands at Work Africa here. Please also keep Rev Mecka Ogunde in your prayers as he oversees Covid prevention and education in Tanzania.
 

Prayers for those in various need

E, A, JH and JH, P, J, S, L, CM, T Df, J, R and MML and N.

While we can now not meet in person at all, we all the more depend on our phone contact and church facebook site, instagram, txt message, What’s App and email.
Consider meeting with others over zoom, as our prayer and Connect and EHS course groups are doing. It is free to install and 40 minute meetings can be had for no cost.
You can meet with a number of people at a time as long as they have email addresses and even include others on audio by phone.

I draw your attention again to the church directory which has been sent out and hard copies are obtainable from the church (while you drop off milk!) as a guide to your regular prayers for one another and a prompt for connecting.

While we cannot meet physically as church, we can find ways to still be the Church for each other and for the Lord.

God bless you, and ‘see’ you Sunday.

Wayne,  on behalf also of Tanya and the staff team at CCD.

church news

As the lockdown increases in certain suburbs of Melbourne, moves toward worship services opening in various parishes have stalled. Our focus has been to concentrate on the resumption of small groups meeting in person while observing distancing, sanitising hands and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

The current interpretation of restrictions from the Bishop is that groups of 20 can meet in any one undivided space for religious purposes. Prayer meetings (interestingly) are restricted to ten people when meeting in person. Our Saturday Morning Prayer meeting is by Zoom. All are welcome.
The link to join this time is here.

Weds midday prayers meet in the Church. Please let Wayne know if you intend to come so that we ensure we do not exceed ten people. Currently we have 6-8 people attending.

Op Shop is not yet ready to open and is still not receiving donations of goods during this time of Covid restrictions.

The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course has about 36 attending on a Weds night spread across three separate spaces. Thurs has 13 attending across two separate spaces. Parish Council meets via Zoom as have been Connect Groups prior to the school holidays. A small team of 4-5 meet Thurs afternoons to record Sunday’s service. 

Two mid-week hire groups are returning to the church for Term 3.
This gives you a bit of a picture of the activity around the church at present.

this week

This Sunday’s service theme introduces Chapter 3 of the EHS book and course – ‘Going Back in order to Go Forward’ which touches on the impact of our past on our present. It invites us to step into the freedom that God has made possible for us. The Scripture passage is Genesis 50:15-21. You may like to become familiar with the background to this passage which is the story of Joseph told in Genesis chapters 37-50.

We are blessed to have as our preacher this week Mr David Kranjec.

Finances

We thank God and congratulate everyone for the faithful tithing and generous giving that continues to sustain the ministries and operation of the parish. June’s Offering averaged – $4751 per week – exceeding our revised budget figure of $4500. The Care & Share Fund received $980. This fund makes possible assistance to those who find themselves in urgent financial need. Please speak to Wayne if you are aware of anyone who might qualify for such assistance. Help with vouchers for food and utilities is available from MADDV on Weds mornings at the Neighbourhood Centre in Dingley or with food from Emergency Resources here at CCD from 10am-2pm every Weds during School Term.

 

 

Tanzania appeal

This appeal has so far reached $11,875 from sources within and beyond CCD. We praise God and pray for continued response to this need toward our Goal of $25,000. Please pray for Mecka as he oversees the use of this money and the program of education and prevention being carried out by the Tanzanian Anglican Church through its network of Hospitals, Health Centres, Schools and Parishes.

prayer

Please continue to uphold those recovering from surgery or undergoing various treatment – A, E, JH and JH, P, J, S, L, CM and TDf.
In our missionary cycle of prayer please continue to pray for East Africa, in such desperate plight from drought, locusts, flooding on top of Covid. Pray for ‘Hands at Work’ and for Barnabas Fund as they respond to this crisis. Pray for Mecka and the Anglican Church and people of Tanzania.

TMA

The latest edition of TMA can be viewed here. Some hard copies are available in the church foyer. TMA Newstand with Global Christian news can be accessed here.

God bless you as you continue to reach out and care for one another.
‘See’ you all Sunday. See some of you also at the Bishop’s online service this weekend.
 
Wayne on behalf also of Tanya and our staff team.