This week in America they celebrated “Thanksgiving Day” which has its origins in the early settlers of the US who experienced poor harvests. It was formalised around the end of the American Civil War. What a wonderful practice to set aside one whole day each year to give thanks to God for their harvest and the good things they have.

In the Australian context where we have a different history and different growing seasons, it still makes sense for us to set time apart to celebrate the good things which God has blessed us with. May you take some time to give thanks to God today!

This Sunday, over Zoom, we will have a time of open sharing; so please come prepared to share a word of gratitude to God, which will also be an encouragement to others at the end of what has been a really tough year. After a time of open sharing, Rev Tanya will continue with this theme as she preaches from 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, and also leans into the subject of Hope in the Lord’s second coming which we celebrate on this first Sunday in Advent 2021. Can you believe we are at Christmas already? 

Whatever this year has been like for you, there’s still much to be grateful for. I hope you have time to read the Annual reports before the AGM on ZOOM this Sunday at 10:45am, which will follow the Church service. We hope to see you all there.

 
9:30am Church Service
Followed by AGM at 10:45am
Meeting ID: 899 1687 6940

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AGM REPORTS
A NEW VICAR IS APPOINTED
Have you heard the good news? We have been advised that the Reverend Richard Loh has accepted the appointment as Priest-in-Charge under the direction of the episcopate Bishop, to the Parish of Christ Church, Dingley and that Bishop Paul Barker will commission him on Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 7:30pm.
NEXT SUNDAY- 5th of DECEMBER
Services will be held on site at CCD:
9am in the Heritage church for vaccinated people only.
10:30am in the Auditorium – unstated – all welcome!
10:30am will also be live streamed in our closed facebook group for those of you staying home (ask to join the group if you haven’t already!). COMPLIANCE MATTERS
The diocese of Melbourne is launching a new platform to help us meet our compliance standards with new on line training. All volunteers at CCD will need to complete level 1 before February 28th, 2022. You can complete it on line at home in about an hour, and its fun! Plus, you get a certificate at the end.
We will send a letter to all our volunteers about this, and we will also offer group training in late January and February next year. If you’d rather get started now you can click on this link and go for it!
https://www.openlearning.com/courses/adom-safe-ministry-essentials/?cl=1
You will need to cover the cost of $20 to access the training and we ask you to submit the receipt to the church office for reimbursement. We want to invest in you and cover your training costs because you are worth it. We value and appreciate your service of God and His people at CCD.  

NATIONAL CHURCH LIFE SURVEY
CCD will be taking part in the National Church Life Survey which we plan to send out via email very soon. We hope all will take part. Here’s an introductory video:
https://www.2021ncls.org.au/media/2097/invitation-to-the-2021-ncls-1-min.mp4

TEAR FUND USEFUL GIFT SHOP AT CCD
 Give the gift of  Clean Water, a Goat or a chicken to some one in the 3rd world!!!
The stall will be open on Sunday 5th, 12th and 19th of December in the Foyer before & after the10.30 service.
& on Friday 24th December before & after the 5pm service. 

PLEASANT TUESDAY WILL BE BACK IN FEBRUARY

Pleasant Tuesday will not run in December or January but will return to CCD in February 2022.

JOHN LANSDOWNE’S MEMORIAL SERVICE
Will be held on site at CCD on November 28th, at 2pm; for Vaccinated people only to attend. 
Afternoon tea will follow the service.  

 
PRAYER POINTS
 
– Praise God for the announcement of the new Vicar.
– Pray for Steve cooke; for wisdom and guidance as they reach out to people, build friendships and share the love of Jesus, and minister among refugees in various ways.
– For love and unity in our Parish despite different opinions and vaccination statuses. 
– That we will all choose to get on board with God’s mission in the world, and that God will use us to draw many others into loving relationship with Him. 
– For the Vicarage renovations and funds needed.
– For everyone struggling at the moment with mental and/or physical health.
Please pray for Pat Balfe recovering from Surgery
– For all those struggling with finances, and those who’ve lost jobs recently… Pray for more job opportunities and God’s provision.
– Pray for your pastors, and that Tanya will have a restful time on leave (December 2-4).
 
PRACTICAL HELP

Needed: pressure cookers, rice cooker, microwaves and laptops in very good condition for refugee’s who have nothing but the clothes on their backs.

HELPING AT CCD
Are you looking for ways to serve God and His people in/through the Church. Please consider being part of our maintenance or gardening teams, communion set-up team, welcoming team. Many hands make light work! 
 

Thank you for being a valued part of our CCD community.

I hope to see you on ZOOM this Sunday at 9:30am then back on site next Sunday, 5th of December, for either our 9am vaccinated only service or 10:30am unstated service. 

Blessings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Rev. Tanya