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.

 

reaching out with

christ’s compassion

Thank you to all those who provided winter warmth for the local homeless.

Please see the Cornerstone newsletter here with photo and acknowledgment of your efforts. We are advised that this has provided enough clothing for current needs and requested not to bring any more at this stage.  
Thanks too for those providing Longlife milk which is an ongoing weekly need through MADDV. Thanks also to those keeping the Asylum Seeker trolley of non-perishable foods well stocked.
We also thank God for the generosity of Dingley Thai who via Tanya have been providing meals to needy folk at the MADDV distribution and through other channels. You may consider lunching there through the week or weekend as a thanks for their partnership in this work.
It is great to see our church community and local community working together to meet needs through the compassion of Christ.
At the global level our Tanzanian appeal has now topped $10,000 with the first $9000 having been already received by the Anglican Church of Tanzania for their work of education and prevention of the spread of Covid 19 in that nation. Donations can be made through CCD or directly through ARDFA – here

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course is Underway!

We are delighted to report that the EHS course has begun with 46 people attending in six small groups last Weds and Thurs. Another 15 people are registered and yet to commence or following the course independently because of their circumstances. Please pray for those leading and participating and those preaching weekly messages, that we will be diligent in making the most of this opportunity with the Holy Spirit’s help and that God will meet with us all as he promises. ‘Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.’ James 4:8

Preaching this Sunday

Preaching this week moves into EHS Chapter 2 – ‘Know yourself that you may know God’ (which could equally and rightly be said as ‘Know God that you may know yourself’) illustrated in the life of David – 1 Samuel 17:26-45. Tanya brings us a powerful message on this theme in this Sunday’s online service – not to be missed!

Prayers

We praise God that A is home from her surgery which she is describing as a miracle. Pray for continued full recovery, also for E, our two J’s, P, J, S, L, C and T, all recovering from surgery or injury or currently undergoing treatment.
In our missionary cycle of prayer please pray this week for SS and G S – church planting at Mill Park. S’s latest prayer letter is here. Please also pray for East Africa, in such desperate plight from drought, locusts and flooding on top of Covid. Pray for ‘Hands at Work’ and for Barnabas Fund as they respond to this crisis.

God bless you. Please pick up the phone and call someone to encourage them and ask RUOK? or pause to pray (see your Church Directory – hard copy available at CCD rear table). You can make a difference!

The Lord is with you.

In Christ’s love, Wayne, Tanya and the staff team at CCD.

The Goodness of God

Psalm 81 has been drawn to my attention this week by a member of our Saturday prayer group.
 
This psalm is full of wonderful promise of God’s generosity to his people, proven by what he has done in the past. It calls us to sing and shout his praises. It also expresses God’s grief and longing and rebuke to his people that they so often inextricably choose other gods from the One who continues to offer them such abundant blessing and satisfaction. It is a call to listen, with the promise that if we open wide our mouth (I think of a baby bird in the nest) he will fill it!
 
I commend the psalm to you as I commend to you also the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course – which is itself an invitation to listen, and to open wide our mouths in eager expectation.
Through Covid – though we do not attribute its practical cause to God – I believe God is seeking to get the world’s, and the Church’s, attention. We dare not miss this window of opportunity to listen to God and to join him in what he is seeking to do in us, and through us for the world Jesus gave his life for.
 

 EHS Course Options for Participation

I praise God that participation in the course which starts this week is now close to fifty persons! Sunday sermons will introduce the theme of each week of the course, beginning this Sunday. If you cannot make Weds nights or Thurs noon, there is the option of participating on Zoom! Please let me know if you would like to take this up. 
There is also the option of purchasing the course books (audio available on request) or just the main text to follow along even if not engaged with a group.
It is not too late to join. Please phone/text myself or email me or the office over the weekend or by Monday at the latest to arrange pick up of books. Payment can be made electronically to CCD indicating ‘for EHS’. (Account details below).
 

For our Prayers

Give thanks for successful surgery for JL and also A this week, praying for their complete recovery and relief from pain. Continue prayer for E in rehab for recovery of strength in her legs and peace of heart and mind facing the future; for continuing recovery for JH, SC and L; for AF and T following falls. Give thanks for R’s clean bill of health and continue prayers for P, JH and all who face ongoing treatments.
In our mission cycle, please pray for JA and initiatives of Rite Mentoring to engage with youth in the general community, alongside their approaches to schools; and for TP and AP with YWAM. For their latest news, please click here.
 

Finances

We thank God for CCD’s successful application for the Govt Business Grant of $10,000!
Also the Melbourne Diocese has granted parishes a reduction in their Annual Assessment (the Diocesan tax on parishes) worth a further $10,000. This is a great encouragement alongside the continued faithful giving of members of this parish that has kept pace with our revised budget figure. (For EFT giving please see below.)

Church Account Details: Bendigo Bank – BSB 633000, Acc. 149484024.

Bless you all, and bless the Lord who is our generous provider in all things!
(Check again Psalm 81!)

Every blessing as we join online for worship this Sunday morning and in all that the Lord has placed in your hands.

Wayne