CHURCH NEWS - October 2018
To Live is Christ
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phil 1:20-21.
Paul the Apostle from the time of his Christ encounter on the Damascus road, was forever changed. In what ways? Well this simple question probably has a thousand answers, but in large measure they boil done to I think two statements and that is that a) He became Christ obsessed and b) he became radically committed to others.
Pauls Christ obsession can be seen in these verses above. He gives us a short pithy statement that in large measure sums him up- “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” After Paul met Christ the shape of his existence was largely defined by a relentless passion for the glory of the name of Jesus. He travelled, shared and measured his life by its Christ exalting capacity. So much so- that he could say- “to live is Christ.” And even the second part of this statement- “to die is gain,” is also not so much a death wish to end his suffering (an ever present reality), but a culmination of his ambition to truly know Christ and enjoy him forever. So what? Perhaps, I need to become more Christ obsessed. Perhaps I need to get to know this Jesus Paul knew and then maybe like him- by the Spirit I will become convinced that “to live is Christ.”
Grace and peace from Marcus
After Church on 28 October we are having a pot luck lunch together. It is a time to bring a plate to share as well as bringing things to praise God for.
Sunday 28 October - Leaders Meeting
There will be a Leaders Meeting on Sunday 28 October at the Reid's place from 7:30pm. This is for our Ministry Team Leaders. Please continue to pray for our Ministry Team Leaders.
The Church's AGM will be held after the service on 11 November.
Saturday 1 December - Community Carols
The 2018 Community Carols will be on again on the vacant blocks on the corner of Market and Pitt St from 6pm. If you would like to be involved please speak to Robyn Duncan.
Please join us before each Sunday morning service at 9:15 am near the kitchen to pray for our service and kid’s ministries, our home groups, Bridge Café, church growth and the Riverstone community.
We welcome you to join us in a small group to build long-lasting friendships and to grow together in Christ.
Meet a Ministry Partner - Open Doors
Open Doors mission is to strengthen and prepare Christians living in persecution, and to mobilise the Australian church to identify with the global body of Christ. They aim to do this in three main ways.:
Bibles: In 2017, Open Doors delivered almost 2.5 million Bibles and Christian literature around the world.
Training: Last year Open Doors trained around 500,000 persecuted Christians in church leadership and discipleship.
Practical Support: Open Doors provided jobs, health care, safe houses, emergency food and more to over 830,000 people in 2017.
Regular Ministries of our Church
Children's Ministries - Play Date, The Ark, WAVES, JAM Time
Stone Fish Youth - Years 6-12, Friday nights, 7-9pm at the church
Sermon Recordings - missed a service? download them for free from our website.