Happenings 21 December 2018

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Just Thinking…

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes the worst of things happen to the best of people. And in those moments, it is not uncommon for us to shake our finger at God demanding to know why. In my experience, the 'why's' of these tragedies are usually left unanswered, and I have made an increasing peace over the years with the question marks. But the Christmas story is remarkable to me for this reason: Jesus, God's Son was sent into this world as a vulnerable baby, and from the outset became a hunted fugitive and an asylum-seeker. Being all-powerful, God could have obviously prevented Jesus being hunted by a crazed and vindictive king ... but he didn't. God's power, even for his own son(!) was not seen in removing him from trouble, but in supporting him in the midst of trouble. No nepotism there! In Psalm 46, God is described as being an 'ever-present help in trouble'. What does this tell us? The trouble will come, but in the hurricane, God will be our unwavering help. This was true even for our God-in-flesh Saviour, so how much more for us? Troubles, therefore, are an opportunity for us to see God's help more clearly. Are you troubled? May this focus your vision on the presence and help of our God who will never, never, never leave us nor forsake us. 
   
In Him, 

Murray

Kids Programs This Sunday

Our Kids programs have now finished for 2019. There will be activity sheets available on Sunday.

Pastor Murray Away

Pastor Murray will be away from Monday 7 January to Monday 28 January.

Carols in the Carpark

Come along this Sunday 23 December from 6:30 - 7:30pm for a family-friendly time of carol-singing and creative re-telling of the Christmas story with fun content for kids and a free sausage sizzle. Bring your friends; bring a cushion, blanket or camp-chair to sit on. If it's wet, we will be inside the church.

Office Hours

Please note that the office will be closed from 24 December to 4 January. It will re-open for normal office hours on Tuesday 8 January. These hours are, 8am-1pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Christmas Day Service

Everyone is welcome to come to our Christmas Day service on Tuesday 25 December from 9:30-10:15am.

mainly music has finished for the year and will begin again in 2019.

Home Groups

Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Contact the office for more information.

Wednesday Morning Home Group
Home Group at the home of Joy Galt on the third Wednesday of the month at 10am. Contact the office for more information.

Sunday Afternoon Home Group
Home Group run by David and Heather Reid every second Sunday after the service at the Reid's home. Contact the office for more information.

Young Adults Home Group
Every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates.

Don't forget to keep your diaries updated with what's going on in the church!

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