‘Enthusiasm’ – perhaps another name for ‘passion’! Oh, how we need it! Arthur Gordon writes, ‘Enthusiasm – from the beginning a remarkable word. The ancient Greeks used it to describe an inspired person: en meaning in, and theos meaning god. The enthusiastic person, they thought, was one who reflected the presence of an indwelling god. … The enthusiastic person has the capacity for generating excitement about ideas, people, events – anything. He responds to the stimuli of life not only with his five senses and his brain, but with his emotions as well. He feels things. He cares. And in proportion as he cares, he is alive – just as when you stop caring altogether you are dead. …Each of us has some of that divine spark, more perhaps than we know. Some of us let it grow dim under the dust of daily living. Some of us, like the man in the Parable of the Talents, hoard it jealously, bury it for safekeeping deep within ourselves. This is a mistake. Enthusiasm, like any other form of love power, needs to be expressed, must be liberated if it is to grow. People who give free rein to their enthusiasm will never run short of it, for by so doing they are constantly adding to the supply. Enthusiasm: the greatest gift in the world! But to keep it, you have to give it away.’ As we slide into our winter months, let’s keep our reservoirs of enthusiasm topped up!
This Sunday 23 June…
Passion Matters ... 'Attempt great things for God. Expect great things from God' - this was the quote we heard two weeks ago. Living life this way takes passion - how are your passion levels for God at the moment? Come along as we look at what it takes to be passionate.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for preschool kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 0-5, led by Olwyn Dickson.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Matt and Elisha.
The Non-Pub Pub-Quiz
On the evening of Saturday 29 June at 6:30pm, we will be having our 'Non-Pub Pub Quiz'! Bring $5 and get a team of 3-8 together (or we will put you in a team on the night). Pizza and ice-cream will be provided ... and remember, this is a GLOW event - so bring some friends! Register with Murray.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday at 10am in the church lounge. Newcomers are welcome.
Soup & Toast
Our next Soup and Toast shared lunch will be on Sunday 7 July after the service. Please stay for a hot cup of soup with us.
faith @ 6:30pm
On Sunday 30 June we have our next faith @ 6:30 service. Come along at 6:30pm for an all-age service where we play games, worship and learn about God. This time we be having a discussion about how to be a first century church in the 21st century.
Please note that the office hours for next week will be Tuesday 8am-2pm and Thursday 1-5pm.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. 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. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. 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. We have a shared lunch which is then followed by a time of prayer and doing a bible study. 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 of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!