Rejoice in the LORD

Rejoice in the LORD

Hi church family

We are church that can give thanks for so many reasons. If you were to think about it yourself – what would you give thanks for regarding our church? As a pastor I give thanks that you are a part of our congregation. The book of Acts – and the letters of the apostle Paul reminds us that there are no perfect churches. Jesus wrote 7 letters to 7 churches in the book of Revelation again showing his concern and encouragement for churches to be a place of spiritual health and faithfulness. In our imperfection we strive for this – being salt & light. May God give us grace and his blessing to be found always faithful to Him.

Last Saturday myself and elder Philip Heyns attended our W.A. Classis meeting. It was a long, but productive day. We also realised from the meeting that the “landscape” is changing for us here in W.A. Some pastors are retiring and others decided to take up a call to serve God in other cities around Australia. Some congregations have to contend with an ageing congregation while our Vic Park congregation looks set to close their doors next year. We pray for God’s leading for all our Reformed Churches who are in the process of calling new pastors and for those facing the difficult decision of wrapping up their work after decades of service – and those who have to adapt to an ageing congregation. No matter the season of life a church finds it in, may we all be found faithful to Him.

Next Sunday after church a group of our musicians will be traveling up to Geraldton to do an Afrikaans Christmas Carols service to the Afrikaans speaking community living there. We would appreciate your prayers for our safe travels and God’s blessing on the event. This is part of the lead up to the big event happening at our church on the 1 & 2nd December. If you know any friends & colleagues in the Afrikaans speaking community here in Perth – be sure to invite them to this special occasion. More details can be found further in this eNewsletter. Be reminded that we will be selling refreshments (including boerewors rolls) at this event as part off fundraising for Grace Church.

Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Psalm 32:11

God bless and see you all on Sunday
Pastor Joe

Everlasting God

Everlasting God

Hi church family
Last week we got an update from our Finance Committee about the first quarter’s income and expenditures. You can see the slides from that presentation attached separately to the eNews email. It shows that we have a shortfall for the 1st quarter of the year. There were some upfront costs which contributed to higher than normal expenditures which will even out as the year progresses. Please pray with us that God will bless and provide for our church running costs. Thank you to all who faithfully give to the church.

Many of our church folk are involved in the upcoming ‘Afrikaans Carols Fundraising Event’ on the 1 & 2 December (for which ticket sales will go to the ‘Stop Hunger’ project in South Africa.) Our church council graciously offered the use of our sound gear for the event as it takes place in the same building where we have our normal church services. In return for this our church was given the opportunity to sell refreshments at the event as part of our own church fundraising initiatives for the year.

We are thankful for Sanet Rudman and a team of volunteers who have stepped forward to help arrange for boerewors rolls and refreshments to be sold on both nights. We are in need of more folks helping out with the preparations and the sales on the night. If you want to get involved and help us out please get in contact with Sanet or the church office. Also, if you are able to help with any monetary donations as we need to buy supplies and ingredients beforehand – please get in touch with us.

Sunday will be another one of those special occasions where we rejoice with a family that will be presenting their little one to receive the mark of baptism. We commit Henk & Ilanie Pretorius to the Lord in prayer as they commit Lilly-Ann to the Lord in this very meaningful occasion.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

God bless and see you all on Sunday
Pastor Joe

God my fortress

God my fortress

Last Sunday our church hosted the ‘Combined Churches Reformation Service.’ Thank you to all the ladies from Grace Church and the Hospitality Team for helping to make it such a huge success. Thanks to everyone who served and helped in small or big ways with the sound, music team, greeters, pack up, trailer and more. We are blessed with a church filled with people committed to serve HIS church and to bring God glory in all we do.

We are excited about our annual family Carols Service which have proven to be a huge success every year with more and more people coming along to it. This year’s theme is ‘The Wonder of Christmas’ and we have some special moments planned which will involve the children from our church. We already have a bunch of kids singing in the kids choir. We still need some readers as well as a few kids who can ‘act’ as THE WISE MEN seeking the star, and lastly – we need a young girl who will act out (with a prop) being THE STAR that the wise men follow. Get in touch with me if you children would like to get involved in the above. This event takes place Sat 15 Dec at 6.30pm.

Today is the 1st of November. In exactly one month from today we will be hosting the special outreach event ‘Afrikaans Christmas Carols.’ Many folks from our church have an Afrikaans background and this gives us the opportunity to invite other South African migrant friends along.

Besides being an outreach opportunity, this event is also a fundraiser in support of ‘Helping Hands ZA – Stop Hunger Project.’ All tickets sales will go towards their work of feeding pre school children who come from disadvantaged areas and sometimes go to school without having anything to eat. The refreshments sales at the event (including Boerewors rolls which you can purchase beforehand) will go towards Grace Church fund raising. Please help us spread the word about this special event. You can purchase tickets at church or online at these links;
Perth, 1 Des – trybooking.com/YATS (7pm)
Perth, 2 Dec – trybooking.com/YATU (7pm)

We’ll also be doing a similar event on invitation in Geraldton. 25 Nov – trybooking.com/ZACH (6pm)
Over the next 4 weeks I will be preaching from the Psalms. In it we find inspiration and strength for our daily living. I’m sure we could all use a dose of God infused inspiration right now.

This week I’ll be preaching from Psalm 144 which declares that God is our fortress and deliverer. It is also He who teaches us how to fight the good fight. I pray that the Word on Sunday will bless you.

He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer. Psalm 144.2

See you all on Sunday
Pastor Joe

Halloween or Reformation? – choose wise your celebration.

Halloween or Reformation? – choose wise your celebration.

Hi Church Family.

Next Wednesday on the 31st of October most folk in Australia will be thinking about Halloween. Some say it’s just an “innocent” and fun event themed around spooky figures such as ghosts, devils and the like.

My wife and I have decided years ago not to get our family involved with the Halloween celebrations as it has some very dark and cultic tones. Dr James Dobson (Focus On The Family) shared this link to a blog by a Christian mother who felt torn between the “do I” or “don’t I” get involved with Halloween.

http://thegodwhoseesme.blogspot.com/2012/10/to-halloween-or-not-to-halloween-that.html

But here’s the bigger point to consider. It would be a shame if we as Christians associate the date of 31st October with arguments for/against Halloween but neglect to remember The Reformation. This is what we should honour every 31st October. It’s a great time to read up again about the Reformation. There are some great Reformation movies to watch as a family like the movie ‘Luther 2003.’ Being a ‘Reformed’ Church also gives us a special connection to the Reformation era. This is why our church will host a combined Reformed Churches service (for all the Reformed Churches in our Classis) at ECU this Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm. Please join us on the day. If you can help with providing some refreshments please sms Sanet Rudman on 0416 873 405.

On Sunday morning in our usual 9.30am service we will celebrate Lord’s Supper together. Do join us as we partake of the Bread & Wine together and so remember the grace and sacrifice of Jesus displayed for us on a cross.

As mentioned last week – our Church Council is looking into appointing two new elders. As Grace Church members you are invited to prayerfully consider and nominate names for these positions. ‘Besides prayerfully providing spiritual oversight to the church, these elders would help oversee our Small Group ministry & Outreach alongside our current elders.’

See you all on Sunday

Pastor Joe

Everlasting God

Everlasting God

Hi Church Family

Do you own a motorbike? Do you have friends or neighbours who love to ride motorbikes? This Sunday Sunday we will have the Christian Bikers group ‘Band of Brothers’ visit our church. They will be sharing about their group and the outreach work they do. If this is an area that interests you, be sure to come along on Sunday and use the opportunity to network with them. Consider inviting friends along that love biking as well. It’s going to be special. Congratulations to Danielle Ray Del Val (daughter of Roy and Kristine) who made her public Profession of Faith and was baptised last Sunday. It’s always a special occasion in the church to celebrate with families and individuals reaching these significant milestones. On Sunday 28 October we will celebrate Lord’s Supper together. That afternoon at 4.30pm we will host a combined Reformed Churches service at ECU. Please join us on the day. Grace Church will provide something to eat for everyone. If you can help in this regard please sms Sanet Rudman on 0416 873 405.

Tonight Cecile and I will be attending a ‘pastors and wives’ dinner hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. This is part of preparations they are making for a city wide evangelistic crusade happening in February 2019. Do join us in praying for this initiative. We all know how much Australia needs the light of God’s gospel in this day and age.

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2

See you all on Sunday
Pastor Joe