Ascension day

Ascension day

Today marks a very special date on the Christian calendar. It’s Ascension day. We read about this remarkable event in Acts 1 where Christ was taken up into heaven – and the disciples watched in awe as it all happened in front of their eyes. As if that wasn’t enough, two angels then appeared and told them to look forward to Christ’ 2nd coming – when He will appear just as He had left – riding on the clouds. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

This Sunday is Mother’s Day – and we have a special day planned at Grace Church to help us all celebrate our mums/wives. Thanks to Grace Insurance who’ve sponsored a Photo Booth for us. Let’s all use the opportunity to take some fun photos together as couples & families. The church service will also focus on the theme of LIFE as we look at Psalm 139 which speaks of the miracle of life. If YOU are reading this – it means YOU’VE been born – and YOU are a miracle that has been woven together in YOUR mother’s womb. Come find out more about the miracle of life [Y.O.U.] this Sunday.

On Sunday 20th May – we will start a 4 part series on the book of Judges. It’s one of those very intriguing books of the Bible which records the history of Israel at a time when people drifted further and further from God. We can see a similar pattern happening in the Western world today – and can learn lessons from Judges for our own day and times. The 20th May will also be the Sunday when we celebrate Lord’s Supper again.

May each one of you experience the grace and favour of God in your lives.

Pastor Joe

Seasons have changed

Seasons have changed

Hi church family. The seasons have changed and we’re all probably sleeping under warmer blankets at night due to the cooler weather. The rainy season is starting and we’ll soon see a greener Perth. May the constant change of seasons remind us that our lives also go through seasons. And no matter how challenging the season is we might find ourselves in now, it’ll change in time as times of refreshing will follow.

This Sunday we kick off a special two part series leading up to Mother’s Day. We’ll look at the joy and frustrations felt by a couple mentioned in 1 Samuel 1. It covers themes such as parenting, marriage, jealousy, childlessness, dashed hopes, providence and faith.This is the kind of stuff we all deal with – whether we are single or married – we can all relate to ‘loving & hating’ – two very real human emotions. Be reminded that on Mother’s day (13th May) we’ve arranged for a photo-booth so families can take some fun pics with their moms/wives. (Thanks to Grace Insurance who has sponsored the photo-booth for us that day).

Tonight we will have Church Council meeting again. Every time we meet together as a council we feel the weight of responsibility God has placed on us as elders to oversee the church and contend for it’s spiritual health. For this reason we decided to undertake again the Natural Church Health Survey (NCD). It randomly selects 30 members from our church database and emails the survey for them to do. The survey measure 8 key areas of health for the local church, showing its strengths and areas of weakness – so one can look at strategies to address them. As a council we are looking forward to seeing and assessing the results, and will be sharing them with the whole church in the near future. “I urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” Jude v3

God bless you all

Pastor Joe

God’s appointed times

God’s appointed times

Hi church family. This Friday it’s Australia Day. It’s a day for celebrating this great country where we live and where God has planted us to grow and make a difference. Let’s use this day as an opportunity to pray for God’s blessing on our nation and its leaders.

As mentioned last week, in February we will be launching a Small Group Campaign using some of Rick Warren’s material called ‘What on earth am I here for.’ This is an easy to use resource which is handy to use for forming a new small group. I’ll also be preaching along the themes mentioned in this booklet.

We are looking for some new Kids Church leaders to help teach our children God’s Word. We always try to build big enough teams so everyone is rostered on 2 or 3 times a term. We are praying for God to “nudge” the right people (is it you?) to join our team of excited leaders for 2018. Contact the church office for more info.

Please help us spread the word about the upcoming Genesis Music Event. We’ll have some flyers available this Sunday if you can grab a few and give to friends and neighbours. We want to challenge every family to attend this production and invite another family from outside our church to also attend. (These two events form part of our church’s fundraising for this year.)

“God determined the appointed times and the boundaries of people’s lands.” Acts 17:26

God bless you all.
Pastor Joe

When God Does Immeasurably More

When God Does Immeasurably More

Hi church family. I hope you have all enjoyed some special times together with friends and family over the Christmas break. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at church again as we get underway for 2018.

Please keep the Warburton team in your prayers as they reach out with love, friendship and Bible programs to some of our outback communities. 

I’m excited to report that much progress has been made with the ‘Genesis Music Project.’ There is so much more to do still and I value your prayers and support as the date draws nearer. We are only a month and a half away before the first life event. Tickers are available online or if you prefer you can buy them at church from this Sunday onwards. You can read more about it further on in the Newsletter.

A Christian movie which is receiving a lot of mainstream attention at the moment is the upcoming ‘Alien Intrusion – Unmasking a deception.’ It’s being released by Creation Ministries and speaks to a topic many of us wonder about. If this is an area you would like to look into more from a strong Christian perspective, then follow this link. https://conservativetribune.com/conservative-filmmaker-ufos-truth/

May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 115:15
Pastor Joe

From the Pastor’s desk

From the Pastor’s desk

Hi church family. I trust you all had a joy filled Christmas Day? This past Christmas Day I was reminded how good it is to belong to a small group as we spent the day together.
The saying is true – our church brothers and sisters really does becomes ones family. What a blessing to do life together.
I want to encourage us all to reach out to folks around us – to help build our sense of community and belonging in our church.

In the new school term we’ll be launching a new Small Group campaign. Our prayer is that more people will be inspired to join a small group. If you would like to join, host or lead a Small Group – please get in touch with the church office as we would love to help you get connected.

‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!’
Psalm 133:1

This Sunday Philip Heyns will be preaching at our church. Philip has started studying theology through Veritas College. I’ve worked with Philip to help build his first sermon and am looking forward to hearing him speak from God’s Word this Sunday.

Please continue to pray for me and the Genesis Music Project. The pace is starting to pick up with the studio recordings. There is also a stack of video editing to do as well as logistics leading up to the event. Much excitement is brewing in my heart which I hope you can share with me as we present God’s Word in a vivid way using the medium of Art.

May the Lord bless you all. Pastor Joe