Grace CRC https://gracecrc.org.au We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God Thu, 20 Dec 2018 06:23:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 The birth of Christ https://gracecrc.org.au/christ-birth/ Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:19:35 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29713 Hi Church family As it’s Christmas season much of our church related programs focus on the theme of Christ’ birth as is declared in the Bible. That is what we’ll proclaim when we have our special Family Carols event this Saturday 15 Dec – 6pm at the C3 Building in Joondalup. Bring your kids, neighbours […]

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Hi Church family

As it’s Christmas season much of our church related programs focus on the theme of Christ’ birth as is declared in the Bible. That is what we’ll proclaim when we have our special Family Carols event this Saturday 15 Dec – 6pm at the C3 Building in Joondalup. Bring your kids, neighbours and friends along and let’s enjoy celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

On Sunday I’ll be starting a mini Christmas sermon series. We’ll look first at the person of Mary, then the following Sunday at the person of Joseph. Then finally on Christmas day we’ll look at the person of Jesus, the central person in the Christmas story.

Do note that our Christmas day service will be from 9 -10am, Tuesday 25th December. I was sent a link recently that I found very helpful and I’d love to share it with you as a resource to look into & keep for future reference. It involves the debate of recent years where some claim that Christmas has its roots in paganism (idol worship). Many folk choose simply not to get involved in the debate. Others have strong views and convictions on both sides of the argument. My strong conviction is that

Christmas does not have its roots in pagan worship. But more importantly, this debate is not something that we as Christians should get angry and offended over. Let’s make room for people’s different views.

And if we debate this topic, let’s do it respectfully, tainting our conversations with grace and love. *Here is the link to the article from a known and trusted source (CMI) that proves with historically, accurate facts that Christmas is not rooted in pagan worship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=635&v=AnxoZljZDwI&fbclid=IwAR2wQL6sYQjDkVxzcKj6IpTSBOw3r9Xa3NDvie7oM-5wrgPkubKuw7XNGQ

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3

The above is actually a good example of how we will sometimes see things differently. That’s just human nature. And most of the things we perhaps disagree on would be because of our experiences

or personal convictions. But they don’t need to be things we ‘break fellowship’ over. Sometimes that old saying of ‘let’s agree to disagree’ is very helpful. Especially on the less important matters of life.

God bless and see you all on Sunday

Pastor Joe

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Walk humbly with your God https://gracecrc.org.au/walk-humbly-with-your-god/ Sun, 09 Dec 2018 06:11:19 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29708 Hi church family This past weekend our church was part of a huge event raising funds for the ‘Stop Hunger Project’ in South Africa. The Afrikaans Christmas Carols event was hosted in Geraldton (25 Nov) and Perth (1 & 2 Dec). Many folks from Grace Church – and some from other churches – played a […]

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Hi church family

This past weekend our church was part of a huge event raising funds for the ‘Stop Hunger Project’ in South Africa. The Afrikaans Christmas Carols event was hosted in Geraldton (25 Nov) and Perth (1 & 2 Dec). Many folks from Grace Church – and some from other churches – played a significant role to make this a successful event. $7600 was raised in support of the charity ‘Helping Hands – Stop Hunger Project.’

Our church also sold ‘boerewors rolls, pan cakes and more’ at the event as part of our church’s annual fundraising efforts. This brought in a great result of $3,581 for our church. Thanks to everyone involved.

It was a great blessing and a joy to connect with so many people and to do it for such a worth cause.

‘He has shown you, O mankind, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.’ Micah 6:8

Please note the change in venue and time for our upcoming Family Carols event which takes place on Saturday 15 Dec. It’ll 6pm at the C3 Building in Joondalup (yes, the very church we would love to buy.) It will be a great opportunity to “try before we buy” to use the building on this occasion. Even just using it as a once off venue will be awesome as it’s set up beautifully for stage productions.

Our family Carols event is a time to bring our kids along and together as families enjoy celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Many children are involved in the production and we’d love to see you all there.

This Sunday we will again celebrate Lord’s Supper together. Let’s use the next few days to reflect on the Lord’s mercy and wrath that was displayed by Christ death on a sinners cross. Let’s ponder these

words Paul wrote regarding us partaking in the Lord’s Supper 2 Cor 11:26 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” In that passage Paul also says we should partake of the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner, showing love and forgiveness to those around us.

God bless and see you all on Sunday

Pastor Joe

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Christmas Carols https://gracecrc.org.au/christmas-carols/ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 05:55:50 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29703 Hi church family As I write this pastor’s prattle, there are a few things on our church radar to take note of – and certainly pray about. Last week when we met as church council we spoke to great lengths about the possibility of purchasing the C3 Building in Joondalup. What I appreciated about the […]

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Hi church family

As I write this pastor’s prattle, there are a few things on our church radar to take note of – and certainly pray about.

Last week when we met as church council we spoke to great lengths about the possibility of purchasing the C3 Building in Joondalup. What I appreciated about the elders attitude in the meeting was their objectivity in this matter. We are hoping and praying for a miracle to open the doors as it’s currently not within our reach to purchase such a building at 2 Million dollars.

We are engaging with the seller to see if some other arrangements can be made and the price dropped significantly. We are also looking into lending options/pledges/funding drives that other churches have used to purchase land and buildings. I take comfort in knowing God will provide if this be His will for our church. I’m also ok if the Lord leads us in a different path way. His will be done.

As mentioned in church, the Afrikaans Christmas Carols event will take place this weekend as our church joins with others to raise funds for ‘Helping Hands – Stop Hunger Project ZA.’ All ticket sales are going towards raising funds in Jesus name for children in need in some of the poorest parts of South

Africa. See details for tickets further on in the eNewsletter. Our church has been given the opportunity to sell food and refreshments at the event for our own church fundraising efforts. You are invited to come along early on Saturday / Sunday at 5.30pm to enjoy delicious food, refreshments and fellowship. Come make some new friends. You can bring a picnic blanket or camping chairs and enjoy the beautiful weather in the garden area in front of the auditorium. Remember to bring some cash along to make purchases.

Pleas note this change in venue and time for our upcoming Family Carols event which takes place on Saturday 15 Dec. It’ll 6pm at the C3 Building in Joondalup (yes, the very church we are looking into

buying.) It will be a great opportunity to “try before we buy” to use the building on this occasion. Even just using it as a once off venue will be awesome as it’s set up beautifully for stage productions.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5

God bless and see you all on Sunday

Pastor Joe

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Rejoice in the LORD https://gracecrc.org.au/rejoice-in-the-lord/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 05:17:35 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29691 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 […]

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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

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Everlasting God https://gracecrc.org.au/everlasting-god/ Sun, 11 Nov 2018 05:06:17 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29687 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 […]

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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

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God my fortress https://gracecrc.org.au/god-my-fortress/ Sun, 04 Nov 2018 04:57:37 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29682 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. […]

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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

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Halloween or Reformation? – choose wise your celebration. https://gracecrc.org.au/halloween-or-reformation-choose-wise-your-celebration/ Mon, 29 Oct 2018 06:14:46 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29668 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 […]

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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

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Everlasting God https://gracecrc.org.au/29662-2/ Sun, 21 Oct 2018 03:11:45 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29662 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 […]

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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

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The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works. https://gracecrc.org.au/the-lord-is-good-to-all-and-his-mercies-are-over-all-his-works/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 02:56:47 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29657 Hi Church Family The last two weeks Cecile and I spent in QLD visiting family and also presenting the Genesis Music Project in 5 different locations. It’s amazing to see people being captivated anew by the Genesis account of our origins. We also spent 5 days at the Creation Super-conference where I led worship every […]

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Hi Church Family
The last two weeks Cecile and I spent in QLD visiting family and also presenting the Genesis Music Project in 5 different locations. It’s amazing to see people being captivated anew by the Genesis account of our origins. We also spent 5 days at the Creation Super-conference where I led worship every morning and we listened to speakers from around the world speak on matters of Creation and the Bible. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us during this time and for all the messages of encouragement we received. I count myself fortunate to be part of Grace Church and I’m excited and looking forward to being back at our own church this Sunday.

There are many special events planned for our church over the next few months so make sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on any of these exciting events. Also pray for our Church Council as we meet again tonight at 7pm that God will continue to lead us in matters relating to church leadership and governance. This Sunday we will be baptising Danielle Ray Del Val (daughter of Roy and Kristine) and she will also be doing her Profession of Faith. We commit her and her family to the Lord and celebrate with them in this special marker reached in the life of Danielle.

Next Sunday we will have the Christian Bikers group ‘Band of Brothers’ visit our church. Some of them attended a Genesis Music event some months ago and from that a friendship formed as we started networking together. This group is passionate about evangelism and outreach and they will share a testimony of their work during our Sunday service on the 21st October. If you own a motorbike – please ride it to church next Sunday and come park it outside the front along this visiting group. If you have friends who love to ride a motorbike this is a great opportunity to invite them to attend at service at Grace Church.

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.

The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works. Psalm 145:9

God bless you all
Pastor Joe

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Small groups are one great way to connect https://gracecrc.org.au/small-groups-are-one-great-way-to-connect/ Fri, 05 Oct 2018 01:06:02 +0000 http://beta.gracecrc.org.au/?p=29646 Hi Church Family In last Sunday’s sermon we were reminded again of the importance of not becoming isolated and connecting into community. It is one of the many wonderful characteristics of the church, a family of believers. The Apostle Paul instructs the church in the book of Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn […]

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Hi Church Family

In last Sunday’s sermon we were reminded again of the importance of not becoming isolated and connecting into community. It is one of the many wonderful characteristics of the church, a family of believers.

The Apostle Paul instructs the church in the book of Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” As we gather together we are able to share the journey of life with our brothers and sisters in Christ, delighting in the good times, and comforting in the harder times, by supporting and encouraging one another. Small groups are one great way to connect in, meeting together, spending time in God’s Word, in prayer and in fellowship. A new FABS (Female Adult Bible Study Group) will be starting up in the coming weeks. We also have Kids Church, Youth and Young Adults all starting up again next week as the new school term begins, all such powerful tools to find a place for our young people to connect in and build strong, healthy friendships.

This Sunday we are looking forward to hosting a guest preacher, Dr. Garth Eichorn who has dedicated many years of his life to the important work of Street Chaplaincy. Lastly, we are in need of a new place to store our church trailer, we are very grateful to Manya Wilms who has let us store the trailer in her garage for the last couple of years. If you have a spare car space in your garage and would be willing to help out in this way please could you contact Reinhard Prins reinhard.prins@gmail.com

See you on Sunday!

Alex

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