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Thank you, Sherry Thompson
PASTOR ROB PAECH & BERYL SAFELY HOME
Pastor Rob and Beryl made it safely back to their home in QLD on Tuesday. It was great to have them here for the 2 weeks they were in Port and sorry their trip was cut short due to this pandemic. We pray their family stays well and look forward to their next visit. Pastor Rob’s last message on LOVE can be found on our website at.
:Coming Up This Week
***Due to the COVID-19 virus, the LCA has now encouraged all congregations to refrain from observing Holy Communion and holding any non-essential gatherings until this passes. Praying we all can stay well and safe from this virus.
**STAY CONNECTED **
Lutheran Media Livestreaming
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March 2020 Edition of the NSW Contact Newsletter
LCA/NZ COVID-19 update No.4 – 24 March 2020,
Bishop John Henderson,
LCA links to Churches Streaming
LIVE Sunday Worship Services and information
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2 Apr Lincoln Warrener
5 Apr Orion Thompson
16 Apr Les Mathies
17 Apr Paul Clarke
21 Apr Donna McGufficke
24 Apr Dianne Herbig
Lord Of all Hopefulness, Lord Of All Joy, Whose Trust, Ever Childlike,
No Cares Could Destroy, Be There At Our Waking,
And Give Us, We Pray, Your Bliss In Our Hearts, Lord, At The Break Of The Day.
Lord Of All Eagerness, Lord Of All Faith, Whose Strong Hands Were Skilled
At The Plane And The Lathe, Be There At Our Labours
And Give Us, We Pray, Your Strength In Our Hearts, Lord,
At the End of the Day.
This is an amazing opportunity for us to get better connected, see and do things differently, and be more creative.
So Let’s continue as the community of the day
INSTALLATION OF CHURCH COUNCIL
Church Council Executive for 2020 Installed
Last Sunday, our new Church Council Executive and Pastoral Carers were installed during the worship service led by Derryl Huf.
(left to right Joan Rayward & Corrine McLean—Pastoral Carers;
Rev David Thompson, Secretary; Roy Herbig, Vice-Chairperson;
John McLean, Treasurer; and Don McLean, Chairperson
LUTHERAN WOMEN of NSW CONVENTION
The theme this year will be Carried in the Shepherds arms and will be held on Saturday, 18 April at Living Water Lutheran Church, 15 Burelli St, Wollongong. All ladies (and men) are invited to attend. Morning tea starts at 9am and the convention at 9:30am to finish by 4:30pm
BIBLE STUDY RE-CONVENES
** POSTPONED **
Our next weekly Bible Study will be held on Tuesday evening,
24th March at 7:30pm in the church. The study will be looking at and discussing the readings for the following week’s worship
Service. Come join us,
all are welcomed
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
*Have a great day!!*
If we miss your birthday please let us know as we may not have those details correct.
2 Apr: Lincoln Warrener
5 Apr: Orion Thompson
16 Apr: Les Mathies
17 Apr: Paul Clarke
21 Apr: Donna McGufficke
24 Apr: Dianne Herbig
SAVE THOSE STAMPS!!!
God has wonderful ways of turning simple gifts into great blessings. The LCA’s Stamps for
Mission project has raised nearly $447,000 and all proceeds are donated to LCA International Mission programs and projects.
In 2020 these projects include:
Support for the Sprau family, Papua New Guinea, who are serving as medical personnel with Wycliffe Bible Translators
Courses on Lutheran distinctions, Myanmar
Translation of Lutheran theological resources
Lutheran Highlands Seminary at Ogelbeng in Papua New Guinea
Indigenous young people living in Sabah in Malaysia
Home of Grace, Thailand, which supports unmarried pregnant women, mothers and babies
This is possible due to the dedication of volunteers who collect, clean, package and sell the stamps. There are several ways you can join in God’s mission through Stamps for Mission:
Get your used stamps to one of our wonderful volunteer stamp receivers or drop them into the LCA Churchwide office (page 40, LCA Yearbook 2019)
If you would like to donate used stamps, soak off stamps or become a stamp receiver, please phone Peter Nitschke on 0418 868 103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
5th March 2020: was attended by 39 people.
“MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP LUNCH”
Last Friday of the Month, 12:00pm
Join us for a great fellowship over lunch
Friday, 27 March 2020
4 Bay St Plaza (behind McDonalds), PM
Please RSVP to Sherry Thompson,
0404913065, if you are able to join us
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be
evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I received this post on Facebook recently from a friend in the United States, “I was born in 1938. From my parents and grandparents I learned the lessons of the Great Depression. I’ve lived through WWII, the wars since, the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the
political assassinations, the Polio Epidemic and health threats since, the civil rights civil unrest, 911 and its after effects, the financial crisis of 2008 where we lost our retirement and a host of other events. We served our country in our military. My fellow senior citizens went through the same litanies. Our work and sacrifices over decades preserved our
culture, economy, and society. We are tough, we are steeled by adversities the younger generations can only imagine.”
Now, with this Coronavirus Pandemic we have one more opportunity to trust in our Lord Jesus Christ who is near. To turn anxiety to the peace of God which transcends all understanding, and guards our hearts and minds. To pause as a worshipping community and say thank you to God and to each other for those many things we often take for granted but which really make our lives worth living.
Let’s pray: O God our Father, we join together sharing our thanks for your presence during the threat of this virus. Bless us, Lord, as we continue in community, even in our isolation, and keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. AMEN.
Rev David Thompson
: Too True..
: If you or someone you know needs to share a discussion, word of Scripture, or prayer with a caring elder, please contact Rev David Thompson, Aileen Huf, or Joan Rayward. We will make arrangements to visit.
: Anyone in hospital or wishing to have visitation please contact:
This years leadership team.Chairperson Don McLean
Vice Chairperson Roy Herbig
Secretary Rev David Thompson
Asst Secretary Carol McLean
Treasurer John McLean
Asst Treasurer Dianne Herbig
Joan Rayward, Corrine McLean, Rev David Thompson
We say thank you all for your leadership to those who are stepping down this year,
especially David Pfeiffer, for his continued leadership, guidance, and support over the last 5 years as our Chairperson. We welcome and pray for Don McLean and his new team as they come together to guide us and lead us into the future here at St Peters.
: If you don’t want the fruits of Sin Stay out of the Devils garden
: Prayer is a weapon that should not be concealed
: No God No Peace. Know God Know Peace
: Forecast for today..
GOD Reigns & the SON shines!
: Moses was the first person with a tablet to download data
: Duct tape is good … But Three nails fixed everything
: Honk if you love Jesus
: Text while you drive if you want to meet him face to face….
From GOD’S Garden
: Lettuce be kind … Squash gossip…Turnup for church……
: God is like coke-cola He”s the real thing….
: Prayer a wireless access to God with no roaming fee
: Need a lifesaver ? Ours walks on water
: Noah was a man of great faith he spent 40 days on a wooden boat with two termites and a pair of woodpeckers.
: Noah was a shrewd business man he kept his company afloat while the rest of the earth was in liquidation.
: Adam and Eve were the first people not to read the terms and conditions for Apple.
: A small boy was flicking through the pages of a dusty old edition of the bible when something fell out and it was a leaf that had been pressed between the pages.Look what I’ve found mum he called out.“What have you got there?” Asked his mother.
The boy said: “I think its Adams underwear!”
: Adam and Eve had the first computer, it was an Apple, after one byte it crashed.
: If you think that you are not worth saving just remember that Moses was a basket case.
: Don’t spend money on G P S or Sat Nav because Jesus can show you the way for free.
: Remember seven days without prayer makes one weak.
: I pod, Ipad, iPhone…Try I pray.. God is always listening..
- HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.
According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
- James the Son of Zebedee
A fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
Also known as Nathaniel was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many
epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times for the sake of the faith. And you shall be hated for my name’s sake:
But he that endures to the end will be saved.
FROM LAST WEEKS NEWSLETTER HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.
Points to ponder:
Why do we feel sleepy in Prayer,
but stay awake through a 3 hour movie?
Why are we so bored when we look at the HOLY BIBLE,
but find it easy to read other books?
Why is it so easy to ignore a msg about God,
yet we forward the nasty ones?
Why are Prayers getting smaller,
but bars and clubs are expanding?
Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity,
but very difficult to engage with God?