News

for the week of November 11

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Norwood Christmas Pageant
There are many ways to participate in this year’s pageant on November 24 – distributing balloons to children, carrying signs, or joining the carol singers’ truck.  Please view this information sheet if you would like to help or participate:  2018 Norwood Christmas Pageant


BCUC Cares – Christmas Hamper
Hamper donations for families in need may be placed in the usual marked boxes in the church foyer, now through  December 16. Suggested Christmas Hamper items can be found on a list available at the front desk.


AGM
Please join us for our AGM on
Sunday November 25 at 2pm
Reports are available in the foyer.


Presbytery and Synod Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Presbytery and Synod of South Australia  is being held this week from Thursday through Saturday. Please pray for our representatives  to this meeting : Rob, Trevor, Valerie Aloa, and Peter Shackleford.


Christmas Cards
Christmas cards in aid of U.C. missions are available on Sundays after each service in the foyer.

 

 

for the week of November 4

AGM
Please join us for our AGM on
Sunday November 25 at 2pm.
Reports will be available
next Sunday November 11.


Monday Day Fellowship
Our next meeting is Monday November 5 at 1.30pm.  Heather Maynard who works untiringly for Lifeline will speak about the history and development of this life saving service.  We encourage all members to attend and invite a friend. Ruth Daws, Coordinator.


Christmas Cards
Christmas cards in aid of U.C. missions will not be sold today, but will be available again next Sunday and on following Sundays.


Barnabas Fund Event @ BCUC
Come and hear Patrick Sookhdeo speak on current trends in Christian Persecution.  You will get insights to guide your prayers for our suffering brothers and sisters. Saturday November 10, 9:30am. A flyer is available at the front desk.


BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
Our Christmas dinner will be held on Saturday November 17, 6:15pm. There will be a three course meal and entertainment. The theme is “a traditional Christmas”. Cost is $35.00 to Peter Foord. BYO Drinks. Booking deadline November 11.


Seniors Second Sunday Lunch
Sunday November 11, 12noon until 2.30pm. Come and join us for friendship, fun and food. Chicken & Salad plus a fruit platter. Please see Anita Wheaton for more information.


Sizzling Sausages – A Church for Oodnadatta
The children of BCUC invite you to their sausage sizzle to help raise funds to build a Church for Oodnadatta.  Sunday November 11 at 10:00am between services in the foyer.


BCUC Cares – Christmas Hamper
Hamper donations for families in need may be placed in the usual marked boxes in the church foyer, now through  December 16. Suggested Christmas Hamper items can be found on a list available at the front desk.


Rob on Leave
Rob will be on leave from Thursday  November 8 through Tuesday November  13 inclusive.

God’s Big Picture

 Many people have difficulty in reading and understanding the Bible, especially the Old Testament; do not give up ! The Bible: sixty-six books by forty authors, written over some 2000 years in different genres…..yet it is one story ! It is no ordinary book. How can you and I begin to read and understand the Bible as a whole ?

VAUGHAN ROBERTS by using the theme ‘The Kingdom of God’, has written a helpful book : GOD’S BIG PICTURE. The book will help you to become familiar with the Old Testament, discovering how the coming of Jesus is promised and anticipated right from Genesis – the author’s aim is to give an overview of the main storyline of the whole Bible.

You will not find this book “heavy” or “theological”; it is easy to read. Besides, each chapter can be used as a personal or group bible study, with suggested questions.

Why not borrow it and benefit ? You can find it on the display shelf in the Activities room.

God is Good for You

“GOD IS GOOD FOR YOU – a defence of Christianity in troubled times“ is a great book. It is Australian, well written, contemporary, compelling and convincing. The author GREG SHERIDAN is the Foreign Editor of “The Australian” newspaper; the well-known and much appreciated commentator on world affairs.

The book is divided into two sections, Part One : Christianity, starts with : “Believing in God is rational, atheism is an odd religious faith, and the new atheists are false prophets.” Other sections deal with “Justice” and “what did we ever get from Christianity?

Part Two : Christians record some interviews with politicians which will surprise you. Then follows : Ordinary extraordinary Christians, which is inspiring and ends with Bold minority – the future for Christians and their churches in Australia.

I cannot begin to review this great book – You must read it ! Borrow or buy it; it was published only a few weeks ago. It is relevant to each one of us ! Find it on the Foyer display unit.

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face”
– Edward P. Morgan

DVD : On Wings of Eagles

“On Wings of Eagles” The sequel to “Chariots of Fire”. The continuing story of former Olympic gold medalist Eric Liddell who married and returned to China to serve as a missionary in 1927. Despite the Japanese invasion of 1937 Eric refused to leave, determined to serve God. Even enduring internment and the depravity of war, Eric Liddell always held on to Hope. Note : THIS FILM has an “M” rating for violence.

DVD : JESUS THE GAME CHANGER

Jesus Christ has made an indelible mark on human history and he continues to do so through His followers. In this series of studies one comes to realise how our western democratic values originated and are built on the life and teaching of Jesus. Topics such as Equality, Forgiveness and Care challenged us as we watched the DVD, hosted by Karl Faase. Karl interviewed modern-day authors and academics from around the world, and we appreciated their comments and personal stories on these topics.  Written study notes and questions are available online. 

DVD : I Can Only Imagine

A very moving story of Bart Millard, a member of the music group Mercy Me, and the power of the Gospel. Music became Bart’s escape from the emotional and physical pain endured during his home life. Only by facing his fears and forgiving his father was he able to see hope.

DVD : CONNECT by Kirk Cameron

“CONNECT” This DVD by KIRK CAMERON is “a must-see for any parent battling through a world of social media pitfalls, benefits and boundaries”, so it reads on the box. “CONNECT” engages you in encouraging conversations and constructive dialogue to prepare you – the parent- to train children and adolescents for a life in the digital age. Guiding them in a world where un-truth are accepted as fact. Attitudes like : I have a right to be happy, or, I am my own authority, I do not need teachers, just information . With six kids, Kirk Cameron fully understands today’s parents’ dilemma, so he went to experts and what he learned will enlighten, challenge and encourage.

Just Like Jesus

MAX LUCADO’s collection of short stories under the title: JUST LIKE JESUS, challenges us to ask the question : “ Am I growing more Christlike ? “This should be the progression of all Christians…but, “how does one tell?” Max’ chapters will give some clues:

  • Loving people you are stuck with ………  a forgiving heart.
  • Hearing God’s music ………  a listening heart.
  • Finding gold in the garbage ………  a hope-filled heart.

Does Life Make Sense?

DOES LIFE MAKE SENSE? This the autobiography of FRIDA NEF. Simply and sincerely told, this is an adventurous life story from childhood in the Swiss Alps early 20th century, in a family struggling with alcoholism, poverty and low- paid work. Frida’s discovery of God’s presence and her long road to fulfil her dream to be used by Him to change the world, is a story of adventure and fulfilment. Today, a century later, living conditions have greatly changed, yet the call and challenge to follow God’s guidance remains; be inspired !