OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Christmas greetings from Mike and Caz
As I sit in my study to write, I’m surrounded by art work created by our little grand-daughter Evie. In fact she and I now share this space as whenever she comes over, she works at the desk on her pictures and making the occasional phone call, while I stand at my ‘bench’ and write. My study has become a studio.
It’s interesting to think about the various places where creative activity takes place – study, studio, kitchen, laboratory, workshop, shed, sewing room – places where ideas find form, develop, and are expressed…..incarnated you could say . Sometimes they’re places where people work individually, sometimes they are communal spaces, where the creative process involves ‘bouncing off each other’, sometimes improvising, not quite sure what the end result will look like.
The Advent/Christmas season always gets me thinking about the link between faith and creativity. To what extent is the artist in control of the creative process? Where do ideas, songs and images come from? It’s that mysterious blend of inspiration and perspiration, with a strong element of trust and hope involved.
You often hear people speak about God being in control—intervening here, remotely uninvolved there. I’ve never found that sort of theology convincing. To me the heart of the Advent/Christmas message is not that God is in control, but that “God is in Christ, reconciling the world….” I look at our grandchildren and think of the pain and anxiety that accompanied their birth—out of which has come the most profound joy. New little lives set forth in this uncertain world, sustained by the most vulnerable of forces—love.
What better way to once again be drawn into the miracle of God coming to be one with us—in Mary’s child—Jesus, Emmanuel, the one in whom we glimpse the gift of creativity itself.
May we all have a joyful and blessed Christmas, where we find creative ways of incarnating the good news and offering a true glimpse of hope in this world that is crying out for transformation.
Yours in Christ – Mike & Caz.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
The Christmas Bowl (Advent 4)
Do not be afraid
Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries (W.H.O.)
News of a pregnancy can be terrifying for vulnerable women around the world. Your support, through the Christmas Bowl is for women who don’t have access to adequate medical care and maternal health programs.
Souzan, a refugee in Jordan, who at nine months pregnant was in fear not only for her own life, but for the life of her baby. “I couldn’t get enough nutrition to grow my baby. As a pregnant woman I didn’t have enough food or intake to grow the baby and keep it healthy. There was no medical insurance and we couldn’t afford to go to private medical care. I was two weeks away from delivering and it needed to be a C-section. I still did not know what I could do except hope that my baby and I would not die during the birth.”
Thanks to the generous gifts of Christmas Bowl supporters, Souzan received the care needed for the operation and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. However, there are still thousands of expectant mothers just like Souzan who don’t have access to basic medical care. Your help makes all the difference.
If you would like to donate to the Christmas Bowl, it is convenient to use one of the special envelopes available in the foyer. Put your donation in the offering plate at any of the worship services up until the end of January. You may put in cash or use your card details. If you wish to receive a receipt, because all donations are tax deductible, complete the attached envelope form.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
All activities of the congregation will take a break during the Christmas/New Year period and January 2018.
Next Sunday — 31 December 2017
9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Rob Bradley
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Salote Tupou
Reader: Ian Gainey
Greeting: Margaret Gook
AV Desk: Rob Bradley
Prayers: Mike Lewis
Bible Readings next week:
Isa 61:10–62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4–7; Luke 2:15–21.
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact
either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.
Fair Trade Tea and Coffee
A reminder to get your Fairtrade tea/coffee today. Sales resume on 28 January 2018.
Rosters for 7–28 January
AV: Lian Todd;
Reader: Stacey Duckett;
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Juliana Kim-Woern;
Flowers: Lorna Hodge.
AV: Noel Savory;
Reader: Elaine Belcher;
Morning Tea: Jan Silitoe & Mary Dixon;
Flowers: Bev Cox.
AV: Roland Geilen;
Reader: Paul Cochran;
Morning Tea: Stacey Duckett & Elaine Belcher;
Flowers: Mary Dixon.
AV: Paul Kirkman;
Reader: Mary Dixon;
Morning Tea: Dorothy Rookes & Jan Bradley;
Flowers Jennie Kirkman.
Bible Readings for 7–28 January
7: Genesis 1:1–5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1–7; Make 1:4–11.
14: I Samuel 3:1–10; Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18; I Corinthians 6:12–20; John 1:43–51.
21: Jonah 3:1–5, 10; Psalm 62:5–12; I Corinthians 7:29–31; Make 1:14–20.
28: Deuteronomy 18:15–20; Psalm 111; I Corinthians 8:1–13; Mark 1:21–28.
Services continue all Sundays in January
9.30 am: led by the Rev. Mike Lewis
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Please note that the church office will be open only on Thursday mornings between 22/12/17
and 29/1/18 (phone 9741 1084). The next Connection will be published for the first Sunday
Telephone 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.