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4 AUGUST DAILY DEVOTION

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Covid Update - Important News Pertaining to Sunday Worship

Covid Update - Important News Pertaining to Sunday Worship

News

31 July, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Thank you for continuing to hold the ministry team and church council in your prayers.

We have been following the current situation as the COVID risk has increased wit there now being some community transmission in Brisbane.

To the best of our knowledge it is mostly south side but we do not want to take risks and there is much uncertainty and no guarantees at this point.

The Church Council Executive has met this afternoon and considered the desire to meet as a church family and the unknown but increased risk.

As a result the Executive has decided that worship WILL go ahead at 8am and at 9.30am.

However communion WILL NOT be offered this Sunday, also morning tea WILL NOT be offered or provided.

The Executive felt that morning tea and communion gave an increased risk that we do not want to take.

People are also being asked to move off promptly and not to linger or chat around the church.

Also we want to remind everyone of our key messaging around the COVID situation.

1. Our health comes first. If you are feeling unwell please get tested and stay home. If you are over 70 or a vulnerable person consider staying home.

2. Practice physical distancing and good hygiene.

3. Be prepared. Take care of those you love and care about.

4. Give electronically.

5. Help out where you can.

For those who are coming to worship we look forward to seeing you.

For others we hope that you will take the time to follow us on our app or on our youtube page.

Please do continue to stay in touch and pray for each other.

Brian

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Sermons

26 July 2020 - Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness (Growing disciples who Engage)

24 July, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

Sermon: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQQIXCdo9UY](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQQIXCdo9UY/)

Worship Playlist: [https://tinyurl.com/y6t6lfy2](https://tinyurl.com/y6t6lfy2/)

READ

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

John 8:1-11

This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at gentleness and how we need to be gentle as we seek to engage our faith with others. We will explore gentleness as an attribute of God, of Jesus and within the early church and be challenged to being gentler in our own lives.

DISCUSS

· How would you define being gentle?

· Would you describe yourself as a gentle person? Why/ why not?

· When is it OK not to be gentle?

· Discuss the saying If God did not have a gentle spirit, there would be no plan of salvation.

· Do you think you have become more or less gentle as you have gotten older?

· Discuss You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar

PRAY

Let us pray

Dear Lord help us to learn to be gentle

Remind us of the many ways you have shown gentleness to us

When we respond to others help us to see them through your eyes.

How much you love them and died for them.

Convict us when we descend into mockery or hurtful speech.

Help us to be people of righteous justice without abandoning gentleness and respect.

Teach us to speak the truth in love.

Let our gentleness be evident, a clear sign that you are at work in their lives.

Amen

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19 July - Faithfulness (Growing disciples who Engage)

18 July, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness  

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Engage

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon: [https://youtu.be/cDpe4XsIgMQ](https://youtu.be/cDpe4XsIgMQ/)

Worship Playlist : [https://tinyurl.com/y55vex2n](https://tinyurl.com/y55vex2n/) 

READ  

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

1 Samuel 20:13-17, 41-2;

Matthew 25: 14-30

This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at faithfulness and how we seek to engage our faith with others. We will explore God being faithful, what it means for us to be faithful, how we cope when we or others are not faithful. The Samuel reading demonstrates the relationship between David and Jonathan who remain faithful to their friendship and promises they make to each other. The gospel reading speaks of being faithful with the gifts and talents that we have been given.

DISCUSS 

- How would you define being faithful?

- Hat is the opposite of faithful?

- David and Jonathan were faithful friends. Do you have faithful friends and how or what makes them so?

- The bible tells us that God is faithful. Is this your experience? Explain.

- What does it mean to be faithful to God?

- Can one be faithful without having faith in God?

- Is faithful about being honest or being supportive no matter what? Can they be the same?

- What does it mean for you to be a faithful witness for Christ today

PRAY 

The Lord exists forever; your word is firmly fixed in heaven.

Your faithfulness endures to all generations;Psalm 119:89-90

Let us pray

Through us, God speaks words of peace, love, justice and faithfulness that challenge violence, hatred and self-interest in the world. We pray that we find courage and strength in the risen Christ to be faithful witnesses in the face of all the challenges and risks Amen

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12 July - Goodness (Growing disciples who Engage)

12 July, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Engage

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

Sermon: [https://youtu.be/vp_zwRGBJpw](https://youtu.be/vp_zwRGBJpw/)

Worship Playlist: [https://tinyurl.com/y8m52aa7](https://tinyurl.com/y8m52aa7/)

READ

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Luke 10:25-37

This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at goodness and how we seek to embody our faith with others. We will explore what it means to be good, and what is goodness and how it relates to kindness. The story of the good Samaritan challenges us. What ws a Samaritan and why was this story considered so shocking? Why is he called good?

DISCUSS

· What can you find out about Samaritans? Why did they and Jews dislike each other?

· Would you describe yourself as a good person?

· What does it mean to be good? How would you define it?

· Is good more about what you do or who you are? Explain.

· In Mark 10:18 It says ‘And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.’ Explore what this means?

· Each of the characters in this parable embody a particular part of the human condition. How do you relate to each of these.

· The lawyer as self-satisfied insider knowing they are going to heaven

· The thugs who only care about themselves

· The priest and levite for who keeping God’s rules is more important than people

· The victim needing grace and mercy

· The good man who will disregard all else and see the humanity of oine in need.

PRAY

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,

which you have stored up for those who fear you

and worked for those who take refuge in you,! Psa 31:19 ESV

Lord your goodness knows no bounds. Your children know you to be a good, good Father. Your goodness is greater than we can imagine or explain. You have surrounded us with your blessings and given us more than we can imagine. We are in awe of you and your goodness. We graciously thank you for it and humbly accept it.

Only those who stand in awe of you can understand your goodness. Only those who show reverence to your holy name can obtain the favour your goodness brings. Lord we surrender ourselves to you to receive your blessing and goodness. In Jesus name we pray.

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Ministries

Emmanuel Playgroup

Emmanuel Playgroup

Playgroup is now allowed to meet again face to face, with strict COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/4jqM6tAkvSlWkjJsZNiOD0co9).

For Term 3, 2020 the plan is...

For Week 1-4 (17 July, 24 July, 31 July & 7 August) we will meet in Teralba Park, 120 Pullen Rd, Everton Park for Playgroup at the Park 9:30 – 11:30 on Fridays. Look for the Playgroup Flag and make your arrival and departure known with Ann, Susan or Jess.

Week 5 (14 August) – Ekka Public Holiday NO PLAYGROUP

Week 6-10 (21 August, 28 August, 4 September, 11 September, 18 September)- we will meet in the Church Hall (program TBC)

Before you attend Playgroup you MUST complete the online enrollment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/ee0d2401-1941-4277-beaf-d803d7d5d226)

We are also keeping in touch with each other via email and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/emmanuelplaygroup

Please let us know if there is any way that we can support you during this time (especially in the way of toilet paper or food supplies). We look forward to meeting with our playgroup community again face-to-face as soon as we can.

Playgroup offers a safe place for children 0-5 to play and develop social skills. It is a great place to make new friends, learn new things and become part of a community. We welcome all young children and their carers including stay at home, work-from-home and work outside the home; mums, dads, grandparents and nannies.

Join us each Friday 9:30 - 11:30am during school terms. Each week we have a different theme and activities to engage children. A large range of toys and access to a covered sandpit helps provide new experiences every week.

Cost: gold coin donation per child, per session. Bring a piece of fruit to add to the share platter, other refreshments are provided.

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Emmanuel Sunday School

Emmanuel Sunday School

Sunday School at Emmanuel is now allowed to meet again face to face, with strict COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/NaFYdxDfW1Y6QcXEX0IStEMGW).

Before you or your family attend Sunday School you MUST complete the online enrollment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/ffdc4295-746a-435d-a374-efe3d8935b07)

We are also still encouraging households to continue with Faith at Home practices whether they attend worship and Sunday School or not. Dig in at Home resources that match and complement worship and Sunday School are available at www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home

Sunday School runs during school terms within our 9:30am Sunday Service and provides a time where children can share in fun, faith, friendships and learn about Jesus.

Our leaders provide a range of varying experiences to help children draw closer to God through music, bible teaching, prayer, games and creative activities. All our leaders are screened and trained and will love your kids almost as much as you do.

All children aged 3 - 12 are welcome and meet as one group in the Church Hall. A range of activities including games, craft, challenges and small group time are provided to enhance age- and developmental- appropriate learning and connection for all.

Children start each service in the Church Auditorium with the congregation for songs, prayers, videos, communion and announcements and will move to the hall with their leaders when advised. In 2020 we will be Digging into Epic Stories of the Bible and Foundation of Faith and follow the same readings and themes as Sunday Worship, learning more about the heart of God, and how to follow him.

To enhance child learning and discipleship, weekly Dig In @ Home materials are available under the devotions tab above, and we encourage you to connect with and talk about life and faith with your children during the week.

To ensure that we can provide the best care for children in Sunday School, we ask that the enrolment form be completed the first time you attend Sunday School in each year. This can be found attached here, and will be available electronically on Sunday Mornings.

We look forward to "digging in' with your family soon.

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Enoggera & District Eisteddfod

Enoggera & District Eisteddfod

Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.

Hello friends of Enoggera Eisteddfod,

Sadly, with no end to the current restrictions on gatherings in sight, the committee has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Enoggera Eisteddfod.

We are all incredibly disappointed by having to do this, especially as it is our 60th anniversary and we intended some celebrations. We expect that you will all be disappointed as well, particularly those who are 18 years this year and it will have been your last time competing with us.

However, in order to complete the receipt of entries, then arranging programme, prizes, adjudicators, accompanists etc in time, we need to start work now, and we can have no confidence at this time that we will be able to proceed.

We will keep our mailing list for next year so that we can be in touch then. If you know of any others who may be interested in the Eisteddfod next year, please ask them to contact us and we will add them onto the mailing list.

In the meantime, we wish you all the best through this difficult time and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2021.

Kind regards,

Laurel

What is the Enoggera Eisteddfod

The Enoggera and District Eisteddfod has been an annual activity since its inception in 1960. It runs in August every year.

It provides an opportunity for young people up to 18 years of age to perform in front of an audience and to get feedback on their performance from highly qualified adjudicators in a friendly and safe environment.

Categories are

- PIANO

- VOCAL

- INSTRUMENTAL

- SPEECH AND DRAMA

The eisteddfod relies on volunteers and sponsors to remain viable and to keep entry fees as low as possible. If you can help in either way, please contact the secretary Laurel Muirhead.

Please email the secretary at eisteddfod@emmanueluca.org.au with any questions.

Stay tuned for Eisteddfod 2021 information.

Laurel Muirhead (Secretary)

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