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Newsletter 27 December

Newsletter 27 December

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Front and Centre

As we look back 2020 has been a long and challenging year. As a result of COVID nothing has been the same. It has been a fairly unique kind of year. Though we can not be certain what 2021 will look like it will at least initially contain more of the same. As much as it has been challenging I am grateful for what we have achieved in the past year. Several weeks ago we reflected on 1 Thessalonians which said ‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.’ 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-19.

As much as it has been a challenging year we also have much to be thankful for. As I look back to 2020 I am thankful to be here at Emmanuel with such an amazing group of people. I am excited about being a part of a church that wants to continue to focus on its mission and purpose, and as we head into 2021 that we will be re-emphasising what it means to be a church that focusses on growing disciples. I am excited that we have had new families join us in the past few months. We have made the transition to online services and hybrid services. People have collaborated and worked well together to deal with the various government and church requirements to keep everyone safe. At times it feels as though 2020 has been a year we have had to survive. But as we turn to 2021 it is time to turn from survive to thrive. We really want people to thrive in this coming year. To encourage people to continue to grow and deepen their faith. There will be an emphasis upon small groups as one of the most effective means to grow people as well as being more COVID safe. January will be re-visiting our purpose focussing on our four e’s of exalt, embody, engage and explore and unpacking what that means for us now.

2021 will continue to be challenging but we look forward with hope and promise to what God has in store.

Brian

To read the rest of the newsletter click [here](https://mailchi.mp/7dcb70d3658e/newsletter-1920735)

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Sermons

17 January - Embody

17 January, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

Emmanuel’s purpose is to grow disciples who exalt, explore, embody and engage. Through January we are going re-visit Emmanuel’s purpose

EMBODY

As disciples we are called to live out (embody) our faith where we are. At home, at work or school at church and in our community. Embody is about using our spiritual gifts to serve the communities in which we live seeking to grow the Kingdom of God.

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1 Peter 4:8-11

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

DISCUSS

1. How has your week been? How have you seen God at work in your life?

2. Read the passage again. What are the key words and phrases?

3. What does this passage tell us about God?

4. What does this passage tell me about my relationship with others?

5. What is there in this passage that I want to apply to my own life?

Be prepared to share this with someone and report back on how it has gone.

PRAY

Dear Lord thank you for your gift of grace for me and setting me free. Help me to live a life that more fully reflects living as a follower and disciple of yours. Each day may I find ways to exalt you and may my life reflect my love. May I earnestly read and explore your word and apply it to my life. Help me to live a life that embodies what I believe. That what I say and what I do resonate and ring true. Lord help me to be committed to your mission, to make disciples and to earnestly pray and commit to sharing your love and grace with those I love who do not know you. I ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ who is my Saviour and Lord.

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10 January - Explore

10 January, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

[Link to the youtube playlist](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5gDu9Oy_H2QEXDqxcb_7Vde)

Emmanuel’s purpose is to grow disciples who exalt, explore, embody and engage. Through January we are going re-visit Emmanuel’s purpose

EXPLORE

As disciples of Jesus, we want to explore God’s word and apply his truths to our lives. We will do this individually, in small groups and in corporate worship.

READ

Acts 2:41-42

So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

DISCUSS

1. How has your week been? How have you seen God at work in your life?

2. How did you go with trying to exalt God in some way every day?

3. What were the blockages?

4. What does the passage tell us the early disciples did?

5. How do you apply these things to your own life and your church family?

6. What does this tell you about God?

PRAY

Dear Lord thank you for your gift of grace for me and setting me free. Help me to live a life that more fully reflects living as a follower and disciple of yours. Each day may I find ways to exalt you and may my life reflect my love. May I earnestly read and explore your word and apply it to my life. Help me to live a life that embodies what I believe. That what I say and what I do resonate and ring true. Lord help me to be committed to your mission, to make disciples and to earnestly pray and commit to sharing your love and grace with those I love who do not know you. I ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ who is my Saviour and Lord.

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3 January - Exalt

3 January, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

Emmanuel’s purpose is to grow disciples who exalt, explore, embody and engage. Through January we are going re-visit Emmanuel’s purpose

EXALT

The word exalt means to praise highly or to glorify. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, he responded You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.’ In exalting God, we acknowledge his greatness and our place before him. In worship we surrender ourselves to God, praise his name and experience the transformation of the Holy Spirit. It is important to think about how we exalt God throughout the week and not just on Sundays

READ

Matthew 22:36-40

DISCUSS

1. How has your week been? How have you seen God at work in your life?

2. What do you understand by exalting God?

3. When and how do you exalt God?

4. In Thessalonians Paul speaks of a life worthy of God. (1 Thess 2:12). How is your life worthy of God or reflect God’s kingdom?

5. Try and find the time to praise and exalt God every day this week.

PRAY

Dear Lord thank you for your gift of grace for me and setting me free. Help me to live a life that more fully reflects living as a follower and disciple of yours. Each day may I find ways to exalt you and may my life reflect my love. May I earnestly read and explore your word and apply it to my life. Help me to live a life that embodies what I believe. That what I say and what I do resonate and ring true. Lord help me to be committed to your mission, to make disciples and to earnestly pray and commit to sharing your love and grace with those I love who do not know you. I ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ who is my Saviour and Lord.

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19 JANUARY DAILY DEVOTION

Welcome to today's daily devotion for 19 January 2021 as we

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Ministries

Emmanuel Girls' Brigade

Emmanuel Girls' Brigade

Emmanuel Girls' Brigade plans to resume Thursday 4 February 2021, with COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/WUUvcFfJ7WhvOKBnANYizp3ox).

Before attending Girls' Brigade, all participants including children and adults MUST complete an online enrolment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/923f468a-4895-4b28-9012-37e6c73e34a9), and must check-in every week.

Girls' Brigade is great for primary and high school-aged girls looking for fun and friendship in a safe and supported environment.

We meet Thursday nights during school terms at Emmanuel Uniting Church, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm

All girls have the opportunity to earn awards and participate in leadership development appropriate to their age in smaller groups:

Prep - Grade 2 (Cadets)

Grade 3-5 (Juniors)

Grade 6-8 (Seniors)

Grade 9-11 (Pioneers)

Girls' Brigade empowers girls and young women to be themselves, to develop and use their gifts and skills, and to discover what it means to have life to the full in their generation. Our weekly program includes a wide range of activities that supports the spiritual, physical, and emotional growth of girls and is committed to the values of:

- Living: We live our lives with God at the centre. Our relationships are centred on Him and rely on His word and direction.

- Community: We promote a sense of Community and belonging within Companies

- Partnering: We partner with churches to reach local communities with the good news of Jesus Christ

- Uniqueness: We accept the uniqueness of each girl & leader, using our individual talents to serve others as we grow

- Safety: We require safety for all girls and leaders

- Fun: We have fun in everything we do!

We would love to welcome you to Girls' Brigade soon.

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Emmanuel Sunday School

Emmanuel Sunday School

Sunday School at Emmanuel plans to restart again from Sunday 31 January 2021, with 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 enrolment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/a5e52f18-e681-43e9-803c-7d761c3bea21)

We are also still encouraging households to continue with Faith at Home practices whether they attend weekly 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 will 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 2021 we will continue Digging into 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 at [www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home](https://vinteract.com.au/client/www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home), and we encourage you to connect with and talk about life and faith with your children during the week.

We look forward to "digging in' and connecting 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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