12 August, 2022 12 August, 2022

14 August Newsletter

Front and Centre

Welcome to ‘The Story’. Today is our official launch. It has been a long build-up as we are getting ready and looking at how we can share the Story across all of our ministries. Why am I so excited about the Story. For me it meets one of the key desires and needs of people within our church. The Story makes the bible more accessible and helps people better understand history as God’s story and what God’s plan is all about. It takes the many stories and events of the Bible and helps us see them as a part of a unified whole. To better understand God’s plan for the world. The Story joins the dots and allows us to put it all together. As a whole of church approach, the Story provides us with the resources and the encouragement to deepen our relationship with God. It encourages us to read the bible (in a way that is more accessible and easier to understand), to pray and to meet with other Christians. These are the three practices at the core of our relationship with God. They are also at the core of the Story program. If you have not done so yet, you can still sign up for a small group. Talk to one of the leaders and get on board. If you don’t do bible studies can I encourage you to read the book, and talk about it with some friends. Everything starts this week. In all of this we need to remember that the Story is a resource or a tool. Our aim is not to read the Story. Our aim is to know God better, deepen our relationship with him and deepen our relationship with each other. Relationships is the key in all of this. Healthy relationships continues to be a core value, and one of the foundational building blocks of this congregation. The Story gives a better opportunity to do this better. I hope you are as excited and enthusiastic as I am.

Shalom

Brian

What's happening at Emmanuel

14 August The Story launch -BBQ lunch

15 August The Story small group studies begin (see below)

6 August - 3 September Enoggera Eisteddfod

22 August Church Council meeting with Consultation team

3 September Men's Breakfast

The Story

Its exciting that we begin this week. Don't forget to come for lunch. Bring your copy of the story with you as there will help with some of the activities that we will be doing. Hopefully people have already started reading and preparing by reading chapter 1.

Books are ready to be collected and paid for if you have not done so already. Small group leaders should have been in contact with you. If you have not yet organised your small group and your resources please try and do so this week and let Nathan know who is in your group. Come along for a BBQ with sausages bread and onion supplied with people asked to BYO other things to share. Starting from 11am.

The Story Launch - BBQ lunch

To celebrate the launch of The Story you are invited to a shared lunch at church. For those who want to come dressed as their favourite bible character you can (there will be a prize for the winner.) Sausages, bread, onions and sauce will be provided. Please bring some salad or dessert to share.. It should be an awesome day gathering after church from 11am till 1pm on Sunday 14 August.

The Story Small Groups

Haven't found your small group yet. Below is a list of our small groups, when they are on and who is leading them to help you if you haven't found your niche yet.

Day and time Leader/ Contact Venue

Monday 12.30pm Judy Briscoe Alderley

Monday 7.30pm Claire Hoole Everton Park/Online

Tuesday 2.00pm Robyn Battley Church

Tuesday 7.30pm Dom Chan

Thursday TBA Ross Heyde Church

Thursday 6.00pm Jess Pinkerton Church

Thursday 7.00pm Christine Manning Mitchelton

Thursday 7.30pm Martin Fisher Online

Sunday 8.00am Sally Nahak TBA

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6 August, 2022 6 August, 2022

7 August Emmanuel Events

What's happening at Emmanuel

24 July - 7 August Presbytery Consultation

6 August - 3 September Enoggera Eisteddfod

14 August Story Launch and BBQ

The Story

Most of The Story material has arrived and is available to pay and pick-up on Sunday. We will launch the Story next week 14 August with a BBQ lunch. Come along for a BBQ with sausages bread and onion supplied with people asked to BYO other things to share. Starting from 11am.

The story is a journey that will take us through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation over most of a year. It is an amazing journey that we hope you will be apart of. The more involved you are the more you will get out of it. We will be using this series in our worship each Sunday, for our small groups, Sunday School, even playgroup and Tiny Town.

The Story Launch - BBQ lunch

To celebrate the launch of The Story you are invited to a shared lunch at church. For those who want to come dressed as their favourite bible character you can (there will be a prize for the winner.) Sausages, bread, onions and sauce will be provided. Please bring some salad or dessert to share.. It should be an awesome day gathering after church from 11am till 1pm on Sunday 14 August.

We are hiring - Emmanuel Communications officer

Emmanuel Uniting Church is seeking an experienced Communications Officer to develop and grow the Church’s marketing and social media presence. You will manage the Church website, and assist with promotion and bookings for Church activities through effective use of Emmanuel’s social media channels and Church management software.

The position works with a range of stakeholders including Church staff, members of the congregation and the community to promote messaging and activities.

Key duties will include producing the weekly newsletter, social media posting, setup and scheduling of events using Church management software and providing training and assistance to church staff and congregation members.

Enquiries in relation to the position and the position description can be made via email to Brian Hoole brian@emmanueluca.org.au or 0435 242 000. Closing date Friday 12 August 2022.

Enoggera Eisteddfod 2022

The 2022 Enoggera Eisteddfod starts today and will go till Saturday 3 September. Are you interested and available to help out? Please contact Melissa Herron. Feel free to attend any of the sessions to hear some amazing musical talent.

Presbytery Consultation

Every 3-5 years the Presbytery conducts a consultation to assist the congregation to assess how it is going so as to strengthen the life and witness of the congregation. The hope is to guide the congregation into careful reflection of itself, its culture, assumptions and practices, in order to then create a clearer image for the leadership, so that it may be able to adapt or develop meaningful paths for the congregation to grow in Faith, Love and Hope. It further assists the Presbytery in understanding what needs the congregation may have, in order to develop those paths.The more people who complete the form the better picture that we have of the congregation. The results of the consultation and information from the NCLS survey earlier in the year help us as a church make better decisions as we plan for our future. The survey link is https://forms.office.com/r/shskL2mcFw or you can use the QR code. Please help us by filling in the survey.

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1 August, 2022 1 August, 2022

31 July 2022 Newsletter

Front and Centre

I find myself ‘waking up’ to the realisation that, upon reflection, the experiences that I have journeyed through have formed me for ministry. In preparation for the Worship Workshop that I am leading in early August I was ruminating about my values as a worship leader and how to communicate them well through practical exercises.

One of the exercises I have devised is about journeying through different parts of worship in a way that flows well and encourages continuity. The premise is that as we move from the end of one aspect and into the next, it’s helpful to try to take something from what came before and use it at the start of what is coming up. You sometimes hear this when we quote the start of songs as we lead into them. However, it is also helpful to be conscious of the ‘feeling’ or the ‘sense’ of what came before to be the foundation of what is to come. So if we have a moment where a sermon ends on a more reflective note: it is wise to be reflective as we come out of that space and then shift appropriately from there. If we do it well it creates a sense of flow and continuity, if we don’t do it well we risk trampling on important moments.

I was asking myself “wait… how do I do this? Why do I care? Where did this concept come from?” I realised that it came from my time studying jazz. When we used to learn about improvisation the encouragement was to “try to copy the end of what I do as the start of what you do.” I rarely managed to completely and accurately copy the person who came before me but attempts created a sense of continuity and flow as the ‘general idea’ became my starting point.

I never really thought that it would be a transferable skill, but here I am realising that jazz has helped me to be formed for ministry.

The question is this: how has your experiences throughout your life positioned you to take part in God’s mission of bringing more people into a relationship with him?

Is it a transferable skill?

Is it a passion that helps you relate to others and others relate to you?

Is it a series of experiences that help you to journey alongside others empathetically?

Maybe it is something else!

The last couple of times that I have preached I have focused on the reality that we all have a part to play as part of the body of Christ, and we must trust God with the heavy lifting of ministry. I find myself comforted as I realise that God invites us to take part, but in the end, he is so gracious and loving towards us as we stumble our way through discipleship. God forms us for ministry and I am so curious to see how God uses Emmanuel for the sake of His kingdom in the coming years

Grace and Peace

Dom Chan

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16 July, 2022 16 July, 2022

Emmanuel Communications officer - We are hiring -

Emmanuel Uniting Church is seeking an experienced Communications Officer to develop and grow the Church’s marketing and social media presence. You will manage the Church website, and assist with promotion and bookings for Church activities through effective use of Emmanuel’s social media channels and Church management software.

The position works with a range of stakeholders including Church staff, members of the congregation and the community to promote messaging and activities.

Key duties will include producing the weekly newsletter, social media posting, setup and scheduling of events using Church management software and providing training and assistance to church staff and congregation members.

Enquiries in relation to the position and the position description can be made via email to Brian Hoole brian@emmanueluca.org.au or 0435 242 000. Closing date Friday 5 August 2022.

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16 July, 2022 16 July, 2022

17 July 2022 Newsletter

Sunday 17 July 2022

Face to face Worship Services 8:00am and 9:30am

9.30am Sunday School.

Both services are live-streamed on our website and on Youtube.

What's happening at Emmanuel

18 July Church Council

22-24 July Brian and Claire away at Chrysalis Flight

23 July Enoggera State School Trivia Night

28 July Intergenerate Conference

30 July SMC training

14 August The Story launch -BBQ lunch

Front and Centre

What makes a good church? It's a very difficult question to answer. When I was Presbytery Minister I would often hear accounts from people of the good old days when congregations and Sunday Schools were full, and you would see pictures of Sunday School picnics with hundreds of children. There was a longing for the ‘good old days’. Recent events such as the Royal Commission have shown some of the dark side of that era. The widespread societal acceptance that we are all Christian and that the church is the central hub of our society has gone. The recent release of last year’s census data was the first time that the number of people identifying as Christian was under 50%. The number identifying as having no religion was 39%, only 4% less than those who identified as Christian. Even amongst those who identify as Christian we find that only 10% are regular church goers. They look like pretty sobering figures, and if you base things on figures it might be, but we are in the people business not the numbers business. Jesus started with 12 disciples, and though the Australian figures are challenging, and indeed the figures in most of the Western world, but world-wide we are in the middle of a revival, and there are more people becoming Christian across the globe than at any other time in history. Christianity is not dead. And in fact we are now finding that missionaries are coming from overseas to Australia rather than the other way around. What makes the difference? One of the differences is that we have forgotten how to invite people to come. Research has shown consistently that 75-85% of people come to church because someone asked them. As we seek to be Real people with a relevant faith for our community we need to be just that. Real, with a faith that is relevant and inviting. To be more invitational and welcoming. And this has to be true at a personal level. Its about real people not areal church. Its not about the programs and activities we run. They provide ameans for you to be invitational but it ultimately comes down to you. The strength of this, and any church, is, and always has been its people. Its about you.. The Story provides us with an opportunity to be invitational but it still comes back to you. I started by asking what makes a good church. I think the answer is you. You as a part of the church, as a part of the people of God make this a good church and I encourage you to continue to live it out.

God Bless,

Brian

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9 July, 2022 9 July, 2022

10 July Emmanuel Events

Sunday 10 July 2022

Face to face Worship Services at 8:00am and 9:30am

9.30 All age worship no Sunday School at today

Both services will be live-streamed on our website and on Youtube.

What's happening at Emmanuel

10 July Small group leaders training 10.45am

12 July Small group leaders training 1pm

23 July Enoggera State School Trivia Night

28 July Intergenerate Conference

28 July Amplify Conference

30 July SMC training

TBA Story Launch and BBQ

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4 July, 2022 4 July, 2022

3 July Newsletter

This week I’ve been blessed to get to spend the week with 80 children and 20 or so adults at Samford Valley Community Church for our annual presbytery Day Camp. Across the week we’ve learned that: God made people with a purpose, Jesus invited people to follow him, you can trust Jesus with your life and, how to love others the way Jesus loves you. Through Games, Craft, Cooking, Music, Worship, Prayer and Fun we have engaged with scripture and others to challenge and encourage each other to Make Waves, and to join God in changing the world around us.

Day Camp is one of the Mountain top experiences (named for the transformation that usually happens there: think Moses & the commandments, and Jesus’ transfiguration), that we offer within our yearly program, and is an important part of our children’s, youth, and young adult ministry. Such mountaintop experiences push us deeper into relationship with each other and with God, and because of the extra time spent together, and intentionality of the activities, we see great transformation happen at these programs.

Some of the current leaders and directors are young adults, and recent Day Camp graduates themselves, and have experienced God’s transformation for themselves. At Day camp, they have built supportive relationships that have enhanced their own Christian formation and life, and through the intentional leadership development built into the program, have learned how to, and are now giving back, and discipling the next generation of young Christians, and leaders in our churches. I got chills (the good, Holy Spirit induced kind) this week as I listened to a room full of children and youth today singing at the top of their lungs about “Jesus their King”, and “what Great Big things” they can do, and almost couldn’t believe it when I heard the fusion team (grade 7 & 8) crying out “I am a child of God” from across the camp as their leaders modelled how you can praise and worship anywhere, anytime.

Many of the children (20-25%) who attend Day Camp, do not have regular contact with church in any other way, and so at the same time as providing peak experiences and depth for our church families, at the same time, we are reaching those outside our churches, and offering connection with a faith community. A fresh expression called “Park Church” actually emerged out of Day Camp last year and over the last 12 months has been providing a safe space for those who don’t feel comfortable in a more traditional church setting to belong and explore what it means to be part of a faith community and believe in Jesus and share his love for us with others. In addition to the activities on site during the day, Day Camp also encourages and equips families by giving information and questions to parents to help guide conversations and further faith development at home. This grounding and connection back to reality, the local community and everyday life is a vitally important part of the mountain top experience, and one that is often missed.

Day Camp is a highlight of my year, for me personally, and for my own children and their faith and leadership development. Through our involvement, I get to see them learn and grow and be challenged and get to watch them teach and challenge others as they stretch their own faith and discipleship muscles. Through it I am also challenged and with each new challenge am further equipped for the new and exciting and crazy things that God calls me to do, to make my own waves, in His name, through the world. Thanks for your ongoing support for Day Camp, and I encourage you to join in next year, to bring your kids, or to come yourself and be part of it.

God Bless,

Jess

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25 June, 2022 25 June, 2022

26 June Events

Sunday 26 June 2022

Face to face Worship Services at 8:00am and 9:30am

Interactive prayer service

9.30 All age worship no Sunday School at today

Both services will be live-streamed on our website and on Youtube.

Worship resources for those at home is found at https://emmanueluca.org.au/sermons/26-june-2022

What's happening at Emmanuel

28 June - 1 July Day Camp

17 July The Story commences

23 July Enoggera State School Trivia Night

28 July Intergenerate Conference

28 July Amplify Conference

30 July SMC training

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11 June, 2022 11 June, 2022

12 June 2022

Sunday 12 June 2022

Face to face Worship Services at 8:00am and 9:30am

Sunday School at 9:30am

Both services will be live-streamed on our website and on Youtube.

What's happening at Emmanuel

12 June SMC training

28 June - 1 July Day Camp

17 July The Story commences

23 July Enoggera State School Trivia Night

28 July Intergenerate Conference

30 July SMC training

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