25 November, 2022

27 November 2022 EmmanuelEvents

Sunday 27 November 2022 - Advent 1

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

Boys and Girls Brigades join us for all-age Worship at 9.30

What's happening at Emmanuel

Saturday 26 November Girls Brigade Display

Sunday 27 November Brigades service - start of Advent

Sunday 27 November 4.30-7pm Christmas Hamper packing

Monday 28 November Christmas Hamper distribution begins

Sunday 4 December 10:45am Congregation meeting

Saturday 10 December 7am-10am Men's Breakfast - Combined Sing-a-long

Saturday 10 December UEL Graduation & Christmas Party

Sunday 11 December 11.30am Church Council break-up

Sunday 11 December 4pm Service of Solace

Saturday 17 December 9-11am Christmas Art Event

Sunday 18 December 5pm food, 6pm Community Carols service

Tuesday 20 December Carols singing to shut-ins

Sunday 25 December 8am Christmas Day service

Sunday 1 January Start of summer services.

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19 November, 2022

20 November 20 Newsletter

Front and Centre

It is hard to believe the end of the year is in sight. We have concluded the Story for this year. Next week we begin Advent and our preparation for Christmas. This week we will be having a focus upon some of the missions that we engage with as a church. As a church we are active both locally and overseas. This week we want to celebrate that. Christine Bryant has just concluded her time in Senegal and will be sharing with us this week of her work there and what God has in store for her going forward. Judy Briscoe will also be sharing about the work she does as a part of this church as it partners with the church and people in Noro in Solomon Islands. We will also be launching the Everything in Common gift catalogue appeal. This how you can buy a chicken, pig even goat poo for that person who has everything and see it goes to someone who needs it in a developing country. . As we think about mission we need to remember that mission is not something we do to someone, but rather it needs to be a two way street. Mission is more than giving money, mission is about being in relationship with people and allowing those people to change us just as we try and effect positive change for them. Mission does need financial supporters, and that financial assistance is important but evne more it needs people on the front line, actually engaging and building relationships with people. The important question for us is where are we actually engaged and involved in people’s lives and where do they engage in ours. We will celebrate with Christine as she shares how she has been in mission in Senegal since 2005 and how that has changed her life. Judy will share how she has grown and changed as she has involved in mission in connecting with the people of Noro.

The heart and core of mission is relationship. Your mission area is where you are engaged. That can be overseas but for most of us it is where we are now. It can be at home, at school, or at work. For some it is about Community Helping Hand. For others it doing RI or Kid’s Hope at a local primary school. Most weeks I go to Indooroopilly UC to volunteer with their refugee clinic. The question is where are you involving yourself, where are you in relationship with people, and what are you doing about it. As a part of Emmanuel’s commitment to grow disciples we need to continue to encourage people to be in mission, to be engaged in people’s lives. This is one of the purposes that Emmanuel affirms.

Brian

What's happening at Emmanuel

Saturday 19 November 11.30am Cleaning Bee

Saturday 26 November Girls Brigade Display

Sunday 27 November Brigades service - start of Advent

Sunday 27 November 4-7pm Christmas Hamper packing

Monday 28 November Christmas Hamper distribution begins

Saturday 10 December 7am-10am (Wo)Men's Breakfast - Christmas Celebration

Saturday 10 December UEL Graduation & Christmas Party

Sunday 11 December 11.30am-3pm Church Council break-up

Sunday 11 December 4pm Service of Solace

Saturday 17 December 9-11am Christmas Art Event

Sunday 18 December 5pm food, 6pm Community Carols service

Tuesday 20 December Carols singing to shut-ins

Sunday 25 December 8am Christmas Day service

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1 October, 2022

2 October 2022 Emmanuel Events

Sunday 02 October 2022 -

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

9.30 All age Worship with No Sunday School this week

What's happening at Emmanuel

09 October The Story resumes

23 October Congregational meeting

05 November Men's Breakfast - Speaker Jesse Caulfield

Elder's Discernment and Election

Following our discernment process I am happy to announce that there are 6 people that have responded by agreeing to nominate. They are

-Lisa Caulfield -*Bronwyn Cox

-Sonya Cornwell -*Noel Pinkerton

-*Rosemary Costello -Amy Wakem

Those marked with an * are re-nominating. Please pray for wisdom as we discern who we will elect on 23 October. There are 5 vacancies to be filled. Information about the nominee will be available next week.

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24 September, 2022

25 September 2022 Newsletter

Over the last 12 months the Church leadership have been wrestling with the question ‘God what next?’, or ‘God what are you calling us to?’. The previous 2-3 years has been a time of pruning and challenging times with leadership challenges followed by COVID. Through these times there has bene a firm belief that God is calling us into something and we need wisdom to discern the way forward. We have been drawn back to re-affirm our core values of

- Fervent Prayer We will always and in all seasons, pray, knowing that only God’s direction, in God’s time and in God’s way can we be the people God has called us to be.

- Healthy Relationships At our heart we are called to build and nourish healthy relationships with God, with each other and with our community.

- Christ-like Growth As disciples of Jesus we are called to become more and more like him, modelling our life on his.

- Transforming Worship We will creatively worship God with all that we are and all that we do, passionately seeking to find expression for people’s spiritual gifts to honor God and transforming people’s lives

- Intentional Outreach We believe that intentional outreach is a calling for all followers of Jesus. We will also seek to share the gospel out of genuine love with everyone we come into contact with in our everyday lives

For the last year we have focused on fervent prayer and healthy relationships knowing that discerning and following the Holy Spirit’s leading and building strong relationships with each other are the core of who we want to be. That we are called to be a relational church building strong relationships with each other and with God. Our four ‘e’s, exalt, explore, embody and engage, give us direction and focus as we try to do that. As Church Council met last week we started looking towards next year and what it will hold. It was very clear that we need to hold to and encourage our core values. That we want to be a church who grows disciples who grow disciples. It was also clear that now is the time to invest in that future and so you will hear a proposal in church tomorrow about future staffing for 2023 that focuses on how we encourage and grow our people, our families and our young people to become more like Jesus. To live out what God is calling us to. It will involve stepping out in faith and responding to what we hear God saying to us. We look forward to sharing more developments as we move forward.

Shalom

Brian

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3 September, 2022

4 September 2022 Emmanuel Events

What's happening at Emmanuel

2 September Elders nominations begin

3 September Men's Breakfast 7am

3 September Eisteddfod Prize Winners Concert 6.30pm

18 September Elders Discernment concludes

23 October Congregational meeting

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27 August, 2022

28 August Newsletter

Front and Centre

This week the Church Council met with the Presbytery Consultation Team to discuss the initial results from the recent consultation survey. Some 44 people completed the survey. Following this meeting a final report will be written that will be shared with the congregation. The survey was positive in that it affirmed the things that we do well and indicated some gaps that we need to work on. What we are doing well? The survey indicated that we have a strong sense of our mission and purpose and that people are encouraged to live this out. That being real people with relevant faith for our community, and being a people who want to grow disciples who grow disciples was not only well known but was also something that we encouraged people to try and live out. That there was a high level of respect and trust for our leadership and trust in the way decisions were being made, as well as the actual decisions being made. There was a transparency in decisions being made which enhanced that trust. The gaps identified is that we need to look at how we welcome new people and help them become active and fully participating members of our church community, and how we integrate our pastoral care and discipleship programs to ensure that we are seeking to provide for people’s pastoral needs. Though we have plans in both of these spaces we are not yet doing them as well as we would like. It is great to see the increased volunteerism across the roles and activities of the church but there is still too much being done by too few. Overall the discussions were very positive and reflected well on a church that knows where it is going and is seeking to move in that direction. Though not reflected in the survey the implementation of The Story is increasing our connectedness, has increased our explore group ministry, continued an integration of teaching across all of our ministries and will increase our biblical literacy and understanding. Under the last few years COVID has made life difficult but as we come out from the spectre of COVID, The Story will help us re-build in the right direction. Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey and to the Presbytery team that helped us reflect on these results.

Shalom

Brian

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19 August, 2022

21 August Emmanuel Events

Sunday 21 August 2022 -

The Story Week 1

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

9.30 Sunday School

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

What's happening at Emmanuel

15 August The Story small group studies begin

6 August - 3 September Enoggera Eisteddfod continues

22 August Church Council meeting with Consultation team 6.30pm

3 September Men's Breakfast 7am

3 September Eisteddfod Prize Winners Concert 6.30pm

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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

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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