11 April Newsletter

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9 April, 2021

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It's a real pleasure to welcome Peter Armstrong, who is sharing with us this weekend. Pete and his family were part of our Emmanuel family before entering ordained ministry where he now is part of the ministry of Uniting Care Qld.


The Good Friday picnic was a great success with many families gathering (in a COVID-safe way) at Teralba Park. The kids had a great time on the playground, running around and riding their bikes. The all-age soccer game was great fun. Thanks to all who participated, and I hope you enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did. COVID has made church gatherings more difficult but they are an important (and fun) way to build and strengthen our Christian community. Hopefully we can run more of these events as the year progresses.


Regular prayer and Bible reading are the hallmarks of a committed Christian disciple. Similarly, praying and reading God's word together are the hallmarks of a discipling church. Shortly we'll commence an eight session study series called "Holy Spirit Dependence", which focuses on the life of Jesus and how He connected with the Father through prayer and God's Word. If the COVID disruption of last year has interrupted your explore group, or you are ready to try a small group for the first time, this is a great opportunity to start a new routine. Small groups are a great place where we can learn from each other, support each other and build Christian community together. Our hope would be that everyone can participate in some way in a small group that allows them to grow as a Christian disciple.


We all have an important role to play in prayer - thank you to those who have a regular prayer routine and uphold the ministry of our Church. Please continue to uphold our Ministry team, the upcoming small group series, the Tiny Town transition, a new Youth ministry which is being developed, our work in the local Schools, the work of School Chaplains.  


May God continue to bless you as we build authentic Christian community together.

Nathan Robertson

Church Council Chairperson

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I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to the past leaders who have contributed to my leadership, the congregation of Emmanuel Uniting, my family, the girls, leaders and their families for your constant support, enthusiasm, encouragement and prayers. Girls’ Brigade has helped me to be more confident and do things that I would never have dreamed I could do, so I thank all who had the vison over 40 years ago to start up a company as part of our church.


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