16 April, 2021

18 April Newsletter

Front and Centre

As we continue to reflect upon the life and ministry of Jesus it is very clear he was in the people business.

And so are we.

As a church it is essential we remember our core purpose which is about growing disciples. This is about growing people and emphasising people. We have been very blessed over the past few months to have some new families come to church. If you haven’t yet introduced yourself why not do say 'Hi' and introduce yourself to them on Sunday.

If you notice someone you don’t know, make the effort and say hello. One of the challenges for any church is avoiding the cliques and huddles and to embrace new people. As a church it is really important that we are all on the look out to include people who are on the edges. This is not just a job for the Ministry Team or those on roster but rather it is important that all of us are apart of helping everyone else feel welcome.

As events like Men’s Breakfast resume it is important to remember that the reason we have these events is to build relationships, not just to have a good feed or hear a good speaker (though we would hope we provide that as well). I would like to put a challenge out there for you all. Each week for the next 4 weeks can you try introduce yourself to someone new on Sunday, or someone you don’t know so well. Find out their name and a little bit about them. Maybe ask them who is in their family, or why they have come to Emmanuel, or more interestingly, what are they seeing God doing around them. Emmanuel has great people and its really important that we get to know each other and invest time into getting to know each other.

Rev Brian Hoole


9 April, 2021

11 April Newsletter

Front and Centre

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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1 April, 2021

1st April Newsletter

Front and Center

Easter has arrived. Easter is the most important festival on the Christian calendar. This year as we enter under the shadow of the COVID 19 pandemic and another community lock-down we are reminded of the dangerous and uncertain nature of our world. The world that Jesus was born into and lived in was equally dangerous and uncertain. Dangerous to the point of death. A horrible, lingering death on the cross. But it did not stop there. As much as we are people of the cross, we are even more people of the resurrection. We can not stop at the cross. Either on a personal or global scale, sometimes we allow ourselves to get overwhelmed and distracted by the events of the world. But we can not stay there. We must continue to remind ourselves that we are people of the resurrection. That we believe in hope, we believe in miracles. We believe in new life. That we have hope and that hope is based and grounded in Jesus Christ. Easter is our most sacred time of the year because it speaks more than any other time into how God addresses the human condition and defeats the powers and principalities of this world. It is at times like this that we need to remember the power of Jesus to overcome the powers of darkness and despair. Death is not the end but is a new beginning (! Cor 15:55-7). How we approach the world, how we look ahead depends on our perspective. We must hold onto the hope and new life that the resurrection brings.

Brian Hoole