1 July 2020


Greetings friends

At the time of writing it is now 1st July and the first half of the year seems to have zoomed by—no pun intended.  Every week that passes brings us a little closer to the Lord’s return, and as the world gets darker the blessed hope grows ever brighter. Let us continue to look up, drawing strength and encouragement from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Having now endured months of Coronavirus challenges, we would like to hear from you as to how you have  experienced church during this difficult time. Please take a few moments to fill in the attached survey so that we can better understand how to serve God and our church through this period of time. If you wish to fill in a paper copy of the survey then please return the completed survey to the office. Alternatively, please complete the survey at the following link (contact church office for link). We would love to hear from you. 

Each week the pastoral staff discuss the possibilities of returning to meet as congregations. Managing government regulations is the greatest challenge to this at the moment. The regulations currently allow for one person per 4 square metres of floor space. This means that if we are to return as a congregation, the Avondale Memorial Church building would have a capacity of 153 people on the ground floor, with another 40 people in the balcony. The capacity at the MPC would be big enough to accommodate those attending Plus One. We would need to limit the capacity at Memorial to these numbers and be willing, if necessary, to turn people away once we had reached capacity. None of us would enjoy doing this, but these are the limits we are currently allowed. We would also need to register the names and contact details of each person entering the building, as well as maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres between people once inside the building. So, for us to return to congregations will require significant planning with a team of volunteers. If you would be willing to be one of those responsible for maintaining social distancing and registering attendees then please contact the pastoral staff. Our hope is that we can plan to open soon. 

Next week at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 7 July Peter Watts will begin the ‘Is God for Real?’ series via Zoom. Please plan  to invite your friends to participate with you for the first presentation ‘Does God Exist?’ After the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. The Zoom link below is for personal invitation: 

'Contact church office for details'

This Sabbath Dr John Skrzypaszek will be speaking at Avondale Memorial Church via the livestream feed, whilst  Pr Peter Watts will be sharing at Plus One. Pr Steven Magaitis will be leading the Sabbath School study team, and Decaf Sabbath School and Plus One adult Sabbath School are also available via Zoom. Please contact Pr Susan Magaitis for details. 

Zoom details for other meetings this week appear below:

Prayer Meeting Wednesday 7.00 pm

Opening Sabbath 4.45 pm 

Closing Sabbath 4.45 pm 

Our church is blessed with a team of capable Elders and we have an Elders’ meeting planned for this Monday at 7.00 pm via Zoom. If you are part of the Elders’ team, then please plan to attend. Zoom details will be sent by email. 

Finally, our free online resource for this week is ‘Creation, Noah & the Flood.’ This is the recently-released first episode in series three of Lineage which can be found at: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehmiQUV7mHc

In the current climate it is good to be reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love. See below Paul’s  counsel in the book of Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

‘For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor  things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Blessings

Peter Watts

Contact information:

Pr Peter Watts         — 0419 550 205
Pr Steven Magaitis   — 0410 609 119
Pr Susan Magaitis     — 0405 277 250