11 April 2020 

Greetings

We trust that you are enjoying God’s grace today. This week people around the world will have their focus drawn to Jesus once more as Easter services are promoted and conducted in various places. I noticed too that channel 7 was planning to broadcast an Easter service live this year. Perhaps this year, more than ever, the world needs to be reminded that Jesus is the answer.

In accordance with the new regulations given last Friday, we will be able to livestream our church service this week from the church building – but, without a congregation of course. I would like to thank all of our members and friends for their patience in these ever-changing circumstances. We look forward to once again pointing people to Jesus as we worship God this Sabbath.

It will be a different kind of Easter this year, of course. People will not be visiting family and friends, eating dinner together, eating chocolate together, or holidaying together, as they might ordinarily do. Yet, in spite of the fact that we are in different circumstances, let us not forget that this weekend reminds us once again of the most significant event in the history of the universe. The great Creator, having become human, (which was astounding enough), then went to the cross to pay the price of the sins His creatures had committed. In so doing Christ displayed to the onlooking universe a picture of the character of God that powerfully revealed His great love for us through His self-sacrificial gift of Himself. What endless love. What amazing grace. Then to rise from the dead on the third day to guarantee everlasting life to all those who believe! Take a few moments to allow these great truths to sink in. We have much to praise God for today.

Our live streaming this Sabbath will begin at 9.30 am with Sabbath School, then continue at 11.00 am for church. We hope you will be able to watch and worship with us via the village TV channel 100, or through the live stream link we will distribute soon.

Plus One will continue to run on Zoom, the link will be in the Plus One Facebook Group, or you can contact Caleb Vaughan or the pastoral team for the link to this service.

If you would like to attend Infant, Primary, Teen, Youth, or DeCaf Sabbath School classes then please contact the leader of that class for zoom links so you can join in.

In other news, this week we will be letter boxing the village with post cards inviting you to let us know if you have any practical needs during this period of isolation. Do you have everything you need? Are you able to get your groceries? Do you need someone to pick up something for you? Your Pastoral team are only too happy to help, and you will find our contact details on the card, should you need our help, or simply want someone to pray with. This is of course not limited to those in the village, and if you have any of these needs, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

For those outside the retirement village, if you would like to fill out a card to letterbox your street there is a PDF you can print on the website and Facebook page. However, if you are unable to print them yourself, there is a small amount printed at the church office which you can pick up.

Wednesday night prayer meeting returns this week on Zoom at 7.00 pm.

We would like to remind you that whilst we are not meeting as a congregation we have set aside each Thursday as a day of prayer and fasting. If you are willing and able, please join us in petitioning God to pour out His Holy Spirit and awaken the world to the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We also want to thank you for continuing to support God’s work in these difficult times through your tithes and offerings. Please continue to use the e-giving link:

E-Giving: https://egiving.org.au/Avondale%20Memorial%20SDA%20Church

or use the offering envelopes available outside the office door.

For children there is also a children’s offering box that you can download and fold into a fun shape:

Children’s Offering Box: https://disciple.org.au/resources/little-house-of-blessing-offering-box/

During offering time it can be passed around and later dropped off at the church office between 9.00 am and 12.00 noon Monday to Friday, or put in the office letterbox if it is outside office hours.

This coming Sabbath we plan to have a short opening and closing Sabbath program on ZOOM.

We hope you will be able to join us.

Our online resource for this week, Is Genesis History?, looks at various lines of evidence in support of the Biblical record in the area of creation and the flood. You can watch the full movie at:

Is Genesis History? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM82qxxskZE&t

Or if you prefer, there are short excerpts you can share at:

Is Genesis History Excerpts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzjPwFPxtpZTJ1dq7cAkb3g

Please continue to check the church website for latest news, videos and updates.

May God continue to richly bless you, as you walk with Him in faith,

Pr Peter Watts 0419 550 205

Pr Steven Magaitis 0410 609 119

Pr Susan Magaitis 0405 277 250

Blessings

Pr Peter Watts