Bulletin Announcements – 12 June 2016
- Ladies Fellowship Evangelistic Event “Colouring Scripture”– Calling all women!!…Are you looking for a relaxed and informal way to invite your female friends to church? Have you noticed the amount of colouring books showing up in every shop corner? Please join us for a fun and creative afternoon of colouring and scrumptious food on Saturday, 25th June from 1pm-3:30pm. We will also be hearing from Lorien Atwood, illustrator of the popular book “Meditations: Beautiful Bible Verses for Colouring”. Location: WSCCC Upperhall. Tickets on sale today on the church lawn! Please see Betty Wong for more details.
- WSCCC Missions Month Event – The Many Faces of Islam: Islam is no longer a distant foreign faith in Australia. Some of us have Muslim friends or people we know and work with. But what do they believe? Also, the media sends us very mixed messages. It’s full of stories about Muslim terrorism on one hand, and Islamophobia on the other. Some say that Islam is inherently violent, others that it is peaceful. So which of these is true? Rev. Dr. Richard Shumack will answer these questions and more; and ultimately show us how easy it is to talk to Muslims about Jesus. Be our guest at this major event which will include a lecture, a question time, and supper afterwards. Thursday 23rd June 7:30pm – 10:00pm in the Upper Hall.
- Play Group invites children 4 years and under with their parents or carers to join our Road Safety Days on 21 and 28 June, 10am-12pm. We will have special days learning about road sign and being safe on the road (21 June) and having interactive play about road safety with cars and bicycles (28 June). Check Play Group message board downstairs or ask Liza or Day To for further detail.
Ariel writes – a weekly Scriptural devotion:
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:18-21 NIV)
Wow! And that’s how we’re meant to understand God’s plan for who gets saved and who doesn’t? Apparently so, but of course this doesn’t sit well with us. We don’t like someone having such unlimited and discriminant power over us. Either we’d like the power to choose or at least a more merciful God. But Paul doesn’t pull any punches; he attributes God’s actions to his sovereignty over creation as the Creator. Also, at end he refers to God’s “purposes”; in other words God has a plan in doing what he does. Paul’s point is simple; love it or loathe it – God is Sovereign, we are not. Personally, I still find it hard but also comforting because in the end he has shown me his mercy in Jesus; and I know I’m undeserving of that.
from pastor Ariel