Happenings News of churches of Christ in Australia - March 2008

Welcome to this month’s Happenings! Thanks to those who have sent news for this periodical for this month! If you want to send information please email it to tedpaull@hotmail.com either in text or Word files, or mail it to P O Box 41 NORTH RYDE NSW 1670 or ring (02) 9888 9664, (02) 9878 3008 or (02) 9878 1078. Ted Paull
Victorian baptism
Hannah Bain was baptised in Yackandandah (near Wodonga-Albury) at the end of January.

Perth Conversions
On Sunday 2nd March Benford Moyo was baptised into Christ. His wife De who was baptised in Zimbabwe several years ago has also commenced worshipping at the Malaga church. Sandra Hogan who has come to Perth from the USA was restored to Christ on February 24th.

Victorian Autumn Camp
"Well Worth the Walk" is the theme for this camp at Lake Nillahcootie on March 21st-24th. Graeme Offer, Graham Wall, Stephen Males, Raymond Kirkpatrick, Geoff Thomas, Brett Christensen and Mark Davison will speak on reflections from the book of Colossians. The full cost for four days and four nights is $140 for adults. Contact Brett Christensen on (03) 9776 6215 or qoheleth@optusnet.com.au for more information.

Evangelism Reminder
Hunter Valley Christians bulletin, Hunter Encourager, now includes a regular feature, “This Week's Evangelistic Encounter” (TWEE) which reports on examples of evangelistic outreach and teaching within the church at East Maitland. Example in evangelism was important in the New Testament (as evidenced by Paul and the Philippians, as well as the book of Acts and the ministry of Jesus and his disciples). The church at East Maitland is using TWEE to help Christians see different ways in which they can share the gospel of Jesus within their community. Recent examples have included approaches made at Newcastle University, and actual conversations conducted at Greenhills shopping centre.
“Adventures in Marriage”
This is the theme of women’s classes on marriage to be taught at the Macquarie (Sydney) church by Martha Wharton. These lessons will be presented on Monday evenings at 7-9pm beginning on March 24 (Easter Monday).

Family Picnic
A Family Barbecue is planned for Centennial Park, Sydney on Saturday 5th April. Staring at 11am the outing will be held in Ash Paddock, off Darley Road, next to the Randwick gates. Activities will include a devotional, games and great company. To RSVP, for information on food to take and all activities please contact Binh Truong on 0403 266 469 or banbinhtruong@gmail.com or Megan Storer at megan.scholefield@immi.gov.au or 0412 289 904.

Tasmanian Camp
"Camp Barnabas" Lectures are planned to be conducted from 21st - 24th March at Bridport on the North-East coast of Tasmania. This year the theme will be “Faith to Move Mountains". For more information contact Barry Hume (03) 6326 8750 or bhume@netspace.com.au.

Special Session at MSOBS
Three weeks of special classes taught by Ed Wharton and John Massie will be conducted by Macquarie School of Biblical Studies in Sydney during March and April. Topics will be Biblical Christian Evidences and The Scheme of Redemption. Classes will begin on March 25 and will be from 9.30am-3.30pm four days per week for three weeks.

Turner Returns
Former HIM (Helpers in Missions) worker Joshua Turner returned to Australia on February 27th. He plans to work for two more years with the Hunter Valley (NSW) congregation—before his proposed marriage to Binh Truong in April 2010. His emphasis with the church will be on children's ministry.

Anzac Day Picnics

In Melbourne on April 25th a picnic is planned for Jells Park, Wheelers Hill at the Stringybark Picnic area from 10:30am.

The Perth ANZAC Day Picnic/BBQ will be held at 11am at Synergy Park, Kings Park.

Queensland Camp
Camp Harmony is planned to be conducted from 21st - 24th March at Gympie on the property of Tony & Joanne Cronin. This year the theme will be “The Family". The cost is $10 per person with a maximum of $30 per family and the deadline is March 14th. Write to P O Box 170 GYMPIE, QLD 4570 or contact Richard Parr on 07 5573 6486 or Selwyn Smith on 07 5483 5486.

Preaching Hike
Ten men from Australia, New Zealand and the USA met with the Eastside (Launceston, Tasmania) church on February 17th and 24th at the beginning and end of their six day hike from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. Four of the men assisted the congregation with preaching and teaching on these Sundays.

Youth Activities at Warringah
The Warringah (Sydney) church recently had two events for youth: Fifteen young people attended an afternoon for highschoolers on February 17th. A lesson on having Jesus as your Best Friend was presented by Stephen Males of the Kurrajong church. Sixty-four were present for the Youth & Young at Heart meeting on February 24th when William Solis of the Southwest congregation taught on working together in a lesson entitled “You & Me and Jesus”.

Hebrews Classes
David Carr, from the Hunter Valley congregation, will teach a series of classes for the Belmore Road church in Melbourne, from April 9th to the 13th. The classes will focus on the Book of Hebrews.

Youth & Young at Heart
The next session is on Sunday March 30 at the Warringah (Sydney) church when it is planned for Adam Frank to be speaking on “Jonathan”.

March 21st-24th
Autumn Camp @ Lake Nillahcootie, Victoria
March 21st-24th
Camp Barnabas @ Bridport, Tasmania
March 21st-24th
Camp Harmony @ Gympie, Queensland
March 24th
Start of “Adventures in Marriage” @ Macquarie, Sydney
March 25th
Start of Special Session @ Macquarie, Sydney
March 30th
Youth & Young at Heart @ Warringah, Sydney
April 5th
Family Barbeque @ Centennial Parklands, Sydney
April 9th-13th
Hebrews classes @ Belmore Rd church, Melbourne
April 25th
Anzac Day Picnic @ Jells Park, Melbourne
April 25th
Anzac Day Picnic @ Kings Park, Perth
May 30th -June 1st
Youth Retreat @ Cataract River Ranch, NSW
June 14th-15th
Seminar @ South East church, Melbourne
Jul 16th-20th
MSOBS Lectureship @ Macquarie church, Sydney