29 May 2020
Online Worship Service
We invite you to join us for our online service this Sunday, where we will fellowship together as we worship the living God, and hear from his Word on Sunday at 09:30am (AEST).
Head to https://mansfieldcrc.online.church/
Or find us on facebook:
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9:30am Online Family Service
Preacher: Ben Fien
Leader of Service: Louis
We have a Working Bee tomorrow, 30th May at 8 am at the Manse.
Earlier this week, all the furniture and content were moved to the new Church office. We’re asking for help in cleaning the Manse and Manse garden. Bring your big muscles, garden tools (forks, spades, rakes & pruning shears), ladders and cleaning materials (Cloths, mops and window cleaning equipment). If you have any spare tip vouchers, bring them along too.
This is a good opportunity to catch up with our fellow members and take this bull by the horns. Hope to see you there!
Missions & Outreach
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our Church supports a number of Missions and Outreach initiatives. Here is a short list of some of the work what we have supported during the past financial year:
- Bahtoo in Myiek. He sent us a number of reports. Please have a look at what he is busy with!
- New Life (see: http://www.newlifetrust.org.au/)
- Bible League (see: https://bl.org.au/)
- G.O.S.P.E.L. India (see: https://gospel.net.au/about/)
- Missionaries in Turkey. (We hope to interview them and post the interview next week.
Please look at this video https://youtu.be/DlwiAeO8Kjg, where Keith Benn talks about our responsibility to be witnesses. I encourage you to consider getting involved.
Please contact Francois on 0419 623 397 if God lays it on your heart to get involved.
Your brother in faith
Francois van der Walt
Behind the Scenes – Sunday Online Services
Since the Covid-19 lockdown, we’ve been able to see and hear our Family Service via electronic means, thanks to a team of creative and hardworking people. We are grateful for everybody’s willingness to serve in this manner. If you would like to see what things are like behind the camera, please follow these links:
Church Center App
We are in the process of implementing some exciting new changes to how we manage data in our church. One pretty cool result of this is that each of us now have access to an app for church-related information.
At the moment, you are able to do 4 things, but we are working on more great implementations which will hopefully appear in the coming months.
- See general information (service times, email, website link, etc).
- Update your own church data without contacting the office (email, address, medical notes, etc).
- See which elder district you are in, as well as the contact details for your elder (members only)
- Do a bunch of stuff which will make being a part of a fellowship group much easier. (Fellowship group calendar, messaging, and shared resources)
We encourage you to get the app and experiment around. It should be pretty straightforward, but if you run into any issues, feel free to ring Jesse on 0405673123 and I’ll be happy to try to help.
The name of the app is “Church Center”
Here is a link for android users:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ministrycentered.churchcenter&hl=en_AUHere is a link for apple users:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/church-center-app/id1357742931And here is a link to a (slightly more limited) version of the app as a website which should be useful if you are not a smartphone-type of person.
Dates have been set for the following Events:
- 30 May Working Bee
- 25 July Church Fête
- 16 August 40th Anniversary of Congregation
- 5 September Camp Oven
Sermons Available Online
MCRC sermons are now available online as podcasts on any of the podcast apps that are available.
To watch previous sermons click on this link:
Tithing & Donations
Although we have an alternative way to bring the sermon to you, we still have to serve our community and maintain our church. It is therefore important to continue with your regular tithes and donations.
Tithing and donations can be given via Direct Bank Deposit into the following bank account:
• Mansfield Christian Reformed Church
• Community Sector Banking (Division of Bendigo Bank)
• BSB: 633-000
• Account Number: 136614401
When you gift your tithing and offerings after the service, please type SS (Sunday Service) in the description in order for us to track givings related to the Worship Service.
Church Planting Taskforce
Pentecost Sunday is coming up (May 31st) and as part of the CRCA’s recommended offering schedule the Church Planting Taskforce has asked for this particular Sunday to be a day of prayer and financial support from our congregations. We wanted to remind you of this but also wanted to share with you some encouragement from two church plants that have been beneficiaries of your generosity. We are thankful for what God is doing in and through these church plants and are encouraged by their proclamation of the gospel into under-reached communities.
CRCA Women’s Convention 2021
‘May the Lord bless you and protect you.May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’ – Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)