Bulletin

28 November 2019

 

Welcome

 

A warm welcome, to all those who are worshiping in our church this Sunday. Please note that after the Family Service, every Sunday morning, you are invited for refreshments in the hall. If you would like some information about the church and our activities, please see one of our staff.

 

Worship Services

 

8:00am Afrikaans Outreach Service

1 December: Francois van der Walt

8 December: TBA

15 December: Francois van der Walt

22 December: Rev. Louw Malan

25 December: Combined Christmas Service at 9:30am: Rev. Johann Eloff

29 December: Rev. Louw Malan

5 January: Rev. Louw Malan

12 January: Rev. Louw Malan

19 January: TBA

26 January: No Afrikaans Outreach Service (Australia Day long weekend)

 

9:30am Family Service

1 December: Jesse Gollan

1 December (Christmas Carols Service at 7pm): Jesse Gollan

8 December: Rev. Bill Berends (Redlands CRC)

15 December: Rev. Tony van Drimmelen (Emeritus)

22 December: Rev. Louw Malan

25 December: Combined Christmas Service at 9:30am: Rev. Johann Eloff

29 December: Rev. Louw Malan

5 January: Rev. Louw Malan

12 January: Rev. Louw Malan

19 January: Ben Fien (Community Pastor at Bray Park Community Church)

26 January: Rev. Johann Eloff

 

Birthdays

 

2 December – Sharon Volschenk

5 December – Sunél van Renen

6 December – Aziz Staines

7 December – Ria de Beer

9 December – Carmen Muller

11 December – John Koekemoer

12 December – Hannah Koekemoer

12 December – Elna Olivier

14 December – Gerhard Labuschagne

19 December – Trevor Staines

20 December – Barend La Grange

25 December – Shandre Coetzee

25 December – John Davel

31 December – Kobus Kruger

 

2 January – Claire Thompson

3 January – Johan Steyn

7 January – Leilah Small

16 January – Marissa Rudman

17 January – Rueben Dercksen

17 January – Karla du Plessis

18 January – Elsabe Joubert

19 January – Hannelie Coetzee

23 January – Cara du Plessis

23 January – Fia Venter

29 January – Maureen Moerman

29 January – Teddy Moodley

 

Upcoming Events!

 

2019 promises to be an exciting year at MCRC! Diarise the following dates in order to be part of the congregation and share in our fellowship. More information regarding each event will be published in the weeks leading up to the event.

 

Click here for the 2019 MCRC Calendar

 

28 November – Church Admin Office Closes (12:30pm)

1 December – Annual General Meeting (11am); ROC Youth Step Out to Nerang (QLD Beach Day); Christmas Carols Service (7pm)

25 December – Christmas Day Service and Lord’s Supper (9:30am)

28 January – Church Admin Office Re-opens (9am)

 

MCRC News

 

1) Update: Calling Process

 

At the Congregational Meeting of 24 November 2019, the Congregation voted overwhelmingly in favour of calling Gawie Cloete to become our new Minister. Session met on 25 November 2019, and after discussing the concerns voiced by some members of the Congregation, unanimously decided to call Gawie. A Letter of Call was sent to Gawie, and he responded that they consider the call favourably, but that he would like to sit the colloquium doctum* before resigning his present position. (*Gawie is not an ordained minister of our denomination, and before he can be installed as our Minister, he would have to be examined by Classis Queensland). Session is of the view that given Gawie’s background in Reformed theology, this should not be too much of a hurdle. Classis will decide this coming Saturday about the nature of his examination, and when it can be done. We are hopeful that it would be done during the second week of December. Session asks the Congregation to continue praying that the Lord’s will be done, and that He will control the outcome of Gawie’s examination, to the benefit of His glory.

 

A short biography of Gawie Cloete

He was ordained in 1987 as a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Namibia. He completed his studies in South Africa and worked as a full-time minister in two congregations before he and his family left for New Zealand in 1997 for an overseas experience. After preaching on Sundays for a while, he was called to become the first pastor of the Afrikaans Christian Church in New Zealand where he served for more than six years. In 2005, Gawie received a calling back to Namibia, and he and his family left New Zealand in August of that year. They were in Mariental for almost six years and received a calling to the Bunbury Reformed Evangelical Church in Australia in 2011 where they have been for the last eight and a half years. Gawie is married to Alba, a teacher, and has an adult daughter, Karlien. He is a strong believer that all people must hear the good news of the Bible. Gawie and Alba are both Australian citizens.

Gawie has provided us with copies of two of his sermons (please click here to read them).

 

Gawie and Alba Cloete

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Yours in Christ

Barto du Plessis
Session Chairman

 

2) MCRC Office Closed for the December School Holidays

 

The Church Office will close on Thursday, 28 November at 12:30pm and will reopen on Tuesday, 28 January at 9am. If there are any urgent matters during this time, please contact a member of Session.

 

Barto Du Plessis (Chairman): 0434 474 846 (away from 18 December to 14 January)

Rev. Johann Eloff: 0405 364 361 (away from 17 December to 15 January)

Harold Muller: 0439 044 176

Louis Nel: 0415 742 092

Kerneels Olivier: 0403 344 690

Eugene Strydom: 0400 728 727

Phil van der Kley: 0408 880 698

Francois van der Walt: 0419 623 397

 

3) Kingdom Tots Teachers Needed for 2020

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Please pray about serving in our Kingdom Tots ministry in 2020. We require teachers to help supervise our Kingdom Tots. Please contact Ethan O’Donnell on 0401 860 796 or ejodonnell14@gmail.com if you want to serve, or need more information about the ministry.

 

4) ROC Youth Step Out to Nerang (QLD Beach Day) (Sunday, 1 December)

ROC Youth Beach Day

Twice each school term, ROC Youth (grades 7-12) will Step Out and join with the youth of Open House Reformed Church, Westside Christian Church, Bray Park Community Church and Redlands CRC for a night of food, fun and fellowship! Together we are The Assembly: gathering together in one place to get to know Jesus.

 

Our last Assembly for the year will be hosted by Open House Reformed Church.

 

Parents can contact Ethan O’Donnell on ejodonnell14@gmail.com to obtain an electronic copy of the permission form.

 

5) Christmas Carols Service (Sunday, 1 December @ 6-8pm)

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The Christmas Carol Service will take place on Sunday, 1 December at 7pm. Before the service, at 6pm, we will enjoy a light dinner together as a congregation. We ask that people please bring a plate (sweet or savoury) to share while we have coffee/tea, and catch up with friends.

 

6) Sermons available online

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MCRC sermons are now available online as podcasts. The link to the website hosting the podcasts is http://MCRC.buzzsprout.com.

 

7) Booking of Church Facilities

 

MCRC members are kindly reminded that church facilities must be booked before use for private or church events/activities. This is to avoid the inconvenience caused by double booking of the facilities as a number of different groups use our church facilities on a regular basis. The times and the facilities used can be viewed on the calendar. To make a booking and/or collect keys to use the facilities, please email admin@mansfield-crc.com or phone 3733 1579 (Mon to Thurs 9am-12:30pm).

 

CRCA News

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1) Prayer Request: CRCA Youth Convention 2020

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The CRCA Called Youth Convention is steadily approaching. In light of this, along with the shared conviction that nothing of actual value can be achieved on this convention unless God’s Spirit is powerfully at work as we speak the Word and love our young people, may I ask ministers, churches and leadership teams to please make a concerted effort to pray for this convention.

 

Please pray that those who do not know Christ will come to know him at this convention. Please pray that those who do know Christ will grow to new levels of height, depth, length and width in their love for Christ and indeed his love for them.

 

Warmly,

Ettiene de Wilzem (on behalf of the Convention Planning Committee)

 

2) World Transform – Compassionate Catalogue 2019

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COMPASSIONATE CATALOGUE 2019

The 15th edition of CC19 is now available! Please make sure you get your copy.

CC19 can be used as to get a glimpse of many international ministries.

Please also use CC19 to support great Kingdom projects.

When you give, pray that God would bless that ministry.

CC19 is also available on line.

Go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcCsVpBJiaQ&feature=youtu.be

For the King!

Bert Kuipers – CC19 editor.

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3) World Transform – Bushfire Appeal

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Please Pray for Bushfire victims.

  • Please pray for those affected; for the elderly, the children and the vulnerable.
  • Pray for those who have been evacuated and are uncertain of the future.
  • Pray that God’s people can be there to bring God’s comfort and hope in uncertain times.
  • Thank God that He is sovereign, ever-present, knows our needs and hears our prayers.
  • Thank God for infrastructure and emergency service personnel who have been able to rescue so many and protect so much property.
  • Ask God to send much needed rain.

 

Please give to the “World Transform” Bush Fire Appeal

World Transform is launching a special Bush Fire Emergency Relief Appeal. We have decided to give through the Presbyterian Church of Australia who have the means to help where most needed.

Local PCA congregations will be in a position to distribute help to those in need. The local churches work with those affected by fires to determine what they need and how best to deliver it. Sometimes this might be purchasing goods locally for distribution; sometimes it may be providing accommodation or clothes.

All funds and goods are delivered by locals to locals in need, within a caring relationship. 100% of all funds raised are passed on to those in need.

Money may be sent by EFT to:

World Transform

BSB     037608

A/C     131745

The gift must be identified as “Bushfire” in the message section.

 

Tax deductible receipts can be issued. If anyone wants a receipt, they must send their name, address and amount of the donation to worldtransform@crca.org.au.

 

4) Campbelltown Christian Reformed Church: Name Change

 

During a special meeting on the 3rd of November, the members of Campbelltown Christian Reformed Church voted with a 94% majority for a name change, from Campbelltown Christian Reformed Church to Hill Street Church.

 

The main reasons for the name change were practical, rather than matters of principle.

  1. People outside the church found Campbelltown Christian Reformed Church (an 8 syllable, 36 letter name) hard to remember. We also had difficulties to fit the whole name on signs, screens etc. We wanted to move the denominational name from the top line of the church name to a sub-line. But with more than 30 Christian Revival Churches (CRC) and only three Christian Reformed Churches, using CRC or CRCA abbreviations did not help, but caused more confusion.
  2. As Campbelltown is not only a suburb, but a city with a long list of suburbs and many churches much larger than ours, dropping the denominational name from the top line of the title forced us to choose a name that is more specific than Campbelltown. The name Hill Street Church surfaced to the top in our surveys and was officially approved early this month.

 

Although fully approved, the name will only change officially on the first Sunday of February of 2020.

  • Please thank God with us for being able to address something like a name change with such a sense of harmony, as is evident from the 94% support for this step.
  • Please pray for us that it will be more than the change of a label— that it will be a fruitful, Kingdom-building and purifying review process of everything we do.

 

In Christ

Dawie Jansen van Vuuren

 

5) Crossroads Prison Ministries – Update November 2019

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In this update we have included:

  • Devotion – ‘but of God who shows mercy
  • A word from the President – Working together
  • A word from the Treasurer
  • A joyful word from the Solomon Islands
  • Jack’s Desk – Mother’s care and mission
  • Student Testimonies

View the full Update Online

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Email Us

 

6) Crossroads Prison Ministries – A Christmas Gift of Freedom

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A Christmas gift of freedom!

Soon we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour – Jesus Christ.
Jesus came to give his life as a ransom for many.  Christmas is the time when we can give back to our Lord by doing something to bless the least and the lost. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” Matthew 25:40.

The task the Lord has given our Ministry is to connect inmates with mentors in a Christ-centred relationship so that lives are restored through the Gospel – for it is only Jesus who can break the chains of those in prison and give true freedom to those that seek him.

“I dropped tears because a sister in Christ who has the love of God in her heart, who teaches to the people who are lost and cares for people in need.  You have been a blessing to me and I will try my very best to do to others as you are now doing to me”- Jonathan

So far this year we have taken the Gospel of Jesus to over 100 prisons in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji reaching more than 750 prisoners.

As of the end of October Crossroads processed 6,273 Bible centred lessons proclaiming the Gospel and is well on track to exceed our target of 7,000 lessons for the year.

This has been achieved through the dedicated work of office staff, the many volunteers and through the financial support by many of God’s people such as yourselves.

For this we thank you, without your support, the cost of lessons provided to each inmate, postage and distribution of the lessons and the running of the office could not be met.

The task ahead of us is great.  We are challenged by the Lord to extend our reach to those in prison.  Our target for 2020 is 11,000 Bible study lessons proclaiming the Gospel.

An additional $84,000 is required to support the increased cost in achieving this target.

Crossroads is a faith-based organization. We do not receive any Government assistance and totally depend on donors and sponsors. We trust wholly and completely in God for the generosity of His people.

Give this Christmas a special meaning by supporting us in making 2020 a year where the Gospel is proclaimed to many more of “the least of His people”. Please could you give generously.

May God bless you richly for your support!

Tony Dedda

Committee of Management – Chair

Crossroads Prison Ministries (Australia)

 

Electronic Transfers:

Account Name: CPM Australia
Acct No: 1026 2023
BSB: 062 339

Donate via the website

 

Supporting Work In Missions (SWIM) News

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1) Katova High School Progress

Team leader Rod Peet, handing over the keys for the first completed classroom to the committee chairman Stanley Holara.

On the 31st of October the building team from Australia and the folk from the SWIM base left Honiara on the landing craft MUE TECK for the 14 hour trip to the Katova school site at Samasodu. On board we had with us two excavators and supplies to complete the first class room. One of the excavators was for our use and one more would come from a nearby logging camp. The excavators were used for the earthworks on site and for the handling of the logs used for milling timber. Once on the island the team increased by about 15 men from the surrounding villages to assist with the building project. After a week’s work not without rain and bogged machines we could give praise and thanks with the Katova School Committee that we could hand over to them a complete double classroom externally painted and in lock-up stage. The team prepared profiled set outs for four staff houses and logs for milling the timber for these houses. They will be built by the local folk from the district villages and be completed before we return in July 2020. We also improved the track to the staff housing area and that included a bridge for access.

 

Lord willing the first grade of high school will commence in 2021 with Charles and Lynette Kafa returning to the village to commence teaching. This will open opportunities for our denomination to be involved with teacher training/support and scripture teaching.

During our stay in Honiara our team leader Rod Peet had a number of meetings with members of government urging them to commit the promised support and funds to the project. As a result of these discussions we received confirmation that they will supply the hardware for the first four staff houses and SBD 2.9 million dollars ($500,000 AUS) has been allocated to the Katova High School project in the upcoming budget and being nominated as a development priority. Money from the Japanese Grass Roots program has also been obtained to build the third classroom block.

 

We do see God’s hand in the progress of this project as many times our prayers are being answered and funds and teams become available. July 2020 is set aside to build classroom two, this is planned to be a two team effort one after the other with a small overlap in the middle. To do this we need builders, caterers and handymen. Invitations are open to Pastors and Gospel workers to minister in the Samasodu village with leaders training and children programs.

 

Please prayerfully consider if you are called to be part of one of the teams in service to God. Thanks to all who have supported us in prayers and finance.

 

We serve a mighty and powerful God! Praise and honour go to Him and Him only.

 

Further information is available from Jack van Bemmel 0417 958 410 or jadvebe@bigpond.com

 

RTC News

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1) Job Opportunity: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Old Testament (14 February 2020)

 

The Reformed Theological College (RTC) in Melbourne, Australia, invites applications for the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Old Testament. The position is suited to someone who is able to teach Hebrew, OT exegesis and biblical theology, has a relevant doctorate or is a doctoral candidate, has considerable ministry experience, is committed to Reformed theology and is passionate about gospel ministry and theological training.

A full position description and application guidelines can be obtained by clicking here. Applications close Friday, 14 February 2020.

 

2) RTC Monthly – November 2019

 

Please click here to read the latest newsletter.

 

G.O.S.P.E.L. News

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Prayer points for November

  1. Praise God for 50 baptised believers from different mission fields last month. Kindly pray that these believers may grow in the Word of God and become clear witnesses for Jesus in their village.
  2. We had a blessed time at the annual seminar in early October. Rev. Bert Kuipers and Dr. Philip Scheepers gave encouraging and valuable teaching. These are great times of fellowship for the 75 evangelists also.
  3. World Transform has commenced another two Community Health Programs (CHP) in two more districts in October. These programs have good community support and are great way to enhance the preaching of the Word. We consider these to be wonderfully complementary ways to reach out to marginalized tribal people.
  4. We thank God for the on-going training program of 24 of our GOSPEL workers. These 24 men are being equipped to preach the “whole counsel of God”.

 

Good News Counselling

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Good News Counselling is:

  • An evangelism-oriented outreach ministry, aimed at families and family members suffering from extreme distress.
  • An extension of the Care Ministry of MCRC.
  • Provides a professional counselling service for both couples and individuals.

 

Contact us for an appointment:

Website – www.goodnewscounselling.com

Email – goodnewscounselling@gmail.com

Phone – 0405 364 361

 

Please note: The Care Ministry of MCRC sponsors the counselling fees of church and community members who cannot afford the fees.

 

Booking of the Manse for Functions

 

MCRC members are kindly reminded that the Manse must be booked before use for private or church functions. This is to avoid inconvenience caused by double booking of the facilities. Members are also reminded to clean up after themselves and to return all items that were used. During the week, the Manse is used as an office and a professional environment must therefore be maintained at all times. To make a booking and/or collect keys to use the facilities, please email admin@mansfield-crc.com or phone 3733 1579 (Mon to Thurs 9am-12:30pm).

 

Survival Kit for New Families

 

Our church has a container with glasses, cups, cutlery, plates, etc. to be used by anyone or any family in need (waiting on their own, or in between homes or who has moved interstate/immigrated) to use these items for as long as necessary. Please email admin@mansfield-crc.com or phone 3733 1579 (Mon to Thurs 9am-12:30pm) for more information.

 

Conference Room @ 421 Wishart Rd FOR RENT!

 

From training sessions, meetings, seminars, board meetings and workshops, our conference room, which can seat up to 19 people, is available for you to rent at a low hourly rate of $25! Key and cleaning deposit of $75 payable when making your booking. To book please email admin@mansfield-crc.com or phone 3733 1579 (Mon to Thurs, 9am-12:30pm).

 

Tithing & Donations

 

Members and visitors are welcome to make their regular or special tithings 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

 

Privileged to Serve

 

Thank you for being willing to serve our congregation, by fulfilling one of the tasks mentioned on our Duty Roster! May our Lord bless you in this process with His gracious presence.

 

December 2019

1 December Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Jesse Gollan Francois van der Walt
Elder Eugene Strydom Louis Nel
Deacon Rhona Muller JJ Pretorius
Reader Joy Moolman
Door Greeter P&J van der Kley
Coffee Duty R&S Pethybridge / Vacant Marieta Pretorius
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 1 K Folscher, S van Renen, D van Renen
1 December Christmas Carols Service (7pm) Jesse Gollan
8 December Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Rev. Dr. Bill Berends TBA
Elder Barto du Plessis Kerneels Olivier
Deacon Coen Folscher Johan Steyn
Reader Keith Moerman
Door Greeter H&F Venter
Coffee Duty L&M Rudman / M Schroeter Elna Olivier
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 2 H&J van Wyk
15 December Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Rev. Tony van Drimmelen Francois van der Walt
Elder Francois van der Walt Barto du Plessis
Deacon Braam Stander Francois Oosthuizen
Reader Phil van der Kley
Door Greeter Vacant
Coffee Duty T Small, L Small / B&R Stander Vacant
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 3 K Folscher, E du Plessis, M du Plessis
22 December Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Rev. Louw Malan Rev. Louw Malan
Elder Phil van der Kley Harold Muller
Deacon Gerrie Labuschagne JJ Pretorius
Reader Gerrie Labuschagne
Door Greeter G&M Labuschagne
Coffee Duty E&F Strydom /

P&S van Buren-Schele

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Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 4 H&J van Wyk
25 December Christmas Day Service (9:30am) Rev. Johann Eloff
29 December Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Rev. Louw Malan Rev. Louw Malan
Elder Louis Nel Kerneels Olivier
Deacon Corneels de Waard Johan Steyn
Reader Gerrie Labuschagne
Door Greeter K&M Moerman
Coffee Duty P&J van der Kley / Vacant Vacant
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 5 K Folscher, S van Renen, D van Renen

January 2020

5 January Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Rev. Louw Malan Rev. Louw Malan
Elder Eugene Strydom Kerneels Olivier
Deacon Rhona Muller JJ Pretorius
Reader Joy Moolman
Door Greeter H&F Venter
Coffee Duty J&A van Wyk / F&S Volschenk Sunel van Renen
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 1 K Folscher, S van Renen, D van Renen
12 January Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Rev. Louw Malan Rev. Louw Malan
Elder Phil van der Kley Louis Nel
Deacon Coen Folscher Johan Steyn
Reader Phil van der Kley
Door Greeter P&J van der Kley
Coffee Duty C Zhou / N&M Blignaut Yolande Steyn
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 2 H&J van Wyk
19 January Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Ben Fien TBA
Elder Francois van der Walt Barto du Plessis
Deacon Braam Stander Francois Oosthuizen
Reader Keith Moerman
Door Greeter K&M Moerman
Coffee Duty H&T Boshoff / V Botha Ella du Plessis
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 3 K Folscher, E du Plessis, M du Plessis
26 January Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Rev. Johann Eloff Rev. Johann Eloff
Elder Barto du Plessis Harold Muller
Deacon Gerrie Labuschagne Johan Steyn
Reader Gerrie Labuschagne
Door Greeter G&M Labuschagne
Coffee Duty V Claassen / L&H Coetzee Tanya Ferns
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 4 H&J van Wyk

 

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