7 November 2019




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: Rev. Johann Eloff

Tema: “Laat die kindertjies na My toe kom”

Skriflesing: Markus 10:13-16

Teksvers: Markus 10:14b

Votum: Mattheus 28:16,17a; Wet: Mattheus 28:19a; Genadeverkondiging: Mattheus 28:20b


9:30am Family Service: Rev. Johann Eloff

Theme: “Let the Children Come to Me”

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:13-16

Text verse: Mark 10:14b

Call to Worship: Matthew 28:16,17a; Rules for Living: Matthew 28:19a; Assurance of Pardon: Matthew 28:20b



8 November – Jill van der Kley

11 November – Tony Schokker

13 November – Tanya Boshoff

15 November – Desireé Eloff

15 November – Phil van der Kley

16 November – Leo Stander

17 November – Thea du Plessis

17 November – Hanlie Oosthuizen

18 November – Ruth Pethybridge

19 November – Rhona Muller

19 November – Riana Stander

20 November – Marita Blignaut

21 November – Nico Blignaut


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


16 November – Working Bee (8am-1pm)

17 November – Kingdom Kids Prize Giving (9:30am)

24 November – Special Congregational Meeting (11am); Afrikaanse Kerssangdiens (7pm)

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

1 December – ROC Youth Step Out to Nerang (QLD Beach Day) (12pm); Christmas Carols Service (7pm)

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

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




1) Working Bee (Saturday, 16 November @ 8am – 1pm)

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The Maintenance Bulletin for November was emailed out on Thursday, 7 November. Please check your email inboxes. It contains a list of dates, a list of families rostered for each date, and the list of tasks to be performed.


Those families who were not able to attend on their allocated day earlier in the year are kindly requested to attend this last working bee for the year.


For more information, or if you want to add something to the list of tasks, please contact Peet van Buren-Schele on peetvbs@gmail.com or 0420 420 379.


Thank you in advance to everyone working together to make the maintenance work at our church a light and cheerful task.


2) Notice of Special Congregational Meeting (Sunday, 24 November 2019)

Sunday, 19 May 2019 (1)

As you may be aware, for the past four months there has been in place a Calling Committee who were tasked by Session to propose a shortlist of candidates to be considered for calling as the next minister for our Church.

The Committee met on eight occasions over the four month period. During this period the Committee carried out a profile of the congregation by conducting a Church Life Profile by NCLS. Several Reformed denominational ministers from around Australia were also invited to preach during our worship services. MCRC Session sincerely thanks the Chair, Johan Steyn, and all the members of the Calling Committee for their dedication over the last four months to allow us to arrive at this point.

The Committee resolved that due to the profile of our Congregation, the Minister would be required to be fluent in both English and Afrikaans. This requirement reduced the number of suitable Ministers around Australia from 58 to 13. The Committee then took into consideration, age, time spent in Australia, time spent at current congregation, and current availability.

Session decided to nominate to the Congregation that we issue a Call to Rev. Lourens Nel to become the next Minister of the Mansfield Christian Reformed Church. Unfortunately, Lourens chose not to accept the call to our church, as he also received a call to another Reformed Church and felt that God led him to accept their call instead.


Session has therefore decided to nominate to the Congregation that we issue a call to Rev. Gawie Cloete.


Gawie Cloete 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 fulltime 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 6 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 and Alba Cloete

Gawie Cloete

We encourage all members to pray about the call to Gawie.

If anyone has any legitimate reasons why we as a Church should not call Gawie to be our next Minister, could you please do so by advising the Chair of Session, either via telephone (0434 474846), or via email (bartolaw@gmail.com).

There will be a short Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday 24th November 2019 after the Family Service where we as Congregation will vote on issuing a Call to Gawie Cloete.

On behalf of Session I urge all members to give this your prayerful consideration, and to attend this important congregational meeting.

Yours in Christ

Barto du Plessis
Session Chairman


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) 10th Month Love Offering

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October has gone, but you still have the opportunity to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings that we receive from our Lord by giving through our special 10th Month Love Offering.


The 10th Month Love Offering is an offering that we bring to the Lord in addition to our regular tithings. Although we are a spiritual community, our congregation also has a material presence on earth, and we need earthly means to support our ministries and the functions of our church.


We ask the following in great humility:

  • Please give according to how the Holy Spirit leads you.
  • Please pray daily to our Father in Heaven that He will lead our Session and all the ministry leaders in wisdom when they make decisions on how to distribute our tithings and the 10th Month Love Offerings – it belongs to the Lord and we cannot do His work without His wisdom and guidance.
  • Please get involved in the ministries of our church. Our church can only bear fruit if we all serve God in accordance with the many gifts that He has blessed us with.


Envelopes are available at church, and can be placed in the collection bag during the collection.


Direct deposits can also be made into the church bank account:

  • Mansfield Christian Reformed Church
    • Community Sector Banking (Division of Bendigo Bank)
    • BSB: 633-000
    • Account Number: 136614401


4) “Afrikaanse Kerssangdiens” (Sunday, 24 November @ 5-8:30pm)

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The “Afrikaanse Kerssangdiens” will take place on Sunday, 24 November at 7pm. Prior to the service, there will be a dinner starting at 5pm. Bobotie with rice and salad, as well as “boerewors” rolls will be available. Tickets for the dinner must be bought ahead of time at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mcrc-afrikaanse-kerssangdiens-en-ete-tickets-75418501769. After the service, tea and coffee will be served, and we ask that people please bring a plate (sweet or savoury) to share.


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. Prior to the service, at 6pm, we will enjoy some refreshments 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.



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1) Casey CRC 50th Celebrations


We as the Christian Reformed Church of Casey (formerly Doveton Reformed Church) have been blessed by God to have been instituted now for 50 years. Our Institution date was actually on July 1st 1969.


Our celebrations will take place over the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of November 2019.


On Saturday we would like to have a family fun afternoon behind the church starting at 3 o’clock. We see this as a time of having games for the children, reconnecting, reminiscing and enjoying a spit roast afterwards.


Then on Sunday we would like to hold an official thanksgiving worship service at 3 o’clock followed by an afternoon tea.


We look forward to past members and those interested to attend our celebrations and specifically the thanksgiving service on the Sunday at 3 p.m.


2) Book about the history of the Christian Reformed Church of Kingston


A history of the Christian Reformed Church of Kingston has just been completed. Details about the book, reviews and how to order your copy, are attached.


3) Crossroads Prison Ministries


Crossroads Update October 2019

In this update we have included

  • Devotion – ‘The War is Over
  • A word from the President – Goals for next 12 months
  • A word from the Treasurer
  • Jack’s Desk – Send lessons to others
  • Student Testimonies


View the full Update online


Go to the Printable A5 Booklet version


Visit Website


4) CRCA Youth Convention 2020


Dates – 4th to 9th January 2020
Location – Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Ages – 16 – 28

Called is the 2020 Youth and Young Adults Convention of the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia. Convention has a rich history in the CRCA and the 2020 Convention will add to this rich history. This convention will focus on ‘Called’, specifically on what God has called us to be by the book of 1 Peter.


Activities Abseiling, Archery, Canoeing, Flying Fox, Giant Swing, Leap of Faith, Indoor Climbing Wall, Raft Building, & much more!


Early Bird – $415
Normal – $465
Price includes: Accommodation in cabins and meals from Saturday (04/01) to Thursday (09/01) Lunch


To buy tickets: go to – http://crcayouthconvention.com.au/tickets/


For more information about the convention, please click here. To view the promotional slideshow, please click here.


Story the Bible: Sharing God’s Story (21-24 November 2019, Maleny)

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Discover how to:

  • Learn and tell Bible stories
  • Teach Bible stories to others
  • Facilitate Bible studies using stories
  • Use Bible stories in ministry


Dates:             Thursday 21 November, 6pm to Sunday 24 November, 3pm

Venue:            Grice’s Macadamia Farm, 209 Burgum Road, North Maleny

Meals:             All included from Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch

Cost:               Single: $120 per person (includes all food and accommodation, notes, tuition and textbooks)

Couples: $100 per person (includes all food and accommodation, notes, tuition and sharing a single copy of the textbook)

Early-bird discount: $20 per person for registrations received by Monday 21 October.

Final date for registrations: Wednesday 13 November.

Non-refundable deposit is $20 per person; either the deposit or the full fee is required with registration to secure your place.

Register online: https://wycliffe.org.au/events/stb-maleny/

Contact:         Francois van der Walt, mobile: 0419 623 397 or

email: vunderbolt@gmail.com


RTC News


1) RTC Monthly – October 2019


Please click here to read the latest newsletter.


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


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


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.


10 November


Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Rev. Johann Eloff Rev. Johann Eloff
Elder Phil van der Kley Louis Nel
Deacon Coen Folscher Francois Oosthuizen
Reader Keith Moerman  
Door Greeter Vacant  
Coffee Duty G&R Muller / H&I Muller Hanlie Oosthuizen
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals   H&J van Wyk
17 November

(Kingdom Kids Prize Giving)

Family Service (9.30am) Afrikaans Outreach Service (8am)
Leader of Service Jeremiah Meliendrez Francois van der Walt
Elder Francois van der Walt Barto du Plessis
Deacon Braam Stander Francois Oosthuizen
Reader Phil van der Kley  
Door Greeter G&M Labuschagne  
Coffee Duty H Nel / K&E Olivier Lana van den Berg
Praise & Worship, Sound, Visuals Team 3 K Folscher, E du Plessis, M du Plessis


* Archived Bulletins


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