Weekly News 25 September 2020

Sunday 27 September:

Preacher:  Jun Tan       1 Peter 1:6-9   “Through Fire”

“Why do I keep on suffering? Why are my wounds incurable? Why won’t they heal? Do you intend to disappoint me like a stream that goes dry in the summer?” Jeremiah 15:18 GNB

During the week:

Care groups:   http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

SMALL GROUP:  Today we highlight Happiness Watcher, or Happy and Hopefully Women’s Fellowship, a very special group. Sarah writes, “2020 is such an unusual year. The epidemic has… made things a lot harder for immigrants like us, whose regular family reunions have been stopped due to travel restrictions. The wives and children are here while the husbands are back in China. “

There are nine women in the group, including Xuping, whose idea it was to start this group on July 20th for those whose husbands are in China and are unable to come to Australia. Each day they read a Psalm and watch a related video presented by Tamkang Church, Taiwan, from which they receive God’s words which strengthens their faith.  They then meet twice a month, and discuss any problems or issues that have arisen for them. Through this, they encourage and pray for each other.

On August 23, the group organised a ZOOM gathering to celebrate Sarah’s 50th birthday. They all sang Happy Birthday and shared a beautiful cake with her and her daughters. “It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience” writes Tina.  Linda writes, “Because everyone has the same experience that the husband and wife are separated, so we can understand each other better and have a better connection with each other. We encourage, care and pray for each other.”

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING, 18 OCTOBER

  • Reports in by 5 October please, to Grace Munro, balwynbaptistchurch@gmail.com
  • Nomination of Deacons, Treasurer, Chairperson and Secretary: A nomination formis attached. Be the person who nominates someone!

You will need to get in early to ensure you get it all signed and sent to Bert by 11 October.  Please pray about the appointment of leaders.

Deacons who have been serving for a while as well as new deacons need your affirmation as they consider a term of service. We will vote on these appointments at the Church Meeting on 18 October.