Weekly News 9 April 2021

Sunday 11 April: 10am SERVICE:  At the church, or Click https://zoom.us/j/5172232020

Preacher Joseph Kim  Jonah 1:1-17  “WHEN GOD LOVES YOU ENOUGH TO INTERRUPT YOU”

God who is loving, gracious and slow to anger, uses interruptions in our lives not to get on our nerves but to redirect and reset our lives to be in line with his will. Ps. Joe will be sharing some of his own Jonah moments with us.

The service will focus on the young people of our church, but will be relevant to all who attend.

Ps. Joe is a 1.5 generation Australian-Korean Melbournian. He is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at Oakleigh Baptist Community, which has an English and Korean speaking congregation. He is studying full time at Whitley College and is also a part-time teacher at a local school. He is married to Alisha and has two beautiful children: Isabel (12 yo) and Joshua (9 yo).

THIS WEEK: Bible Studies and Conversational English are having a break for school holidays.

COMING UP SOON: Community Lunch, 18 April. As long as Covid remains controlled in Melbourne, we hope to have a more normal Community Lunch, with everyone bringing food. It is also planned not to have Table Talk on this occasion. Sounds like a celebration!

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

THE PHASES OF LIFE IN THE CHURCH

Last week we witnessed Vivien testify in her baptism of her commitment to follow Christ. We welcome her, and pray for her as she grows in her faith.

Also, when we had our church meeting the week before, we accepted Murray as a member of the church. Murray has been a long-term follower of Jesus, and we are blessed to receive him as a member of our family at Balwyn.

At the other end of the scale, we learnt last week of the death of Daphne Pretty on 30 March. She and Allen came to worship at Balwyn in 2015, and it didn’t take us long to appreciate them both. Unfortunately, very shortly after his first attendance Allen began to develop dementia. It was a hard road for Daphne once Allen needed to go into care. She was very diligent in her care of him, and she mourned his death on 28 9 2018. More recently, Daphne experienced some ill health, and became are resident of The Orchards Community, Templestowe. There, she found another avenue for her ministry of encouragement, and she will be missed not only by her family, but also the family at The Orchards. Helen and the family plan to hold a memorial service for Daphne in Sydney.

If you want to view the funeral service, or to leave a tribute or photo, click on this link: https://bethel.etributes.com.au/etributes/daphne-pretty/?fbclid=IwAR0BrhI3W_7PPNik4uxuNZXICh4cGAlhnIDlPmZP925F7fD_uucQRVUNOHI