每周新闻2021年4月9号

411日主日崇拜

  • 早上10点崇拜在教会聚会,或网上崇拜,链接https://zoom.us/j/5172232020
  • 讲道Joseph Kim    约拿书1:1-17“当上帝因爱而拦阻你的时候”

神是慈爱的、仁慈的、不轻易发怒的,他拦阻我们,不是为了刺激我们,而是为了改变我们的生活方向,使我们转向他的旨意。Joe将与我们分享他自己的约拿时刻。

崇拜的焦点是教会的年轻人,但也会与所有参加的人相关。

Joe是第1.5代澳大利亚和韩裔墨尔本人。他目前在Oakleigh社区浸信会担任青年牧师,该教会的会众讲英语和韩语。他目前在Whitley College全职学习,同时也是一所学校的兼职教师。他和太太Alisha有两个漂亮的孩子:Isabel(12岁)和Joshua(9岁)。

本周活动:查经小组和英语会话在学校假期暂停聚会。

近期活动:4月18日 社区午餐。只要冠状肺炎在墨尔本继续得到控制,我们有希望举行一个正常的社区午餐,让大家带食物来分享。这次聚餐将不进行餐桌会议,感觉像个庆祝活动。

怀小组http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

教会生活的各个方面

上周,我们见证了Vivien在洗礼中承诺要跟随主耶稣。我们欢迎她,并在她信仰成长的道路上为她祷告。

此外,在再上一周举行教会会议中,我们接受了Murray 成为教会成员。Murray是主耶稣的长期追随者,我们很容幸地欢迎他成为Balwyn家庭的一员。

在生活的另外一面,我们上周得知Daphne Pretty于3月30日去世。2015年,她和Allen来Balwyn参加崇拜,没过多久,我们就很喜欢他们俩。不幸的是,Allen在参加崇拜后不久,A就开始患上老年痴呆症。对Daphne来说,如果Allen需要住进护理院,情况将会非常艰难。她非常努力地照顾Allen,并于2018年9月28日为他的逝世而伤心。最近,Daphne身体不太好,她住进了养老院The Orchards Community, Templestowe.。在那里,她找到了一个新的激励人的事工领域,不仅她的家人会想念她,养老院的大家庭也会想念她。Helen和家人计划在悉尼为Daphne举行追悼会。

如果您想观看葬礼,或者想要表达哀思悼念或上传照片,请单击此链接:https://bethel.etributes.com.au/etributes/daphne-pretty/?fbclid=IwAR0BrhI3W_7PPNik4uxuNZXICh4cGAlhnIDlPmZP925F7fD_uucQRVUNOHI

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

每周新闻2021年4月2日

44日主日崇拜

(注意,夏令时结束,请记得调整时间)

  • 讲道谭军牧师    使徒行传2:41-42“圣经、洗礼和面包”

从复活节的经历中诞生的早期繁荣教会的生活和成长中,有三样东西是必不可少的:圣经、洗礼和面包。我们被呼召去建立和发展这种新约文化。。

本周活动:查经小组和英语会话在学校假期暂停聚会。

近期活动:

4月11日:Joseph Kim牧师,Oakleigh浸信会助理牧师,将来为青年崇拜讲道。

4月18日: 社区午餐。只要冠状肺炎在墨尔本继续得到控制,我们有希望举行一个正常的社区午餐,让大家带食物来分享。这次聚餐将不进行餐桌会议,感觉像个庆祝活动。

怀小组http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

集体创伤反应的五个阶段

作为一个社会,我们经历了新冠肺炎的危机,这影响了我们的教会。整个过程需要24到60个月的时间才能完成。危机的各个阶段是:

突如其来的影响:一年多前,我们第一次听说新冠肺炎,没过多久,我们就感受到了其影响。此外,一些社区也发生了火灾。

英雄主义阶段:我们看到人们对危机做出反应,互相打电话,通常说:“我很好。”

幻灭阶段:我们厌倦了危机带来的不自由,普遍感到疲惫。这就是我们目前所处的阶段。当你能够承认,再多的英雄行为也改变不了损失已经发生这个事实,而生活中还是有美好的东西,你已经处于幻灭阶段的尾声。

重建和恢复阶段:这些努力不同于英雄主义,因为他们已经超越幻灭,充分意识到失去,这就是为什么这个阶段包括悲伤时光,意外的回忆,纪念的时刻,以及新的倡议和创造。

更明智的生活阶段:人们重新思考自己的身份,停顿,重新调整。在这个时候,上帝可能正试图教导我们一些新的东西。

Weekly News 2 April 2021

Sunday 4 April:

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

NOTE: Daylight Savings ends, so make sure you adjust your clocks.

Preacher Jun Tan   Acts 2:41-42        “BIBLE, BAPTISM AND BREAD”  

Three things were essential in the life and growth of the early flourishing church that was born out of the experience of Easter: Bible, Baptism and Bread. We are called to build and develop this New Covenant culture.

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

COMING UP SOON: 

11th April: Pastor Joseph Kim, the Associate Pastor (Youth) at Oakleigh Baptist Community, is coming to speak at our Youth Sunday .

18th April: Community Lunch. 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/

PHASES OF COLLECTIVE TRAUMA RESPONSE

As a society, we have been through the Covid crisis, and that has affected our church. The whole process takes 24 – 60 months to complete. The phases of the crisis are:

Sudden impact: A little over a year ago, we heard for the first time of Covid-19, and it did not take long for the impacts to be felt. In addition, some communities had also experienced fires.

Heroic phase: We saw people responding to the crisis, phoning each other, and generally saying, “I’m OK.” 

Disillusionment phase: We get tired of the limitations of the crisis, and generally feel tired. This is the stage we are in at the moment. You’ve reached the end of the disillusionment phase when you are able to acknowledge that no amount of heroics change the fact that this loss has occurred, while also goodness still exists in life.

Rebuilding and restoration phase: There efforts are different from heroics, because they exist beyond disillusionment, in full awareness of loss, which is why this phase includes times of grief, unexpected remembering, and times of memorial, alongside new initiatives and creations.

Wiser living phase: where people rethink their identity, pause, re-pivot. At this point God may be trying to teach us something different. 

每周新闻2021年3月26日

3月28日主日崇拜

  • 早上10点崇拜在教会聚会,或网上崇拜,链接https://zoom.us/j/5172232020
  • 讲道Geoff Ryall    约翰福音 13:1-20“成为打破常规的人”

耶稣在很多方面“打破了常规”,他的所作所为与犹太人对弥赛亚的期望大相径庭。他呼吁我们打破常规,这样别人才能看明白我们与耶稣之间的关系。

(如果在线参与崇拜,请在崇拜结束时打开您的视频,以便我们可以问候您)

教会会议:崇拜结束后将有一个非常简短的教会会议

本周活动:查经小组和英语会话照常进行。许多小组学校假期将暂停聚会。

近期活动:4月2日:耶稣受难日崇拜,上午9:30。简短的反思崇拜。

    4月4日:复活节崇拜和洗礼(请为Amy Zhao和Vivien Qiang祷告),

请注意:  夏令时于4月4日结束,请记得调整时间。

怀小组http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

儿童、青少年和青年:我们教会非常幸运地拥有相当多25岁以下的人。如果所有25岁以下的人(他们的父母都来博文浸信会)在同一天来到教堂,你会为他们人数之多感到惊讶。事实上,青少年和年轻人来了,但他们在教会找不到其他同龄人,令他们感到非常失望。这也让儿童团契、青少年团契和青年小组的领导人感到沮丧。

请你在为我们的教会祈祷时把这件事放在首位。在周三的执事会议上,我们开始讨论这个问题,我们很想知道神在这方面的带领。

我们将在4月11日举行一次特别的青少年崇拜。请邀请你们的孩子来参加。

财务报告:本财年从2020年7月至2021年2月,我们的日常奉献收入比预算的多了$306,并且我们还收到了为购买和安装炉灶的特别奉献$7,040 和 Marj Higgins 遗赠的$15,000。

教会的开支与预算基本一致(比预算低$85)。

我们预计未来几个月租金将低于预算,而JobKeeper的收入将于3月份结束。

本财年至今,扣除待支付的维修费,我们有$15,000的盈余(预算是亏损$5,000)。我们为此感恩,感谢上帝的慈爱信实和会众们的慷慨捐赠。

总而言之,我们的财务状况非常良好。

Weekly News 26 March 2021

Sunday 28 March:

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

Preacher Geoff Ryall   John 13:1-20 “BE THE ONE TO BREAK THE MOULD”  

Jesus broke the accepted mould, doing things very differently to what were the Jewish expectations of the Messiah. He calls us also to break the mould, so that others can understand what a relationship with him truly looks like.

(If viewing online, please turn your video on at the end of the service so we can greet you)

Church meeting: There will be a very short church meeting after the morning service.

THIS WEEK: Bible Studies, Conversational English continue, with many having a break for school holidays.

COMING UP SOON: 

2 April: Good Friday Service, 9.30 am, a short reflective service.

4 April: Easter service and baptisms (pray for Amy Zhao and Vivien Qiang),

NOTE: Daylight Savings ends, so make sure you adjust your time.

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

CHILDREN, TEENS AND YOUTH: We are very blessed to have quite a number of people under the age of 25 in our church. If all of the under 25s (whose parents come to Balwyn Baptist) came to the church on the same day, you would be surprised how many they are. As it is, the teens and youth come, but they find there are few others of the same age there that day, and that is very discouraging. It is also discouraging for the leaders of Kids4God, Tweens4God and Youth Group.

Can you please make this a high priority as you pray for our church.  At the Deacons’ meeting on Wednesday we started to talk about this, and we would love to know God’s leading in this area.

We will have a special youth service on 11 April. Please let your families know.

FINANCES: Our offering levels were up $306 against budget for this financial year, also we received special gifts for the oven ($7,040) and $15,000 from Marj Higgins estate.

Expenditure was lower than budget expectations, however we expect to have pay around $13,000 for maintenance soon.

We are expecting that rentals will continue to be lower than anticipated in our budget, and JobKeeper payment conclude in March.

In the year to day from July 2020, we have a surplus of $15,000, for which we are thankful. God is good, and people are generous. Overall, our bank balances are very positive.

每周新闻2021年3月19日

3月21日主日崇拜

  • 早上10点崇拜在教会聚会,或网上崇拜,链接https://zoom.us/j/5172232020
  • 讲道Grace Munro   约翰福音 8:31-36,加拉太书  4:6-9, 4:31-5:1

“做一个自由成长的人”— 做基督徒并不意味着我们没有负担。但我们也会背负一些不必要的负担。我们需要记住,基督已经做了我们得救所需的一切,我们是神所爱的儿女。

周年纪念:今天是教会104周年纪念日!

社区午餐和圆桌会议:午餐由教会提供

餐桌谈话的主题是“关系/邀请性”。它是基于一段视频,讲述了如何使教堂的崇拜对教会以外的人更具“邀请性”。这段视频表明,邀请人们去教堂的基础是你与他们之间已经建立了关系。

探讨洗礼:崇拜结束后活动,还有2周。

本周活动:    查经小组和英语会话照常进行。

近期活动:    

3月28日:教会会议

4月2日:耶稣受难日崇拜,上午9:30

4月4日:复活节崇拜和洗礼(请为那些将接受洗礼的人祷告),夏令时结束。

怀小组http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

橡树小组:本周六(3月20日),橡树小组将举行今年的首次聚会。他们将在Leon 的餐厅见面。

去年,这个小组无法聚会,但小组成员们保持联系。

这个小组不定期地聚会,通常每月一次,给弟兄们有机会聚在一起,分享食物,讨论对他们重要的事。这些聚会对弟兄们的个人建造以及他们在家庭中扮演的角色都有所帮助。

如果你有兴趣参加,请联系Chris Zhang。

Weekly News 19 March 2021

Sunday 21 March:

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

Preacher Grace Munro   John 8:31-36, Galatians 4:6-9, 4:31-5:1

“BE THE ONE GROWING IN FREEDOM”   Being a Christian does not mean that we have no burdens. But there are some unnecessary burdens we carry. We need to remember that Christ has done everything that is needed for our Salvation, and we are God’s love children.

Anniversary: The church turns 104 today!

Community Lunch and Table Talk: Lunch will be provided.

The topic for Table Talk is “Relationships/Invitational.” It is based on a Video clip, about how it might be possible to make the church service more “invitational” for people outside the church. However, the video suggests that the basis for inviting people to come to church is the relationship you already have with them.

EXPLORING BAPTISM: After the service another 2 weeks.

THIS WEEK: Bible Studies and Conversational English continue.

COMING UP SOON: 

28 March: Church Meeting

2 April: Good Friday Service, 9.30 am

4 April: Easter service and baptisms (pray for those who will be baptised), Daylight Savings ends.

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

OAK TREE: This Saturday (18 March), the Oak Tree Group will meet for the first time this year. They will meet at Leon’s restaurant. 

Last year it was difficult for the group to meet, but the men continued to have contact throughout the year.

The group, which meets ad hoc, often about once a month, gives opportunities for men to come together, share food, and to talk about the things which are important to them. The time helps to build them up individually, and in their role in their families.

If you would like to join them, contact Chris Zhang.

每周新闻 2021 年 3月 12 日

3月14日主日崇拜

  • 早上10点崇拜在教会聚会,或网上崇拜,链接https://zoom.us/j/5172232020
  • 讲道谭军牧师   马可福音 10:35-45 ​“做那个往下爬的人”

仆人心态源于永恒,从亘古到亘古,它都是神性中的一部分;仆人心态,让我们更加上升接近耶稣,同时也更加远离虚假的自我形象。

探讨洗礼:崇拜结束后活动,还有3周。如果你想更多地了解洗礼的意义,加入这个小组学习会对你有所帮助。请让谭军知道你有兴趣。

本周活动:    查经小组和英语会话照常进行。

近期活动:    

3月21日:社区午餐和圆桌会议 (庆祝教会成立104周年)

3月28日:教会会议

4月2日:耶稣受难日崇拜,上午9:30

4月4日:复活节崇拜和洗礼(请为那些将接受洗礼的人祷告),夏令时结束。

怀小组http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

与神同工:在上周的崇拜结束时,Linda的先生赵老师决志信主,这是一件非常令人激动的事。我们敬佩他在教堂台上宣扬他的新信仰的勇气。许多人在达成这个里程碑上发挥了重要作用:。

  • Linda对上帝的信仰与日俱增,这对他来说是一个很好榜样。
  • 教会的姐妹们定期聚会,为因疫情而无法与丈夫见面的姐妹们提供支持和代祷。
  • Linda也加入了以斯帖小组(Esther Group)和探索者小组(Seeking),这些小组的成员也为赵老师接受耶稣祷告。
  • Jasmine和她的家人邀请赵老师和其他人吃饭,餐桌上谈到了信仰问题。谭牧师的布道对赵老师提出的问题给出了明确的答案。因此,Leon现在邀请弟兄团契在他的餐厅聚会。
  • 当赵老师到教会参加崇拜时,Chris 在崇拜期间与他和其他一些人一起谈论耶稣。
  • 会众的友好和喜乐令他感动。

许多人在赵老师接受上帝的过程中起了作用,但最终是上帝拯救了他。让我们赞美上帝,并为赵老师本周回国的行程祷告。

Weekly News 12 March 2021

Sunday 14 March:

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

Preacher Jun Tan  Mark 10:35-45 “BE THE ONE CLIMBING DOWNWARDS” 

Servanthood is divine, godly and eternal. It is one more step up toward Jesus and another step away from my false personhood.

EXPLORING BAPTISM: After the service another 3 weeks. If you would like to know more about what Baptism means, it is worth being part of this group. Let Jun Tan know of your interest.

THIS WEEK: Bible Studies and Conversational English continue.

COMING UP SOON: 

21 March: Community Lunch and Table Talk (It is also the Church’s 104th anniversary)

28 March Church Meeting

2 April: Good Friday Service, 9.30 am

4 April: Easter service and baptisms (pray for those who will be baptised), Daylight Savings ends.

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

WORKING TOGETHER WITH GOD: At the end of last week’s worship service, it was gratifying, when Zhao, Linda’s husband, expressed his faith in God. We honour his courage for proclaiming his new faith in front of the church. Many people had a role to play in coming to this point.

  • Linda’s growing faith in God has been a great example to him.
  • A group of women have met regularly to provide support and prayer for women and their husbands who have been unable to meet because of the pandemic.
  • Linda is also joins the Esther Group and Seekers, and those members also have prayed.
  • Jasmine and her family hosted a meal for Zhao and others, and spoke of faith issues. Jun’s sermon (unbeknown to him) gave a clear answer to the questions Zhao had raised. (As a result, Leon has now invited the men’s group to meet at his restaurant.)
  • While Zhao was in Australia and joined us, Chris Zhang spent time with him and some other men during the sermon time to speak about Jesus.
  • He saw the friendliness/happiness of the congregation.

Many people had a part to play in Zhao’s coming to faith, but ultimately it is God who saved him. Let us praise him, and pray for Zhao as he has returned to China this week.