每周新闻2020年10月23日

1025日主日崇拜

上帝知道我的需求。我可以信赖他。他从不食言。

  • 早上11:25圆桌会议:讨论我们在基督里的自由 – 我们被从什么中释放出来,我们为了什么而被释放。请带上《圣经》。

周间活动:所有小组继续在网上聚会。

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

感恩:  

  • 上周的教会年会:
    • 感谢教会财务主管过去三年来作出的卓越贡献。祝愿她和她的家人一切顺利。
    • 任命新的财务主管,再次任命秘书,3个执事为执事,与现有三个执事一起共事。
    • 年度报告表明,即使在充满困难的2020年,我们仍然是一个健康、不断成长的教会。
    • 新接纳的会员,还有那些准备在COVID限制解除后接受洗礼并成为会员的弟兄姐妹。
  • 感谢翻译团队不间断的工作。在线崇拜增加了他们的工作量,但他们应对有方,感谢他们的辛勤工作
  • 感谢音乐团队在目前限制出行的困难条件下,继续为主日崇拜提供更多的音乐。
  • 感谢谭军牧师,他在过去的7-8个月里做了许多额外的工作使我们顺利转换到在线崇拜,还有胥平师母陪在谭牧师身旁,做了很多牧养和关怀工作。
  • 感谢每周参加查经小组(每周约35人以上)以及其他提供社交互动、读经、祷告、鼓励和支持的小组的弟兄姐妹。
  • 感谢那些以实际的方式,包括参加崇拜活动,给予经济支持,协助行政和财务管理等方式,对教会生活做出贡献的人。

Weekly News 23 October 2020

Sunday 25 October:

Preacher:  Geoff Ryall 2 Kings 4:1-7  “What to do when you don’t know what to do”

Key Point:  God knows my need. I can trust him. He will not fail.

  • 11:25AM TABLE TALK: We will be looking at our Freedom in Christ– what we are freed from, and what we are freed for. You will need your Bible with you.

During the week:  All groups continue to meet online.

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

WE GIVE THANKS

  • For last week’s Annual Church Meeting:
    • The remarkable contribution made by Wei Li as our Treasurer for the past three years. We wish her and her family well as they move forward.
    • The appointment of our new Treasurer, the reappointment of our Secretary and 3  Deacons, to serve alongside with the other 3 existing Deacons.
    • The Reports which showed that we are a healthy, growing church, even in the midst of the difficulties of 2020.
    • The newly accepted members. Also for those who are waiting for the pandemic restrictions to end so that they can be baptised and become members.
  • For the Translation Team’s continuing work. The move to online services has added to their workload, but they have responded very well and we appreciate them.
  • For the members of the Music Team who are increasingly providing our music for Sunday services, even though that too is not easy to do with the current restrictions.
  • For our Pastor, Jun Tan, who has done exceptional additional work during the past 7-8 months as we have adapted to online services, and also Xuping Liu who provides a lot of pastoral support and care for many people alongside Jun.
  • For the large numbers of people who are participating in Bible Study Groups each week (around 35 or more every week) and in various other groups which provide social interaction, Bible Reading, Prayer, encouragement and support.
  • For the many people who make a contribution to church life: in practical ways, in participating in worship services, in giving financial support, in administrative and financial support, and so on.

每周新闻2020年10月16日

1018日主日崇拜

让我们成为一个敬拜、祷告和奉献的新族类,生命不断更新,方向不断向神看齐,因为我们生来就注定不平凡.

  • 早上11:25:教会年会

周间活动:所有小组都已经结束学校假期休息,恢复正常活动。

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

 

年度大会和崇拜一样是属灵的聚会

我们星期天来参加教会年度大会,当我们为我们社区的发展方向做决定时,我们教会的目标是追随基督的脚步

我们有许多的理由感谢基督在过去一年带领我们走的道路。这是充满挑战的一年,然而上帝的赐福超出了我们的预期。

请为会议将作出的决定祷告:

1.执事、秘书及财务主管的委任:

  • 被提名为执事的有Geoff Ryall,Janet Washington,Grace Munro,Tina Xiao
  • Bert Zerbst被提名为秘书
  • Tina肖被提名为财务主管。

2.执事建议我们接纳以下新会员:

Tracy Chen在加拿大受洗,几个月前Jessy Chen, Jessy Liang, 孙忆君, Elaine Sun, Annie Sun, Tiaufeng Tao在本教会受洗。

3.本财年的财务预算:

在许多人面临财务困难的这一年,Joyce预计,如果我们能够在2021年初恢复在教堂聚会,并且其他租用教会的团体从一月开始正常支付租金,我们将有$7,600的盈余。如果要到7月才能恢复使用教会并收取租金,我们将会有$7,300左右的亏损。

Weekly News 16 October 2020

Sunday 18 October:

Preacher:  Jun Tan Isaiah 37:30-32  “We’re created for significance”

Key Point: Let us be people who serve, pray and give to see life change and to align our life with God’s purpose because we were created for significance.

  • 11:25: ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING

During the week:  All groups have now resumed online after the school holidays.

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

A CHURCH MEETING IS AS MUCH A SPIRITUAL GATHERING AS IS OUR WORSHIP SERVICE

We come to the Church Meeting on Sunday, and the aim of our church is to follow in Christ’s footsteps as we make decisions about the ongoing direction of our community.

We have every reason to give thanks for the way in which Christ has led us during the past year. It has not been an easy year, and yet God has blessed us beyond our expectations.

Please pray about the decisions to be made at the meeting:

  1. Appointment of Deacons, Secretary and Treasurer:
  • The people nominated as deacons are Geoff Ryall, Janet Washington, Grace Munro, Tina Xiao.
  • Bert Zerbst has been nominated as Secretary.
  • Tina Xiao has been nominated as Treasurer.
  1. The deacons are recommending that we accept the following people as members:  

Tracy Chen was baptised in Canada, Jessy Chen, Jessy Liang, Yijun Sun, Elaine Sun, Annie Sun, Tiaufeng Tao were baptised at Balwyn Baptist some months ago.

  1. The next year of finances:

In a year when many people face difficult financial situations, Joyce has indicated that if we are able to meet again at the church in early 2021 (and other groups resume meeting in the church), we will conclude the July 2020-June 2021 with income greater than expenditure. If we can’t resume meeting until July, we may only face a loss of around $7000.

每周新闻2020年10月9日

1011日主日崇拜

耶稣说“凡有的,还要加给他,叫他有余;没有的,连他所有的也要夺过来。”指的是什么意思?

  • 儿童谈话:展示并演讲-请准备一件你小时候穿过的衣服或鞋子并告诉我们关于它的故事。

周间活动:所有小组都已经结束学校假期休息,恢复正常活动。

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

祷告

  • 市议会选举:祷告神引领我们在10月23日的市议会选举。
  • 学生返校:一些家庭和家长欢喜庆贺;另一些感到担心害怕。请为教会的孩子们祷告。
  • 为10月18日教会年度大会祷告。

教会年度大会将于10月18日举行:

报告:附上PDF电子版报告,如果您需要打印的报告请告诉gracemunro8@gmail.com

一位组长写道“我们意识到病毒的流行使每个家庭都有更多的时间在一起,所有的家庭成员都有更多的机会见证和经历怎样信靠主,在困难的时候耐心等候他。最终我们意识到这次的病毒流行是神的呼召。”这段话来自一个无法在线上聚会的小组,但他们彼此建立了更加密切的关系。神在我们当中行了神迹。

谭牧师确认他在2019年年度大会所写“神使我们向下扎根并向上结果”。做为主任牧师我很高兴地向大家汇报,你们对神的心意的响应非常出色。你们正在扎根和结果。好样的,教会!

另一位组长说“教会的文化比教会的愿景更重要”。“我感恩神赐给我生命中的一切,他无尽的爱,教导我们去爱和彼此支持,使我们看见黑暗的隧道尽头的曙光。”

请您务必阅读这份报告-神在我们当中所行的令我们深受鼓舞!

提名执事,财政,主席和秘书:最后的机会。附上提名表。如果您相信好的领导团队对教会很重要,请祷告,准备好由两个提名人及被提名人签好名的提名表,于10月11日前交给Bert。我们将于10月18日的年度大会上投票任命。

Weekly News 9 October 2020

Sunday 11 October:

Preacher:  Jun Tan Matthew 13:1-12, 25:24-30  Accountable to Christ

What does Jesus mean when he teaches that those who have will have more so that they will have an abundance, and those who have nothing will lose even that.

  • Kids Talk, show & tell – please bring a piece of your clothing or a pair of shoes you’ve worn when you were little and tell us about it.

During the week:  All groups have now resumed online after the school holidays.

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

Please pray:  

  1. City Council Elections. Please pray for God’s leading as you vote by 23 October.
  2. Childrenreturn to school again. For some (including many parents!), this will be a great celebration. For others, it will be daunting. Pray for the children in our church.
  3. Church Meetingon 18 October.

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING, 18 OCTOBER

REPORTS (A pdf copy attached. If there are a few people who cannot read the attachment, let gracemunro8@gmail.com know and I’ll try to get a hard copy to you.)

One contributor wrote, We “realized that the epidemic has given every family more time together, and all family members… were given more opportunities to witness and experience how to trust God and have patience in Him during times of difficulty. Finally, we understand that the epidemic is God’s calling.” This came from a group which has been unable to meet online, and yet they have been able to build relationships and draw closer to one another. God has worked miracles among us.

Pastor Jun affirmed what he wrote about a year ago in the 2019 Annual Report and said of this year, “God has been causing us to take root downward and bear fruit upward. I am glad to report, as your senior pastor, that you have responded exceptionally well to God’s will for us. You are taking root and bearing fruit. Well done, church!”

Other quotes: “Church culture is more important than Church vision.” “I am ever grateful to God for everything I have in my life, for his constant love and teaching us to love and support each other, which enables us to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Please make sure you read the reports – it is inspiring to see what God has done among us.

NOMINATION of Deacons, Treasurer, Chairperson and Secretary:  LAST OPPORTUNITY. A nomination form is attached. If you believe good leadership of the church is important, please pray, and get your nomination papers signed and sent back to Bert Zerbst by Sunday 11 October. Two members need to nominate any person, and the nominee also needs to sign the form.  We will vote on these appointments at the Church Meeting on 18 October.

每周新闻2020年10月2日

104日主日崇拜

  • 周日夏时制开始,时钟往前播一小时
  • 早上10点网上崇拜点击链接https://us02web.zoom.us/j/480278172
  • 讲道Kate Pocklington   约翰一书 3:1  何西阿书11:1-4 路加福音 22:42-43

天父的心-当人们被“他的伤医治”,因主耶稣的死我们得到的最奇妙的礼物就是与上帝我们的父亲重归于好,深入和亲密的关系

周间活动:

  • 英文会话,Shalom和芥菜籽小组将于本周五开始活动。
  • “寻求者”小组分成两个,周二12.30-2pm和周三10am活动。欢迎新成员。
  • 如果你想参加小组请联系Grace,gracemunro8@gmail.com, 0425 707 386.

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

小组:

今天我们来介绍“芥菜籽”小组,这是成立了多年的中文查经小组。在学校学期里每周五晚上英文会话结束以后活动。这个小组的成员必须参加网上一年按时间顺序读圣经的计划。 读经中遇到的问题可以发布在网上,由谭牧师在聚会中回答。每个参与者都有机会分享他们在每周读经中看到的亮光。聚会的主要内容是讨论谭牧师在周间给出的探讨性问题,启发参与者思考神在圣经中说了什么,神对我们说什么,神对我说什么。

这个小组有大约20个成员,有的住在悉尼,中国和日本。我们允许不发言的参与者上网聆听。鼓励参与者分享与本周读经有关的挑战,成功和失败的故事 。我们彼此代祷祈求圣灵带领我们每天的生活。这个小组的焦点是用神的话改变我们的生命而不是局限于神的知识。

教会年度大会将于10月18日举行:

  • 请于本周日10月5日前交报告給Grace Munro, balwynbaptistchurch@gmail.com
  • 提名执事,财政,主席和秘书:附上提名表,请大家阅读和提名。

已经担任一段时间的执事们考虑连任及新执事都需要大家提名给与肯定。需要两个会员共同提名一个执事。被提名人需要在表格上签字。

请于10月11日前把表格交给Bert。我们将于10月18日的年度大会上投票任命。

Weekly News 2 October 2020

Sunday 4 October:

Preacher:  Kate Pocklington 1 John 3:1, Hosea 11:1-4, Luke 22:42-43 The Father-heart of God.

As people being “healed by his wounds”, one of the wonderful gifts we receive because of the death of our Jesus Christ is a reconciled, deep and intimate relationship with God our Father.

During the week:

  • Conversational English, Shalom and Mustard Seed resume this Friday evening.
  • Seekers Care Group has divided into two, Tuesday 12.30-2pm and Wednesday 10am. New people are welcome. If you would like to join a Care Group, contact gracemunro8@gmail.com, 0425 707 386.

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

SMALL GROUP:  Today we highlight Mustard Seed. Mustard group is a Friday evening Mandarin Bible Study group formed many years ago. It meets every Friday evening during school terms from 7:45pm to 9:15pm, following Conversational English. People in the group need to participate in the online Chronological One Year Bible reading plan. Questions related with their reading can be posted online and are answered by Jun during the meeting. Opportunities are given to each participant to share their highlights of the week’s reading. The main part of the meeting is a discussion about the probing questions posted by Jun during the week, prompting participants to reflect on what God is saying in the scriptures, what God is saying to us, and what God is saying to me.

Currently there are about 20 participants, including some living in Sydney, China and Japan. We allow silent participants who login and listen, and remain silent every time. Participants are encouraged to share their recent stories of challenge, success or failure relating to their reading of the week. We pray for each other and for the guidance of Holy Spirit for our daily life. The focus of the group is on life being transformed by God’s word rather than information about God.

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING, 18 OCTOBER

  • SUNDAY IS THE TIME FOR REPORTS. Send to Grace Munro, balwynbaptistchurch@gmail.com.
  • Nomination of Deacons, Treasurer, Chairperson and Secretary: A nomination form is attached – please read it, and be the personwho nominates someone. Deacons who have been serving for a while need your affirmation as they consider another term of service.

Two members need to nominate any person, and the nominee also needs to sign the form.  We need to submit the forms by 11 October, and will vote on these appointments at the Church Meeting on 18 October.

每周新闻2020年9月25日

927日主日崇拜

我的痛苦为何长久不止呢?我的伤痕为何无法可医,不能痊愈呢?难道你以诡诈待我,象流干的河道吗? (耶利米书15:18)

周间小组活动:

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

小组:

今天我们来介绍“快乐观察者”,或“快乐和有盼望的姐妹团契”,一个特别的小组。Sarah写道“2020是不寻常的一年。新冠病毒使我们这类的移民面对很大困难,因为我们的家庭因旅行禁令而无法团聚。妻子和孩子们在澳洲,丈夫和父亲在中国。

这个小组共有9个姐妹,包括胥平,她在7月20日建议为那些先生在中国无法来澳的姐妹们成立这个小组。每天她们读一首诗篇并观看台湾淡江教会制作的相关录像,她们由此来学习神的话语坚固信心。她们每个月聚会两次,讨论自己面对的问题和困难。在小组里她们互相鼓励和代祷。

8月23日那天她们组织了ZOOM上的聚会庆祝Sarah的生日。她们祝Sarah生日快乐并与她和女儿们分享蛋糕。Tina说这是一个很特别和难忘的经历。Linda说因为大家有着相同的境况,夫妻分离,所以能互相理解和更深的连接。姐妹们互相鼓励,关心和代祷。

教会年度大会将于10月18日举行:

  • 请于10月5日前交报告給Grace Munro, balwynbaptistchurch@gmail.com
  • 提名执事,财政,主席和秘书:附上提名表,请大家阅读和提名。

你需要提前准备确保被提名人在表格上签名并于10月11日前交给Bert。请为新一

届执事会委派祷告。

已经担任一段时间的执事们考虑连任及新执事都需要大家提名给与肯定。我们将于10月18日的年度大会上投票任命。

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.