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"Happy to say Rose is home for a short break."

Happy to say Rose Boyd is home for a short break before the next phase of treatment. The Neutrophils blood counts recovered enough to allow this welcome break.

As you can see Rosie looks fantastic, despite the very powerful Chemotherapy cycle. The wonders of modern medicine!!

However we still have a long journey. We have a meeting next week with a haematology surgeon to discuss stem cell transplantation, hopefully from one of Rose’s siblings (1 brother + 3 sisters). Analysis of the blood tests for compatibility this upcoming week. After that more chemotherapy cycles. Looking at three months with all/some all as a hospital in patient.

The medical staff at the Mater Hospital have been amazing. We are so thankful.

We are also extremely thankful for all the help, support and messages from all our friends near and far. The school mum/dad cooking has been particularly helpful and so nourishing. Some very helpful ladies shopping has also been great.

Matthew and I have survived with lots happening since Rose went into hospital; Matthew’s Birthday, Rose’s Birthday, our 20th wedding anniversary, poetry recital (My Country), School Athletics Carnival, costume parade for book week ...........

We have all been made quite resilient.

Thanks for your prayers.

Love Andy, Rose and Matthew

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New Blog Post - How Should the Church Care for Refugees

We often write blog posts that are designed to provoke thoughtful reflection on things going on in the world. We write these to help people view the world we live in, in light of what Jesus has done in dying and rising again. We post these on our blog and we post them on social media, to make it easier for you to reflect on current events, but also so you can easily share with your social networks.

With our term 3 focus on mercy ministries, MTN Reuben Birchley has written a post of caring for refugees. 

Read it on the Living Church blog

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Living Church - Prayer Points 20/08/2019

  • At the Springfield campus a Kid’s Church leader position was vacated and an ideal candidate stepped up an offered to serve in that position even before she was approached. We would like to take this time to praise God for working in the hearts of all the people serving in our campuses.
  • City South received a new member – baby Luca who was born to the Bonetti family. Give thanks for the arrival of Luca. Please pray for him, that he would remain healthy and well as he's in special care at the moment. Please pray for emotional well being for Paul and Megan and that the transition home would be smooth for them.
  • The Church2Church hosted Australian Christian Mentoring Network at Creek Road Living Church on Monday. They were able to build good connections and raise the profile of mentoring and receive new tools that can be used in our different ministries – mentoring included. Praise God for these opportunities.
  • Pray for Youth Connect and Kid’s Connect this week that God would be able to work through the leaders and impact the lives of the young people.
  • Pray for Kathy and Dave Thurston as they go to do a consultation at a church this weekend. Pray that they would have wisdom and guidance from God for the process.
  • Please continue to pray for Religious Instruction at schools. Pray that even more parents opt their children into RI, that even more RI instructors take up the opportunity to teach about Christ, that the RI Peak Body and Christian RI Alliance will be firmly established and be effective in their dealings with Government; and that there will be support from both sides of politics for RI remaining in state schools.
  • Praise God for the juvenile detention ministry that G is able to take part in with Nat Carse. They are reporting that God has provided staff  at the juvi who are Christians and have suggested to pray with them which hasn’t happened before in the several years that Nat has been involved in the ministry. They are able to preach the gospel and read the Bible together and worship God together with the young people. Pray for that ministry to bear fruit in the lives of the young people.

Update-Benita Tatters

Update from Benita & Wes Tatters

Benita is out of surgery and in recovery.  Wes managed to talk to her briefly, she is very groggy but doing well according to the nursing team.   Benita has been able to sit up & has had something to eat.

At this stage, it looks like Benita will be in hospital for another week.  The Physios will start care early next week & how that progresses will inform future care & recovery.

Wes would like thank everyone for their prayers.

Update-Benita Tatters

Update from Benita & Wes Tatters

Benita is out of surgery and in recovery.  Wes managed to talk to her briefly, she is very groggy but doing well according to the nursing team.   Benita has been able to sit up & has had something to eat.

At this stage, it looks like Benita will be in hospital for another week.  The Physios will start care early next week & how that progresses will inform future care & recovery.

Wes would like thank everyone for their prayers.

Prayer Request - Benita Tatters

 

Benita is undergoing spinal surgery this morning.  The clinicans are suggesting that the surgery will take between 4-6 hours.  Benita has been in hospital for close to a month - so it has been very tough

Please pray for the skill of the people caring for Benita & for everyone who will work with Benita as she begins her recovery.

Her Growth Group has been caring in many ways, including providing meals for husband Wes and daughter Sammi.

They have done a mighty job to date, but it would be great if some more of the wider church family could help out as well.

All the details you need to know what to make & where to take the food are on this website

If you have any questions - don't hesitate to contact me andreapryde@livingchurch.org.au

 

 

 

Message from Church2Church

This is a part of the message I delivered to our Church2Church Supporters’ Dinner on Friday the tenth of August 2019.

 

At the July Church2Church board meeting I indicated that we were facing a number of strategic challenges, one of which was a significant hole that had opened up in our budget for 2020.

The Board lovingly wrestled with the issues and determined that for Kath and I, our role in church2church would come to an end on the 31st December 2019. The board also encouraged us to have conversations with Peter Barson at the Committee on Ministry Resourcing about the possibility of being employed by that committee and so being able to continue the relationships with our partner churches into the future.

I’m happy to say that a week and a day after the board meeting of Church2church, the CMR agreed that we should be employed from the 1st of January as Ministry Development Coordinators for the subsequent three years.

Also, at this meeting, the vision of Steve Cree and the Creek Road Church was acknowledged in initiating the ministry of Church2Church  aimed at improving the health and resourcing of ministry families and churches, particularly sole ministers of smaller churches.

I agree that this was an appropriate acknowledgement. I can’t imagine that if Kath and I had simply landed on Peter Barson’s doorstep 2 years ago and asked for a job that we would have got the one we did at Church2Church but over the last 18 months the ministry of Church2Church has had the opportunity to prove itself and has been assessed by the denomination as a valuable ministry that should be continued within the denomination and in fact is more appropriate to a denomination than a church.

I believe the ministry begun at Living Church will continue to grow in the Presbyterian Church of Queensland and there will be an even greater possibility of being able to pass it on after three years.

For us, many things will remain the same, we will continue to go to Living Church, we will continue in our Growth Group and we will continue to minister to our partner churches. One thing that will change is that we won’t be part of the Living church staff and that will be a sadness.

We want to thank those of you who have been so generous in supporting church2church financially, prayerfully and personally, your partnership in this Gospel ministry has been and is very precious. And this gospel ministry is but an extension of the deeper partnership and fellowship we share in Christ.

The challenges before us in the churches, in the future are great and are beyond our strength to match or counter, they always have been.  Our greatest danger is when we believe ourselves sufficient for what lies before us. The truth the early church rested in and found hope in must be so for us, “that he who is in us is greater than he who is in the world”.

Resting can conjure up inactivity but resting in Christ is the place from which action springs not slothfulness. Friends, the darkness has grown, and our standing in our culture has diminished but Jesus still reigns and in all of our lives, and seasons and situations we find ourselves in, we are called to use all that we have and are for him and he will guide and grow us to his glory.

 

Yours in Christ, 

David Thurston. 

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate a meal together - Bring and Share a Meal

Please plan to bring a plate of food, and stick around after church on Sunday for our Bring and Share a Meal (including Lord's Supper) at all three campuses.

These meals are a lovely chance to spend time in community.

We are still looking for one or 2 people to join the preparation and clean up team at Creek Road Campus evening service. If you can help out, please email PetrinaRangiawha@livingchurch.org.au

Living Church - Prayer Points 13/8/2019

  • Praise God for encouraging stories from our campuses of new people joining and our people being welcoming and noticing them. Keep praying for our ministries that God would keep working through his people.
  • Kid’s Connect and Youth connect ministries are running well and kid’s and youth alike are excited to take part. Great conversations happen between the leaders, kids, youth and parents alike. Youth leaders were encouraged to hear older youth boys encouraging younger youth to join growth groups.
  • Planning Week for The Way Home 5, Term 1 2020 went well, thank you for your prayers. Planning Week was followed by the Church2Church conference which was an encouraging time for the participants. Dave and Kathy Thurston went out of their way to make the partner churches feel cared for, equipped and energized for their ministries. The partner churches and Living Church members were able to enjoy good teaching, and discussions on church, ministry and life. Pray for this ministry as it continues through CMR and please keep praying for our partner churches.  

Pray for RI

Given the continued threats against Religious Instruction in Queensland schools, we are joining Presbyerian churches across Queensland to pray for RI. Can we please encourage to pray that:

  • That even more parents opt their children into RI, 
  • That even more RI instructors take up the opportunity to teach about Christ, 
  • That the RI Peak Body and Christian RI Alliance will be firmly established and be effective in their dealings with Government; and
  • That there will be support from both sides of politics for RI remaining in state schools.

 

More information if you want to be more informed:

Current level of RI participation -

  • An estimated 250,000 parents opt-in an estimated 160,000 children to RI in QLD.
  • There are more young children in RI than children who attend Sunday schools across all the Churches.
  • Approximately 3,500 RI Instructors teach RI in 750 state schools (largely primary) every school week.
  • There is an increasing number of parents opting their children into RI for faiths such as Buddhist, Bahai, Islamic and Jewish; especially in SE QLD.
  • The right for RI in state schools is a right for all children

Broader Context -

  • Christian RI and also other Faith RI is being actively opposed by the QLD Parents for Secular State Schools (QPSSS) campaigning at local school and the state political level to discredit RI and have the law changed to ban RI from state schools. (For example, there was an inaccurate attack piece in Sunday Mail, 23 June 2019, p12).
  • The QLD Premier and Education Minister have both made public commitments (in 2018) that ‘there will be no changes in RI in 2019’ BUT what happens in 2020?

Co-operation between RI Representatives -

  • 2019 has seen an unprecedented unity and co-operation between all the Christian denominations. The Christian RI Alliance has recently been established. 
  • A Multi-Faith RI Peak Body (MFRI) is also being established that will present a united voice to Government on the importance of RI for all faiths in QLD. The MFRI Peak Body will support RI in Schools by building a best practice framework for all RI; establish high quality benchmark standards for all RI curricula (without intruding on the content of any particular curricula); set standards for teacher/instructor training, qualifications and accreditation; and establish a robust complaint management system to ensure speedy and fair addressing of any school level issues.

Relationship between EQ and RI Representatives -

  • The outward consultative approach of Ed. QLD is too often impaired by bureaucratic processes at a senior and school operational level which hinder parents exercising a fully informed choice about RI.