The weather has turned cold all of a sudden, hasn't it? Some of us groan with the dread of months of cold... others of us love the thought of warm fires! Either way, I'm really excited about getting into term 2.In particular, we will press ahead with our vision and the four strategic priorities: Reach - Connect - Build - Equip.
For REACH, we will start Christianity Explored over the four Sundays in May from 11:30am-1pm. Have you got someone that you can invite along? Please pray for such an opportunity! I reckon the best way forward is to invite them along to the first week and they are under no obligation to come again if it isn't to their liking.
For CONNECT, we will have our next GTK Matthias (Getting to Know Matthias) on Sunday afternoon next week from 4-5:30pm. If you are still feeling new to Matthias, this will be a great way to meet some people and get to know what we are on about as a church.
For BUILD, we will spend the term in growth groups and on Sundays in the book of 2 Samuel. The story of David's kingship is fascinating and I'm really looking forward to getting into it with you this Sunday. If you get the opportunity, please read the first half of 2 Samuel 1 this week.
For EQUIP, there will be a few different opportunities to be equipped to serve God's people. On Friday night our incredible kids and youth leaders will be trained by Youthworks staff for a great term together. In a couple of weeks, many of the women will be able to attend EQUIP conference, and in June our men will get together to be equipped and encouraged in their faith.
A few other things to bring to your attention:
a. Some longer terms members at Matthias will remember Maxine Pauley. Sadly, Maxine died last week and the funeral service for her will be held this Friday, 11:00am at All Saints Petersham (325 Stanmore Rd, Petersham) followed by a light morning tea.
b. The tragic circumstances of Pauline's passing has raised various concerns - particularly for those who live on their own. I won't go into details, but over the coming weeks, we will update elvanto with 'next of kin' details in case of emergency situations.
c. From time to time, people in our congregations have urgent, short term financial needs. This is a reminder that we have a fund available for such occasions. We do have such a crisis at the moment and so if you are able to contribute something via the website and tag your giving 'Partner Relief Fund' that would be much appreciated.
[Click here to register](https://matthias.elvanto.com.au/form/d2721721-e92d-4e43-bae7-b20b9256053a)
The report to the Parish re the present position of the Building Renewal program is attached.
In growth group this morning we looked at 2 Samuel 6... a most interesting chapter in the context of David's crowning as king and entry into Jerusalem. It is well worth reading through before Sunday. In particular, I think the question worth asking is why this chapter is necessary. ie Why not just go from chapter 5 to chapter 7?
This Sunday, Archie Poulos will host a gifts workshop. It will be a great help as we work together and encourage each other to use our gifts. Please plan to stick around after morning church or to come in early if you are normally at Night Church. 11:30am in the Barnabas Centre. I've attached the preparatory work to complete before Sunday.
We have had a request this morning for accommodation help for a local refugee. Here is the message: 'A refugee working in Paddington needs accommodation for 6 - 7 months from the end of June. He is 41, single, a people person, self-sufficient, with very good English. He has worked for UNSW on a casual basis. For more information please ring/text Jenny on 0404893374, or email email@example.com'.
Finally, please remember that we are having a food drive over the month of June. If you are able to bring some non-perishable items to church on Sunday to contribute, that would be great.
I'm heading to Jerusalem tomorrow - please pray for the GAFCON gathering over the next week. Many of the brothers and sisters are coming from contexts where there is terrible persecution from within and without the church. They have suffered beatings and killings in some countries, and been sued and lost property and ministry positions in other countries for holding to the truths of the gospel... even from their own denomination. Please pray that there would be encouragement and refreshing as we gather around God's great gospel and encourage each other to hold firm to the gospel that is such good news, even in times of turmoil and challenge.
Grace and peace,