September December September 2016 2016 2016 Grey Nomads Adventist Alpine Village
For more information about upcoming events please visit the SNSW Conference Website or contact the us on: (02) 6249 6822 IMPRINT Magazine is a publication of the Communication Department of the SDA Church in the SNSW Conference 3 McKay Gardens Turner ACT PO Box 800 Canberra ACT 2601 IMPRINT TEAM Editor: Mike Faber (firstname.lastname@example.org) Associate Editor: Luke Ferry (email@example.com) Hearing Gods Voice Taking time to Listen Gavin Howie Darkness fell as lightning flashed, and thunder crashed as a fog rolled in around the feet of those attending the first meeting of Grey Nomads Camp 2016. No a storm was not rolling into Jindabyne nor was the first meeting being held outdoors. All of the above was part of the special effects used as part of the opening program and as an introduction to the this years theme, “Hearing God’s Voice – Taking time to Listen” Pr. David McKibben and Phil Yates were the key speakers for the week, each using the Old and New Testament personalities to direct the participants to the theme. Participants came from as far away as South Australia and North Queensland, with those from North New South Wales and Victoria making up the majority of numbers. Between 110 – 120 attended a wonderfully spiritual event. Phil Yates presenting at the Grey Nomads Camp
Grey Nomads Camp 2016 Aerial photo of those who attended Grey Nomads 2016 Each day there was plenty to keep the attendees occupied with morning devotionals, bible study, guest presentations, activities, exercise programs and evening meetings. This year we were blessed to have three wonderful guest presentations on photography, alpine gardening/history of the alpine region and aviation in the alps. Unfortunately most of the outdoor activities we had planned had to be cancelled due to strong winds and the cold with one exception. On Thursday afternoon a number of attendees took the opportunity to fly out of the Adventist Alpine Village via helicopter for a short 10 minute flight over Jindabyne and the lake. Lake Jindabyne Dam Friday night the attendees attended an amazing formal banquet which was set up in the main hall. As the Sabbath hours arrived we were blessed with music from Sandra Entermann and her team, and presentations by Pr. Mike Faber and Pr. David McKibben. Sabbath was a high day and God blessed us with a beautiful day. The event came to a conclusion on Saturday night with a concert featuring Sandra Entermann. Helicopter landing on the oval at the Adventist Alpine Village
Multiplying Disciples Part 3: Harvest Joy Written By Pr Glenn Townend South Pacific Division President (Graphics and design by Introvic team VIC. Used by permission) Multiplying disciples involves an intentional process - be prepared: think about decision-provoking questions... think about follow-up after the decision is made... it is rewarding, doing the work the Lord has given us Harvest Celebration Apricots, mandarins, and lemons, fresh from your tree, taste sweeter. Tomatoes, lettuces, carrots and sweet potato taken from your garden bring great satisfaction. Even a hobby gardener like myself gets excited when you can pick fresh food from your own garden. Usually there are no chemical sprays and sometimes a bug or two, but when you sink your teeth into a juicy apricot or tomato it all seems worth it. Whatever the crop, harvest time is when you celebrate. As the Psalmist wrote, “He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”1 Harvest is party time. Harvest Question Right from the start of ministry I loved giving Bible studies – sharing the word of God was a real joy. After my first year of ministry, however, while I had six regular Bible studies, I saw no baptisms. The conference president was concerned and suggested to the senior pastor and churches I was working with that I needed to shift. They suggested I be given another year. Page 4 | 5 - IMPRINT - to be and grow flourishing followers of Jesus
To Be and Grow Flourishing Followers of Jesus “Disciple-making churches never stop discipling people” It was a good year – seeing the seeds I had been nurturing grow, seeing them come to the point of deciding to be baptised. That was what I had to learn – how to challenge people to make a decision. At the end of a Bible study about Jesus I learnt to ask “how would you like Jesus to change your life just as he did others?” Or on the topic of the Sabbath I asked – “is there anything stopping you from keeping this coming Sabbath?” Or as we discussed baptism – “when do you think you would like to be baptised?” When we are working with people there is no development in discipleship without the person making a decision to change their life. The disciples in the church then harvest the disciples that are ready to make a full commitment to Jesus. This is the process of harvesting. I wish I had been consistent in asking decision-making questions - even in later years people asked me “When are you going to ask me to be connected to Jesus and this Church?” They were frustrated with me – but the fact they asked the question told me they were ready for harvesting. As a church pastor I often called on those with public evangelistic skills to help me reap those who were ready for harvest – challenging people to a decision. The Holy Spirit uses the public preaching of the truths of God’s Word and calls people to make a public commitment. Harvest Location Harvesting can happen in personal Bible Studies, Bible study groups, altar calls at a Sabbath worship service or in public evangelistic programs – the later are often called ‘reaping campaigns’. No farmer would do all the hard work without harvesting. Nor should any person or church disciple people without challenging people to give their whole life to Jesus. We all have to count the cost in following Jesus. Harvest Follow-on When a person commits to Jesus through baptism, they became a part of the community of faith or the church. We are baptised into Jesus however Jesus is the head of the church and committed disciples are the rest of His body. The church not only provides the care for the new followers of Jesus but also encourages and challenges them to worship personally during the week and corporately on Sabbath, to serve others in the community, to share the story of what God is doing in their life with others, and to fellowship. Harvesting is not just the joy of a baptism but the joy of integrating the new follower of Jesus into the life of the church and participation in service and evangelism. Churches that have an integration process and who give new followers mentors and a role immediately are harvesting completely. Harvest Joy Disciple-making disciples and churches never stop discipling people. Their whole focus is to make more and better disciples. So if I wish you and your local church an abundant harvest I am also wishing a joyous celebration of baptism and the involvement of new followers of Jesus into the life and ministry of the church. - Pr Glenn Townend
From the President Reflections - Mike Faber By the time you read this article there will be only a few days left in 2016. It is hard to believe that another year has passed so quickly - and yet it is reality. Looking back on 2016 I asked myself the question if I could have done things different or better. Have I come closer to God, did I spend more time in reading His word and in prayer as in the year before? Have I used the opportunities that were given to me to share the good news about Jesus to those I came in contact with? Have I spent enough time with my family and friends and did I tell my children and my spouse often enough that I love them and that they mean so much to me? Yes, we all get so busy in our daily duties that we can forget what life is all about. Running after things, chasing a career and following in the footsteps of consumerism are not all that there is to life. From time to time we should stop and smell the roses and remember the words of Jesus: “So do not start worrying: Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ These are the things the pagans are always concerned about. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.” (Matthew 6:31-34 Good news translation) What do these words really mean? After all we do have to work and earn money if we want to survive and are able to provide for our families! That is true but I believe that what Jesus wants to tell us is that there is more to life than chasing the obvious. I think that He challenges us is to know when enough is enough. How much do I need before I am truly happy? Could having more of God and less of things make me happier? It is hard to know until I try. Trusting God and including him in all aspects of my life will give me peace that surpasses all understanding. Placing Him first in all I do will help me sort out my priorities and to clearly see what the things are in life that will make me truly happy. Will I do things different in 2017? What is the most important I have to do, what will make me truly happy and how can I best reflect the character of Christ in my world? May you enjoy the upcoming festive season with your family and friends and may 2017 bring you closer to the things that really matter in life. God bless you. Pastoral Moves - Mike Faber No pastoral moves have been planned for 2017 as the appointments remain as in 2016 and no pastor accepted a call to another conference. We wish our pastors and their families God richest blessings for 2017 as they minister to our congregations. Page 6 | 7 - IMPRINT - to be and grow flourishing followers of Jesus
From the Chief Finance Officer Why I return Tithe - Gavin Howie In our early years of marriage and parenting, times were tough, financially speaking. One day I came home to find my wife in tears. What is wrong, I asked. Our oldest daughter was now at school and her shoes had worn out and no longer fitted. My wife informed me that we did not have enough money to purchase new shoes. Why don’t we pray about it, I suggested. We knelt right there in our home with our children and asked God to help us find a solution. No sooner had we closed our time of prayer there was a knock on the door. A neighbor was standing there with a bag in her hand. “Hi, our daughter has grown out of her school shoes and they are perfectly good shoes, we think they may fit your daughter, could you use them?” As a child my parents taught me at an early age the concept of returning tithe. Each week when my siblings and I received our pocket money , 2 shillings (20 cents), a small fortune in those days for a kid, I would immediately put aside 2 pennies (2 cents, these do not even exist today), into a glass jar. Each week before church I would empty my meager amount of tithe from the jar, carry the precious gift to church, place it in an envelope and scrawl out my name and the amount next to the heading Tithe. When I started work the process did not change much, because way back then, on Friday afternoon we would line up at the payroll office and collect a bulging pay packet full of crisp new notes and coins. Now however I was wealthy, no more 2 shilling pieces, I was a working man, now I was earning big money, as I recall it was a grand total of 20 pounds (20 Dollars) however my process for putting tithe aside did not change. It was easy, just take out the 10% portion of tithe and place it in a jar until Sabbath. But then the world of technology changed. They made it more difficult. No longer did we receive cash, we received a piece of paper they referred to as a cheque. Now I realize for the younger members of our church these terms of pounds, shillings, pence and cheques are a foreign language, but bear with me, I will eventually arrive in the 21st century. Now I had to wander off to the bank, deposit my earnings, and then withdraw my tithe and place it in the jar. They said that this was an advancement in technology, seemed like hard work to me!! Here I am now in the 21st century and I have entered my 45th year of working for the church. Now wages are deposited directly into my bank account, my bills are paid by internet banking. I can choose to have my tithe deducted from my wage before I receive it or I can use the eGiving app on my phone to transfer the funds directly from my account to my local church or conference. So what is my point, why do I return tithe? In Genesis 2:7 the bible states, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being”. And in Job 1:21, and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In the beginning God gave us life, He breathed into us His breath, and He can take it away. Everything I have in this life belongs to God, even my life. He alone provides me with the home that I live in, the clothes I wear, and my employment. In return all He asks is that I trust Him by returning 10% of what He has given as a gift to me. What a deal! I get to keep 90% of everything He provides for me. God had responded to our prayers and faithfulness. We do not return tithe for the benefits we will get out of it, however He does state in Malachi 3:10 “ Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, ” and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” It is a privilege to be able return to God that which is rightfully His. During my career with the church, I have had my challenges and hurts, but through all these challenges, when it comes to returning tithe these are not factors in my decision to return or retain tithe. My decision to return tithe is 100% based on my relationship with a God who loves me so much that He gave his life for me. He is my best friend. He plans to return and take me home to live with Him forever. This is why I return tithe and the only reason I return tithe, because He loves me and I love Him.
Conference News Wedding Bells - Mike Faber Owen and Debora with David Haupt (Middle) and Frank Cantrill (Left) On Sunday 21 August 2016, Bowral Seventh day Adventist Church was filled to the last seat. Family and friends from all over had come to celebrate the wedding of Owen Ellis and Debora Fabiola Veliz Vallejos. David Haupt and Pr. Frank Cantrill officiated at the wedding and what a romantic wedding is was. The vows that Debora and Owen shared with each other Owen and Deborah Ellis were a beautiful declaration of love and brought tears to the eyes of many in the congregation. We wish Owen and Debora all the best for their future and may God richly bless their marriage. As a conference we are privileged to have Owen and Debora work as a pastoral couple for the Bowral congregation. Partners In Ministry - Donna Tonkin The ladies out for dinner On the weekend of September 9th-11th, the minister’s wives in the SNSW conference got together in Canberra for a social and spiritual time. Tina and Brendan Hayes hosted us for dinner and a special ordinance service on Friday night. Then on Sabbath the conference leaders kindly allowed us to use the conference office for a time of spiritual sharing. Page 8 | 9 - IMPRINT - to be and grow flourishing followers of Jesus Doris Faber took us through a discussion on praising God in all circumstances, praying without ceasing and being thankful for all of God’s blessings. We were able to uplift each other in prayer, and share blessings from our own lives with each other, and then the weather fined up enough for a long walk along the river. Closing Sabbath was led by Kaylene Kosmeier and was followed by dinner at a local Indian restaurant. To finish off the night Debbie Watanabe had organised a baby shower for Sarina Taituave, where we had balloons, gave gifts, and played games that had us in laughter before long. The ladies then wrote positive messages on the balloons and shut them in Pr. Mike Faber’s office for a surprise! The weekend was a great reboot for us and helped better equip us for serving with our husbands in the ministry. We would like to thank the SNSW conference for planning this time for us and for our husbands who allowed us the time to get away for this event!
Around the Churches Bega Church Open Garden - Janet Kieltyka The 2016 ADRA Appeal started early in Bega on Sunday 25 September, with Nola and Barry Hergenhan opening their 100-year old heritage cottage gardens to the public for the first time. This picturesque property is a working Angus beef and Merino sheep farm and boasts a large orchard, raised vegetable garden, roses, camellias, and an array of bulbs and natives. Visitors were invited to enjoy the garden via widespread advertising within the local community. Throughout the day guests were treated to relaxing live music from church muso’s. Home-made jams, relishes, cakes, sandwiches and curries were available at an open-air café, along with plants and home-grown produce stalls, all provided and manned by Bega Seventh-day Adventist church members and their friends. Bega church members at the ADRA fundraiser (1 Corinthians 12); it enabled the community to get to know the Adventist church in a relaxed, enjoyable setting; and it also helped to raise more than $4,400 and promote public awareness about the work of ADRA. The event was successful for a number of reasons: it allowed our church members to use their varied talents to contribute what they could and facilitated working together as a body towards a common good CHEP & Hydrotherapy programs in Canberra - Mirjam Allen The day was greatly enjoyed by all - Bega church wholeheartedly recommends to sister churches an open garden event as a worth while ADRA fundraiser! Participants who have completed the CHEP course SNSW is richly blessed with a class of 15 that have recently become CHEP certified with Sibilla Johnson. CHEP stands for Community Health Education Program, and is a church run Certificate IV course through Avondale College. This year a group of 15 church members from the Canberra National and Queanbeyan churches and members from the Bombala region gathered together to be trained by Sibilla Johnson, the national trainer for the South Pacific Division. The group was blessed to have some of the church youth enrol in the course as well. Stephanie Ligsay (Queanbeyan) and Anita Allen (Canberra National) at 16 are the youngest CHEP Qualified demonstrators. Canberra National has a very active Health Ministries team, called the Health & Wellness Team that run Health lectures, Free Health Checks, Vibrant Food Parties, Depression Recovery Courses, and now will be adding Whole Food Cooking Schools to their list for community outreach. Practicing Hydrotherapy Canberra National church, along with other churches in the SNSW conference, are utilizing the services of the Cedarvale on the Road team. National church recently ran an intensive 5-day hydrotherapy course to 25 church and community members. Participants were enthusiastic to learn how something as simple as water can be used in its various forms to assist the healing process and gain so many health benefits. Treatments were not only demonstrated but participants actually performed them on each other, which saw some good laughs. Adrian and Michealle Dorman, who head up “Cedarvale on the Road”, a branch of Cedarvale Health and Lifestyle Retreat in Kangaroo Valley, are now travelling as a full-time ministry offering a variety of health seminars for churches and communities. Albury, Temora, Tumbarumba, Corryong, Tumut, Cootamundra and Cowra churches are using their services to gain a better understanding of how to experience the positive results of healthy living and sharing it with their communities.
SNSW Youth Southern Regional Youth Rally - Hayden Petersen Wodonga Church full on Saturday morning Around 150 people turned up at Wodonga SDA Church for the Southern Regional Youth Rally on October 15th. Speaker Jeremy Taituave delivered a powerful message encouraging all those present to continue to commit daily to Jesus! Jeremy also shared a message with the young people on the Friday night. After a spectacular lunch of yummy haystacks, the youth went to the botanical gardens to hang out as well as a number participating in the Knocktober ADRA Collection! Jeremy Taituave presenting Gods Word The day finished with a games night held at Border Christian College with heaps of fun to be had by all. The regional youth rallies are intended to be hosted and organised by local youth groups. A big note of appreciation to the fantastic work of Chris and Naomi Oberson and the Albury youth team for putting on such an amazing weekend. I know everyone who was involved with the weekend came away more deeply committed to Christ. Page 10 | 11 - IMPRINT - to be and grow flourishing followers of Jesus
SNSW Youth pOsition Vacant M ultiplying Disciples Plan ting Churches SPD church planting conference January 30 - February 2, 2017 Glenn Townend President, South Pacific Division Asian Aid Australia is seeking to employ a: Chief Executive Officer The Mission of Asian Aid is to give hope by fostering permanent positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities. What Is It? The 2017 SPD Church Planting Conference is for those serious about Adventist Mission. This conference will: • Examine Adventism’s unique heritage as a disciple making, church planting movement • Empower and equip individuals, teams, Churches, Conferences, Unions and Missions to plant churches • Show how to facilitate a church planting movement in our conferences • Explore the growing potential in making disciples in an increasingly post-Christian world Kleber De Oliveira Gonçalves Director, Global Missions Centre for Secular and Postmodern Studies Gary Krause Director, GC Office of Mission Asian Aid is an accredited Independent Supporting Ministry of the Seventh-day Church. For further information please contact the Company Secretary, Kerryn Patrick. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 02 6586 4250 Or go to the Asian Aid website: www.asianaid.org.au/get-involved/work-with-us/ Who Should Attend? Church members, pastors, church leaders, administrators . . . anyone who is passionate about making disciples and church planting. We particularly hope that teams of potential church planters will attend. Maybe you want to be inspired, maybe you want to be equipped and empowered, maybe you want teachings, or resourcing - whatever the reason, this Conference is for you! With overseas and local speakers, plus over twenty workshops to choose from, this SPD Church Planting Conference, with the Holy Spirit’s leading, promises to be a unique opportunity to be inspired, empowered and equipped to join God in His mission on earth. Avondale College will be the venue for the conference. Accommodation and meals can be booked via the registration process. Online Registration Only: https://events.adventist.org.au/ew/app/registration/index.html?e=1098 For more details contact Jan | email@example.com | 02 9847 3306 or Wayne Krause | firstname.lastname@example.org | 0414 435 314 O N L I N E R E G I S T R A T I O N A V A I L A B L E F R O M S E P T E M B E R 3 Simon Martin Director, UK Office of Mission Kathy Hernandez Coordinator of Evangelism, Southern Union Conference Roger Hernandez Director, Evangelism, Southern Union Conference
Thankyou for those who attended our first retreat in Shoalhaven. It was a great success and we hope to grow the singles network through future events around the conference. 2017 Reformation Lands Tour Celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luthers 95 theses launching the Protestant Reformation Visit the significant locations in the development of the Reformation in this 5 ½-week tour through Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, England and Scotland. Follow the fascinating God-inspired story Tour departs Australia and New Zealand mid May 2017 For further enquiries contact tour leader Pr Russel Stanley 0405 181 047 email@example.com Sponsored by the Australian Union Conference The SNSW Singles network is diverse with singles 25 years & over. It is a great way to connect with other Adventists within and outside our Conference. Interested in receiving information about upcoming events? Please email Christine Sosnovsky at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list, or call Christine on 0403 519 878. Plan now to come on the trip of a lifetime through Spain and Portugal in May and June, 2017. The land of bullfights and flamenco dancing has always been a favourite for travellers. Great places to stay — and see the lands where Hannibal passed through, and where Moors stayed for centuries and left their mark on its architecture. See the great places of Madrid, Oporto, Lisbon and Barcelona, but also see places like Cadiz, where Columbus left on two of his voyages to America, A delightful place like Ronda — as well as Segovia, Sintra, Gibraltar, Granada and, of course, Barcelona where everyone wants to go. Then at the end join us for a seven-day cruise through the western Mediterranean. Plan now to make this trip of a lifetime! Contact Harold Harker on (02) 4385 8282 or email email@example.com for more!