Still Speaks in Cowra
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Next Imprint Edition
Aug 17, 2016
A Vision for our Conference
In lead up to the constituency meeting in September
2017 we are looking at an opportunity
to move our conference forward in respect
to greater involvement with our entire constituency.
This is not something we want just
to be admin driven, rather we want to see the
Holy Spirit work through our conference from
the ground up, driven by all Pastors with our
church members involvement.
The intent of this focus has been developed
because in the past a number of members have
expressed that the constituency meeting process
has only provided historical reports with
a reflection on the past three years, rubberstamping
decisions, and is seen almost as a
waste of time. Members have felt disempowered
with no opportunity to voice ideas and
the meetings have tendered to have a negative
outlook instead of being positive and visionary.
With this in mind, we want to change the current
perception and seek your support.
We are looking to introduce a simple threephase
process in the lead up to our constituency
meeting in September 2017. All church
members are invited to participate in this process.
These can be most simply defined as:
1. Setting the Agenda – August-September
2016. A series of open forums will be held
throughout the conference, where church
members are invited to identify key areas of focus
through which ongoing visioning and discussion
will take place.
2. Exploring the Issues – Feb-April 2017. The
key points are collated and discussed in focus
groups with strengths, weaknesses, opportunities
and threats of each being documented and
published once all regions have been given the
opportunity to contribute.
We envision this to be an ongoing process,
not simply a one off. How this process
plays out in future years is yet to be
finalized, however in order to allow the
voice of the constituency to be heard as
a whole, we will need to ensure that it
is repeated. It is essential that we work
together in the unity of the Spirit to allow
God to shape our church, your enthusiasm
and positivity towards this process is
Dates for the initial meetings are planned
between 2-4 pm for:
- Sabbath August 6: Greater Canberra
Region; including Yass and Goulburn
- Sabbath August 27: Coastal Region
Northern; Ulladulla, Nowra, Southern
- Sunday August 28: Coastal Region
Southern; Bega, Cobargo, Wallaga Lake,
- Sabbath September 3: North West
Region; Narromine, Cobar, Dubbo,
Dubbo Aboriginal, Parkes
- Sunday September 4: Northern Region;
Bathurst, Lithgow, Orange, Mandurama,
Mudgee, Oberon, Cowra
- Sabbath September 10: Central
Region; Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera
- Sunday September 11: Central Region
Northern; Young, Cootamandra, Temora
- Sabbath September 17: Central Region
Southern; Wagga Wagga, The
Rock, Tumut, Tumarumba
- Sunday September 18: Southern Region;
Albury, Wodonga, Corryong
3. Establishing Direction – September 2017.
A final statement of vision and intent will be
published and voted on at the session, the execution
of this statement will be a shared responsibility
between both the local church and
We would invite each member to spend time
in prayer and discussion with their church community
in the lead up to these meetings, seeking
guidance from the Holy Spirit in looking at
ideas for the future direction of the conference
and local church.
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Broken Hill will meet during my visit on
June 18. Further information will be communicated
the local pastors.
- Mike Faber,
Prophecy Still Speaks in Cowra
If My People Pray....
Cowra Church, small in membership started praying;
asking God what He wanted them to do for
Him. The members felt impressed to run a prophecy
seminar, which was presented during the month of
Although they could hardly meet their church expenses,
the members voted to step out in faith. They
had about one thousand dollars set aside for evangelism
and the budget for the seminar was around
three thousand dollars.
The treasurers, Pastor Pedro Fentes and Kaylene Kosmeier,
were going through the church books and
found that the GST had not been claimed back for
some years and it was estimated the amount would
make up the difference for the cost of the seminar.
Just think, God had been keeping this money in
store for His little church all this time to provide for
their desire to serve Him. Now the church members
knew without a doubt that God was with them.
Seminar presenter Kel Naughton
The first night of the seminar nine non-Adventists attended
and one lady was so amazed at the Daniel 2
prophecy that she invited two of her friends to the
That night thirteen visitors came as the couple who
were invited the previous night brought two of their
On the third night the church counted fourteen visitors as a
man driving by saw the Prophetic Code sign banner. He came
in to see who was running the seminar and attended every
During the intermission on the first night a lady told her story
of how she came to find out about the program. On the
Friday the program started she was leaving Woolworths and
wanted to buy a newspaper. She felt impressed to drive
around to the town library. She said “I felt a bit strange because
I never go to the library.” When she arrived there she
couldn’t miss the eight-meter-tall inflatable statue of Daniel 2.
She said she has been praying and searching the internet for
the understanding of prophecy.
This is just what she had been looking for. She said: “God
lead me to the library so I would know this was on.” She lived
just out of town and wouldn’t have received a brochure in the
letter box. She hasn’t missed one night and said: “Now I am
sure God lead me to this – it is so clear.”After three weeks at
the library the venue changed to the church hall with six visitors
Letter Box Advertisment
If My People Pray....
Image of Daniel 2 at Intersection
Out of all the different types of advertising the inflatable Daniel 2 statue has
attracted more attention than anything else. As soon as the statue was inflated
the newspaper was informed and the manager quickly sent a reporter to write a
story, so the church ended up with free newspaper advertising.
At the busy intersection where the inflatable Daniel 2 statue was erected, the
traffic was often slowing down in wonder at what it was all about. Many times
drivers who crossed the intersection would stop to look and other drivers would
have to wait because the traffic did not move. A lot of people came and talked
to the church members who where on roster to look after the statue. The word
got around the town and people would come to see it and take photos.
In every community there are people searching for truth. If you really want to
reach them, God will lead you to them, and them to you. If you pray and ask
God in what way you should serve Him, He will bless your effort in ways that you
will not expect. Please pray for our church members in the little church of Cowra
as they work for our wonderful God and friend.
- Pr. Ben Kosmeier
Pr. Ben Kosmeier with eight metre
New Pastor for Lithgow, Mudgee and Oberon
Due to Pr. Ken Bird having retired at the end of last year Pr. James Toogood will now minister to the Lithgow, Mudgee
and Oberon churches. He commenced his work on May 1 after returning from long service leave. Pr. James who has a
passion for evangelism and media ministry was working in South Canberra until the end of 2015.
Leaving the SNSW Conference
David Haupt has recently accepted a call to the NNSW Conference sharing his gifts with the Kingscliff and Bray Park
churches. David has been working in our Conference for over 7 years and was well known and appreciated for the
training and counselling he conducted around the conference. For the last two years David served our conference as
the Director of the departments Family Life and Health and as Care Person for the ministerial staff.
We wish David and his wife Constance God’s richest blessing for their work in NNSW. They will be missed.
- Pr. Mike Faber
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Appointment of new Department Directors
On Monday April 18 the Appointments Committee of the SNSW Conference appointed
two new departmental directors.
Director for ADRA Services
With Douglas Kieltyka having left for Ethiopia where he is now working as ADRA Country
Director the committee was looking for a suitable person to fill the role of Director for
ADRA Services for our conference.
Sarina Taituave has been appointed and accepted this position on a part time basis.
Sarina is the wife of Jeremy Taituave who conducts his pastoral internship in the Wagga
Wagga District. Before the Taituave’s moved to our conference at the beginning of this
year, Sarina was working as National Program Coordinator for ADRA Australia. She was
part of a team that was responsible for overseeing 30 ADRA Op Shops across Australia.
Sarina also designed and implemented Local Community Projects across various churches
as a tool for them to meet the needs of the local community. We wish Sarina God’s
blessings in her work for our conference.
Director for Family Life and Health
Due to David Haupt having accepted a call to the NNSW Conference the departments
Family Life and Health needed the appointment of a new director.
Pastor Tony Moala who is presently studying for his BA in counselling has been appointed
to these roles.
The appointment will be in addition to his current role as Senior Pastor of the northern
costal region of our conference. We are looking forward to Pr. Moala’s ministry in his new
area of expertise and wish him God’s richest blessing for his appointment.
- Pr. Mike Faber
Safe Place Services - eLearning
Opportunities for training in Safe Church Awareness
within our conference have been minimal. The
Australian Union Conference (AUC) Safe Place Services
(SPS) department consists of a small team that are responsible
for Safe Church awareness across Australia
and New Zealand, and securing personnel from the SPS
team to conduct training across our conference, takes
With the latest recommendations coming out of the
Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child
Sexual Abuse, the SPS team are limited in ensuring all
churches including ADRA are following correct safe
practices in all child related activities and in interactions
with vulnerable persons.
The solution, the Internet, while not a new phenomenon,
accessing online training modules built by Adventists
for Adventists is. And this type of learning
environment, available 24/7, allows everyone in church
leadership roles the opportunity to learn at their own
Once the initial modules are completed, there is a webinar
conducted to finalise the initial training. Refresher
courses and updates will be added, as new requirements
for ensuring a safe place are adopted throughout
Australia. ELearning will create ongoing awareness of
what a Safe Church is and assist in building an environment
where safety for vulnerable persons is paramount
within our churches.
To register (16 years and over), simply access the site at:
http://elearning.safeplaceservices.org.au/ and select
the first course, ‘Safe Church Awareness Training’.
Further information, including the access key is available
from your Church Pastor and for those who have
already registered and completed the initial modules,
further learning modules, including,
Safe Church Awareness Refresher
and Elder training, will be
- Calvin Drinkall
General Secretary/Safe Places
Tonga Mission Report
Pr Mike preaching on Sabbath wearing the Ta’ovala on
top of the Tupenu
In order to support our Partner in Mission, David Haupt
and myself (Mike Faber) boarded a plane on Monday
February 15 heading for Tonga.
While waiting at the airport in Sydney we found out that
the plane was delayed for two hours as a cyclone was on
its way towards Tonga. As we were finally approaching
Tonga the ride got bumpier as we felt the force of the
nearing cyclone. The plane had a rough but safe landing
and we were welcomed with torrential rain as we
left the aircraft. When we arrived at the motel at about
3:00 am the following morning ready to go to bed David
and I looked at each other as a strong earthquake shook
the motel. We knelt down and prayed that our visit to
Tonga would be a blessing to the inhabitants, and that
God would look after us as well as the wonderful people
of this beautiful kingdom in the middle of the Pacific
Ocean. The cyclone did some damage to the island of
Vava’u and then turned towards Fiji with devastating
consequences. The whole week was extremely windy
but we were able to conduct our meetings.
Pastor Saia Vea, the President of Tonga Mission had invited
us to provide training for the local ministers during
the mornings and to run island wide revival meetings in
What a beautiful and blessed time of fellowship we enjoyed
during the entire week. The pastoral team was a
delight to work with and the evening meetings were well
attended in spite of the heavy winds that were still moving
over the island of Tonga. The final meetings were
held on Sabbath at an overflowing hall at Beulah College.
The entire Sabbath was blessed with a wonderful spiritual
atmosphere. The fellowship, the lunch, the singing, the
lovely smiling faces and the friendship filled our hearts with
While we were in Tonga we decided to wear the traditional
clothing and all week we dressed up in a Tupenu. I have
to say that at first it felt strange wearing a “skirt” and we
thought that every eye was looking at us. But we quickly
got used to wearing the comfortable cloth, as it was much
cooler than wearing pants. We were told by a number of
people how much the community appreciated us showing
respect to their culture. On Sabbath we were also wearing
the Ta’ovala, which is woven from a local plant and worn on
top of the Tupenu. Yes, we wanted to be one of them and
wearing the traditional cloth was one way of expressing our
love and care for the people in Tonga.
On Tuesday February 23 David and myself returned home
to Australia having been blessed by the wonderful spirit
of the Tongan people and their commitment and love and
loyalty for Jesus.
Why don’t you visit our sister conference yourself and experience
the love and kindness of the Tongan people. You
could organise a fly and built or get involved in another
mission project. Contact the SNSW Conference Office for
- Pr. Mike Faber
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David presenting to the pastors
Jet Camp - Imitation Game
Amazing memories were created by the 100 campers
and staff who attended JET Camp this year! From the
moment the buses rolled in and saw the big welcome
signs being waved by the JET Camp staff, campers knew
they were in for a treat! Old friendships were reconnected
and new ones were formed, there is something incredible
about knowing that you are heading the same eternal direction,
friends at JET Camp are friends forever.
Speaker Chris Starrett from Wahroonga Adventist School
in Sydney challenged the 10-15 year olds to be really selective
over what they choose to imitate in life. He showed
them that what we love, we spend time with and imitate
and ultimately become like. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, we
can’t help but be captured by his amazing love.
On the Friday night as a culmination to the week’s programs,
campers were challenged to identify something
that they wanted to stop imitating and after writing this
on a piece of paper and throwing it into a camp fire, they
were challenged to be an “Imitation Generation” after
On the Sabbath afternoon two of the campers gave their
lives to Christ in baptism, which took place up at the bush
chapel overlooking the lake. At the conclusion of this
Chris gave a call to which fifteen young people came forward
indicating they would like to also give their lives to
Jesus in Baptism.
A number of Border Christian College students who attended
JET Camp were asked what they enjoyed most
about the camp. Whilst the responses varied from activities
to some very talented acting, one theme stood
out overall. The friendships and time spent worshipping
together was the highlight. One of the campers stated
whilst at camp, “I came to this camp not a Christian, but
now I want to be one.” God is certainly hard at work in
the lives of our young people; I can’t wait for next year!
The week was filled with fun activities including Go Karting,
Archery, Mountain biking, Laserforce, Canoeing,
Thredbo Aquatic Centre and Watersports.
There was also a glow sports night on the last night with
2000 glow sticks lighting up the oval and a number of
dorm rooms come bedtime! One of the biggest highlights
was however the ‘Secret Agent’ banquet, which
involved a big diamond smuggling operation in which
campers had to smuggle different sized diamonds in and
out of the banquet without being caught by the CIA! A
lot of fun!
- Hayden Petersen
Baptism at the AAV Bush Chapel
Jayda Rath (C) with Hayden Petersen (L) and Brendan Hayes (R) being baptised at the Bush Chapel in Jindabyne
Overlooking lake Jindabyne, the view from the bush chapel
at the Adventist Alpine Village is simply breathtaking.
For Ash Biddiscombe and Jayda Rath there could have not
been a more perfect place to commit their lives to Christ in
baptism. Surrounded by friends and family as well as all of
their friends from JET Camp, Ash and Jayda gave testimony
to their faith in Jesus and were baptised in a specially made
corrugated iron ‘bush font’.
The atmosphere at the bush chapel was simply beautiful, with
Lisa and Reece Biddiscombe sharing how proud they were
of their son Ash’s decision and the young man he has become.
Wilf Rath, grandfather of Jayda also gave testimony
of God’s blessing and the privilege of seeing Jayda grow in
the faith. Pastor Brendan Hayes and Conference Youth Director
Hayden Petersen officiated the baptism. Church Family
at Canberra National Church welcomed both Ash and Jayda
into their membership the following week.
- Hayden Petersen
Teen Expedition 2016
Ash Biddiscome making his decision to follow Jesus
Tathra is incredibly beautiful in February! The 20 teens and
12 Staff who attended the SNSW Teen Expedition earlier this
year will testify to that fact! The group wound their way southwards
along the coast from Picnic Point to the entrance of the
Bega River over the course of one weekend.
During the course of the hike the group had to make two
river crossings, the first of which involved the teens constructing
a make-shift raft. The water temperature was a delightful
23 degrees, and wading through the beautiful inlets was simply
sensational. Singing around the campfire and listening to
worships led by Jeremy Taituave was simply awesome! Looking
forward to the next Teen Expedition in 2018.
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Albury/Wodonga District - Last Supper
Based on a living rendition of the Leonardo DaVinci
painting of The Last Supper, the three district
churches and Border Christian College worked together
to invite families and friends to a special Sabbath program,
which included a communion service. About 150
people came to be blessed by the actors (all from the
three churches and school staff) who shared a moving
experience of The Last Supper. The catch cry of The Last
Supper presentation was the question of the disciples
about Jesus mentioning His betrayal, “Is it I Lord, Is it I?”
Special items from the Border Christian College Primary
Choir, the Secondary and Church worship teams, and
the Border Christian College Singing group blessed
those who attended.
Bega - Dawn Service
Recreating the Last Supper painting of Leonardo DaVinci
The Last Supper finished with an invitation to join Christ
in communion of repentance and following Jesus. The
very special Sabbath experience included lunch supplied
by the churches to all who attended, providing an
opportunity for further growing the relationships and
building connections with families across the district and
at Border Christian College.
In the evening a movie night was held and those present
at The Last Supper were also invited to come share “The
War Room”. A big thank you to the sixty plus people
who helped by serving and leading out. Praise God for
such a moving and powerful Sabbath and Sabbath evening!
- Pr. Andrew McCrostie
Each year on Easter Sunday the combined churches
of Bega host a dawn service at the Bega Valley Lookout.
Our church hosted the event this year. Pastor Dragan
Kanazir, our minister, welcomed about 90 folk in attendance
with several all the way from our sister city, Littleton,
in Colorado. Paul Ralph assembled a group of accomplished
musicians to lead the singing on the day.
Comments from those in attendance were full of praise
for the leadership provided by them.
Easter Dawn Service at Bega Valley Lookout
The local Baptist minister directed our thoughts to the
difference the resurrection morning has made to the
hope of humanity. In just eight Bible verses, Mark 16:1-
8, the focus for us all has changed.
The local Salvation Army prepared breakfast for all in
attendance with special thoughtful provision for vegetarians.
Fellowship together with fellow Christians
proved to be heart-warming and encouraging. Christ
is risen! We serve a living Saviour!
- Wendy Hergenhan
Nowra - Farewell
Dr. Nelson with wife Priya (Right) and daughters
Joanna (Left) and Elaina (Middle)
Nowra Seventh-day Adventist Church held a gift
presentation followed by a church lunch on Sabbath
the 2nd of April 2016 to farewell Dr. Nelson Nathan,
his wife Priya, and their two daughters, Joanna
(10) and Elaina (8). This event was to say our goodbyes
to them as they leave the Shoalhaven area after residing
here for some six years.
As the Nathan’s were living so far away from their native
India and friends and relatives, they considered their
church friends as their Australian family.
The Nathan family wearing their warm gifts from their Nowra
Nelson has accepted a new medical specialist position
in Rehabilitation Medicine at the Royal Hobart Hospital
As they were heading to a much colder climate we wanted
to ensure they were ready for the winter ahead so provided
them with gifts of warm woolen beanies, scarves,
gloves, flannelled sheets and a thick mink blanket. We
also gave them a reminder of what they were leaving behind
with a large canvas print of a beautiful natural seaside
location in the Shoalhaven area of Jervis Bay.
We will miss their valuable contributions to our church
worship in Nowra, as Nelson was also a very gifted
trumpet and guitar player and the family often joined in
with the singing groups.
Orange - Baptism
Our thoughts, prayers and good wishes go with them in
this new chapter of their lives as they head southwards
and no doubt they will make new friends as they worship
at the Rosny Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hobart.
- Vicki Chalain
Jake and Leo being baptised by Pr. Colin Richardson
Sabbath April 2 was a special day for Orange church,
as two boys followed their Lord Jesus Christ into
the waters of baptism. Jake and Leo Pulling requested
baptism about a year ago, and Pr. Colin Richardson has
been studying with them since. A crowd of family members
and relatives, with church members, gathered at
Lake Canobolas at 4 in the afternoon.
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Support from Family and Friends
The Lord blessed with the warmest day of the week, and
after a short talk on the beach, the boys bore witness
to their decision to follow Jesus as they were baptized
by Pr. Richardson. The boys’ mother, Kylie Pulling is the
daughter of Perry and Jan Platt, and granddaughter of
Mandurama member Nancy Platt and her late husband
Tony. Praise God!
- Pr. Colin Richardson
Tumut - Baptism
On Sabbath morning the 26th of March,
Amaya Fordham from Tumut Church
was baptized at the spectacular Nelsons
Beach Inlet. Amaya gave a beautiful testimony
about her faith in Jesus and expressed
her desire to accept Him as her
Lord and Saviour.
Pr. Andrew McCrostie with the support
of Jeremy Taituve officiated the service.
Everyone who attended appreciated
the perfect weather and a
Amaya is blessed by the support
of her immediate family, friends,
the church family at Tumut and
the pastoral team.
- Pr. Andrew McCrostie
Wallaga Lake - Expression of confidence in Youth
Recently, Wallaga Lake young people
were elected to the Junior AECG
(Aboriginal Education Consultative
Group) for their High School - Narooma.
From left to right - Leena Campbell was
elected School President of the Junior
AECG, Marion Bell was elected Deputy
President, Milo Campbell was elected
Leader for year 10 and Zachariah Campbell
was elected Leader for Year 9.
New member for AUC ATSIM Committee
Wallaga Lake church member, Gary Campbell has
recently been appointed to the national Aboriginal
Torres Strait Islander Ministries (ATSIM) committee
at the Australian Union Conference office.
Through this process
they are continuing to
develop their leadership
skills for school, work,
church and God.
- Julie Nagle
Border Christian School - Week of Worship
Border Christian College celebrated WOW (Week of Worship)
2016 with the students and the theme “Stacked” was
all about building a life on Christ. Pr. Phil Yates shared with
students about self worth, identity and the best of life is built on
Christ from the text in John 10:10.
Some fifty plus students responded to follow Jesus in bible
study and students also chose to follow Jesus in baptism. The
special week was very much about the students sharing with
each other, leading and being involved with more than half the
student body sharing their talents and gifts in serving and leading
- Pr. Andrew McCrostie
Amaya Fordham being baptised by
Pr. Andrew McCrostie
The committee meetings are held quarterly and are key to
supporting ATSIM activities around the country. Pr. Mike
Faber is also attending this committee.
- Julie Nagle
Phil Yates sharing God’s Word
School News//Notice Board
Faith FM switched on in the Illawarra
At a special service at Wollongong Church on Sabbath
30th April at 4pm, a new radio station, 87.8
Faith FM, was switched on in the Illawarra. Faith FM is
owned and operated by the Australian Union Conference.
Attending the service were Pastor Michael Worker
President of the Greater Sydney Conference, Pastor
Christian Copaceanu, Director of Personal Ministries/
Sabbath School/Stewardship for the Australian Union
Conference, Pastor Mike Faber, President of the
South New South Wales Conference, as well as Pastor
John Tompson, pastor for Wollongong and Corrimal
Churches, and Pastor Tony Moala, pastor for Southern
Illawarra, Nowra and Ulladulla Churches.
Pastor Copaceanu gave a history of the radio evangelism
movement and its successes. Brother Jeff Threlfo,
Senior Elder for Wollongong church also provided an
overview of the history of the involvement of the Illawarra
in radio ministry.
Pastor Mike Faber gave an evangelism challenge to
the Illawarra churches. A covenant was also read out
in the service. The covenant involved God finding
people to listen to Faith FM and come searching and
the Illawarra churches will take up the challenge to
both love and teach those who come to our churches
in response to what they hear.
Pastor Michael Worker said a prayer of dedication for the
radio ministry and at 4.45pm the radio station was switched
on and the program began broadcasting.
All three churches provided funds for the purchase of the
radio licence, although AUC holds licences and equipment
on behalf of Conferences and churches. The main tower
sending out the Faith FM signal is located on the Illawarra
escarpment at Broker’s Nose. This sends out a signal that
serves the northern Illawarra area, however the signal from
Broker’s Nose does not currently reach the southern Illawarra
area. It is hoped that a second tower may also be
- Pam Grootemaat
Wollongong Adventist Church
Grey Nomads Camp
October 3 - 8, 2016
Adventist Alpine Village
Speakers: David McKibbon &
Register today at:
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ACA Health Benefits Fund - 82 years old and going strong
Married workers contributed 6d (sixpence) each
week, and single workers 3d (three penny). If you
wanted health cover to include your parents and siblings,
you had to pay 6d whether married or single.
If you needed hospital treatment, the fund covered
50% of medical bills – up to the value of £20 (pounds)
A lot has changed since those early days. Today ACA
Health Benefits Fund provides private health cover
of exceptional value and great choice for current and
past employees of the Adventist church, and their
Sanitarium Nurses 1934
Imagine it’s 1934. You face an enormous, unexpected hospital
bill and there’s no health fund to rely on. You’re unable
to pay the bill, so you have to present your case to a committee
and hope the decision-makers see fit to give you some
money towards your bill.
In May 1934, the Executive Committee of the Australian Union
Conference gave five men the task of working out a scheme
whereby all church employees could make “weekly payments
to prepare for adequate care during times of sickness”. Those
men were: Brethren TW Hammond, RE Hare, GT Chapman,
RH Adair and GS Fisher.
Four months later, their recommendations were adopted and
the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Australia started its own
private health fund for employees, called the Union Conference
Medical Policy Fund.
“The SDA church has long been committed to the
health and wellbeing of its employees,” says Jody
Burgoyne, Manager ACA Health Benefits Fund. “Establishing
a health fund was part of its ‘people ministry’.
It helps the people who work for the church,
to help the church fulfil its mission. We value our
employees and their families, and that’s why ACA
recently expanded its offering to provide private
health cover for extended family members as well –
not just immediate family.”
In future issues of “Imprint”, we’ll share more snippets
of our history as well as some of the exciting
developments within ACA Health Benefits Fund.
Take a moment to watch the new promotional video
on our website, and see how ACA Health can support
you and your family. For more information about
ACA Health Benefits Fund please contact us on:
Phone: 1300 368 390
AUC Staff 1934 with ACA Founders
Australia and New
Zealand mid May 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
For further enquiries contact tour leader
Pr Russel Stanley 0405 181 047
Sponsored by the Australian Union Conference
Best of The Bible Lands Tour
Travel and see the exciting high points
of four Bible countries — Jordan,
Israel, Turkey and Greece.
See where Jacob wrestled with the
Angel on the Jabbok; Stand where
Moses stood on Mt Nebo before
dying and then raised to life; see where
Jesus was baptised; ride on the Sea of
Galilee; see where Jesus gave the Sermon
on the Mount; six of the seven
church of Revelation; in the steps of Paul
in Greece. You’ll also see dozens more
exciting places, from the Dome of the
Rock in Jerusalem to Mars Hill in Athens
and the prison cell of Paul in Phillipi —
and so many more.
The tour will run from Thursday, 8 September
to Tuesday, 11 October with options
to stay in Dubia — or you can travel
elsewhere in Europe and around the
Join the Adventist Singles for a 13 Night cruise
departing Sydney On November 30th 2016
Cruise to Paradise on the Voyager of the Seas
Loyalty Island, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji
Ocean View Stateroom
$2168.29 pp twin share
Two twin beds, sitting area,
dresser area and a private
bathroom - 14.8 sq.m.
inc taxes, fees, port expenses, gratuities
$1618.29 pp twin share
Two twin beds, sitting area,
dresser area and a private
bathroom - 13.9 sq.m.
inc taxes, fees, port expenses, gratuities
To register your interest in this tour,
please contact Pastor Harold Harker
on (02) 4385 8282 or mobile 0410
518 468, or by email at Harold.
General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Register here by September 1st: http://bit.ly/AdventistSingleCruise16