Imprint - November 2015


November 2015

many paths one destination

They came from the South, they came from the North, they

came from the East and they came from the West. Their journeys

brought them along many pathways to one destination, the

Adventist Alpine Village, Jindabyne. Attendees to Grey Nomads

Camp 2015 came from South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Greater

Sydney, North New South Wales, Queensland, South New South

Wales and New Zealand.

This year’s attendance was up by almost 40, and those who came

stated that it was the best Grey Nomads Camp yet. The event had

a wonderful spiritual tone and it was apparent that the Holy Spirit

was present in the lives of those who attended.

The theme for this year’s event was “Journey’s – Many Paths –

ONE Destination” which focused on the fact that each of us has

had different journeys; we have come from different walks of life.

Some of us have crossed paths; some have not, yet this year brought

us even closer together with one destination in mind, Heaven.

Each morning during the devotional time an attendee of the camp,

shared their life’s journey. These journeys were often quite emotional

when we considered the challenges that life had given to

some, yet God had brought change to those sharing with the group.

During the morning Bible study Dr. Allan Lindsay presented the

journey of the church. What a privilege to have such a historian in

our midst as he reminded us of those who had led our church in the

past and how we had arrived at the present.

Robert Hansford (Left), Dr Allan Lindsay (Middle)

Deirdre Lindsay (Right)

Each evening Pr. Andrew Kingston (President of the South Australian

Conference) shared Journeys from scripture. His presentations

were dynamic and thought provoking and it was obvious that the

Holy Spirit was leading as we saw how each of the presentations by

Dr. Lindsay and Pr. Kingston meshed together so perfectly.

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Grey Nomads 2015

Sandra Entermann shared her amazing

musical gift during the week and

on the final Saturday night presented

a beautiful concert to conclude

the week’s events.

During each afternoon there were a

number of activities for the attendees

to choose from, Board Games,

Puzzles, Trivia, Music Videos,

Travelogues, Hymns of Praise, Gardening

and the construction of a

new BBQ facility.

Grey Nomads Camp is not restricted

to those that spend time on the road

post retirement, it is open to all and

if you would like to attend in 2016

please accept our invitation to join


If you missed out on this years program

and would like to hear Dr.

Lindsay’s and Pr. Kingston’s messages

you can do so by going to the

SNSW Conference website.

New outdoor dining area at the AAV

Relaxing at the new outdoor BBQ area

SNSW Grey Nomad Campers of 2015

One of the projects that the Adventist Alpine Village

Management Committee and Staff have been working

on is that of a BBQ/Outdoor Kitchen/Dining area for campers.

During winter 2015 the camping area was full to capacity and a

facility like this would have been greatly appreciated and well

used. Also with Camp Meeting just around the corner the team

felt that this would be a great project for the Grey Nomads to

take part in.

Rock wall and outdoor BBQ area complete

In 2014 the Grey Nomads planted over 200 trees in what is

now known as the “Avenue of Grace and Thanksgiving”. In

2015 they have turned their hand to completing the BBQ and

Garden area in the campground.

We believe that the new facility will be well utilized during the

winter and summer months and all those in between.

The area contains a dual stainless steal BBQ, outdoor kitchen

sink and workbench, picnic tables and surrounding gardens.

One of the main projects that the Grey Nomads worked on was

a significant rock wall and garden area. We were amazed at

the energy levels of those that worked on the project and their

determination to finish the project and have it officially opened

before the end of the camp.

The cutting of the ribbon by the AAV Manager, Stan Carter

and the SNSW Conference CFO/AAV General Manager, Gavin

Howie. (Peter Saunders, watching on)

We would like to acknowledge the support of those attending the

Grey Nomads Camp in the construction of this excellent addition

to the AAV’s facilities.

- Gavin Howie

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Construction of New Kitchen at AAV commences

Construction commencing on outdoor kitchen

After lengthy delays construction on the new self cater

kitchen at the Western end of the dormitories has finally


Significant foundation works were required to comply with

the commercial regulations. Deep pier holes were required and

then filled with steel and cement.

During the next few weeks block work will be completed and

the slab poured.

It is expected that construction will be completed early 2016.

The new facility will contain three work stations consisting of

a prep area, fridge, microwave, cooktop and oven. This will

allow for three groups of up to 30 to cater for themselves at the

same time.

Road to Bethlehem

During Christmas, many of our churches put together a special

Christmas program to celebrate the event of Jesus’

birth. It may be a special service just before Christmas day,

or perhaps a night of singing carols together. For a number

of places, however, such as Melbourne, Perth and Erina, the

church folk come together and put together the community

event, “Road to Bethlehem”.

This is an incredible experience where members of the community

are invited to share in a walkthrough drama of many

of the scenes of Jesus’ birth. From the angel’s announcement

to Mary and Joseph, to the story of the wise men and King

Herod, to the shepherds’ encounter with the angel in the field,

right up to that moment in the manger with baby Jesus - people

from various walks of life are able to witness the story unfold

in a way that challenges them and teaches them about Christ’s

incarnation on this earth.

Construction rapidly progressing

The kitchen will be fitted out with commercial grade stainless

steel work areas for ease of cleaning and maintenance.

The area will also contain an indoor and out door dining area

with views across Lake Jindabyne.

In the past, a number of smaller groups and families who have

wanted to stay at the Adventist Alpine Village have not been

able to do so as they have not been able to afford to be catered

for. This new facility will now provide an option for smaller

groups and those staying in the dormitories.

Already the AAV are receiving bookings for 2016 as a result of

this new addition to our accommodation options.

- Gavin Howie

After months of planning and preparing, Road to Bethlehem

will be held in Canberra this year. Our Adventist school in

Mawson, Canberra Christian School, will be hosting the walkthrough

tour, and there will also be live entertainment and animals,

market stalls, and much more. We are hoping that this

will be a major event during December now and in years to

come, and that people will be truly blessed by it.

This will be the first time the program is held in Canberra. Our

hope is not only that this event will be a time of sharing with

the people of Canberra, but an opportunity to work together as

the Body of Christ, serving the community and telling the story

of Jesus and his amazing love for us.

Please support the program with prayer. There is still a lot of

work and commitment involved and we need the continued

support of our church community here in South New South


- Pr Brendan Hayes

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Congratulations, David Haupt!

On Friday October 2, 2015, in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra, the

award Masters of Arts in Counselling was conferred on David Haupt who is currently

serving our Conference in the capacity as Departmental Director for Health and

Wellbeing (Family Ministry), and Ministerial Care.

During his study at the University of Canberra, David was further awarded with the

Dean’s Excellence Award, as well as lifelong membership to the prestigious Golden

Key International High Achievers Award.

Well-done David! We are proud of you.

Puppet Ministry Abroad

team of SNSW puppeteers brought big smiles to the

A faces of young and old as they took the production

‘A Mouse In Solomon’s House’ up to the Greater Sydney

Conference Adventurer Camporee on the weekend of October


David with wife Constance

The production which featured in the North-Western Regional

Day at Orange earlier this year will be making its

way around the conference over the next little while! The

production has been developed as a combined effort between

the Conference Children’s Ministry department and

the puppet ministry group ‘Puppistry’. Clare Barnes, who

is the leader of this group, makes a number of her own

puppets as well as writing and performing clever biblically

themed scripts along with her team.

We are looking forward to having Marble the Mouse, an

animatronic puppet and one of the main Characters in ‘A

Mouse in Solomon’s House’, come along to Big Camp

2016 to be involved with family worship!

Solomons House Puppistry set

If you are interested in finding out more about Puppistry and possibly

having them come and visit your church, please contact the

Children’s Ministry department at the SNSW Conference Office

on 0262496822 or Hayden Petersen on 0420403631.

- Hayden Petersen

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Pastoral Moves

Towards the end of each year every conference evaluates pastoral placements. During that process personnel will get called in

and out of our conferences around Australia and beyond.


Pastor Iorangi Eiao who

is presently ministering

at Narromine Church

and school has accepted a

call as full time chaplain to

the Greater Sydney Conference.

His wife Zey a much-loved

teacher at our school in

Narromine will also take up

a teaching position in the

same conference.

We will miss Rangi and Zey and wish them God’s richest blessings

for their new task.


Rangi & Zey Eiao

Douglas & Sherryn Kieltyka

We also have to say goodbye

to another lovely couple.

Douglas and Sherryn Kieltyka

at present residing at Wagga

Wagga have accepted a call

to Ethiopia where Douglas

will be taking up the position

of ADRA Country Director

and Sherryn as ADRA Health

Project Coordinator.

Douglas is presently working as ADRA Director for SNSW

and is also the ADRA coordinaton for emergency services in


His wife Sherryn is working as a specialist nurse educator for

the entire Murrumbidgee area. Please pray for God’s protection

and guidance as they move to Africa.

serving in his ministerial placement at Gateway SDA Church

at Avondale School.

Phil has a passion for leading people to accept Jesus Christ

as their Saviour. He is a family man who enjoys good food,

building furniture and the odd game of golf. Phil and his

family are very excited to join our ministry team in SNSW.

Phil Yates

We am happy to inform that two new Interns will join our

pastoral team in 2016.

Phil Yates will be taking up work in South Canberra Church.

Phil is husband to Trisha and father to Poppy (7) and Banjo (5).

He was born in Melbourne and raised in Brisbane. Phil has been

a teacher for 14 years in both Australia and UK, until God called

him to ministry in 2013.

For the past two years he has been studying the Graduate

Diploma in Theology and Ministry at Avondale College and

Phil with wife Trisha, Poppy and Banjo

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Jeremy Taituave will be working in the Wagga Wagga district. Jeremy is a

fourth year student at Avondale College and will graduate at the end of this year

with a Bachelor of Theology and Ministry. He and his wife Sarina have just celebrated

their third year anniversary. Jeremy was baptized into the Seventh-day

Adventist Church at eighteen years of age and has been an active member of the

Church since then.

Jeremy grew up attending the London Mission Society Church with his mother

and two siblings in Brisbane. After completing high school, Jeremy moved to

NSW to live with his father, which was when he was first introduced to the Adventist

Church. He fell in love with the theology and the way that the Church

conveys the love of Christ. Jeremy became passionate about sharing this with

others who don¹t have a relationship with God. After marrying Sarina in 2012,

they moved to Sydney in order to follow Jeremy¹s call to pastoral ministry.

Sarina received an answer to prayer and was offered a job at ADRA Australia,

where she currently works as the National Program Coordinator.

In his spare time, Jeremy loves playing touch football and going to the gym. In

the past, he has run boot camps as a way to meet community members, which

has been a great platform for creating friendships and sharing who Jesus is.

Jeremy has thoroughly enjoyed his studies at Avondale College and is looking

forward to entering full time ministry and joining the team in the South New

South Wales Conference.

Words of encouragement from Jesus

Jeremy and Sarina Taituave

John 15 (NKJV)

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the

branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless

it abides in the vine, neither can you,

unless you abide in Me.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches.

He who abides in Me, and I in him,

bears much fruit; for without Me you

can do nothing.

7 If you abide in Me, and My words

abide in you, you will ask what you desire,

and it shall be done for you. 8 By

this My Father is glorified, that you bear

much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have

loved you; abide in My love.

16 You did not choose Me, but I chose

you and appointed you that you should

go and bear fruit, and that your fruit

should remain, that whatever you ask

the Father in My name He may give


John 17 (NKJV)

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will

believe in Me through their word;

21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I

in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may

believe that You sent Me.

22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that

they may be one just as We are one:

23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in

one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and

have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be

with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which

You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation

of the world.

25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I

have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.

26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare

it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and

I in them.”

Matthew 24 (NKJV)

18 And Jesus came and

spoke to them, saying,

“All authority has been

given to Me in heaven

and on earth.

19 Go therefore and

make disciples of all

the nations, baptizing

them in the name of the

Father and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit,

20 teaching them to

observe all things that I

have commanded you;

and lo, I am with you

always, even to the end

of the age.” Amen.

- Pr Mike Faber

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Tonga Mission

Our partner conference

Last year we informed you about Tonga mission being our new

partner conference and that during our visit to Tonga in November

2014 we had signed a mission pledge promising to support each

other as partners in mission through prayer, communication and the

sharing of ideas, plans and resources.

Please keep our mission conference in your prayers. If your church

would like to start a partnership with one of the churches in Tonga

please let us know and we will connect you. Canberra Christian

School has been in contact with Beulah Primary School and our

students have raised funds to support a special project.

Pr. Fanueli Mataele who is at present the Youth Director

of the Tonga Mission Conference will represent Tonga at

our Big Camp in 2016. We trust that he will be able to take

many ideas and inspirations home to Tonga.

We have received a few articles from the President of

Tonga Mission Pr. Saia Vea and I trust that you will enjoy

reading the information.

- Pr. Mike Faber

A New Church at the village of Puke

“30 X 20” timber church building was opened in Puke, a small

A village west of Nuku’alofa. The new congregation is the result

of an evangelistic series held in the area by Pastor Fanueli Mataele

and the Nuku’alofa Church.

Two church elders from Nuku’alofa Church were tasked with starting

this new group, which now has almost 40 members.

New Church on Island of Puke

Tonga Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Women’s Ministries

On Friday afternoon, August 28, about 250 women of

the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Tongatapu (Main

island) gathered at the Nuku’alofa Church for a combined

prayer service to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Women’s

Ministries (WM).

A member of the Royal Family, Honorable Lupepau’u

Taione was the Guest of Honour at the prayer service. The

Mission President, Pastor Saia Vaea Vea was the preacher of

the day. Elderly women aged 69 years and over were given

scarves with the WM logo and color as a souvenir of the day.

After the prayer service a special afternoon tea party was

held at the church hall where a 20th anniversary cake was

cut and enjoyed as part of the celebration. It was a joyful

and memorable day, a time of meeting old friends as well

and forming new acquaintances. Speeches and stories of

fond memories from the work of Women’s Ministries were


Prayer service commemorating 20 years of Womens Ministries

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Tongan King Coronation

This year is a historical year for the Island Kingdom of Tonga.

On the 4th of July, King Tupou the Sixth was crowned King

of Tonga together with Queen Nanasipau’u. It was a time of celebration

and festivities for the country. Tongans living overseas

were flocking to the Island Kingdom to take part in the celebration.

church pastors conducted worship and gifts of Tongan mats

and tapa together with 50 home baked cakes were presented.

As part of the church’s contribution to the celebration, Sanitarium

Health Food Company together with church members

led exercise programs, and healthy breakfast were served for

3 days from the1st to the 3rd of July. Sanitarium cereals, so

good milk, and fruit salads were served in 3 different locations

in Nuku’alofa. An estimated number of 4,000 people received

Sanitarium breakfast.

As part of the celebration, the King awarded medals to some

Tongan citizens and foreigners in recognition of outstanding

achievements. Mission President, Pr Saia Vaea Vea was one of

the medal recipients.

Coronation of new King and Queen of Tonga

The usual cultural events took place in the months leading up to

the coronation. Different groups in the Tongan Society visited the

palace to pay their respect to the King. On the 18th of June, the

Seventh Day Adventist Church, led by the President, Pastor Saia

Vaea Vea, pastors and church members together with Beulah College

students and brass band paid their respect to the King at the

Royal Palace, in Nuku’alofa. The president together with

Mission President Pr Saia Vaea Vea received a medal for his

contributions within his community

First Baptism from Historic town, Braidwood

Nothing could stop her from being baptized.

Not even the cold rainy autumn day, Sabbath

18 April 2015, nor the cold waters of Googong dam

would stop Rebecca (Bec) Cassim from publicly

demonstrating her new found faith and commitment

to God.

It all started when Bec met a blind man in a pub

challenging her belief regarding the Sabbath, the

end of the world, and many other things. This

sparked her to know more, and created a deep desire

to know truth.

The transformation in Bec’s life has been phenomenal.

The change is not only recognised by people

within the church, but it’s very evident

for people who had known her in her

“previous life.”

Rebecca has a deep desire to share

her newfound faith not only with her

family, but also with every person that

she meets on life’s way. She especially

makes use of her remedial massage therapy

practice as an opportunity to share

her faith. Her optimum goal though is

to witness in Braidwood, to the point

where one day a church group could be


-David Haupt

Rebecca Cassim being

baptised by David Haupt

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Community Garden Happenings

Bowral Community Garden Open Day

From little things big things grow! Mid-September saw a variety of people

and organisations gathered to support the ADRA Bowral Community

Garden at its open day.

Key organiser, Michael Hyland, was grateful for the support of Wingecarribee

Shire Council, the Bundanoon and Moss Vale community gardens,

Bowral Street Childcare, ADRA Australia and many others in helping with

the open day.

Free seedlings were given away, a variety of talks on gardening were given,

smiling faces were painted, “Health Age Checks” were performed, chair

massages were enjoyed, hot vegetable soup was savoured and attendees had

the opportunity to view the plans for the how the garden will look when


Thank you to all who supported the community garden by helping out or

by your attendance. Visit for more


ADRA Appeal

- Douglas Kieltyka

ADRA Appeal collections have been happening across the conference

(and around the country). Great results have already been achieved and

some Churches have demonstrated innovative methods of collection whilst

other have adopted the traditional door-to-door approach.

Thanks to all those who have been involved with organising the “Knocktober”

appeal events and to those who have supported events, also to those

who have generously donated, thanks again. Your involvement, however

large or small, really does make a difference to so many in Australia and

around the globe.

- Douglas Kieltyka

SNSW Youth

Pathfinder Expedition 2015

God certainly sent blessings our way as the eighty seven

pathfinders and leaders who attended the 2015 ‘Refuge’

Pathfinder Expedition to Blue Water Holes could not

have hoped for more perfect weather conditions!

The theme of the camp was centred around finding refuge in

God in good times and in bad, that he is our constant source

of protection and revival. Two clubs, Canberra and Griffith,

sent groups on the gruelling ‘A level’ hike which was not for

the faint hearted! Whilst these groups at times found themselves

in thick bushland, they were able to path-find their

way to the end safely.

Albury, Bowral, Canberra, Griffith, Narromine and Wagga

all had groups in the ‘B level’ hikes, with all groups visiting

some cool local features including caves and huts! Back at

base camp, pathfinders participated in hikes and activities

towards achieving their ‘Cultural Diversity’ honour. A special

visit from a National Parks Ranger who shared some indigenous

culture activities with the group included boomerang

throwing, face painting and learning to make a fire from

native plant resources (something which totally engaged the

leaders!). All in all, a great weekend!

- Hayden Petersen

Level 1 Hikers exploring Blue Water Holes

Tumut Regional Youth Day

Junior Sulusi challenging the Youth

Tumut SDA church was buzzing on

the Sabbath of the 17th of November

as around 90 young people (and some

young at heart!) gathered to worship at

the Southern Regional Youth Day.

Guest speaker Junior Sulusi challenged

the Youth to “Represent”, to go and reach

their world for Jesus. Worship was lead

Shannon and her German friend

by a team of youth who accompanied Junior,

who spoke on the Friday night as well

as the Sabbath. Lucinda Epps and Josiah

Gilroy, two Master Guides from Tumut

Pathfinder Club organised the Sabbath

afternoon activity which involved a bible

treasure hunt.

Weather threatened to put a dampener on

the afternoon, and although they may have

got a little wet there was no dampening the

enthusiasm of the young people! The day

finished with closing Sabbath, led out

Closing Sabbath together

by Jamie King, then a progressive dinner

which was really fun! Overall, the day was

a fantastic success and a huge thanks goes

to Liz Fordham and her team for hosting

and organising the day. Looking forward

to more Regional Youth Days around the

conference in the next year!

If you would like to host a regional youth

day at your church, please contact the

Youth Department for more information.

- Hayden Petersen

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A joyful day for Bega Church

On September 6th, Gertrud Habel (79), was welcomed

into the Bega Seventh-day Adventist Church through

profession of faith. She was eager to be baptized through

immersion however because of her physical disability accepted

the option of profession of faith. Mrs. Habel was

raised in the Catholic Church and was christened as a child.

However over 20 years ago, when she lived in Wangaratta

VIC, she had an opportunity to attend the evangelistic

meetings which were held in Albury Seventh-day Adventist

church by Pr. John Carter and his team. On the second night

of the evangelistic meetings her husband and Mrs. Habel

were involved in a terrible car accident, resulting in Mr Habel’s

death and in Mrs Habel being paralyzed from chest

down. This accident prevented her to continue attending the

evangelistic meetings. But God had not deserted her and His

hand was still over her life.

After long years of Mrs. Habel’s bed ridden life, one night

she happened to watch a midnight program from It Is Written

Oceania. After the program she applied for the correspondence

Bible study course through the Adventist Media


After completing three Bible study courses and reading the

Great Controversy, she came to the point where she wanted

to be baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Mrs. Habel first contacted me, via the Adventist Media Centre,

over a year ago for a visitation and since then we have

kept in touch. Last week Mrs. Habel committed her life to

Jesus Christ her Lord and saviour through Profession of


Pr Jimmy Watanabe (Left) Rex Hergenen (Right),

Gertrud Habel (Centre)

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in

your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be

saved.” (Romans 10:9)

- Pr. Jimmy Watanabe

Evangelism in Narromine

From July 26th to September 18th the town of Narromine

was blessed to have Pr James Toogood present an evangelistic

seminar entitled “ A brief history of Time.” During

his seminar - nick named by the attenders “TIME” - Pastor

Toogood shared how history intersects with the Bible.

The meetings were held at the United Services Memorial

Club (USMC) and 30-40 people attended each night, including

about 10 guests from the community.

Professional musicians like Jaime Jorge in the first week

and One Accord during the last week blessed the audience

with their talents.

The seminar is currently in its follow-up stage. Each Wednesday

night the “Secrets of Prophecy Seminar’ conducted at the Narromine

SDA church has about 10-15 people in attendance including

five visitors from the community.

As a church we feel blessed to have the opportunity to share the

good news of Jesus Christ with those around us.

- Pr. Iorangi Eiao

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Discover your health age at the Young Show

The average health age of this group was that of a 20 year

old. It was a good opportunity to discuss with them some

suggested lifestyle changes and to encourage them to make

good life choices for the future.

Of the people who completed the survey 50% were interested

in weight loss and fitness, 30% were interested in stress

and nutrition programs and 3 out of the 56 were interested

in strengthening their spiritual values. This gives us a good

indication of what our community is looking for enabling us

to run programs that meet the greatest need.

Young SDA Church Stand at the Young Stage

Though it sounds like a bit of a play on words, the results

for some who took the Discover Your Health Age test were

quite sobering. Fifty-six people from the community completed

the Discover Your Health Age survey and had their lifestyle

practices analyzed against research which has establish seven

basic health practices that are good predictors of how long people

will live. Many were surprised at how their life expectancy

was being diminished by lifestyle choices and were interested in

learning how to make changes. The people really opened up and

connected with us as we were discussing their health age. This

is a powerful way for the community to know us as Adventists;

even the Council Mayor did the health check.

When we do our best at serving others God really works in

the lives of people and connects them with us, which will

surely see eternal results.

- Pr. Ben Kosmeier

In October the Young church is conducting plant based cooking

demonstrations with Jennifer Powrie, a Queensland based chef,

and this was a good opportunity to personally invite people to

come along and learn how to cook nutritious plant based foods.

The invitations were well received and some registered straight


Church members of all ages were involved in handing out

information leaflets, processing health age assessments and

answering questions about the programs we run.

A little girl and her mother were scanning the material on the

table and when the little girl saw the Try Jesus cards she turned to

her mother and said “Look mummy that’s Jesus” and the mother

replied “yes, these people are Seventh-day Adventists and they

keep the Sabbath just like we do.”

I found that the lady was a keen studier of the bible. She has

been studying from an Adventist website for some time and believes

that the Adventist church is the church closest to the bible

teachings. She hasn’t yet visited an Adventist church but we

will continue to pray that she will along with her husband and

7 children.

A group of 10, 15 year old boys asked to check their health age.

To everyone’s surprise the results were very alarming even considering

some of them were state representative athletes. All

were smokers, drank alcohol regularly, rarely ate breakfast, often

snacked on junk food and didn’t get enough sleep.

Schools News

Border Christian College

A lesson in Focus

In September 2015 our local newspaper, the Newsweekly,

visited our school for a great story about “Balance Concentration

at Border Christian College for Years 2 and 3”.

Mrs Heather McNamara has swapped the traditional school

chairs for small balance discs known as ‘wiggle seats’ that

help students to focus for longer periods of time. Mrs Heather

McNamara has been a teacher at Border Christian College for

22 years and has conducted a trial this term for the new wiggle

seats, which improved successful for those children who fidgeted

and moved more than others.

The students both Year 2 and 3 are expected to benefit both

physically and mentally, as the wiggle seats keep their brain

stimulated, improve balance, and builds core muscles.

End of Year Formal Dinner

Music group “Nostalgia”

On Saturday, September 5, Border Christian College had its

formal dinner at the North Albury Sports Club. We were

privileged to have the band “Nostalgia” that travelled all the

way from Melbourne to perform on the night free of charge.

Mrs Heather McNamara has recognised the benefits of the new

concept. The children are concentrated on their movements

and work.

The original idea for this concept came from Mrs McNamara

seeing a high school in Melbourne introduce larger gym balls

as seats for its children. Due to the balls being too large to fit

in the classroom Mrs McNamara found the wobble seats just

as effective in allowing the children to be active while sitting

at their desks. The children use their own kinaesthetic energy

and need movement in a positive way, and stimulate their concentration.

“WIN News” also came to our school and showcased

Border Christian College about the Wobbly Seats for Balance


Cooking Class with Thurgoona

Goodstart Preschool

On Friday the 21st of August 2015, we had the pleasure

of Goodstart Childcare Centre visiting Border Christian

College for a Cooking Class held in the Secondary High school

Kitchen. 20 Goodstart Preschoolers and 21 Border Christian

College Kinder & Year 1 students attended. All had a marvellous

time cooking mini pizzas followed by yummy chocolate


Local Pre-school Visit

We would like to say a big thank you to the over 70 people

who attended to support this event, without you we would not

have raised money to go back towards marketing the school.

We also like to thank our Conference President Pr. Mike Faber

and his wife Doris Faber for coming all the way from Canberra

to support the occasion.

During the evening Border Christian College Students, Kaitlyn

& Chelsea Hawken and Ricky Lucas shared their amazing talents

by performing two special items.

On the night we also had an auction and we would like to

express our appreciation to our many sponsors: REDefined

Rooms,Inspirational Paints, Open Road Driving School, Albury

Wodonga Bandits, Officeworks, Regent Cinema, My

Changing Room, Coxtech, Brad Jones Racing, Stephanie

Hunter, Funky Cutz, Beacon Lighting, Albury Float Room,

Drivers Club, Who What Why & Bunnings.

Lavington Prescshool visiting Border Christian School

On Friday, September 4, the Kinder/Year 1 classroom came

alive with 10 extra children visiting from the Community

Kids Preschool in Lavington for “Story Time”. We had

the pleasure of enjoying a story about The Very Itchy Bear,

followed by fruit time. The Community Kids Preschool in

Lavington is looking forward to their next visit in the very near


- Melissa Smead

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