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Attendees of Corryong SDA Company
On Sabbath May 13, Calvin Drinkall our General Secretary and myself visited
our church group in Corryong that has been established over two
The group had recently approached our Conference Board of Directors with
the application for company status and as this request had been granted we
had reason to celebrate with the members of the newly established church
company in Corryong.
It was a beautiful Sabbath day with blue sky and sunshine with the autumn
leaves in full colour. After the welcome and a lovely song service I had the privilege
of taking the sermon focussing on the parable of the mustard seed. In the
parable, Jesus tells us that the mustard seed being smaller than all the seeds
on earth (about 1 mm in diameter) when it grows up becomes greater than all
herbs (up to 3 meters in height) and shoots out large branches. What a beautiful
illustration of what God can do for a small company like Corryong.
After the sermon, the status of Corryong company was officially recognized
and Calvin Drinkall presented a prayer of dedication, followed by him leading
out in the lesson study. Following the church service a delicious fellowship
lunch was served and all present enjoyed each other’s company.
The Corryong company that is presently meeting in the church hall of the Uniting
Church has now about 20 people in regular attendance and has the desire
and plans to grow into a good size church. May God richly bless them as they
reach out to their community.
- Pr. Mike Faber
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From the General Secretary
As you read this edition of Imprint, consider that
2017 is …. insert the appropriate word or words
that describes this moment in 2017 for you. For me,
its half over. How have the first six months passed by
so quickly? Has the time been used wisely? Have we
achieved what we set out to do? I recognise that time
ticks by at the same rate each day, however the busyness
of schedules, priorities, commitments and balancing
work – life, seem to make the days & weeks pass
Visiting the regional areas during the first quarter of
this year, following our visits in the last part of 2016,
provided opportunity to worship and fellowship with
our members and determine the top priorities for our
conference vision. The priorities that have been determined
by our church members are Community Involvement,
Training, Mentoring Young Leaders, Small
Groups and Evangelism with Prayer as the overarching
theme. These priorities will form part of our upcoming
Constituency meeting later this year.
Yes 2017 will be the 85th Constituency meeting for
the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South New South
Wales. Delegates, nominated by their local church, have
accepted the responsibility to represent their church at
the constituency meeting, which will be held on Sunday
17th September in Canberra. I would ask you to keep
this meeting in your prayers, that God will continue to
bless His conference so that we all can continue to “Be
and grow flourishing followers of Jesus”.
As you reflect on the ‘fill in the blank’ at the beginning of
this article, I’m reminded of the text, “Be still and know
that I am God”. Psalms 46:10 NLT. As we continue working
for Him, let’s not get distracted by the busyness of
life that we forget the mission God set for us. Take time
to be still with Him daily, seeking His guidance and wisdom
for our lives.
- Calvin Drinkall
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Safe as
Churches 8 conference. This conference is organised
by the National Council of Churches in Australia
(NCCA). The aim of NCCA is focused on helping local
church leaders and congregation leaders to fulfil their
pastoral, legal (i.e. duty of care, child protection, due
diligence), insurance, risk management, denominational
and ethical roles which includes responsibility for
the spiritual, emotional and physical safety of all people
within their ministry.
This year the conference had an update by The Hon.
Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission
into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
In his address, Justice McClellan shared some facts, including,
Fifty seven Public Hearings have been conducted by
the Royal Commission. Public Hearings concluded in
March 2017. Six thousand seven hundred private sessions
have been held with survivors of child sexual
abuse 6305 have been analysed 59% of those sessions
that have been analysed, have occurred in Faith based
The question that the Royal Commission is asking once
it was revealed that the ‘majority of offences’ have occurred
in faith based organisations is, Why? 0.4% of reported
cases to the Royal Commission have occurred in
the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Yes, you read correctly, 0.4% of the responses made to
the Royal Commission have occurred within our church.
That’s sad. Our responsibility is to ensure survivors and
their family are cared for properly, and that we do all we
can to keep our churches and institutions safe.
If you’re reading this and need advice or want to report
a sexual abuse matter, contact AdSafe on 02 9847 3499.
AdSafe have also advised they will be reviewing the
training modules, and once completed I will notify you
of ‘Face to Face’ training opportunities for our conference.
- Calvin Drinkall
Bible School SPARC to commence in SNSW Conference
Jesus says in Matthew 9: 37&38: “The harvest truly is
plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore, pray
that the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into
His harvest.” (NKJV)
During 2016, the conference leadership was approached
by two business men who have a dream to
establish a bible school within our conference with the
intent to train people in the bible, evangelism, health,
prayer, media & technology. The aim is to equip church
members to better service for God and to even offer
opportunities to do full time bible work within our conference
and in other areas.
The business concept of the company sponsoring the
bible school will allow the students to have their tuition
and course fees covered and to receive financial sponsorship
for full time bible work.
After initial conversation, a meeting was called between
the Board of Directors of our Conference and the other
party. It so happened that on the day of the meeting
the officers from the AUC were also present and received
full information of the proposal. Pastor Geoff
Youlden has been invited by the team proposing the
bible school to advise and guide them in their plans.
The SNSW Conference is excited about this opportunity
and fully supports the program.
At present, it is envisaged that the bible school will start
operating early 2018 with its first 12 students. If this is
something that you would like to consider then please
contact the President of the SNSW Conference in order
to receive more information and to have your interest
- Pr. Mike Faber
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Tonga Mission Project
While visiting the local pastors I was shocked about the
poor state of housing conditions the pastoral families
have to live in. The houses rot away, are full of mildew,
have water leaks in almost every room and the floor is
not safe to walk on.
Pastors One Bedroom House for a family of five
As you know Tonga Mission is our partner
conference. Since the establishment of the partnership
I was able to visit the kingdom of Tonga 3 times
in order to support the Mission in various matters.
Reopening of ADRA Op Shop in Wodonga
During our 2017 annual camp meeting, we took up an
offering in order to help rebuilt the two most effected
parsonages but were only able to raise about $8,000.
The estimated cost for the project is $30,000. Two
builders from our Conference have committed to conduct
the construction of the buildings but because of
the lack of funds we were not able to start with the building
If you would like to donate money toward the “Tonga
Project” please contact our CFO or donate online
by visiting our website.Thank you very much for your
support given to our Tonga Mission Conference.
- Pr. Mike Faber
Anna Robertson & Pr. Hamilton cutting the ribbon Mr Calvin Drinkall (R), offering a prayer of dedication Wodonga Op-Shop
The excitement mounted as the local newspaper
reporter and cameraman arrived just ahead of the
10 am deadline on Friday, the 12th of May. Prior to this,
three hectic weeks OP Shop volunteers and church
members had toiled in readiness were now over.
Finally, the shop was re-opening with modifications
completed - a new entrance and decking.
After the welcome by local Church Pastor Andrew
McCrostie, Pastor Mike Faber, President of the SNSW
Conference gave a short and well thought out
devotional while General Secretary Mr. Calvin Drinkall
offered a prayer of dedication for the Op Shop and its
OP Shop Manager, Anna Robinson very proudly cut the
ribbon with ADRA’s Regional Support Officer in SNSW,
Pastor Dave Hamilton.
Amongst the visitors who had come to witness the
re-opening of the Op Shop was ADRA Emergency
representative, Janice Frey, ADRA Support person Bec
Rachou and Albury Church Pastor Ben Galindo.
OP Shop takings for the week, including the opening
day, totalled $530.15. Opening days will be Monday
and Tuesday, and it is planned to involve school youth
to give them retail experience and to provide them with
a certificate of achievement for their efforts.
- Sue James
Communication Secretary, Wodonga Church
Band of Brothers Big Weekend
Men from all over the
came together for an
AWESOME weekend at the
Adventist Alpine Village
from the 19th – 21st of May.
It was a great time for relaxing,
worship, fellowship and
heaps of fun. You might
be reading this wondering,
what is Band of Brothers?
I am glad you asked.
Driving the Go Carts
Band of Brothers is the SNSW men’s ministries. It has been designed
to bring men together on neutral ground, developing
their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. We make every effort
to provide an environment where men can talk to mates, without
the fear of judgement. If you missed the Big Weekend just
gone, don’t worry there is another BIGGER weekend on the 17th
– 19th of November. Put this date in your diary, it will be $135 for
all food and accommodation. Call the Adventist Alpine Village on
(02) 6456 2738 for all bookings and payment. - Ben Gillett
Food fit for Kings
Support to victims of domestic violence in PNG
Ladies from Bowral Church
What a Difference a Day Makes! Nineteen ladies gathered
in Bowral on the 2nd of April in support of “They’re Not
Alone.” The guest speaker, Dr. Brad Watson, presented the confronting
subject of Domestic Violence in PNG. There is great suffering
for women and their families due to destructive traditions
of brutality. The Bowral church ladies have been made aware of
the great need for this to stop. They see the need to fund raise for
the enlightenment of these victims, for them to receive aid and be
educated about how to stand against this destructive behaviour.
The ladies have committed to prayer on behalf of these families
and those reaching out to intervene. They explored ways to work
further to raise funds for this needy cause by tapping into their
many different local talents. Suggestions included filling a hand
bag with essential toiletries for women who have had to flee their
homes. A local Family Support representative is happy to assist in
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Succulent with encouraging note
The afternoon raised over $100 by making
donations for handcrafted cards. The ladies
had fun as well. High tea was enjoyed
by them all. This was followed by planting
a succulent in a tea cup that they’d brought
along. Once completed a message was written
on a tag, attached to the cup, ready to
give to someone in need of encouragement.
The afternoon was very encouraging for
all who were there together. Reaching out
certainly is a fulfilling way to live.
Reach Up! Reach Across! Reach Out!
- Wendy Hergenhan
Women’s Ministries Director
Womens Retreat 2017
All attendees of the Womens Retreat weekend
Ladies from around South NSW have again enjoyed
a wonderful retreat at the Adventist Alpine Village.
Under the leadership of Heather Buchanan, the Wagga
Wagga ‘girls’ had a special time for all. Sherryn Kieltyka,
who works with ADRA, came all the way from Ethiopia to
share insights from The Word around the theme JOY! Her
messages touched lives.
Guest Speaker Sherryn Kieltyka
Prayer, praise, fellowship, good food and fun all contributed
to this being a time of spiritual nurture. Looking beyond
ourselves and seeing needs led to the generous
giving of $2,360 in an offering for New Hope Orphanage,
which is supported by ADRA Ethiopia.
Of the 133 registered, a large number were first-time
attenders. Teens shared the time with the more experienced
ladies and added a special energy to the weekend.
From all reports everyone thoroughly enjoyed the 2017
South NSW ladies are invited to save the date for our retreat
next year, 2018. The South Canberra ladies with the
support of some from Canberra National are preparing a
special time for the last weekend in May, 25-27th.
- Wendy Hergenhan
Sherryn in Ethiopian dress
Partners in Ministry Attendees
Wagga Wagga organising team for Womens Retreat 2017
Ascending at JET Camp 2017
Geena being baptised by Pr. Mike Faber (R) supported by Pr. Phil Yates (L) and Jamison (C)
Community Service proj
This year’s JET Camp ascended to new
heights! 96 Juniors and Teens and
over 40 staff gathered together for what
was a sold out camp at the AAV in April.
Guest speaker Jermaine Wong joined us
all the way from the UK, presenting nightly
sermons of inspiration as well as powerful
spoken word poetry.
Making a decision for God
A nightly drama told the story of a young
man facing the struggles of standing up
for God in the face of pressures and each
night the Juniors and Teens joined together
to praise God in worship. Tuesday night
saw a banquet take place to the theme of
“Jetlympic Games” where a whole heap of
games and mini-sports were involved.
One of the highlights of the week came
courtesy of local helicopter pilot Colin
de Pagter who kindly donated 10 minute
helicopter joy flights to our campers who
were thrilled to go on a short flight over
lake Jindabyne. For many this was the first
time being in a helicopter and everyone
reported thoroughly enjoying it. Other activities
included white water rafting, inflatable
Laserforce, Watersports, Go Karts and
Thredbo Aquatic Centre.
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It wasn’t just fun and games during the
day however as teams of JET Campers hit
the streets of Jindabyne to show the local
community that they were there to serve.
Chocolate frogs were taken to local businesses,
the local school was cleaned up
and a team of campers went and planted a
whole heap of trees for a very grateful local.
ect to remove rubbish
Driving Go Carts
The highlight of the week however was
without doubt when the whole group
gathered down at the lake on sunset
to witness Geena Elliot commit her life
to Jesus in baptism. This camp was a
powerful memory event for our young
people with many of our JETs standing
up to make full commitments to Jesus.
At one point during the week when
Jermaine made the invitation to stand
for Jesus, every single person in the
room stood unified in Christ.
A huge thankyou to an amazing team
of volunteers and pastoral staff, with
special mention to Raewyn Knopper
for her high level of commitment and
passion to this ministry. Next year we
are going to be running two camps to
minister to the Juniors (aged 10-13)
and Teens (aged 13-16) separately.
More information about these camps
Watersports at Lake Jindabyne
- Hayden Petersen
SNSW Youth Director
Southern Youth Rally
Regional Youth Rally
on May 20th. The
worship was led by
music ministry group
Iron and Clay who
have been running
for 25 years and take
their ministry to high
schools around the
Southern Youth Rally led by music group Iron and Clay
Disney talent night
The church was completely full with young people from around Albury, Tumut, Young, Griffith,
Yass, Canberra and other places coming together to worship God. After church the catering team
provided a wonderful lunch, which allowed the young people to develop friendships that will last
well into eternity.
The day finished with an awesome evening of fun with the Disney Talent night. Notable
performances included the Snow White story, complete with Seven Dwarves by the Tumut
Youth, singing items by Geena, Wandi, Georgia & Georgia, as well as a spontaneous and totally
unplanned *cough* rendition of “A whole new world” from the movie Aladdin by the Wagga Youth
to finish off the night! Big thanks to the youth of Wagga and Tumut as well as ministers Tharren
Hutchinson and Jeremy Taituave for organising the Rally!
- Hayden Petersen
Meeting some of the animals at the Alpine Village Children engaged with program Hobby Horse Competition
God has made so many amazing creations that testify of his love and creative power! This
was the focus of our recent Adventurer and Family Camp at the Adventist Alpine Village
in May. Guest speaker Matthew Moore (Chaplain from Gold Coast Christian School) shared
with the young and the young at heart a great variety of different animals and explored the
unique ways in which God designed them to give glory to Him.
The weekend was filled with games and crafts, one of which involved making a hobby horse
which was used for a hobby horse show jumping and dressage circuit in the lounge. This was
a real highlight with some of the smiles on the faces of kids being so wide! Mothers were
pampered Friday night and Dads had some time to hang out on the Saturday night. What
a wonderful time to come together and praise God and spend time growing closer to Him
and each other.
- Hayden Petersen (Youth Director)
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Mothers being pampered
- ALBURY -
Albury church is delighted and blessed again by celebrating the
baptism of 5 wonderful youth.
On Sabbath March 18, Kellie Nixon, Bailey Nixon, Tara Gadowski, Adam
Gadowski and Amy Goddard went into the waters of baptism at Ebden
Reserve, Hume Weir.
A beautiful occasion with both sides of the border coming together to
celebrate such a special event as Albury and Wodonga church shared the
joy of the baptism followed by a picnic dinner by the waters.
- Damian Cox
Friday Night Basketball
Benten Salazar of the Bathurst Church has been playing
basketball with a group of school friends for the last six years.
When the coach position became vacant this year, Raymon
Paletua – the local Adventist Church Pastor - stepped into
that role. The boy’s high school competition is played on
Friday nights. When the winter competition starts Benten has
missed out on playing, as the games are on Friday nights well
after Sabbath has begun.
Five baptisms at Ebden Reserve, Albury
The team wanted Benten and their Coach not to miss out and
approached the competition managers to negotiate their
games to be scheduled before sunset as games are usually
rotated at different times from 4:00 - 9:00 pm. The team
was thrilled when management agreed to have their games
permanently at 4:00 pm each week, which allows Benten to
play, and “coach” to be present.
Benton Salazar (No.13) with his team, match referee
(green shirt) and team coach Raymond Paletua.
Due to speaking out and asking for the games to be played before sunset has opened up questions about the
Sabbath from team members and the parents who come to watch the games. Having a pastor as a coach has also
allowed the boys to have a positive role model. It has changed their view of what a pastor can look like in today’s
community. This has been a positive experience. It shows that standing up for your belief opens up opportunities to
share with others. - Melissa Lane
- BEGA -
Elaine Venables baptised by Pr. Kanazir
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Bega and Wallaga Lake Church members gathered on Sabbath the
11th of March at Corunna Lake, south of Narooma, to witness Elaine
Venables’ baptism. Pastor Dragan Kanazir officiated the baptism after
having studied with Elaine in recent months.
Elaine shared the story of her spiritual journey, commencing with her
christening as an infant and describing her search for a spiritual home.
Friendship with Kerry Markham proved to be a stable influence in her
life. An invitation to attend a Women’s Retreat led to an invitation to attend
Later at the 2016 Women’s Retreat, quietly in her own mind, Elaine
decided she wanted to become part of the Seventh-day Adventist
church family.A highlight for Elaine on the day was to have her daughter
and family with her. There was rejoicing all round, the sun shone brightly
as we witnessed Elaine’s commitment. Three folk responded to the invitation
to be baptised in the future. - Wendy Hergenhan
- DUBBO -
On May 20, Dubbo Church had a special day with the
dedication of little baby Shekhinah. Her parents,
Nathan and Clearly Hinze are new members of the Dubbo
SDA Church. Nathan and Clearly were joined by their
parents which made that day very special.
Clearly also wrote a beautiful song especially for Shekhinah
and performed it at the ceremony. Our day was truly
Jump Start in Canberra
- CANBERRA NATIONAL -
On Sabbath 18th March, Canberra National Church
received a Jump Start. About 25 church members
went into the community for one hour with copies of
Steps to Christ and a new DVD entitled “Questions for
God” with the aim of finding hot spiritual contacts.
The IMPACT Sabbath afternoon program aims to equip
the church family with opportunities for service, and many
willing church members were grateful for the simple and
effective door knock approach which has been successfully
modelled by the Jump Start Team since 2010.
God at work in Griffith
- GRIFFITH -
Dedication of Shekhinah Hinze at Dubbo Church
On Sabbath, March 25 Griffith Church witnessed
the baptism of 4 new church
members. Then starting the 23rd of April,
Pr. Asofitu Leatuavao from Greater Sydney
Conference ran a two-week reaping program
focusing on local Samoan’s who are living in
the Griffith area. God blessed and each night
about 100 people attended of which over half
were guests from the community. On the final
Sabbath, 8 youth were baptised and another 4
stood up and made a commitment to be baptised
at a later date. Presently the members of
the Griffith Samoan Branch Sabbath School
are following up with others who attended the
- Marryanne Bonney
Many were pleasantly surprised with the open
reception they received while offering free copies of
a life changing book and thought provoking DVD.
Mirjam Allen received practical on-the-door Jump
Start Literature Evangelist training on two days prior
to the group door-knock event by the Australian
Jump Start Team Leader, Andrew Kochanski, and the
Jump Start South NSW Conference Leader, Roger
Pr Justin Lawman and Pr Rajko Celic were very
thankful for the boost that Jump Start provided to
the church as they prepare for a prophecy public
evangelism program, Prophetic Code, in August.
Youth week in the Park
On Wednesday the 5th of April, the youth of Griffith Church in partnership with Government agencies (Local, State
and Federal Government) ran a youth week event in the park in the suburb of Pioneer. This is an area of Griffith that
is struggling with social issues. About 250 people were in attendance and the aim was to help bring encouragement
to the area and to develop community pride. The youth organised events like volley ball, jumping castle and Sumo
wrestling. Others provided face painting, food, and games and in all of these events our youth were involved.
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God at work in Griffith
- GRIFFITH -
Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi & councillor
Anne Napoli presenting Fusi Fidow with a
check of $1,500
The following Sunday with the support of our SNSW Conference Youth
Director Hayden Petersen, Laser Tag was organised by the church.
Because of the ongoing involvement and support of our Griffith youth in the
local community the combined Government agencies have asked the church
youth to be on a local council committee that focuses on combatting social
issues in the area. The committee has seen our young people as a key group
who could help with the needs in the local area.
On May 16, the Griffith City council gave us a donation of $1500 towards the
purchase of a trailer. Under the leadership of our church youth leader Fusi
Fidow our young people have been faithfully cleaning up yards in the community
for over one year. This trailer will greatly help their efforts. In the beginning
the youth cobbled together mowers and tools and have been cleaning 4 to 6
yards a week. Later a local business gave them $2000 to buy new mowers and
equipment and they were also given fuel cards by others. We have never asked
anyone for money and when the Griffith City council invited us to make the
application for the trailer to carry the equipment they actually filled in most of
the paper work.
In 2015, under the General Conference initiative “Give Them Keys”, our youth
applied for $5,000 for the purchase of a Church Bus. Thanks to further donations
from church members we were able to buy a 21-seater bus for $ 6000.
We were still short of about $ 3800 in order to register the vehicle, fit a tow
bar and to do some needed repairs. We prayed and God blessed again and
we received a donation from outside our conference that covered those costs.
This vehicle is greatly appreciated to pick up visitors from the community and to
transport our young people to events like youth camps, pathfinders and regional
We have agreed to call it “God’s bus.”
- Pr. Jim Tonkin
Mothers Day at the Moruya Markets
- MORUYA -
Giving away flowwers at the Market
New Church Bus
new annual tradition, inspired by Service Projects at the
A recent JET camp in Jindabyne, has begun in Moruya. Young
people from Moruya Adventist church visited their local Hospital
and the busy Saturday markets, to give away flowers and cupcakes.
The flowers were from the garden of local church family,
the McTernans, and each JET baked then decorated a batch of
Recipients were full of delight and praise. One lady had tears
in her eyes as she realised this would be the first Mother’s Day
alone as her last child had recently moved away to University.
Another recalled that her family were far away and was grateful
to be acknowledged.
It was wonderful to see the smiles of JETs as they shared Jesus’ love in this simple act of kindness. The young people
are busy planning for their next Service Project, and look forward to engaging with their local community again.
- Nikki McTernan
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- MORUYA -
Tara Watts being baptised by
Pr. Dragan Kanazir
Briony Floreani being baptised by
Pr. Jimmy Watanabe
Jaden McTernan being baptised by
Pr. Jimmy Watanabe
Kate Pendlebury being baptised by
Pr. Dragan Kanazir
It is always a special Sabbath when the church
family witnesses a baptism. Moruya church has had
that privilege on three occasions recently.
The first high day was the baptism of Jaden
McTernan and Tara Watts. The service was held at
Moruya Heads in an outdoor setting. It was a glorious
sunny day and the service was shared by Pastor
Dragan Kanazir and Pastor Jimmy Watanabe. We
have seen Jaden and Tara grow up in our church
and both Pastors mentioned, have faithfully studied
with them over several years. The two young people
gave moving testimonies before their baptisms
in the nearby ocean. Both parents and grandparents
are faithful members of our church and rejoiced to
see Tara and Jaden take this step.
Our second baptism was that of Briony Floreani.
On this occasion, we hired the Community Hall at
Tomakin so that Briony could be baptised at nearby
North Broulee beach. A beautiful programme was
prepared by Briony’s mother Heather and again Pastors
Dragan and Jimmy shared the service.
- NOWRA -
Pastor Jeff Webster and his wife Else (nee Attinger)
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary
with family members on the 4th of February 2017.
Briony gave a heartfelt testimony about her decision to
take this step, mentioning pastoral studies, programmes
at Big Camp and Jet Camp that she has faithfully attended
over the years. It was so gratifying to see so many family
members and young friends come from some distance to
witness this special day for Briony. Although the weather
was inclement, the rain cleared as we made our way down
to the beach for the actual baptism.
Our third baptism was that of Kate Pendlebury and what
a high day that was for all of us. Kate’s brother was the
first member of her family to join the church and Kate
has studied for a long time before making the decision
to be baptised. She has been an avid student of the Bible
and her contributions in Sabbath School show a deep
understanding of her faith in Jesus. The baptism was held
in the afternoon at the home of a church member where
a beautiful lap pool was available in lieu of a font. A very
large group of family and friends were present to witness
the occasion. The service and baptism were conducted by
our Pastor Dragan Kanazir.
- Eunice Clack
Jeff and Else first met while students at Avondale
College in 1956. They were married in Adelaide,
S.A. by Pastor Lock on the 4th of February 1957.
Jeff went on to pastor churches in Victoria, Queensland,
North New Zealand and New South Wales. The
happy couple had 3 children, Jennifer, Mark & Bettina.
Sadly Mark died at the age of 22. Jeff and Else
enjoy the blessing of having 6 grandchildren. Else
is a gifted singer and musician and they have both
shared their talents through their ministry together
over many happy years.
Else and Jeff Webster
Jeff retired from the ministry in 1996 and the couple
moved to the country town of Nowra on the NSW South
Coast. Nowra church has been blessed with their continued
active participation in church worship since that time.
- Vicki Chalain
- NOWRA -
Emily Dillon (aged 12), daughter of Sue and Mal
Dillon, was baptised by Pastor Tony Moala on
her family property at Parma, south of Nowra, on the
25th of March 2017.
Emily had attended a JET Camp program in 2016
where she had made a decision to give her heart to
Pastor Moala visited the family home for regular Bible
studies and commented that he had seen Emily’s
personal spiritual understanding and commitment
grow steadily over a period of several months.
Emily Dillon being baptised by Pr. Tony Moala
Most of the members from Nowra church attended a fellowship lunch at Emily’s home followed by her baptism in
their backyard pool. Even though the weather was cold and wet Emily was happy to be led into the cool water for her
baptism in an acknowledgement of her heartfelt desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
On April 22, Emily was welcomed into church membership at Nowra. Her mother Sue stated how thrilled she
was that Emily had made the decision to be baptized and encouraged the church membership to continue to be
supportive of Emily in her Christian growth over the coming years.
- Vicki Chalain
- NOWRA -
Nowra SDA church members letterboxed homes
in the streets surrounding the church with
invitations to attend a special Easter Service on Sabbath
the 15th of April. The special program focusing
on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
was followed by a fellowship lunch
Church member, Geoff Bennett used his wood
working skills to construct one large cross made
from Oregon wood and one smaller cross made
from a fig tree. On the day two families were also
welcomed into church membership.
Samantha and Warren Hobson with their two sons
Warren and Samantha Hobson with their two sons
Liam and Noah, transferring from Bundaberg SDA
church in Queensland and Palmer and Natsai
Cheweshe with their 3 boys transferring from the
Griffith SDA Church.
Samantha Hobson presented some beautiful musical
items while husband Warren took a very informative
and inspiring service that gave the death and
resurrection of Jesus a more personal meaning for
each of us.
- Vicki Chalain
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Samantha Hobson and Jeff Bennet
CARBOOT SALE AND DEVONSHIRE TEAS
- NOWRA -
Afternoon tea on a Sunday
Guests enjoying their tea
Christine Johnson (R), with Ashley & Josh Page
As Nowra SDA Church we recently held our first
car boot sale on the 26th of March in the church
carpark and Devonshire teas on the cottage deck to
raise money for some much-needed church building
maintenance projects. We used street signs to advertise
the event and were blessed with a beautiful sunny
Sunday - after several on-going days of wet weather.
Church friends and neighbours, donated various
articles for sale, ranging from large items of furniture
- including two dining tables, to smaller items such as
clothes, books and toys. We even had one neighbour
from across the road donate a very large item. He told
us that if we sold it, we could keep all the money for our
church purposes. As our Church Pastor Tony Moala was
helping him to move the item across the road he told
him that he was an atheist - so this may have been the
very first time he had set foot on a church property.
Another neighbour also came across to purchase several
items and to have a friendly chat with us.
We wanted the event to be a friendly community outreach
and with each purchase we included a Signs of
the Times Magazine. The cottage deck was tastefully
decorated with small clusters of tables and chairs. A
delicious board menu including hot and cold drinks
and various choices of savouries and slices were provided
by Christine Johnston with Ashley & Joshua Page
assisting as the serving waiters.
Including the donations of some generous church
members we raised a total of $850.
- Vicki Chalain
- SOUTH CANBERRA -
God is blessing South Canberra
Adventist Church with new
members. You might be aware that
Geena Elliot was baptised at JET
camp in 13th of April and welcomed
into membership on the 15th. On
the 26th of May, Sergio Avellaneda
and Cristina Mosquera made the
same commitment to Jesus Christ.
They were both welcomed into
membership on the 26th May. Let
us all pray for reformation and revival,
with the pouring out of the Holy
Spirit in this conference.
- Pr. Phil Yates
Baptism of Sergio Avellaneda
Baptism of Cristina Mosquera
To Be and Grow Flourishing Followers of Jesus / Pastoral SNSW Moves Youth
Canberra Christian School is Growing
Some of the many things students do at Canberra Christian School
Through answered prayers Canberra
Christian School (CCS) is experiencing
Over the past month, CCS has been featured
in the Canberra Times and the Record
all due to the exciting growth it is experiencing
over the past 2 years. This growth
is well above all other private schools in
the ACT with over a 40% increase in enrolments
in 2016 alone. This advertising and
spotlight on our Adventist education has
been amazing for both our SNSW schools
Many people are asking ‘how is this
happening’ and ‘what makes it possible’
and the core answer is through answered
prayer and a clear focus on ensuring
Jesus is a part of everything we do, from
the classroom to interactions with others.
In 2014 when the school was in a tough spot and looking to possibly close, with 28 enrolments, the SNSW
Conference chose to revise the schools staffing and leadership. It was with this insightful change that the school was
able to refocus and redevelop itself into the growing school it is today.
The new team was able to create a clear definition of the school’s focus: a school that specialises in individualised
education in a Christian environment that cares for the whole child. It is with this clear focus, answered prayers and an
amazingly energetic and passionate staff that has seen so much interest grow in the school. The school has also been
blessed with an extremely supportive conference and church family that have provided unmeasurable assistance
and prayers throughout the past few years.
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Baptism of two students from Border Christian College
Two outstanding students from Border
Christian College, now members of Albury
Church, made a decision to follow Jesus at
WOW (Week of Worship) 2016.
After many faithful years of quality family faith
and guidance, care and support from their local
Churches and their Adventist School, the
collaboration of faith in the home, school and
church led Lachlan Green and Braden Sinclair
to choose faith in Christ Jesus for themselves.
They were baptised with their fathers (Brad
Green and Graham Sinclair) standing beside
them and their mothers (Michelle Green and
Lynette Sinclair) close by also. The day was
perfect, the water cool, the joy of fellowship of
Albury/Wodonga and Bega/Moruya together
at Nelsons Inlet long remembered as a special
occasion for all- especially Lachlan and Braden!
Baptism of Lachlan Green and Braden Sinclair (Centre)
- Pr. Andrew McCrostie
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