September December September 2016 | 2017 2016
A TEACHABLE SPIRIT
South New South Wales Grey Nomads
SNSW Grey Nomads 2017 BY RHELMAE HEBBARD
Pr. Brett Townend with Ruby
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We came from north, south, east and west
To the place to be – AAV – the best.
So why did we come from all around?
To Grey Nomads camp we all were abound.
There is something very special about the AAV.
It’s peaceful here, no hassles – a place we like to be.
There are kangaroos and wombats, abundant bird life too.
We feel close to our Creator here – isn’t that so true.
For five years now the camp has run.
Here we can relax, make friends, have fun.
But more than that we have come to meet
Our Lord and Saviour and sit at His feet.
Each of these years from Victoria came Pauline and Janettie,
And Keith and Lyn come from a way off in South Australia.
And let’s not forget Margaret and Errol from Victoria came,
But to drive all this way, their kids think they’re insane.
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Gavin is our leader, he has Robyn by his side.
Mike and Doris lend support, they’re not here for the ride.
There’s Jeremy and Calvin, both part of this great team.
Thank you, South New South Wales, for helping us live the dream!
The mornings start with worship and a healthy living plan
Challenging and guiding us is Jeremy, a godly man.
Once breakfast’s done, we exercise – getting fit is fun.
To live to one hundred and twenty – or is it one twenty-one?
Rhelmae Hebbard second from the left
To gain some better fitness, we exercise and walk.
We do step-ups and marching – not much time to talk.
There’s bending and stretching to warm up, non-stop.
“Do it till you feel the stretch, or you hear something go pop!”
Steve has us digging deeply each day into God’s Word.
Read Isaiah 53 – experience the arm of the Lord.
God remembers Lot and Rachel, as well as us and the thief.
He offers living water, take a drink and get relief.
Lunch time is yum-time, thanks to Terry the chef.
All good food he serves us – nothing is usually left.
Avril cooks too, makes dessert that’s a dream.
Each meal they are helped by the AAV team.
There’s jigsaws and puzzles and dominoes to play.
Boggle words and Frisbee golf all help fill in the day.
Some go and play tennis, ride or jog down the lane.
While others play snooker, their co-ordination to retain.
We met Ruby, a dark horse, down by the field,
Brett begins training, Ruby doesn’t want to yield.
He persisted, she’s learning, he didn’t want to gloat,
She’s a smart horse and before long she walks into that float.
Lessons on patience and stubborness
Many lessons from the horse, we can learn about our Lord.
Be willing to learn, feel His gentle pull, fully trusting in His Word.
Now horses forgive, but don’t forget, our God does both of these.
The trainer is patient, her will she submits, she really wants to please.
Debbie’s flower ministry takes her all around the world.
Floral displays in cathedrals and shopping centres swirled.
She had us making bouquets and a dainty centre piece.
Giving flowers brings joy to others and helps their worries cease
Dinner times are good times, not only just to eat.
Meet friends, make new ones; maybe have a treat.
There’s salads and savouries and soup in the pot.
Umm – Pizza, chips, veges. Maybe I’ll have the lot.
Lessons on patience and stubborness
Grey Nomads | 2017
Every evening and at meetings we sing songs of praise
With Shari, Sherilee and Steve, our voices gladly raise.
Take my Hand Precious Lord for There is None Like You.
And there’s 10,000 reasons for us to worship You too.
Each evening, time to ponder lessons from the horse.
Brett’s theme – A Teachable Spirit – from the Bible, of course.
From the Psalms, we read together of the Father’s love and care.
We find strength, contentment, confidence in a message we can share.
“Upon a life I did not live,
Upon a death, I did not die.
Another’s life. Another’s death.
I stake my whole eternity.”
The weather has been kind to us, we’ve seen the sun most days.
Thursday was for downtime, we went off in various ways.
Some headed off to Canberra, some headed to the snow.
Others just went driving, some shopped, bought things to show.
On Friday night, our meeting room became a restaurant.
A 3-course banquet, good friends, what more could one want?
Two candles lit for Sabbath, God gave a day of rest
Delight in Christ, His love and power, and Sabbath will be the best.
Steve spoke to us in Sabbath School about God’s call to keep
We need to be like shepherds, feed the lambs, care for the sheep
We give our all to Jesus, “Do you love Me more than these?”
We need to help the marginalized. Find ways to help them. Please.
Brett shared that God has saved us, for a purpose we are designed.
He’s lifted us out of the slimy pit, from the mud and mire and grime.
We’re thankful He has planted our feet on rock and very firm ground.
He wants us to rejoice and sing, and always in Him be found.
Now MV’s all those years ago bring memories, oh so dear.
Today we reminisced a bit, sang songs and choruses that cheer.
We shared out favourite verses and what they meant to us.
Then off to South America sharing Mike’s trip – that was a plus!
We’ve all been well looked after by the friendly AAV staff.
Our thanks to Stan, Bron, Russ and Shirl, for sharing with us a laugh.
Nothing was too much trouble; they’ve gone the extra mile.
And as we share our memories we’ll tell of AAV with a smile.
Tonight, the concert signals the end of a great time here.
We hope you all are planning November 4-10 next year.
May God go with each one of you and keep you in His care.
And should we not meet here again, let’s meet in heaven, way up there.
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We would like to inform you about a number of
changes to pastoral placements in the SNSW
Conference effective from January 2018.
Call to Tasmania
Pastor Rajko Celic who has been ministering in the
Canberra district for the last five years has accepted a
call to the Tasmanian Conference. Rajko and his wife
Elize who has been working at our Primary School
(CCS) in Canberra will be moving to Tasmania right after
Big Camp 2018. We want to thank the couple for
their commitment and loyalty towards the SNSW Conference.
We know that they will be missed by those
whom they ministered to. As a Conference, we wish
them God’s richest blessings for the future.
Call to the SNSW Conference
In October, our Board of Directors placed a call for
Toby Clare to join the ministry team as Ministerial Intern
in the Albury/Wodonga District. Toby is currently
completing his Graduate Diploma in Theology and
Ministry at Avondale College. He is moving to SNSW
Conference from the Far North Coast of NSW.
Originally from Shepparton, Toby has spent most of his
life in North NSW, having grown up around Port Macquarie.
He moved to the Lismore area after high school,
where he worked in the automotive industry and the
public service, during which time he felt called to fulltime
ministry. God opened the doors for him to attend
the ARISE program in 2014, and this was followed by
a season of bible working for the NNSW Conference.
During this period of time he worked as
outreach coordinator for the ARISE program and was
part of a church planting team that planted The Vine
- Tweed Heads Church, where he is still ministering.
Toby is very much looking forward to the opportunity
to minister at the opposite end of NSW and is excited to
be a part of a new team sharing the good news about
Jesus. Toby will commence work in January 2018.
New Director for Youth/Children’s and Family Ministries
Rick Hergenhan has accepted a call to be
the Director for youth, children’s and family
ministries in the South New South Wales
Conference. Rick has been involved in full
time ministry for 8 years, 2 years as a church
pastor in Newcastle and 6 years in the youth
department in NNSW conference. He is married
to Libby and they have three children,
Giles, Heidi and Hayden.
Rick grew up in the SNSW conference and is
looking forward to once again live near his
parents, family and friends. He is passionate
to see young people make a commitment
to following Jesus and living it out wherever
God has planted them. Rick says: “I am looking
forward to being in SNSW and meeting
you all in the new year.”
We welcome Rick and his family to our
Conference. May God richly bless you.
Rick with wife Libby and three children; Giles, Heidi and Hayden
Other Departments and Ministries
ADRA Projects Coordinator: Sarina Taituave Religious Liberty Director: Mike Faber
ATSIM Coordinator: Julie Nagle Single’s Ministries Coordinator: Christine Sosnovsky
Communication Director: Mike Faber Women’s Ministries Coordinator: Wendy Hergenhan
Education Director: Jean Carter Ministerial Association Secretary: To be advised
Education Associate Director: Julia Heise Personal Ministries Director: To be advised
Partners in Ministries Coordinator:
To be advised
Men’s Ministries Coordinators:
Phil Yates &
Sabbath School Director:
To be advised
Changes in pastoral districts:
- Canberra National/Queanbeyan:
Orlando Berry will replace Rajko Celic & work in
the team with Justin Lawman and Phil Yates in the
Owen Ellis will replace Orlando Berry in Goulburn
and will continue his ministry at Bowral.
Ben Galindo will replace Bogdan Petrovic in Dubbo
and Jimmy Watanabe in Cobar.
Tony Moala will replace Ben Galindo in Albury/
Wodonga and Toby Clare will be added to the team
as Ministerial Intern. Andrew McCrostie will remain
as Chaplain and Associate Pastor.
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- Southern Illawarra/Nowra/Ulladulla:
Bogdan Petrovic will replace Tony Moala.
Jeremy Taituave will lead this district.
Tharren Hutchinson will care for these two churches and
will continue his ministry at Wagga Wagga.
The other districts remain unchanged.
May God richly bless all those who will move into a new
district. May you and your families have a smooth transition
and a hearty welcome by our church members.
- Pr. Mike Faber
President/Ministerial Association Secretary
To be advised
Bible School in SNSW Conference
In the June edition of our Imprint magazine we informed you about
the plans to establish a bible school within the SNSW Conference.
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 intend 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.
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
mid 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 registered.
- Pr. Mike Faber
Old house with planned extension
Tonga Mission | Update
Over the last couple of months, we have been reporting about our plans to support Tonga Mission our partner
Conference to rebuild two pastor’s houses on the island of Vava’u. Thanks to your generosity we were able to
raise almost $30,000 from our Conference. Another $10,000 was donated by the Trans Pacific Union Mission.
This enabled the first team from Albury to fly out and lay the foundation for the extension of a one bedroom house
that is inhabited by a pastor and his wife and their three children.
The team, Graham Sinclair, Brenton Hore and Darryn Nixon under the leadership of Wally Hromis arrived in Tonga
late September. At first things did not go as smooth as expected. To their surprise the money had not arrived as there
was a problem with the transfer of the funds. How could they purchase building material with no money? But as always
God sorted things out and soon the funds were in the Tonga Mission bank account.
This was not the only issue they had to deal with. The connecting flight from the main island to Vava’u proved to be
a challenge as shortly before landing they were told that the plane had to return due to a fault in the hydraulic of the
landing gear. Instructions were given to prepare for an emergency landing as the pilot could not assure that the landing
gear would open. “Thank you, God” that the plane safely touched the ground and that three hours later after the
needed repairs they were on their way again to approach Vava’u island this time with no further problems.
The local church members gave them a hearty welcome and soon the work began to lay the foundation for the extension
of the small, run down pastor’s house. Everything had to be done manually with hard labour in the absence
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of the fancy machinery we are used to in Australia. Supported
by a number of local volunteers they were able to complete
the first stage of the building project within the time
they had allocated.
We want to thank the team for dedicating their time, energy
and finances to support our sister conference.
At present a local company is building the walls of the house
and early next year a second team from our Conference under
the leadership of Phil Hampton from Bathurst Church
will put the roof on.
Once the first house is completed we would like to rebuild a
second pastors house in Vava’u.
Please continue to give generously and help us support our
partner mission in Tonga. Donations can be made online
or by placing the money in your tithe envelope having it
marked for Tonga Mission.
- Mike Faber
The many local help-
throughout the week we are
meeting at the Big Tent Cafe
after the evening
a picnic planned for later in
ALL Camp Applications close
December 1, 2017
Contact Christine Sosnovsky
for more information:
Around the Churches
Fundraising for Tonga Mission
On August 5, the Albury church held a
trivia night which brought together
over 70 people to raise funds for the Tonga
mission project whilst socialising and putting
their trivia knowledge to the test.
Naomi Oberson and a team of dedicated
volunteers helped organise the event as
well as prepare hot food and drinks in the
‘Tonga Mission Café’.
Stephen Kilgour did an amazing job collating
and presenting the trivia questions.
In between rounds, Joel Ferry lead out in
some fun activities and Greg Eames did
a fantastic job auctioneering the kindly
donated goods. Money was even raised
through an impromptu collection following
an entertaining story by Steve Greenham.
A grand total of $3540.30 was raised which will help our pastors in Tonga live in more habitable homes. A massive
thank you goes to all the donors and volunteers who made the night a great success
- Chris Oberson
On Sabbath the 23rd of September 2017
Christine Flowers was baptised at the
Broken Hill Church. Christine first came into
contact with the Adventist Church by bringing
her grandchildren to the morning play
group that is run by church members one
day a week in the church hall.
Later she found her home in the church
and became a regular attendee. The Head
Elder John Harris began bible studies and
prepared Christine for baptism. After her
baptism, Christine was anointed as she
was beginning treatment for an aggressive
cancer that week.
Please keep Christine in your prayers.
Fundraising for the Tonga Mission Project
- Jim Tonkin
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A special prayer for Christine Flowers
There were no adults up the front of
Orange church on September 2.
Pathfinders from the Central Tablelands Pathfinders
club were responsible for the whole
service, including leading the singing, playing
the piano, and telling the children’s story.
We even had a Pathfinder take the sermon!
It was fantastic to see our young people using
their gifts for God.
- Kylie Pulling and Megan Jones
On Sabbath, September 23, the Griffith
Women’s Ministries ran a special Sabbath
School and Divine service for the church
where the church members were encouraged
to invite their non-Christian friends and those
from other denominations. We had about a
dozen women working together and representing
the Cook Islander, Samoan, Fijian and
Australian communities. They wore matching
outfits (Islander style), sang special items,
preached the message, and covered all other
Comments on the day were as follows: “When
you started to sing, I felt the Holy Spirit enter
the room”, “The Holy Spirit was in that building
today”, and “It was great to see all the cultures
represented and working together!”
Central Tablelands Pathfinders leading out in worship
Griffith Womens Ministries
There were a number of visitors who attended, but the most amazing were two Tongan ladies. One of them had
been paid to make the pulatasis (Samoan outfits) and her friend had invited her to the service. She kindly declined
the offer. However, the outfit for one lady named Taki ended up needing resizing 3 times. The Tongan lady was apologising
profusely, when on Sabbath morning she was still finishing the outfit. Taki was very patient, and told her not to
worry, but that it was beautiful! She then said as she was leaving, “I’d like to ask you one thing.”
“Sure, replied the Tongan lady, “Anything.”
“Please can you come to church with us.”
Well, that lady found one of her friends, and together they came to Sabbath School and the church service, and were
welcomed, thanked, and I believe truly blessed! We all were! God is working in Griffith, and we can’t wait to see
where Women’s Ministries goes from here!
- Donna Tonkin
On Sabbath, 30 September the Narrandera
Church was packed with people coming
from as far as South Australia and Queensland.
The oldest daughter of Nick and Ellen Praestiin
was being baptised.
Ebony after studies, has made a very strong
stand for Christ. With her baptism there are
now four generations of Seventh-day Adventists
attending Narrandera Church.
L to R: Pr Thompson, Ebony, Pr. Richardson, Gertruda, Pr. Tonkin
Especially recognised on the day were the two previous pastors who served in Narrandera, Pr. John Tompson and
Pr. Colin Richardson who each had made a very positive impact on Ebony’s Christian walk.
Also baptised on the day was Gertruda Kearines. She was baptised by Pr. John Tompson. Gertruda’s first introduction
to the church was through the Search DVD’s. She then had studies with Margaret Jones a long-time member of Narrandera.
Gertruda has been coming to the church for a number of years and has been part of our church family all
that time. The joy on Gertruda’s face was expressed in one word she said as she came up from under the water “Yes!”
- Adam Tonkin
New Online Adventist Book Centre Website
A new Adventist Book Centre webstore, AdventistBookCentre.com.au, has recently been launched to service
Australia. Initiated by North New South Wales and Greater Sydney conference ABCs, Victoria conference’s ABC is
now also assisting the webstore’s continual development too.
“Our intention is to create an online store that makes it easy for people around Australia who can’t access a physical
ABC store to be able to easily find, preview and purchase resources,” says the webstore coordinator, Scott Wegener.
“The goal is not only to have a broad, easy to navigate range of items but also have comprehensive product previews
so people can accurately judge if an item is suitable without the need to hold it in their hands.”
Soon to be added product previews will
include initiatives such as video ‘flickthroughs’
of pictorially rich books, first
page previews of chapter books, video
trailers and reviews of DVDs, CD sound
track demos, board game video demonstrations
“We have a lot of content and details to
add yet and we’re still getting some of our
footings right, but we’re working hard toward
the exciting vision we have for the
webstore. Having a few conferences pooling
their resources into this one webstore
means we can achieve great things over
the long term”.
SNSW conference orders will be serviced
by the ABC staff in Sydney. You can check
out the webstore now at:
long time ago at a property not that far away the galactic forces of good and evil did battle over the lives of our
A pathfinders in a quest to gain their allegiance for all time.
The 2017 Pathfinder Camporee saw a Star Wars themed exploration of the book of Daniel with guest presenter Alex
Green challenging our Pathfinders to make a stand for Jesus, and they did! Over 60 Pathfinders and 40 staff attended
the camporee held at Micalong Station, the property of Kevin and Loretta Apps, a long-standing location for camporees.
Our generous hosts made sure everything was ready for the Pathfinders to arrive, and the team of District Directors
planned and prepared a range of activities which the various clubs practiced up for prior to arrival. A nightly
drama written by Amy Lomas prepared the Pathfinders for the message that Alex Green presented.
Thirty pathfinders stood for baptism including the whole of the Narromine Pathfinder club. Pathfinders were building
catapults, zip lines and lighting fires. Canberra Pathfinder club built a huge entrance gate to their camp which lifted
up mechanically as guests entered! This ministry event would not have been possible without a large number of passionate
volunteers the list of which is too long to mention. However, I am confident that one day in God’s Kingdom
they will be approached by a crowd of young people who will turn to them and say, I am here because of you.
Please consider how you can support your local Pathfinder club and get involved with this powerful, life changing
- Hayden Petersen
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Youth Rally Theme Jamison challenging the Youth Social evening at Jump Inflatables
North West Youth Rally
On October 7, over 80 children of the Living King
(thanks for reminding us Jay) met in Molong for
our regional youth rally. The theme of the day was
‘Brave’. It was a time of fellowship, food and fun but
most importantly everyone went back to their hometowns
feeling brave knowing God is by their side.
The young people from Bathurst and Orange churches
were actively involved in every aspect of organising this
event. It was a very successful day with people coming
from as far away as Griffith, Narromine, Oberon, Canberra
The Central Tablelands youth worship team did a great
job of leading everyone in singing, and the catering
team kept everyone well fed.Our speaker, Jameson
Pulelisi (Jay) presented an excellent message, and his
relaxed and genuine delivery was well received.
After closing Sabbath, our day continued at Jump Inflatables,
which brought out the inner child in almost
everyone (we’ll get you on that bouncy castle next time
Pastor Ray). Highlights were the inflatable obstacle
course and giant slide, not to mention a friendly game
of footy on the side.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in making
this such an enjoyable day.
- Megan Jones & Kylie Pulling