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Trivia Night - Grow with a dash of Connect

Here & there I hear Growth Groups chatting about Ekka themes & costumes & food.  Not because it's the Ekka, but because our Growth Group Trivia Night is only 10 days away.

Creek Road has been blessed with 40 Growth Groups (and that's just the Adult Growth Groups).  

What a ministry.  

Each week, hundreds of people meet together to read the Bible, pray and do life together - providing a safe place where we can share our joys and our challenges.  Just lovely.

The thing about Growth Groups is that it isn't easy to get them together - to just say "Hi, how are you going?"  Getting together is worthwhile, because, in any big family there are all sorts of people, with all sorts of talents and experience and skills - so meeting them every now & again is fun & helps when you need a hand.  Teams that hang out together, have fun together, are often the Teams that can work well together.

Details in the "flyer" below.  If your Growth Group is keen to come along - let Brad Cole our Grow Co-ordinator know by 22/8/17 bradcole@creekroad.org.au

& for the dash of Connect.......we would love you to invite your friends to join your Growth Group for the evening - people who don't normally feel like church is for them.  We would be so happy to welcome them to Creek Road.

Cheers

Andrea Pryde, Connect Grow Serve Director

Cross Culture Connect - Date Claim

Do you love to travel?  

Do you love hearing stories?

Do you despair as image after image comes across our Australian screens of people in other parts of the world doing it tough?

Keen to hear about people living for Jesus in another place?

If you've answered "Yes" to any of these questions - plan to come along and hear from T & J, Cross Culture Connect Partners in South East Asia.

Specific details regarding events and plans will be available in coming weeks via the Facebook Groups and the Newsletter.

If you have any questions - please don't hesitate to contact Ryan Dehnert our Cross Culture Connect Pastor via email ryandehnert@creekroad.org.au

 

Share A Meal- Sunday 27th of August

To tie in with our current series LIFE; Beyond the 7 Deadly Sins we would love to have a Share a Meal at church on Sunday the 27th of August to coincide with the week called LIFE; Beyond Gluttony. We would love you to be involved in these church family meals together.

·         After the 9am service at Carina we will have a brunch style meal after the service as well as share in The Lord’s Supper. Kids will be checked out of kids church and directed to their parents in the Hall.

o   Please bring a dish that is already cut/plated to share and drop it into the kitchen before the service. If you are bringing a Gluten Free and/or Dairy Free meal can you please clearly label the meal so that it can be put on a separate table. If you want your container or plate to be returned please clearly label it with your full name.

 

·         After the 6pm service at Carina we will share in the Lord’s Supper during the service and then would love to all go to a meal together at the Glasshouse at Carindale Westfield.

o   We will plan to meet there around 7.30pm. Feel free to go and order your food and then sit together on the tables that are near the escalators up to Level 2.

o   I will be available by phone (0421 064 738) if you are looking for the group on the night.

 

Both Springfield & South Bank will have a Share a Meal on the 27th of August. The details for these meals will be posted in your community groups on Facebook.

 

If you have any questions about the Share a Meal please feel free to contact me via email (emilyandrews@creekroad.org.au) or phone (3398 4333).

Emily Andrews

Prayer @ Creek Road - 15 August 2017

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.”
And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5

 

  • Lord, thank you for being a forgiving God.  Thank you that the guilt of our sin is dealt with by Jesus on the Cross.  Thank you that you are both gracious and just.  Lord help us to share the truth of this amazing sacrifice with people across the city and across the world;
  • Thank you that people give week by week.  Thank you for the ministry that is able to be undertaken because of the generous giving of our people.  Lord we thank you for opportunity to play a part in your kingdom through our giving;
  • The Gathering. Thank you that last Saturday night 250 Youth from across SE Queensland came together, to hear about Jesus, hang out, listen to Hip Hop & construct a cardboard city – focusing on “coming Home”.  Thanks Lord for the Youth Leaders from many churches who made the effort to come along, participate and bring their Youth,
  • Visitors and Newcomers.  Thank you that week by week new people come and check out Creek Road.  Thank you for the newcomers who brought a friend; thanks for the 3 new families with kids at Carina; thanks for Al who came along to South Bank on Sunday, after church but planning to come church this Sunday; for the guy who describes himself as “post-Christian” & is up for a chat.  Thank you that there are so many newcomers it’s hard work to keep up;
  • Springfield.  Thank you for faithful people who call Springfield home.  Lord we ask that some mature Christians come to Springfield and stay – enabling ministries to be built up;
  • Carina Growth Group Coaches – Thanks for the ministry and love of the Growth Group Coaches.  Thank you that our Grow ministries are seeking everyday to care for people & to help them grow in their relationship with Jesus,
  • T & J Visit.  Thank you that our Cross Culture Connect Partners, T & J are coming to visit 3rd-8th October.  Thank you that they will help us to think globally as we seek to Reach the World for Jesus,
  • Maafu Palu.  Lord we pray for Maafu as he does the hard job of undergoing chemotherapy.  We also pray for his wife Elizabeth and their 3 boys, who are at Uni & school.  Lord we also bring before you the ongoing translation work that Maafu is doing while living in Sydney;
  • Vela Services – Thank you Lord for our ministry at Vela.  Thank you that our Team of people who minister at Vela are able to share music, the bible talk and friendship as they point each other to Jesus;
  • Church 2 Church – Adelaide.  Thanks that Phil’s trip to Adelaide was a time of consolidation for the ministry in South Australia.  Thanks that Presbytery unanimously appointed David Gunning to lead the ministry in Adelaide & that Phil was able to preach at Para Hills.  Lord we pray for the Presbyterian Church of Australia committees who are currently considering funding requests for the work in Adelaide;
  • Finance Team.  Lord we pray for the Creek Road Finance Team as the draft out the budget for 2018.  Pray that they will be able to carefully align the funds with ministry.  Lord we pray that we can be faithful to do your work over the next 12 months.  We also ask your wisdom as another offer for the Norman Park property is considered;
  • Youth Connect.  Lord we pray for the Youth who are undertaking the Backpack Challenge this coming weekend.  We pray that they will deepen their understanding of what it means to live out of a backpack, having to flee for safety.  Thank you that Masoud Chavoshian is able to come along and share his story.

Trivia Night is approaching!

Our Growth Group Trivia Night is coming up on Saturday night August 26th! If you are a Growth Group Leader could you please RSVP to bradcole@creekroad.org.au with rough numbers by Tuesday 22nd? Don't miss this opportunity to invite someone along with your group!

Carina Ministry Centre Alarm Code Changing 22nd of August

As a matter of security we have decided to change the alarm code for the Carina Ministry Centre. This will occur from the 22nd of August. If you currently hold a key for the Carina Ministry Centre this will affect you.

If you currently have a key and no longer require the key can you please return it to the church office.

If you currently hold a key and still require it please bring your key with you to church on Sunday. I will be at the back of the Auditorium with my laptop to register your key on Elvanto. We will send out the new alarm code once it has changed from Elvanto.Please make sure all of your contact details are up to date on Elvanto to ensure you recieve the new code.  

If you cannot make it into Carina, or usually attend another campus, and still require your key please email us on office@creekroad.org.au with your key Rank & Issue number so that we can register your key on Elvanto. 

If you do not have a key and feel you need one please contact your ministry team leader about this.

Thanks for your understanding and support in this change.

Emily Andrews

Thank you from CMS

We recently received this note from CMS, thanking us for the support you show our CMS Cross Cultural Connect partners through financial giving, prayer, and pastoral support. 

"Dear Andrea, I personally give thanks and praise to the Lord for your commitment to pray for and financially support those from our branch who have gone out to make Christ known in gospel poor areas of our world.

Having served as a missionary myself, I am very much aware of just how important it is for our missionaries to know that we are all part of the family of CMS, supporting and caring for each other."

Peter (Tasker)
Acting General Secretary CMS Qld

Prayer Points - 9 August 2017

3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:3-5

  • Thank you that you had a plan to save us, and in the face of malice, envy, and hate, you showed us mercy.
  • Thank you that people give each week. Thank you that people in gospel poor areas can hear about Jesus because we can help support missionaries with the giving that comes in each week.
  • Thank you for planning week that the staff were able to take part in last week. We pray now for the team as they pull together all the ideas for the Term 1 2018 teaching series.
  • Thank you for the Playtime Connect team, who each week are committed to sharing Jesus’ love with mothers and their small children, from our local community. We pray that these families may be able to connect to you through this ministry.
  • Thank you for the great community in you that happens each week at Youth. We thank you for the emerging group at South Bank. We pray that those involved will grow in their relationship with you. We pray that you will bring young people to yourself, and encourage them to grow, through the youth ministry across our 3 campuses.
  • Thank you for the 150 years of ministry through Scripture Union that was celebrated last Saturday. Thank you that we were able to provide our ministry centre for this celebration. We pray that you will continue to work through the many programs Scripture Union oversees.
  • Thank you for Growth Groups. Thank you that we see true community, and love for your people, through these groups.
  • We continue to pray for the sale of the Norman Park property; and a location for South Bank campus to meet in while renovations happen at Queensland Theatre. Please pray for wisdom for those that need to make decisions about these issues.

Parenting Is Gospel Ministry

I am a sinful parent.
As we go through this current series of Life Beyond The Seven Deadly Sins, I am being confronted with that fact that one of the areas that reveals these sins in my life most is my parenting. Pride. Anger. They are both things brought to the light in the daily grind of parenting. And as we continue the series I am sure I will be similarly convicted of other sins like sloth and in my parenting also.
 
This is why when I listened to the podcast below recently I found it personally challenging. Amidst the humour, Paul Tripp declares a path to Godly parenting that doesn't begin with 10 magic strategies, but instead begins with confession. Here are some quotes to get you started.
 
"Godly parenting always begins with confession"
 
"If there is one place in our lives where we tend to ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish it is our parenting."
 
"If you are ever going to parent in a way that God has called you to parent, you must be rescued from you."
 
So if those quotes intrigue you, can I encourage you to check out the following link and either listen to the podcast or watch the video.
 
 
 
And pray along with me that we can grow into the parents God wants us to be.
 
Chris Pine.

LIFE Beyond Sin

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me – Galatians 2:20

The gospel is the good news of salvation in Jesus. We’re saved from our sins by the death of Jesus in our place. It’s wonderful news! Central to the gospel is the idea of GRACE – that we’re saved by God’s free gift to us in Jesus, not on our own merit or the goodness of our works.

However, if we’re honest, there are times after someone becomes a Christian when it feels like there’s a bit of a disconnect between that gospel of grace and the New Testament’s strong call to live a different life. How does that fit with God’s ‘free gift’? Why do I find it so hard to change and what happens if I don’t change enough? Often we end up believing in two opposite things at once: God’s grace to us and the need to be good enough. We can settle back into a belief that God’s grace saved us but now we need to be good enough to stay saved. We can end up slogging away fearfully or feeling comfortably proud of ourselves.

The problem comes from seeing salvation as just being saved from being punished for sin. Actually Jesus died for more than that – he died to save us out of the life of sin itself. The Bible reveals sin as something ugly and destructive and dishonouring to God. It’s poison, its own punishment. Grace saves us from God’s judgement, but also form the poison of a sinful life. In Galatians 2:20 we read that when we trust in Jesus our old sinful natures are actually counted as having been put to death on the cross of Jesus. That’s how we’re forgiven. But we’re then given new life, the life of God’s Spirit who transforms us. Although we’re going to be looking at sin this term, seven of them specifically, we want to focus not just on our sin but on how the gospel of Jesus moves us beyond them to a new life with God.

A key image we’re using this series is that of a growing, fruit bearing plant. More specifically, that our old sinful natures are like a dead, diseased plant which has been uprooted and replaced with the healthy plant of God’s Spirit who is the life in us.

 

Creek Road Presbyterian Church
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