March 25th, 2018
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!
Years ago, I recall being captivated by a message I heard Tony Campolo give that echoed a now famous Sermon first delivered by Pastor S. M. Lockridge.
These great Orators brilliantly and passionately contrasted the pain, tragedy and heartache of Good Friday with the deliverance, victory and joy of Easter Sunday; two days on the Christian calendar that could not be further apart emotionally yet are intrinsically intertwined.
Good Friday: God’s heartache – ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Matthew 27:46) and God’s great love – ‘For God so loved the world that he gave…’ (John 3:16)
Easter Sunday: God’s victory – ‘But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33) and God’s reconciliation – ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends’ (John 15:15)
This world is a world of contrasts – ‘battles and blessings’. Whatever it is you may be facing today, may you also know … Sunday’s coming!
God Bless, Brett
March 30th – Good Friday Service from 9am
April 1st – Easter Sunday
April 14th – Men’s Connect Meeting from 7.30am
April 15th – Discover North Church from 12.15pm
April 15th – Youth Discipleship from 11am
April 20th – Youth Social
April 22nd – AGM from 12.30pm
North Church A.G.M.
Our North Church Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 22nd from 12.30pm. The 2017 Audited reports will be presented and 3 new Board members will be voted in. Stay tuned for further details.. Please contact the office for more details.
Easter @ North
Next weekend is Easter! This Friday, March 30th, is our Good Friday service @ 9am followed by a yummy Hot Cross Bun morning tea (GF available). Easter Sunday will be a family celebration @ 9am & 10.30am with Easter Eggs and kids’ acitivities. There will be no official kids’ programs, so why not get in early and attend at 9am to allow extra room at the 1 0.30 service? This is a wonderful time to bring family & friends to North Church!
Kidshaper, a children’s ministry organisation, are running an event on Friday, April 20th from 7pm till 9pm at Bridge Church in Richmond. The topic will be “Kids Ministry Defined.” It costs $10. If you are interested in attending, please contact the office.
North Church Picnic
We are thinking about having a church picnic from 12.30pm on Sunday, April 29th. If you would like to help organise this event, please contact the office.
Discover North Church
If you are new to North Church, we would like to invite you to come along to Discover North, a meeting that discusses the history, values and mission of North Church. The next meeting of Discover North will be upstairs on Sunday, April 15th, from 12.15pm till 2pm. Please contact the office to RSVP by April 8th, or for more details.
Health Support Group
If you would be interested in joining a support group that focuses on healthy weight goals and accountability, please contact the office. Studies show that a group approach to health goals is much more successful than going it alone!
Connect In 2018
Our goal for 2018 is to have 10-12 Connect Groups up and running. Our desire is to have as many adults as possible in a Connect Group. How about making it your goal to “Connect & Grow” in 2018 by joining a Connect Group? Please email Rob Tanner for more information.
Ladies’ Connect Group
The Ladies’ Connect Group would like to invite new members to join them on Tuesday mornings in Craigieburn. If you are interested in joining them, please email Rob Tanner.
Mitchell Shire Connect Group
We have started a new Connect Group based in Wallan for people in the Mitchell Shire to come along to. The group will meet from 7.30pm on Thursday evenings. Everyone Welcome! Please email Rob Tanner for more information.
Come along to Grand Boulevard Cafe in Craigieburn at 10.30am on Mondays during the school term for some great coffee and some wonderful fellowship time together. Please contact the office for more details.
Food Allergy Aware Church
We have children in our church with severe nut allergies. We kindly ask that you to be mindful of this by refraining from bringing any food containing nuts into the church building. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
North Church Facebook Page
Check out the North Church Facebook page here. It is a great way to keep up to date or to share upcoming events with friends and family. Contact the office for more details. The page continues to grow, with each post reaching over 100 people.
Giggles Playgroups for pre-schoolers is run on Thursdays during the school term from 10am till 11.30am at the church building. If you are interested in coming along or helping out, please contact the office.
Little Rockets is our program for preschoolers. Our program continues this week with lots of fun activities, songs, and another fantastic Bible story in the Creche. Contact the office for more details!
North Kids is our program for school age children from Preps to Year 7s during the school term. During the service, the kids meet for a time of fun and teaching. Contact the office for more details!
North Youth is our program for Years 7 to 12s running on a fortnightly basis on a rotating program. Week 1 is a discipleship group meeting run on a Sunday from 11am at the church building; Week 2 is a fun social time run on a Friday from 7.30pm at the church building. See Advance Notice Dates above for this week’s program. Contact the office for details.
Pokits – Autism Parent Support Group Parents of Kids in the Spectrum is a group to provide mutual support for parents of kids in the Autism Spectrum in Craigieburn. For more information email Susie Ball.
Women’s Ministry – The Crossway North Women’s Ministry meets for breakfasts, teaching and social events. Contact the office for more details! .
Men’s Ministry – The Crossway North Men’s Ministry meets regularly for breakfasts, teaching, and social events. Contact Pastor Brett or the church office for more details! .
Discover Membership – We run Discover Membership quarterly each year for those who would like to know more about membership at North Church. If you are interested in Membership, please email Brett for more information.
We would love to see as many of our church family as possible choosing one or more prayer meetings to regularly attend. For more details on any of the prayer groups mentioned below, please contact the office. If you want to start your own prayer group, please speak to Pastor Brett or email us.
Monday Mornings 9am –
Praying for people in their workplaces
Monday Evenings 7.30pm –
Praying for our church and our community.
Tuesday Mornings from 6am till 7am –
Praying for leadership and vision.
We see God leading a caring community, thriving through discipleship; locally engaged, regionally focused, globally aware and constantly giving birth to new mission.
A Caring Community
Please do not feel alone in any life problems that you may be experiencing. We have a team who would love to pray with you, no matter what challenge you are facing.
You can either write your prayer request on a communication card from the Info Desk or meet with a prayer team member who will be waiting at the front after each service. You can also make a prayer request at the website or by email because we care.
Inclusions for our Bulletin
If you have any announcements that you would like to be included in our weekly bulletin, either in print or online, please email us and let us know! Submissions are accepted up to each Tuesday night for the next Sunday’s bulletin.
For more information on Crossway North Church in Craigieburn, check out: www.crosswaynorth.org.au