Sunday, May 13th, 2018
Strength & Dignity
The modern celebration of Mothers’ Day first began in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist church in West Virginia. Anna had begun campaigning to make Mothers’ day a recognised holiday in the US in 1905, the year her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil war and had created Mothers’ Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honour her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honour all mothers, because she believed a mother is, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.
This week, we honour our mothers and the mother figures in our lives and thank God for their kindness, tears, strength, and dignity.
She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:25-31
Happy Mother’s Day!
May 12th – Men’s Breakfast from 7.30am
May 13th – Youth Discipleship from 10.45am
May 18th – Youth Social from 7pm
May 20th – Youth Led Morning Service(s)
– Connect Group Leaders’ Meeting from 12.15pm
May 30th – Moran Service from 10.30am
June 2nd – Women’s Event from 7.45pm
June 10th – Commissioning Service for Arabic-Speaking Service from 10.45am
June 17th – Launch of North Arabic-Speaking Service from 12.30pm
Men’s Connect Breakfast
This Saturday, May 12th, all North men are invited to join together at North Church from 7.30am for a BBQ breakfast. B.Y.O. BBQ food. Please contact the office for more details.
Connect Group Leaders’ Meeting
Our next Connect Group Leaders’ meeting is on Sunday, May 20th, from 12.15 till 2pm. If you have other leaders in your group they are welcome. If you have any topics you would like addressed during this meeting, please contact Rob Tanner. B.Y.O. Lunch.
Arabic Speaking Service
We will be having a commissioning service for our new Arabic-Speaking service on Sunday, June 10th, and will be launching the new service the following Sunday, June 17th, at 12.30pm. Please pray for the leaders of this new service as they reach out to the Arabic-speaking community in Craigieburn. If you would like more details, please contact the office.
Moran Aged Care Service
Over the next six months we will be running our Moran Aged Care service in Roxburgh Park. This month’s service will be on Wednesday, May 30th, from 10.30am till 11.30am. Our service consists of a brief inspiring message, music, and communion. We’re looking for enthusiastic people who enjoy visiting and encouraging the elderly. If you wold like to join the team, please email Pastor Rob.
The Connect Mitchell Shire Mission
North Church has received funding from the B.U.V. for Rob to work one day a week, focusing on the Wallan region, to establish a new faith community. Rob and Sue have begun a monthly newsletter to raise awareness and for prayer support. They invite their North Church family to join them as prayer partners in this endeavour. Please email Rob Tanner for further details and to sign up for their newsletter.
Our POKITS ministry is looking for interesting guest speakers for their monthly meetings on a Monday night. If you have any suggestions, please contact the office.
North Church Women’s Event
Ladies, come along on the evening of June 2nd free for a special Women’s Event at North Church from 7.45pm. Get set for a time of worship, teaching, fellowship & food with guest speaker Lindy Wilson. All girls from ages 12 and up are invited! If you would like to know more, please contact the office
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