Sunday, March 24th, 2019
Someone very close to me has lost their faith.
There’s no other way of explaining it. They are disillusioned; discouraged; confused; and perhaps, even a little bitter at the cards life has dealt them.
• They have moved from a place of hope to a place of hopelessness
• They have replaced faith with surrender
• They have had joy smothered by unhappiness
• They have exchanged a relationship and settled back into religion
This can happen to any of us if we are not careful. It happened to the Jews after they crossed the Jordan (Exodus 16); it even happened to the disciples half-way through a journey across a lake (Luke 8:22-25). Jesus rebuked them not because they were afraid but because he had told them, (let us go over to the other side of the lake) but obviously, when things weren’t going to plan (a squall came down on the lake) they started believing something else (Master, Master, we’re going to drown) rather than remaining focused on his promise (let us go over to the other side).
During times of testing, trial and temptation – let us FIX our eyes on Jesus – not the circumstances we are facing that may temp us to begin operating in unbelief.
God bless, Brett
Check out our events calendar for more great upcoming events!
March 24th – Youth Discipleship (11.15am)
March 27th – Combined Prayer (7.30-8.30pm)
March 29th – Youth Social Event ‘Beach Party’
March 30th – End of Fast Prayer (6pm) & Pizza (7pm)
March 31st – 10am Combined Services begin
– Applications for North Board Close (6pm)
April 6th – Men’s Connect Breakfast (7.30am-9am)
April 19th – Good Friday Service (9am) ________________________________________
Fundraising for New Church Building
Our North Members commissioned the North Church Board to actively search for a factory warehouse to buy and to begin raising funds and pledges. If you have any ideas for fundraising, then we would welcome you to share your thoughts and ideas. Please be praying for the finances to be raised quickly and for what each of our personal commitment to it should be, above our tithing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love in Action Craigieburn
Our Love In Action Craigieburn Facebook page is up and running again. If you love helping people then feel free to join our group. With our current support of the huge Love In Action Wallan ministry, we are just helping a couple of very needy families in Craigieburn at the moment. We have a family urgent need of help with Christmas presents. If you are interested in helping, please see Michelle or msg on the Facebook page.
Connect Mitchell Shire
There are some exciting things happening in the Mitchell Shire with Pastor Rob and Sue Tanner and the Connect Community. Starting in February 2019 there will be a discovering spirituality group and community meal each Sunday. This will take place at the Kilmore Soldiers Memorial Hall from 4 pm till 6:30 pm. The Connect Community will continue to start Connect Groups around the Mitchell Shire. If you have any questions email email@example.com Please be praying for this new group.
The men of North Church are invited to join together for “Men’s Group” on Wednesday Evenings, between 7.00pm – 8.30pm, at North Church. This group is running for 1 more week (till March 27th). See Rob T or Brett K if you need further information.
Women’s Retreat 2019
North Ladies, make sure you put Friday Evening June 21st to Saturday Dinner June 22nd in your diaries for our very first North Women’s Retreat. It is going to be held nearby in Upper Plenty and will cost approx $80 for accommodation, food, fun, fellowship and some great time with God too. See Michelle M or Marijke if you have questions..
**IMPORTANT: Service Times Notice**
Please note that from NEXT SUNDAY, March 31st we will be having one Combined Church Service at 10am, until we move out of this building on May 31st. Service times will be reviewed when our next meeting place is secured. A Community Morning Tea will be held at the end of the 10am Service each week. It is important for us to be a unified community at this time!! See Pastor Brett if you have any questions.
Sunday Connect Group Invitation
The Sunday Evening Connect Group would like to invite anyone from North Church to join us for a meal at our meetings. You may wish to come once and share a time of fellowship and food, or you may wish to join us indefinitely. Each family brings a plate/meal to share. Children are very welcome. Our next meeting dates are; 31st March (5pm-6.30pm), 28th April (2.30pm) – coffee and cake due to AGM and 5th May (5pm-6.30pm). See Emma if you would like to come along to any of these.
North Church Board Nominations
Nomination Forms for the North Church Board are available from the Information table in the foyer or via Pastor Brett. Certain criteria must be met and it is important that you seek God’s leading for who to nominate. Please ask the person’s permission before nominating them. Applications close: March 31st (6pm). A.G.M. is on April 28th at 5pm.
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.
Arabic Speaking Service (North Arabic Baptist Church)
The North Arabic Baptist Church is an Arabic speaking service that runs each Sunday from 1pm. Please contact the office for more 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 – North Church’s Women’s Ministry meets for breakfasts, teaching and social events. Contact the office for more details!
Men’s Ministry – North Church’s Men’s Ministry meets regularly for breakfasts, teaching, and social events. Contact Pastor Brett or the office for more details!
Discover North Church – Are you new to North Church? Come to Discover North Church! We run this program quarterly each year. Please contact the office if you are interested in attending.
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 North Church in Craigieburn, check out: www.northchurch.org.au