Sunday, June 2, 2019
There are many passages of Scripture that address the topic of following Jesus however, for me, John 15 is a great passage to reflect on about ‘how to follow Jesus’. It can be paraphrased in very simple terms:
• Remain (abide) in me, Jesus
• Remain (abide) in my Word
• Remain (abide) in my love
The Message version translates: ‘make your home in me, my word and love’. Just like that of a skilled gardener, the Father wants us not only to be Disciples of Jesus but to ‘make Disciples who make disciples’ (to be fruitful). Who are you investing in? It may be your family; your friends; your neighbors; or your work colleagues. Verse 16 “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil”. God bless, Brett
Check out our events calendar for more great upcoming events!
June 8th – Men’s Breakfast (7.30am)
June 9th – Baptism Sunday
-Krispy Kreme Donut Orders Due
June 14th – Youth Social (7pm)
June 21st to 22nd – Women’s Retreat
June 23rd – Youth Discipleship (10.3oam)
Baptism and Membership
Ask God if Membership or Baptism is His next step for you. Speak to Pastor Brett for further information. We are having baptisms next Sunday June 9th
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: email@example.com.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please be praying for this new group.
North Finance Update for April
Every month now we will be publishing figures of the Church Building Fund Total. We are also falling well short of our 2019 Giving Budget, with the month of April being considerably under budget. We need to alert our church to this. If trend continues then some big decisions need to be made about how we can cut expenses, with our big ticket items being Rent & Staff. Please pray and ask God what your response is to this urgent need.
Building Fund Total (April 30th): $95,641
General Giving 2019 (Jan – April): $61,353
Giving Budget 2019 (Jan – April): $72,000
Giving Budget 2019 Shortfall: ($10,647)
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 we will be having one Combined Church Service at 10am. 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 date is 2nd June (5pm-6.30pm), See Emma if you would like to come along to any of these.
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