Welcome to this week's newsletter.
Check out the Surrender Conference coming up soon in October - register online or let us know if you can volunteer.
Girls: put the Sisterhood Pink Party date into your diaries Fri 18 October - All donations to Cancer Council Australia.
Guys: put the next Guys Alive Dinner date in your diaries Mon 4 November
Element Youth and Young Adults groups have camps coming up so check out all the info.
MarionLIFE has got some great news and events coming up soon too.
The Friendly Word seeks to connect Marion Church of Christ, MarionLIFE and local community to what's happening here and how you can connect in.
Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter called the Friendly Word.
The Friendly Word is filled with lots of information and reading about what is happening at our church and locally.
This Sunday Ashley is bringing us The Word from Nehemiah 6 : Dealing with Preoccupation at the 10am service.
Then at 6pm we have BBQ Church with the energetic One50Dance troupe joining us. One50 is all about creating a positive space for young people to be inspired, build friendships and learn and perform incredible dance moves using positive and respectful lyrics and movements!
Nehemiah 6 New International Version (NIV)
Further Opposition to the Rebuilding
6 When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages[a] on the plain of Ono.”
But they were scheming to harm me; 3 so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” 4 Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.
5 Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter 6 in which was written:
“It is reported among the nations—and Geshem[b] says it is true—that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king 7 and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.”
8 I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.”
9 They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”
But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”
10 One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, “Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you—by night they are coming to kill you.”
11 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” 12 I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.
14 Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophet Noadiah and how she and the rest of the prophets have been trying to intimidate me. 15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.
Opposition to the Completed Wall
16 When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.
17 Also, in those days the nobles of Judah were sending many letters to Tobiah, and replies from Tobiah kept coming to them. 18 For many in Judah were under oath to him, since he was son-in-law to Shekaniah son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berekiah. 19 Moreover, they kept reporting to me his good deeds and then telling him what I said. And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me.
What a mesh of seasons in a week. Praise our loving Father God for the rains that have fallen - and we pray that our farmers are also receiving this cleansing rain. Thanking God for the spring flowers and sunshine that lifts our spirits from the winter cold.
The earth is filled with Your love, O Lord. Psalm 119:64 NIV
Our weekly newsletter is filled with lots of information about upcoming events at MCC and locally plus your weekly prayer word and thoughtful word.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our services this Sunday - 10am and 6pm.
Come and be refreshed as Sonya brings the word from Nehemiah 5.
We are delighted to continue in the Nehemiah series ‘Building for the Future’. So far we have looked at “Houston, we have a problem then our ‘Need for Prayer—Provisions—People and now this week we are up to Chapter 4 and ’Dealing with Pessimism’ and look forward to Pastor Stephen Scott sharing again. So bring your Bible as we live, learn and grow in the Word together.
Let us also celebrate Father's Day as a church - to worship and praise our Heavenly Father, to pray for our fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, teachers - to Good Men in our lives - may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us. I John 3:1 NIV
Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter...
Please check out all the details in the Friendly Word so you are informed and encouraged.
Lots of happenings...something for everyone and everyone is invited!
Feel free to pass it on to your friends and neighbours so that they too can share in any of the programs and services.
Let's be intentional and invite our family and contacts and share the Good News.
PLUS it's the last Sunday for MarionLIFE Month - so come along on Sunday to purchase some homemade items from the MarionLIFE Trading Table and make a difference by supporting MarionLIFE and our community this August.
So excited to be at church this Sunday as Ruth continues with the Word on Nehemiah 2:1-10 then gathering again at BBQ Church with the Westminister College Vocal Ensemble. It's going to be a great day - so connect in with the Friendly Word and see what's on and happening here at Marion Church of Christ.
Nehemiah 2:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
Artaxerxes Sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem
2 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”
I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”
4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?”
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”
6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
7 I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 8 And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests. 9 So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.
The Friendly Word has lots of information about MarionLIFE Month and how you can support and raise MaironLIFE Community Services Inc. All donations of baked goods, artwork and craft will be on sale each 10am Sunday service plus opportunities to financially contribute.
Side Gate Cafe is open each week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All meals and baking are baked on site, so the aroma is amazing and the taste fresh and scrumptious. Good Gear is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - winter clothes are selling up big, and spring clothes are getting ready to make an appearance.
The 2nd week to our Nehemiah series will focus on the Need for Prayer. Come along and hear the word that God has placed on Ashley's heart 10am and 6pm services.