12 AUGUST DAILY DEVOTION
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The Corona Virus continues to affect us, and this will continue for a long time. It is really important in this new era, with all the urgent things we now need to do, that we don’t lose sight of the really important things. Tom Keller reminds us that the God given fruit of self-control is being is the ability the Holy Spirit gives you to choose the important thing over the urgent thing. Despite the effect of Corona we should not lose sight of the important things which have not changed. Our desire to be not just followers but disciples of Jesus should not have changed.
31 July, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for continuing to hold the ministry team and church council in your prayers.
We have been following the current situation as the COVID risk has increased wit there now being some community transmission in Brisbane.
To the best of our knowledge it is mostly south side but we do not want to take risks and there is much uncertainty and no guarantees at this point.
The Church Council Executive has met this afternoon and considered the desire to meet as a church family and the unknown but increased risk.
As a result the Executive has decided that worship WILL go ahead at 8am and at 9.30am.
However communion WILL NOT be offered this Sunday, also morning tea WILL NOT be offered or provided.
The Executive felt that morning tea and communion gave an increased risk that we do not want to take.
People are also being asked to move off promptly and not to linger or chat around the church.
Also we want to remind everyone of our key messaging around the COVID situation.
1. Our health comes first. If you are feeling unwell please get tested and stay home. If you are over 70 or a vulnerable person consider staying home.
2. Practice physical distancing and good hygiene.
3. Be prepared. Take care of those you love and care about.
4. Give electronically.
5. Help out where you can.
For those who are coming to worship we look forward to seeing you.
For others we hope that you will take the time to follow us on our app or on our youtube page.
Please do continue to stay in touch and pray for each other.
LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)
Worship Playlist: [https://tinyurl.com/y6t6lfy2](https://tinyurl.com/y6t6lfy2/)
Galatians 5:22 - 23;
This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at gentleness and how we need to be gentle as we seek to engage our faith with others. We will explore gentleness as an attribute of God, of Jesus and within the early church and be challenged to being gentler in our own lives.
· How would you define being gentle?
· Would you describe yourself as a gentle person? Why/ why not?
· When is it OK not to be gentle?
· Discuss the saying If God did not have a gentle spirit, there would be no plan of salvation.
· Do you think you have become more or less gentle as you have gotten older?
· Discuss You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar
Let us pray
Dear Lord help us to learn to be gentle
Remind us of the many ways you have shown gentleness to us
When we respond to others help us to see them through your eyes.
How much you love them and died for them.
Convict us when we descend into mockery or hurtful speech.
Help us to be people of righteous justice without abandoning gentleness and respect.
Teach us to speak the truth in love.
Let our gentleness be evident, a clear sign that you are at work in their lives.
Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness
Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Engage
LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)
Worship Playlist : [https://tinyurl.com/y55vex2n](https://tinyurl.com/y55vex2n/)
Galatians 5:22 - 23;
1 Samuel 20:13-17, 41-2;
Matthew 25: 14-30
This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at faithfulness and how we seek to engage our faith with others. We will explore God being faithful, what it means for us to be faithful, how we cope when we or others are not faithful. The Samuel reading demonstrates the relationship between David and Jonathan who remain faithful to their friendship and promises they make to each other. The gospel reading speaks of being faithful with the gifts and talents that we have been given.
- How would you define being faithful?
- Hat is the opposite of faithful?
- David and Jonathan were faithful friends. Do you have faithful friends and how or what makes them so?
- The bible tells us that God is faithful. Is this your experience? Explain.
- What does it mean to be faithful to God?
- Can one be faithful without having faith in God?
- Is faithful about being honest or being supportive no matter what? Can they be the same?
- What does it mean for you to be a faithful witness for Christ today
The Lord exists forever; your word is firmly fixed in heaven.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;Psalm 119:89-90
Let us pray
Through us, God speaks words of peace, love, justice and faithfulness that challenge violence, hatred and self-interest in the world. We pray that we find courage and strength in the risen Christ to be faithful witnesses in the face of all the challenges and risks Amen
Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness
Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Engage
LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)
Worship Playlist: [https://tinyurl.com/y8m52aa7](https://tinyurl.com/y8m52aa7/)
Galatians 5:22 - 23;
This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at goodness and how we seek to embody our faith with others. We will explore what it means to be good, and what is goodness and how it relates to kindness. The story of the good Samaritan challenges us. What ws a Samaritan and why was this story considered so shocking? Why is he called good?
· What can you find out about Samaritans? Why did they and Jews dislike each other?
· Would you describe yourself as a good person?
· What does it mean to be good? How would you define it?
· Is good more about what you do or who you are? Explain.
· In Mark 10:18 It says ‘And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.’ Explore what this means?
· Each of the characters in this parable embody a particular part of the human condition. How do you relate to each of these.
· The lawyer as self-satisfied insider knowing they are going to heaven
· The thugs who only care about themselves
· The priest and levite for who keeping God’s rules is more important than people
· The victim needing grace and mercy
· The good man who will disregard all else and see the humanity of oine in need.
Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,! Psa 31:19 ESV
Lord your goodness knows no bounds. Your children know you to be a good, good Father. Your goodness is greater than we can imagine or explain. You have surrounded us with your blessings and given us more than we can imagine. We are in awe of you and your goodness. We graciously thank you for it and humbly accept it.
Only those who stand in awe of you can understand your goodness. Only those who show reverence to your holy name can obtain the favour your goodness brings. Lord we surrender ourselves to you to receive your blessing and goodness. In Jesus name we pray.
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Playgroup is now allowed to meet again face to face, with strict COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/4jqM6tAkvSlWkjJsZNiOD0co9).
For Term 3, 2020 the plan is...
For Week 1-4 (17 July, 24 July, 31 July & 7 August) we will meet in Teralba Park, 120 Pullen Rd, Everton Park for Playgroup at the Park 9:30 – 11:30 on Fridays. Look for the Playgroup Flag and make your arrival and departure known with Ann, Susan or Jess.
Week 5 (14 August) – Ekka Public Holiday NO PLAYGROUP
Week 6-10 (21 August, 28 August, 4 September, 11 September, 18 September)- we will meet in the Church Hall (program TBC)
Before you attend Playgroup you MUST complete the online enrollment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/ee0d2401-1941-4277-beaf-d803d7d5d226)
We are also keeping in touch with each other via email and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/emmanuelplaygroup
Please let us know if there is any way that we can support you during this time (especially in the way of toilet paper or food supplies). We look forward to meeting with our playgroup community again face-to-face as soon as we can.
Playgroup offers a safe place for children 0-5 to play and develop social skills. It is a great place to make new friends, learn new things and become part of a community. We welcome all young children and their carers including stay at home, work-from-home and work outside the home; mums, dads, grandparents and nannies.
Join us each Friday 9:30 - 11:30am during school terms. Each week we have a different theme and activities to engage children. A large range of toys and access to a covered sandpit helps provide new experiences every week.
Cost: gold coin donation per child, per session. Bring a piece of fruit to add to the share platter, other refreshments are provided.
Emmanuel Girls' Brigade is now allowed to meet again face to face, with strict COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/WUUvcFfJ7WhvOKBnANYizp3ox).
For girls looking for fun and friendship in a safe and supported environment.
Thursday nights during school term, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Girls’ Brigade supports families, serves the community and meets the needs of girls today. Our program includes a wide range of activities that supports the spiritual, physical, and emotional growth of girls.
Emmanuel Boys' Brigade is now allowed to meet again face to face, with strict COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/sZzHFVpfJScOZBgg7dVyC2T5H).
Fun, Challenge and Adventure for boys aged 5-18 years
Wednesday nights during school terms
New Section times for 2019
5-7 years (Anchors) 6:30pm-8pm
8-11 years (Juniors) 6:30pm-8pm
12-18 years (Seniors) 6:30pm-8:30pm
We offer a weekly program that challenges Boys spiritually, physically, socially, and educationally. Our focus is on friendships, leadership, the self-discipline needed to achieve excellence and understanding the Christian faith. All Boys have the opportunity to earn awards, badges, and participate in leadership training, working towards their Queen's badge (the highest award a boy can receive).
Our company also participates in other activities such as camping and inter-company competitions.
Sunday School at Emmanuel is now allowed to meet again face to face, with strict COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/NaFYdxDfW1Y6QcXEX0IStEMGW).
Before you or your family attend Sunday School you MUST complete the online enrollment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/ffdc4295-746a-435d-a374-efe3d8935b07)
We are also still encouraging households to continue with Faith at Home practices whether they attend worship and Sunday School or not. Dig in at Home resources that match and complement worship and Sunday School are available at www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home
Sunday School runs during school terms within our 9:30am Sunday Service and provides a time where children can share in fun, faith, friendships and learn about Jesus.
Our leaders provide a range of varying experiences to help children draw closer to God through music, bible teaching, prayer, games and creative activities. All our leaders are screened and trained and will love your kids almost as much as you do.
All children aged 3 - 12 are welcome and meet as one group in the Church Hall. A range of activities including games, craft, challenges and small group time are provided to enhance age- and developmental- appropriate learning and connection for all.
Children start each service in the Church Auditorium with the congregation for songs, prayers, videos, communion and announcements and will move to the hall with their leaders when advised. In 2020 we will be Digging into Epic Stories of the Bible and Foundation of Faith and follow the same readings and themes as Sunday Worship, learning more about the heart of God, and how to follow him.
To enhance child learning and discipleship, weekly Dig In @ Home materials are available under the devotions tab above, and we encourage you to connect with and talk about life and faith with your children during the week.
To ensure that we can provide the best care for children in Sunday School, we ask that the enrolment form be completed the first time you attend Sunday School in each year. This can be found attached here, and will be available electronically on Sunday Mornings.
We look forward to "digging in' with your family soon.
Community Helping Hand is one way we can connect with our local Community by offering Help, using our Hands and Hearts.
What we offer is not fancy gourmet food, but basic things: baked beans, rice, noodles, milk, tea bags, toothpaste, etc.
COMMUNITY HELPING HAND HOURS ARE
MONDAY AND THURSDAY 9am - 12 noon only.
This is an emergency service only.
Due to the current Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic Community Helping Hand has had to reduce it's service hours and had to put other guidelines in place to try and keep everyone safe. We ask that if you are unwell that you do not come for a face to face consultation and call and we will try to deliver to you if we can. (this is will depend on volunteer capacity)
Youth Band is run on a Friday night from 5pm - 6:30pm.
It is a perfect place to connect with like-minded youth in a fun and safe environment.
Youth Band is open to anyone of high school age who can sing or play an instrument and would like to learn more about playing in a modern band setting.
Due to the current Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic our Explore groups are not meeting face to face but are keeping connected in other ways. Please let us know if there is any way that we can support you during this time.
An Explore Group is an intentional gathering of people who meet to study the bible and apply it to their daily lives and to pray for and support each other. As expressed in Acts 2:42 – 47, Explore Groups meet to develop authentic Christian Community. Explore Groups meet weekly or fortnightly.
Each Explore Group is unique. Each group will have a time of bible study and discussion, where the passage being studied is understood and applied in our contemporary setting. In addition there will be a time of prayer. There may also be times of sharing and eating. Each Explore Group works out together how they will spend their time.
Current Explore Groups
2nd & 4th Mon 9:30am
Bunnies Explore Group
Fortnightly Thurs 7:00pm
2nd & 4th Thurs 7pm
Women’s Bible Study
If would like to join one of these Explore Groups and would like to know more information please contact the church office and we will get the group leader to give you a call. If none of these times suit please also contact us there may be other like minded people and we can start a new group.
[Tiny Town Childcare Centre and Kindergarten](http://tinytown.com.au/)has enriched the lives of children in our community since 1974.
As an activity of Emmanuel Uniting Church, Enoggera, they specialise in a play-based learning programme which follows the QSA Kindergarten Guidelines.
Through their daily practices and interactions they promote the Christian ideals of love, forgiveness, respecting and serving others, equality, inclusiveness, and care for the environment.
Tiny Town believes in the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework, describing childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming. We care for children from 2 to 5 years, with a specialist [pre-prep programme](http://tinytown.com.au/Pre-Prep-pg20246.html) for the year before school.
Tiny Town operates from 7.30am – 5.30pm - Monday to Friday. We have one group per day with a maximum of 24 children. Our indoor and outdoor play spaces are designed to provide children with the best educational play environment. For more information visit [tinytown.com.au](http://tinytown.com.au/)
Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.
Hello friends of Enoggera Eisteddfod,
Sadly, with no end to the current restrictions on gatherings in sight, the committee has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Enoggera Eisteddfod.
We are all incredibly disappointed by having to do this, especially as it is our 60th anniversary and we intended some celebrations. We expect that you will all be disappointed as well, particularly those who are 18 years this year and it will have been your last time competing with us.
However, in order to complete the receipt of entries, then arranging programme, prizes, adjudicators, accompanists etc in time, we need to start work now, and we can have no confidence at this time that we will be able to proceed.
We will keep our mailing list for next year so that we can be in touch then. If you know of any others who may be interested in the Eisteddfod next year, please ask them to contact us and we will add them onto the mailing list.
In the meantime, we wish you all the best through this difficult time and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2021.
What is the Enoggera Eisteddfod
The Enoggera and District Eisteddfod has been an annual activity since its inception in 1960. It runs in August every year.
It provides an opportunity for young people up to 18 years of age to perform in front of an audience and to get feedback on their performance from highly qualified adjudicators in a friendly and safe environment.
- SPEECH AND DRAMA
The eisteddfod relies on volunteers and sponsors to remain viable and to keep entry fees as low as possible. If you can help in either way, please contact the secretary Laurel Muirhead.
Please email the secretary at email@example.com with any questions.
Stay tuned for Eisteddfod 2021 information.
Laurel Muirhead (Secretary)