28 January, 2023

29 January Emmanuel Events

What's happening at Emmanuel

Sunday 29 January 12-3pm Elders and ministry team workshop

Tuesday 31 January 1pm Funeral for Joyce Sharman

Thursday 2 February Community Helping hand re-opens

Sunday 5 February Commissioning of congregation leaders and Kickstart

Sunday 5 February Dom's service of closure

Monday 20 February Church Council meeting

Sunday 26 February Brigades service

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24 December, 2022

25 December 2022

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Mat 1:21

Today is Christmas Day. Though not the actual day today we celebrate God’s love in the birth or incarnation of Jesus when he became human being over 2000 years ago. At the same time it is more than just an historical event and we celebrate the ongoing presence of Jesus within our lives, and we also celebrate the future promise that he will come again. If that wasn’t enough It is also the last Sunday of the year and so a time to reflect upon 2022, the year that was. As much as COVID was still with us, for Emmanuel I think 2022 has been defined by the Story The whole of Church Study that is taking us through God’s story in the bible Our small groups have been revitalized as people have engaged in the story and come to a better understanding of God’s big plan for the world. Our Sunday School, boys and girls brigade, YDG, even Playgroup and Tiny Town have all joined us on this journey in their own way and level. We will be continuing the story in 2023. It is a fantastic series. However like anything we do the programs and activities are only a means to engage with the most important part of our church. You. People are the most important part of Emmanuel and 2022 has proved that once again. As we rebound from COVID, people have been more careful of their own health and well-being. That makes the effort of our many volunteers even more amazing. Thank you for those who have led small groups, youth activities, the Brigades, Sunday School and playgroup. We are blessed by those who go into the schools either teaching CRE or as Kids Hope mentors. The feedback from them, and from the students and school shows its impact. We are blessed by those who maintain our property and keep everything operational, ordering supplies, volunteering in the office, serving through Community helping Hand, tidying the buildings and grounds, cleaning, managing bookings, the list is endless. And in that we have the blessing, and the challenge. There are so many people serving but there is always more that could be done. Thank you to all of those who play their part, and if you would like to be more involved please let me know. One can not reflect upon the year without giving thanks for the Church Council, and particularly its executive, to Nathan and Chris, and Ross. We particularly thank Ross and Kristy who have concluded their term on Council and will not be a part of Council for 2023. Thanks to Jess and Dom who have filled so many gaps and organised so many of our activities and groups. We have been richly blessed. As we look to next year I am excited about what it holds and the potential that it can bring. We praise God for this journey that he takes us on. God Bless, Brian

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19 December, 2022

18 December 2022

Front and Centre

When I was younger there was a campaign about keeping the Christ in Christmas. It was about using Christmas rather than Xmas when we write about Christmas. For more and more people Christmas is more about celebration and party and holiday rather than a gift from God to save the world. But it did get me thinking, where is Christ and Jesus in our Christmas, in our celebrations, and even further where is Jesus in our lives? As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, of preparing for Church and family events, as well as the end of year parties do we lose sight of the reason for the season. Does Jesus actually get pushed to the back seat, or even out of the car as we try and fit everything else in? If you can take some time this week to reflect upon what Christmas means for you and what Jesus means to you and how do we reflect that in how we celebrate over this festive season. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus some 2000 years ago (give or take a few years) we are also celebrating the Jesus who comes alive when we make a decision to follow him. Jesus comes into the world at Bethlehem but he also comes into the world each day as we connect and rely and turn to him. But wait there is more because Christmas is also about the future hope that Jesus will come again to reign over the world. And so at Christmas we celebrate the past, present and future incarnation of Jesus. How good is that? So please allow yourself some time to reflect upon this big picture stuff as you open presents and eat ham and prawns. Allow yourself space to spend time with Jesus, and to grow in that direction this Christmas give yourself the space to celebrate the reason for the season.

God Bless,

BrianGod Bless,

Brian

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10 December, 2022

11 December 2022 Emmanuel Events

What's happening at Emmanuel

Sunday 11 December 11.30am Church Council break-up

Sunday 11 December 4pm Service of Solace

Saturday 17 December 9-11am Christmas Art Event

Sunday 18 December 5pm food, 6pm Community Carols service

Tuesday 20 December Carols singing to shut-ins

Sunday 25 December 8am Christmas Day service

Sunday 1 January Start of summer services.

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3 December, 2022

4 December Newsletter

We are now in Advent, the time of waiting and anticipating the celebration of the birth of Jesus. If we’re not careful, we can get caught up in all the things that try to distract us at this time of year. The parties and events to attend, gifts to buy, wrap and send, food and homes to prepare. These all seem like great and important things at the time, but I can’t help but wonder sometimes whether the things that we focus so much energy on at this time of year is the most important things, or just the things that the world says are urgent?

This year in my Synod role, I’ve been part of the team that created the Journey to Joy materials. It was great to be able to spend weeks thinking about and preparing what it means to Journey, and what it might be helpful as a church and community to think about, focus on and do during this time. Last week, we talked about preparing and how God prepared with Love. In week two and three, we will be reflecting on Focussing on Peace, and Sharing in Hope. Two things that we and the world need right now. With all the crazy, sad, distressing, and heartbreaking news we get each day, it can be hard to focus on the good, keep our minds on the peaceful, and take time to share small and large moments with those that we love, and might need our presence, and God’s hope, at this time.

As you enter this week, I encourage you to use the Advent Christmas Reflections to think and talk about: what is distracting you at the moment; what brings you peace; who are you sharing your life and light with; and how can you bring hope to others? Each week there are reflections on characters of the Christmas story, with challenges and conversation starters that you might like to think about on your own, with your family, with a friend or a person of peace. If you haven’t got your pack yet, please grab one from the church foyer.

You may also like to take a pack to gift to someone else and invite on a Journey to Joy with you.

I’m loving my role in the Synod office and am so blessed and honoured that I get to work with such a great team and do such good work. Helping to pull together the Advent and Christmas resources has been a great experience, especially because I’ve been able to use my skills and passions for Faith at Home and connecting what happens in worship with the rest of the week in this way. Working collaboratively with so many across the Synod including Kath at The Gap and Jill at St Paul’s has been a wonderful opportunity.

Being in this role has also meant that I have been in a unique position to be able to offer additional time and support to the UEL Enoggera staff and families in recent weeks. I was asked to work from the centre for a while to be on hand for support for staff and Kylie. This was great for them, but also a great learning and relationship building opportunity for me.

I am loving the way my two roles connect and overlap, and that I get to use my gifts for the broader church too. I was accepted earlier this year into the Plentiful Mentoring Leadership Program and enjoyed the retreat last weekend. I feel I am growing in my leadership and have been able to implement many of the key learnings from this directly into all areas of my work and life.

Other work in the Synod Office includes my ongoing project to rewrite a framework and Mission Model to roll out, steering the Children’s Youth, Young Adult and Families (CYYAF) Working Group to help raise the profile of, and support and network ministry agents and volunteers working in these spaces. My contract was extended to the end of February 2023, and while we don’t know exactly lies ahead for my role, there is much more work to do in this pace across the Synod and I trust that God knows and will lead us in those ways.

While 2022 has not been the year I thought it would be, I have found myself reflecting that I have on numerous occasions have been in the right place at the right time, with the right words, to be able to speak into a situation and support or direct the way something has happened. It does feel a lot like an Esther experience, and I am so grateful that God can use me in the ways that he has to further his kingdom.

I pray that as you Journey to Joy with us this Advent, that you too would continue to grow in your discipleship and leadership, that you will find and experience your own Esther moments where God can and will use you too.

God Bless,

Jess

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25 November, 2022

27 November 2022 EmmanuelEvents

Sunday 27 November 2022 - Advent 1

Face to face Worship Services at 8:00am and 9:30am

Boys and Girls Brigades join us for all-age Worship at 9.30

What's happening at Emmanuel

Saturday 26 November Girls Brigade Display

Sunday 27 November Brigades service - start of Advent

Sunday 27 November 4.30-7pm Christmas Hamper packing

Monday 28 November Christmas Hamper distribution begins

Sunday 4 December 10:45am Congregation meeting

Saturday 10 December 7am-10am Men's Breakfast - Combined Sing-a-long

Saturday 10 December UEL Graduation & Christmas Party

Sunday 11 December 11.30am Church Council break-up

Sunday 11 December 4pm Service of Solace

Saturday 17 December 9-11am Christmas Art Event

Sunday 18 December 5pm food, 6pm Community Carols service

Tuesday 20 December Carols singing to shut-ins

Sunday 25 December 8am Christmas Day service

Sunday 1 January Start of summer services.

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19 November, 2022

20 November 20 Newsletter

Front and Centre

It is hard to believe the end of the year is in sight. We have concluded the Story for this year. Next week we begin Advent and our preparation for Christmas. This week we will be having a focus upon some of the missions that we engage with as a church. As a church we are active both locally and overseas. This week we want to celebrate that. Christine Bryant has just concluded her time in Senegal and will be sharing with us this week of her work there and what God has in store for her going forward. Judy Briscoe will also be sharing about the work she does as a part of this church as it partners with the church and people in Noro in Solomon Islands. We will also be launching the Everything in Common gift catalogue appeal. This how you can buy a chicken, pig even goat poo for that person who has everything and see it goes to someone who needs it in a developing country. . As we think about mission we need to remember that mission is not something we do to someone, but rather it needs to be a two way street. Mission is more than giving money, mission is about being in relationship with people and allowing those people to change us just as we try and effect positive change for them. Mission does need financial supporters, and that financial assistance is important but evne more it needs people on the front line, actually engaging and building relationships with people. The important question for us is where are we actually engaged and involved in people’s lives and where do they engage in ours. We will celebrate with Christine as she shares how she has been in mission in Senegal since 2005 and how that has changed her life. Judy will share how she has grown and changed as she has involved in mission in connecting with the people of Noro.

The heart and core of mission is relationship. Your mission area is where you are engaged. That can be overseas but for most of us it is where we are now. It can be at home, at school, or at work. For some it is about Community Helping Hand. For others it doing RI or Kid’s Hope at a local primary school. Most weeks I go to Indooroopilly UC to volunteer with their refugee clinic. The question is where are you involving yourself, where are you in relationship with people, and what are you doing about it. As a part of Emmanuel’s commitment to grow disciples we need to continue to encourage people to be in mission, to be engaged in people’s lives. This is one of the purposes that Emmanuel affirms.

Brian

What's happening at Emmanuel

Saturday 19 November 11.30am Cleaning Bee

Saturday 26 November Girls Brigade Display

Sunday 27 November Brigades service - start of Advent

Sunday 27 November 4-7pm Christmas Hamper packing

Monday 28 November Christmas Hamper distribution begins

Saturday 10 December 7am-10am (Wo)Men's Breakfast - Christmas Celebration

Saturday 10 December UEL Graduation & Christmas Party

Sunday 11 December 11.30am-3pm Church Council break-up

Sunday 11 December 4pm Service of Solace

Saturday 17 December 9-11am Christmas Art Event

Sunday 18 December 5pm food, 6pm Community Carols service

Tuesday 20 December Carols singing to shut-ins

Sunday 25 December 8am Christmas Day service

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1 October, 2022

2 October 2022 Emmanuel Events

Sunday 02 October 2022 -

Face to face Worship Services at 8:00am and 9:30am

9.30 All age Worship with No Sunday School this week

What's happening at Emmanuel

09 October The Story resumes

23 October Congregational meeting

05 November Men's Breakfast - Speaker Jesse Caulfield

Elder's Discernment and Election

Following our discernment process I am happy to announce that there are 6 people that have responded by agreeing to nominate. They are

-Lisa Caulfield -*Bronwyn Cox

-Sonya Cornwell -*Noel Pinkerton

-*Rosemary Costello -Amy Wakem

Those marked with an * are re-nominating. Please pray for wisdom as we discern who we will elect on 23 October. There are 5 vacancies to be filled. Information about the nominee will be available next week.

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24 September, 2022

25 September 2022 Newsletter

Over the last 12 months the Church leadership have been wrestling with the question ‘God what next?’, or ‘God what are you calling us to?’. The previous 2-3 years has been a time of pruning and challenging times with leadership challenges followed by COVID. Through these times there has bene a firm belief that God is calling us into something and we need wisdom to discern the way forward. We have been drawn back to re-affirm our core values of

- Fervent Prayer We will always and in all seasons, pray, knowing that only God’s direction, in God’s time and in God’s way can we be the people God has called us to be.

- Healthy Relationships At our heart we are called to build and nourish healthy relationships with God, with each other and with our community.

- Christ-like Growth As disciples of Jesus we are called to become more and more like him, modelling our life on his.

- Transforming Worship We will creatively worship God with all that we are and all that we do, passionately seeking to find expression for people’s spiritual gifts to honor God and transforming people’s lives

- Intentional Outreach We believe that intentional outreach is a calling for all followers of Jesus. We will also seek to share the gospel out of genuine love with everyone we come into contact with in our everyday lives

For the last year we have focused on fervent prayer and healthy relationships knowing that discerning and following the Holy Spirit’s leading and building strong relationships with each other are the core of who we want to be. That we are called to be a relational church building strong relationships with each other and with God. Our four ‘e’s, exalt, explore, embody and engage, give us direction and focus as we try to do that. As Church Council met last week we started looking towards next year and what it will hold. It was very clear that we need to hold to and encourage our core values. That we want to be a church who grows disciples who grow disciples. It was also clear that now is the time to invest in that future and so you will hear a proposal in church tomorrow about future staffing for 2023 that focuses on how we encourage and grow our people, our families and our young people to become more like Jesus. To live out what God is calling us to. It will involve stepping out in faith and responding to what we hear God saying to us. We look forward to sharing more developments as we move forward.

Shalom

Brian

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