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
What's happening at Emmanuel
Sunday 19th March Commissioning of Jesse Caulfield as Pastor
Sunday 26 March Annual service with UEL Enoggera
Wednesday 29 March Acts2 discussion at Chermside Kedron CC
1 April Men's Breakfast
1-4 April Easter Madness Gr 7-12 Camp at QCCC Tamborine
This week we continue our Journey through the Story, In chapter 17 we cover the fall of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) and its capital Jerusalem. We hear of Josiah, a faithful king for Judah who seeks God's help and the ministries of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
6/3-12/3 Chapter 16 - The beginning of the end (of the kingdom of Israel)
13/3-19/3 Chapter 17 - The Kingdom's Fall
20/3-26/3 Chapter 18 - Daniel in Exile.
Please note that we will not be doing the Story through the 3 Sundays of School Holidays . Chapter 19 will resume on the week starting 17 April.
Commissioning of Jesse Caulfield as Pastor
We welcome family and friends as we celebrate Jesse's commissioning as our new Pastor at Emmanuel. We also welcome Fa Matangi, the Presbytery Youth and Children's Co-ordinator to our worship today.
Emmanuel is proud of its long history with UEL Enoggera (and its predecessor Tiny Town). We are excited about the children, families and staff that are a part of UEL Enoggera. We welcome them all next week as we celebrate together our connection and partnership.
Children and Youth MInistries
Boy's Brigade Wednesday at 6:30pm
Girl's Brigade Thursday at 6:00pm
Play group Friday at 9:30am
Sunday School Sunday at 9:30am
YDG (Youth Discipleship Group) Sunday at 5pm recommencing in Term 2 (23 April)
Exploring faith together is one of our core values. As disciples, we grow through engaging with Scripture, seeking to understand what God is saying and how we can apply this to our lives. This is best done in community. As we explore together the grand narrative of the Bible, our faith as individuals, and as a corporate body - the church - grows. If you haven't already done so, jump into one of our explore groups:
Monday 12:30pm in Alderley. Woman's Bible Study. Contact Susan Walker
Monday 7:30pm in Everton Park. Contact Claire Hoole
Tuesday 2:00pm in the meeting room at Emmanuel. Contact Robyn Battley
Tuesday 7:30pm Young adults. Contact Amy Wakem (in recess)
Thursday 1pm Thursday thinkers in the meeting room at Emmanuel. Contact Richard Robinson
Thursday 6pm in the meeting room. Contact Lisa Caulfield
Thursday 7pm. Contact Chris Manning
Thursday 7:30pm in person and online. Contact Martin Fisher
“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
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.