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"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
Psalm 91:1

❗ CHURCH CLOSED ❗

Face-to-face services cancelled this week - Join Chatswood Church virtually via Zoom Web Meeting from 9:15am for Adult Bible Study followed by a 10am Church Service


Based on the restrictions introduced in the Sydney Metropolitan Area and the NSW Government Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert,  the Church Board has decided meeting face-to-face at Chatswood Church is not advisable.

We will be gathering together via a web meeting platform called Zoom.

Virtual Church Schedule
9:15am Adult Bible Study
10am Church Service

Join Chatswood Church via Zoom @ 9:15am

Direct Zoom meeting linkhttps://zoom.us/j/988572250 | URLzoom.us/join | Meeting ID: 988-572-250 | Password: 7777777 | Dial-In Details: Join by phone; call 02 8015 6011, Meeting ID: 988 572 250 | How to use Zoom

Weekly Prayer Focus

James 15:13

"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise."

This coming week, please lift up the Huynh Family - Rachelle, Ethan and Lachlan before the throne of grace. As well as general prayers, ask the Lord if there are any particular requests we could be making on her behalf.
This Sabbath
Adult Bible Study: 9:15am
Virtual Service: 10:00am
Program Coordinator: Michael Johns
Speaker: Amy Chimbetete
Offering: Union Offering via eGiving
 
Next Week
Adult Bible Study: 9:15am
Virtual Service: 10:00am
Program Coordinator: Steve Race
Speaker: Pr Boriss Soldat
Offering: Annual Sacrifice via eGiving

💸Offering


September 4 - AUC Union: Mamarapha College

Mamarapha College has been teaching and sharing God’s love to Indigenous students for 24 years. The college not only teaches students about God but also offers courses on health and they are able to bring that knowledge back into their communities. Many Indigenous communities around Australia have been positively impacted by Mamarapha and their students. This Sabbath (September 4) the offering will go to Mamarapha College, please give generously to help the ministry of Mamarapha College expand into new territory with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Yahweh - LORD
Yahweh, Adonai, LORD, Jehovah... God seems to have a lot of names, what exactly am I supposed to call Him? We invite you into the fascinating journey behind all the different names Jews and Christians have referred to their creator throughout the centuries, and more importantly, why! Check out our second installment in a six-part exploration of the ancient biblical prayer called “The Shema.”


Did you know that The Bible Project has a podcast?

The Bible Project podcast consists of deeper theological conversations between co-founders, Tim and Jon, inviting you to explore the biblical theology behind each animated video and series they create. Listen on Spotify, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts.
 

🔥 Adventurers & Pathfinders

 


Chatswood Pathfinders

Nothing coming up at the moment.


 



Chatswood Adventurers
Nothing coming up at the moment.

Need something to do during lockdown?


Pathfinders - Check out these cool online honours that Pastor Phil put together last year. You can find the videos on Facebook or Youtube and the worksheets here.
The British Union has also put together a number of online honours you can do, and you can order the patches directly from them - visit their website and Facebook page (scroll down the page to find more).
Adventurers - you can also find some award videos here and the worksheets here. The British Union has also put together a number of online awards you can do, and you can order the patches directly from them - visit their website and Facebook page (scroll down the page to find more).

Stay Connected

Stay connected with your church community! Ask for prayer, spread joy, give thanks to God, ask questions about the bible. Make sure to join these Telegram groups if you haven't already...
Chats Chaps
Chics Chat
All of Chatswood
 

This Week's Lessons

Keep up with each week's lessons by following these links. Each week you'll learn a bit more about God and humanity. Just choose the sabbath school that you are in...


✨Announcements


Message about COVID-19 and Vaccinations

Pr Terry Johnson - Greater Sydney Conference President
"You may be having conversations about vaccinations, the pandemic, the right to protest and other items that are current and related topically within your sphere of influence, with family, colleagues, and friends. Here is some information that may be of benefit."
COVID-19 info

COVID-19 Support: We're all in this together!

As we enter the new stage of lockdown restrictions, we would like to reach out and check on our church family. How is everyone doing?

Under the latest restrictions, there may be some families with no one working/getting a paycheck at the moment. If one of our families or someone you know runs out of food or necessities or times are just tough, please PM me or anyone in church leadership and we will offer support. If you need someone to talk to and pray with, we’re here.

What’s understood never has to be explained... We're here as a church family to love and support each other in tough times. No one has to get through it alone. And we have His promise to be with us always, even to the end of the world (Matthew 28:20).

Sign up for Chatswood's Fellowship Time

Chatswood Church’s Fellowship Time is a time where one-to-one virtual connections can take place to support each other and our families, outside of our weekly eChurch gathering.

The program stopped last year when COVID restrictions eased, and now we are considering starting it again should the church family be interested.

How does it work? 
You will be paired with someone from the Chatswood SDA church family. 
All you have to do is coordinate a time to give that person a call. You can ask them about their week, talk about what’s going on in their lives and pray together.
Pairs are re-shuffled automatically each fortnight.
Chatswood Church plans to coordinate this activity while eChurch and social distancing measures are in place.

If you are interested in opting in to the program, please fill out the form on this web page to opt-in to the program. If you were part of the program last year, we ask you to opt-in again so we know you remain interested in participating. 

Please note we will assess if we have enough people before we get started, and will update the Church family once we’re ready to begin.

Weekly Prayer Meetings

We would like to invite everyone who has a heart for prayer to join our Chatswood online prayer group. We will have a quick study of the Book of Daniel followed by a time of sharing and prayer.

When: Wednesdays at 8:30pm
Where: Church Zoom (view above)


Everyone is welcome!
More and more we read in the newspapers of violence perpetuated by and against young people. We can no longer pretend that this problem exists only outside the doors of our church.

This year for enditnow® Emphasis Day we have chosen to focus on the issues of youth violence and pornography. These are not issues normally discussed, and we know that some will be uncomfortable with the topic. Yet it is vital that we recognize the problem.

We must find ways to help them deal with the destructive and harmful effects resulting from these types of abuses. With God’s help we will make a difference in the lives of individuals struggling with these issues and help the healing process to begin.
Find out more!

Vacant Position - SPD Senior Risk Officer

An excellent opportunity for an experienced and professional senior risk officer has become available in Risk Management Service (RMS) at the South Pacific Division, Wahroonga. If you like variety in your work, enjoy being challenged and want to be part of a friendly and focused team then this role could be for you.
Find Out More!
We are grateful to God for leading us through this year and for keeping us safe. Let’s continue to pray for our world, and shine his love wherever we go.
 

🥳Birthdays for September!🥳

Simone Kooke - 2nd
Byron Marshall - 8th
Ethan Huynh - 11th
Harry Swain - 12th
Dylan Borg - 13th
Harry Cooper - 14th
Marianna Venturi - 14th
Adele Lorentz - 15th
Dean Marshall - 19th
Shaun Lorentz - 22nd
Alison (Howard) Borg - 25th
Samuel Race - 25th
Reuben Ashby - 25th
 
생일 축하 해요 (saeng-il chugha haeyo) - Korean (Translation: 'Happy Birthday')

🙏 Prayer


Psalm 56:3
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"

God, when I am afraid, help me to place my trust in You. Remind me that You are with me and that You comfort me in every situation. With You, I am never alone. Thank You that I can cling to that truth! Remind me that You are with me, and that You help me through every situation. When I am anxious or unsure, help me to find rest in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 

Special prayers for the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Pray that we will be sensitive to the needs of others in our community who are suffering additional stresses because of measures that have been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus. Pray especially for younger Australians who are facing mental stress that they will find the help they need. Ask also that God will give us ways we can show His love to those around us.
  • Pray for all our Church families who are living in the main areas of concern, that they will be protected from the Virus and show us all how we can be of help for them.
  • Pray also for all residents throughout all the areas of Australia which are under lockdown that we will all behave responsibly and observe Health Regulations. Pray for those in the West and Far West of NSW, especially those in indigenous communities where vaccination rates are low and many live far from major health facilities, that they will receive the medical and psycho-social support they need.
  • Pray for all that is being done to increase the percentage of people across our nation that have been vaccinated.
  • Pray for those who are not yet on board with what they need to do to protect their loved ones as well as themselves from the spreading virus. Protect them from any wrong information they are receiving.
  • Pray for great wisdom for our political and health leaders, that decisions they are making will be what are best for our nation and will also receive community support. Show all Australians how they can work together and support each other. Pray that there will be strong cooperation between all states and territories that they will be able to work together for the benefit of all Australians
  • Pray that God will comfort those whose loved ones have died from the virus and grant them His hope for the future. Remember all the workers in the health system that are working so tirelessly that they will find rest and strength for each shift they undertake.
  • Pray for those that are analysing the data that they will be able to take actions that slow the spread of the virus, and they will be able to identify and track cases to isolate the source(s), and all outbreaks of infection will be quickly brought under control.
  • Pray for modifications that have been made to vaccination protocols that they will give priority to protecting the most vulnerable in our community and achieve the goal of ultimately providing maximum protection to all Australians. Pray that the logistics of the delivery of vaccines throughout Australia will run smoothly and the accompanying advertising program will be successful.
  • Pray that the range of views about opening Australia’s borders will lead to the right decisions being made about the timing of these changes.


General prayer points for this week

  • God, thank you for showing us what love is by sending us Your perfect Son to earth to save us.
  • Without Your love we have nothing of value to share and we gain nothing, so please help us to love others as You do. Purify our hearts and our intentions and let everything we do in life stem from a desire to glorify You.
  • Pray for comfort for Leah and Armand as they seek to support Rodolfo and Bernandita Leah’s father and mother, and her brother Rommel, his wife Daisy who is 7 months pregnant and their son Kirk who have contracted Covid. Pray that they will all receive the care that they need and will recover soon
  • Pray too for Sean’s South African relatives who have contracted Covid that they, too, will all receive the care that they need and have a speedy and complete recovery
  • Pray for continued healing for Jodi and that she will receive the right treatment at the right time- give comfort and wisdom to Dean and their young girls as they support her through the difficult situation the family faces. Guide us also as a Church family as we stand in support of them
  • Pray for Boriss and Heidi’s family members, David and Nino, that they will receive the treatment they need and will make a full recovery
  • Pray for all others in our Church family, especially those facing stresses of various kinds that we might all know that you are the God who cares and we might be able to support each other in prayer.
  • Pray for Paul Stewart that his treatment will bring about improvement in his health. Comfort him and grant him patience as he receives this care
  • Pray for Karen Kilner as she recovers from her injury- give thanks for her progress to date and guide her in the many decisions that are being made with respect to her treatment
  • Give thanks for the message Pastor Eddy Johnson shared with us recently. Guide us into Your truth as we reflect on what changes You might be helping us towards in our own lives and the ways we share Your love with those around us
  • Show each of us Lord what we can do as individuals with respect to filling the roster for members of our Church family to share the experience(s) they have had with You on our monthly “testimony days”
  • Pray for Willem’s mum as she continues her treatment that it will achieve all that is intended. Be with the whole family as they interact remotely with each other in supporting Brenda.
  • Pray too, for Simone’s mum and dad, giving thanks that they have been able to move into their new home and begin to settle into the changes that need to be made. Pray that they will continue to gain strength, day by day. Give thanks that they have been able to both join our Zoom Church last Sabbath and for the many other issues that have already been resolved. Pray, too, for Willem, Simone, Amelie and Madeleine as they “minister to them at a distance”.
  • Pray for other Church families who have recently moved as they settle into new communities and others that are looking for new accommodation that they will be guided by you as they search

Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven.

Reporting Abuse via AdSAFE

If you are concerned about any form of abuse or have experienced abuse yourself, we care for you and want to support you. Here are some ways you can approach the matter:
Submit a Complaint // Report an Incident // Report a Person of Interest
Note: These forms are also for general incident contact for all AdSAFE matters. The completed forms will be redirected to the appropriate department to provide the best support and advice.

Our Vision

The Church You Belong To!

 

 

Our Mission

Sharing: We live to share the gospel. Mark 16.15

Connecting: We live to connect with each other. 1 Corinthians 12.12-31

Growing: We live to grow into the likeness of Christ. John 15.1-17, Matthew 6.5-15

Serving: We live to serve others by meeting their needs. Matthew 20.26-28

Worshipping: We live to worship God because of His extravagant love. John 3.16, Revelation 4.11; 5.12-14

Contact & Feedback

Want to make an announcement in this eBulletin? Email Caleb or fill out this form

Have some feedback or an idea about this eBulletin? Email Caleb or fill out this form

Want to be part of our weekly prayer family program? Email Caleb or fill out this form

Want to join a HomeGroup? Email Pr Boriss

Want to be baptised? Email Pr Boriss

Have a membership enquiry? Email Michelle

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