August + September Edition 2014

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Inspiring articles and updates on what's happening in church life at MCF

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    M A C K A YC H R I S T I A N

    F A M I L YA U G U S T | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4

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    N o t h i n g , a l i t t l e o r a l o t

    Recently Ive been meditating on the concept of fruit production, not bananas or mangos although they are amongst my favourite fruits; more precisely the fruitfulness of my life particularly in relation to John 15:1-2, 5, 8 where Jesus says: I am the vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit. By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit.

    Its a sobering though really; for me its probably had more to do with being in my fortys, critiquing my life to this point. None the less, it is a valuable exercise and something I would encourage everyone to do from time to time, to be introspective and reflect on the choices you have made in the light of eternity, to contemplate their fruitfulness. Unsure about what fruit is? In one respect good works = fruitfulness. Gods absolute best, His highest good for

    words by Ps Sharryn Westbrook

    us, can also be defined as fruit, or when we are walking in the centre of His will for our lives, we are fruitful, abundant, successful and productive; we find our pursuits rewarding.What strikes me as interesting in the verse and extremely thought provoking are the degrees of fruitfulness represented here: no fruit, fruit, more fruit and much fruit. Our lives can produce nothing, a little or a lot for God and the degree to which we are fruitful appears to be entirely up to us. Jesus makes this phenomenal statement in John 15:16, I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain. We are called to simply surrender all that we have and are to God for Him to use, even when we cannot see how He could use such a small thing. However, our self talk can hinder our forward motion. Sadly, we have a tendency to see our future through our past failures. If weve tried unsuccessfully to accomplish something significant and our self-esteem has taken a battering, we can be reluctant to step out and take hold of opportunities in the future, paralysed by the fear of the unknown or our propensity to fail. It might not be a lack of faith in Gods ability but self-doubt which can rob us of fruitfulness. I am so glad God does not see us like we see ourselves! I love the way the Bible is so raw when it comes to exposing the shortcomings of the men and women contained in

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    its pages and how, in spite of themselves, God used them. It kind of makes me feel like I am among friends when I read how Jonah ran in the opposite direction after God told him to go to Ninivah and the way Gideon tried to hide when the angel of the Lord called him a mighty man of valour, because he was so hung up on his own insecurities - who me?. Then, to be absolutely certain it was God speaking to him, Gideon laid a fleece twice! (Been there, done that!) I smile out loud at Moses making repeated excuses as to why he couldnt possibly be sufficiently qualified to be the deliverer in Exodus 4; What if they wont believe me? Im not eloquent, there has to be somebody else you could send. Gods response: Whats in your hand? Ill even tell you what to say! For every excuse why he couldnt, God had a come-back. I so love that about God! He is the one who ...calls those things that are not, as though they were. The size of your monumental stuff-up is inconsequential to God. He knows you better than you know yourself and He is still cheering you on! So, heres the

    challenge; ditch the excuses, fix your hope firmly on Jesus and start living to your potential and be fruitful! Nothing, a little or a lot, the choice is yours; whats it going to be?

    We are called to simply surrender all that we have and are to God for Him to use, even when we cannot see how He could use such a small thing.

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    L O V I N G C H U R C H L I F E

    Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Prov 22:6It is such a privilege for our Kids Ministry Teams to partner with families on the journey of knowing and loving Jesus. We want to give our best to the children of our church so that as they grow up, they will not deviate from the plan God has for them. Our aim is to work as a team with parents in achieving this goal. Since our family have moved to Australia, Mackay Christian Family has become our family. We have been blessed with adopted granmas, poppies, aunties, uncles and even siblings. It has enriched us as a

    words by Catrien Oosthuizen

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    family and dont know what we wouldve done without them! It is clear that it truly does take a village to raise a child and we are so grateful for people around us to love and care for us in such a way that we are not parenting alone.Church is an awesome place to raise our children. As we demonstrate our love and passion for Jesus by being part of the church family, we encourage a softness in the hearts of our children towards God. Never underestimate the power of The Family, there is lots of love and care to go around!We have been kicking some awesome goals in childrens ministry so far. Our Brave Hearts camp was a huge, action packed success where we ministered the love of Jesus to nearly 50 children. New to our calendar has also been KIDSJAM holiday program that included Masterchef, Wildwinter, Pancakes&P.JS and KIDSJAM services which is a special service catered for our kids. It has been such a blessing to see our kids step out in faith, hungry for more of Jesus.

    COMING UP!24th August //

    KIDS TAKE OVER!

    Lock this in on your calendar,

    invite family and friends for fun

    filled morning.

    21st September //

    KIDSJAM //

    Masterchef - boys only

    Granny chicks - girls only

    28th September

    NO K.I.C.K & Kings Kids, only

    Teddy Bear Club

    5th October //

    KIDSJAM: Popcorn& Movie

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    Lots of things have been happening at Revolution lately. You might notice a new logo popping up around the place, this will enable the branding of our ministry to be broader, something we can work with well into the future, this change in branding has allowed us to create some resources, which are available from the Information Desk on Sundays or the Revolution Cafe on Friday nights. These new resources include 5panel snap back caps @ $30 each and iPhone 4 & 5 cases @ $ $5 each.

    RevRiot, our ministry for year 4-6 students has been operating well with an average of 25 students attending regularly, Krystal Healy has taken the reigns of this exciting ministry and is doing a great Job with fun games, exciting prizes and a great afternoon tea on a Friday afternoon. RevRiot is the place to be on the junior campus! Friday nights at Revolution have had an reinvention over the last few months, The Golden Ticket was a great series based around Charlie and Chocolate Factory with

    its focus being we hold the golden ticket that everyone is looking for. There were geeks and umpa-lumpas, boogiemen, and Mr Wonka himself made an appearance! Giant lolly pops and big baskets of chocolate for people who found the golden ticket and we saw 10 young people over the two week period say yes to Jesus. In the coming weeks we will be holding The Lounge Sessions, where young people can chill out a little before RevLive on a Friday night and learn about the decision they have made.

    So if you are in Years 4-6; RevRiot, 3-4:30pm at Providence Campus is the place for you to be!For Years 7 to 18 year olds then RevLive on Kings Park Campus is where it is at!

    See you SoonThe Rev Team

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    Malcolm Forbes, the late publisher of Forbes Magazine, said Diversity is the art of thinking independently, together. This year, Tenielle & I have been honoured to have been given the responsibility of leading the Young Adults congregation of MCF. This demographic consists of a broad range of young people with different life goals, varying relationship statuses and from contrasting cultures. Our goal is to create a culture where diversity is embraced and respected. Where relationships are built through opportunities of connection, as such, our main focus is hitting up various cafes after church for coffee and dessert following the Sunday night service as well as one planned event a month.

    So far this year we have had movie nights, park and beach hangouts and The Amazing Taste - a three-course progressive dinner

    Amazing Race style. Coming up, we are looking forward to some healthy rivalry with our Emerge peers (New Life Young Adults). This will be a Touch Footy competition at the end of August and of course, our