From Our Team

Bray Park Community Church

Words of thought from our Church Team

Jim has been in ministry for many years, having served as a minister in the Churches of Christ for 30 years. Jim and his wife Ann have been at BPCC for 10 years, coming on staff soon after their arrival. Jim heads up our BPCC Care Team working closely with other local churches to provide support for people in both our church and local community. When he can Jim loves to spend an afternoon in his garden.

The Resurrection

It was early on the first day of the week when the Mary’s went to the tomb with spices to anoint the body of Jesus. Mark in his Gospel tells us they asked each other, “Who will roll away the stone”. They were expecting to find a dead body, not their risen Lord. They were greeted by an angel who asked, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not hear, He is risen! Remember how he told you”. In Matthews Gospel there are six references where Jesus told His disciples and others that he must suffer and die and be raised from the dead. Why was it so difficult for them and others to believe that it happened? The death and resurrection of Jesus is central to the Gospel message we have been commanded to share with others in our circle of influence. Please pray that...
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Valentines Day

"St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell." (Wikipedia),   I’m fascinated by history and tradition and how events are remembered around the world. I’m also disappointed at how secular society commercialises special events like Easter and Christmas and how the true meaning can be lost.   Are you a romantic? I...
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Serving the Community this Christmas

It’s good to be back. It is 6 weeks since having the tumour removed from my brain. There have been no side effects and the doctors are happy with the results. They plan to keep an eye on me for the next few years. I have appreciated so much the prayer support, cards and best wishes from many of you, my church family. It makes me wonder how people get on who do not know the Lord or are not part of a church family. Thank you. Christmas is only 32 days away and I need to put together a team to help with the Combined Churches Care Network hamper and toy distribution. This will take place on Wednesday 16th December and Thursday the 17th.The Uniting Church at Kallangur is the venue where this all takes place. Do you want to be part of one of the teams? Wednesday from 7.00am...
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Well Done

It all started with a dream or vision that we could or should do something. This is what Ineke Beukema told me. She had seen the need for fresh water in a catalogue produced by the CRCA World Development and Relief. She shared the idea with her KYB group and the rest is history. To see the hall full of clothes and the Junior Kids Church room full of nick-knacks. What we needed now were the people who wanted a bargain. There were plenty of bargains and slowly but surely people started to arrive. Most of our members came for coffee and left with something they could not resist. The end result was that just over $2000.00 was raised from selling clothing and odds and ends. The left over clothing and goods were donated to Neighbours Aid OP shop at Lawnton. Bennie Prange who volunteers at the store collected the goods...
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Outreach Opportunities

According to a report by the Australian DEWHA on National Waste, approximately 8 to 10 billion dollars of food is wasted each year in commercial and residential waste. That’s around four million tons of food that ends up as landfill. I know a lot of this would come from Supermarkets but the average household also experiences some wastage. Check your cupboard or refrigerator and tell if this is not so. One simple solution is to buy to a menu. This is just one of the things people learn as they share in a group discussion as part of a CAP Money Course. For three years now I have been running CAP Money Courses and many people have been blessed by adopting the ideas they have learned. Ann and I have been living to our budget using CAP Money principles and are pleased with the control we now have over our finances....
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From the Community Care team

Welcome to another year from the Community Care team. I went to Google to find verses from the Bible that talked about helping the poor and needy and had so many to choose from both the Old and New Testament. I have quoted just a few to remind us that we have a God given responsibility to be generous when it comes to helping people in need. 1 John 3:17-18 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” Proverbs 19:17 “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.” Deuteronomy 15:11 “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to...
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Middle East Reformed Fellowship UPDATE ABOUT IRAQ

This week I received the following email which is asking us to pray. Daily there is fresh Middle East news: from Iraq, Syria, Israel, Palestine and other Arab and Muslim lands – more violence and more deaths! Ramadan, the annual Muslim lunar month of fasting, was in July. Arab news reporters observed that it has been the worst Ramadan in centuries – calamities impacted more lives than ever. For the first time in centuries, an Islamic Caliphate was re-established by Sunni militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria. They come from every continent and region of the world. A longstanding dream has dawned – an Islamic state, strictly run by Qur’anic teachings and religious edicts (Fatwas) patterned on their prophet Mohammed’s 14-century old Arabic desert words and deeds. Christians, other minorities and women have become the main victims. Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christian families of central and northern Iraq...
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Stories of Grace

Have you heard the acronym based on the word GRACE, “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense”? Most of us have experienced God’s Grace as a result of someone sharing the Gospel message with us. For me it was my Sunday school teacher and the speaker at a youth camp. As I look back on my life many other people have guided me on my spiritual journey. Commencing Sunday 13the July Pastors John, Adam and Jack DeVries will be taking us through a new series titled “GENESIS, stories of GRACE”. The office has produced an attractive card which you can use to invite someone to join you in attending church (they are available from the Connections Centre) and listening to the GRACE stories in the series. Please remember that the same sermon is being preached at AM as well as PM services, so if you have a family or sporting commitment during the...
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Care Team News

Pine Rivers Churches Care Network Our church has been part of the Pine Rivers Churches Care Network since its inception and I have been representing us at their monthly meetings. Because I am one of the original members I was asked to speak on behalf of the group and participate in the unveiling of the plaque. The furniture shed is an extension of the emergency food relief that the churches provide. Storing furniture was a real problem so after fund raising in recent years and with community donations we were able to build the shed on land provided by the Petrie Anglican church. When you have surplus furniture in reasonable condition, please let me know and we will use it to assist families in need. Alternatively, when you hear of a family in need, check out the shed. We might be able to assist you. Freezer Meals As a church we...
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Care Team News

ADOPT A GRANNY What an interesting response we received to the concept of “adopting a granny”. Several people have offered to be involved. There is room for others if you would like to be part of this ministry.What surprised me were the families who would love to have grand-parents for their children. Now we are looking for people who would be willing to adopt a family. It has been suggested people in their 60’s or older could consider this. I know I was 53 when I became a grandpar-ent and 6 years later I had a grandson at school. Children whose family have come from overseas do not have grandparents who can be there for them on special occasions. If you would like to consider becoming a grandparent to one of these families please contact me or one of the care team members. We will look for suitable matching once we...
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Expectations... And Behaviour

I’m sitting in my office reflecting on the sermon from last Sunday. Clear in my mind is the illustration that pastor John used when it comes to EXPECTATIONS ……………. And BEHAVIOUR. We have a choice; we can “Believe the best” or “assume the worst”. It is a matter of choice. I got to thinking of the many choices we make in life. I can choose love;      to let the love of God flow through me to touch the lives of others.I can choose joy;       sometimes the circumstances in life may make it difficult to be joyful but I need to remember that I still do have a choice as to how I think or act.I choose peace;         the opposite of peace is war or maybe just a troubled mind. To be at peace with one’s self and others is a choice.I choose patience;     this choice comes up quite often. Waiting for...
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Help for dashed hopes

Each week I receive a devotional thought written by Max Lucado and I thought I would like to share some of his thoughts with you.

Have you ever wondered why we have so many stories in the Bible of people who feel their life has reached a hopeless situation and they are seeking help from outside themselves?

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How observant are you?

Have you ever heard the statement, “you have not because you ask not? I thought it came from the Bible but now I am not sure.

As you enter the church through the front foyer there is a trolley on which people place food for distribution to needy families in our area. Well this trolley has been a challenge to the ushers who move it to open and close the doors. Well I showed it to Kevin Dekker and asked for help. Within two days is was reborn and looks 100% and moves in all directions. Please also note we have added a donation box for the people who remember that they forgot to shop for the food cupboard. One of the care team will now shop for you, so please use the donation tin. Thank You.

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COMMUNITY CARE

“If you help the poor, you are lending to the lord – and he will repay you.”
Proverbs 19: 17

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took me in.”
Matthew 25:35

I have just completed a review of 2012 and discovered that we handed out 214 food parcels in the year, an average of four a week. This year so far we have helped forty four people. That is an average of seven a week. By this you can see that the need has increased greatly. We have also assisted people with $20.00 fuel vouchers. A total of 80 of these were handed out last year. I attended the Pine Rivers Care Network meeting this week and all the churches are reporting the same increase in people asking for help.

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Helping the Needy

The other day I read this quote from Mother Teresa, “We, the willing, led by the unknown, are doing the im-possible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do any-thing with nothing”.

While this may have been true for Mother Teresa, I see our situation as very different. We have the willing, people like you and I, who led hopefully by the Holy Spirit, sometimes try to do the impossible, but most peo-ple we help are very grateful and we have a vast array of support.

There are so many opportunities for people who are willing to reach out and help the needy in our community. Let me list a few examples.

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Helping Others

I want to thank those of you who remember to bring in food for the Community Cupboard. We have been able to bless on average five families each week. You might wonder what we give to people! Sandwich spreads, things for school lunches, breakfast cereals, pasta and pasta sauces, baked beans and spaghetti, tuna, tinned vegetables, sugar, long life milk, tea, coffee. We buy mince or sausages to add to each parcel. We also provide toilet rolls, washing soap, shampoo, and tooth paste when we have them.

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Opportunities to Help

Let me try to share the excitement I felt when representing our church at the monthly meeting of the” PineRivers Care Network Meeting” this week. Eight Churches were represented plus the Intake and Response worker from Pine Rivers Neighbourhood centre, two homeless intervention workers and a representative from Men’s shed.

As a network each church is rostered for Emergency Food distribution. Our day is Wednesday. In April the network helped 488 families, all of whom live in our district. Our food comes from your donations which many of you bring in on a Sunday. Thank You for your support. We top up the cupboard by purchasing needed items each week.

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Care Network

Matthew 25: 40 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

It is my privilege to represent you at the Care network meeting this week. Six churches are part of this network and our aim is minister to needy people in our community. Our major roll is to provide emergency food. Some of you bring food on a Sunday and leave in the foyer of the church and we give it out on a Wednesday. This year we have averaged five families each week looking for help.

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Prayer

This week I have been thinking a lot about PRAYER and doing some honest soul searching and looking at ways to be more disciplined. I have to admit that last year was a bit hit and miss and I know that is not what it should be.

It has been suggested that prayer prepares us for ministry but I’m starting to think that prayer is ministry. In prayer Jesus fought the battles. How many times do we read that he spent the night alone in prayer?

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Financial Education

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a three day workshop run by Lifeline Community Care Queensland entitled “Financial Literacy Education”. Jim Gustafson, Errit Petrusma and Sylivia Michalak also attended. We were given invaluable tips on budgeting and money management. If you would like some information on what we learned then please speak to one of us.

There are two organisations in our area that have people qualified to give financial counselling. One is Lifeline and the other is Christians against Poverty. An appointment is necessary to access these people.The most interesting thing for me was to learn how many people struggle with forming a budget and keeping to it. An interesting thought was shared that one should keep a note book handy and record every dollar or cent spent, to learn just where one spends their money. Sounds simple—why not try it for a month. You could get many surprises.

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