Making known the reality of Jesus
Posted on 4 December 2017
At the Church Life meeting held on Sunday 26th November, Mark and Lena Johnstone were announced as new Senior and associate Pastors at the Wave. This is exciting news and we look forward with anticipation to them starting in these positions sometime in the new year.
Ocean Groves Carols by Candle light will be held at the Ocean Grove Park on Sunday 10th December at 7pm. Once again, Murray Withington is looking for an enthusiastic, cheerful, Jesus loving, God revealing team to serve our community by cooking up a pancake, tea/coffee and cold drink storm! Please let Murray know if you're up for it!! - 0412 901 223 or email@example.com
As a church family we have an opportunity to provide a little extra something for children of prisioners in Victoria, at Christmas time. Through no fault of their own, these children find themselves without a mum or dad, or somethimes both at Christmas.
We would invite you to consider a donation of $30 per family to go towards buying a present for a child.
Envelopes will be provided. Please place money inside and put it on the Angel Tree in the foyer, or hand in at the office.
All day to donate is Wednesday 6th December.
If you have an emergency prayer request, please ring the church office on 5255 1378 during work hours, and Dorothy Williams or Juld Lowe after hours. All prayer requests will remain confidential among the prayer team. If you would like to be part of the prayer team, contact pastor Sandra Cooper - firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you receive our 'Wave Happenings' email? This weekly email is our main communication tool - where you find out what is going on within the church, and how you can become involved. If not, then we would encourage you to email email@example.com requesting to be added to the 'Wave Happenings email list'.
"The Wave Community - Ocean Grove Baptist Church" is a private facebook group where Wave attenders can share prayer points, testimony, and encouraging words with each other. We also use this page to communicate pastoral needs to the wider church. So, if you're part of the Wave, hit us up with a friend request to join and we'll see you there!
"It was so very different from the last time a British royal wanted to marry an American divorcee. That 1936 engagement led to the abdication of the king, Edward VIII, who decided he would rather give up the throne than divorced Baltimore socialite Wallis Simpson."
- From an article on news this week of the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle and the response of the Church of England.
"Why do we, as a society, allow violence to ruin the lives of millions of women and their children? We must build awareness of the magnitude of this human rights crisis. Violence against women costs the global community $US7 trillion a year, but it’s not the economic cost that should drive action, it’s the human cost."
-Elca Grobler, founder of the My Choices Foundation, an organisation in India that aims to give women, children and families choices to live lives free from violence, abuse and exploitation, in an article to mark The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
“It became clearer and clearer to me that it was wrong to see this issue just as an exercise in social policy. I didn’t know any trafficked people. I didn’t know what they had to confront."
- Professor Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in a Postcards article about who she is engaging in the issue of human trafficking at both a professional and personal level.
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Posted on 4 December 2017
The next Garage sale will be held on December 30th for Jeremy and Jane G. Come and grab a sausage and a bargen!
Posted on 30 October 2017
"The first child I mentored was a 7-year-old girl in year 3. She was a friendly and pleasant little girl but was very attention seeking. She was not doing particularly well academically and had absolultely no attention span.
We played a lot of board games, snakes & Ladders etc., and we did a lot of jigsaws. Her reading ability was poor but she loved me to read to her. Even though, she took a library book home every week, nobody at home ever helped her with her reading. I enjoyed my time with her but this was my first experience with mentoring and after a couple of months I felt a little disappointed because I didn't feel that I was making any particular headway with her (maybe it was a bit ambitious to expect to have make a great difference in her life in the short term).
A few months after I started seeing her, I left on an overseas trip. I told her where I was going (London, France and America) and said that I would see her in five weeks time. I sent postcards addressed to her at the school and her wonderful teacher read out the letters and used a globe of the world to show my little girl and the class where I was.
The day I returned to see her she greeted me with a big smile and a hug and said, "You came back". Three times during the hour I spent with her she said to me, "I didn't think I would see you again but you said you would come back to see me and you did" Well, that was my light-bulb moment, the moment when it all fell into place and I realised what the Kids Hope program was all about. Coming back to see her was not a big deal for me as I had been looking forward to seeing her again but I realised that here was a little girl who had been let down in the past. People had obviously make promises to her in the past but had not followed through on their promises and trust had been broken. I had told her I would be back to see her and I had kept my work and this was obviously huge for her" Written by a Mentor from Queensland
Posted on 4 December 2017
Did you know that The Wave consumed 80kg's of BBQ chicken wings over the weekend!!