Church Family News

Sunday November 29, 2020

Acts 20-20, sermon series

YOU ARE WELCOME to join us for our 10am service in the Tab as we continue our Sermon Series from Acts: Citizen H.

This week’s message is from Joel Ortiz: Crossing Boundaries: Welcoming the persecutor

The Online service continues to be available HERE >>>

Please scroll down there’s lots of exciting news to catch up on!

Heather Galloway, Secretary


The Soundy Forecourt

The latest building development update from Antal is available here>>>

Good news on the progress of paperwork through Hobart City Council was received late today, Thursday, but more than that I can’t tell you at the moment.

Some of the purchasers of the units have requested and we have been able to grant, early occupancy. It is our privilege to welcome them to their new home.

Thank You for your Prayers

Give praise to God for what he has been doing for us this week.

Please continue to pray!

* The purchasers moving in settle well and are happy they bought their unit
* We, as a church community, will be sensitive to the needs of the residents, and support them well
* God will continue to smooth the way right through to settlement
* The necessary funds to complete the project will be provided, and
* The weary will be sustained and strengthened by God’s very presence.


Saturday 28 November: 9.00-10.30am
HBC Men’s’ Breakfast, HBC Hall


Thursday 2 December: 6-7pm
Prayer United, in the Tab with Stephen and Jenny

Thursday 9 December: 6-7pm
Prayer United, in the Tab with Stephen and Jenny

Sunday 13 December: 10am Service
Empty Christmas Tree Service
Baptismal Service


The Hobart Baptist Church Annual Members’ Meeting for 2020 was held last Sunday 22 November, after the 10am service. This was followed by a General Members’ Meeting.

Please refer to the HBC Members – and Others page by Clicking Here >>> for meeting outcomes, results of the elections for Deacons and Office Bearers as well as a brief Building Update.

If you would like more information please ask the secretary.

PRAYER UNITED – Weekly on Thursdays

Prayer United at HBC

Thank you to those who participated in our third week of Prayer United on Thursday: by praying at home, or somewhere else; on your own, in a family group or with friends; perhaps by fasting or gathering in the Tab from 6-7pm and sharing a meal together afterwards.

You are encouraged to join in any Thursday that you are able to.

More on Prayer United HERE >>>


Men's Breakfast

THIS Saturday 28 November
9 – 10.30am, HBC Hall

Following on from the Men’s morning tea in September, Joel has organised a breakfast for the men to unite for mutual encouragement, fun and laughter. All men welcome!

RSVPs essential to Joel Ortiz: SMS 0487 833 969

CONGRATULATIONS Stephen and Jenny!

The Baxters’ new grandson, Jacob Lawrence, arrived last Monday November 23 at 7:41am.

Nicole and Elliot are doing well, as is big brother Theo. (Remember? Nicole used to attend HBC.)

Sunday 13 December – Empty Christmas Tree Service

COVID-19 will not stop the celebration of the 71st Empty Christmas Tree in this church on Sunday December 13.

Once again members of the congregation are invited to bring a gift, such as a book, toy, game, clothing, non-perishable food stuff, gift voucher or financial donation to place under the tree.

Gifts should be unwrapped, new, all age (including teenage/adult), and will be delivered to Hobart City Mission for subsequent distribution.

This year as a result of Covid-19 there will be an even greater demand than usual for support at Christmas. If you would like to support the work of Hobart City Mission this year but think you may not be in church on the 13 December you can donate directly to their Christmas Appeal or purchase a toy at their online store here>>> prior to 3 December if possible.

Baptismal Service

A baptismal service will be held during the 10am Service on Sunday 13 December.

Baptism Invite

Baptism, the public declaration of faith, is an important step of obedience in your walk with God. If you have been considering this, you are encouraged to take this opportunity – talk to one of our Pastors or the secretary today.

Two people have already indicated their desire to be baptised at this time, and have received instruction ahead of the doing so. Will you join them?


Units from Carpark

Thank you for your generous response to the HBC Redevelopment Appeal!

Wow, we are edging ever so close to our targets of
$100,000 (gifts) | $250,000 (loans).

This week we have been blessed and encouraged by further promises of loans which will enable us to show our appreciation for the builder’s commitment to our project by reducing the amount owing. Praise be to God.

Each contribution no matter the size, and the associated sacrifice, is acknowledged with deep gratitude. Every little bit makes a difference.

The Tally To-Date:

Gifts $98,532

Loans $217,500

It is a fantastic result and your generosity is acknowledged with gratitude.
If you are still considering your position and would like to know more please email

Alternatively, if you have some suggestions as to how to raise funds please also let me know.

We are edging ever so slowly closer to the end goal!


2021 is not far away, exciting prospects for ministry await HBC – your input is vital as we work together to achieve God’s plan for the city of Hobart.

Thank you to all who attended the two workshops during the week. Participants shared their heart for the future at HBC. Dreams and desires were narrowed down a little to list a number of essential ministry ideas, including regular ministries and special events.

Gifts and talents of those present were identified and some of the key teams have begun taking shape already.
As the second of the two workshops only finished a couple of hours ago you will have to wait a little longer to find out more!

For now, please pray for the future ministry of the church, for your involvement, whatever shape that may take: together we can be the prophetic voice in the City of Hobart that God had called us to be.


Saturday November 21, 11.30am – 2pm 75 Surf Rd, Seven Mile Beach.

Meeting Jesus at the Beach Flyer

Well, our family day is done and dusted!

It was a fun time for kids and families to get to know each other. Fun activities included a scavenger hunt, and free time on the beach with a cricket set.  

Everyone had a great time, the weather was perfect, and Jesus even came to visit! (Thanks Joel!)


With our borders now open to most of Australia it is important we remember a few simple things that we can do to help protect ourselves as individuals, those we love and the community at large.

Stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser when out and about.
Stay at home if you are unwell and always cover coughs and sneezes.
Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms.
Be aware of, and follow, current gathering, business and travel restrictions.

When We Are Together Please Remember:

* If you are unwell, you are asked to stay home
*Please use hand sanitiser when you arrive and before you leave
*Family members may sit close together, but
* Social distancing of 1.5m needs to be observed at all times
* You are welcome to bring your own cushion
* More details can be found on Elvanto >>>

Thank you for your assistance with this.

Face Masks for Sale:
Karen Conway has made some pretty 3 layer cotton face masks as per the guidelines. These are available in the foyer if you would like to have one or two on hand just in case. If you are able to give a $5 donation towards the building fund as you take one, it would be appreciated, but not essential.


Thank you to all who have been faithfully continuing with regular giving during the current economic climate. Many have been using EFT for some time now, but there are others who have made the switch since we had to close our doors. Your ongoing support is much appreciated.

Now that we are meeting in person again, there is an offering box available for your use as you leave the sanctuary. (A change to the way we do things as a result of COVID-19).

Give Online Here>>>