Church Family News, January 2022

Hobart Baptist Church, Sunday 16th January

SERMON: Stephen Baxter returns Sunday to continue our Comfort sermon series from Isaiah.

Join us in the Tab at 10am. Don’t forget to wear your COVID mask.

BIBLE READING: Isaiah 40:6-11

WATCH: YouTube service, available from 10.15am Sunday >>>

STAY FOR Lunch after morning tea! All Welcome after the service for morning tea and following that catch up with Stephen and Jenny over a BYO lunch.

PLEASE NOTE: Kids’ Church is in recess for the holidays.


January Dates

SUNDAY 16 JANUARY
‘Comfort’ sermon series continues. Stephen Baxter returns.

SATURDAY 22 JANUARY
Farewell BBQ lunch for Liam and Hannah Conway

SUNDAY 23 JANUARY
Aboriginal Sunday (https://www.commongrace.org.au/aboriginal_sunday)
Citywide are hosting a service at the Domain at 10am lead by Paul Dare. An open invitation is extended to anyone who would like to attend.

SUNDAY 30 JANUARY
Special Church Members following the 10am service (see below)


STEPHEN AND JENNY UPDATE

Now we are back from our European adventures, we are looking forward to jumping into 2022. The new COMFORT sermon series is the beginning of lots of good things!


FAREWELL LUNCH FOR LIAM AND HANNAH ON SATURDAY 22 JANUARY 2022

Farewell Liam and Hannah

Liam and Hannah were farewelled during the 10am service last Sunday. Stephen prayed God’s blessing on them, and ‘set them free’ from HBC, for Liam to take up his Associate Pastor’s position at Riverlands Baptist.

All are welcome to a special BBQ lunch on Saturday 22 January commencing at midday. A final opportunity to catch up with Liam and Hannah before they begin the next stage of their journey serving God together in Longford.

Sausages, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own salad, snacks etc and feel free to bring your own meat to bbq.

Induction Service for Liam Conway at Riverlands: Sunday 6 February
Liam will be inducted as Associate Pastor at Riverlands Baptist Church in their 10am morning service and will be followed by a BBQ lunch. RSVP’s are required by Tuesday 1 February 2022 for catering purposes. 
Email: karen@riverlands.org.au or Tel: 6391 2202


NEW SERMON SERIES FOR 2022

Are you feeling discouraged? Weary? Fainthearted?

So were the Israelites during the Exile. They were discouraged, depressed and suffering deeply. They were filled with deep questions such as: Has God abandoned us? Will the promises God made to us be kept? Does God want to deliver us? Can God deliver us? And will God deliver us?

In Isaiah, the answer is an emphatic “yes!” God calls the prophet to “comfort” Israel in exile. He is to bring the people bringing hope, encouragement, and good news to ease and soothe their troubled hearts.


SPECIAL CHURCH MEMBERS’ MEETING – 30 January 2022

A special church Members’ meeting will be held following the 10am service on Sunday 30 January to consider a recommendation from the Diaconate regarding the appointment of a part time Associate Pastor.

The November Church meeting endorsed the action of the Diaconate to advertise a part time Associate Pastors position at HBC, with the aim of commencing in February 2022. The recommendation comes as a result of that process. 

Please put this date in your diaries and make every effort to be at the meeting.  2022 is the year for HBC to move forward and make the most of our new facilities. We have an exciting time ahead. 

For more information go to the Church Members’ Meeting Page >>>


YOUR ROLE AT HBC IN 2022

HBC futures

Now that 2022 is here, what is God putting on your heart to do at HBC? 

  • Perhaps a ministry to Elizabeth College such as Breakkie or Homework Clubs?
  • What about Alpha or the Marriage Course?
  • Maybe an activity group for children?

If you missed our HBC Futures evening read the full wrap up, and how to get involved in the next chapter of our HBC story. The possibilities are endless, but a reminder that we are not wanting a list of good ideas, rather we are looking for people to put their hand up to lead and make that good idea that God has put on their heart happen.

If you have any ideas, send an email through to Stephen (stephen@tasbaptists.org.au) or to Michael (michael@tasbaptists.org.au).


FOSTERING HOPE MENTORING PROGRAM

Fostering Hope is hosting its inaugural training for mentors for children and young people growing up in out of home care in Tasmania! They are seeking people interested in mentoring a child or young person, to be an extra adult in their lives who steps in to say ‘you’re important and special and wonderfully created and I WANT to hang out with you.’

The first training session for mentors is on 29 January from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Wellspring Anglican Church in Sandy Bay.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor use the following expression of interest form:  https://forms.gle/xUrcuVm8DqzFW1bg7 or to find out more, contact Ellie by email on ellie@fosteringhope.community.


HBC futures

THE FUTURE WITH COVID-19

Check in TAS App

The relaxation of border restrictions has allowed Covid-19 to enter the state and it is spreading more quickly than anticipated because of the Omicron strain.

Please feel confident that we are doing our best to keep everyone safe.
– We have recently reviewed and updated our Covid-19 Safety plan to keep up with Tasmanian government policies, and
– We have produced a case and management outbreak plan, should it be required.

We encourage everyone to do their best to protect themselves and to keep our church and the wider community safe by:-

  • Respecting social distancing – and foregoing shaking hands
  • Wearing a mask – in all indoor settings and others as required
  • Remembering to use the hand sanitiser provided and by washing hands frequently.
  • Being vaccinated – If you’re not already, you can book by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or visiting www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/booking. Booster shots are recommended and are now available.
  • Remembering to Check In – Everyone over 16 years of age is required check in whenever they enter the building – either by scanning the Check in TAS QR code or sign the attendance sheet.
  • Considering your health and the health of others – stay home if you feel unwell
    -If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild, stay at home and get tested. To organise a test call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or register at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/testing
  • Keeping informed and up to date with Public Health and Government requirements.
  • The New Check in TAS App cards are available and you are able to use them to sign in at church.

How are your feeling? Are you coping? Remember to talk to someone if you are concerned, and don’t forget, God is with you, hold on to your faith at all times.

Thank you for your assistance.

Heather Galloway
Duty of Care Officer


GIVING – Your tithes and offerings

‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
2 Corinthians 9:7

We thank all who give faithfully on a regular basis, as without this support we would not be able to operate. Your offerings support our budget: and through that it enables the church to continue to be an important part of the North Hobart landscape and the place from where we can prophetically serve the City of Hobart.

It is where we can know the benefit of worshipping with others, where we hear the stories of Jesus and how they apply to us, where we are encouraged in our journey with Jesus, from where we can share God’s love with others and help them to know and trust in God themselves. Our influence can also be far reaching – there is no limit to God’s love through our deeds and actions. Thank you for your generosity.

EFT is a great way to ensure regular giving and as well there are offering boxes available for use as you leave the Sanctuary.

You can give online here>>>