Church Family News, May 2022
Hobart Baptist Church, Sunday, 29th May
SERMON: This Sunday Stephen Baxter will continue the Hope in the Darkness sermon series with a message entitled “Going Through the Darkness”.
As we engage with this series, the idea is for you to continue the process of transformation God is taking you through, and it will enable HBC to engage our community afresh and anew in these “dark” times. Remember, this is a moment of opportunity, not a moment of threat.
BIBLE READING: Mark 13:1-9a
WATCH: YouTube service, available 10.15am Sunday >>
STAY FOR Lunch after morning tea! Everyone is welcome to morning tea after the service and, following that, to have fellowship over a BYO lunch.
PS Kids’ and Youth programmes are on today.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
MAY IS MISSION MONTH!
SUNDAY 29 May 10am. Includes Special Offering to support Jan and Jit Yawan and their Lanternlight Ministry in Thailand.
SUNDAY 5 June 10am. Michael Henderson to introduce the Luminous Art Installations.
THURSDAY 9 June 7-8pm. C3 Church – Opening Night for “How Lonely Lies this Land..” Registrations limited! See below.
FRIDAY 10-17 June 12pm-5pm daily. St. George’s, HBC and C3 open to view sculptures.
WEDNESDAY 15 June 6-7pm. HBC – Luminous Conversation 1.
TUESDAY 21 June 6-7pm. HBC – Luminous Conversation 2.
THURSDAY 23 June 6-7pm. HBC – Luminous Conversation 3.
SUNDAY 26 June. Church Members meeting following 10am Service. Details to follow.
9th JUNE to 3rd JULY 2022
The Luminous Festival is set to return to HBC and includes Christmas in Winter
There is so much to look forward to, please don’t miss out!
- Michael Henderson’s art installation, How lonely lies this land, once so full of people
N.B. Limited tickets available for opening night
- Three Luminous Conversations:
1. Receiving Welcome
2. Brave Leadership
3. Losing my Religion
- Christmas in Winter 2022!
May is Mission Month
This Sunday 29 May we have the opportunity to support Jan and Jit Yawan and their Lanternlight ministry with the disabled on the Thai/Myanmar border through a Special Offering.
– Bring your money boxes
– Place your donation, clearly identified, in the offering boxes in church, or
– Give online through the HBC bank account, clearly identified.
You can READ Jan and Jit’s latest newsletter or WATCH their latest Vimeo video:
https://vimeo.com/706371525/cac0088b12 with captions; or https://vimeo.com/706370726 without captions.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to cross the street, step out, build bridges and meet people where they are. We are called to live alongside our neighbours with the hope of Jesus. That’s what our intercultural teams around the world do! And it’s what church communities in Australia are called to as well.
HOPE IN THE DARKNESS SERMON SERIES
“It’s a fact … Night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to God” – Psalm 139:12 Message
It’s a profound reality, wherever light shines shadows are created. In fact, we only fully appreciate light through its contrasting opposite, darkness.
Pure light is blinding, shadows help us see more clearly. This is true in so many ways.
In this series we will explore how darkness is no enemy to God’s purposes. We will learn how God embraces darkness as a powerful ally to bring about deep transformation in our lives both individually and corporately.
Where is God calling you to serve?
Many opportunities exist to serve here at Hobart Baptist:-
- Behind the scenes – with some vacuuming, mopping, cleaning, dusting . . . Please get in touch with Duncan Sinclair, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
- Participation in 10am Service – praying, reading the Bible, singing, helping with technology . . . Contact Matt Henderson, email@example.com or Sean Priest, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hospitality – serving, cooking, morning teas, special functions, coffee shop . . . Kath Smith is the one to talk to, email@example.com
- Warren for patching and painting the plaster in the front corner of the church, it looks fabulous, and
- Celia for increasing the number of cushions on the pews for added comfort and warmth in time for the winter!
IS COVID-19 AFFECTING YOU?
Further restrictions have now been lifted and Covid continues to circulate.
An increasing number of the Church Family are testing positive and families spending more time at home than expected!
Let us continue to care for each other as best we can and remember that the nature of the virus is that it is generally passed on before you know that you have it. There is no need to feel guilty if you find yourself in that situation.
- Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested.
- Remember – Hands, Face, Space and be sensitive to those around us.
Let us know if you need any assistance.
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.