Tas Baptist NEWS - July/August 2021
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NBBL Grand Final
Saturday 28th August
You are invited to the 2021 Northern Baptist Basketball League Grand Final next Saturday, the 28th of August at 6pm at the Elphin Sports Centre.
We have game slots at 6pm (A Men-Gateway); 7pm (A Women-Summerhill); 8:15pm (B Men); and 9:15pm (B Women-Gateway).
It is exciting to announce that at 8pm our devotion will be given by Daniel Ritchie, son of Michael Ritchie (Westbury).
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jess or myself.
Roger Radford (Summerhill)
When Christ Says "Come!"
During September - You church can host a STAND SUNDAY event in your church or community
Stand Sunday is an international movement of Christians standing with foster and kinship carers and the children in their families. It is a day to celebrate and encourage them, and also to raise awareness about the need for more carers.
This year, the theme for Stand Sunday is 'Carry the Hope', as we acknowledge how hard the fostering journey can be and as we ask more Christians to step into this space.
Stand Sunday 2021 is on 12th September, but you can host your event on any Sunday in September.
Stand with us on September 2021 to STAND with those STANDING for others. A toolkit with resources, prayers and other ideas is available here >>>
PETER CUTHBERTSON 1942-2021
Gateway Fellowship are saddened to report the sudden passing of Peter Cuthbertson at home on Wednesday 11th August 2021.
Peter loved God, his family, his friends and the church. He had a passion to share God's goodness and love with all. His teaching background came to the fore when he spoke about his love for Israel and the Jewish people, and he loved nothing better than to organise and teach about some of the biblical feasts and Jewish customs according to God's word.
An active member of Gateway for about 20 years, he was always willing to help out in whatever way he could with a listening ear and a smile. He served on the Diaconate, was Church Treasurer, and got involved in various other Church ministries. His encouragement and help with the Nepalese and Burmese churches will not be forgotten.
Our love and sympathy is extended to his wife Sandra, his children Nicola (Jane), Mary and Harry and their families. Peter is now at rest with his Lord and Saviour and we as a church are so grateful to have had the privilege to know and work with him.
By Lee Campbell
A reflection on Peter's life
Losing Peter is like losing a favourite reference book that you depend on being there for when you have questions that need answers. Peter was knowledgeable and insightful about the Scriptures, world affairs and the ways of people. He thought deeply about life issues and applied a biblical perspective to the way he lived. Peter conducted himself with a moral authority and wisdom that made him a reliable and trusted church member and mentor.
Church Council often looked to Peter when addressing problems and concerns, and he would reflect first before giving a carefully considered opinion. With Peter, there was always acceptance, kindness, and a readiness to laugh which put people at ease and lifted spirits.
His love for the Scriptures and his encouragement of corporate prayer over many years have been hugely influential in Gateway's progress. Sandra and Peter together have championed the cause of the persecuted church, supported missionary efforts in various countries and encouraged those around them to be faithful and persevere through life's challenges.
Peter will be lovingly remembered for his wise counsel and the tender light in his eyes as he spoke with people.
By Linda Guy
The service to celebrate Peter's life was held at the Tailrace Centre on Thursday 19th August. Pastor Steve Nicholson officiated, and approximately 300 people attended. The service is still available for viewing by visiting T.M. Foley Funeral Directors >>> (scroll down)
READ MORE IN THIS EDITION OF ADVANCE | step by step
REGIONAL ROUNDUP >>> City Baptist, Latrobe, Westbury, Sassafras, Claremont, Citywide, Hobart
CONVERGE >>> Advocating for those with no voice in Tasmania
NATIONAL PRAYER GATHERING >>> Re Covid, On Zoom, 31st August 2021
EmpowHer Northwest Walk
All women and girls are welcome to the northwest walk! Don Reserve to Mersey Bluff lighthouse, return.
When: 10:15am Sat August 28
Where: Meeting Point at Don Reserve, Devonport (near the dog park). We will walk along the Devonport Cycle and Walking track. Once we reach the lighthouse we will go to the Drift Cafe for coffee, and return the same way.
How long: Walk is 3.9km/around 50 mins, one way.
CONTACT Gabrielle Fife to RSVP or info on 0421 434 138
Tasmanian Baptists pastors and spouses, key leaders and staff will meet over a couple of days in September for a rich time of fellowship.
Pastors have now received all the information for this event.
REGISTER HERE no later than 29th August
- When: 10:45am Tue 14th to 1:30pm Wed 15th September
- Where: Launceston Silos hotel
- Focus: Connection, Culture and Communion
- Cost: Tas Baptists will cover costs of accommodation and most meals.
- Who: Key leaders in our churches, primarily pastors, and those in leadership where there is no pastor. If you have a spouse and they would like to come, they are welcome. Babies/toddlers are welcome. We hope this will make it easier for you to attend, but please note childcare will not be provided.
A vastly refreshed and revitalised Tasmanian Baptist website is coming soon.
Find out more in coming issues of ADVANCE | step by step.
Fostering Hope Devotionals
Four Tuesday nights from 17th August
Over the last 12 months or so you have probably heard about Fostering Hope; read articles in ADVANCE | step by step about fostering; or even had Mary Dickins from Fostering Hope share at your church. If God has stirred something about responding to the need around you, or you are just interested in finding out more, Fostering Hope runs a Preparation for Fostering devotional each term on Zoom.
I appreciated the honest and open discussion that addressed my preconceived ideas and doubts. I loved the Jesus-centred consideration of all the stakeholders.
The devotional is an opportunity to set time aside to prayerfully consider what responding to the needs of vulnerable children in our community could look like for you. It is an opportunity to ask questions, share your fears, and share your excitement with others also considering the journey.
Nikki Holdsworth, a former participant, says, "I learnt a lot through this devotional. I appreciated the honest and open discussion that addressed my preconceived ideas and doubts. I loved the Jesus-centred consideration of all the stakeholders."
In the devotional we go through Jason Johnson's book Reframing Foster Care, and Pam Parish's book Ready or Not as tools for conversation. The devotional goes over five evenings in a row, with each session going for about an hour and a half.
The Term 3 series will be held at 7:30pm via Zoom on Tuesday nights. All are welcome to join in for four weeks from Tuesday August 17th. (Tuesday August 10th was an optional introductory night.) Connect via this Zoom link >>>
If you would like to find out more, email Mary on email@example.com
Australian Christian Literature Awards
Read the shortlist!
The 2021 Australian Christian Book of the Year, Young Australian Christian Writer and Australian Christian Teen Writer Awards will be announced and prizes presented during this year's SparkLit Awards Night on Thursday 2 September in Melbourne.
25th July: Anniversary at Gateway
Gateway Baptist celebrated its 145th Anniversary at their 10am service on Sunday 25th July.
Ian Cartmel spoke, and some items from the past were showcased. The morning celebrated God's goodness in the past and present, as well as looking for His guidance for the future. The service was followed by lunch. For information see: firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Aid International
Library Aid International Inc (LAI), located in Burnie, Tasmania, aims to improve educational outcomes and life opportunities for children by sending used books and educational resources to needy schools in developing countries. We hope this will encourage 'Readers to Become Leaders' in their own communities and countries.
We are excited to report on some activities and achievements. We also share some needs for your consideration.
Activities and Achievements
- The distribution of books, educational resources and computers which arrived in Zimbabwe in May, 2020 continues slowly. COVID movement restrictions; industrial action by teachers, examination logistics as well as reduced staff contributed significantly to delays in issuing the donated materials
- Our receivables container became full with books and educational materials donated by school and public libraries and the general public. As a consequence, DeBruyn's Transport was not taking donations for us for a time until some of the container could be cleared. If you have book donations to send via DeBruyn's, please check with them or us beforehand.
- Our next (eighth) container is 90% full and should be shipped to Cape Town, South Africa in July to be distributed by local Rotary clubs.
- There have been several opportunities to give presentations about the work of LAI to churches and clubs, with more to come in the near future.
Pictured: school distribution in Zimbabwe.
- Continued donations of books, educational items and finances.
- A concern for the purchase of our next (ninth) 20-foot shipping container is that COVID has caused a global shortage of shipping containers as well as a dramatic increase in the cost of shipping and containers. We urgently need a certified seaworthy shipping container to be available at a reasonable price.
- More volunteers who are able to help pack books into boxes and lift the boxes.
- Your encouragement, support, prayer and strengthening thoughts.
Read More: ADVANCE | step by step July/August 2021
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INTERVIEW >>> Liam Conway, Ministry Apprentice, Hobart
HOSPITALS IN PNG >>> Open! Thanks to your prayers and support. From Baptist World Aid