Posts from October 2017

Posts from October 2017

GoodTidings – Editorial (Jul-Aug, 2017)

It is impossible not to be moved with a sense of compassion for the thousands of lives affected by natural calamities. The relief efforts that flow in their wake, both financial and direct in the form of food, clothing and shelter, demonstrate our common empathy for our fellow humanity, regardless of race, religion or politics. When there is a need, for the most part, people help. Whether it is the hurricanes and floods in Central and North America, to earthquakes…

Bro. Laverne Barredo’s Baptism

Out from the shore, the white peaks of the waves foamed in the blustery south wind while a small gathering of church goers huddled together on the thin strip of beach at Werribee South. It was the 12th of August 2017 – the day of Laverne Barredo’s baptism and fellowshipping into the Church. Laverne was raised Catholic, turned Adventist, and then was forced to leave the church after he could endure the state of apostasy no more. Moving to Melbourne…

New Caledonia – Fly and Build

Winter in the South Pacific Region can be deceptive if you are not used to it. The days were warm for building work and the nights and early mornings were cool enough to sit by a wood fire outdoors. Enough cold chill to have to warm up. It was interesting to see peach trees in blossom where one never expected to see them. Tropical fruits were expected and yes, lychees and mangoes were in bloom too. Coconut palms held their…

AUC MediaCon 2017

Held during the school holidays from July 3-7 in Victoria and a first for an event of this type, youth and others interested in media attended AUC MediaCon to hone their skills in video production and graphic design. The venue was situated in the beautiful surrounds of Galwiji Homestead near Ballarat. The scenic homestead provided a perfect location for video production and team learning.  The weather was cold and mostly cloudy, but it was mostly perfect lighting for videography. There…

Declared Righteous & Made Holy – Part 1

How does the legal work of justification by faith relate to holiness of heart and life? Terms such as “forensic justification” and “legal justification” used to confuse me, because they explained the doctrine of justification by faith as purely a legal (objective) act of God on behalf of the sinner, and I could not reconcile this with the transformative work of God within my heart, which I knew happened when I was first converted. As I understand it now, the…

Victoria Snow Camp

Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” From the 18th to the 21st of August, a group of brothers and sisters from Melbourne participated in one of the most awaited camps of the year: the snow camp. We went to Bright Town and spent a nice time in nature. On Friday afternoon, everybody arrived and settled, and then had worship together to open the Sabbath. Sabbath morning…

New Zealand News

13th Sabbath Combined Fellowship Whareora, New Zealand 24th June 2017 For the benefit of both our brethren in Auckland Church and our isolated church members, we decided to hold a combined Sabbath gathering at Whareora, New Zealand on the 24th June 2017.  One of our church members offered his spacious house for the Sabbath Meeting accommodations.   The drive from Auckland to Whareora is almost three hours. Brethren, friends, and interests from Kaitaia, Hamilton, Dargaville and Whangarei joined us for the…

Identity Crisis Seminar

On August Friday 11 – Sunday 13, 2017, the New South Wales Missionary Department held a Seminar at Schofields Church, with the theme “Identity Crisis”, designed to reach all ages, particularly young people both in and outside the church. Next to God I would like to extend a great big thank-you to all concerned in helping to promote the event to make it a success: To our church member’s for your wonderful effort in distributing flyers to letterboxes in the…

Vincent Francisco Cimera – Eulogy

Dad was born on May 31, 1934 to Elisa Pesl de Cimera and Vicente Cimera (the first), emigrants who had come to Argentina, separately, from what is today the Czech Republic. Upon emigrating into Argentina, the family name was changed to Cimera so that it could be more easily pronounced. The original name was something like Zimmer. Dad was born in the little town of Hudson, a city in the south of Greater Buenos Aires, near the coast and on…

Condolences – Vincent F Cimera

We extend our condolences to the Cimera and Chapman families on the loss of their loved one:  Brother Vincent F. Cimera.  Vincent was the loving husband of JoAnne, father of Sr Deborah Chapman, Michelle Vejby and Karen Cimera; and he was Opa to Jordan, Jared, Melissa, Wally and Ryan. Vincent passed away on Tuesday, 8th August 2017. A memorial service was held at Moriah Heights, California, USA, on Sunday 20th of August, where family and friends paid their last respects.…

CONDOLENCES – Bernie Guthrie

It is with sadness that I report the death of Bernie Guthrie. Bernard Edward Guthrie died peacefully at his home on Thursday, 8 June, 2017, aged 85 years.  A graveside committal was held on Friday, 16 June at the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery, Lake Albert, followed by a Memorial Service in John Bance & Son funeral home, Ashmont, Wagga Wagga.   Bernie is survived by his wife, Betty, their six children and families.  He was a much-loved grandfather and great-grandfather. Bernie…