Posts by Good Tidings Editor (Page 24)

Posts by Good Tidings Editor (Page 24)

EMC – NSW Missionary Seminar

From the 11th – 31st of March, 2011 Elim Missionary College conducted an Evening Missionary Training Seminar in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The seminar was led by Br Peter D. Lausevic and its purpose, according to the invitation, was to “teach members and visitors how to give Bible studies as well as address doctrinal questions”. The seminar took place in Schofields and Wentworthville during weeknights and over each of 3 weekends. Nine students enrolled in the seminar and, though…

Qld Baptism – Jessica Brown

We praise God that on Sabbath 2nd of April, 2011 Sr Jessica Brown made her covenant with the Lord through baptism at Woodgate Beach, QLD (near Childers).   Family, friends and church members came from as far south as Sydney and as far north as Mackay to witness the event. Sabbath services were held at Childers, followed by a fellowship lunch. As the Profession of Faith meeting commenced word came through that strong rain had begun falling at the planned…

Bible Research Seminar – Perth, Western Australia

GUILDFORD CHURCH, Perth, Western Australia, April 8 – Members and friends of Guildford church are currently attending a Bible Research seminar entitled, ‘Living By Every Word’. Gerson Robles (the speaker for the seminar) explained the purpose of the meetings, “We want all our members and friends of the church to know how to research the Bible not only to become well versed in the truth, but to know how to listen to the voice of God through His Word in…

May 2011 First Sabbath Offering – Allocation Update

Bro Peter D Lausevic writes to us on behalf of the General Conference Missionary Department: Dear Brethren of the Sabbath School, We trust that all is well with each of you as we all work together to hasten our Lord’s second coming. Greetings to you with these words from Acts 16:9: “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.” From all parts…

Baptism Queensland – Sr Suzi Penehio-Crawley

On the Sunday afternoon of 10th of April, 2011 the Lord blessed us with lovely weather during the baptism of Sr Suzi Penehio-Crawley, originally from New Zealand. Sr Suzi recently arrived in the Queensland Field from New South Wales. She had come into contact with the message of Reformation while in her native New Zealand many years ago. Bible Workers and ministers who studied with her both in New Zealand and Australia recognised a sincere searcher for truth. Five years…

Special Prayers for Pakistan Brethren

“We are asking Reformers around the world to keep the brethren in Pakistan in their special prayers. A second domestic missionary in Pakistan has been charged by the dreaded blasphemy law known as 295-C. This Sabbath we are asking for special prayers for Brethren Shamir and Pervez. They are currently in prison [as of April 8] awaiting judgment and both could face execution if found guilty.” — SDARM GC Stewardship Blog.

Obituary – Bruce Gordon

We have been saddened in recent weeks with the death of three of our beloved brethren: Sis. Esther Southwell, Sis. Maria Korchynsky and Bro. Bruce Gordon. They were all dearly loved by their families and friends. While we will miss them greatly, we take comfort in the promise that they now rest in Christ awaiting the blessed hope of the resurrection. Last issue we reflected on the life of Sis. Maria Korchynsky. This issue we remember Br Bruce Gordon as…

Maranatha Church Building Project

Due to the growth in membership our brethren in Melbourne are working towards establishing a second house of worship in Victoria. Having already organised as the Maranatha Church, they recently purchased a block of land on which to build. The land is in a prime location, just off the Hume Freeway north of Melbourne. By God’s grace most of the money to purchase the property was raised in local donations, and a loan was taken for the remainder. The church…

Testimony Reading Plan – Highlights

For those that may not be yet aware, at the AUC Delegation Session, 27-29 December 2010, a “Testimony Reading Plan” was recommended to be promoted across the Australasian Union. You can find out more information, plus download a calendar of the plan in PDF or for your electronic calendaring software at https://www.sdarm.org.au/readingplan Highlights from your readings can be shared on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TestimonyReadingPlan Here are a few excerpts from the Facebook page’s Wall:   Noted From the reading for March…

“Great Controversy” Book Campaign – QLD Update

Our local church members in Woombye, on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, report a very encouraging response to the “The Great Controversy” Free Book offer. Last month 2800 flyers offering the book to those interested in current events in the light of Bible prophecy were distributed throughout the surrounding suburbs of our church community. So far the brethren report 17 requests for the book. This is a response rate of 1 for every 165 flyers that were delivered. This is also…

“Fly and Build” Vanuatu – June to July 2011

Plans are well underway in the Vanuatu Mission Field for the establishment of permanent places of worship. Mission Projects Oceania, a ministry of the SDARM AUC Welfare Department, is looking for willing and able volunteers to help out in their next “Fly-and-Build” project. See below Calendar of Events for locations, dates and contact details.

Obituaries – Sr Maria Korchynsky

We have been saddened in recent weeks with the death of three of our beloved brethren: Sis. Esther Southwell, Sis. Maria Korchynsky and Bro. Bruce Gordon. They were all dearly loved by their families and friends. While we will miss them greatly, we take comfort in the promise that they now rest in Christ awaiting the blessed hope of the resurrection. Last issue we reflected on the life of Sis. Esther Southwell (nee McMahon). This issue we remember Sr Maria…

SDA Leadership Talks

Recently, two leaders within the Seventh-day Adventist church in Australia contacted our office in Sydney. They expressed a desire to meet with us as we had not had contact for some years. They wished to discuss the issues concerning our origin and existence as a separate organisation from the SDA Conference. Our brethren sensed a genuine interest from these leaders in understanding the reasons for the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement and so agreed. The meeting was held on February 15, 2011. From all reports, the…

Some History

  Since hearing of the February 15 meeting of our brethren with some SDA leaders, I was reminded of some notable discussions that occurred some 30 years ago in the USA. At that time, Elder Robert H. Pierson, the then most recently retired SDA General Conference President, approached our General Conference leadership for talks. I understand Elder Pierson had a burden to see the various groups of ‘separated’ Adventists reconciled to 'the church'.   Together with a like-minded SDA minister and elder, Elder Pierson met with our…

Baptism of Matthew Boje – Brimbank, Keilor, Victoria

On Sabbath, the 5th of March, 2011, the Lord blessed us with wonderful weather as we rejoiced to see another soul make their covenant with the Lord. Members and friends from the local Melbourne churches and from around Australia and abroad gathered to witness the baptism of Matthew Boje. The Lord's presence was felt by all who attended. Our prayers are with Bro. Matthew as he begins his new life in Christ. We especially remember him as he has just undergone a major heart surgery. Latest reports…

Japanese Tsunami and Earthquake Update

No doubt many are in a state of distress as a result of the Friday, Mar 11, Japan earthquake and subsequent Tsunami. We are greatly saddened by the terrible loss of life—the large majority a result of the Tsunami. Following so soon on from the Christchurch earthquake, no one can but wonder, in the words of one Facebook member, “Unbelievable…..what is going on?” Bro. John Ciric, Pacific Regional Secretary, contacted our representative in Japan and he has confirmed that so far none of…

Christchurch Earthquake Update

On the afternoon of February 22nd, 2011, Bro. Matthias Thiel, New Zealand Field Leader, reported that we have two members and one regular church visitor living in the area of Christchurch. All are safe. We are told that the church visitor was staying in a two storey building, and as the earthquake struck, rushed down outside, only to see the SDA Independent Samoan church next door come crashing down right before his eyes. Two days after the earthquake, Bro. Mathias Thiel reported “We thank…

Reflections on Nature’s Catastrophes

No doubt the events of recent months have been a cause for all of us to take stock of our spiritual life. The floods in Queensland and Victoria, Cyclone Yasi, the Christchurch earthquake, and just this past weekend the Japanese earthquake, subsequent tsunami and exploding nuclear power station are strong signals that time is short. The devastation of thousands of people’s homes and lives must touch all of us. Repairs to homes and infrastructure will take time. But nothing could be worse than the…

Obituaries – Sr Esther Southwell

We have been saddened in recent weeks with the death of three of our beloved brethren: Sis. Esther Southwell and Sis. Maria Korchynsky, both in January and then last week (Mar 2, 2011) Bro. Bruce Gordon. They were all dearly loved by their families and friends. While we will miss them greatly, we take comfort in the promise that they now rest in Christ awaiting the blessed hope of the resurrection. Over the next few issues a eulogy will be…

Report of the AUC Spiritual Conference

Thursday, 30th December 2010 People from across Australia and overseas met together to sing praises to God in heaven. All voices united with enthusiasm and joy as we felt another conference had come. At 7:30pm, Br. Ben Thiel shared the word of God for opening of conference —the meeting was entitled, ‘Almost Eleven’. The speaker began by pointing to the Conference Program which had a front cover printed almost wholly black and said, “people have asked me why we have a program that is so dark.…