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First Sabbath Offering August 6

First Sabbath Offering Information The offering collected in Sabbath School on Sabbath the 6th of August will go to the GC Education Department to assist with the ongoing development of a kindergarten to 12th grade curriculum. Below are a few points regarding the project. What is being developed? The General Conference Education Department is preparing an entire kindergarten to 12th grade curriculum, with the focus on educating children for the honour and glory of God. What format will it use?…

Progress in East Timor

If you would like to follow the news from the East Timor Mission, you can do so at the web site: fromtimor.com Our newly-formed East Timor Mission have obtained a parcel of land and are working to establish a headquarters and educational centre. We have acquired a small truck and a machine for making concrete blocks, which will ensure the livelihood of eight Timorese people. We will use the blocks in the construction of our future facilities and also to…

Clayfield Renovation – Veranda

The Queensland Conference have progressed to the final stage of their current renovation project. The veranda was badly in need of repair. It was felt that these repairs should be done before any new programs were planned for the public to attend. As well as getting new posts, floor framing and decking, the front of the house is being restored to heritage look, as it was when it was originally built. After a delay of several months, the project was…

Condolences to the Payet Family

We were sad to learn that the mother of Br. Jacques Payet passed away in June. Our sincere sympathies go to Br. Jacques and his family during their time of sorrow. We pray each family member feels God’s loving arms around them, as you mourn the loss of your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. May the blessed hope of the resurrection morning help to bring comfort to your hearts during this time of grief. Br. Jacques, originally from the Seychelles, now…

Baptism in the Seychelles

“I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10. On the 13th of June, my wife and I made our way to the Seychelles. In times past, such a journey has always been associated with gladness especially at the thought of fresh island air and spending time with family. However, it was not so this time as the aim of this trip was to bid farewell to…

WA Youth Camp – Easter 2022

15-18 April 2022 On Friday afternoon of the 15th of April, on a gloomy overcast day with rain threatening, our group of young and not so young converged on the Northcliffe Bush Camp and set up our tents and caravans.  We had stayed at this camp once before, and enjoyed it very much. It is peaceful and well set out, with whimsically-built and surprisingly comfortable amenities cobbled together from salvaged vehicle and building materials. It is surrounded by bush, with…

In Loving Memory – Maria Esman

Maria Esman 9 December 1933 – 19 June 2022 It was a full house on Sunday the 3rd of July as family and friends gathered at the church in Somerton Park to pay their respects and give tribute to the life of Maria Esman. The service started and finished with some of her favourite hymns, and stories and memories were shared to honour her life. The following is some of what was shared on the day. Maria was born on…

In Loving Memory – Milivoj Dimitrijevic

Milivoj Dimitrijevic 18th June, 1930 to 16th February, 2022 Milivoj Dimitrijevic served for many years in ministry and missions work. We acknowledge his service in the cause of God and offer our condolences to his family. The following tribute was prepared by his children. Dad was born on the 18th of June, 1930 to parents, Djurica and Olga Dimitrijevic, in Novi Knjezevac, in what was then known as Yugoslavia, now called Serbia. He was the eldest of four children, followed…

In Loving Memory – Bozena Vatala

Bozena Vatala11th November, 1935 to 28th January, 2022 We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of our dear Sr Bozena Vatala, who was laid to rest on the 28th January 2022 while residing at the Adventist Retirement Village. May God place His loving arms around each family member as you mourn for the loss of you dear Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother. We look forward to the day when we shall meet once again at Jesus’ feet.…

In Loving Memory – Mira Ilic

Mira Ilic 8th March, 1938 to 25th January, 2022 Mira (Jugović) Ilić, known to most as Mima, was born  in the town of Jazavica, near Novska, the youngest daughter of Ivan and Reza Jugović. She had two sisters and two brothers: Marija (Seka), born 1927; Mijo, born 1929; Zora, born 1933; and Zdravko, born 1935. Mima lost her mother at an early age – she was only 4 years old when her mother passed away in 1942. Her father remarried…

WA Camponotus Activity Day

“Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6. The Lord blessed with gorgeous weather, and we began the program with prayer and the Camponotus Kids theme song, then kicked off with “Getting to Know You” game. At first, some of the children were a little shy but as the game moved forward, they started coming out of their shell and joyfully participated. Next was a craft activity, making ants using pipe cleaners and plastic…

Mums Remembered in Victoria

A special dinner was held in Victoria on the 8th of May to recognise the mothers among us. The dinner was prepared by their children. It was a great opportunity to also connect with families that we don’t usually see at church. The mums were all told they were not to help but some of them couldn’t resist getting in to lend a hand with the day, which just made it all more special. That’s what mums do, isn’t it?

The Shoebox Project

The Shoe Box Project In the midst of all the disasters happening around the world, we decided to help one of our churches in the Philippines, by creating a small project called “The Shoe Box Project.” This started among the churches in Queensland. The Need Br. Randy Acquiatan was in touch with a local church directly, and inquired what their needs were. They responded by sending us photos of 18 children that needed our help, ages ranging from 4-16 years…

Farewell to Tshado Family

On the evening of Sabbath 19th February, Guildford Church members and friends gathered for a farewell dinner for the Tshado family, who regularly attended and supported Guildford church for approximately 15 years. They were as close to us as any of our members, and we had many beautiful times together in Sabbath fellowship and grew very close together over the many experiences shared throughout the years. The evening was spent sharing a delicious meal prepared by some of our sisters…

Victoria Camp in Pictures

Victoria Camp was held at a private property in Seymour over Easter weekend. It was such a blessing to have a camp again and the event was attended by brethren from NSW as well. Br Paul Chapman captured the following photos with his 35mm film camera.

90th Birthdays

John Kraus What a year was 1932. John Kraus was born on the 24th of May. This year was also one of the worst experienced years of the Great Depression that people lived through. With all the trouble and wars which they suffered—it is so wonderful that they are still here to share their experiences with the younger generations. Brother John’s favourite verse is Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the…

WA Youth Dinner

Fondue, being a social event, and generally acceptable to the fancy of both the gentleman and ladies of WA, was chosen as our end of year event. The preparation for this event began a week before, with Jade Kneebone’s team running all over Perth looking for enough fondue sets for the thirty people expected at the dinner. The food preparation began a few hours before the dinner was supposed to start on Sunday. The first call of duty for the…

QLD Youth Campout

While others had come before and set up camp, the car I was in arrived to camp very late – at midnight in fact. Inskip Point is very sandy, and we got stuck in the sand on our way in, because of driving too slowly. Two helpful campers got us unstuck and gave us some good advice which we would all end up using over the weekend: “Drive it like you stole it!” The next day, Sabbath morning, dawned lovely…

Camponotus Kids Camp NSW

We asked the children to name one thing they were thankful for. It was a delight to hear “I’m thankful that we can have Camponotus.” Although there were hours of work, planning and organising that went into the program held on the 13-14 June, it was just as much anticipated and enjoyed by the organisers. It brings so much delight to our hearts to see the smiles, hear the laughter and share the challenges with the children. With the general…

Baptism and Wedding Vow Renewal

20th March, 2022 Tony and Irene Williams first came in contact with the Guildford Church a few years back when they attended a branch Sabbath School that was running every Sabbath morning in a neighbouring suburb. After attending church meetings for a while, they stopped coming until several months ago, when they decided to make Guildford Church their home church. We have enjoyed their fellowship very much and were delighted when they decided to be baptised. Although both had been…