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News from around the Australasian Union Conference. Also visit the Good Tidings News page for downloadable back issues.

Wedding Congratulations

Congratulations to Matthew and Simoné Brown, who were married in California on the 19th February 2021, surrounded by family and friends. Having built their friendship since attending Elim Missionary College together in 2020, Matthew and Simoné had to make a difficult decision about their plans, due to the uncertainty caused by ongoing travel restrictions. They decided to exchange vows before Matthew left California, and Simoné would try to get a ticket on the same flight. By God’s grace they were…

More Progress in Queensland

With a fresh coat of paint inside and out, the residence and multipurpose building at the Clayfield Church has been dubbed, “The White House.”
 Many hours of work have gone into finishing structural modifications, cladding and lining, roofing, flooring, outside steps, painting and many more tasks. 
We particularly would like to acknowledge the help of our volunteers. Thanks to all workers and donors who have help toward seeing this project push forward. Much progress has been made, but also much…

Victoria Conference Baptism

20 February 2021 It was a beautiful and a joyful day where we saw that 5 souls were going to make the best decision of their lives through the rite of baptism. Profession of faith – Keilor Park Church. Due to Covid restrictions, the maximum number of people at Keillor Church was 60—it had not changed as per before the short lockdown, and we had to follow the guidelines to keep electronic attendance records and use face masks. The candidates…

WA Baptism – Helen Milosavljevic

It was such a blessing and an encouragement to be able to witness the baptism of Helen Milosavljevic in Perth, Western Australia on Sabbath, 23 January 2021. There were family and friends and church family in attendance as we all gathered on the Swan River to observe the occasion. Helen gave a beautiful testimony sharing how that, even though she had stopped attending church for quite a few years, she still felt the Lord calling her. She had never stopped…

Condolences

We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Brother Larry Ah-Ching on the passing away of his father on 26th August 2020. Also, Brother Joe Voncina and Brother Paul Chapman, who have both lost their brothers during the month of December 2020. We pray God will be close to each of them and be their strength through this time of mourning. Death is a very cruel thing, and during our short life here on this earth no one is exempt…

Congratulations to Sam and Rebeka

We would like to congratulate Brother Sam Wiseman and Sister Rebeka Toth on their marriage. Our great and wonderful God when He created Adam uttered these words found in Genesis 2:18, “…It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”  Thus, humanity has been blessed with companionship ever since. Sam shared the following about his proposal: “On the morning of the 27th February 2020, we rose early and drove to…

Schofields Property Back Fence Completed

For many years the Schofields property was bounded by a paddock on one side. But since the subdivision went in behind the church, there is now a street and a row of houses. Along with this came the need to upgrade the old tattered stock fence, which became a hazard and an eyesore. In 2019, hardwood fencing was sourced from the sawmill in Colo Heights. The slings of timber sat waiting for a busy bee, for quite a number of…

Virtual Youth Conference 2020

This end of year youth conference was different to past conferences for the obvious reason that it was online instead of in person, with most of the meetings happening over Zoom and the odd one on YouTube. It took a bit of getting used to, but everyone quickly settled into the new format.  The theme of the conference was “Keeping it Real,” and the worships and panel discussions focused on practical ways of building our relationship with Jesus and the…

90th Birthday Congratulations

We wish to acknowledge a very special lady who is now 90 years young! Happy Birthday Sr. Weymark! Elaine Dawn Heslop was born on the 12th of December 1930. In commemoration of such a wonderful milestone, we want to take this opportunity to thank her for her unselfish service to God in various capacities within the Australasian Union Conference (AUC) of the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement and for continuing to be a blessing to our church family and others…
Prayer Seminar

Prayer Seminar

On the first weekend in November, 2020, a special prayer seminar was held at Schofields Church and livestreamed for participants further afield. 
Friday evening’s meeting was entitled “Prayer in Days of Conflict,” where we learned lessons from Israel’s experience as recorded in 2 Chronicles 20:20.
 Sabbath morning, “Catching the Vision” we were shown how prayer has played a key role in the history of the church, and what that means for us today. 
The Sabbath afternoon session was occupied with…

Discovering Stewardship

October 2020 was designated as the Month of Stewardship. Readings and other material were prepared to share various aspects of Christian stewardship. Churches around Australia and New Zealand shared this material throughout the month. The “Discovering Stewardship” magazine and presentations can be downloaded over at the Month of Stewardship event page. And in case you missed them, here are three short videos that you might find interesting:

AUC Studio Hosts History Lesson

A project from Brazil saw Brother A. C. Sas prepare and record a history lesson on the origin and early history of the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement. The presentation was delivered in the Portuguese language.
 Since the start of pandemic restrictions in March, we have put a lot of work into upgrading the AUC President’s office to also function as a studio, enabling video recording on demand. One window was blacked out, lighting installed, and studio equipment was donated,…

Children’s Online Programs – Positive Reviews

Some thoughts received by the Education Department from mothers of young children regarding the children’s on-line programs: 
“We are in the USA in a church without other young children. For us, the interactive Sabbath School class begins Friday evenings, and my children now look forward to the opening of Sabbath as they never have before. It’s been a great blessing and encouragement for them to see other children like themselves studying to follow the Lord. Thank you so much for…

Reflections on Ninety Years of Life

Br Aca Ilic, at a recent prayer meeting, had some words of reflection after his 90th birthday.
 Dear Brothers and Sisters, the time has come for me to say a few words at the end of my ninetieth year. Yesterday was my birthday. 
I was born in September, 1930 in Metkovic, Yugoslavia. I was baptised when I was 13 years old in May, 1943, during World War II. We heard about the Reform Movement in the third quarter of 1945,…

In Memory of Our Brother Duraisamy Sureshkumar

On behalf of the Australasian Union Conference, we wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the Sureshkumar family: Sister Chandra, her children—Janet, Johnson, and Joan; son-in-law Emmanuel Roshan, and daughter-in-law Jasmine Johnson; and grandchildren: Hannah, Samuel, and Danielle—we also send our sincere condolences to other family members spread around the world.
 We were shocked and very sad to hear the news of the passing away of Brother Duraisamy Sureshkumar, who fell asleep in Jesus on Thursday, 27th August 2020. Although,…

In Loving Memory of Our Dear Sister Alexandrina Silva

The Australasian Union Conference extends our sincere condolences to the Silva Family.  May God comfort each one of you through the loss of your loved one. It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you that our dear Sister Alexandrina fell asleep in Jesus on the 6th August 2020 in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.  In faith, we look forward to the resurrection morning, when we will once more be with our loved ones.  “For if we…

Dedication of Eleanor Dammasch

They wanted to come to conferences, but those were all cancelled. They wanted to go to Queensland, but the borders closed. Finally, the parents of little Eleanor Dammasch requested that we have her dedicated right in her home.
 It was not to be a small affair, however. With a several church members in the area, and friends and family gathered, quite a few people came together on Sabbath the 5th of September.
 Br. Nathan Tyler presented a Bible study for…

Elim Heights Working Bee

Ahead of the anticipated rebuilding of shed and hall, the Elim Heights committee has identified a number of maintenance and repair items that need attention. A working bee has been scheduled for the 4th of October, with all available hands needed to help.

AUC Hosts Online Week of Prayer

Australasian Union Hosts Online Week of Prayer The AUC had the privilege of hosting the Pacific edition of the online Week of Prayer, August 21-30, 2020. Collaborating with the Pacific regional secretariat, items were collected and posted along with the sermon content from the General Conference. Hundreds of viewers from around the Pacific joined via YouTube stream and in some cases, downloaded videos which were taken by Bible workers to remote areas. Highlights included musical items from around the Pacific…

Ordination of Miguel Mendoza

We would like to welcome Br. Miguel Mendoza to the ministerial team. He was ordained as a minister at Schofields Church on Sabbath the 25th of July. Originally the ordination ceremony had been planned for the Victoria camp in April. However, with the cancellation of the camp, the plan shifted to a local service at the Maranatha church at a future date to be determined. Then the situation changed again, with metropolitan Melbourne going back into lockdown. At this point…