Latest News (Page 2)

Latest News (Page 2)

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

NSW Easter Bush Camp

The COVID lockdown in Australia had taken its toll. For several months throughout 2020, members had been worshipping at home. Camp meetings were a thing of the past, a distant memory of days gone by when freedom reigned. So, it was with great relief that in early 2021, COVID restrictions eased in most of the States, and east coast borders opened. Making the most of the opportunity, over the Easter weekend of 2021, the New South Wales Conference hosted a…

Ordination of Jacob DeSouza

Matthew 20:28 “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The Ordination Service On Sabbath 27th of March 2021, our dear brother Jacob de Souza was ordained to the gospel ministry, at our church in Somerton Park, Adelaide. We were privileged to have three active ministers present for the service, as well as retired minister Brian Jaksic. Brother Friedrich Staudinger, minister from Germany, led…

WA Easter Youth Camp 2021

The WA Easter youth camp at Lucky Bay, outside Kalbarri National Park, was previously planned for 2020, at the same time as the regional border closure. Because of the delay however, we were happy to have Lidia and Joe Voncina visiting in time for the camp. Most families started arriving around 4 o’clock Friday afternoon, and we set up camp before worship and opening Sabbath. Sabbath School the next morning was taken by Luke Kneebone and included a very long…

WA Youth Camp – Coral Bay

In the early hours of the morning on a summer day in January 2021, a group of families left Perth and made their way up the coast of Western Australia to a beautiful place called Coral Bay. Coral Bay is a beautiful little bay with a reef and sand dunes for four-wheel driving. It is about 12 hours drive north of Perth and is a very popular holiday destination for locals and tourists and great for families and children.  This trip had…

Clayfield Renovation Stage 2

We believe that God has ways and means to help them that trust in Him. Sometimes our faith is tested, but as long as we keep our faith alive, God will supply our needs according to the riches of His glory. We are happy we were able to finish the installation of the flooring for the hall of the Clayfield church house. Now the hall and the kitchen look neat and tidy and ready for some missionary activities that are…

First Trans-Tasman Bubble Conference

Community spread, contact tracing, index case, index patient, patient zero, self-quarantine, social distancing, and super-spreader are all associated with SARS-CoV2, Novel coronavirus, Coronavirus, and COVID-19. Along with a crisis situation unprecedented in our lifetimes, there has also been upheaval in our language! Another phrase, “travel bubble,” has been used in relation to the opening of borders between countries during pandemic. Because of pandemic restrictions and the closure of borders between Australia and New Zealand, conferences and travel have been restricted…

Baptism in Queensland

In the book of Luke, chapter 15, we find a parable of Jesus which He concluded like this, “Likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just person which need no repentance.” On May 22, 2021 the brethren from Queensland held a combined Sabbath meeting, with visitors from New South Wales attending, along with friends and relatives of Sr. Aimasi Jenny Foaese, who was getting baptised on this day. The divine…

Happy 90th Birthday to Latza Barat

I want to thank the Lord that He has blessed my mother with 90 years of life and that we have been privileged to have her as our mum. Mum was born on the 14th March, 1931 in a little village in Macedonia. Her childhood was not an easy one, as she had little education and had to work hard. However, my mum was very bright—give her a needle, some thread and material, and she could create wonderful clothes. She…

Trafford Hughes Baptism

Yowah, QLD — We were blessed to visit brethren in country Queensland in January, and we had a wonderful Sabbath together with Br Trafford Hughes, Sr Valda Hughes and Sr Dorothy Kelly. We praise God that Br Trafford Hughes decided to recommit his life to God. He was baptised on the 23rd of January 2021 in a small country town in far west Queensland. May God bless Br Trafford and his wife, Sr Valda and keep them by His grace.  Please…

Youth Outreach Weekend

April 17th & 18th, 2021 What a blessed time the youth and (those young at heart) experienced this weekend! We began on Sabbath, where we were blessed to spend the day at the Melton community church, thanks to the Batger family. What made the day so special is that it was run by the youth! We began the day as every day should, worshiping and praising God with song. It was a cold day, but our voices filled our hearts…

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…