Latest News (Page 30)

Latest News (Page 30)

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Australasian Union Conference Officers for 2011-2013

  32nd Delegation Session, December 2010   Offices and Departments   President Ben Thiel (Public Relations Officer) Vice Presidents Alasdair Pow, John Ciric Secretary / Treasurer Joe Voncina Executive Committee Ben Thiel, Alasdair Pow, John Ciric, Joe Voncina, Brian Jaksic, Peter Szabo, Nathan Tyler AUC Council Exec. Comm Dept Leaders, Field Leaders Ministerial Committee B. Thiel (chair) P. Chapman, J. Ciric, P. Lausevic, A. Pow M. Thiel, N. Tyler Advisors: Retired Ministers Ministerial Council All Credentialed Ministers in the AUC Missionary…

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.…

Floods in Australia – Update

In what has become another catastrophic summer for Australia, large portions of the country which have endured drought conditions for the past 10 years have now experienced torrential rain and flooding. Queensland In the aftermath of the Brisbane River flooding church leaders in Queensland have been in touch with all of our church members and friends. Some are still cut off from access to commercial centres, however all are safe. Some have reported their local supermarkets are running low on…

Queensland Floods: Mercy Revealed

The Brisbane River peaked early this morning, much lower than was expected. While thousands of homes were still flooded and extensive damage was seen, it could have been much worse. We received word yesterday evening that one of our members residing in the Lockyer Valley region was evacuated on Tuesday. We understand they are now safe. The Wivenhoe dam upstream of Brisbane was built with a direct purpose of flood mitigation in the wake of the 1974 floods.  The dam…

Queensland Floods: An Ongoing Crisis

Floods Escalate This week in Queensland, the flood situation has gone from bad to worse. The capital city of Brisbane and nearby Ipswich are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The latest floods have claimed at least 10 lives, with a further 90 persons still reported missing. Hundreds of people were evacuated last night, with about one-third of the city of Ipswich expected to go under water today. Brisbane is expecting the worst on Thursday (it “will be devastating” in the words…

Stewardship Seminar – Schofields Church

9-11 April 2010 It was a great privilege to have Br David Zic, General Conference Stewardship Department Leader visit Australia and have a financial seminar at the AUC Headquarters Schofields NSW.  The Schofields centre was full for all the meetings with many visitors attending. The opening meeting on Friday evening was: “Setting Your Priorities.”  Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” All our means belong to God; we are only custodians of some of…

Spirit of Prophecy Seminar – Schofields Church

5-6 March 2010 A Spirit of Prophecy Seminar entitled “The Spirit of Prophecy Today” was a seminar designed especially for our church members and all the believers in the Advent message.  This seminar was held at Schofields Church for all the members in the Sydney and surrounding areas, Friday evening and Sabbath.  The meetings were taken by Brethren Peter Lausevic and Nathan Tyler. The importance of having a present-day prophet was highlighted. Throughout this world’s history, going right back from…

Missionary Training Program 2010

Sunday, February 7 marked the beginning of a new experience for the nine enthusiastic students who enrolled in the Australasian Union Conference Missionary Training Program 2010.  This four-month missionary training course was held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. For the first month, all students and teachers resided at the Elim Heights Youth Camp, located about one hour’s drive from the AUC headquarters.  This time was rather intense as the students went through the book “Gospel Workers” by E. G.…

Vanuatu WH5 Missionary Seminar and Outreach Meetings

    17 May – 30 May 2010. By the grace of God, Br Johnny Araya, his wife Rachel and I have just finished a wonderful two weeks in Vanuatu – from touchdown in Port Vila till our last evangelistic outreach meeting last night (Sunday 30th May) we have been non-stop. We arrived in Vanuatu on Monday afternoon 17th of May and commenced our first series of meetings – The Fourth Angel's Message Seminar that night. It's a seminar for…

New South Wales Missionary Seminar 2010

  Schofields, 26-28 February, 2010   This seminar was held by the AUC Missionary Leader Br Paul Chapman. The meetings took place at the Schofields Headquarters, NSW, throughout the weekend, commencing Friday evening with a meeting entitled: "Why Am I Here" taken by Br P Chapman. Sabbath Service was entitled “Ten Times the Power”. God can multiply our talents if we use them to His glory. It is overwhelming how much power we can have when we unite our talents…

New South Wales Women’s Health Seminar 2010

  Sydney, 12-14 February 2010.   The opening meeting on Friday evening, 12 February 2010, went down in history as the very first Women’s Health Convention to be held in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Sister Susan Lausevic, health leader for NSW, welcomed all who were present. Although it was geared and focused on women’s health needs, there were a number of men who also attended. The first meeting was entitled: “Protecting the Heritage of the Lord” taken by Sr Catherine Robles.…

New Children’s Building at Elim Heights

Elim Heights Youth Camp is a magnificent rural property situated on the Putty Road near Mellong, NSW, about 45 minutes north-west of Windsor. At this venue we hold many of our conferences, youth camps, seminars, quarterly combined Sabbath meetings, etc. Brother Neville and Sr Elizabeth Brittain and Keith Brittain are the current caretakers; we thank them for the endless amount of work they do on a day to day basis. Sister Elaine Weymark has always had a soft spot for…