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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,…

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…

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…

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…

Report of the Online Conference

At the onset of the pandemic in Australia, we realised that all our upcoming conferences were going to be cancelled. So work began on an online conference, to take up a bit of the deficit. The conference committee from Victoria were gracious enough to let us “borrow” the theme from their Easter weekend camp which was cancelled, which had been called “Our Greatest Need.” And since we didn’t have missionary school students to assign topics (they had already gone home…

Social Media Projects

Several of our workers and members have started new social media channels, to provide resources and stay in touch. Br. Miguel Mendoza has been hosting different speakers, who have been sharing a variety of messages reflecting on spiritual themes for today’s world. There’s something for everyone—be sure to check out his channel! www.youtube.com/MiguelMendozaofficial You’ll find on Br. Jacob De Souza’s channel a variety of testimonies, messages and everyone’s favourite—recipes by Lucas. The latest, Cranberry Coconut Healthy Bars, are absolutely delectable.…

End of Year Stocktake

The end of the financial year can be a nightmare to many businesses in Australia, and it is no different here at the headquarters. A careful account of all stock items on hand for the Elim Health and Book Stores is taken on the last day of the financial year, 30th June. This is required from us by our accountants and the government; so, it is all-hands-on-deck for the day! Like most things in life, there must be some drama…

Children’s Zoom Meetings

We have been richly blessed by children’s Bible classes, kids’ groups and youth Bible classes, which we are currently running on Zoom on a weekly/fortnightly basis. A range of topics have been covered, and it has been beautiful to see the enthusiasm and participation during the meetings. We pray that these will continue to bless and encourage families and youth in their walk with God. We know there is no greater education than that obtained at the foot of the…
Clayfield Renovation Appeal

QLD Renovation Appeal

[Update 29th of July 2020] So far, nearly $15,000 has been raised from this appeal. With this assistance, work has been able to continue. We ask for your continued assistance to reach our goal of $30,000 for this project – see donation details below. The Queensland Conference has an urgent need of funds to carry out repairs and renovations of the residence situated at the Clayfield property. The restoration work has already begun with repairs to the roof both structurally…
Adelaide Building Project

Adelaide Building Project

Through the generosity of one of our members, a small residence is being built next to our church in Somerton Park (Adelaide), South Australia. It was the desire of one of our sisters in Christ to give back to the Lord what He had given to her. In consultation with the local church, she decided to enter into an agreement that would see a unit being constructed for her next to the church, which would be used by her and…
Elim site cleared

Elim Heights Recovery Progress

Update from Joe Voncina, AUC Secretary-Treasurer, regarding the progress of recovery and rebuilding at Elim Heights Youth Camp. The Elim Heights Management Committee have been working very hard on the rebuilding plans, and we have some good news for you. The New South Wales Government has pitched in and has paid for all our cleanup. All the debris, all the buildings, all the burnt-out caravans have disappeared from Elim Heights, and it’s all nice and clean, ready for the next…

Asylum Seeker Family Update

UPDATE 6/5/2020: A GoFundMe Page has been set up. You can also donate through church channels if you prefer to do so (see below). We have reported in the past (here and here on the plight of a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family who were caught up in an unfortunate series of events that saw the husband and father held in immigration detention. As we write, he is still in detention. “Brother A” and his family came to Australia on…