PLEASE SEND US A PIC OF THE COLOUR RED!

Sunday is Pentecost Sunday – it’s R.E.D. – a really exciting day.  Normally we’d ask you to come to worship wearing some read.  But instead we want pictures of our people with red things (like Norm’s poinsettia, Patti’s famous red jumper, or Doug’s red stole).  Please send us a red picture and we will use some of them to introduce worship!

The sermon theme on Sunday asks the question “How can I tell if it’s the Holy Spirit?”

ROADMAP FOR FUTURE WORSHIP

We need your help, your prayer, and your wisdom.  The roadmap is as follows:

From Sunday Jun 14

  • 20 people can gather, please gather in life groups for our LiveStream
    • You might invite someone over, start a group, eat together and pray together
  • We can’t start public worship yet.

From Sunday Jul 19

  • 100 people can gather with distancing and contact tracing
  • We can begin worship, but not exactly as before.

In the coming week we will be sending out a letter describing all the scenarios and the complications our leaders are facing as we try to work out how to worship with groups of under 100, distanced, sterilized, and traced!  We are asking you to share your THOUGHTS and IDEAS with us…  Email us, call us, talk to us, especially contact your Church Council and Elders.  We will not rush this decision but will decide on June 17.

GREAT STORIES

Alpha started last week and it’s so wonderful to see a mix of many Christian and non-Christian explorers in the room.  Yes, Alpha is attracting new explorers who have never learnt about Jesus before.

Immanuel College is a symphony of teamwork in the carpark at the moment and it’s great to see our Principal and heads of school all out there in hi-visibility vests having fun.

RESURRECTION STORIES ENDS – WHAT NEXT?  SPIRIT STORIES?  TELL US!

This week we finish the season of Easter.  I will take a 2 week break and then we will start again with our weeknight LiveStream.  I’m considering either the book of Acts – with SPIRIT STORIES or the book of Revelation with REVELATION STORIES.  What do you think would help us better?

MUSTARD TREE KEEPS GIVING

The economic pain is really starting to bite.  Last week we had a local Maroochydore family where mum and dad lost their jobs, and their teen child lost his casual job too.  They’re struggling to make ends meet – but Mustard Tree supplied them with food and hope.  Praise God for your generosity to this ministry.

IMMANUEL GARDENS

Praise God for Immanuel Gardens.  We are blessed with dedicated professional and deeply compassionate Chaplains there.  Pray especially for our members who suffer dementia as this time as been very isolating for them. 

GROW CHURCH AT HOME RESOURCES

Grow Ministries have released three amazing resources for all ages and especially for those with children:

Waiting For Communion (Faith @ Home Guide)

Church At Home Pack 2 (Free from Grow Ministries)

Equipping Faith At Home Sheets (Free from Grow Ministries)

EMERGENCIES?

Call our office number and it will go to someone alive and real!

As normal, Pastor Matt and Pastor Doug remain available in genuine emergencies. 

CARE OF THOSE IN NEED

Pastor Doug has restructured our Immanuel care system.  We have 148 households currently in a category of need.  Many willing volunteers have come forward to support them!  We will continue to need more volunteers to call them on the phone, have a conversation, and offer a prayer for them.

In the current crisis, visiting of the vulnerable and elderly may spread the virus.  So our team have changed all non-urgent care and support to phone calls.

LIFE GROUPS

During this time we ask you to obey all State and Federal Government directions: www.health.gov.au .

If the government rules change, Immanuel will do whatever they require.  At the moment the guidelines mean that our Life Groups should not be meeting physically.  This may change, so please keep an eye on the current regulations.  We strongly discourage groups from meeting physically.  If your Life Group needs resources, support, or ideas, please call our coordinator Victoria.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Our youth ministry have innovated so much.  Please do watch their great video explaining the changes – it’s on our website and Facebook feed.  Our youth leaders are prioritizing relationships, making contact with teens, and are producing wonderful content to engage teens.

IF YOU NEED HELP

If you need help (for instance groceries or help getting shopping) please do ask.  Please be honest about your needs.  Our aim with the prayer & care phone ministry is to find out who needs what.  But if you’re hurting we need you to let us know.

May God’s grace and peace be with you all.

Matt Thiele, Lead Pastor