Sunday 19 November, 2017
Thanks for joining us at Central Church today. If you are new at Central, please visit the Connect Desk before you leave. The team there will have some more information about life and ministries at Central Church.
Preacher: Scott Muir
Series: Galatians: I Am Free
Talk 7: The Boast of Freedom
Text: Galatians 5: 25 – 6: 18
Where do you turn when things are bad? We all have something in life where turn to that makes us feel better about ourselves and emboldens us to keep going. But is your confidence in the best thing? The final chapter of Galatians shows us the only place to put your confidence.
Ipswich Assist Annual General Meeting
Anyone interested in the work of Ipswich Assist, is invited to attend the AGM, however only members of Ipswich Assist can vote. To gain membership you first need to be a member of Central Church, then pay a membership fee of $10 (one-off fee), to Ipswich Assist. The meeting will be held in the Church Office Board Room from 4.00pm on Tuesday 21 November. Contact Anneke Bull or Troy Wilkins.
Annual Congregational Meeting – Next Sunday 26 November at 11am. The agenda will include:
Presentation of the 2018 Budget
Renewal of Contract for Families Ministry Worker Increase in hours for the Ministry Co-Ordinator
2018 and beyond – thinking about the future
Booklet with Meeting Information and Budget Summary is available from the Connect Desk.
On the day of the Congregational Meeting there will be a Combined Morning Service at 9am in the Auditorium. It will be followed by morning tea together, then the meeting at 11am. There will be no 10.30am service.
Christmas Eve Dinner & Carols
Ipswich Assist is hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for the marginalized in our community, in the Hall from 4pm. You can help in three ways Sponsor a plate @ $25 per person. See Troy or Jason, Pay at the Bookshop or Direct Debit to the Ipswich Assist A/c, details below, using reference ‘Dinner’ Come along and mingle with the guests, Bless this event with your prayers
Next Generation Celebrations – Sunday 10 December
9am KidzCentral Service – This is our end of year wrap of Kids Ministry. We’ll hear some of what the children have done during the year. We’ll say thank you to their leaders.
6.30pm ProFaith Service – This is our first annual ProFaith service, a time of hearing some of our teenagers and young adults stand up and make a Profession of Faith. We’ll then pray for them in their journey with Christ.
Grow Summer Series (No Cost) – Glorifying Jesus Far from home
Be transformed to become more like Jesus, as we open 1 Peter: grow in appreciation of who Jesus is and what he has done, live for Him in a hostile world, and use suffering and difficulties to glorify Him.
Where: Central Church Auditorium
When: Wednesday 10, 17 & 24 January
Times: 9.30am to 11am or 7pm to 8.30pm
Register: Elvanto or at the Bookshop, by 7 January
Ministry To Women (M2W) 2018 – Queensland Theological College
For women in local churches who would love to be equipped to serve Christ more effectively. M2W will include a whirlwind tour of the Bible and will encourage women to think theologically as we get practical and look together at how to understand, lead, disciple, care for, challenge and equip women. Sessions will be run by QTC Faculty and a team of women from Brisbane, passionate about serving Jesus.
Where: QTC, 369 Boundary Street, Spring Hill
When: 12 weeks on Fridays in Term 1
More Info: Speak to Nat and email QTC for an application form
IPSWICH ASSIST – CHRISTMAS HAMPERS AND GIFTS
Hampers – Once again this year we will be providing Christmas hampers to the in needy families of Ipswich. We would be grateful for donations of non-perishable food items eg Christmas cakes & puddings, biscuits, chocolates & lollies, long life custard etc. Financial donations are also welcome, as we can buy food at a cut price from Foodbank, and other items needed.
Shoebox Gifts – We would like to have gifts for the kids of the families who are receiving hampers. Take a gift tag from the boards in the foyer and prepare a shoebox-sized box filled with age and gender appropriate items, wrap the box and attach the gift tag securely. Include items like small games, craft materials, toys etc. We recommend you spend no more than $15 – $20 on each gift.
Please have your food items, donations and shoebox gifts to church by Sunday the 10 December.
Together, we can help to bring some joy to families that need a helping hand at Christmas time!
Prayer for Central Church and Beyond
If anyone is interested in receiving a weekly email that includes prayer points for the individual ministries of the church, please email Jenny (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Open Doors – International Day of Prayer
Simon Rattray from Open Doors will speak at both the 9am and 6.30pm services next Sunday. There will be an Evening of Prayer for the whole church in the Auditorium from 7pm on Wednesday 29 November for ‘God’s Kingdom Worldwide’
Please pray for
- Continued recovery for Tamara Peters
- Those facing health issues
The Evans Eight, returning to Australia 10 January
Give thanks I am continuing Bible Study with Chen
- Strength and grace as we pack up and start saying our goodbyes
- Our neighbour who has many questions which can only ultimately be answered in Jesus
- Our Christmas Outreach events that we will be organised and a blessing to those attending
- Healing for Rose as he continues on antibiotics
- Our team as we search for a new team leader
- Pray that the congregational meeting next Sunday is an opportunity for us to rejoice together in what God has done and to commit the coming year to God
- Pray that our elders would stand firm on the gospel always and shepherd our people faithfully
- Give thanks for the Ladies’ Connect event yesterday
Weekly Prayer Meetings
Sunday 8.00am & 5.45pm – Heritage Building
Monday Noon to 1.00pm – Ipswich Assist
Tuesday 1.30pm – Church Office Meeting Room
Ripley Prayer group (monthly) – contact Scott
We have a Prayer Chain, so that those in need of urgent prayer can contact the co-ordinator giving details. Confidentiality is maintained, only those on the chain know the need. If you would like to be on the chain, please contact Bernice, 5467 3303.
Sunday 19 November 2017
Preacher: Scott Muir Series: Galatians: I Am Free
Talk 7: The Boast of Freedom Text: Galatians 5: 25 – 6: 18
Where is your confidence? What is your boast?
Paul tells us the best and only boast:
Two results of being conceited (seeking self-glory):
The gospel frees us from both and frees us to love:
What doesn’t count
What does count: the cross of Jesus (verse 14)
Let your boast be only in the Cross of Jesus; Jesus is your confidence in all things
Boast inwardly and boast outwardly