Wednesday Women’s Bible Study: Interested in getting into 1 Thessalonians and praying with other women? All women are welcome at the Wednesday morning Bible Study, which recommences this week. The group meets on Wednesdays during term time, at Dena Chen’s place in Beecroft at 10 am for 10:30 study and prayer, finishing by 12 noon. It’s OK if you can’t come each week, and it’s OK to bring young children. Booklets and further details available from Rosemary Williamson.
PWA: Members of the PWA are reminded that our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd May at 10 a.m., following our usual ‘cuppa’ at 9.30 a.m. All ladies of the congregation will be most welcome. We look forward to seeing you there to catch up with our friends and discuss the proposed activities of our Branch.
Connect Men: Our next gathering will be at Dev Daniel’s home on Saturday 18 June at 6.30 pm. We will have dinner together and then hear about “Fatherhood and Faith”. More information later!! Contacts: Dev Daniel, Charles Minto or Ray Brown. Please note the date in your diary.
Prezzie Bees: Term 2 will commence on Monday 2 May. If you would like more information please contact the church office Ph 9876-2478 or go to our website at www.beecroftpresbyterian.org.au.
Connect Women Event: Helping our Children to Eat Well and Be Active
How can we help children and young people – and oursevles – eat well, be active and have healthy lives? Ladies, you are invited to this presentation by Professor Louise Baur on Saturday 14th May 2016, 2:00pm – 4:30pm in the Church Hall. Donation of $5 donation p/p. Please invite friends and family members to come along also! RSVP Brenda Ph 9980-6743 or Hoiva Ph 8812-2628, or email: ua.gro.nairetybserptforceebnull@nemowtcennoc.
Equip Women Conference: Saturday 28 May
Time: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm or 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm (concurrent with Equip teens).
Theme: Freedom in Christ, 1 Corinthians 8 – 10.
Venue: Rosehill Gardens Event Centre.
Registration Cost: $65 before 16 May; last minute $75.
Lunch or dinner: available at additional cost.
Register at: www.equip.org.au or phone 8006-4636.
Car-pooling: for the day session only and leaving from church. Please speak with Brenda Minto or Hoiva Cheung.
Hall Roof Fund: The total repayment of $150,000 loan from Glenburn Capital TIF Account as at 9th April, 2016 amounts to $40,965 which includes $17,285 donations received, $13,430 reimbursement of GST and $10,250 from Church Funds. The balance owing as at 9th April is $109,035. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this special fund, it is appreciated. Pat Watts, Church Treasurer.
Financial Results for 3 months ended 31st March, 2016: The financial result for the 3 months ended March was a net loss of $250 compared to a budget loss of $3,332 – a variable variance of $3,082. The positive for the 3 months is expenditure at $56,191 compared to a budget of $65,627 – a favourable expenses variance of $9,436 which was achieved by the receipt of $8,500 grant for 2014 Capital Expenses relating to the upgrade of the Church Hall (cheque for the grant was received on 16th January). Income for the three months amounted to $55,942 compared to a budget of $62,295 – an unfavourable variance of $6,353. The major concern relates to income from Offerings which is currently $5,329 below budget however, we must remain positive and aim to overcome this current shortfall in funds. Pat Watts, Church Treasurer.
Adult Christian Education on Sexuality and Gender
On Sunday 8th May, from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, we will sponsor a seminar given by Dr Patricia Weerakoon a Sexologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. There will be two 90 minute sessions conducted both of which include a 40 minute presentation and 20 minute discussion. The topics include:
1. Eros, Intimacy and the Mind of God
Does scientific sex research contradict the Bible? Are we just a bundle of hormones? Is there a real connection between love, commitment and sex, or can I just ‘do it’ for fun? In this presentation, Patricia explores recent research on sexual desire (eros), attraction (love) and long term attachment (bonding) in terms of a Biblical model of healthy sexuality and marriage. The idea being to explore the connection between biological and social research and Biblical patterns for love and relationships.
2. Defining Gender and Identity
The presentation overviews, and seeks to harmonise, three different perspectives on gender identity definition – medical, social, and evangelical-theological – in the hope that a model of gender identity informed by all three will truly lead to holistic personal and social wellbeing.
We will review the fourfold classification of gender, sexuality and identity which is currently used in secular medical research: (1) intrauterine development; (2) individual identity; (3) sexual orientation (hetero, homo or bi-sexual); and (4) gender expression (masculine, feminine and androgynous).
It will then discuss the contemporary assumption that gender and sexual identity is a radically malleable personal choice, and the related societal trend towards redefining gender as a spectrum with no normative connection to one’s embodied biology or socio-cultural moral norms.
The presentation will then discuss the Biblical-theological perspective of gender being an aspect of being embodied images of our creator God.
This discussion will conclude by bringing these three perspectives into mutually enriching conversation.
We will have a light supper together afterwards. Please bring a plate to share. So we can get an idea of numbers please RSVP to the church office Ph 9876-2478 or ua.gro.nairetybserptforceebnull@yraterceS; however it is fine to simply turn up. Please note that this seminar is intended for an audience of the age of 15+.