The air is warm and humid and you can hear kids calling “Marco – Polo” from the pool area. It definitely feels like summer has arrived this week. Our home is in the process of being decked out for Christmas. Dominic (my 8yr old son) is trying to create a real winter wonderland of blue and silver which looks so odd in our sunny, summery (and today quite hot) apartment! This weekend, our Christmas lights will go up too and there will be a special moment after dark where we ‘switch on’ and light up our neighbourhood. Do you have special holiday traditions for this time of year? Our church family is establishing some lovely ‘moments’ to conclude the year, that help us celebrate our faith, our family and friends:
For all the awesome Shirelive Chicks, “White Out”, our Breakfast by the Sea is just over a week away (November 28th). What a fabulous way for all the girls to connect before the school break takes us in different directions. Our Guest Speaker Gillian Cameron comes to us from Dunedin, New Zealand. Gillian and her husband James are amazing parents to two beautiful children and the much loved lead pastors of Arise Church, which started with just 7 people and now numbers thousands meeting in 7 different locations across New Zealand. Tickets are still available … but I suspect they won’t be for long. If you haven’t yet picked up a ticket, please call reception and reserve one for you and one for a friend. Call today (Ph 9521 2933) because if you wait till next week, you may just miss out.
Gift Giving Sunday
Each year our Church family blesses people in need by providing an abundance of Gifts. This Sunday you will have the opportunity to pick up a Christmas gift tag and then purchase a gift to match. Bring it back on Sunday December 13th and place it under our amazing Christmas tree. Our own Shirelive crew will personally deliver these generous gifts in plenty of time for Christmas Day. Proverbs 11:24 says “The world of the generous gets larger and larger;…” (MSG) . It’s true, that when we give without limitations or qualification, love gets to shine most strongly. We extend the influence of God’s Kingdom by showing people what He is like. Imagine the joy on someone’s face who opening your gift on Christmas Day, ponders on how someone, who knows nothing about them, could care so deeply for them and expect absolutely nothing in return. It would be hard to express God’s love more purely than that.
Carols in the Shire
This weekend, we officially launch the Shirelive community event of the year: Carols in the Shire. On the evening of the 20th December we will throw open our doors and welcome in our friends and neighbours for a captivating night of Carols and Christmas Celebration. If you check out Shirelive on social media, you may just get a sneak peek into some of the incredible things planned for that night including some fabulous guest performers! Come Sunday and you will hear all the exciting plans that our creative team have in store. I found in Psalm 15(v1) this cool passage where David asks “God, who gets invited to dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list?” … (MSG). Most people think that meeting with God or experiencing Him for themselves is something hard or nigh on impossible unless you are a certified saint! Because of what Jesus has done, all of us, regardless of background can personally experience God’s presence. It could just be your invitation to Carols in the Shire that leads to your friend, your neighbour encountering God for the very first time.
Be blessed and see you Sunday!
There are few things better than an “I Have Decided” Water Baptism night at Church, and this Sunday is just that. Jesus taught us to believe and be baptised (Mark 16:16). This Sunday night so many Shirelive people are choosing to take the first step of discipleship by going through the waters of baptism. Come and celebrate this significant milestone of faith with these amazing individuals. Our prayer meeting starts at 5pm and the service begins at 5.30pm. After the service there is an ‘Italian After Party’ with free coffee, cannoli and gelato for everyone!
In the morning Pastor Brad will be beginning our exciting new series “FIRST” in which we will be exploring the God first life.
And ……..WE ARE JUST 1 WEEK AWAY FROM SHIRELIVE YOUTH GALA !
Gala night never fails to impress. It is a spectacular night with hundreds of parents, church members, and community leaders turning out to support and raise finance for the ongoing work of Shirelive Youth.
The tickets for Gala Night are:
$20 for Students
$35 for Adults
$90 for a Family (2A + 2S)
Tickets include canapés and entertainment which includes a showcase extravaganza of young talent with performances by our incredible youth students. A Live and Silent Auction will run during the night to help raise funds towards the amazing projects of Shirelive Youth that touch hundreds families in the Sutherland Shire every week – so come ready to help us make this night a rousing success!
Details are: Friday 30th October 6.30pm - Shirelive Auditorium. Tickets are available at Reception or call 9521 2933.
Looking forward to another great weekend at Shirelive Church!