Church Notices - 14.08.2014


Kangaroo Flat: On Sunday, the 9.30am Eucharist at St Mary’s will be followed by a “Healthy Churches” discussion with the Reverend Glenda Templer. 

This is a follow-up to the recent forum on Healthy Churches and is an opportunity for parishioners to talk about future directions for the parish. 

Today from 9.30am to 10.30am there is a music playgroup for pre-schoolers.  

Tomorrow from 6pm there will be a “hot dogs and popcorn” night with the movie The Monument Men. 

On Tuesday, the Fellowship Group will gather at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club for lunch. All welcome. The guest speaker will be the Reverend Brendan McDonald of Common Ground church, Maiden Gully.

St Paul’s: This Sunday is the 10th Sunday after Pentecost.  The gospel tells us of the Canaanite woman, a foreigner and outcast, who had no place among the people with whom Jesus was ministering. Jesus had pity on her and healed her daughter, for God is a God of love. We ask ourselves the question, who are the people crying out for mercy in today’s world?

Services are 8am – said Eucharist; 9.30am – choral Eucharist; and 11am – celebration Eucharist with children’s church. 

The St Paul’s August Promenade Concert Series continues on Sunday with performances by guitarists Jenni Heinrich and John Snowdon at 2.30pm, Women of Note choir at 3.45pm and well-known soprano Brenda Kinsella at 5pm. Refreshments served between sessions.

For more details, visit or find us on Facebook. 

South East: The HT Community Garden Working Bee is this Saturday at 2pm.


This Sunday the Reverend Dave Lovell will speak at Eaglehawk at 9.30am and Junortoun at 10.30am and 6pm. 

Pastor Morris Morris will speak at the 10.30am service at the Htoo Moo Plaw church at Junortoun.

On Sunday morning, Graeme Pearson, national director of Samaritan’s Purse, will speak at Bendigo Baptist Church (Junortoun) and share how this project impacts the children and their villages.

Ignite Youth, years 7-10, meets on Fridays at Junortoun from 7.15pm to 9.30pm. See Mike P or phone 5449 3033 for more details. Shed Youth, years 11-12, meets on Fridays at Junortoun from 7.30pm to 9.45pm. See Kevin Sourgen for more details or phone 5449 3033.

Week Three suggestions for Samaritan’s Purse are “Something for personal hygiene”, such as soap, face washers, hairbrushes, combs, toothpaste, etc. 

No toothpaste or liquid items allowed. 

Ages for shoe boxes are 2-4 years, 5-9 years and 10-14 years. Pre-printed boxes are available for 50 cents each. 

Serving Christ Together meets on August 19 and will hear from Rosella Chiang, who will talk on “My Story”.

The Golden Achievers are having a trip to Lockington on August 21. Add your name to the list at the Connect Desks at Junortoun or Eaglehawk if you wish to go. 

Cost is $25 and includes lunch and bus. The bus leaves at 9am from Junortoun. See Bronwyn Norman or Barb Hutchinson for more information.

Life Essentials is looking for donations of clothing. You can drop them off to Life Essentials in Hargreaves Street or use the purple bins at the church.

The Bendigo Baptist Church Choir is rehearsing for Christmas cantata and is open to all. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Junortoun campus. For details, see Alison Apostolou or Sandra Kroker. 

As part of the two-year Bible reading plan, the passages for this week are: Thu. Hosea 14, Hebrews 2; Fri. Daniel 1, Hebrews 3; Sat. Daniel 2, Hebrews 4; Sun. Daniel 3, Hebrews 5; Mon. Daniel 4, Hebrews 6; Tue. Daniel 5, Hebrews 7; Wed. Daniel 6, Hebrews 8.


St Mary’s: Weekend Mass times are 6pm Saturday night at St Mary’s, Golden Square, and 9am on Sunday at St Monica’s, Kangaroo Flat.

Today, Mass will be celebrated at 9.15am at St Mary’s, Golden Square, and at 11.30am at St John of God Hospital.

Tomorrow, Mass will be celebrated at 9.15am at St Monica’s, Kangaroo Flat.

Mass is also celebrated on Tuesdays at St John of God Hospital at 11.30am, and at Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged at 11am on Wednesdays.

This Saturday, August 16, the next Youth-led Mass will be held at St Mary’s. A bingo night will be held afterwards in the meeting room. All are welcome. A pizza dinner will be shared. Please call the parish office on 5443 6969 if you wish to attend to assist with catering plans. Please bring a dessert or slice to share.

The menALIVE parish-based event will be held in Bendigo on August 23 and 24. Recognising that a man’s spirituality can often be much encouraged in the company of other men, it provides an opportunity for men to share their faith and review what matters most to them, whilst enjoying the company of others. 

For details, contact Terry Westaway on 0419 117 105 or

The parish Scripture group meets on Thursdays (excepting the third Thursday of the month) in the meeting room at St Mary’s, Golden Square, from 1.30pm.

A parish social luncheon is held on the third Thursday of each month. For details,  call Carol on 5447 7992.

Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 10.30am until 11.30am at Sacred Heart Cathedral. 

Connect Church

 AT Hymns Alive today at 1.30pm in the hall it will be Favourite Hymns Day, when selected people will share about their favourite hymn. Evelyn Niemann will be guest speaker. 

If you enjoy singing hymns you are welcome to join 70 to 80 other people. Includes afternoon tea. Free bus transport may be arranged – phone 5447 8161.

Transformations SOAK meeting is on again in the house tonight from 8pm. An opportunity to support this worthy group and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us through music and testimony.

Coffee Connect is a great time of getting together for a cuppa and a chat. The next meeting will be this Saturday from 2pm at The Pantry inside the Sohaller Studio, corner Lucan and Bayne streets (near hospital). For details, contact Kerry on 0407 422 673.

Connect Youth, years 6 to 12, have an interesting time planned in the hall tomorrow from 7pm to 9.30pm. 

Dr Allan Meyer, one of Australia’s most respected communicators, will be guest at our church from Friday, August 29, to Sunday, August 31. Details next week.

Missionary focus this month will be Poland, where we will be supporting NLI Network and their outreach project.  

Senior pastors Simon and Jodie Williams will be travelling (at their own expense) to Poland in December to help raise up leaders and church plantings. 

Sunday services are 10am at 35 Solomon Street, Bendigo, and 4pm at Golden Square Uniting Church, corner Laurel and Panton streets. For more details, phone 5441 3133.

Daybreak Centre of Spirituality

This evening the bi-monthly Life’s Journeys Conversation will be held in a different venue: Activity Room 1 at the Bendigo Library, Hargreaves Street. 

From 6.30pm, Cheryl Martin will interview Judy Green of the Atisha Centre, who has been a Buddhist for 40 years. Over light refreshments, hear Judy share her spiritual journey, and then join in the conversation, which concludes at 7.30pm. Entry $5 donation. All welcome.  

Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7.45pm, Christian meditation in the John Main tradition is held at Daybreak, 22 Lawson Street, Spring Gully. All welcome.  

Please remember to book ahead for the reflection days with Kaye Twining on August 30 (Transformational Living), and Sister Madeline Duckett on September 13 (St John of the Cross). Details from 5441 1814  or at


Last Sunday Pastor Nathan preached on Matthew 14:22-33, the account of Jesus walking on water.

In the account the apostle Peter also walks on water for a brief amount of time because he trusted in a word or command from Jesus that allowed him to do so. It is not often that we have a word or command from Jesus to walk on water, but we are given many commands in scripture that can be trusted and believed.

One such promise that is often overlooked is the command from Jesus to be baptised. In Baptism Jesus promises that our sins shall be forgiven and that we will be saved eternally. This is a grand promise that truly requires faith to believe.

It requires faith because our lives are full of sin and wickedness, making us most undeserving of the gracious gift given in Baptism. Yet, the gift remains. Because Jesus promised and commanded it – we can trust in it. 

Please join us for worship this Sunday at 9am. We meet at 94 Spring Gully Road. All welcome.

Oasis Christian Church 

Last Sunday Pastor John related his message in the form of a parable, that every believer is being moulded, shaped and fired in “God’s Workshop”.  

In Jeremiah 18:1-11 we get insight as to how God works with His people.  God is the Potter and we are the clay in the Potter’s hands, being kneaded and pummelled to get all the bubbles out of the clay to produce perfect vessels.  

God’s ability and willingness to save and restore us beyond human rebellion, deception and corruption is the process in which old things pass away and new things come to pass by God’s mercy and grace. He makes different vessels for different purposes and in God’s eyes we are lovingly and wonderfully made.

There is a divine purpose for every person and what He has started, He will bring to completion. God is a faithful God and will never leave or forsake His people. In faith and faithfulness trust God to bring us through the fiery trials of life.

All are welcome at our family-friendly church.  Services are held on Sundays at 10am at the Long Gully Community Centre, 27 Havilah Road, Bendigo.

 Inquiries to 5443 1468 or 0402 087 083.


Eaglehawk: Last Sunday we witnessed the baptism of Jack Thomas Rogers where Pastor Steven outlined the Sacrament of Baptism. 

After the service we enjoyed lunch and fellowship.

This Sunday, there will be a 10am worship service.

On Tuesday, August 19th, at 1.30pm the ladies fellowship will hold a working bee in preparation for the clearing sale.

On Wednesday, August 20, at 9am the weekly prayer meeting will be followed by Bible study at 10.30am.

All inquiries to Pastor Steven on 0408 990 903.

St John’s: At St John’s last Sunday, the Reverend Philip Burns preached from 1 Samuel 24:1-22. 

While taking refuge in a cave from King Saul, David had the perfect opportunity to launch a surprise attack upon Saul and put an end to his life on the run. 

But despite encouragement from his men to do this, David resisted the temptation and refused to kill the Lord’s anointed King. Taking revenge is never the Lord’s way of achieving his will. 

Home Groups meet on Wednesdays at 1.30pm and Thursdays at 7.30pm. Playgroup meets on Fridays at 10am. 

Men’s Fellowship meets for breakfast on Saturday at 8am. 

On Sunday, the Reverend Burns will preach at the 10.30am service and Sunday school will continue. Morning tea in the hall will follow. 

For more information, contact 5443 6189 or visit

Reforming Church

On Sunday we saw in Mark’s Gospel a glimpse of glory. Jesus is transfigured (has a metamorphosis) and radiates that glory of God. 

Then in that very moment appears Moses and Elijah, representatives of the Law and the Prophets. They talk with Jesus about his coming cross and Peter is dumbfounded and suggests they build tents and have a campout. 

What’s going on? We see it shows who Jesus is and what he has come to do, and how we may now come to Him in all honesty and say, “I struggle with believing sometimes”, and yet have Jesus help us in our unbelief by seeing his glory. 

If you have doubts about God, life, death and eternity, if you have doubts about who Jesus is and what he has come to do, then come along on Sunday at 5pm for our church service in room B5 at Bendigo South East College in Ellis Street. All are welcome. 

For more details, contact 0407 488 491 or go to

Southern Gateway

Bob Yam based his teaching on Proverbs  22:4. By humility and the fear of The Lord are riches, honour, and life. 

He warned that mankind always strives to achieve endless wealth, great honour and longevity. 

If we honour The Lord first in all things then he will fulfil our needs. We will live full, long lives which people will honour if they recognise that do it under God’s life and direction at all times.

The next Lady Day is August 27 at Beryl Holland’s home at 10am. Ladies are welcome to join in scripture study and morning tea.

Our next home group meeting is at June Mathews home at 7.30pm on August 21. All are welcome to share scripture and supper.

Next Sunday Tracey Box will share the The Word at our 10am service in the Y community hall opposite Aldi in Kangaroo Flat.

The State Conference is on again at Geelong from September 22-24. For more information, see Pastor Peter.

Inquiries and prayer support to Pastor Peter Pritchard on 0413 682 999.


Bendigo South Cluster: 

Kangaroo Flat: The 9.30am service will be led by the Reverend Ian Stewart. Please note the change of time – this is permanent.

Lockwood: The service at 9.30am will be led Rob Harris.

Chum Street: The 11am service will be led by the Reverend Stewart. 

PlayDay Monday playgroup is on every Monday for children under five years at Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church from 9.30am to 11am. Gold coin donation. 

Messy Church is on at Chum Street Uniting Church tomorrow at 5pm.

Golden Square Op Shop is in desperate need of warm winter clothing, blankets and doonas. Donations can be dropped off at the Op Shop, corner Laurel and Panton streets, Golden Square. 

ELM Cluster:

The ELM Cluster Council will meet on Tuesday night at 7.30pm at Eaglehawk Church.

Eaglehawk: Everyone is welcome at our services this weekend, firstly at 10am for Cornerstone (Sunday School) and the service in the church, which will be led by Rod Broom. Morning tea will follow.

The evening service will be at 6.30pm.

Playgroup meets on Friday from 9.45am.

Bible study groups will meet at the Church at 10am on Tuesday and at the Prestons’ home on Wednesday at 9.30am.

The Friendship Group will meet on Wednesday for lunch at the Camp Hotel at noon.

The Eaglehawk Op Shop requires donations of linen, blankets, doonas, bricabrak, furniture, etc. Please deliver donations to the Eaglehawk Op Shop.

Items for the Bendigo Uniting Care stall this month include packets of biscuits.

Long Gully: The service next Sunday will be at 9.30am, led by the Reverend George Buckle.

Marong: Merrill Cole will lead the service next Sunday at 9.30am.

Bendigo North East Cluster:

Arnold Street Adult Fellowship will meet today at 1.45pm. The theme is “The way it was” and there will be afternoon tea and a trading table. All welcome. 

Arnold Street and White Hills congregations will have their church service at the White Hills Church at 11am this Sunday. The preacher will be the Reverend Ralph Clarke and the service will include Holy Communion. 

There will be two morning services at Neale Street this Sunday, at 9.15am and 11am. The 9.15am service will be led by the Reverend Clarke and will include a Sunday school program for children from crèche to grade 6. 

The 11am service is more traditional in its presentation and will be led by the Reverend Ray Outhred. 

Strathfieldsaye Uniting Church will have its service at 9am, led by the Elders, and it will include a visit from the Anglican/Uniting Joint Standing Committee. 

Neale Street UCAF invites you to lunch on Wednesday, August 20, at noon to raise funds for chaplaincy in schools. 

The guest speaker will be Phil Walz, chaplain at Kangaroo Flat and Big Hill primary schools. 

Cost is $15 for a three-course meal. RSVP by tomorrow to Glenyce Lourie on 5449 6080.

Central Bendigo Cluster:

Tomorrow, St.Andrew’s UCAF will meet in the meeting room. The theme is “Memories of a recent European River Cruise”. 

Convener Shirley Unmack will be pleased to also receive members’ annual gift to the Bible Society – “Get the Word Out – China”.  

This Sunday, the 9.30am worship at Forest Street will be led by the elders.  At St Andrew’s, Myers Street, the Reverend Julianne Parker will lead the service and at 2.30pm St Andrew’s Axedale. 

St Andrew’s weekend away will again be at Norval House in Halls Gap. Please contact Barb Fordham on 0428 423 855 for details and bookings. 

An early reminder for Sunday, August 31, when the cluster’s education committee in conjunction with representaives of the Bendigo Islamic community will hold a discussion, “Learning about Islam”.  

Following the presentation by the Reverend Paul Bartlett on his work with UnitingWorld at the cluster’s combined worship, the Forest Street UC resources committee gave a financial donation to one of UnitingWorld’s water projects.  

The SHARE Winter Appeal envelopes are available at each Uniting church.