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25 November, 2022

Ordinary Assembly, 12 November 2022 Follow Up Message from Steve Bartlett, Director of Ministries, Association of Baptist Churches in NSW & ACT

Hi Friends,

Last Saturday over 400 delegates and pastors gathered in 7 locations around NSW/ACT for our Gathering incorporating the Ordinary Assembly.

For many people present the day was very challenging, on multiple fronts. It highlighted some significant differences of perspective in the matters being discussed. I want to honestly acknowledge the concern and the hurt that is present among us as a movement at the moment.

What Assembly Decided

We dealt with 2 significant sets of matters. The first was in respect of the representation of women. Assembly resolved to ask Assembly Council to develop strategies to address the underrepresentation of women in pastoral and related ministries. It also resolved to establish a minimum 30% quota of female participation on our councils and committees, with the requisite number of places remaining unfilled if female members were not elected to them. A further motion to establish a target of 50% female representation on these councils and committees from 2027 was not passed.

The lengthier matters before us were 22 recommendations regarding Affiliation, Baptist Values and Marriage. These motions came from Assembly Council following instructions to it from the Special Assembly in February 2021. You can find the document prepared for Assembly HERE.

Assembly dealt with the first 8 of these motions. The first motion, to make these decisions by a 2/3 majority, was narrowly lost. Assembly agreed to synthesise our 2 existing statements on marriage into a single statement. It also approved in-principle motions that churches and accredited ministers need to support our marriage statement. Position statements on Congregational Government and Local Church Autonomy/Healthy Association were passed which reflect our long-held practices in these areas. In all, the first 8 of the 22 recommendations were voted on, but we ran out of time to discuss and decide on the remaining ones.

A summary digest of the Assembly and its decisions will be circulated when it is available.

Assembly Council will also meet soon to discuss the process from here, and a further update will be brought after that meeting.

Some pastoral comments

As things stand, we sit with tension on multiple fronts. Some of us want these remaining matters to be decided as quickly as possible, others want further reflection and discussion. Differences of view were very evident in some of the votes last Saturday, and those differences are strongly held. These matters connect to deeply held values about who we are as Baptists and how we move forward. Being God’s people and finding his way forward for us here is hard, and for many of us, emotionally costly.

We wish it were different.

Yet the call is to remain committed to prayerfully and humbly seeking God’s will together. To do so honouring and respecting one another even when we differ. And to continue to believe God is with us and working his purposes through us (Ro 8:28).

We also have the privilege and responsibility to minister to one another in this season. Can I invite you to reach out to others who you may sense are feeling the weight of these matters – to listen and support. I know this is already happening to some degree. The Association is also working as we are able to provide some assistance to people to pastorally process the decisions that have been made. More information will be made available about this shortly.

And of course, let’s continue praying for one another, and for the Lord Jesus to be glorified through our life together as his people.

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 1 Cor 13:11

Steve Bartlett

Director of Ministries

18 November 2022

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14 November, 2022

Olive Tree Media content available on your own device

Tuggeranong Baptist Church partners with Olive Tree Media. Through this partnership authorised attenders at the church can access a licence to view any of their content on their individual devices.

Send your request for a licence to tbchurch@internode.on.net.

Content includes:

Faith Runs Deep - Join Karl and Jane Faase as they travel across Australia unearthing stories of faith. You’ll meet and hear about Christian leaders, missionaries, indigenous elders, sports people and armed service personnel who share stories of sacrifice, courage, forgiveness, acceptance and faith.

Jesus the Gamechanger 2 - To the Ends of the Earth - a 13-part documentary about how the gospel went from a small group of followers in the backwaters of the Roman Empire to become a global faith in the 20th century

Jesus the Gamechanger a 10-part documentary series on how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world and why it matters

Towards Belief - Defusing the Belief Blockers of our Time - a 10-part series seeking to defuse the belief blockers of our time.

The Family Series - 10 sessions which look at the key issues facing families today

and more.

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3 October, 2022

Op Shop Closed October 2022

The Op Shop will be closed during October 2022.

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5 August, 2022

Operation Christmas Child 2022 - National Collection: 17-31 October 2022.

August marks the launch of 2022's Operation Christmas Child Campaign.

This year we ask you to participate using the on-line access and, when published, we will advise the collection points when we are closer to the National Collection dates of 17-31 October 2022.

Here are the links that make it as easy as possible for you to participate in OCC in 2022.

1. Order and pay for shoe boxes (available late May) https://occdonations.samaritanspurse.org.au/product/order-pre-printed-shoeboxes/

2. How to Pack a Shoe Box https://samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoebox/

3. How to Donate and Print Labels and learn where your shoe box is sent https://occdonations.samaritanspurse.org.au/product/shoebox-donations-labels/

4. Where to deliver your shoe boxes (Drop Off Locations) https://samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/dops/

5. Promotional Video to show in Church https://samaritanspurse.org.au/hope-for-cambodias-children/

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31 July, 2022

Hay family News from iKhethelo Children's Village, South Africa July 2022

David Hay sent their July Newsletter with this message:

The Newsletter contains:

- News of their Home assignment

- Change of plans for Rachel who is to undergo medical treatment and delay in returning to South Africa for David and Jannene

- Visa Update - visas granted

- News of a second flooding at iKhethelo Children's Village affecting children's accommodation, power and water supplies.

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14 July, 2022

Teaching Themes August 2022 I've heard it said

August 7 “How to Be Good and Angry” Matthew 5:21-26

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

August 14 “When we Get It Wrong ” Matthew 5:17 [NIV]

17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practises and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven

Matthew 23: 25-28

25 ‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27 ‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

August 21 “Having A Spin Problem” Matthew 5:33-37

3 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

August 28 “Getting Even Better” Matthew 5:39-45

39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

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4 July, 2022

Alf Jonas - guest preacher for 31 July 2022

Born and bred in Perth WA, Alf joined the RAAF in 1978 and graduated from the RAAF Academy four years later with a Science degree and a Graduate Diploma in Military Aviation. Following RAAF Pilot’s Course, Alf’s operational tours included flying the AP-3C Orion, and then 20 years as an Experimental Test Pilot with the RAAF’s Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU). On promotion to Wing Commander, Alf Commanded ARDU for four years. Alf was awarded the D.J. Knight's Award for Flight Test Excellence (‘Test Pilot of the Year’) two years running. A four year posting at the Defence Force Safety Bureau (DFSB) as an Aviation Accident Investigator (AAI) culminating in being the Chief of Staff.

Alf left Defence in early 2016 and joined the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as the National Manager of Aviation Safety Advisors. Late 2017, Alf moved on to become the Chief Pilot of a medium-sized, Canberra headquartered airline called Corporate-Air. He currently flies the SAAB 340B on Regular Public Transport operations, and the Cessna Conquest in Charter and Aerial work operations.

Alf has flown over 60 different aircraft types (ranging from gliders, a Pitts Special through to the P-51D Mustang, the Seahawk helicopter, F/A-18, F-16, up to the C141 Starlifter), has flown 1.5 times the speed of sound, pulled +9.0G and flown up to 50,000 feet; with over 10,000 flying hours in his Logbook, Alf has been extremely fortunate to have seen the world through aviation.

Alf became a Christian on the night of 29 Aug 1989 in Adelaide. Over the years, Alf has been actively involved in evangelistic outreach, leading homegroups and spoken at numerous churches and venues as God has led him. He is currently a member of Tuggeranong Baptist Church, ACT.

Alf is married to Lori and have five children between them. He is a life member of the International Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), Vice President of the Australian Society of Air Safety Investigators (ASASI), and in the final stage of completing a Masters in Aviation Management. An avid snow skier, bushwalker and sailor, Alf is also a current black belt instructor in International Taekwondo.

If you are looking for perfect safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds; but if you really wish to learn, you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial.’ — Wilbur Wright, from an address to the Western Society of Engineers in Chicago, 18 September 1901

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22 June, 2022

Winter Holiday Break Arrangements

Various groups will have a holiday break over the school holidays including:

Explorers - break commenced 21 June - recommences 2 August 2022

Women's Bible Study group meeting in Greenway recommences in school term 3

Coffee with Rob and Craig - last get together 29 June - recommences 20 July 2022

Boys' and Girls' Brigade - last meet on 30 June - recommence 21 July 2022

Keep warm and safe and see you next term!

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22 June, 2022

Michele's Newsletter - The news we've been praying for and waiting for

Text of email received from Michele today, 22 June 2022

Hi there Friends,

We are home, we're cold and we've tested positive for Covid but we don't feel sick at all - we should be out of isolation by the end of this week.

Please find enclosed a short newsletter with an invitation to join us for a Celebration service in August.

Many blessings,

Michele and Flora. Hi there Friends,

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