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POWER

THE JOURNEY TO

In the last 40 years, our Church has be en in 5 different locations and now we are moving to Powerhouse which will be number 6!

Ps David Cartledge prophesied to us in 1986 when we were in the third location, that God would cause us to move again and again, but it would be to the advantage of our Church and the Kingdom of God. When we were in building number two, (Hamilton St, where the ABC Learning Centre now is), we started Mackay Christian College in 1984. Every Sunday night, we would pack the Church seats up and put out the scho ol desks and chairs, then set back up for Church on Friday afterno on. They were great days of faith and expectation!

POW God has graciously given us twenty enjoyable years in Faith Centre which has be en a place of incredible blessing; where so many lives have be en changed and literally thousands of people, particularly youth and children have heard the Go od News of Jesus Christ through Sunday and Youth services, MCC chapels, Youth Alive rallies and Extreme Youth Conferences. Now we are making a momentous move, as Powerhouse was not in our plans until 2008 and totally unexpected, but we believe it is God’s provision for our organization, courtesy of the Federal Government’s generosity.

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We have had a number of prophetic words concerning Providence and Powerhouse, and I am excited in the anticipation of these coming to pass.


Construction of Powerhouse underway - Feb 2010

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In making the move, we will have a number of adjustments to make and there will be a settling in time as well. Please be patient as that happens and lo ok to se e what YOU can do to help others make a smo oth transition. We are starting our Sunday services on the first we ekend in August with Pastor John Mellor who moves in healing and miracles with an evangelistic edge....what a fantastic way to initiate Powerhouse into being a HOUSE where God’s POWER is demonstrated. Powerhouse has be en constructed for Mackay Christian College, but the synergy of our organizations means the Church gets to use it on Sundays and the Church’s financial contribution has created a first class facility with the great additions of top quality sound and lighting systems.

WERH When will we move again? Only God knows the answer but until we do, we will make sure our worship in Powerhouse will release a great presence of God and create a place that our Church can go out from, to be that ‘Church without walls’ and make disciples. In anticipation of the Harvest. Pastors Rob & Denise

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CONTENTS NEWS

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Bab y Steps - Honouring our ne west fa ther Having the hear t of Jesus His lo ve endures - Po werhouse upda te Men of Honour Camp Recap Fun. Frivolity. Friendship Extreme Upda te

FAMILY LIFE p.34 p.39 p.40 p.42

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Food for thought. Recipe - Best e ver chocola te cake August / September Jour nal Readings August / September Calendar

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Welcome.

It’s so grea t tha t you’re a par t of our Sunday cele bra tion ser vice. As we cele bra te Jesus today, we pray tha t you feel right a t home. We would lo ve for you to join us in our Connect Lounge after the mor ning ser vice. 5


Family News

Congratulations to Nathanael & Milly Stevens on the birth of a beautiful son, Jedd Nathanael on 14th July, weighing in at 9lbs. This is grandbaby number 2 for Peter & Jill Hyatt. Jim & Denise MacDonald welcomed their 5th grandchild on Wednesday 13th July. Jessie Jade, a tiny 6.5lbs is the lovely new daughter of Chris and Sonia.

Jedd Nathanael

War ren and Ker ry Tysoe also welcomed a new grandchild on Thursday 28th July, a little boy, Saxon Joel, 6lb 9ozs.

WEDDING WISHES!

Congratulations to James & Mia (nee Ellul) Woodland who were married on Saturday 30th July 2011 at Hamilton Island. May God bless you both!

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details? t ac nt co ur yo d ge an ch ve ha or F Are you new to MC today and r ye fo e th m fro rm fo te da up an Then please pick up bucket. return it completed in the offering to date with up This will ensure MCF can keep you r church and everything that is happening in ou community.


August / September

Birthdays! AUGUST 2

SEPTEMBER

Dale Lopdell, John Leroy

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Madeleine Bowater

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Debbie Hutchings

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Fiona Barnett

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Gabriel Frost, Andrew Vigliante

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Cheree Harvey

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Haylee Durant (Missionary’s Child),

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Dharsala Anthoy

Rodney Phillip, Joshua Smith,

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Dianne Bland, Dion Buttle

Tracy Swadling

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Kaisan Ayre, Irene Place

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Cheryl Aprato, Jhai Clark

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Sandra Wilde

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Kris Harland

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Craig Murison

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Ps Denise Booth-Jones

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Catrien Oosthuizen

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Kaitlyn Zimmermann

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Robbie Barnett

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Rebecca Chand

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Casey Deguara

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Bert Place

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Helene Schoonwinkel

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Sharryn Westbrook

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Chris Mallett, Priscilla Mezieries,

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Jason Frost

Catherine Murison

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Warwick Harland

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Candace Murison

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Joy Zimmermann

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Ben Greer

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Leanne Ayre, Ava Barton

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Lorraine Croker, Mason Stubbs,

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Maurice Coppo

Josiah Westbrook

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Luckie Wilson

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Julie Hazell

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Tabby Sopa

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Jenny Fehring, Jacquie Stubbs

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Peter Hyatt, Kerry Tysoe

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Irena Lee

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Jeff Greer

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Megan Hutchings, Graeme Lodge

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Lindi Kerrigan, Rebekah Harland

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We are a Church without walls, taking the lo ve of God into our community, enabling people to see Him through us. If you are keen to ‘do life’ with others from our famil y; playing spor t, being crea tive, having coffee or going shopping with a purpose of re vealing Jesus through a smile, a kind word or a helping hand to people around you, then please talk to Tiana on 49631155 or 0408553005 Like wise, if you have something tha t you’re a par t of, please let Tiana kno w so tha t a list of activities with corresponding times and costs can be made up so tha t others can become involved. God bless you! :-)

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Upcoming Andrew Ironside 14th August (AM Service)

Andrew is an amazing musician and worshipper who has inspired and trained many musicians and singers for the past 25 years. With a worldwide ministry and a passion to build the local church, Andrew will inspire you with his relevant and practical preaching.

Fay Walking 21st August (PM Service)

Fay is an incredible woman of God who has devoted over half her life to missionary service in Thailand. Fay will share with passion and simplicity on the heart of Christ for a lost world.

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g Ministry Daniel Ross 18th September

Apart from being a full-time Apple evangelist and lover of everything Asian, Daniel’s life is like a hybrid episode of LOST and The Amazing Race. He is a passionate communicator that loves se eing the light come on when people finally realize they have a part to play in transforming the world.

David Hall 25th September

David Hall’s passion for the supernatural power of God in our lives is so infectious that he travels the world holding me etings, se eing people being changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is a regular speaker at churches, conferences, youth events and pastors Lifepoint Church in Adelaide, South Australia.

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BABY BUNDLE DONATIONS It’s very exciting to se e all the wonderful babies being born into our church family. As a ministry from our church, we enjoy blessing our new mums with a gorgeous Baby Bundle and if possible we like to give one to the new mother sharing the hospital ro om with our MCF mum. MCF desires to be a generous church, so could we ask the next time you are shopping, please add a couple of baby care items or clothing into your basket and drop them off to the church office or leave them with at the Information Desk on a Sunday.

THANK YOU!

On Wednesday 6th July, while others were off watching Game 3 of the State of Origin, a number of people from MCF and other local Church congregations were at Faith Centre watching the talented and very cute Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda perform. A huge thank you goes out to those families at MCF and other congregations who hosted a group from the choir in their homes that night and also to those wonderful co oks who provided a meal for the entire Choir before the performance. Your generosity and love was greatly appreciated by all. I would especially like to thank Jessie Little, who came early and helped me set up, clean up and serve the Choir their meals. Thank you everyone! Kath Mac (Church Manager)

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CARE CELL NEWS MULTIPLICATION

MADNESS!

MULTIPLICATION

It has be en an exciting couple of months in Church life with lots of new babies and the opening of the new buildings on Providence. In Care Cell, we to o have some new things to celebrate as well. We now have a ‘MUM’S LOVE Care Cell’... because mum’s love so many different things. Firstly, their babies, then the company of other women with babies, then ‘what a go od help God is to you when you have babies’. So, congratulations to Liza Deguara who is the wonderful host and leader. If you know anyone who has babies or toddlers and would love to be in this Care Cell that me ets every Tuesday morning, please se e either Liza, myself, or anyone with a baby! We are also excited to announce that after a successful Care Cell multiplication, we now have a Care Cell at the Northern Beaches which will save a lot of driving time for our NB members. This Care Cell is led by Katharine MacDonald and hosted by Peter and Wendy Chand. They me et every Tuesday evening, 7 – 8.30pm. In our natural bodies, cells are busy making our very beings function. Being involved in a Care Cell means that you are functioning in the body of MCF. We are always working to find a Care Cell that is great for you, so if you are not in a Care Cell, let’s chat. God Bless! Ps Jill

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FULL THROTTLE! By Cheryl Greer

What an amazing time we had at “Full Throttle”, the children’s holiday program over the July scho ol holidays. God did amazing things; from the really smo oth running of the program through to the miracle of salvation! Many children received Jesus Christ for the first time!! They were so open to what Jesus has done for them. On the Thursday, I shared a message about how we ne ed Jesus, and that without Him we cannot have eternal life with God. At the end of the message, a couple of girls asked to receive Jesus into their life. The next day when I saw one of them her face just shone; she just lo oked radiant, her smile was from ear to ear …… she lo oked so beautiful.

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It does not matter what age you are, it says in Mark 10:15, “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it”. A child is forgiving, trusting, loving; they have not made up any preconceived ideas of life, they just se e that they ne ed Jesus and that is that.


Our job as children’s ministers and parents is to train them up in the way of the Lord and He will do the rest of the work. How wonderful to know that our heavenly Father cares so much for us. So much in fact, that the number of hair strands we have on our heads is known by God! Decisions as a child are so, so very precious. Please remember to encourage children around about you. Tell them how great they are and that they are special, and tell them about the promises that God has for them. Who knows what they may grow up to be, and that one positive word from you could just set them on the path to be all that God wants them to be. If you could find a spare hour during your we ek, I would love it if you could come and help me reach this young generation for Jesus. Please contact me at the Church Office.

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No, seriously... we are.

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BABY STEPS.

For every father who can remember the day their first child was born, most would say it was a moment that would change their life forever. So, with Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought it was only fitting to interview some of our newest Dad’s here at MCF who have been transformed by fatherhood...

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How old is your baby?

At the beginning of August, Malachi will be 10 we eks old ……2 we eks off from me teaching him how to kick a soccer ball…I’m not sure what I want him to be… either a famous fo oty player for Manchester United, or to make millions and support the ministry by being a professional Golfer … or …. for him to become a Preacher…I’m torn. What was the question again…???

What is your g reatest responsibility as a new father?

TIM SPARK & Malachi

To make sure that he supports Manchester United, The Maro ons, The Reds, Brisbane Roar and anything Australia is involved in. …Oh...you want a ‘spiritual’ and ‘D&M’ answer! ...My greatest responsibility is to support Kat in being a new mummy, teach Malachi to respect and honour people and to be there when he ne eds me to be...

What do you most enjoy about being a dad? Smiles, laughs, cuddles, tummy time, being the first there when he wakes up, kissing him go od night, sucking on his bottom lip, holding him tight when he is tired or upset, funny sounding po o noises, watching his mummy grow into motherho od, holding my finger with his tiny hands…flip…it sounds like I’m in love…I must be…

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What is one thing your parents did that you said you never would but now you think you might? Have 6 kids…haha…jokes...or am I…?

If you could change one thing about the world today to make it a better place for your child, what would it be? When you say one, do you mean my first top 5? 1. All sports are live on fre e TV… except figure skating, synchronized swimming and men’s netball…they are not sports…

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That the present Australian Government would not spend Malachi’s taxes before he gets the opportunity to pay them…

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To convince Jesus to come back already…I have a fe eling that the world without pain, hurt or separation from God would be a pretty go od thing…don’t you?

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For Mason Stubbs and Caleb Bedville to get a girlfriend already…I’m not sure how that would help Malachi other than…it just would…

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For God to come and reveal himself more to our nation and the nations around us. It’s the uncontrolled desire of man that has gotten us into a mess. I reckon if the Holy Spirit can just come and smash


a few billion people, the world would be more community focused than self-centred… Thanks for the questions… Now let me ask you a question… ... are you fre e to babysit?

“My grea test responsibility is to suppor t Ka t in being a ne w mummy, teach Malachi to respect and honour people and to be there when he needs me to be...” - TIM

How old is your baby? Hannah is 6 1/2 months old.

What is your g reatest responsibility as a new father?

I am my family’s provider and I ne ed to be aware and lo ok out for the general wellbeing of my children.

AARON DEGUARA & Hannah

What do you most enjoy about being a dad?

I most enjoy spending time with my kids.

What is one thing your parents did that you said you never would but now you think you might?

Mmmm, go od question! I’ll have to give some thought to that!

If you could change one thing about the world today to make it a better place for your children, what would it be?

I’d love to change the level of global violence.

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And I will do wha te ver you ask in my may be glorified in the Son. 11-13 (NIV)

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HAVING THE HE JESUS By Shar ryn Westbrook

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I no w live in the flesh I live b y faith in the Son of God who lo ved me and gave Himself for me.� Galatians 2:20

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EART OF At times I have a wild and vivid imagination which I intentionally nourish with intervals of quiet reflection and wondering. Recently, I was mulling over what it would lo ok like if Jesus were to walk a day in my shoes. Nothing about my life would change, not my circumstances, my agenda or my problems, with one exception; Jesus would live my life with His heart. My heart would get the day off and I would be led by the heart of Jesus for 24 hours. This would mean that His heart would direct the way I react and respond to others. His priorities would govern my actions and His passions would drive the decisions that I make. I wonder if those closest to me would notice anything different about the way I interact with them and carry myself. Would my family be asking, “Who are you and what have you done with my mother?!” Would my work colleagues detect something had changed or just assume the multi vitamins had finally kicked in?! How about my friends ….what about those who aren’t? Would they receive more mercy from the heart of Jesus than they would have from mine?

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“I wonder if those closest to me would notice anything different about the way I interact with them and carr y myself...”

Enough about me; let’s consider you. What modifications would a transplant like this have on your stress level, your mo od swings, your temper, your tolerance (or lack thereof) for others? Would you sle ep better, watch the sunset differently and take fewer panadol? How about your reactions to irritations like other drivers on the road, persistent interruptions to your schedule, incompetent customer service? Think about your ‘to do list’ for the day and the obligations and appointments you are required to ke ep. Could you still do what you planned to do in the next 24 hours? Would you still watch that movie, go to that venue or visit that web site? Contemplate that for a moment. Would you be happy to have Jesus not just tag along for the ride, but have His heart direct your interaction with others? What would it be like to allow His priorities to govern your actions and have the things He is passionate about, drive your decision making? If you were able to adjust the lens of your imagination so that you could clearly se e what it would lo ok like to have Jesus leading your life with his heart, then snap the shutter to frame that image in your mind. What you se e is exactly what God wants! God wants you and me to have a heart like Jesus. WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) is not an empty cliché. How differently would we travel through life and interact with those within our sphere of influence if we kept this simple phrase at the forefront of our heart and mind; just saying…

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HIS LOVE ENDURES... POWERHOUSE UPDATE

By Denise Booth-Jones

“His love endures”....we sing these words and read them in the Psalms, but they are more than words, they are TRUTH and our very first Divine Encounter in Powerhouse was a time to acknowledge that truth. It was our time to say “THANK YOU” to our Heavenly Father for His enduring love and miraculous provision, so that we could finally stand in Powerhouse and enjoy a wonderful night of CELEBRATION and THANKSGIVING! As the lights swept across the stage and the music triumphantly rang out its first notes, it felt like a ‘PREMIER’ and it was ..... a premier to God’s Faithfulness! How wonderful it was to spend that time worshipping and exalting Jesus and to fe el His Presence fill our hearts with such a sense of victory, joy and prophetic dreams of the future .... all because of His enduring Love!

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By Simon Stubbs

M en o f H on ou r cam p 2011 On the we ekend of the 24th to the 26th of June, 2011, Mackay Christian Family’s men of God sto od together to be reminded that their life’s journey is an adventure with God. Pastor Peter Patterson brought the Word of God with simplicity and impact for each of us to know God has more for us, no matter where we are on this journey. Almost the first words we heard were that our life should be a great adventure with God, not just something that makes us fe el warm and fuzzy when it’s done. Our life ne eds to be an adventure so great that we fe el it could kill us. He wasn’t talking about skydiving or running with the bulls, he was talking about getting outside our comfort zones and doing things that our minds and emotions tell us we don’t have the strength for. We then heard that if there is a dream in our heart, it is because God put it there. God will never lead us where we don’t want to go. God will give each of us a unique adventure, and to embark on this journey, is submission to God.

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The keys for an adventurous life are:

1. Pray for strength to equal the task; not a task equal to our strength 2.

Begin the task before we have the strength, and

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Never pray to do the miracle, just be the miracle.

From here, we learnt that our journey ne eds boundaries and guideposts. In the natural, this means being accountable to mentors. Some mentors will be those that we se e as being on a journey (ministry, spiritually, business) we want to be on and we will passively watch them from a distance. The other, more successful form of mentoring is to se ek out people ahead of us on the journey and become relationally accountable to them. That is an adventure in itself, giving someone else the power to speak into your life. Adventure, accountability and then be a mentor. Take someone else’s dreams and carefully hold them and nurture them. To trust and be trusted, to live a life so transparent that people are drawn to have us help them. To reward people openly, to heal the wounded heart through approval, to give people dignity, to walk slowly, to be predictable, to be someone others can copy, to be real and to ke ep growing yourself. Then to be a friend; overlo ok the offenses of others, be loyal, let God bridge the distance when separated. Live a life repetitively doing the right thing, be resolute, know we aren’t called to be happy, ke ep rowing, cut off the easy-outs, commit, and endure hardship. Finally, men, we were reminded that God’s grace doesn’t remove the weakness, it covers the weakness. The grace of God doesn’t make us ‘weakness fre e’. His strength is in us, standing tall in our weakness. Men, life is but a short interlude betwe en birth and glory. Why do it alone? Why not live a life so adventurous and full that when we go before God, we fall at His fe et, fully spent and deserving of rest.

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FUN. FRIVOLITY. FRIENDSHIP.

Tha t’s wha t you get when you have 70 women from all different walks of life and from all different par ts of our world converged in one place!!! By Tiana Fry

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This pretty much sums up July 23rd, when we spent the day together for our 2011 Women’s Seminar. What a blessed day it was! Our day began with our very own Ps Jill. Who knew she was a comedian??? ‘Hilarious’ doesn’t even come close to the measure of comedy Jill presented. It was said that Jill missed her ‘calling’ as a comedian! Aren’t we blessed to have that talent in our Church! Amanda Wells went on to speak about overcoming shame and reminded us of the value we have, not only in our own family’s lives,


but in the community as a whole …. women play an important part and have integral roles. Women are precious to God, and we really ne ed to se e ourselves as that. After Amanda spoke, we headed off to a lovely morning tea area that had be en set up beforehand and beautifully decorated with the finishing touches that highly appeal to women of all ages. It was so special, and what ‘topped it off’, was we had ‘boy servants’, (young men from our Church), serving us the delicious treats (fat fre e, I’m sure!), that were all handmade and infused with love by one of our very own talented women. The guys did such a fabulous job; they were polite and showed initiative and they even payed us compliments!! How special is that!!!

our handsome ‘servants’ and homemade goodies! We headed back into the Faith Centre and branched off into small groups. Ps Jill gave us some real ‘fo od for thought’ which we discussed within our small circle of ‘new friends’. It was awesome to be able to actually speak with women who we’d only ever smiled at before. Young and old alike, we all learnt something from each other. Ps Jill had organized a treat for the women; a surprise! As we headed outside, we were each given a gift; something practical to ke ep as a memento of our day spent together. We then boarded 2 buses and made our way out to our ‘surprise destination’! We had a 15 minute drive to further relax and unwind, so we played a fantastic game which involved more laughter and even a few red faces! It was excellent!

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Our arrival to our destination was coupled with all of the ‘o o oh’s and aaah’s’ that confirmed it as being a great choice of lunch venue. We headed up a flight of stairs (single file and all fairly well behaved!!!) to a large open ro om, overlo oking the Pacific Ocean. Yep, we went to ‘the go od ol’ Eimeo’, Mackay’s little piece of heaven on earth. It was gorgeous; the weather was perfect and the water was sparkling. God really showed us how clever He is when He painted His canvas that day. The fo od was lovely, but nothing compared to the company! Truly, we are part of a wonderful Church Family. If you missed out this year, please don’t allow that ‘to be your story’ for next year... be a part of what the women do at MCF. Family is God-given. Get connected!

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our hilarious host - Ps Jill


Extrem e Con feren ce is just over a m onth away! By Tim Spark

Let me encourage you to register right now; get time off work, convince mum and dad to stay home these holidays, put out dog fo od for the we ek and Facebo ok everyone to tell them that you’re away for the we ek because you do not want to miss out on what God has for you these coming September scho ol holidays. For the first time, Extreme has Dan Lian and Dave Hall coming to inspire us to be radical, faith filled people. For the second time, we have Ps Wayne Alcorn coming to stir up our passions and for the fourth time, we have Dan Ross coming to whip us into an evangelistic frenzy! It’s going to be an amazing we ek, attended by amazing people, se eking an amazing God for an outworking of His amazing plan.

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Food for thought. Here are our la test, hot-of-the-press re vie ws of some grea t resources for you and your famil y!

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RY Y ET V E ! , E L P K A SI M L B OO A C I T ! P R AC T R E AD S U M A

The Richest Man in Babylon By George S. Clason Re vie w b y David Westbrook What could ancient slaves, bricklayers and camel traders teach a modern society? Read on and find out! In 1926, GEORGE SAMUEL CLASON issued the first of a famous series of pamphlets on thrift and financial success, using parables set in ancient Babylon to make each of his points. These were distributed in large quantities by banks and insurance companies and became familiar to millions, the most famous being, “The Richest Man in Babylon”, the parable from which the present volume takes its title. The bo ok primarily deals with the subjects of wealth creation, financial prudence and stewardship. The subject matter is for most people one of frustration, disappointment or excitement. Personally, I am intrigued how some people can begin life with very little and yet end life with great wealth and also the converse. Because God wants us to ‘prosper in all things’, whenever I discover a to ol that will assist with that goal, I listen. (continued)

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I know you’ll love the setting for these stories (parables) and the structure of the writer’s style. It is pithy and practical, engaging and enlightening, profound and easy to read, challenging and doable! Absolute ke epers from the bo ok are: A part of all I earn is mine to ke ep Pay your future first Only take advice from a brick layer about bricks

Until you want to change, you won’t A debt repaid is an honour restored, a confidence built and a reputation established

Do you have the soul of a slave or the soul of a fre e man?

“The five laws of gold”

Do not eat the children of your savings

I am sure that you will love the read, but better still, if you will apply the wisdom, your future and your family’s future will be forever changed. The Richest Man in Babylon is a life changing bo ok due to its simplicity and its wisdom. Some of you, I’m sure, will read it and say (aloud), “Why didn’t I know this 10/20/30 years ago?!” Enjoy this simple and helpful read and then act upon it because - you WANT to prosper. This bo ok is available in pdf format at http://www.ccsales. com/therichestmaninbabylon.pdf or you can purchase it from the Collins Bo okstore in the Sydney Stre et Markets, Mackay.

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A R EF R NE W ESHIN G S T Y LE OF W O RS H IP

Beautiful Things album By Gungor

Re vie w b y Cam Murison In this edition of our Church Magazine, I have the privilege of reviewing my favourite worship band. I first heard The Michael Gungor Band at a Hillsong Conference in 2008. I was taken by the energy, skilful musicianship and also the power and anointing in the lyrics. I bought their 2008 album called ‘All I Ne ed Is Here’, and my mind was blown! The definition of artist! Then in February 2010, The Michael Gungor Band changed their name to ‘Gungor’ and released an album called ‘Beautiful Things’. The best word I could use to describe this album would be ‘journey’. It ferries listeners through the joy of salvation, the transformation that takes place in our hearts and lives, as well as some of the struggles that we can face in our journey as a Christian. ‘Beautiful Things’ moves through classical stylings, to ‘in your face’ rock, folkish trimmings, and gritty blues... and does them all well. It’s not a che esy variety showcase though. Gungor is able to fuse all of these styles to make something new and tasty. It’s also lyrically simple, yet it powerfully reveals a wonderful heart of worship toward God; worship that will engage the listener and draw them into the journey. And this is made all the more possible by the creative and expressive music. (continued)

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The album starts with a classical guitar playing Spanishjazzish phrase before a more atmospheric sound cre eps in over the softly sung lyrics. After starting quietly, the song builds to an epic mid-section with drums and guitars straining at the leash as we reach the stunning chorus, “Jesus, You’re the One who saves us, constantly creates us into something new”. As an opener, it really sets your expectations high for the rest of the album. It then smo othly transitions to the next track, the title track, ‘Beautiful Things’.

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The heart of the title track is about how our God wonderfully transforms our lives, which were once just dust, into something beautiful. “You make beautiful things; you make beautiful things out of the dust...out of us.” This album stirs my spirit; it o ozes creativity and life, and draws out of me worship and thankfulness to God. I hope that you’ll enjoy this album as much as I have.

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SPOIL YOUR DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY!

FOR THE CHOCOHOLICS Best Ever Chocola te Cake Contributed By: Cher yl Greer Ing redients: ¾ cup cocoa 1 ½ cups boiling water 185g butter 1 ¾ cup caster sugar 2 tblsp raspberry jam 3 eggs 300g self-raising flour Method: Combine cocoa and boiling water, mix to dissolve. Allow to co ol completely. Cream butter, sugar and jam until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, adding a little flour with each egg. Fold in remaining flour and cocoa mixture alternately. Spo on mixture into two greased and lined sandwich pans. (Alternatively, 1 large pan and slice in half once co oled) Bake at 180°C for 35minutes or until co oked. Once co oled, place extra jam and then whipped cream on top of one cake and place other cake on top. Cover with whipped cream all over topped with fresh strawberries and shaved chocolate. Enjoy!

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AUGUST READINGS

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Isaiah 65-66; Psalm 62; John 3

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2 Kings 21; 2 Chron 33; John 4

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Nah 1-3; John 5

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2 Kings 22; 2 Chron 34; John 6

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2 Kings 23; 2 Chron 35; John 7

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Hab 1-3; John 8

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Zeph 1-3; John 9

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Jer 1-2; John 10

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Jer 3-4; John 11

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Jer 5-6; John 12

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Jer 7-9; John 13

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Jer 10-12; John 14

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Jer 13-15; John 15

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Jer 16-17; Psalm 96; John 16

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Jer 18-20; Psalm 93; John 17

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2 Kings 24; Jer 22; Psalm 112; John 1

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Jer 23-25; John 19

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Jer 26, 35-36; John 20

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Jer 45-47; Psalm 105; John 21

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Jer 48-49; Psalm 67; 1 John 1

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Jer 21, 24, 27; Psalm 118; 1 John 2

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Jer 28-30; 1 John 3

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Jer 31-32; 1 John 4

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Jer 33-34; Psalm 74; 1 John 5

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Jer 37-39; Psalm 79; 2 John

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Jer 50-51; 3 John

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Jer 52; Rev 1; Psalm 143-144

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Ezek 1-3; Rev 2

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Ezek 4-7; Rev 3

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Ezek 8-11; Rev 4

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Ezek 12-14; Rev 5


SEPTEMBER READINGS

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Ezek 15-16; Psalm 70; Rev 6

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Ezek 17-19; Rev 7

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Ezek 20-21; Psalm 111; Rev 8

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Ezek 22-24; Rev 9

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Ezek 25-28; Rev 10

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Ezek 29-32; Rev 11

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2 Kings 25; 2 Chron 36; Jer 40-41; Rev 12

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Jer 42-44; Psalm 48; Rev 13

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Lam 1-2; Obad; Rev 14

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Lam 3-5; Rev 15

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Dan 1-2; Rev 16

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Dan 3-4; Psalm 81; Rev 17

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Ezek 33-35; Rev 18

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Ezek 36-37; Psalm 110; Rev 19

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Ezek 38-39; Psalm 145; Rev 20

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Ezek 40-41; Psalm 128; Rev 21

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Ezek 42-44; Rev 22

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Ezek 45-46; Luke 1

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Ezek 47-48; Luke 2

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Dan 5-6; Psalm 130; Luke 3

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Dan 7-8; Psalm 137; Luke 4

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Dan 9-10; Psalm 123; Luke 5

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Dan 11-12; Luke 6

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Ezra 1; Psalm 84-85; Luke 7

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Ezra 2-3; Luke 8

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Ezra 4; Psalm 113, 127; Luke 9

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Hag 1-2; Psalm 129; Luke 10

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Zech 1-3; Luke 11

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Zech 4-6; Luke 12

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Zech 7-9; Luke 13

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CALENDAR August

* 5pm power-packed prayer meeting

Sunday Celebration Services

7th // 9:30am & 6pm* Healing Services with John Mellor 14th // 9:30am & 6pm* with guest Andrew Ironside (AM) 21st // 9:30am & 6pm* with guest Fay Walkling (PM) 28th // 9:30am & 6pm*

September

Sunday Celebration Services

4th // 9:30am & 6pm* 11th // 9:30am & 6pm* 18th // 9:30am & 6pm* with guest, Daniel Ross 20th - 23rd EXTREME CONFERENCE 25th // 9:30am & 6pm* with guest, David Hall 42


Care Cells

Meets during the week at various locations for more info see Ps Jill Hyatt or contact: 4963 1155

Revolution Youth (Yr 7-12) Friday nights 7pm-9pm

for more info see Ps Tim or Kat Spark or contact: info@revyouth.org.au

Twentyone. connect (17-23 yrs)

Meets on Friday nights at various locations // for more info contact Jen Booth-Jones: twentyone.connect@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/twentyone.connect

Ignite Young Adults Friday nights 7pm-9pm

for more info contact: clmurison@mccmky.qld.edu.au

MCF Worship Team Practices Thursday nights 6:30pm-8:30pm

for more info contact Ps Denise Booth-Jones or Cam Murison: music@mcf.org.au

For more information about what’s on at MCF, visit:

www.mcf.org.au

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Family gems for you

Making memories.

As a little girl, my Dad was dedicated to making my life very special. He had a fun way to encourage me to read. The “Book Fairy” would often leave a new book under my pillow, and my Dad and I would spend time reading the book together. I was well on my way by the time I was 4! Dad, who travelled a lot on business, kept close with me by sending letters to me when he was away or even just at the office. Even though we all lived in the same house it was very exciting for me to receive these letters, and I felt so important to be getting mail like a “grown up”. Erin. Excerpt from “Making Memories: A Parent’s Guide to making childhood memories that last a lifetime” compiled by Josie Bissett

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CREATING HOPE EXPRESSING LOVE GIVING LIFE 9 Quarry Stre et, North Mackay 07 4963 1155 www.mcf.org.au

SENIOR EDITOR // Denise Booth-Jones ASSISTANT EDITOR // Tiana Fr y SENIOR CO-ORDINATORS // Jennifer Booth-Jones, Ka tharine MacDonald CREATIVE DIRECTOR // Jennifer Booth-Jones AUG / SEPT CONTRIBUTORS // Denise Booth-Jones, Tiana Fr y, Cher yl Greer, Jill Hya tt, Cam Murison, Simon Stubbs, Tim Spark, David Westbrook, Sharr yn Westbrook FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHY // Crea tivemyk.com, Jennifer Booth-Jones, Re becca Wood wor th

August / September 2011  

MCF Magazine’s August/September edition contains inspiring articles, news updates and important information relating to church life.