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Australia District News Edition 28/4 -Summer 2013

In this issue: Spotlight on Christmas Visit by Chief Apostle Schneider District Youth Convention Bundaberg celebrates 50 years


Christmas

From the Desk of District Dear Brothers and Sisters, The past 3 months have certainly hosted a number of wonderful events within our district. The long awaited visit of our Chief Apostle to our district took place in September and brought with it many joys as well as great blessings. As this was his first trip to Australia, it was also a new experience for our Chief Apostle. He later stated that he felt very ‘at home’ in our district and that he felt a spiritual joy in the company of God’s children here. As announced after the service in Brisbane, we are overjoyed that he will visit our district again in 2014 and will conduct a service in Sydney, Australia on Sunday 21 September. The venue and further details are being finalized at present and will be advised in your congregation shortly. A report of his visit features in this edition of the Australia District News and a full report will be featured in the January edition of the Our Family. 2 Australia District News

The visit of our Chief Apostle was closely followed by Thanksgiving 2013 on Sunday, 4 October. This special day in the New Apostolic calendar is always a very blessed occasion and this year was especially so following so closely after the two Chief Apostle Services. Congregations throughout our district reported on very happy events marking the day. The last Service for the Departed for 2013 took place on 3 November and was punctuated by many experiences among our brothers and sisters. These blessed and moving occasions are also opportunities for our guests to gain additional knowledge about eternal life and God’s grace and to find comfort for themselves in their particular circumstances.


Greetings

Apostle Andersen We are now in the Advent season and on our way into the very festive celebration of Christmas. It is hoped that we can truly enjoy all the associated joys that come with this time of the year. Additional pressures and perceived deadlines can also add a measure of tension to our lives around this time and if we do not control these they can severely affect our joy. Let us practise patience, tolerance and ”peace and goodwill to all mankind”. As we cross the threshold into the New Year we pause and thank our Heavenly Father for all His gracious gifts and then we draw a surge of strength and confidence out of His hand as we embark on the journey through the year ahead with a sense of purpose.

I thank you sincerely for all your dedication, love and support for the great Work of God in our district and for all you do to uphold and promote the Christian standards in your congregation and among all our ‘neighbours’. On behalf of all the ministers in the Australia District, I wish you and your loved ones a very blessed and joy filled Christmas and a happy and successful New Year. With loving greetings and very best wishes,

Andrew H. Andersen

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Spotlight on Christmas ”Christmas” – the very word brings a flood of thoughts and feelings to each individual. What these are depends on the disposition of the person concerned. Based on popular opinion and some media reports, we are lead to believe that these impressions are more and more about material things and less and less about the true meaning of Christmas. This commonly voiced observation appears to have some credibility in the fact that Christmas is a growing celebration around the world, even in the non-Christian countries. What and when is Christmas? Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God just over 2,000 years ago. The exact time and date and even the exact geographical place of His birth have been lost to history despite the many theories and beliefs that abound. There is no agreement among historians about the actual date, or even the month, but the majority of Christian Churches around the world have, over time, accepted 25 December as the date on which Christmas is celebrated. So, what is the true meaning of this Christian festival? One of the two most common celebrations that mankind practises is the celebration of a birth (ie entry of a human being onto the earth). It is usually a very joyful occasion and is mostly treated with great awe and much thankfulness. Christmas is treated similarly by practising Christians. For many devout Christians there is a sense of awe about God, the Creator of all things, sending His Son onto the earth to live as a normal human being. The reported circumstances surrounding 4 Australia District News

His birth are also awesome to many who are moved by the humble conditions which He was born in. The details of these have undoubtedly been guessed at and have probably been redesigned over the course of time, but none-the-less there is little doubt that our current understanding of these circumstances is at the very least based on facts. How should we celebrate Christmas? Christmas is rightly a ‘family time’. Wherever possible, families come together and celebrate with feasting and gift giving. Variations according to heritage customs and family traditions are very much in order. Whilst the lead-up to Christmas is usually a hectic time for many, it should not be allowed to affect the joy of ourselves or of anyone else. On Christmas Day (25 December) we begin with attending a divine service where we can share the joy of Christmas at the Lord’s altar in fellowship with our brothers and sisters. Where this is not physically possible, some quiet time is spent in spiritual connection with the congregations. Following the service it is traditional in our part of the world to gather with our family members for a meal. The type of meal is not important and varies greatly with one’s traditions and also factors such as the weather. The joy of the family gathering should be the focus of the celebrations and care should be taken that excesses do not detract from this for anyone. The wish for a blessed Christmas should be supported by our actions. Blessed Christmas!


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Chief Apostle Schneider visits the Australia District Chief Apostle Leber had planned a visit to Brisbane already some time before announcing that he was retiring at the Pentecost 2013 Service in Munich, Germany. At that time he had also agreed to a request from our District Apostle to include a visit to Adelaide, South Australia in his itinerary. This promise was carried out by his successor, Chief Apostle Schneider, who arrived in �the city of churches� on the morning of 24 September 6 Australia District News

2013. Accompanying him were District Apostles Brinkmann, Hebeisen and Klingler. On Wednesday a short tour of the Adelaide Hills region gave the Chief Apostle the opportunity to visit the Hahndorf church, meet the rectors and wives of the local congregations, visit a winery and see a koala in the wild. In the evening he was welcomed by the South Australian Sunday School children before conducting a divine service in our Hackham West church.


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Chief Apostle Schneider then travelled to Brisbane where the Sunday divine service was scheduled to take place. A short visit to the Gold Coast gave the Chief Apostle an appreciation of the Australian coastline when he walked on the beach. On Saturday the Chief Apostle conducted a Regional Apostle Meeting with the Apostles from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand as well as the Apostles of the Australia District. In this meeting he opened his heart to the Apostles and gave them clear directions and solid advice to assist them in their work for the future. He impressed upon them that he understood the challenges that they each face in their work as Ambassadors of Christ and encouraged them to remain steadfast even in adversity. He then answered a number of questions that the Apostles raised with him. On Sunday the divine service took place in the Brisbane City Hall which had just undergone a 5 year major restoration program. The divine service was transmitted to congregations throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as to some congregations in American Samoa, Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Philippines. A full report of the divine service is scheduled to appear in the January 2014 edition of the Our Family magazine.


District Youth Convention On Friday the 27th of September, youth gathered from all around Australia and New Zealand for a District Youth Convention in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. The Friday evening saw the weekend kick off with a party in the basketball court, where youth greeted one another, caught up with old friends, made new friends, danced, sang and played basketball. Saturday morning brought rain, but also a day full of activities for the youth to compete in and test their biblical knowledge. Much to everyone’s delight, on the Saturday evening the youth were joined by 11 of our Papua New Guinea brothers and sisters, who then joined in the fun. A showcase was presented, where all districts performed an item for the enjoyment of the other youth. The culmination of the convention was the Chief Apostle Service on the Sunday morning, after which the youth were blessed with the opportunity to have a wonderful luncheon with the Chief Apostle and all of the visiting District Apostles, Apostles and District Ministers and their wives. The youth also took the opportunity to sing “Joyeux Anniversaire” (Happy Birthday in French) to the Chief Apostle and enjoy a piece of cake together. All had an extremely enjoyable weekend!


Bundaberg celebrates 50 years In the first half of the 1920s members moved from the farming areas into the city of Bundaberg (Qld). Around this time Deacon Richardt moved from Riverleigh to Bundaberg to care for them. Home services were held until approximately 1930 and then services were conducted in the Orange Hall in Electra Street. In 1938 Priest J.O.W. Gehrmann was placed into the evangelist ministry and became the rector of Bundaberg congregation. In 1945 Priest C.M. Freilich moved from Brisbane to Bundaberg and became rector. In 1947 Queensland was divided into two districts and Priest Freilich of Bundaberg was ordained into the district elder ministry to care for the northern section which was now centred in Bundaberg. Late in 1947 plans were underway for District Elder Freilich to move to Sydney to assist with the growth of God's work there. On November 23rd 1947 the northern district came under the leadership of Priest Eric De Lisen who was ordained as district elder. In 1950 District Elder De Lisen moved to Melbourne and therefore no services were held in Bundaberg until mid

1953 when Priest H. Borchers moved from Toowoomba. He conducted services in the C.W.A. Hall in Quay Street. The congregation continued to grow and the church in Macklin Street was built, predominantly with labour from the members, with only a few essential contractors engaged. The building work took approximately one and half years and the church was dedicated on 18th August 1963 by District Apostle O.W. Gerke. In 1975 the Cloyne congregation (located about an hour from Bundaberg) was closed and the members moved to Wallaville congregation. Wallaville church closed in 1986 and the members then became a part of the Bundaberg congregation. Over the years the congregation of Bundaberg has had numerous rectors, including the aforementioned Priests Gehrmann, Freilich and Borchers, together with Priest Eric Schulte, Priest Henry De Lisen, Priest Russell Enright, Priest John Probst and Evangelist Merv Maeyke. As recently as December 2013, the responsibility of rector of Bundaberg congregation was given to Priest Trevor Schulte.


Christmas Gift Ideas 2014 Desktop Calendar

This calendar commemorates the recent visit of Chief Apostle Schneider to the Australia District. It features photos from his trip, together with art works created by our Sunday School children which were presented to the Chief Apostle in a book.

...we shall reap in Joy

2014 Calendar to commemorate the visit of Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider to the Australia District 24 - 30 September 2013

The pages sit inside a CD style case which opens to create a stand, allowing each month to be clearly displayed on your desk. Available in two sizes: Small (120 x 138mm) Large (208 x 147mm) Bundle (1 x Small + 1 x Large)

$7.50 ea $10.00 ea $15.00 ea

Western Australia Project Choir CD

The WA Project Choir has this year realised their goal of producing the first ever audio choir CD in Western Australia, titled “Jesus Never Fails”. It features hymns such as “What a friend we have in Jesus”, “His love”, “When I’m with Him” and many more. Jesus Never Fails CD $15.00 ea

Music CD Sale

The Admin Office has limited stocks of various music CDs that are being offered at a reduced price. Titles are: A Gardener tends His garden Christmas in Cape Town 2 When Day at its close Holy is God’s House Spirit Alive The many moods of Christmas O give thanks unto the Lord The joy of Christmas The heavens are praising O Holy Night Ilizwi lakho lisisibane (Thy word is a lamp) Thou Crownest the Year with Thy Goodness

As pants the Hart Worthy is the Lamb Walk with the Lord Comfort There is a Glorious Land Let your light so shine Joyfully Singing It is a precious thing Reflections Thanks be to God Our African Spirit

CD Sale price $8.80 ea Prices include GST and delivery to your congregation (within Australia) For further information or to place an order, please email or phone the Admin Office: E: P:

nacho@newapostolic.org.au 07 3480 0400

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Around the Congregations 1. Sunday School children in Sydney (NSW) went ice skating 2. Sunday School children in Mackay (Qld) 3. Werribee (Vic) Sunday School children 4. Braybrook (Vic) fathers on Father’s Day 5. Sunday School Service in Fairfield (NSW) 6. Bishop Green with members in Popondetta during a trip to Papua New Guinea 7. Father’s Day in Scoresby (Vic) 8. District Apostle Andersen conducted a Youth Service in Leumeah (NSW) 9. Father’s Day in Mackay (Qld) 10. Gosford (NSW) fathers on Father’s Day 11. Members in Adelaide (SA) held a ”fish & chips” fundraising day 12. Werribee (Vic) fathers on Father’s Day 13. Fellowship activity after a Youth Service in Bunbury (WA) 14. Albury (NSW) Congregation

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1. Pr Ali & Sis Birte Marmulla received Silver Wedding blessings in Gosford (NSW) 2. Holy Baptism of Jay-Dee Lemmetjies in Hope Valley (SA) 3. Br Willi Marmulla of Newcastle (NSW) celebrated his 75th birthday 4. Br J端rgen and Sis Cornelia Goetz received Silver Wedding blessings in Windsor (Qld) 5. Holy Baptism of Br Matt Almond in Windsor (Qld) 6. Sis May Bosshart of Gladstone (Qld) celebrated her 70th birthday 7. Dcn (ret) Hans Bronowski of Ascot Park (SA) celebrated his 75th birthday 8. Holy Baptism & Sealing of Xavier Almond (the first grandson for Apostle Lodewick) in Windsor (Qld) 9. Sis Olga Neumann of Scoresby (Vic) celebrated her 81st Birthday 10. Sis Cheryll Strydom & Br Christian Hayter received Wedding blessings in Kingston (Qld) 11. Adoption of Br Jason Gideon of New Lynn (NZ) 12. Holy Sealing of Madeleine Hoffmann in Windsor (Qld) 13. Holy Sealing of Michael Schlotz in Albury (NSW) 14. Sis Ilse Kreinbihl of Rockingham (WA) celebrated her 92nd birthday 15. Adoption of Sis Starlita Lavis in North Ipswich (Qld) 16. Holy Baptism of Riley Loveday (the first granddaughter for District Elder Barker) in Scoresby (Vic) 17. Sis Myra Fredericks celebrated her 75th birthday and Pr (ret) John Fredericks celebrated his 85th birthday 18. Holy Sealing of Kristin Scholtz in Hobart (Tas) 19. Holy Baptism of Tabitha Bazeley of North Ipswich (Qld) 20. Holy Sealing of Emma Marmulla in Gosford (NSW)

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For your Information Our Chief Apostle is scheduled to conduct the following services:

Jan 2014

Feb 2014

Mar 2014

1: Stuttgart, Germany

2: Aurich, Germany

2: Halberstadt, Germany

5: Brussels, Belgium

9: Miami, USA

16: Cape Town, South Africa

12: Accra, Ghana

16: Innsbruck, Austria

23: Winterthur, Switzerland

19: Diapaga, Burkina Faso

23: Dortmund, Germany

30: Irkutsk, Russia

Ordinations / Retirements: Pr Joerg Ziegler was confirmed as priest for St Marys (NSW) Br Alex Thompson of Fairfield (NSW) was ordained as deacon Br Alex Mulumba of Newcastle (NSW) was ordained as deacon Pr Ralf Schirk was ordained evangelist, Br Thomas Nemeth ordained priest & Br Oliver Kohl ordained deacon for Newcastle (NSW) Pr Fonci Sitani, the rector of Nuku’ualofa (Tonga) was ordained evangelist Pr Fredrick Tischendorf was confirmed priest for Drury (NZ)

26: Mulhouse, France

Br Trevor Hardick was confirmed as deacon for Seven Hills (NSW) Dcn Gabriel Gonzales was confirmed as priest and Br Michael Thompson ordained as deacon for Fairfield (NSW)

Our District Apostle’s visiting schedule:

Jan 2014

Feb 2014

Mar 2014

5: Redcliffe, Qld

2: Kingston, Qld

2: Riverleigh, Qld

12: North Ipswich, Qld

9: Miami, USA

9: Morayfield, Qld

Dcns Ryan Andersen and Christopher Good were both ordained as priests for Buranda (Qld) Pr Hannes Schmidt was ordained as evangelist and Dcn Neil Smith was ordained as priest for Karratha (WA) Br Heath Van Zyl was ordained as deacon for Port Headland (WA)

19: Toowoomba, Qld

16: Perth, WA

Ev Eugene Volkwyn was commissioned as rector for Highton (Vic)

26: Buranda, Qld

23: Winterthur, Switzerland

Pr Jacob Rovo was ordained as evangelist and Br Norbert Suma as deacon for Vanuatu Dcn Allan Jeursen and Dcn Lukas Meyer were ordained as priests for Rivervale (WA)

Upcoming Events: Jan 2014 1: School holidays

Feb 2014 2: Sunday School recommences

Mar 2014 2: Service for the Departed 9: 25th Anniversary of Morayfield (Qld)

In Memoriam: Sister Gertrud (Trudy) Hirzel, Paihia (NZ) Priest (ir) Eric Bebendorf, Gladstone (Qld) Priest (ir) Friedrich (Fritz) Adams, Morayfield (Qld) Sister Eileen Terelinck, North Ipswich (Qld) Sister Trudy Pommerenke, Caloundra (Qld) Brother Robert Keplin, Redcliffe (Qld) Brother Karl Maneveldt, Croyden (Vic)

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Contact Details: New Apostolic Church Office address 1A 3 Deakin Street, Brendale, Qld. AUSTRALIA Postal address PO Box 5903, Brendale BC. Qld 4500, AUSTRALIA Phone: +617 3480 0400 Fax: +617 3480 0444 Email Photos: adn@newapostolic.org.au Admin: nacho@newapostolic.org.au

Cover Photo: Alan Cleaver (Flickr) All other photos used by permission


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