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Australia District News Edition 27/4 - Summer 2012

My dear Brothers and Sisters, As our joy builds with the approach of Christmas, so the year is slipping away and soon we will stand at the threshold of a new year. Most of us will have experienced a wide range of joys and challenges during the course of the year as is normal along the path of life. As we journey along this path we encounter many changes but there are also the very important constants in our life. The importance of these “tried and true” constants cannot be overstated. Our life of faith is the standout constant in our life and we wisely ensure that every aspect of our life revolves around that. In this way our life always has focus, direction and purpose. We want to enter the new year with all our desires, plans and hopes firmly attached to the “constants” in our life. Our practice in the past has been that each year has a theme to work with. For 2013 the theme is “The Year of Community Spirit” with the focus on ensuring that our congregation has an identity in our community. Without doubt, our activities are observed by those around us and often these activities are given compliments. Our hope is that

those who observed us in the past can now become involved in these activities and become part of our New Apostolic community. The year ahead will bring a visit of our Chief Apostle to Australia. He will conduct divine services in Adelaide, South Australia on Wednesday 25 September and in Brisbane on Sunday 29 September. It is planned that the Sunday service will be transmitted to as many points as is technologically possible throughout our district. As technology improves, so new opportunities open for such things. We plan to make better use of these advances for the benefit of our congregations and our members in the future. On behalf of your Apostles, Bishops and all the ministers in our vast district I thank you for all your support and co-operation that you so generously provide to the congregation and to the Lord’s work. May our Heavenly Father bless you richly with a joy filled Christmas season and a blessed and successful New Year. With loving greetings

Andrew H. Andersen

In this issue: District Apostle visits Israel Regional Youth Conventions Sunday School Camps


District Apostles Meeting in Israel In October this year District Apostle Andersen travelled to Israel for a District Apostles Meeting, conducted by Chief Apostle Leber and attended by all 20 District Apostles and 11 District Apostle Helpers of the world. The District Apostle Meeting was intense and resulted in many resolutions and also in the establishment of many research projects. After the meetings the District Apostles visited a few of the historical sights of the “Holy Lands”. They visited both the city of Jerusalem in Israel and the birthplace of the Lord in Bethlehem, Palestine.

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On Sunday the Divine Service was held in our church in the city of Nazareth. After the Service, the group visited a few more historical sites. Their first stop was at the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus held the Sermon on the Mount. The choir sang an impromptu hymn at the entrance of the church erected on the site. Following this, Chief Apostle Leber read aloud the beatitudes from the gospel of Matthew—a moment filled with emotion. The visit ended with the Chief Apostle conducting a choir of District Apostles and choir members on the shore of the lake.


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YOUTH CONVENTION: Queensland 55 Youth from Queensland congregations gathered at Caloundra church for a BBQ breakfast on Saturday 29th September at 8.00am.

After dinner there was a bonfire and marshmellows to toast while the fire burned. A few sang songs accompanied by a guitar. Then after supper it was off to bed to catch up on sleep.

The Caloundra congregation were up early to prepare sausages, bacon and eggs for the Youth and Youth Leaders before everyone headed for the Apex Camp at Mudjimba near the beach.

On Sunday the Youth Service conducted by Bishop Green was held at the camp and the Caloundra congregation joined the group for Service. The word from Matthew 24:32 concerned the Parable of the Fig Tree and the theme was that all recognise the divine gifts and utilise them today.

The Youth Convention officially commenced with prayer after Camp Management showed a video about camp rules. Each Youth member was given either a blue, yellow or green bandana to wear, and there were three different group activities including archery, a challenge course and bush skills, so by dinner-time everyone was quite exhausted.

After Service, the Youth and congregation made their way to Mudjimba Beach for lunch and games. A group photo was taken before the convention was closed by Bishop Green with prayer. All in all it was an outstanding youth convention which everyone enjoyed.


YOUTH CONVENTIONS: New South Wales & Victoria NSW: The Youth of New South Wales enjoyed two days of fellowship and team building during the 2012 regional Youth Convention on Labour Day weekend.

On Monday morning, the Youth enjoyed breakfast with Gosford congregation and presented the creative outcome of their artworks. A fantastic weekend was had by all.

After a service with District Apostle Andersen at Parramatta Town Hall on Sunday, the Youth prepared lunch for the entire church district and afterwards left for the Central Coast where a range of activities and a sleepover awaited them.

VIC: The Youth from around Victoria gathered at the campsite on a wet Saturday morning.

The central theme of this year’s convention was T.E.A.M. - Together Everyone Achieves More. Working together as groups, the youth personally experienced the meaning of T.E.A.M.: When working together towards a common goal, results can be achieved much faster and more efficiently. Complex tasks become much easier when helping one another.

Unfortunately the weather put an end to any outdoor activities, however the Youth enjoyed each other’s company through a series of seminars and workshops. This was followed by an indoor barbecue and then everyone settled in to watch the AFL Grand Final on TV. Sunday morning’s Divine Service was conducted by Apostle Lodewick and despite the weather, all agreed that the weekend was an enjoyable and blessed event.

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YOUTH CONVENTION: Western Australia On the weekend of the 14th - 16th of September 2012 the Youth of Western Australia gathered with Apostle Lodewick for the annual Youth Convention. This year the event was held at the Holiday Haven Campsite in Jarrahdale. The Youth Convention was attended by 45 youth members from both the metropolitan & regional congregations of Western Australia. Over the weekend our young people enjoyed various activities which fostered team work and fun, but also allowed them to develop new, and nurture existing friendships. Spiritual and faith related activities took place with discussions on Offering & Thanksgiving, a moving and heartfelt Q&A with our Apostle, and a devotional prayer meeting on Sunday morning prior to breakfast entitled ‘God in the Wilderness’. Other more social activities included Speed Dating, Karaoke, Sports, Bushwalking and Horse-Riding. On the Sunday Morning the weekend culminated with a Divine Service conducted by the Apostle. Following the Divine Service the Youth, Ministers & Congregation enjoyed lunch before returning home after an energy sapping weekend filled with joy, fellowship and great experiences.

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YOUTH CONVENTION: Fiji For the second time in two years the people in the nearby Delailabasa area were astounded by the melodious voices of the choir of the New Apostolic Church in Labasa. These were the voices of the Youth from all over Fiji. The Convention was officiated by our District Elder Jona Bale with the theme, ‘Moving Mountains’ With only about 39 members, the Labasa Church took a step forward to host the convention. The Convention was quite a memorable one for the 19 Youth, 11 Administration Brothers and some guests. The Youth learnt a lot during the 4 days. Part of the convention was a half day reach-out to the Labasa Old People’s Home cleaning up inside and outside

the buildings and spending some time with the residents. The Youth groups competed for two trophies this year; the Lenawai Memorial Trophy for the Quiz, which was won by the F1 Youth group; and the Discipline Trophy, won by F2 and F4. All participants were given a certificate each sponsored by the F3 Youth. All who participated moved a lot of mountains and managed to lift the standard of the convention with new things introduced bringing them into the 21st century. After 5 nights in the ‘Friendly North’ the Youth departed on the morning of the 28th of August.


YOUTH CONVENTION: New Zealand The Youth convention for September 2012 was held at Totara Springs Christian Camp in Matamata. Our young brothers and sisters converged on the camp on Friday afternoon. After dinner, there was much exploring, some shot hoops, and others sat around the fire singing to the accompaniment of a guitar. Saturday morning activities included: Flying fox, go karts, rock climbing, abseiling, target shooting and a BMX track. Fun, laughs, skill, luck and excitement were the order of the morning which created an understandable vacuum that was filled at lunch with a wholesome meal! After lunch a workshop was conducted which identified characteristics of The “victim” (or loser) which included: 8 Australia District News

blame, self pity, negative influence, external focus, no direction, victim language and giving up easily. Characteristics of the “victor” included: taking responsibility, setting goals, persistence, determination, being positive and optimism. After a short choir practice, the youth enjoyed dinner with Apostle Williams and District Ministers. The evening brought with it the NAC’s Got Talent Contest! All congregations participated in the contest and the effort that went into the presentations is to be commended. The weekend culminated in a wonderful blessing with a Divine Service conducted by Apostle Trevor Williams. After lunch and fellowship, everyone departed after a fun-filled and most blessed weekend.


YOUTH CONVENTIONS: Samoa & Tonga Samoa: The Youth convention for Samoa and American Samoa was held on the weekend of 25th August. The youth from American Samoa arrived on Friday afternoon and spent the first few hours being reacquainted with their fellow Youth as there had not been an occasion like this for the last 4 years. In the early evening a welcoming ceremony took place and after dinner the Youth assembled in the church for a workshop on “what we expect from our church and what our church can expect from us” activity. On Saturday fun and games took place at a stadium previously used for the Pacific Islands to host their sport activities. Cricket was introduced to the youth as a new sport. After lunch and some free time the youth presented their various cultural and spiritual items to the audience. On Sunday morning the youth gathered in the Vailima congregation for the Divine Service which was conducted by Apostle Lodewick. Lunch and fellowship were enjoyed after the service and then it was time for goodbyes. Tonga: The 13th - 14th October was the weekend of the mini Youth convention in Tonga. The planned activities started with a busy-bee at the church. The church gardens were weeded and trimmed and the church was given a major clean. Priest Fonci Sitani and Deacon Fatua Vakaleilalo then drove the youth to the Good Samaritan beach. The group took pre-cooked vegetables and some salad with them and Priest Fonci and Deacon Fatua went diving for fish and octopus while the youth swam and enjoyed the beach. The ‘divers’ were very successful and the seafood barbecue was talked about by all for many weeks. For the Youth Service on Sunday the church was decorated with posters and photographs of the various youth activities that were held throughout the year. The youth choir sang for that service. The event was enjoyed by all who participated and the parents of the youth expressed their appreciation for what is done for their children. Australia District News 9


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Sunday School Activities This year came under the banner of “Year of the Youth and Sunday School Children”. These pages highlight some of the activities that took place around our District for the Sunday School children. 1-2 Big Day out in New Zealand

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South Australia Sunday School camp

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Thanksgiving Concert with Youth and Sunday School children in Redcliffe (Qld)


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Around the Congregations 1. Ashmore (Qld) Seniors Christmas party 2. Spring cleaning in Braybrook (Vic) 3. D/Ap Andersen attended the Asian Youth Day in Korea 4. Gosford (NSW) congregation had a Thanksgiving Day picnic 5. Father’s Day in Hallam (Vic)

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6. Father’s Day in Geelong (Vic) 7. Youth in Perth (WA) went paintballing 8. Father’s Day in Croyden (Vic) 9. Members in Gladstone (Qld) had an outing to Kroombit Top National Park, the site of a fatal plane crash in 1945 10. “Women of Windsor” (Qld) held a learn to sew day 11. Sis Audrey Griffin & Sis Doreen Parbery cut a cake to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Paihia (NZ) congregation

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1. Sis Lucy & Br Rodney Cavernelis received Ruby Wedding Blessings in Kingston (Qld) 2. Dcn Nathan & Sis Susan Andersen of Redcliffe (Qld) received Wedding blessings 3. Adoption of Sis Melissa Dargusch in Windsor (Qld) 4. Sis Elenore Muelot of Ascot Park (SA) celebrated her 90th birthday 5. Dcn (ret) Horst & Sis Florencia Schlotz of Highton (Vic) received Wedding Blessings 6. Holy Baptism of Kahlea Jolliffe in Ashmore (Qld) 7. Dcn (ret) Horst & Sis Cristal Huwald of Croydon (Vic) received Golden wedding blessings 8. Sis Trudy Maynard of Kingston (Qld) celebrated her 94th birthday 9. Sis Helga Kuhn of Morayfield (Qld) celebrated her 80th birthday 10. Br Hendrik Els of New Lynn (NZ) celebrated his 70th birthday 11. Sis Isolde Hofmann of Christchurch (NZ) celebrated her 90th birthday 12. Sis Ingrid Duenzl of Braybrook (Vic) celebrated her 80th birthday 13. Holy Baptism of Myra Aspinall of Newcastle (NSW) 14. Holy Baptism of Makaira Berndt in Beckenham (WA) 15. Pr Paul & Sis Sandy Cunningham of Maryborough (Qld) received Silver Wedding blessings 16. Br Errol & Sis Eleanore Van Der Poel of Hallam (Vic) received Ruby wedding blessings 17. D/Ap & Sis Margaret Andersen of Redcliffe (Qld) received Ruby wedding blessings 18. Pr (ret) Eric & Sis Myla Schulte of Ashmore (Qld) received Golden wedding blessings 19. Sis Kym Joubert & Br C Houldsworth received Wedding Blessings in Ashmore (Qld) 20. Br Kurt Stellenberg & Sis Monique Wood received Engagement blessings in Perth (WA) 21. Adoption of Sis Kate Bucknell in Croydon (Vic) 22. Br Thomas & Sis Christa Arpin of St Mary’s (NSW) received Silver Wedding blessings 23. Holy Baptism of Zara Metcalf in Windsor (Qld) 24. Holy Baptism of Liam Schmidt in Geelong (Vic) 25. Pr Terry & Sis Tania Haskins of New Lynn (NZ) received Silver Wedding Blessings 26. Holy Baptism of Br Shamiel Shalkwyk of New Plymouth (NZ)


For your Information

Our Chief Apostle is scheduled to conduct Divine Services in the following places for the next Quarter:

Jan 2013

Feb 2013

Mar 2013

1: Herford, Germany

3: Berlin-Lichtenberg, Germany

3: Cape Town, South Africa

6: Hildeshelm, Germany

10: Ennepe-Ruhr, Germany

10: Fellbach, Germany

20: Surinam, Paramaribo

17: Giessen, Germany

27: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

29: Cordoba, Argentina 31: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Our District Apostle is scheduled to conduct Divine Services in the following places for the next Quarter:

Jan 2013

Feb 2013

Mar 2013

6: Buranda, Qld

3: Sydney, NSW

3: Cape Town, South Africa

27: Windsor, Qld

10: Papua New Guinea

10: Fellbach, Germany

17: Papua New Guinea

29: North Ipswich, Qld

24: Kingston, Qld

31: Buranda, Qld

Upcoming Events: Jan 2013 1: New Year’s Day 6: New Year Service

Feb 2013 3: Sunday School commences

Mar 2013 3: Service for the Departed 29: Good Friday 31: Easter Sunday

Ordinations / Retirements: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32.

Dcn Randall Joubert ordained as Priest for Leumeah (NSW) Pr Heber Sena commissioned as Rector for Wollongong (NSW) Pr Everhardt Koen confirmed as Priest for North Shore (NZ) Pr Stephen Tischendorf confirmed as Priest for North Shore (NZ) Dcn Terence Seale confirmed as Deacon for North Shore (NZ) Dcn Johan Du Plessis confirmed as Deacon for New Lynn (NZ) Pr Mervyn Probst placed into retirement in Caloundra (Qld) Pr Philip Finger commissioned as Rector for Caloundra (Qld) Dcn Grant Schulte ordained as Priest for Caloundra (Qld) Pr Colin Schulte ordained Evangelist for Caloundra (Qld) Dcn Johan van Baalen ordained as Priest for Rockingham (WA) Dcn Ronnie Wildschutt confirmed as Priest for Bunbury (WA) Br Garth Toerien ordained as Deacon for Beckenham (WA) D/Ev Lucas Carlson ordained as D/Elder in Kombikum (PNG) D/Ev John Maxson ordained as D/Elder in Kombikum (PNG) D/Ev Joe Yamier was ordained D/Elder in Kombikum (PNG) D/Ev Valantine Perkil was ordained D/Elder in Kombikum (PNG) Shep Anton Akfal was ordained D/Evangelist in Kombikum (PNG) Shep Tony Yakwi was ordained D/Evangelist in Kombikum (PNG) Shep Terence Suwete was ordained D/Evangelist in Kombikum (PNG) Ev Paul Yatukwa was ordained D/Evangelist in Kombikum (PNG) Ev Peter Soki was ordained Shepherd in Kombikum (PNG) Pr Titus Gambelka was ordained Evangelist in Kombikum (PNG) Pr Lazarus Konny was ordained Evangelist in Kombikum (PNG) Pr John Probst was placed into retirement in Bundaberg (Qld) Pr Mervyn Maeyke was ordained as Evangelist and commissioned as Rector of Bundaberg (Qld) Dcn Leonard Viviers was ordained Priest for Bundaberg (Qld) Pr William De Wet was placed into retirement in Seven Hills (NSW) Pr Thomas Newman of Howick (NZ) was placed into retirement Pr Alister Daniels confirmed as Priest for Howick (NZ) Br Robin Smith ordained as Deacon for New Lynn (NZ) Br Monre De Wet ordained as Deacon for Howick (NZ)

In Memoriam: Br Peter Barnwell of Springvale (Vic) Sis Rosa Schwabegger of Springvale (Vic) Sis Lore Schmidt of Ascot Park (SA) Br Antonio Prochazka of Toowoomba (Qld) Sis Margaret Clark of Redcliffe (Qld) Br Wolfgang Kieroth of Braybrook (Vic)

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 nacho@newapostolic.org.au

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