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Welcome to the new-look eNews!
To adapt to a new way of communicating to our church family,
eNews will now be a bulletin via email each week.
To add news items and annoucements, please send notices to
Michelle Gibbons at mrsgibbo@yahoo.com.au by Wednesday evening.




 
Devotional
The Slimy Pit—Psalms 40 by Pastor Pablo Lillo

This psalm is so meaningful and relevant for you and me today. The world around us is struggling with direction, hopelessness and pain.

David recalled a hopeless, helpless situation he had fallen into, and how he waited on the Lord. He then described how God leaned over, stooped down, and listened to his cry. Much like a father would to his young child. Much like a mother does with her children—with love and compassion.

I love the picture of God lowering Himself, to stoop to listen to His children—one of the greatest wonders revealed in Scripture. Even though we are small and insignificant, the Creator of all chooses to be concerned with us. He’s concerned with every aspect of your life.

President Abraham Lincoln said it this way, many, many years ago:
“That the Almighty does make use of human agencies and directly intervenes in human affairs, is one of the plainest statements of the Bible. I have had so much evidence of His direction, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above.”

Is that your story? Have you seen God in action, in your life?

David described his situation as being in “a horrible pit,” a “miry clay.” He was lost, stuck, frozen with fear, unable to rescue himself. It makes you wonder how many of our church family and friends are in the same situation as David?

Many people have experienced the very scary feeling of coming close to drowning. Often beach lifeguards pull people out of surf—where the person could have stood up in sand, but they were so scared they panicked.

That loss of sense of direction is the picture David was painting here, but God came to his rescue and “set his feet upon a rock.”

God’s grace took him from a place where he had no footing to a place of solid ground, where he could stand.

Do you feel like you are drowning today, like you’ve fallen into a pit you can’t escape? Do you feel like you’ve lost your sense of direction?

We must wait on the Lord and seek Him, two actions that work together when we are patiently trusting Him. Then we will experience His rescue, as He stoops over us and gives us solid footing once again.

Prayer:
Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for life. Thank you for blessing us with more than we could ever imagine. 
     Yet—we often get stuck with the pressure of this world. We can’t move and seem helpless. Please rescue me for the miry pit. Grant me the joy that comes from knowing you and being known by you.
     Fill my heart with gospel joy. Strengthen me by your word. May the words of the Psalmist be true of me, "I waited patiently for the LORD, He turned to me and heard my cry." May this be my song, my tune for the day as I work through the troubles of life.
    Help me to remain faithful in this place of waiting. Help me to serve you and live for you even in this crossroad of my life.
    Help me to wait as long as it takes.
    I pray all these things because of Jesus and in His name, Amen.

Enjoy this lady's amazing God-gifted talent! How Great is our God!

(If you can't view the video, do yourself a favour and look it up on YouTube: 
https://youtu.be/4rUBqB25g3I
Kim's Story | How Great Thou Art - Kim Collingsworth
Special music item from 6m12s

Sabbath School - Zoom or Host Homes
One of the best things about church on Sabbath is community! If you have been missing this - we have a few host homes set up to have up to 10 people over each Sabbath. Send Jess Laws a message if you'd like more information.
       Or you can join the Zoom Sabbath School by going to the Castle Hill Youth FB page on Sabbath morning at 9:30am, and clicking the link that is displayed on this Sabbath's date. 

 
Click here to go to Facebook page for Zoom link
Other Sabbath Schools and Resources

Currently, these are the groups who are running online or in-home Sabbath Schools and Bible Studies

Sabbath Schools:
  • Juniors and Preteens have Zoom Sabbath school and a Kahoot! each week from 9:30am for those in our church in Grades 4 to 7. Email rachelwegener@gmail.com for connection details. NOTE: this class will not run on Sep 26 due to a Pathfinder event.
Bible Study Groups:
  • Uni Life Group - Taco Tuesday - dinner and Bible study - every second Tuesday of the month
  • Young Adults Dinner & Bible Study Group - every second Wednesday
  • Year 11/12 Bible Study - every second Friday 
For information and links, please contact Jess - jessica@castlehillchurch.org.au  or text 0424 370 294 
 
If you are running an online Sabbath School or have links to great videos and resources that you'd like to share with our church congregation, please message or email Michelle with the details.
 
Website
Facebook
YouTube - Rewatch Sermons
Instagram

  Church Online

You're invited to join us for our church service from 10:45am to 12:00 pm tomorrow—Sabbath online with the Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. Clansi Rogers will be teaching from God's Word, and has titled her message, "More Than She Could Have Dreamed".
Our scripture reading is found in Ephesians 1:3-11
Join us online at castlehillsda.online.church

 


Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Today's worship service has been organised by John Duncan. His choice of songs is very fitting for today's theme, which is based on Ephesians 1:3-11:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
      11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will."

One of the songs John has chosen is "Burdens are Lifted at Calvary". How many times have you sung this song, but not really taken its meaning to heart?

The other day Steve and I had walked to Aldi and done a basics shop. We both had backpacks to carry our goods the short distance home. I had my empty pack on, and Steve added the groceries one at a time to the bag on my shoulders. There was much shaking and pulling as he added each item, the weight shifting and tipping me on my feet. The image came to mind of being loaded up like a sherpa donkey! I adjusted the load with a shrug, but it got heavier, became unbalanced again, and was harder to move than before.

When we arrived home, Steve unloaded my pack, and I felt so light and free!

So many times we hang on to our burdens, adjusting the load to balance it with other burdens. But when we ask Jesus to carry it for us and he takes the load on his shoulders, we can jump and run and be free! Burdens, sins, worries...He has already paid the price to lift them from us. We only need to take the gift of grace that has been handed to us. Let us leave them at his feet...at Calvary.    - Michelle Gibbons

 
Today's Offering - Sydney Adventist Education: Hills Adventist College
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You,” Isaiah 26:3. 
 
Explore Hills Adventist College with Virtual Tours
Hills Adventist College is a co-educational Christian College located in the Hills district of Sydney. It offers educational programs from the Early Learning Centre (ELC) through to the Higher School Certificate. The College is located on two campuses, Castle Hill and North Kellyville, the Castle Hill campus including the ELC and the Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 4), providing a safe and nurturing environment for the early years of schooling. This model of an ELC and Kindergarten to Year 4 is quite unique to the area with students treating one another as if they are part of a large family. The ELC provides a number of crossover points with the Junior School to ensure the transition to school is smooth and familiar for students.
     “We are so happy that our children can be part of such a warm, supportive community. Teachers really care and go above and beyond for their students. It’s a lovely Christian environment for our children,” (From a Middle School Parent).
     The theme “Nurture for Today - Learning for Tomorrow - Character for Eternity” is demonstrated by our staff at Hills Adventist College. We understand that educating students is very costly in Sydney and that many families are missing out on Adventist Education due to financial Hardship. Thankfully the Greater Sydney Conference has introduced a Scholarship Program for families wishing to enrol their children into one of our Adventist schools to have the opportunity to apply for funding.
      You’re encouraged to give generously towards our education offerings. You can also contribute through e-Giving knowing that every donation over two-dollars is tax-deductible. If you’re not in a position to be able to contribute financially, share the name of Hills Adventist College with your neighbours, and pray for God’s continued blessings on our Adventist schools.
       “Please keep our College in your prayers as we keep on growing and adapting to the needs of the Hills community,” said Mrs Carlie Deppeler, College Principal. 
      Learn more at hills.adventist.edu.au/why-hills
      Your generosity towards our education offering today will continue to sow a financial seed of hope to impact someone’s life today. Change someone’s life today by giving them an opportunity to be part of our Adventist schools family.

Lord, we want to be part of a community that is generous in spirit. Through prayer and taking this step of faith, we will see many young lives seek you and find you at Hills Adventist College. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Please go to eGiving—click on the link to give to today's offering: eGiving 


Tithes and Offerings
You’re invited to give generously to the mission and outreach of the Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church—as we strive to make a difference in our community.
     Please go to eGiving to give your tithes and offerings. If you’re not able to, Richard Hurrell will be at church every Monday from 2:00-4:00pm to receive your tithes and offerings and help with Sabbath School lessons, Record, Adventist World, and Intrasyd and the general running of our church.
eGiving


Stay connected spiritually and socially! 

Why not invite someone home to watch church online and enjoy a meal together? 

Here is an easy meal you can have cooking while you watch the worship service,
so you can really enjoy your fellowship!



Jacket Potato Haystacks
INGREDIENTS

Medium Red or Russett Potatoes
(prepare a potato for each person with a few extra)

Savoury Topping:
425g can Red Kidney Beans, rinsed
1 large jar Pasta Sauce of choice
1 can Sanitarium Nutmeat, mashed

(This sauce can be substituted with your favourite Haystack topping recipe)

Top with:
Shredded Tasty Cheese
Cucumber & tomatoes, cubed
Iceberg Lettuce, shredded
Pineapple Pieces, drained
Avocados, pitted and chopped
Spring Onions or Red Onion, chopped
Corn Kernels, drained
Kalamata Olives
Beetroot cubes
Sour cream
Fresh Chives and Parsley
Fresh Coleslaw is also yummy!
METHOD:

1. Preheat your oven to 200C. Using a fork, pierce potatoes in about 6 places then roll them in salty water (brine).

2. Place directly on oven rack in the centre of oven. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until tender when a skewer is inserted into the centre. 

3. Remove tray from oven, and brush each potato with vegetable or olive oil. Return to the hot oven for a further 10 minutes to complete roasting.

4. Meanwhile, place beans, pasta sauce and mashed Nutmeat in a saucepan. Mix thoroughly and warm through. 
5. Just before serving, criss-cross cut each potato and push the sides to open to the soft flesh inside. Dollop with butter or margarine spread, and salt and pepper.

6. To serve, place each topping in separate bowls and allow each guest to top their own potato: pile all ingredients on a cut potato to their desired combination.
     Now sit and enjoy the fellowship with your guests with this hearty, healthy meal!
 
Each Friday night throughout September, 7:15-8:15pm, Marvin Malcolm
will be hosting a quiz to test your Bible knowledge!
If you'd like to join the fun, please DM Jess or Marvin for a link. 
 

 
Board Meeting - Tuesday, 22 September at 7:30pm
Pastor Pablo has called a Board Meeting for Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30pm in the church hall. The meeting will comply with COVID-19 regulations.


Pathfinders
Here is some information regarding the next few pathfinder events for 2020 as the year comes to a close.

19 September - 70th Anniversary of Pathfinders, Live Broadcast at 3:00pm

  • Celebrating 70 years of Pathfindering - watch video at 3:00pm this Sabbath afternoon: www.youtube.com
  • There is a special pin available to commemorate the occasion and you will soon be able to order this on our website: castlehillpathfinder.club. We will order the pins as a club as we get a discount and distribute to you once they arrive


26 September - Day Hike (in lieu of camp)

  • Meet at Berowra train station at 9:00am - parents to transport Pathfinders, please
  • Bring - packed lunch (not a cooker), day pack, first aid, sneakers (or boots), hat, sunscreen, water, anything specific that your teachers have asked you to bring
  • Pick up by parents - 2:00pm for Juniors at Berowra Station
  • Pick up by parents - 2:15pm for Intermediates and Seniors at Ku-ring-gai Station.
  • (Please note we will not be catching the train - just utilising the train stations as easy venues to park and pick up/drop off Pathfinders)


Hello Adventurer Families!
I hope you are all well. It has been nearly 7 months since we have met as a club. As things stand at the moment, our club will probably not be meeting again this year. This does not mean that you will not receive your Adventurer patches and be invested with your group pin.
     It would be great if all the Castle Hill Adventurers were invested this year, but for this to happen, all awards need to be completed no later than Sunday, 11 October 2020. There will be no exceptions to this date. Your work must be returned to me via email or posted on the FB page.
     I look forward to seeing all your awards. For your efforts, you will also receive a new pin that no other Adventurer has ever received. (See photo above) Please email me of your commitment to be invested no later than 23 September 2020. If I do not hear back from you, I will assume you do not want to be invested and will not be receiving this pin.
     Investiture means you will receive 4 patches for your sash and 2 pins. (Please note that your child/ren's registration needs to be paid and up to date to be eligible for Investiture). The special COVID-19 Adventurer investiture pin which will be given to all who complete the 4 awards must be pre-ordered. I need your response and commitment that your child/children will be completing the 4 awards (4-5-year-olds complete 2 awards) to be eligible for Investiture.

Thank you. God bless.  - Alex Rolfo

Yes, I want to be invested!
Castle Hill SDA Youth - Get Connected!

Upcoming Youth Social! Tomorrow afternoon, 19 September, the Youth are going hiking in Ku-ring-gai National Park (message Jess Laws for time and where to meet).

Go to Instagram to keep informed of socials, Sabbath Schools, Feature Friday testimonies, and inspiration from the Bible. Click the button below to go to the Insta page.
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Help Castle Hill Serve Others
Food Parcels
During this current crisis, we have the opportunity to be the Church like never before! We’re being the hands and feet of Jesus in very practical ways, and you can help! We have so many people to feed, so many people in need. Our mission statement is to be the most loving church—so let's take this golden opportunity to give back and help struggling people in our community.
     A big thank you to the many families dropping off food to Castle Hill. We’re still in great need of food, as there is much pain in the community.  If you are able to provide food for ADRA Blacktown or Mt Druitt food pantries, Please drop the food off on Monday from 2:00pm-7:00pm - Richard Hurrell will be at church until 4:00pm, and Pastors Pablo Lillo and Nick Kross will be around till 7:00pm to can take your donations too. Alternatively, please contact Pr Pablo and he can arrange for someone to collect your donation from you.

You can also make donations to ADRA at www.adra.org.au/donate

Pack a Shoebox! Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is still collecting boxes of gifts for disadvantaged children across the world!

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to bless children in need across the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. We collect the boxes and distribute them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in vulnerable situations. Watch our information video to see how you can get involved!

We have the ready-to-fold boxes at the church, so feel free to come and collect one or two...or more...on Mondays between 2:00-7:00pm, and start filling them for return in October. 
    If you can't get to the church to pick up your boxes, you can still use a shoebox, and you can find out the information, suggested inclusions and print labels by going to their website.
    A date and location for return of donations will be advised in a few weeks. 
Click here for How to Pack a Shoebox
ADRA Appeal - Offering 3 October for ADRA Australia
There are broken people in every corner of Australia. Our neighbours are just surviving under the weight of financial stress, poor health, strained relationships, loneliness and a lack of connections. Every person facing hardship is an opportunity for us, as Adventists, to reach out and demonstrate Christ’s grace and hope in practical ways. Today’s offerings will support ADRA Community Projects in Australia such as community meals, crisis support, youth and disaster response. Each project is run in partnership with a local Adventist Church and helps feed, clothe, house and connect Australians doing it tough. Give generously today to help Australians live and serve as God intended.

Find out what ADRA is doing locally, nationally and internationally: www.adra.org.au/our-impact

* ADRA Appeal - Offering 3 October for ADRA Projects within Australia
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Upcoming Speakers at Castle Hill Church

September "Arrows - Take Your Aim..."

19. Clansi Rogers: "More Than She Could Have Dreamed"
      Offering: Education - Hills Adventist College

26. Pastor Pablo Lillo: "The Flight to..."
      Offering: Castle Hill SDA Church

October
3.    Youth Service, with Richie Reid speaking
       Offering: ADRA Appeal *

10. Jim Dhiacou: "Being a Peacekeeper" 
       Offering: Castle Hill SDA Church

17. Pastor Pablo Lillo
      Offering: Education - Mt View Adventist College

24. Marvin Malcolm: Growing Together Summit II
      Offering: Castle Hill SDA Church

31. Dr Darius Jankiewicz: Protestant Reformation Day
      Offering: Castle Hill SDA Church
 




Our Church Vision:
The vision of Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist church is to be the most loving church.
 
Our mission is for us to take the good of Jesus Christ to every place we can, in every way possible. Whatever the means, we want to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our School, friends, family, neighbours, and the wider community.
 
We exist:
1. To honour God through worship.
2. To share the Gospel message of Jesus with others.
3. To connect with others in meaningful relationships.
4. To prepare disciples to fulfil their purpose.
5. To encourage leaders in their God-given destiny.
 
 
Senior Pastor – Pablo Lillo
E: pastor.pablo@icloud.com
M: 0412 588 827
 
Associate Pastor – Nick Kross
E: nicholaskross@adventist.edu.au
M: 0423 107 766
 
Youth Pastor – Jess Laws
E: jessica@castlehillchurch.org.au
M: 0424 370 294
 
Senior Elder - Marvin Malcolm
E: marvin_malcolm@yahoo.co.uk
M: 0414 430 688

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