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Michelle Gibbons at mrsgibbo@yahoo.com.au by Wednesday evening.

 
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Wait on the Lord, be strong…

"At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"

Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? What are we to make of these extraordinary words of Jesus on the cross? For many Christians, they are almost unbearable.

Is it conceivable for us to imagine Jesus feeling abandoned by His Father? Had God forsaken him? Is it possible that Jesus doubted the love of the one he called Abba, “Father”? Did Jesus give up hope when he was crucified? Did he despair when he was on the cross?

Although heart-breaking and brutal, the death of Jesus is hands down the most beautiful act of love this world has ever seen.

And while the Scriptures paint a beautifully epic timeline of this event, there is one part that has always seemed to create curiosity within my heart—the time of God’s silence while Jesus was on the cross.

“When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit,” John 19:30.

Why was God silent? Where did He Go? Why did He forsake Jesus?

"At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Matthew 27:46

These words that Jesus cried out as he was hanging on the Cross have been the source of much debate among Christians throughout the years. 

Regardless of why…God’s voice was absent.

I write this because I feel like many people today, who struggle with knowing God’s voice, and are curious as to whether or not God is hearing their cries.

Regardless of why Jesus thought God to be silent upon the cross, I believe that even in God’s silence there is power. We may not always understand what God is doing in the moment, but we must trust that God will provide for those who are in need and bring support for those who need it—in his timing, not ours.

In a time of suffering, David engaged in righteous self-talk about how he should respond in light of God’s goodness: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord,” Psalms 27:14.

The call to wait on God is an invitation to trust and hope.

It entails believing that one day—even if today is not that day—He will make all things right. In times of waiting, as we seek God in prayer, we must learn to listen to Him as well as talk to Him—to shut out the clatter and quietly wait as He unfolds to us His person, purposes, promises, and plan.

I have to admit—there have been many times in my life where I felt God was silent—but later realised that “silence” was actually God doing a mighty work within me and around me—I just failed to realise it.

What we perceive as God being silent isn’t always the reality, and we must trust that God knows what he is doing when it comes to taking care of the children He created. The children He loves.

Whether you have financial burdens, relationship problems or even health issues, anxiety with all that’s happening around us—trust that God is always present, even amidst what you perceive as silence.

He’s still there. He’s still taking care of you. He’s still God.


- by Pr Pablo Lillo

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    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.

Join us online at castlehillsda.online.church

We are looking forward to hearing Pr Richie Reid from Wahroonga SDA Church speak to us this Sabbath. Welcome, Richie! We can't wait to hear what God has placed on your heart to share with us today. 
 
Join us! Click here!

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.

Our offering today is for
Adventist Education - Moutain View Adventist College Scholarships.


Mountain View Adventist College is well known as a
supportive learning community where students can flourish
and are encouraged to be their best
academically, socially, physically and spiritually.
Your generosity will open up a world of opportunity for
students to experience an Adventist Education.
 
“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him,” Mark 11:23.

Mountain View Adventist College (MVAC) Prep not only facilitates pre-academic learning including literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and project-based learning - they develop and encourage core social interactions, confidence-building and leadership skills. These important values come to fruition every day in the lives of our students.
     “My young daughter came home from Prep and mentioned how her teacher was a blessing to her,” (Prep mum of 2019).
    “At MVAC we nurture the whole child. There are no religious or cultural barriers in our College, and we welcome all students from all backgrounds,” said Julia Heise, MVAC Principal. "We understand that educating students is very costly in Sydney and that many families are missing out on an Adventist Education due to financial Hardship. Thankfully, the Greater Sydney Conference has introduced a scholarship program so families wishing to enrol their children into one of our Adventist schools have the opportunity to apply for funding." The scholarship program is now in its second year.
    You can also contribute, via e-Giving, knowing that every donation over two dollars is tax-deductible. If you’re not in a position to contribute financially, please spread the word and pray for God’s continued blessings over our Adventist schools.
   Your sponsorship will enhance the scholarship program throughout the Greater Sydney Conference. 

Almighty God,
Stir our faith to move mountains, thank you that as the students of MVAC reach for what may seem impossible,
remind them that all things are possible through you.
Amen.

     Please go to eGiving to give your tithes and offerings.
 
Here is a short video about Mountain View Adventist College,
featuring Principal, Julia Heise. Please give generously to this
school that is reaching many families in Western Sydney.
Click here to go to eGiving
If you’re not able to do this, or you'd prefer to give cash,

Richard Hurrell will be at church every Monday from 2:00-4:00pm
to receive your tithes and offerings.
 
While you're visiting Richard at the church
on Monday, you can also collect
Sabbath School pamphlets for all ages,
Records and other magazines.

Our Operation Christmas Child boxes have been gathering in the foyer of the church,
and you have one last opportunity to bring yours in -


Last chance Monday, 19 October
between 2:00-7:30pm

to the church foyer.

If you are unable to bring your filled boxes in during this time,
you can take them directly to a drop-off centre -
click on the button below to look for a location that suits you. 


Thank you to all who have given again this year!
 
Find a Drop-off Centre
Next Sabbath, Marvin Malcolm will speak to us, and he has titled his sermon, "A Letter of Hope".

Our teens will be leading us in worship through singing and instruments - many thanks to Sarah Boccoletti for her coordinating skills, and to Damien Radd for mentoring our young people. 

Make sure you join us at 11:00am for our special teen-led worship service.
Sabbath Schools
 
Sabbath Schools:
  • Youth Sabbath School via Zoom - Go to the Castle Hill Youth FB page on Sabbath morning at 9:45am for a 10:00am start, and click the link that is displayed on this Sabbath's date or text Jess - 0424 370 294 
  • 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. 
Bible Study Groups:
  • Men's Zoom Bible Study - all men of all ages, Wednesdays at 7:00pm sharp. Contact Chris Engel - 041 276 0401
  • Uni Life Group - Taco Tuesday - dinner and Bible study - every second Tuesday - text Jess - 0424 370 294
  • Young Adults Dinner & Bible Study - every second Wed - text Jess - 0424 370 294 
  • Year 11/12 Bible Study - every second Friday - text Jess - 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.

 
Bible study and Sabbath School groups can now meet at the church in the hall, provided that social distancing rules are adhered to.
Please contact our Church Custodian Gavin Donald 0438 644 431 to book.
 
 
Prayer Requests
 
Our church family has many needs, and we ask that you keep the following members in your daily prayers for healing and help.
  • We want to praise God for the safe arrival of Nick & Sarah Kross's baby, Sienna, on 6 October. They are now home and we ask that you continue to remember them as they settle in with Baby Sienna
  • Year 12 students as they study for and sit their HSC exams
    Please continue to keep our Year 12s in your prayers. Their HSC exams start on
    20 October, and after such a difficult year, the support of their church family is invaluable. Let them know you're thinking of them with messages, notes or cards, not forgetting their families who have supported them through it all.
    Our Year 12 students are:
    Ryan, Ky, Matthew, Damian, Olivia, Sarah, D'Artanien, Micayla, Andrew, Declan and Ines. If you know others, please add them to your list.
  • Neroli Hills, Declan & Luna as they grieve the loss of Neroli's dad, Des Hills
  • Eric White ongoing treatment and health
  • Colleen White's recovery
  • Bob & Margaret Smith - Bob's ongoing treatment and health
  • Nanette Boileau's health
  • Bill & Heather Webster - ongoing ill health status
  • Sharon Jones and her rehabilitation, praise for her progress
  • Sarah Boccoletti's - praise for her recovery after surgery and saved life
  • Our medical and front-line personnel who are under such strain
  • Our volunteers and firies as they begin preparing for another fire season
  • Baby Imogen Rea, as well as her parents, sisters and extended family - they all need support as they fight Imogen's cancer. 
Baby Imogen was born with brain cancer, congenital Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4. Her parents, Brad and Christie Rea (pictured above in the hospital chapel) ask for us to please continue to pray for Imogen -
 
  1. That the chemotherapy successfully all cancer in her.
  2. That Imogen is totally cured of cancer.
  3. That she does not have any bad long-term side effects of the treatment, and the cancer does not grow back or spread.
  4. That God gives her full healing and a long, healthy and cancer-free life, and helps her strengthen and grow.
  5. That her doctors and nurses know what to do, give her the right treatment, and that God strengthens Christie and Brad.
  6. That Imogen’s family stays healthy and does not get sick and that none of us get Covid-19.
  7. That the PRISM study quickly produces accurate targeted treatment to overcome the cancer.
 
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” 
Lamentations 3:22,23


 
If you know anyone else who needs or would like prayer,
please send a message to Pr Pablo, Nick, Jess or Marvin.

Youth Social This Weekend

This Sabbath, 17 October, we will be meeting
at the church at 2:00pm and heading out for a bushwalk. 


Bring a hat, waterbottle, snack, jacket and backpack.
Contact Jess if you'd like more information.
We look forward to seeing you!
 
Castle Hill SDA Youth - Get Connected!
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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MINISTRIES & GROUPS
 
Castle Hill Men's Ministry is an inclusive open group that is looking to always inspire, lift up the name of Jesus, and better still, be in alignment with our church values and mission of being that light into the world.

We hold a Zoom Bible study each Wednesday night - men of all ages are most welcome to join any time!

For more information, please contact Chris - 041 276 0401
 
To keep informed of all Women's Ministries events and inspiration, please go to
Sydney Adventist Women Facebook page.
Senior's Ministries - Retirees Enjoying Life (REL)
If you would like to be added to the REL Group's emailing list to keep informed about events and news, please contact Shirley Hinze on relgroup2018@gmail.com
Ways to Serve
Gardening at Church
Although the church building is taking a rest, it is still needing constant care. If you'd like to some weeding or trimming over the holidays or during the week, we'd love you to volunteer! 
Community Response
There is also a huge opportunity to reach out and invest time in our community and friends through local service projects. Like on Sunday 13 September, a small group met up at the home of a local resident who had expressed  a need for help around his
home and yard. Armed with lawnmowers, edge trimmers, rakes, spades and garbage bags, we cleaned up around his home and garden. If this is something you'd like to get involved with, please contact Chris Engel to find out what is lined up in the future. Refreshments are always provided and we truly look forward to demonstrating God's love through service. It is a lot of fun working as a team to glorify His name, and help someone out.

To volunteer to do gardening at church, or if you'd like to be involved in other community service projects, please contact our Maintenance Coordinator and Men's Ministries Leader, Chris Engel - 0412 760 401

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 Pr Pablo 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.

Fund for Needy Persons (FFNP) 

The Fund for Needy Persons (FFNP) Committee has acknowledged that some church members wish to support other members facing hardship and poverty because of loss of employment caused by our current pandemic.

The aim of the FFNP is to restore independence by helping people back on their feet again. The charity is maintained by the generosity of members who give regularly and when the annual offering is collected. Contributions to this fund can be made via egiving.org.au/ and search Church Fund for the Needy. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

"Your contribution can help people facing a variety of needs, such as rental arears and financial setbacks, to relief and housing. Fund for the Needy really helps people get back on their feet." - Malcolm Rea, ADRA Director and Secretary for FFNP
ADRA Australia serves humanity so that all may live as God intended
– free from poverty and disadvantage.
ADRA's Appeal "Knocktober" continues throughout October -
You can make monetary donations to ADRA at www.adra.org.au/donate

Because of COVID-19, there is no ADRA Appeal door-knock and there is a worry that ADRA will not have the funds needed to maintain the work that they do – work that sustains and supports so many people who are down and out; people that have been abused, neglected, disabled and, without ADRA's help, have little hope for tomorrow.

"I know that God is faithful," says Malcolm Rea, ADRA Director–Greater Sydney. "He has a heart for poor vulnerable people and will touch the hearts of those who feel that that they have been blessed and during this pandemic and have the capacity to give.

Since we are not able to collect face-to-face this year, there may be a creative way for you to raise funds for such a needy cause. Social media has been a great tool during our world crisis - maybe you have a way to use your network and connections? Share on your Facebook or Instagram page a link or video about ADRA Appeal, to encourage your contacts to donate. ADRA’s website allows donations to go where donors want. Select one of the options provided or specify i.e. Macquarie Fields Community Centre. Alternatively, register for an on-line fundraising event.

To find out more about the Adventist Development & Relief Agency and the Knocktober Appeal, go to ADRA Australia website: www.adra.org.au

Watch Ross's story, how ADRA has been his help in a time of crisis.
If you'd like to help, please click on the button below to donate:
Donate to ADRA's Many Projects Now!
Living Our Faith - Living 28   
$19.95 each

Fresh perspectives on practising our faith, by Jarrod Stackelroth

How can the truths expressed Seventh-day Adventist Church’s fundamental beliefs make a practical difference in your life? It's so important to practise our faith, not just believe it! Knowing what you believe is helpful. Living what you believe is transformational!

A collection of 29 contemporary writers from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific share fresh and relevant, thoughtful and faithful, inspiring and—at times—challenging perspectives that will revive your faith and how you practise it. Each chapter, first published in Adventist Record, includes questions for group discussion or personal reflection.

Ideal for personal reading, youth and small groups, a Bible study or Sabbath school resource or even a baptismal gift.

“Any belief that has value must be lived out in our stories every day. This book challenges us to live God’s story as disciples of Jesus.”—Glenn Townend, President, South Pacific Division

Special offer!
For every 5 of these books you put in your cart, each 5th book will be free!

Available from Adventist Book Centre - buy online at adventistbookcentre.com.au

Do you know how to tell others about what your church believes?
Here is a wonderful video that you can share with them about
What Adventists Believe.

 
Miss last week's GSC newsletter? They're archived online!
Head to sydney.adventist.org.au/gsc-newsletter/ to find a listing of previous editions. 
Special Church Service on Sabbath, 31 October at 11:00am
On Sabbath 31 October, our speaker will be Dr Darius Jankiewicz, who will be talking to us about the Protestant Church Reformation. Our worship service will be coordinated by our own very talented John Duncan, who has planned a rich program of hymns and scripture to give us an outline of this important event in history.
Be sure to join us at 11:00am for this very special online church service!

Upcoming Speakers at Castle Hill Church

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

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

November
07. Nicholas Kross: "Where We Have Been"
      Offering: Castle Hill SDA Church

14. "What We Are Thankful For"
      Offering: World Mission Budget

21. Adventurer & Pathfinder Investiture
      Offering: Castle Hill SDA Church

28. Pr Pablo Lillo: 2021 Vision - "Where Are We Going?"
      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 – Jessica Laws
E: jessicalaws@adventist.org.au
M: 0424 370 294

Senior Elder - Marvin Malcolm
E: marvin_malcolm@yahoo.co.uk
M: 0414 430 688

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