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Welcome to Castle Hill SDA Church eBulletin!
To add news items and annoucements, please send notices to
Michelle Gibbons at mrsgibbo@yahoo.com.au by Wednesday evening.

 
If you have news, stories, celebrations, photos or would like to have a pastoral visit to video a tour of your home, please send to mrsgibbo@yahoo.com.au
 

Thought for the Week - By Marvin Malcolm, Senior Elder

I read something in my devotion recently that struck me in its simplicity, because I’d never really thought of it that way before. It was based on Proverbs 31:11 where it says, "Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value". The focus was on the theme: Your spouse has the power to reprogram your self-image, because they know you so intimately.
     The author goes on to say, if someone calls you a kind person, then you’ll feel complimented, but in truth, that person doesn’t know you that well.  But if your spouse says, “You are the kindest person I know”, that affirms more deeply, because they see your whole life, not just the bits on show. But, conversely, that means if your spouse says, “You are stupid”, that wounds much more deeply than if someone else were to say it.
     In addition, the author understands that, for some, their self-image will need to be reprogrammed from outside their marriage and that ultimately, any Christian’s confidence and self-worth come from a heavenly Father’s love, because he knows us so intimately.
     We must remember that our words have true power. They have the power to affirm, and the power to humiliate and belittle. Let’s choose to reprogram the self-image of those we are close to, by building them up rather than tearing them down.

 


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 Sept 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.

In the recent Board Meeting, it was agreed that Bible study and Sabbath School groups can now meet at the church in the hall, provided that social distancing rules are adhered to. Please refer to Item 2 of Pr Pablo's letter (below the Offering section) to read the details to apply to this possibility. 
 
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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

Join us! Click here!
Listen to a message from our Conference President, Pr Terry Johnson:
There are many other recorded and livestream programs that you can access via the Greater Sydney Conference website.
Click on this link:
Today's Offering is for Castle Hill Church
Becoming a Christian means that I now (1) accept the fact that I am a sinner, (2) accept Christ’s death in my place for the forgiveness of my sins, (3) want to receive a new heart, and (4) accept the lordship of Christ in my life. It is a radical choice that will affect all areas of my life! My own criteria or perceptions are no longer the parameter for making decisions, because I know that my “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Instead, I now accept the lordship of Jesus, submitting my life to His word. One cannot have Jesus while rejecting His Word, because He and His Word are inseparable!
     This submission is what Solomon meant in his appeal: “Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8). Solomon then uses the financial life to suggest a way through which we may exercise our submission to Jesus and to His word: “Honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9, 10).
     There are promised blessings for returning tithes and giving offerings regularly, as first-fruits of every income. To honour the Lord with first-fruits means that we give our best to God first before meeting any other expenses. On the other hand, one of the first signs of our unwillingness to submit to Jesus and to His word is the disinclination to return tithes and to give offerings of all our increase, before any other expense. Limited submission generates limited blessings, while unlimited submission brings overflowing blessings.

Appeal
While we humbly bring our tithes and offerings to the Lord today, as the first part of all our increase, let us ask Him to give us a submissive heart and to help us to be willing to say, “‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears’” (1 Samuel 3:9).

Prayer
Dear Lord! Please speak to us today and change our hearts, making us willing to submit to Your guidance and power. Please fulfil your promises of overflowing blessings, according to Your great generosity. 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
Letter to ChurchPr Pablo Lillo, Senior Pastor

Corona Virus
I love my church, the church I serve. The church you serve. The Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. It’s God’s church. I love the people who attend, the pastoral team, leaders and volunteers who diligently make this engine run—people who give so much of themselves to the cause of Christ.

During this Coronavirus pandemic, our leaders and servants have stepped up to lead and serve. I’m so proud of everyone and how you’ve responded. Many of you have contacted elderly members, the sick and others in our church community to meet their needs and fulfil their requests.

I am pleased that hundreds are watching, enjoying and participating in our online worship services—our new way of doing church for now. Many of you are honouring our Lord and Saviour with your gifts, talents and time—this is vital during this season in which we find ourselves.

The most challenging aspect of the Coronavirus concerns are all the unknowns. How long will this isolation last? How many will be infected in the future? How will this pandemic impact the Australian, global economy? Will I lose my job? Will my friends lose their jobs? What if a loved one gets sick with the virus? When will it all end!?

No one can answer those questions except the One who holds all things in His hands, which begs the question: Where is God? Never do we struggle with the goodness of God more than in the middle of a pandemic.

God never sends an atrocity, but takes this disadvantage—turns it into an advantage and uses it for His glory. Yes, God works everything together for His good and glory.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Last Tuesday night we held a board meeting to discuss various items. Allow me to share a few:

1. Nominating Committee:
We voted to not hold a Nominating Committee in 2020, and ask everyone to serve for another year. We would love for you to continue serving until the end of term in 2021. We need you, your church needs you. We will start the process of Nominations in September 2021.
     Having made that decision, we do understand if you choose to stand down at the end of your term (January 31, 2021). We would encourage all heads of Ministries to contact those in their teams and encourage them to serve for another year. 
     The Board voted to offer anyone who would like to stand-down from their roles to contact Pr Pablo Lillo by October 17, 2020 via email. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll take that as your decision to continue serving for another year.

2. Use of Church Facilities for Sabbath School / Bible Studies:
Up until now, the Board has not permitted groups to meet in church. With things improving in NSW, we have taken the step to allow smaller groups of people to use the halls and rooms for Bible Study groups and Sabbath School, Adventurers and Pathfinders.
  • The church itself is out of bounds as it is used for filming during the week.
  • Anyone wanting to use our facilities must comply with the strict COVID-19 protocols.
  • They must ensure everyone respects social distancing regulations—one person per 4 square metre rule.
  • No singing is allowed.
  • A designated Compliance Marshall must be in attendance.
  • Food cannot be served or consumed on the church premises. 
  • All users will need to wipe down chairs and tables used.
  • Each activity will need to be scheduled and booked in advance with Church Custodian - Gavin Donald - 0438 644 431
The capacity of each room to conform with regulations:
  • Church: Out of bounds
  • Hall: 50
  • Youth Hall: 21
  • Stanford Hall: 22
  • Sabbath School Rooms: 10
Item No 2 does sound burdensome and possibly seen by some as an overreaction. The Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church is a COVID-19 registered business (Compulsory). Therefore, we need to comply with legislation—otherwise, the fines are astronomical. My suggestion would be to keep on doing Sabbath School online and meeting in homes. If you want to meet in church buildings every once in a while for Sabbath School or Bible Study, you have the blessing from our church leaders—please keep in mind the person booking the facilities will be responsible for compliance.

3. Communion and Foot Washing:
After having an insightful discussion on the communion service—we decided to not include it in our church service, but provide it as a dedicated service on a Friday night or Sabbath afternoon. In essence, it means we won’t have to rush through the service to participate in ordinances. The full communion, foot washing service will be experienced in real-time rather than saying, for example at the end of the service, “now it’s time to wash each other’s feet, see you next week.” We’ll let you know well in advance when this is planned.

My prayer during this season of life and ministry is simple. I pray that we, as fully committed followers of Jesus, would renew our passion for worship and honour God with our everyday lives. I pray that we would strengthen our desire for genuine community, looking out for each other, especially those who aren’t well and in need of our love and support.

Finally, I pray we would renew our compassion for the less fortunate and would do everything we can to help the helpless.
Yours—because of Jesus
Pastor Pablo Lillo

We are blessed with an amazing group of young people and amongst them are a group of HSC students who today have had their last official day of school. It has been a final year like no orther... and as one who STILL fondly remembers her last year at school, I feel so sad that 2020 has not been kind to them in this respect.

Now the hard slog to the final exams and then... who knows!

So - please remember these great young people in your prayers and if you'd like to send them a card, good wishes and the like, I'm sure we can find some addresses (please contact carolong@iprimus.com.au) Here are their names:
 
Micayla Davis
Damian Hinze
Ky Howie
Sarah Lockhart
Ines Loureiro
Andrew Malcolm
Olivia Matheson
Ryan McLean
D'Artanien Muj
Declan Hills-Perry
Matthew Rolfo

We are so blessed to have you in our church family, we are proud of you all and of the people you are, of your leadership and of the example you set for the children who look up to you, of the way you interact with your world and of the contribution you make to the community as a whole. You are in our prayers, our hearts and thoughts and we wish you well for your exams and for your future. - Carolyn Sherriff
 

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.

Eric White
Colleen White - Colleen is now home from hospital and resting after her heart surgery
Bob & Margaret Smith
Nanette Boileau
Bill & Heather Webster
Sarah Boccaletti
Sharon Jones
Baby Imogen Rea
Year 12 students as they study for and sit their HSC exams in October

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

Church Transfer In
This is the first reading of transfer from Church in the Fields SDA Church (Macquarie Fields, NSW) to Castle Hill SDA Church for George & Rita Karraz.

If you have any concerns about this transfer, please contact Pr Pablo. If there are no objections, a second announcement will be posted in next week's eBulletin, and this will be considered a unanimous vote for the Karraz's to be received into our church family.

 


Stay connected spiritually and socially! 

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

Here is an easy loaf you can cook the night before, and have it ready for an easy,
cool meal with salad for these warmer days, so you can really enjoy your fellowship!


Corn Bake
This is a loaf-style vegetarian savoury is served in slices – great in Spring or Summer with salad for a picnic or quick get-together.
 
INGREDIENTS

1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ cup peeled and grated carrots
½ cup peeled and grated zucchini
½ cup chopped red capsicum
½ cup diced celery
½ cup finely chopped shallots
¼ cup bacon pieces, optional
440g can drained corn kernels
½ cup low-fat cheese, grated
½ cup sifted self-raising flour
4 eggs
30g melted margarine
salt and pepper to taste
METHOD:
  1. Combine all ingredients, mixing well to combine.
  2. Spoon mixture into a greased loaf tin.
  3. Bake in a moderate oven for 40-45 minutes or until set.
  4. Once cooled, turn onto a plate and serve in slices.
     Now, sit and enjoy the fellowship with your guests with this hearty, healthy meal!
 

REL Group - Good Old Days Tea-Time Videos

Monday, 3 August 2020 marked the launch of our "Tea-Time Videos" series! Every Monday, through to September 28, we will be posting a short video to our website with excerpts from our concerts from the past seven years! We may not be able to be together at the Town Hall for our concerts at the moment, but through these videos, we can rekindle memories of the great artists who have entertained us at The Good Old Days Concerts!

HOW TO ACCESS:

1) Go to our website - goodolddaysconcerts.com.au/archive-videos/
2) Select "THE GOOD OLD DAYS CONCERTS TEA-TIME VIDEOS" 
3) There is a list of video links
4) Click on the link and enjoy the "mini-concert"!

Each video will be posted at approximately 7:00am each Monday, but you can access the video as many times as you wish at any time of the day or night after this time. There is no need to set the alarm clock to be up at that time! 

We invite you to make a cup of your favourite beverage, sit back, and enjoy some highlights from our concerts. Each video will last approximately 15-20 minutes. And each video will remain posted to the page throughout the course of our initiative.

We can't wait to share the memories with you! And, in due time, to be re-united with you all for The Good Old Days Concerts at Sydney Town Hall!

ENJOY!


Pack a Shoebox! Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is still collecting boxes of gifts for disadvantaged children across the world!
Young Michael Engel is happy he is going to shop for some gifts for this needy cause!
What is Operation Christmas Child?
For many years now, Castle Hill Church, Creative Activities and our schools have participated in Operation Christmas Child. If you don't already know, it 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 all across the globe! You can even have a tracker put on your box so you know where it ends up!
Click here for How to Pack a Shoebox
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 samaritanspurse.org.au 

Or, please let Pr Pablo know and he can organise a box to be delivered to you.

A date and location for the return of your filled boxes will be advised soon. Please start collecting items now, and join us in the exciting project to bring light and happiness to children in deprived parts of the world!
I Need a Box!


Hello Adventurer Families!

Some news about the Adventurer e-Camporee on 6-8 November:
     Join us for our first ever e-Camporee! This Camporee will take place as an online event, screened to Youtube and Facebook over the weekend of November 6-8. We encourage you to re-create the full Camporee experience for your Adventurers by setting up tents and camping out in your backyards or lounge rooms.   
     The theme for this year's Camporee is "Show and Tell about Jesus". Our guest speaker, Pr Raul Moran, will present a series of engaging talks on the topic. We also have 3 BRAND NEW Awards prepared for you.

     Thank you. God bless.  - Alex Rolfo

Register Here!
Youth News
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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Moses, Ezekiel (10), Noah (7), and Abel (2) and Gez

Announcement for our Youth!
The Greater Sydney Conference are excited to announce that Pr Moses Depaz will be joining us in 2021 as the new Associate Youth Director for Greater Sydney. We believe that Pr Moses, and his family, will be a huge blessing to the young people in Greater Sydney and look forward to their arrival!  Here is a little introduction note from Pr Moses below: 
    “Hello, our family and I have been blessed to serve the local church in Western Australia for the past 7 years. My family is excited to join the GSC Team to serve in the Youth Department. We are grateful towards all the former Youth Leaders the Conference has had and acknowledge their impact in aiding a spiritual journey for the Youth of Sydney, one which has had a positive effect for both Gez and I during our formative years as youth."  
      Moses is looking forward to serving from January 2021.
Ministries

Women's Ministires
Breathe Online Women's Conference - 2-3 October
We are making history! We're gathering our beautiful CONQUERORs for our first BREATHE ONLINE Conference.
Joining us to share the word is the incredible CHARISSA TOROSAIN (née Fong)! She is excited and ready to bring God's word to the women of Sydney.


Schedule
Friday, 2 October, 7:00pm - Charissa Torosain (née Fong)
Sabbath, 3 October
2:00pm - M.A.D Session
5:00pm - Charissa Torosain (née Fong)

This event is free, so invite every gal you know! But please click below to receive your link to join in online.
 
Get Tickets for the Conquerors Conference
To keep informed of all Women's Ministries events and inspiration, please go to
Sydney Adventist Women Facebook page.
Men's Ministries

Men's Zoom Bible Studies
We have recommenced our Zoom Men's Bible and Life Group, weekly on Wednesdays at 7pm for an hour. All men of all ages are invited to join us as we commit time and devotion to God's Word.
     We have been travelling through the times and life of David in 1 Samuel 16 and we up to Chapter 22 this coming week (30 September). Last week we had Pr Terry Johnson speak to us about what inspiration is. The study was out of Matthew 20:20 and it was asked, Are we able to drink from the Cup? It led us to the question, Where are our priorities with Christ? Where is our commitment? These are huge questions and big decisions about cutting back on the very things that take hold of our lives, as in, everything! We are all on a journey, and building that road to Eternity is never easy.
     We put out an invite each week by text message as well as a link to the church Facebook page. If you want to join us, click on the link, enter the passcode, and you will be into the lesson. I must admit, without God's love and support in leading this Men's Ministry, I would really have struggled up to now. It's a huge blessing - just come. You may not know it all, but that is what we do: we learn and encourage one another. It just flows and we feel truly blessed and rejuvenated as we study and have some good chuckles as well.  
     We then have a time of prayer for our church and wider community, with our prayers brought to the feet of Jesus. You can text prayer requests to me on 041 276 0401 and I can present this to the group during this prayer time.
    I encourage all men, younger ones too, to give it a sincere try to join next Wednesday night. We are not experts of it all, but here we can all be on common ground in understanding how God wants to lead us to a better relationship with Him and each other.
    God Bless you all, and we look forward to seeing you in the Bible Study, and connecting with us, some time soon. - Chris Engel

For more information, please contact Chris Engel - 
041 276 0401

 
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 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 monetary donations to ADRA at www.adra.org.au/donate
 

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
Donate to ADRA's Many Projects Now!
This is an excellent video to share with anyone looking for a fantastic school,
Early Learning Centre to Year 12 - Hills Adventist College.


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WEBSITE:
hills.adventist.edu.au
 

Upcoming Speakers at Castle Hill Church

September "Arrows - Take Your Aim..."

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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