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Welcome to Castle Hill SDA Church eBulletin
for 6 February 2021
 



Here I Am, Lord, Send Me
by Dan Doyle

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?
And ‘Who will go for us? And I said, ‘Here I am, Lord, send me.’ Isaiah 6:8

In this very powerful and moving passage, we are told of Isaiah’s vision when the Lord appeared to him to send him forth with a message to the people. It is rich with heavenly imagery and earthly portent. As Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:17, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” With that in mind, let us bring this scripture passage down from the heavens to where we all live our daily lives.

Every day God is sending us, like Isaiah, to go into the world of our daily lives to proclaim his message to those we live within this world: our families, our friends, our co-workers and, yes, even the strangers we meet. We are his Isaiah in this world, at this time, in this place. Like Isaiah, God calls us today, and every day of our lives, to call ourselves and others to conversion, to challenge ourselves and others to turn away from those things that destroy us, both here and in eternity. We are commissioned every day, to bring ourselves and others back to God and his goodness. We are to do this through our own words and actions.

Like Isaiah, we too may very well be met with the refusal and even the rejection of others. Unlike Isaiah, we have come to know God intimately, in a human way, in Jesus. We are no longer commissioned to get people to convert out of fear and the intimidation of a wrathful God. Our efforts in this challenge today are to always to be modelled on the life of Christ among us. We are called to bring others, and ourselves to conversion through our compassion and understanding. We must be moved by mercy and love for ourselves and others, just as Jesus was. We must be willing to lead lives that are clearly rooted in the life of Jesus. We are not to condemn those who refuse and reject us but to challenge and guide them through our freely-given forgiveness and through the obvious joy we have because of our living faith in Christ Jesus.

The mission has not changed. But with the Incarnation, our faith became mature. We no longer respond, like children, out of an awe-full fear of God, but as adults now, we respond out of awe for his unconditional love, which he expressed to us in Jesus. Now we are to love as Jesus loves. We are to address and to relate to others as adults who possess a free will and a capable intellect. We are to help bring others to that happy conversion more through how we live our lives than by what we say with our words. And we are never sent alone. God is always with us in his Holy Spirit.

Let us all say, then, “Here I am, Lord, send me.”

If you have announcements to be added, please send to
bulletin@castlehillchurch.org.au
by 9:00pm each Thursday.

Weekly Prayer Meetings - Wednesday evenings

Weekly prayer meetings have resumed each Wednesday evening
from 7:30-8:30pm for the next 9 weeks via Zoom.
 
The program will follow the Conference's 10 days of prayer program but run over 10 weeks.  The topic is "Seeking Revival" and Week 1 was on the 3 February, Week 2 will be on Wednesday 10 February. The meetings will initially be run online via Zoom given the ease of access. 
 
Please contact Marvin Malcolm if you need assistance with the technology to join.

Like regular weeks of prayer, there is an associated reading that will be used to guide the program and is attached.  I'm not sure the best way to distribute it, however, they is a correspondng site where all the materials, in multiple languages, can be found.
 
Get Your Kit Here

    Church Online


Join the live-streamed worship service
this Sabbath, 6 February

Our worship service runs from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

Today's service will be broadcast live -
please come with an attitude of praise
as our youth lead us in worship.


Today we will hear from our new associate pastor
as he shares his journey through a message he has titled:
"My Story". Welcome, Josh, to our pulpit today!

Next Sabbath we will have our Senior Pastor, Pr Pablo Lillo,
present his message, "Cultivating My Prayer Life".

Welcome, to our new Associate Pastor & his family!

We warmly introduce you to
Josh & Danelle Stothers,
and their little daughter Lacey,

who have joined our pastoral team.
We are very excited to have them
join our church family,
and we welcome them
with open arms!
We look forward to the
message Josh has
to share with us this Sabbath.
Blessings to all three as you
settle into your new environment.

 
Click here to join us!

FROM PASTOR PABLO:

Dear Church Family:
I’m excited! I’m so happy! I’m elated!
We’re finally returning to church after doing church online for almost a year!
That’s almost 52 weeks of watching church on TV!

Our return date for in-person church at Castle Hill will be February 13.


Church will be different but the best part is
we will be able to see each other in person!

Be advised there will be some differences:
- the 2 square metre rule will apply
- there will be no congregational singing
- we will need to wear masks

 

Face-to-face commencement of all
Sabbath Schools
13 February, at 9:30am
Worship Service at 11:00am

 

Church will meet in the church hall, the old church and main the church.
The retirees will be given priority to meet in the main church. 

Church will still be live-streamed if you feel more comfortable with this.


I’m eternally grateful for those who have served
beyond the call of duty throughout 2020;
for those who kept believing, trusting and giving of their time, talents and energy
in making our online services special and Zoom Sabbath School lessons a reality.

I’ll send you further information next week as it comes to hand.
Please share this message with family & friends.
Yours—because of Jesus

Pastor Pablo Lillo

 

For those entering the church premises for worship service recordings, study groups and bringing offerings and donations, please be aware of our

QR Code Sign-in

Please look for the QR Code on the desk as you enter the main door of the church, scan it, and fill in your details.

Thank you for helping keep our church a safe and welcoming place.

We'd like to ask the church to complete a survey on both
church life during COVID and how we do church going forward.

If you could assist us by clicking on the link below and
filling in your responses, it will help us with planning and improving
our ministry at Castle Hill Church.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Marvin Malcolm

 
Take Survey Now
Putting God first can be difficult. What can we learn from Hannah that will help us put God first in our lives today?

Hannah experienced a wonderful miracle in her life: God answered her prayer and gave her a son. She must have been so happy to discover she was pregnant! A few months earlier, she had entered the temple in Jerusalem and opened her heart to God, even promising that if God gave her a son, she would dedicate him to God’s service. Now that she was a mother, her life was so different! She named her son Samuel, which means “heard by God”.
     We can imagine Hannah sitting with little Samuel and teaching him about God through the telling and retelling of the old stories. Samuel was a miracle and she loved him with all her heart. But the time soon came when she had to take Samuel to the temple to serve the Lord, as she had promised. Although God had given her many other children, Samuel was her first. Giving him up to the Lord still as a child must have been very difficult.
       Putting God first is often difficult. But here are Hannah’s own words, as recorded in 1 Samuel 2:1, 2: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no-one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”
      Samuel would become one of the greatest prophets in the history of the people of Israel. He was a man of God who anointed King Saul and even King David himself. None of this would have happened if his mother had refused to put God first.
      If you are a parent, have you ever wondered what impact putting God first will have on your children? It is impossible to predict the kind of impact children will have on the world when they grow up witnessing their parents putting God first. Hannah put God first. Her example compels us to do the same. As the deacons collect the tithe and offerings, we are challenged to put God first.

 
Our heavenly Father, help us to seek You and Your kingdom first.
Please accept our worship this morning.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.


 
Our offering today will be for Local Church Outreach. We encourage you to hold your tithes and offerings until 13 February (next Sabbath) to give in person on our first Sabbath back together, a day of celebration and thanksgiving.
 
NEXT SABBATH'S OFFERING
Next week's offering will be for 
AUC: Disaster & Famine Relief

By supporting the Disaster and Famine Relief Offering,
you will enable ADRA to be ready to respond immediately
to disasters both at home and overseas.
Your offering will help deliver emergency shelter, food, water and
medical supplies to those affected.
Give Donations - eGiving
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING THIS WEEK?

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend
our working bee on Sunday! Our church buildings and grounds
look amazing! Thank you for the hard work and dedication
to keeping our precious resources maintained.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Chris Engel
Creative Activities is Back!
So blessed to be able to start back carefully at Creative Activities on Wednesday!
It was great to see so many familiar faces, even if they were behind masks. Ever so grateful to our fabulous team of volunteers (including the amazing Leone Rocke who celebrated her 97th birthday at the end of January who gave us the excuse to eat cake!)
who went the extra mile today to keep our Creative Activities family safe.

And a big, cheery Happy Birthday, Leone!
- Carolyn Sherriff
REQUESTS - Urgent Accommodation Needed
 
Urgent Accommodation Sought

Single mum with a young child (and two medium-size dogs)
urgently looking for accommodation
within reasonable distance of Castle Hill ELC.
Please contact Cecilia on 0452 508 456
if you know of anywhere suitable.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PATHFINDERS - FIRST MEETING THIS SABBATH AFTERNOON

Last Friday night was the Pathfinders Induction Service, held in the school cola. Thank you to everyone that came along. We hope that it was a blessing for you.

Our first Club Meeting is this Sabbath, 6 February
  • Drop off and COVID check in 3:15pm. 
    REGISTER WITH OUR COVID MARSHALL BEFORE PROCEEDING
  • 3:30pm lined up ready to go ... please be punctual
  • Wear: Must have your Pathfinder polo shirt and please wear sneakers (NO thongs)
  • Bring: dinner, water bottle
  • There will be a Club Pursuit after dinner
  • Pick Up: 8:30pm sharp
Pathfinder webpage: castlehillpathfinder.club
Leader Contact: Alex Rolfo
0414 857 601
pathfinderalex68@gmail.com

ADVENTURERS - FIRST MEETING
NEXT SABBATH AFTERNOON

13 February at 2:00pm

Adventurers webpage: castlehilladventurer.club

Leader Contact: Chris and Lucy Engel - 0412760401


Here's the calendar for 2021.
Our first club meeting is
Next Sabbath afternoon at 2:00pm!
Child Protection Training
Next Sabbath, 13 February 2021

All those who are working with children in any area of ministry are
invited to join a training session, presented by
Colleen Savage and Pr Pablo Lillo
on 13 February from 1:00pm
in the Castle Hill church/hall.


Please note that the Working with Children list for the church will be updated
on the day and those attending the training session will be asked to provide a
valid WWC Check including your surname, DOB and WWC number
for verification purposes.
These details can also be sent prior to the day

to Megan Lillo - meganlillo@icloud.com

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP as soon as possible
to Colleen - colleen.sav@outlook.com

Or call her on 0435 955 330
Find out if this training program is for you
by attending the information session at
Galston SDA Church:

Fusion - Sabbath, 20 February, 3:30-8:30pm

Fusion is an afternoon program for all those interested in Youth Ministry,
and those in Youth Leadership roles, to get together and discuss important
and relevant topics about Youth Ministry.
Our Keynote Speakers include:
Dr Nick Kross, Pr Cheonneth Strickland, Pr Craig Vanas, and Pr Simon Gigliotti.
Date: Saturday, 20 February 2021
Time: 3:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Dundas SDA Church - 40 Kissing Point Road, Oatlands, NSW, 2117
Afternoon Tea & Dinner provided.

This is a free event, but we would love you to register:
Register Here

Event by Adventist Women Australia
Free Online Event
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7:30pm

Join us for an online Prayer Summit.
We will have a guest presenter, panel discussion,
music and online zoom prayer rooms to join and participate.

Find Out More
Ministry Groups
Castle Hill Kids (0-9)
Hey, Kids! Isn’t it awesome that we have a God who loves us so much and who we can trust? And even if we have done something wrong, God still loves us and will take us back. Why don’t you talk to God right now, thank Him for His amazing love, ask Him to lead you and guide you to be the best you can be. Enjoy a sand art with Tiani, learn about bees with Ranger Hardy, Daniel teaches us how to make a bird feeder, and Katharine sings a special song.
Here are some links that you might find helpful:
Castle Hill Preteens & Teens

The Years 7 & 8 Bible Study Group

If you know of a young person who would like to be included in this year's group,
please contact one of our pastoral team:

 
Contact the Team
Castle Hill Youth & Young Adults

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.
CHY Instagram
SPECIAL VIEWING

Restored - A True Story:  Samuel & Valentina

Amazing Story! Saved by Jesus!

This film is a real, raw, and personal account of how an uncle and his niece were saved from asylum and Muslim faith that included a life of homosexuality, drugs, suicide, rejection and demon worship into a saving relationship with Jesus. Found Rest is humbled and pleased to bring you this powerful and life-changing testimony.

Restored - A True Story: Samuel and Valentina

If you would like more information, please visit our website, http://www.found.rest
We pray you will be blessed, encouraged and uplifted by this incredible story.
Women's Ministry
Adventist Women encourages women to improve their potential
and participation in the mission of the Church and provides a support system
and forum for women in and out of the church.


Read daily devotionals, keep up with events, watch yummy recipes being made, and be encouraged in your faith and ministry, on the official Facebook presence of the Women's Ministry Department of the Greater Sydney Seventh-day Adventist Conference.
 
Sydney Adventist Women
Need someone to talk to?

Suzanne Bocking provides high-quality online counselling for women
in the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere you have internet access.

 
Online Counseling for Women
Castle Hill Seniors

Retirees Enjoying Life Group (REL)
 
FIRST OUTING FOR 2021
 
We are planning a picnic/fish & chips lunch at Berowra Waters on
Tuesday 23 February at 12 o’clock.
 
It's a lovely drive down to Berowra Waters, and parking is easy there. You can bring your own lunch, or buy it at the cafe near our picnic spot. Their takeaway fish & chips are excellent, and they also have vegetarian burgers.

Bring your chairs and all your stories to share since we last caught up.

At the moment we are feeling a little more comfortable being outdoors. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and we can have a fun time together.
 

Church is going back on 13 February!
 
Church will be different but the best part is we will be able to see each other and not watch church on a screen!

Pablo advises there will be some differences:
- the 2 square metre rule will apply
- there will be no congregational singing
- we will need to wear masks. 


Church will meet in the church hall, the old church and main the church. The retirees are able to meet in the church and if we can give him approximate numbers of retirees planning on coming back to Church, he will make sure seats will be reserved in the main church.

If you can let us know if you are thinking of coming back to church, we can pass the numbers onto Pablo.

Church will still be live-streamed if you feel more comfortable with this.
 

Keep updated on the group's activities, news and events by joining the mailing list.
If you know anyone who would like to join us, please feel free to invite them.
Please contact Shirley Hinze on 

relgroup2018@gmail.com to have your email address added.

REL Group Committee:
Bev Garrard, Marion Mason, Bob Smith, Greg and Shirley Hinze.
Outreach - Ways to Serve & Give
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
Reach out in our community and friends through local service projects. To volunteer to do some gardening at church, or register your interest be involved in a future community service project, please contact Chris Engel on 041 276 0401.
ADRA Community Centre Blacktown
Donate Here
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone’s generous donations this past year! 
Without all of you, we wouldn’t be able to help the number of people we do!
Mother and children living in a car


Fund for Needy Persons (FFNP) 

Offering this Sabbath, 19 December

The Greater Sydney Conference runs a charity that gives us the opportunity to provide for those in need.

The aim of the Fund for Needy Persons (FFNP) is to restore independence by helping people get back on their feet again. Funds are used to help resolve the crisis caused by rental or accommodation problems, abuse, unemployment, the illness or death of a family member. The FFNP charity is maintained by the generosity of members who give regularly and when the annual offering is collected. 


You can contribute throughout the year via egiving.org.au/ and search Church Fund For The Needy. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

Contribute Here
Worship Service Podcasts


Listen to the messages that have been presented this year
via our online services.

 

Listen to podcasts or our (growing) library of online church sermons from 2020. Pop over to https://castlehillsda.transistor.fm/ to catch up on any episode, or subscribe using your favourite podcast app (search in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Podcast Addict, etc).
Missed last week's GSC newsletter? They're archived online!
Head to 
http://sydney.adventist.org.au/gsc-newsletter 
to find a listing of previous editions. 

Upcoming Speakers & Events at Castle Hill Church


February 2021

  6.   Pr Joshua Stothers: "My Story"
        Offering: Castle Hills SDA Church

 13.  Prayer - Pr Pablo Lillo: "Cultivating My Prayer Life"
        Offering: AUC Disaster & Famine Relief

20.   Jessica Laws
        Offering: Castle Hills SDA Church


27.   Pr Joshua Stothers
        Offering: Education - Auburn School Scholarships

 
 



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 – Josh Stothers 
E: joshuastothers@adventist.org.au
M: 0426 897 577

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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