2010 Newsletters

December 2010 Newsletter

Think of others this Christmas. God gave the greatest gift of all time when he sent his only begotten son into this world, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. What a great gift that was – we can’t match it! Yet we can pass on to others some of the love God has shown to us. Maybe you are wondering how?

With so much of a focus on buying, buying, buying at Christmastime in our materialistic world, we can lose sight of the needs of others, and concentrate on the wants of ourselves and our friends instead. Now may be the ideal time for you to look around and see how you can make a difference to the life of someone else. We cannot fix the problems of the whole world, we cannot give to all of the billions of people on our globe, but each of us can make a difference in the life of someone (or many) around us.

How? Consider giving up your time to visit a lonely pensioner. Perhaps you could bake a fruitcake for a sick neighbour, or sing some songs to a widow. The list is endless. Giving money or wrapped gifts can be lovely, and appreciated, but often the gift of your time is the most precious!

Christmas Eve Service

7pm on Friday 24 December

Join us to consider what the birth of Jesus means to people today. This Christmas Eve service will include about an hour of short readings from the Bible, some carol singing and a talk about how our lives have been (or can be) affected by the birth of Jesus, God’s only begotten son.

At this time of year many people like to think about the peace and joy that came with the birth of this special baby. Can you find ways to continue to feel that peace and joy throughout the year?

Take time out of your busy Christmas schedule to sit and reflect on the great gift that God has given to us. Many remember this gift of God at this festive time of year. A light supper will be included at the end of the evening.

The New Life Class

Sundays 11:30am – 12:30pm

Dec 5 – Fundamentals: Jesus, the son of God
Dec 12 – Fundamentals: The kingdom of heaven
Dec 19 – Praise and worship Sunday
Dec 26 – Fundamentals: God’s promises of hope

All the plans we make are subject to the will of God

Shop closing dates

The Dandenong Bible Education Centre will be closed from 2pm on Friday 24 December until 10am on Tuesday 18 January, when it will reopen. Thus the shop will be closed for three weeks. It will still remain open on Sundays for our usual morning service and the New Life Class, followed by lunch.

Please note: we plan to be open on Christmas Eve until 2pm.

Bible Explorers’ BBQ lunch

1pm on Sunday December 5
Dandenong Park

If you are thinking of enrolling your child in “Bible Explorers” next year, now would be a great time to meet us, and to share in some fun with your child. If you just want to see what goes on, you are welcome to join us too. The fun starts at 1pm at the Dandenong Park barbecues (next to the Sound Shell) for a delicious BBQ lunch, together with games and races.

Anybody for some cooking?

In the Biblical book of Esther we read of a tyrant, Haman, who tried to kill all the Jews because he was angry with a Jew, Mordecai, who would not bow down to him. Haman didn’t realize that God had set up a Jewish queen, Esther, to ensure the safety of his people. Haman had built a huge gallows to hang Mordecai on, but in the end he and his ten sons were the ones to die on the gallows.

The feast of Purim is the feast that celebrates salvation of the Jews and the downfall of Haman. This happy festival involves present giving, dressing up and feasting. One of the tasty sweet treats at Purim is “Hamantaschen” – triangular pastries filled with poppy seeds, prunes, or dried fruit. The version below is filled with delicious dried fruits. Why not try some for Christmas?

Hamantaschen

Pastry:
150g margarine
5/8 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup SR fl
our 1 cup plain flour
honey to glaze

Filling:
1 cup sultanas
1 cup raisins
1⁄2 cup currants
1⁄4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 apple, peeled and cored
juice and rind of 1 lemon

Filling: Mince all the ingredients together and mix well.

Cream margarine and sugar, add the egg yolk. Add the flour slowly to make a very stiff dough, using some egg white if dry. Knead lightly. Roll out thinly, and cut into 7.5cm rounds. Place the filling in the centre of each round. Brush the edges with water, and bring the edges to the centre to form triangles. Bake at 220°C for 20 minutes. Brush with melted honey.

Matching pairs

Can you match the following Biblical characters with the place they came from?

  1. Goliath
  2. Baby Jesus
  3. Young Abraham
  4. Micah
  5. Nebuchadnezzar
  6. Lydia
  7. Martha
  8. Job
  9. Potiphar
  10. Rahab
  11. Adam
  12. Dorcas
  13. Ahasuerus
  14. Ruth
  1. Thyatira
  2. Moab
  3. Bethany
  4. Egypt
  5. Gath
  6. Susa/Shushan
  7. Jericho
  8. Bethlehem
  9. Moresheth
  10. Joppa
  11. Ur
  12. Babylon
  13. Land of Uz
  14. Garden Eden
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