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The Body of Christ

Jesus is a genius. In three years he was able to accomplish more than any one who has ever lived. He left behind a movement that over 2000 years would cause billions of people to give their lives to his cause. It didn't happen by chance - he initiated it, and he still leads it.

But it sure didn't seem like he achieved much at the time. When he went to the cross, all but one of his core group of followers had deserted him. Even after he rose from the dead and everyone was talking about it, one of them refused to believe it until he saw Jesus with his own eyes. And yet slowly but surely, the way of life he had instilled in them birthed "the church", which continues to this day.

There is one element of Jesus genius strategy to build a world wide movement that stands out for me. He recognised that we, ordinary human beings, are not quite as capable as him (understatement of the year). He is God, we are not. But he recognised that being made with the imprint of God on our lives (that's what "in the image of God" means), we could certainly achieve what he was able to achieve together and help each other become more like him - weakness drawing on strength. This is what Paul describes in Ephesians 4 - Christ gave the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors (shepherd) and teachers to the church, each of them equipping one another to do the work of God. Wasn't that Jesus job - to do God's work? Exactly. Now he does it through us.

2000 years ago, Jesus perfectly embraced God's work, heart, message, people and word (a simplistic summary of the role of the 5 gifts in Ephesians 4). Together we can too, all 5 'gifts' working together. What gift are you to the church? Does your heart burn with a passion for those who have heard the life changing message of the gospel? Do you love his word and desire to teach others how to study it? Do you want to extend the work of his Kingdom no matter what? No matter your ministry, the body is not the body without you.

Jesus is alive, the head and leader of his church. He makes every one of us just a little bit like him to start with, so over time we can teach each to become more like him individually and together. And as that happens, he continues God's work through us. Genius.

Giving Update Jan-July 2017 YTD: Budget $110,250. Actual $104,250. 
Direct Debit: BSB 036224 A/C Number 131848

Life Groups

Cinnamon Donuts - Girls age 14+ bible study. Mondays 7-8.30pm in the Library. Bek: 0458 127 744

Ladies Bible Study - Fridays 10am-12pm (during term time) in the Library. Frances: 0414 667 960

Connect Group - Sundays 12-2pm (fortnightly) Vince & Karen 6258 5428
Friday Life Group - 6.30pm in Canning Vale, fortnightly. John: 0429 651 378
Saturday Life Group - 8pm in Harrisdale, fortnightly. Nat: 0421 546 467 
Spice of Life - a monthly group for Ladies meeting in various locations. Tina: 0400 858 490
Retirees on a Roll - first Wednesday of the month (various times, locations). Contact Margaret Hill on: 0438 066 133
Light of Life - 6:30 pm Wednesday fortnightly, Various locations, Contact Reza on 0450 211 353.
Sunday arvo Life group - Luke: 0423 958 973
Taco Night - 1st Friday of the month connecting and doing life with families over tacos in Armadale. Louise and Rick: 0437 323 785




Programs & Activities

Playgroup - Runs during school term at The Billabong. To volunteer or for more info call Deb: 0437 118 896
Fresh Bread - a simple meal (free or donation only) run fortnightly on Fridays in the cafe. Luke: 0423 958 973
Amplify - a community of teenagers led by young adults, helping them in faith & life. Cam & Annelis: 0401 787 626
MOPS in Camillo - Mothers of Pre-Schoolers, 9.30am Mondays (fornightly) run at New Spring Church. To volunteer call Louise: 0437 323 785
The Village - Mentoring for young mums and mums-to-be from a Migrant background. For more info call Louise or visit thevillagenetwork.org.au
Billabong Crafters - 4th Saturday of the month 8.30am-12pm at The Billabong. Bring your craft and share ideas and skills. facebook.com/billabongcrafters
Social cycling club riding every other Sunday morning: strava.com/clubs/thebillabong

What's happening in The Village?

The Village support network is a ministry program that supports Migrant or Refugee mums birthing in Australia for the first time. Each week we are receiving referrals of new mums to be. The referrals are coming from local non profits such as Communicare, other churches and the Armadale Hospital Midwives. In June and July I (Louise) have had an opportunity to share the vision of The Village with Midwives at KEMH and Armadale.
If you would like to know more about The Village or find out how you can help, contact louise@thebillabong.org.au

Admin and Bookings: Kassie Phillips (Facilities Manager) 9455 6474, admin@thebillabong.org.au
Minister: Revd. Luke Williams 0423 958 973, luke@thebillabong.org.au 
Children & Families: Reza Mendes 0450 211 353, reza@thebillabong.org.au
Camillo Outreach: Louise Pekan 0437 323 785, louise@thebillabong.org.au
Kitchen Rosters: Julie: 9456 1495 
Leadership Team: Martin D (chair): 0457 146 462, dodgyrobins2@gmail.com
Frances David, Marilyn Burdett, Lisa Harries, Martin Hill

Do you need a community of praying people to pray for you or someone close to you? 

You can simply email prayernet@thebillabong.org.au and your request will be sent to a prayer network of The Billabong. (If you'd like to join the PrayerNet list so you receive these requests, please email admin@thebillabong.org.au)

Parents of Primary Schoolers

On Sunday 27th August our Sunday service will have a special focus on discipleship in our families. Following morning tea, parents of primary schoolers (and anyone else interested) are invited to stay until mid afternoon for a special 'training day' on how to build on what your kids learn in Kairos Quest in the home. Please RSVP to reza@thebillabong.org.au


Busy Bee

Our next Busy Bee is scheduled for Saturday, 14th October 2017




Our Community Centre

The Billabong's office is open from 9 - 5 Monday, Thursday and Friday (and Tuesday: 10.30-6.30) and you're always welcome to drop in and use the library or prayer room, check out the programs running here (there's lots!) or see if there's a way you can assist Kassie around the premises.
A new oven has been installed (which will thankfully cost us very little once the old ones are sold), the cafe has been fitted with reverse cycle air conditioning and the nature play committee is getting closer to finalising a design. Please pray for all involved in work on our premises - there's a lot happening!

Happy Birthday to...

Kylee Steed 4/8   Isobel Reynolds 8/8

Jonathan Limpah 14/8   Doug Bell 14/8

Rhiannon David 18/8   Luke Williams 19/8

Brian Hill 20/8    Jill Griffiths 23/8

Connor Iacobellis 24/8   Hayden Ferguson 25/8


Campfire

Campfire is low key, loads of fun, and very family friendly. The program has lots of open time for rest, renewal and time together. Campfire is an activity of PNEUMA, the Evangelical network of churches in the Uniting Church in WA.

With guest speakers Mark Illingworth (of The Billabong!) and David de Kock (General Secretary of the Uniting Church).
Lake Yealering, (221km south-east of 
Perth) 
Friday 22nd - Monday 25th September 2017
Download the flyer and registration form at thebillabong.org.au/campfire


Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for someone or someones that can be present in the office to greet visitors, answer telephone calls and assist in any basic administrative tasks, in particular on a Wednesday. If you are able to assist (even just a couple of hours) please contact Luke or Kassie on 08 9455 6474 or email: admin@thebillabong.org.au