Welcome to the Billabong Newsletter, the Tuckerbag (July 2018, Edition 346). Access this newsletter at any time at thetuckerbag.com or for sermons online and more info, visit thebillabong.org.au


One

Focus topic for July

Jesus prayed that his followers would be one. Paul urged the early church to be one. The thing that attracted others to the earliest Christian community was that they were one. One heart, one mind, one faith, with one Lord. What is so important about being one?

It comes down to who God is. God is not an individual, God is a family. Yet God is still one. That's impossible right? Father, Son and Spirit... that total's three. And three can't be one. That's impossible, isn't it?

Well, this is the mystery and beauty of God, that he is indeed three persons yet still one. One being, one nature, one God. Somehow, God the Father, the Son and the Spirit are so close to each other, so loving towards each other that they're not just close, they're not just connected they're actually one. 

This unity, this 'oneness' is actually what we the church are called to be and do. The Spirit is at work in us making us one with God and with each other. Its not easy, because it takes the laying down of our old nature, our sin and selfishness. But it is possible, and it is what God will complete when Jesus returns and the new creation is established.

But in the meantime, can we allow the Spirit to transform us to the point where we experience this kind of oneness? Where "all I have is yours and all you have is mine"? Jesus prayed for it. Paul urged it. The early church experienced it. May it be so for us too.

Would you like to help contribute to the running of our Sunday Celebrations in some way? You can sign up to a serving team or find out what's required by filling out the form here: thebillabong.org.au/serve

Would you consider making a pledge/regular contribution? Please fill out a pledge card (located near the offering box) or let our treasurer know at accounts@thebillabong.org.au. Direct Debit: BSB 036224 A/C Number 131848.

Life Groups

Cinnamon Donuts - Girls age 14+ bible study. Mondays 7-8.30pm in the Library. Led by Bek and Rachel

Ladies Bible Study - Fridays 10am-12pm (during term time) in the Library. Led by Frances

Saturday Life Group - 8pm in Harrisdale, fortnightly. Led by Nat
Spice of Life - a monthly group of over 40's Ladies meeting in various locations. Led by Tina
Retirees on a Roll - first Friday of the month (various times, locations). Led by Margaret
Saturday Life group (day/time TBC) Led by Luke
Billabong Blokes - Every Fourth Wednesday at 7pm. Led by Martin D 
BfG Breakfast for Good - first Saturday of every month at 8am in various locations. Led by Sarah R
Challenging each other to get out of our comfort zones. 

Programs & Activities

Playgroup Runs during school term at The Billabong. To volunteer or for more info call Deb: 0437 118 896
Amplify - a community of teenagers led by young adults, helping them in faith & life. Cam & Anneliis: 0401 787 626
Billabong Crafters - 4th Saturday of the month 8.30am-12pm at The Billabong. Bring your craft and share ideas and skills. facebook.com/billabongcrafters

Girl's Only Clothes Swap

Do you have lots of clothes in your closet that you no longer wear, but need something new? Would you like to reduce the number of clothes going to Landfill? Come along to a Girls Only Clothes Swap! Drop off unwanted clothes, shoes & accessories (in good condition) to The Billabong Admin, Monday 16 July to Thursday 19 July, 9am-5pm (no new items will be accepted on the day). And then come along to the swap on Saturday 21 July, anytime between 10am-1pm. Get some new preloved items for a gold coin donation each. Money and leftover clothes will be donated. For more info contact Anneliis. 


Oikos App

We are currently trialling a new app called Oikos (by MEQO) to help us in communicating with the Church Community. It shows our recent sermons, any news and event updates, and links to our Facebook page. The app also notifies you if there are any news or event updates. You can download it today from the iTunes or Google Play Store. Sign up and search for 'The Billabong' to see our page. 


Need prayer?

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)

Handy Men and Women List

There are a number of jobs that need completing around the Billabong from time to time. If you have various maintenance skills and would like to be added on to the church email list as a volunteer, to be notified when a job comes up, please contact reception on admin@thebillabong.org.au or call 9455 6474. 


Babysitting

Nicola Hessell is offering babysitting services, in your own home, flexible hours, at reasonable rates. 
For more information contact Nicola on 0414 554 249. 


YouthCARE

Each year YouthCARE helps thousands of students, staff and family members in WA state school communities by providing an essential social, emotional, mental health and spiritual support service. They're here to listen, and provide a supportive place to talk. If you think you could make a difference to our school communities as a chaplain visit www.youthcare.org.au


Wider Church Events 

Amir Tsarfati from Behold Israel will be teaching at Calvary Chapel (who meet at the Billabong) on Sunday 22nd July at 1pm. Amir was born in Israel and is the founder of Behold Israel, a non-profit organisation providing worldwide news and information about Israel within the context of bible history and prophecy. 


Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is hosting a number of events around Sexuality in relation to Christian Living with guest speaker Patricia Weerakoon. Visit mounties.org.au/sexuality for more info.

The Bible Society is hosting a talk by Richard Shumack called 'What is True Isalm, and who is my Muslim neighbour?' It will be held on Sunday 29 July, 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Thornlie Church of Christ, 319 Spencer Rd Thornlie. For more info contact Rick Pekan at rick.pekan@biblesociety.org.au 

Admin and Bookings: 9455 6474, admin@thebillabong.org.au
Minister: Revd. Luke Williams. luke@thebillabong.org.au 
Children and Families: Anna Bandiera. anna@thebillabong.org.au
Facilities: Aaron Tan. facilities@thebillabong.org.au
Leadership Team: Marilyn Burdett, Martin Hill, John Whaley 
and Teresa Beauglehole. leadershipteam@thebillabong.org.au