Welcome to the Billabong Newsletter, the Tuckerbag (September 2018, Edition 348). Access this newsletter at any time at thetuckerbag.com or for sermons online and more info, visit thebillabong.org.au

More than words...

Focus topic for September: Ephesians 4-6

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." These are the words that begin the second half of Paul's letter to the Ephesian church. He has reminded them of the gospel of Jesus Christ - the really good news. They have been brought from death to life, from hostility to family, from rags to riches and from chains to freedom. In other words, their eternal destiny, relationships with each other, and quality of life on earth have all been completely transformed by Jesus. And so he continues... "Therefore..."

Ephesians reminds us that the gift of new life in Christ can not and should not leave us unchanged. Spiritually, something profound has happened when we choose to trust Jesus with our life. But that spiritual change shows itself in physical, practical ways. "Good fruit" comes from a tree that is now connected to good soil (God's love, see Ephesians 3), or from a branch that is now connected to a strong vine (Jesus, see John 15). The second half of Ephesians explores a little of what that looks like. And much of it relates to normal, everyday relationships.

Everyone has either a neighbour, employee, employer, parent, child, husband or wife. Some are fortunate to have many of these relationships. Paul simply instructs the Ephesians how to approach them! Not with long, drawn out explanations of how and why, just simple statements like "children, obey your parents" and "husbands, love your wives" and "don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life!"

"Yeah, yeah, we know Paul - but shouldn't you be focussing on more theologically and spiritually profound things?" I do wonder if the original readers of this letter felt that way. But it would seem that Paul wanted them to understand a simple truth: the good news of Jesus must play out in simple, practical ways. In relationships you already have, and in treating relative strangers as if they were family. In living with integrity so others may see something really good that you've been given. After all, good news is something we share. And sharing news that is this good has got to take more than words...

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

Billabong Lads - Boys year 11+ bible study. Mondays 7-8.30pm in MPR 3 & 4. Led by Josh

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
Monday Life group - Monday 5.30pm. 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


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. 

Have you been baptised or reaffirmed your baptism?

On 19th August we celebrated 4 baptisms! If you have recently committed to your life to Christ, or have done so some time ago but haven't taken this next step, please head to thebillabong.org.au/baptism for more information or talk to Luke.


The Billabong Arts and Craft Fair

Do you like arts and craft? Would you like to share your handmade works, buy something new, or find a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special? Come along to our arts and crafts fair on Saturday 3 November, 10am - 2pm! For Enquiries and Stall Bookings call or text Heather on 0421 217 276. 


Mentoring

Are you interested in mentoring kids? Remi Toluwade, the chaplain from Campbell Primary School, is looking for some people who might be interested in doing some mentoring to kids during school hours. 

For enquiries contact Remi on RemiT@youthcare.org.au or call 9456 8300, Thursday and Friday.


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

Children’s Christmas Program at Hakea Prison

Many children’s lives are impacted by a parent entering prison. ReSet hope to provide a donated gift for all children who attend the Prison Christmas parties. If you would like to donate a gift (unwrapped), they can be delivered in November or the first week in December to the Hakea ReSet Family Support Centre, located at Hakea Prison, Nicholson Road, Canning Vale. Alternatively collection can be arranged by contacting them in November on 9366 6461 or email awalley@reset.org.au

Hakea are also constantly on the look out for donations of Backpacks for the men once they are released; cars, books, toys, pencils, textas and art materials for the visiting children. Please see Catherine Berger or Frances David for more info. 


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