Easter Every Day
A friend of mine, who is a preschool teacher, overheard an animated conversation among her students. Little Maria threw out the question: “Who loves God?” All of them responded, “I do! I do! I do!” Billy said, “I love Jesus.” Kelly protested, “But He died.” Billy said, “Yeah, but every Easter He rises from the dead!”
Obviously, young Billy’s understanding of the meaning of Easter is still developing. We know that Jesus died once for all (Rom. 6:10; Heb. 10:12) and, of course, rose from the dead once. Three days after paying the penalty of our sins on the cross, the sinless Jesus conquered death by rising from the grave and breaking the power of sin. It was this final sacrifice of blood that opened the only way for us to have a relationship with God now and a home with Him forevermore.
“Christ died for our sins, . . . He was buried, and . . . He rose again the third day” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). He has promised that He is preparing a place for us (John 14:1-4), and He will someday return. One day we will be with our risen Savior.
That’s why every year at Eastertime—in fact, every day of the year—we have reason to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Ps. 34:1).
Cindy Hess Kasper - Our Daily Bread
Summary of Events
- Come along to Parky each Sunday @9.30am to hear God's word from a variety of different speakers. In April we will be doing a deep dive into the book of Romans.
- Our Sunday services have a Creche facility, Kids Ministry and Youth Explorers so bring the whole family!
- Pre-service prayer meeting - in the Community Lounge, Church House, Sunday mornings from 8.30am.
- Online services - available on-demand at parkerville.church/live each week.
- 4 April - Easter Sunday Service 9.30am
- 18 April - in service Parky Care launch The Village
- 23 May - Quarterly Members' Meeting
19 April - BLOKES meet in the church once a month on a Monday. Come and hear our special guest share their life story over burgers - all blokes welcome! Cost is $10 for a burger and a drink. Contact Craig on 0427 979 710 or Brad on 0428 471 195 for more info.
- Tuesday morning CRAFT will resume on Tuesday, 20 April then meeting weekly during the school term in the church house from 9.30am. Contact Jo Weir on 0409 889 809 for more information.
- Tuesday evening CRAFT will resume on Tuesday, 20 April then meeting weekly in the main church building from 7pm during the school term. Contact Yvonne Claessens on 0417 172 315 for more information.
- Toddler Jam will be back on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 then meeting each week during the school term. Contact Michelle Terranova on 0435 071 282 for more information or to register for the morning session from 9.30am or afternoon session from 1pm.
- Pursuit Young Adults meet each Wednesday night during school terms @7.30pm for Gather and Grow nights. Contact Brad Paterson on 0428 471 195 for more info.
- C.A.F.E. (Coffee And Friendship Etc). The Thursday morning C.A.F.E. group will resume on 22 April, then meeting weekly in the main church building during school terms from 9-12 noon. Creche is available! Contact Angela Ebert on 0402 011 207 for more information.
- One Point Youth will resume on Friday, 23 April. It meets on Friday nights at the church from 7.30-9.30pm. If your kids are already part of it then keep an eye on your emails otherwise contact Caleb on 0459 042 771 if you have high school age kids who would like to be part of the fun.
- 2 April - Good Friday Service 9.30am
BCWA - Call to Prayer for Myanmar
You will have heard something of the devastating violence being played out in Myanmar and particularly against the Karen people. What we are hearing on the news tells only part of the story. The people of BCWA’s Myanmar and Karen churches are hearing stories of what is actually happening firsthand as they have contact with family and friends in Myanmar. It appears that upwards of 12,000 people have taken shelter in the jungle in Karen state. The jungle is cold, people are wounded, frightened, hungry and in danger of being shot on sight.
We ask you to be in earnest prayer over the situation, asking for God’s divine intervention and for human compassion. Please pray too for the pastors and leaders of our local Karen churches as they lead their congregations through this heartbreaking time and for the churches and leaders within Myanmar.
The Asia Pacific Baptist Federation and other Christian groups are looking at ways to assist with emergency help for the displaced, medical assistance for the injured and with subsistence support for those directly affected by the ongoing crisis.
Here at the Baptist Ministry Centre we are in conversation with local Karen church leaders. For now we ask your church to join together with other believers in Perth that are praying for Myanmar.
The Asia Pacific Baptist Federation Facebook page is being updated daily as information comes to hand along with prayer items each day for you to pray together with other believers.
If your church would like to help financially please follow this link for details on how you can donate https://www.apbf.org/page/donate/
Karen Siggins - Interim Director of Ministries
Finance last month
2021 Budgeted giving - $31,250
Giving received as at 31 March ≈ $35,941
Building Loan as at 31 March - $555,969
General Donations: BSB 704-922 Acc 100008307
Building Donations: BSB 704-922 Acc 100013582
“Every good & perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17
Leadership Team Nomination
The Leadership Team has pleasure in nominating Martin Bent for election at the May members’ meeting. Martin comes with a strong record of effective administrative leadership in a variety of organisations. He and wife Caroline have been worshipping with us for a number of years. - Ken Wadley, Chairperson
quarterly general meeting - 23 may
Parky will be holding its next Quarterly General Meeting of registered members on Sunday, 23 May @11.15am after the morning service. Come along and as a member you participate in some of the decision making in the church. All welcome to attend!
If you are interested in becoming a member or would just like more information on membership, please contact Senior Pastor Craig Lydon on 0427 979 710, our Chairperson Ken Wadley on 0409 680 925 or the church office on 9295 6789.
supa club thanks you
Parky Care is involved in several programmes serving the Hills community. Next term ‘The Village’ programme will be launched in response to needs identified by local GP's to support mums. It is an on-going course journeying through motherhood, exploring issues in a supportive environment, without the interruptions of small children.
• We are still looking for crèche helpers, so if you are able to help even for one of the sessions, I would love to hear from you. You can contact me on 0457 212 881 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you to those who have already signed up and are completing the training sessions to help mentor and facilitate small group discussions for the programme.
• We are also looking for a suitably experienced crèche worker to take on a paid position on Tuesday mornings from 9:00am to 12 noon next term. If you know of anyone please let us know. They do not need to be part of this congregation.
• Parky Care Firewood for Sale (limited stocks) $150 6 X 4 trailer Jarrah or $100 6 X 4 trailer Bushwood. Prefer pick up. Local delivery can be arranged $10 per load.
- Caroline Bent, Admin Co-ordinator, Parky Care
covid clinic marks 1 year
It may be hard to believe, but it has been one whole year since the first COVID-19 clinic opened in Midland. March 25, St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals celebrated the first anniversary of its COVID-19 Clinic.
Hospital chief executive Michael Hogan said the clinic had undertaken more than 33,600 swabs in the past 12 months.
“When we first established the clinic, we had no idea how long it would remain open.
“We just knew that it was important we rapidly opened the clinic to assist the community and help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The clinic’s busiest day was February 1, 2021, the first day of Perth’s second lockdown, when 1163 swabs were taken.
The hospital is now operating both a COVID Clinic as well as a COVID Vaccination Clinic, opened on March 8 this year, available only for frontline and emergency workers.
Clinic nurse Sandra Howell said at first, staff were a little bit apprehensive about what they might be about to face.
“There was heightened community anxiety at the time and we needed to be able to inform and support these people with compassion as they presented to the clinic,” she said.
“We initially had concerns for our families and if we might be a risk to them and others.
“However, we felt as health professionals that we could make a difference.”
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the hospital has treated six COVID-19 positive patients, including three passengers from the Artania cruise ship.
All positive patients were believed to have been infected while travelling overseas and have since recovered.
“Being part of history, being useful to the community and supporting the hospital through an unknown pandemic response has been an amazing professional experience for all the COVID Clinic team,” Mrs Howell said.
“Everyone, including nurses, cleaners, clerks and security, all work together as one team, acknowledging and respecting each other’s skills, experiences and contributions.
“We also recently received the hospital’s Going Beyond Together Team Award, in recognition of the team’s work over the past year.”
- Echo, Claire Ottaviano
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