Vision Rescue: our Kingdom Foundation Focus for November

Hi church family!

June Gan-Pain here. I can’t believe we are already in November of 2016! Our Kingdom Foundation focus for November is Vision Rescue. We are raising awareness and funds for this amazing organisation in India.

Vision Rescue started off as a relatively small non-government organisation (NGO) in Mumbai, India. It grew in response to the wide range of needs for the under-privileged, and has since set up five core focuses:

Education Buses and Beacon School in the slums
Mobile Health Care in the slums

Rehabilitation Centres for those suffering from substance abuse

Training to encourage self-sustainability

Counselling and restored lives for the trafficked

We believe we each have a God-given potential, which we need to strive to achieve. While we are doing that, we are to help others achieve theirs.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

We are very passionate about what Vision Rescue is doing; our long term goal is for us to partner with Vision Rescue, to support a Community Centre in the slums of Mumbai. November is jam-packed with different ways for you to participate in our Kingdom Foundation Focus on Vision Rescue. On Sunday 6th November, we are planning to take over Connect Café with delicious curries, the proceeds will go to Vision Rescue. On Sundays the 6th and 27th of November, we will have stalls selling gifts for your Christmas shopping, including:

Salamanca Skin Care Co. – Anna Rogers Thomason’s luscious range of skincare products.
The Tea Cup Garden – Robin Ekkel’s fabulous jewellery, succulents and candles.

Sea glass and pottery for Vision Rescue with Isabelle, Rupert and June Gan-Pain selling their two year collection of sea glass and pottery. Who else but God, can turn sea shards into money?

The proceeds from these stalls will go to Vision Rescue. We are also planning to grow a bigger Vision Rescue team, if you would like to be part of our team, please see me; I will be thrilled to chat about all things Vision Rescue.

Donations more than $2 to Vision Rescue are tax deductible. If you are able to give toward our Vision Rescue goal of $8,000, you can do so by direct deposit to the Energizer Missions Account.
BSB: 037-014
Account: 278109
In the reference note ‘Vision Rescue’. We’ll keep you updated as to the progress. Thank you for being such a generous church!

Okay November, let’s GO.
June

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Energizer Nights: Church Done Differently

Last Sunday night was the start of something significant.

I’ve been in church basically every Sunday for the last twenty or so years. I’ve seen a lot of great things and been a part of some special moments and for me, this first Energizer Night was truly a standout occasion. The tangible feeling of God’s presence, the sense of freedom from the Holy Spirit, the collective anticipation of a group of people truly expecting God to move: the atmosphere in the room was rare and electric.

Some of the most exciting moments of the night included a killer rap delivered by young Caleb Walker, while Eugene and some of the youth boys owned the stage in a dance performance. Ps. Layla Nahavandi is a talented young preacher, all the way from Adelaide and she challenged and inspired with a word that was perfect for our season. Church is always better with food and food we had in abundance, with a spit roast and BBQ going on before the service. The Energizer Youth kids fresh back from youth camp brought heaps of energy and the rest of the congregation really lifted to meet it. Of course, the most significant part of the night was the ministry time, especially for one young man who gave his heart to Jesus and changed his life forever. In a myriad of ways, this service represented us doing things differently.

This new service has taken a lot of planning, resources, leadership and prayer to get off the ground. More than just being the culmination of a lot of work, this service represents a huge step forward into God’s audacious, unlimited plan for our church. It means room to grow, increased capacity to reach the lost, new opportunities for our people to step up and grow and a whole new forum for us to collectively seek (and find) the heart of God. It’s the beginning of a new era.

Standing in worship last Sunday night, I was refreshed by a sense of God’s closeness and inspired by a glimpse of what’s to come for our church and our city. God is on the move, and his plans to find his people, always precede our desire to find him.

Let’s not sit on the sidelines while others chase the heart of God. Let’s not wait and see if God wants to move in the lives of our friends, our families, our colleagues, our neighbours. Let’s jump in heart and soul; let’s pray with passion and tenacity; let’s dream again; let’s believe again; let’s own the new era of The Church!

– Simon Grubb

A Note From Dave

One verse I’ve always loved is this one in Joel, which is powerfully proclaims again by Peter in Acts, as he speaks prophetically into a new era: the era of the church.

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”

Joel 2:28 (NIV)

When His spirit is poured out, we see! The spirit removes the fog; the spirit will enable your vision not to be clouded by your present circumstances, or distorted by past experience.

When we’re a son or a daughter, you see!

Being a son or daughter, in a spiritual sense, is not about our age, where, when or even who you are born; it’s about the fact that you are born of the Spirit, a rebirth that allows you to see beyond physical circumstances and limitations.

It’s a son and daughter spirit that speaks life into the future and lives with a prophetic edge. As we embrace a new era, let’s foster that son and daughter spirit. We know where we come from and where our words of life originate.

Last Sunday’s launch of our new night service was amazing; well done everyone! God is definitely doing a new thing among us and I believe we’ve only seen the beginning .

A son and daughter spirit is free and works, not from a sense of obligation, but from a place of ownership.

Together, let’s own what’s happening at the moment! You are vital!

On that note, let’s make prayer happen in a big way for all our services. I believe the atmosphere in our prayer meeting was a big factor in the success of Sunday night.

See you Sunday!

Ps. Dave

Final Heart & Soul for 2016!

We have been saying for some time that God is moving us into a new era and now we are starting to see evidence of what that new era looks like at Energizer Church! Of course, I am referring to the launch of Energizer Nights, which was incredible last night. We are moving into a time when God will empower us to do things differently to before, when we will engage with new people in new ways. We are entering a new era!

“But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun!
Do you not see it?”
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)

As Ps. Dan often says, church is like a Mexican Wave; it’s only effective if everyone gets involved! To move boldly and confidently into all that God is calling us to, we need you; you are absolutely vital. You are an essential part of our Church family; you carry the heart, the culture and the DNA of our church and you have an irreplaceable part to play in our vision and how it is outworked in this city and beyond.

In light of that, I want to invite you to come along to our final Heart & Soul night for 2016, this Tuesday night at 7.30pm. Heart and Soul is not a night for those who have particular roles or titles (well it is, but it’s for everyone else as well!). Everyone belongs at Heart & Soul. It’s where we cast vision for the future, celebrate victories, pray for and minister to one an another in a more intimate setting than we can often achieve on a Sunday and it’s where you can really hear the heartbeat of Energizer Church.

In this new era, more than ever before, you are vital. I hope you can join us at Heart and Soul.

Blessings,
Ps. Dave

Get Pumped, Energizer Nights are Coming

Our vision is bigger and bolder than ever before. This year, our Kingdom Foundation Vision is propelling us into a new era, bring some exciting developments to Energizer Church. As you know, our Kingdom Foundation Offering enables us to build the kingdom of God, both globally and locally. In light of that, this month’s focus is to set up our night service to run sustainably and to effectively reach more people with the Gospel in Hobart.

The month of October has arrived and we all know what that means: spring is moving towards summer; football is being replaced with cricket, the final school term is almost upon us and at Energizer Church we are launching our New Night Service! On October 9 we invite you join us for the launch of Energizer Nights. There will be a spit roast and BBQ from 4:45pm, before the service kicks off. We are excited to hear from our guest speaker, Layla Nahavandi from Lifepoint Church, Adelaide.

One of the ways you can be part of stepping into this new era is to contribute financially. Your generosity will enable the provision of a bus services from the university, outreach opportunities linked to our new night service and our re-launched Derwent Valley morning service and equipment to enable us to live stream our services and to upgrade our Derwent Valley campus auditorium, ensuring our Derwent Service goes from strength to strength in a season of transition.

If you are able to give toward our goal of $10,000, you can do so by direct deposit to the Energizer Missions Account.

BSB: 037-014

Account: 278109

In the reference note ‘New Service’. We’ll keep you updated as to the progress.

Your partnership will see God’s Kingdom advance in our city. Thank you for being such a generous church!

God Bless,

Ps. Dan Pastoor.
Service Pastoor, Energizer Nights

Unearthing Buried Treasure: Regos Now Open for IGNITE CAMP!

I’m just sitting in the Hobart bus mall typing this. It’s one of the places I am most inspired. I love thinking about God and being surrounded by people that he loves.

You know, we find ourselves in a position of influence, which flows from our significance in Christ. There is nothing insignificant about your life and who you are. You are unique for a reason and you will reach people that no one else will reach. It is a lie to think that you are just another person, or even just another Christian. God created you and I as individuals within his family, each with a specific plan and purpose for our lives, which only we can fulfil (through Christ). One of the beautiful and completely amazing things about our Father God is that he never makes mistakes, and he never overlooks or devalues one person. Not once. Not ever.

As I sit here, I’m surrounded by a heap of young people. I know most of us have had a bit of trouble filling in our recent census, but in our last one (2011), there were 82 007 people aged 12 to 25 years recorded statewide. This group represented 16.6 per cent of the total population of Tasmania. At this time, the Local Government Area with the highest proportional population of young people aged 12 to 25 was Hobart (19.8 per cent). How incredible! There is something so special about young people.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a group of people so creative, so compassionate, so adventurous, so willing to take risks, so innovative, and often swept up in some kind of relentless chaos or struggle. Much the same as in my own life, I see beauty and glory, but also the rough edges and the effects of sin. I think that’s exactly how it is with buried treasure; it is destined for glory but it needs uncovering. It always takes some work to unearth and restore a treasure to its original purpose.

“I will break down gates of bronze
And cut through bars of iron.
I will give you hidden treasures,
Riches stored in secret places,
So that you may know that I am the Lord,
The God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

The next generation is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered and unlocked.
God has always been passionate about these ones.
Throughout the ages, the uncovering and unlocking has been a team effort.
We have a unique part to play.
We are the ones who dig and uncover as we simultaneously partner with the Master Locksmith who knows the combination to every lock on every treasure chest of every one in this next generation.
Our job is to make a way for God to do what only he can do.

“God says, “Rebuild the road!
Clear away the rocks and stones
So my people can return from captivity.”

Youth ministry is the real deal, and it is the heart of the Father.
Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. When he saves us, it is far from a slight adjustment. It is the complete transference from a place so deathly dark into the Kingdom of pure light. He saw treasure in us and paid a high price to bring us back to our original glory.

As guardians of the next generation (and that is what we are), may we believe that to truly value a person is to expect greatness to burst forth and make room for it. It may be in seed form, or be buried under years of struggle and apparent chaos, but God has placed treasure inside each young person and we one the ones who must expect it and prepare for it.

Potency. If there is one word I might use to describe the next generation, I would probably describe them as POTENT.
What I love about this concept, is that in its very nature, the potent article possesses the preexisting ingredients ready to be brought into existence by an environment or culture which matches perfectly with its needs to grow into what is was always meant to be.

I believe this is the way God has designed us, and this is what we are called to do in youth ministry. We want to facilitate a culture and environment where young people can get to know Jesus and become all they were created to be. We owe this to the teenagers we know and love, and we also owe that same opportunity to the rest of the 20% of Hobart’s population who are young people. We owe it to our Father who sent his only Son to die in our place and the place of the other 80,000 young people in Tasmania. Heaven will be missing its full inheritance if we are the only ones who experience the love of God. We have to pave the way for these generations following.

There are many ways of facilitating this, but our fast approaching youth camp is a practical example of providing the very kind of environment we have been taking about.

IGNITE CAMP is undoubtedly one of our favorite weeks of the whole year. I cannot say how much the experience of camps like this shaped my life for the better when I was a teenager. I went away changed after each camp. Over the years, there are so many people who can tell of what God has done in their lives and the lives of family and friends on a youth camp. What can sometimes take months or years, God can do in a moment at camp.

Ignite Camp continues to be the focus of much prayer and planning from an amazing group of leaders who are passionate about the next generation. We are particularly focused on providing a safe place where teenagers can encounter God for themselves, build friendships, experience a sense of family, and have copious amounts of fun.

As we have chosen to lengthen Ignite Camp to four days this year, we’ve therefore needed to increase registration price to cover costs. Obviously it’s not always easy to come up with money for a camp registration, so we are also looking for some generous souls to sponsor some of our young people to attend.

We don’t want money to stop any young person from coming. We really want to give an opportunity for teenagers to get to know Jesus. Four days without distractions, four days pursuing Jesus together. We’d like to invite you to seize the day and contribute financially to sponsoring teenagers to get to camp. I know there are many young people who will be eternally grateful… quite literally.

This is the perfect opportunity to partner with God and see treasures once hidden, shine forth. Let’s give this generation the opportunity to encounter the one who loves them more than they realize.

– Jemimah Priest

A Note From Dave: Kingdom Foundation Update

Hi church,

Kingdom Foundation Month has been fantastic at Energizer Church this year; we are so proud of your generosity! Our theme has remained this year: ‘building the church and blessing the community’ and your contribution will go towards doing just that! Local school outreaches, freeing young people from poverty in India, training pastors in Nepal, seeing our vision for a new church home become a reality, creating opportunities for people to encounter God at youth camp and in our new service: all these aspects of our Kingdom Foundation Vision WILL change lives, so once again, thank you!

We’ve seen great momentum in our Kingdom Foundation giving; so far we’ve seen over $35,000.00 donated and it’s not over yet! This Sunday, we conclude the month’s focus, so if you’ve been praying and considering your contribution, this is a great week to get involved in something incredible. We will continue to update you on the progress over the next 12 months.

Remember that together we can be part of a miracle, together we can achieve so much more than we could do on our own! It’s never about the amount; it’s about the heart. It is about being part of something bigger than ourselves – it is LOVE in ACTION. It’s about leaning in and seeing what God will do as we step out in faith. What part will you play? We encourage you to be part of this great Kingdom Foundation vision.

We are believing for far greater things ahead than anything we have seen before; we invite you to activate your faith and join us as we work to bring God’s Kingdom to our world!

See you in church,

Ps. Dave

A God Story: Little Prayers

‘Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”‘
Matthew 19:14

I was raised in a great home, but not one where faith was prioritised. Until I was fifteen, I knew nothing of a God who loved me and would go to great lengths to have relationship with me. Overnight, my discovery of Jesus changed the direction of my life. I don’t know what it’s like to go through childhood with an awareness of the spiritual world. For this reason, I sometimes feel I’ll-equipped to teach my children what it means to have a relationship with God.

As parents, isn’t it true that sometimes we are hyper-aware of the areas we feel like we are failing, or not enough, that we miss the great things we have done for our kids?

Completely by accident, I discovered last week that I have in fact done something great for my little boy: I have given him the Church. At times, it is really hard to be an involved, serving, leading, member of the church with little ones, but one simple conversation with my two year old, reminded me that it is so worth it.

While playing with his cars (an activity that occupies around 75% of his waking hours), Jasper looked up at me and, quite matter-of-factly, stated:
“Mummy, I can talk to God. It’s called PRAYING. We do it at church and I talk to God in my bed. At church they teach me praying and I talk to God about you, mama”.

He’s two.

This is the strength of the local church: in the area where I feel like I am letting this amazing child down, some other beautiful soul, serving downstairs on a Sunday, unbeknownst to me, has taught him to commune with his creator. My little boy is praying for his mama.

This child has been loved and encouraged by the church family since he was born, he has received abundantly more input, perspective and care than we could have given on our own. I truly believe that my greatest strength as a mother is that I do not even try to carry the burden of raising little people, little disciples, on my own, but that I give them the Body of Christ as their family. ymMy children will never remember a time when they were not part of the family of God. In my family, the will be the first generation that I know of who can say this!

Church can be hard, emotionally, logistically, even financially, especially with little ones, but it is a vehicle through which God redeems generations; it is a place to give and receive encouragement (and parents of toddlers need PLENTY of that!). It is a blessing to belong in a local church and I am so thankful that Energizer Church loves my children so well.

– Jen Grubb

Kingdom Foundation Launch 2016

Hi Church,
Alix and I feel so blessed to to have the privilege of leading such a generous church. We regularly thank God for the amazing people in our world. Thank you for being part of that journey; you are making a difference and together we are influencing our world locally and globally.

I’m writing to let you know that our Kingdom Foundation Launch is coming up on the 10th of July. This will be a truly exciting vision-filled and important day in the life of our church. The Launch will commence a month during which we continue to sow and focus on our Kingdom vision. Certainly God has been speaking to me and challenging me as we look to the next 12 months and beyond.

Our theme this year is GO! This means that we GO with the good news of hope and restoration for our world, GO everywhere and announce the message of God’s good news to one and all. We GO LOCAL with a message of hope and restoration to our beautiful city, and GO GLOBAL as we plant churches with Empart in Nepal and expand the Kingdom of God in India through Vision Rescue.

As you would be very aware, as busy people, we can’t be everywhere. You may not have the opportunity to travel to India or Nepal, but we do have an amazing opportunity to express and respond to the amazing Love of Jesus that we have experienced.

In line with our theme and vision for this year we can:
Love Local and Love Global through our combined generosity as a church. I think generosity is love in action!

This year, we’re believing to see God do some incredible things in us and through us. As we Go Local and Go Global with the Love of Jesus, we build His Church and bless our community.

Locally, we have a huge vision which will impact our city. This includes the launch of a new service on Sunday evenings, which will help to reach a whole new group of people i Hobart. We are excited to see Pop Up Church continue and believe that God will expand His kingdom and our thinking through this amazing outreach. We continue to look to the future of our Church Home and as such need to allocate funds to our building fund. Equipping our creative team to create an excellent, welcoming atmosphere, where people can experience the presence of God is high on our priority list for the coming year and caring for those in our community in need is, as always, forefront in our thinking. We continue to believe in and champion the next generation and in the coming year we want to finance the Shine and Strength programs and other Schools Ministry. Once again, we have allocated funds to see Church Together happen again, as this incredible event has been, and will be even more so in future, so significant for our city.

Globally, we want to see new churches planted in Nepal, because the local church is God’s chosen vehicle to reach the lost. As well as this, we will be partnering with Vision Rescue to create a brighter future for the next generation in India, a future of freedom and hope.

Please prayerfully consider how you can partner with an exciting vision as we exercise our faith together.

God Bless

Ps Dave