Wide Bay – Burnett Zone Rally Day, 21 April 2023

St John’s Lutheran Church, Kingaroy was the setting where 30 ladies gathered for Rally Day, with the theme One body, one spirit, one hope. A welcome morning tea was followed with Holy Communion Service with Modern Liturgy, conducted by Orana Aged Care Chaplain, Jordan Bennett. The president of Kingaroy fellowship welcomed all to the rally with an apology from Zone President, Nola Zerner. Elected office bearers for 2023-24 were: President, Nola Zerner; First Vice President, Bev Jorgensen; Second Vice President, Pam Prange; Secretary, Joan Yappa; Treasurer, Karen Bryce; Extra members, …

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Brisbane North & Sunshine Coast Zone Rally Day 19 April 2023

We gathered at Calvary, Glasshouse Mountains with the theme taken from Genesis 1:24,25: All creatures great and small. There were 38 in attendance to close off our year and make plans for 2023. After a cuppa we were welcomed by Zone President, Marilyn Jonas. All creatures great and small was the opening hymn. Pastor Tom Jantke opened with a devotion based on forgiveness. If you forgive sins, they are forgiven. Jesus said to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen yet believe”. We all have wounds – marks of …

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St Petri Women’s Fellowship

Our fellowship has been very busy with Bible study, outings, fundraisers, guest speakers and other fun activities. Our guest speakers have brought a range of issues to the forefront including dementia and school chaplaincy. A panel of ladies talked about dealing with the death of a loved one. Our soup and rolls luncheon was a great time of fellowship. Marie Heinrich shared with us the Diary of a Pioneer, which gave us an insight into the daily life of our early settlers. We celebrated the fellowship’s 95th birthday in August …

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Penola Women’s Fellowship

There are seven women in our fellowship, and we meet in Marlen Wittwer’s very comfortable home on the second Thursday of each month. In March 2022, we hosted the Penola World Day of Prayer. Maggie Mott from Naracoorte, originally from England, was our guest speaker. She spoke very passionately about her walk with Christ and his influence in her life as she moved from England to Australia. Twenty-five women attended the day and the offering amounted to $440. The parish One-Day Retreat was held in Naracoorte in May, with the …

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Bible Study – October 2023

We lead such busy lives – slowing down and appreciating God’s faithfulness and our own response is a challenge we may not even have on our list. We may be more likely to take our list to the Lord in prayer – running short on praise, admiration, or deep connection with our faithful God. Today we will slow down, focus on him and his faithfulness and cultivate the fruit in our own lives.

Devotion – October 2023

After our mother passed away, my sisters and I had the task of sorting through her belongings. Whilst the majority of our mother’s household items were passed on to charity, there were sentimental objects that remained far too precious for us to ever give away. One of those items I happened to come across while sorting through an old brown suitcase. In my hand I held something very familiar to me. A simple black book with the word “visitors” embossed in gold on the font cover. Read the full devotion …

Devotion – September 2023

In our backyard we have several fruit trees. One of my favourites is a peach tree that my mother grew from the seed of a particularly sweet, juicy peach she had purchased from a supermarket. Affectionately called “Mum’s Peach”, this little tree has had good years and not so good years, mostly depending on whether I have remembered to spray for curly leaf. When I have neglected to spray, my yields are severely impacted. The fruit is generally fewer and smaller. However, when I have placed time and effort into controlling this disease, then the fruit is usually large, sweet, and juicy just like the original parent fruit that my mother had purchased all those years before. Read the full devotion …

Bible Study – September 2023

Gracious Triune God, you were there at the beginning of creation. You brought everything into being simply by a spoken Word. Be with us this day as we again study your powerful and living Word. Allow your Word to create, nurture, and sustain the faith that you first gave to us in our baptism. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Bible Study – August 2023

Good and goodness are two words that are popular in everyday language. Many of us have a preconceived idea of what they mean. As a parent of pre-teens, I hope and pray that my children are good in public and at home. I also hope that I am a good husband and a good father.

We often hear that people hope to go to heaven because they have been a “good” person in this life; yet if they do not have a “personal” relationship with Jesus this may not be so.
Read Pastor Peter Klemm’s Bible Study on Goodness here …

Devotion – August 2023

It was the morning of the second day of winter, a grey blanket of cloud hung low stretching to the horizon. Drizzly rain smeared my windscreen making everything seem even greyer. Soggy paddocks anchored a patchwork of woolly sheep huddled together to conserve some heat. Even the birds had perched closely on the telephone wires leaving no gaps between their feathers.
Read Dee’s full devotion here …

Devotion – July 2023

Have you ever had a trying day and then, out of the blue, someone comes along and shows a little kindness toward you? I remember one such day when it seemed that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong – a day when I should have stayed in bed! Then quite out of the blue I was handed a beautiful red rose. The person who gave it to me had made a special trip to my place of work and, as she handed me the rose, she whispered, “I feel you needed this today”, and with that, she left. I do not know how she knew, but I do know that God knew.

Bible Study – July 2023

Random Acts of Kindness The “Random Acts of Kindness” movement started in 1982 by an activist, Anne Berkley from the San Francisco Area. She wrote an article about this in response to an article on senseless violence. The movement took off and gained momentum with a National Random Acts of Kindness Day falling on February 17 each year. “A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside …