Easter at Bridgeman
EASTER AT BRIDGEMAN
Thursday 29th March, 7.00pm
Good Friday 30th March, 8.00am & 10.00am
Easter Sunday 1st April, 8.00am, 10.00am & 6.30pm
The Easter services are a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family.
These special services are a thoughtful and creative presentation about the amazing message of Easter – of the life, love and hope that is found in Christ.
Come out on Thursday night, 29th March at 7.00pm or Good Friday 30th March at 8.00am or 10.00am for an hour of reflection on all that Jesus has done for us. Don’t forget to come back again on Easter Sunday 1st April at 8.00am, 10.00am or 6.30pm as we celebrate together the wonderful news that Jesus is alive.
GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL
This year our Good Friday appeal will be directed towards two regions of our world which are in great need. We have those in our church who have direct links to both these nations and they have written a short overview of the difficulties being experienced.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)
About three weeks ago, there was a massacre in the home village of our program director, Mozart. By outside appearances it was ‘tribal’ with the Lendu tribe attacking a Hema village and killing more than 30 men, women and children. That sparked an explosion of tit-for-tat reprisals, and the killing of an estimated 800 people in the time since. In addition about 15,000 homes have been burned, and there are upwards of 200,000 displaced people seeking shelter from the violence, a majority in the city of Bunia (provincial capital) where we operate our program called Hope and Care For Little Souls (HCLS). Another (estimated) 60,000 have fled across the border to Uganda. This outbreak of violence is in the shadow of the tribal genocide in the region that took place during the Congo Wars (1997 – 2003) in which an estimated five to eight million people died. It was this war and its aftermath that prompted Mozart and myself to found HCLS back in 2006. HCLS teachers and staff as well as Mozart’s church (he is also a pastor of a local church) have taken in hundreds of people with very limited resources. We have initiated an appeal to raise funds to allow Mozart to provide food, medicine and shelter to these refugee families, and that is the most urgent current need.
Steve Schoemaker (Son of missionary parents in the Congo)
PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG)
On Monday 26 February at around 3.30am a 7.5 earthquake shook the highland region of PNG, with devastating affect. Huge landslides, many hundreds of houses flattened and many killed or injured. Tari in the Southern highlands is one of those areas badly affected. My parents were pioneer missionaries in this area amongst the Huli people from the late 50s until 2000. The Evangelical Church of Papua New Guinea (ECPNG) headquarters was established at Tari in the early 70s, and is now completely run by PNG locals. The ECPNG infrastructure included a print press, workshop, medical outpost, offices and a number of homes for those working for the ECPNG as well as guest accommodation. All these buildings are either flattened or badly damaged. The house my father built to house our family in 1962, which has withstood the test of time until now, has also been leveled. I have spoken to one of the church leaders in Tari and he has asked for prayer as they come to terms with the loss of life and devastation to many homes in the area. He also expressed the overwhelming fear the locals have as aftershocks as high as 6.5 continue to roll in. Re-building will be a massive, but very important task as many churches around PNG depend on the support from the Headquarters in Tari. The provision of financial support is needed for so many in need.
Ray Sinclair (Son of missionary parents in PNG)
Offering envelopes will be available Sunday 18th March and at our Thursday and Good Friday services. Please give prayerfully and generously, and partner with God’s work this Easter.
Please note: All donations towards the 2018 Easter Appeal (above $2) are tax deductible.
HOT CROSS BUNS
On Good Friday 30th March, please bring a bag of hot cross buns to share with those who attend the services. A large number of bags will be needed so we’d love to encourage you to take part in this simple act of giving. Please drop them at the kitchen on your way to the service you attend and a team of helpers will heat them up and have them ready to share with the crowds after the services.
379 Albany Creek Road, Bridgeman Downs
March 29 – April 1, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm