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November 30th 2008

The Red Umbrella (Author unknown)
As the drought continued for what seemed an eternity, a small community of mid-west farmers were in a quandary as to what to do next. The rain was important not only to keep their crops healthy, but to sustain the townspeople's very way of living. As the problem became more urgent, the local church felt it was rime to get involved and called a prayer meeting to ask for rain. In what seemed a vague remembrance of a Native American ritual, the people began to arrive. The pastor on his arrival watched as the congregation continued to file in. He slowly made his way to the front to officially begin the meeting. Everyone was taking the opportunity to visit across the aisles to socialize with close friends. The pastor's thoughts when he reached the front were on quieting those present and starting the meeting. As he began to ask for quiet, his eyes scanned the crowd and he took note of an eleven year-old girl sitting in the front row. Her face was beaming with excitement and she quietly sat in her place. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. The beauty and innocence of the girl made the pastor smile as he realized the faith she possessed. No one else in the congregation had brought an umbrella. They had all come to pray for rain, but she had come expecting God to answer with the needed rain.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

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Fawthrop Community Centre Hood St, Portland Services @ 10am Pr. Shane Whitbourn Ph: 0417509516 www.swccportland.com

today@church
9.30am Prayer meeting — please join us! 10am Service: Praise & Worship, communion & then a message from Lisa Bevere. Also during the 10am Service:

Kindling Kids
Pre-school

&
Primary School

Tonight:

Combined Church Service Portland Baptist Church 7pm
Nykoal Rentsch will be singing her single “Freedom” during the service. Come along and enjoy worship & fellowship with other Portland Christians

this week
Home Groups
Mid-week home groups continue Tuesday & Wednesday nights. Study: “Building the church God wants” By Ken Chant Contact Pr Shane if you are not currently in a group

Leadership & Prayer night
Monday 7.30pm
@ Dwayne & Cynthia’s Selection Rd, Cashmore
Everyone interested in seeing the church move forward is welcome to attend
Where: Rundell’s (ex. Riding School) Hodgetts Rd, Gorae Time: 4pm onwards Come and enjoy the arvo, Then stay on for a BBQ tea Bring: BYO BBQ meat & chairs, plus drinks, salad & sweets to share

Hamilton Service:
Friday Evenings @ 7pm Hamilton Railway Station
Bus leaving the Fawthrop Centre @ 5.30 pm
For more details: Bryan Rundell: 0428292303 or Cynthia Alexander: 0400231019

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