It’s great to share with you at church today. Please make yourself known to our staff if you are visiting so we can warmly welcome you.
Thanksgiving Appeal Update
Last week our Parish Councillors shared with us our that our Appeal had reached $15,300 ie. about 75% of our target of $20,000. Springfair, Fashion Fiesta and Thanksgiving Appeal provide about 10% of our 2016 budget. This is done each year so that our weekly giving budget can be kept within what is achievable.
Parish Council members & staff all pledged an extra $2080 on top of what they had already given, to try to bridge the shortfall and reach our $20,000 goal. They asked us to consider whether we could join them in giving a little more to complete the task. Our members responded magnificently. The Appeal will be finalised today with gifts still coming in, but I can tell you that you will be rejoicing when you hear the results!
News from our Mission Partners Josh & Suzannah Apieczonek in Paris
Josh was at the Stade de France where some of the early bombs were detonated. He and their family are unscathed but he writes to us, “I’m thankful that our CMS training at St Andrew’s Hall included some sessions on dangerous situations (not that we thought we would need them in Paris) and though I didn’t have time to consult the “what to do in a potential stampede” section I did feel strangely calm having talked through some pretty sketchy situations with wise teachers. Having said that, “Calme-toi! Calme-toi!” didn’t seem to make much impact though that could have been my woeful accent.
It’s a blessing to live in the peaceful Western world, and it’s quite different, as many of our CMS missionaries know, to living in parts of the world where life is much more fragile and dangerous. It’s a blessing to be safe but our society gets deluded into thinking that humanity is good and in control, that we are self-reliant, that we don’t need to think much about what happens after death and that we don’t need God.
But of course we aren’t in control, life is fragile, there is evil in the world that we can’t bring ultimate justice to. I’m glad I know the God who will bring justice to the terrorists and who provides hope and comfort for all who call on the name of Jesus. Please join with us in praying for those throughout the world undergoing unseen suffering and pain, and for the shocked Western world coming to terms with the violence and death in their midst, that they would look to our great and gracious Saviour who knows our pain and conquers sin, evil and death for us.”
From last week’s Parish Council – among other things PC decided to:
¨ address on going property maintenance as a priority and allocated funds to do this.
¨ place extra disabled car parking space signs when needed – see our wardens.
¨ continue to investigate making our property more disability friendly with the help of Luke 14 Ministries and to install WiFi into 133 Gymea Bay Road.
¨ establish a SRE Trust which will enable our members to receive tax deductibility for donations towards staffing and materials for SRE.
¨ apply for a grant to improve the lighting in the church building, after installing two “test” lights at the back of the church.
Your brother in Christ Graham Crew