It’s great to share with you at church today. Please make yourself known to our staff & ushers if you are visiting so we can warmly welcome you.
Combined Service with Archbishop Davies
I would like to thank all those who helped make last Sunday’s service such a wonderful occasion. Over 200 members and guests united in celebration. Special thanks to Gavin Cooper, Kim Cooper, Olivia Robson, Adi Paterson, Ben Stephenson, Stephen Leitch and those who shared so personally. Thanks too to the members of Soul Revival Church who helped care for our children on the morning.
Evan Moses and Madison Cachia were married on Saturday!
By the time you read this Evan and Madi will be husband and wife! In 2015, Evan will continue his training at Youthworks College and with us. Evan is supported by a scholarship provided by supporters from our church via the Ministry Training Strategy organisation. New and regular supporters are needed to achieve the goal of $20,000 for 2015. Gifts are tax deductible via MTS and can be made directly to the website www.mts.org.au or using the Supporters Form at church. One off “wedding gifts” via MTS are also welcomed to kick start Evan and Madi’s support for the new year. They will be away on their honeymoon for the next 3-4 weeks. Please keep them in your prayers.
The Renovation of 129 Gymea Bay Road Continues!
We owe a debt of thanks to the great team that is renovating our staff housing—George Ward, Phil Hamilton-Foster, Warren Stalder, Mal Nicholson and others are working long and hard to completely clean, repair and repaint it from top to bottom. Parish Council has allocated $7000 for the very old carpet to be replaced with a timber “floating floor” which will be installed in future weeks by Craig Stalder (yes our new minister is also a carpenter and is volunteering his time to do this). Thank you to our volunteers and to our members who give generously and regularly to our budget to make these renovations possible.
Extra Pre-Christmas Service – Holy Communion 23rd Dec 6pm
We have been requested to hold a special service of Carols and Holy Communion on
Tuesday 23rd Dec at 6pm. If you would be likely to attend can you let me or our office know so we can proceed and cater accordingly. The service style will be similar to our Maundy Thursday service in the lead up to Easter.
New Phone System for our Offices
Gavin Cooper wears many hats! As well as running his own music tutoring and computers businesses, leading our music, Parish Council, teaching SRE and leading in our youth AND children’s ministries, Gavin has taking on improving our church phone systems. 6 new phones have been installed including phones in the staff offices in the rear halls. This should enable staff to be more accessible to each other and our members, and enable a trial in 2015 of the planned Pastoral Staff offices under one roof. Craig Stalder & Graham Crew plan to trial use of the rear offices from late January. Renovation of this area had been recommended by the Issues Task Team in 2012 and adopted by Parish Council in 2013. But funding has not enabled this so far. The new phone system enables us to trial this at little cost.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew