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.
Calling all Potential Musicians and Singers!
Josh & Hayley Leong, from our Arvo Church, have offered to move to 930 Family church with their children so that Josh can assist us with our music for the immediate time. David Croucher and Jessamy Dalton will also be playing at 930 Church on a rostered basis. We are very grateful to them for this. Josh has also offered to chat with and possibly coach anyone who might be a potential singer or musician. No – you won’t be asked to play in church the following week or dropped in the deep end. Josh is keen to encourage future musos and singers – young or old. You can contact him on 0408627282 or come for a chat at church on Thursday 25th Feb at 7.30pm.
Our Annual Parish Meeting – will be held Thursday 3rd March at 7.30pm – not to be missed. This is always a great night in our church year.
Update from Bishop Ivan Lee
Many of you have been asking me how Ivan is going. Here’s his latest message—you can subscribe to his prayer letter through the address below. He writes, “I am now in my second cycle of chemo (one cycle is four weeks), and with each dose the effect is accumulative, so I’m feeling increasingly sick. In case you didn’t know, the toxins used in chemo attack all the fast growing cells in the body, including cancer cells.
There are a range of side effects. All my hair fell out on the fourth chemo, so I’m still getting used to seeing myself in the mirror with a bald head. The insomnia that you’ve been praying for me has improved, so I am getting a bit more sleep most nights so thank you for praying. Low appetite continues to be a serious problem but I keep working on trying different foods and strategies. I estimate I am eating about 30% of what I used to eat. I’m just managing to keep my weight from dropping too much. I’m starting to get the “tingling” in the hands and feet that the oncologist told me about. This is due to the chemo attacking the nervous system. Please pray it remains as “tingling” and not too painful.
I am trying to get out a bit more, going down to the shops for groceries, walking around the block, etc. I have had one big outing, to the free last day of the washed out cricket match between Australia and West Indies at the SCG (a lovely ground), but generally I am home as I get these sudden attacks of pain in the abdomen which immobilises me for a while and I have to lie down. The surgeon says it’s all the internal organs still settling down and perhaps the internal stitches pulling.
So thank you everyone for your prayers for me and the family. Virginia and our three daughters are a great support to me. Unfortunately, it’s one day at a time, some good days, some bad days. As soon as I can, I hope to get back to some pastoral work, but it will depend on the effects of chemo”. Your brother in Christ, Ivan.
Keeping the Vision Alive … Re-envisioning Day 21st May!
About two years ago our Parish finalised our Parish Vision. This May, many of our leaders will gather again on Saturday morning to assess our Vision and fine tune it for the next 2-3 years. What is distinctive about Gymea Anglican? Who do we believe God wants us to be? Where does he want us to go over the next 2-3 years. Please pray for this vital time and that we would be true to the vision he has given us in Christ, through His word.
Your brother in Christ and pastor, Graham Crew