Welcome to our church today
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.
Welcome Back Bishop Reg and Dorothy Piper
It’s always good to share with Reg and Dorothy. For those who don’t know them, Reg served as Bishop of our region for 14 years till 2007, when he then served as Senior Minister of Gymea for another 3 years. This was during a time of rebuilding and strengthening of the Parish. We have been greatly blessed by their continued connection with and ministry to our church.
Daily Bible Reading
This is an essential part of every Christians life if we are to grow in our walk with the Lord. There are many ways of planning this and methods of help. Some of the better ones include:
¨ For the “Love of God” – 2 volume set by Don Carson that sets out Bible passages to be read each day to complete the Bible in one year, as well as a daily insightful comments by Carson.
¨ Daily Bible Reading notes from Matthias Media—these are free to download for our church members from the Gotherefor website (user name: Gymea Anglican with password: Gymea)
¨ For those with smart phones there are a number of free Bible reading apps that have Bible reading plans included these include ESV and NIV based ones. These include options to listen the to passage being read which can help to focus and reinforce the message.
¨ Christian radio— some of our members listen to the bible readings on their car or home radios as they head to work each morning eg. HOPE103.2
Our Annual Building Fund Appeal – why give to this?
1) It makes good financial sense – Last year we paid over $18,000 in interest on our mortgage. This is “dead” money that could be used for better purposes. The more we pay off the mortgage the more interest we save.
2) For the sake of our kids and grandkids – The mortgage has paid for buildings used mostly for youth and children’s ministry who are the future of the church. It’s an investment and an expression of love towards them. Also, if our current generation can pay off the mortgage, then the next one won’t have to and will be able to fund further ministries.
3) For the future of Gymea Anglican Church – Over the past 6 years our members have reduced the mortgage by an incredible $450,000. Our Appeal goal this year is $25,000 which will keep us on track to be mortgage free by 2020. This is the goal Parish Council has set and is a personal milestone I would love to see by the time I retire. Please prayerfully consider this.