1) General giving to the end of July is $18,667 behind budget and members are asked to make this a matter of prayer.
2) Our Building Devt Trust has been strongly supported so far this year with $72,000 so far given in donations. Members loans have increased by $25,000.
3) Mission Funds are distributed every 6 months. Undesignated Mission gifts are distributed equally to our 5 Link Missionaries and 5 Link Mission agencies. Council is seeking a simple way to facilitate electronic giving by our members to our link missions.
4) A Parish Goal of “sending” at least 10 people to train at Moore, SMBC and Youthworks by 2020 was set and PC agreed to pray & plan to this end. A subcommittee will report on this in Sept.
5) Agreed to seek a Parish mini-mission with an AFES team in December 2012 or 2013 under Paul Brigden’s leadership.
6) The Parish Dayaway will be held on 20th October at Moore College and we’ll be seeking a minimum of 60 adults to attend. Council strongly commends this to all our members to be involved.
7) The position of Parish Children’s pastor position will be advertised on the Anglican website and christianjobs.com.au Our members are asked for their suggestions and prayer for God’s provision.
8) Council received the PRT Assessment Report and this will be discussed at a special Council meeting on 30th August.
9) The new Arvo Church is proceeding well and is encouraged by the attendance of members from across the church at its monthly Fellowship Dinner. These are held usually on the first Sunday of the month at 5.30pm in the church hall. Arvo Church is alternating is meeting in the Church Building and the Shire Children’s resource Centre Gymea Bay Road.
10) Council resolved to give a goodwill gift to the Soul Revival Church for its launch later this year.
11) A lengthy resolution was passed in response to the APM member motion regarding differences over views on gender. A copy of this is available from our office on request.
12) Verbal reports were received from the Convenors of our Issues Task Team (Dave Clelland) and our Pastoral Care Team (Chris Leong). Council agreed to a proposal to change the PCT reporting from the previously published “that it will not disclose the content of their chats with members” to allow the PCT convenor to “share the general contents with the ITT Convenor (informally) and the Parish Council (in writing)”. Those who have accepted nomination to this team are Chris Leong, S Buckley, Jean Robinson, Justin Vincent, Chris Harrison, and Julia Irwin.
13) Joan Riley and Barbara Colson were endorsed as our Parish lay representatives on the SBCE with Council’s thanks
14) Paul Brigden be appointed the interim Parish Safe Ministry representative from when Tim Beilharz finishes his employment until a suitable Children’s Pastor is employed and takes on this role.
Congratulations to John and Michelle Waldron. They are foundation members of our latest congregation, Arvo Church. Last week they shared with us our latest member, beautiful Abbey Rose, a sister for their daughter, Mali. Praise God for her safe arrival. We now have 17 children as part of our Arvo Church team!
Praying for the Shire
Paul Brigden reminded us of how few people in the Shire are active followers of Jesus or have any regular connection with God’s people meeting. Only 1.4 % are in church in Anglican churches, another 1.5% in all other Protestant Churches and perhaps another 3-5% in all other churches. So less than 10% attend church on any Sunday. The Shire desperately needs the hope and forgiveness which alone are found in Christ Jesus.
Yet Jesus words are still true today. “When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”