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.
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.
Some Resolution of the SRE Banning
More details of this are available on the Sydney Diocese and Youthworks websites. In summary the two books by Dickson and Jensen have been restored by the Department of Education to the SRE curriculum after a flood of protest by concerned people to the government, and after Archbishop Davies met with Mr Picolli. Churches have been reassured that such radical, non-consultative action will not be taken by the Department in future. News reporting of this issue has been, I believe, very biased in favour of the small but militant anti-SRE lobby group. Please keep this in your prayers. Also, please pray for more volunteer SRE teachers & assistants to come forward. All our staff currently teach classes but we cannot cover them all without more volunteers—please see Olivia and Michael if you can assist in anyway.
Support Evan Moses & Youthworks mission to Wickham (WA)
Members of our church and friends of Evan Moses have been generous in supporting his scholarship to train at Youthworks College and Gymea Anglican. Evan will join a team of 20 students in June to mission to the remote mining community of Wickham in the Pilbarra. BCA has provided $25,000 of the $45,000 needed to fund the mission supporting the local church. They will especially assist the ministry to the indigenous people, including youth and children’s outreach. Evan is hoping to raise $1000 – donations can be made tax deductibly and easily via the Youthworks College website (I’ve done it and it takes only a minute) – or if you don’t need the tax deduction via our church collection. Please let Evan know if you do so he can be encouraged.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew