Welcome today if you’re visiting with us. I pray that the Lord will bless you and refresh you. Please make yourself known to our staff and ushers, we’d give you one of our welcome packs which introduces our Church.
Wonderful Christmas SRE Assemblies
Thank you all our SRE teachers and 7 helpers who have enabled us to share the message of Jesus’ love with 1000 students every week. Congratulations to Craig and Olivia and the team that led the assemblies at Grays Point and Gymea Bay schools. Please pray for God to raise up the extra 6 teachers, helpers and baby sitters for next year’s classes.
After considerable consultation with our members, our leadership team, led by facilitator Rev Peter Moore, has worked very solidly, unitedly, prayerfully and creatively to arrive at a draft of our Mission Statement and Values. Copies of which are available today for our members. The team would continue to value our member’s feedback. A small sub-team is working to polish our Vision statements which express our goals ie. for the next 3-5 years. This will be available soon. On 9th February we will all gather as one for Vision Casting Sunday, at 9am for 2 1/2 hours of praise, sharing and consultation.
Our Vision Team is:
Luke and Claire Riley, James Wallace, Bec Wallace, George Milton, Alan Watson, Chris Harrison, Julia Harrison, Dave Clelland, Kerrie Clelland, Adi Paterson, Paul Hoffmans, Cathy Robertson, Gavin Cooper, Sean Buckley, Brielle Buckley, Chris Leong, Laurie Archer, Graham Crew, Jane Crew, Paul Brigden, Kim Cooper, Craig Thacker, Olivia Robson, Barbara Archer, Matt Robson, Dean Eades, Warren Stalder, Peter Holden, James Archer, Justin Vincent, Phil Hamilton–Foster, Steve Leitch, . Eleven others were invited to participate but were unable to.
The Team of 32 represent our 5 congregations, LIFE group leaders, Parish Nominators and Synod reps, and ministry leaders. They would welcome our members comments.
2014 Church Budget
Thank you for your prayers for our Parish Council and our budget setting. Council’s aim to produce a budget that retains our current staffing and ministries for 2014 has been achieved. The PC needed great skill and care in working this through. Some spending cuts were made to reduce 2014 spending to 1% less than 2013, and our weekly giving target was also reduced by 6% to $6400 since we have been averaging only $6,050pw this year. Copies of the 2014 budget are now available from our office for our members.
More on Missions at Gymea
In early 2014 we will have the privilege of hosting Pastor Henry and Roslyn Haguai from E.C.P.N.G. They will be hosted by us and Soul Revival Church so they can do the Youth and Children Ministry Course at Youthworks College and gather ideas for these specialist ministries and apply them in PNG. They come at the initiative of Alf & Wilma Norrnan and President Hengebe. They will be with us from 31st Jan till 3rd March. I’m hoping that they will be able to share with us about the Lord’s work in PNG in our various groups during this time.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew