Welcome Today to Rev Mark Fairhurst from Church Missionary Society which is the premier missionary organisation for the Anglican Church of Australia. Mark will he hosted at a afternoon tea today for any of our members who would like to hear more of what God is doing in and through CMS across the world and also what opportunities there are for our members to be involved in long or short term mission service.
News from our Parish Council meeting this week
- Seeks member comments regarding trials to improve lighting in the church building (note current fittings are temporary and being adjusting)
- Members loans to reduce our mortgage have now risen to $187,000 (target $300,000)
- Notes the resignation from warden of Sean Buckley due to the imminent birth of his third child (our Senior Pastor will appoint a replacement “Senior Pastor’s warden” soon.)
- Expressed the Parish’s thanks to God for the ministry of Bishop Reg and Dorothy Piper, following the visit of Bishop Piper to our PC meeting
- Asks members to pray for the success of our application to Moore College to award Gymea a student mission in March 2011.
- Is investigating improving lighting in the carpark
- Thanks our members for their strong giving this year but notes our budget deficit is currently $8500
- Is proceeding with the establishment of an SRE Trust Fund which will enable our members to give tax deductibly to the employment of our staff to teach SRE.
- Noted the Environmental Task Force’s desire to reduce the cost and consumption of energy by the Parish
- Heard from the Building Devt Team of their focus on developing plans for completion of a multipurpose foyer linking the church, Christian Ed Centre and old rectory, and expanded church offices.
June Building Devt Record Fundraiser
All previous records were broken by our members in raising $58,564 in June towards our Building Devt Mortgage. This will reduce our mortgage significantly, saving both interest and the time it will take us to remove the debt. It brings the proposed completion of the site development that much closer as well. We have a team of 8 members from across the Parish working diligently on the final stage of the project which includes the foyer, frontage, offices and church building.
Regular gifts or no interest loans are always needed and so we’re very grateful to all our members who make this part of their commitment to our church.
Air-conditioners installed in the church hall
Due to a very generous donation from a retired couple in our church air-conditioners have been installed in the northern end of our church hall. These 3 x 8kw units will provide energy efficient heating and cooling to this area which is heavily used by all sorts of groups throughout the week, from seniors to children, visitors and youth, dinners and breakfasts!! Thanks again to our donors and to Stuart Bone (9:30am church) our air-conditioning expert. Parish Council reminds members that these A/Cs are easily damaged and so no ball games may be played in the northern hall. Members using these A/Cs are reminded that they MUST be turned off immediately after use so that energy is not needlessly wasted.