Mission Update – CMS
In December, our Mission of the Month giving is devoted to CMS – the Church Missionary Society. Through CMS, we continue to support these three wonderful sets of CMS link missionaries:
- Catherine Read, returning from student ministry in Ireland;
- Mal and Charissa Forrest in church pastoral work, Jordan;
- D & L, development work with students, East Asia.
It appears certain that Catherine will not be able to return to Ireland and that her current term with CMS will come to an end in January at CMS Summer School. We thank God for her contribution to Christian university student ministry in Ireland over two terms of 6 years or so. I think her commitment to training students for ministry themselves is what stands out to me most. Please thank God for this time of Catherine’s service and also for his kindness in giving her father, John, an apparent remission from his cancer. But pray now for Catherine as she seeks God’s kingdom first in this new chapter of life.
In other news, Seth and Kate Fellows who were members of St Michael’s (Seth both as an undergraduate and as a MTS trainee) have been accepted as candidates for missionary work by CMS. They soon head to St Andrew’s Hall in Melbourne in for 6 months cross cultural training. Given Catherine’s return, there is every likelihood the Parish Council will be keen to support some of our own in joining the CMS mission team. Please pray for their transitioning to their training.
Parish Council Update from November’s meeting
- As always, we opened with Bible reading and prayer, this time led by Lindsay Dunstan.
- Reg shared about his areas of responsibility, namely 8am congregation, assisting at 10am and encouraging ministry among seniors, as well as mentoring some young Christian men at St Michael’s. Look out for his new book, The Life and Labours of Paul.
- Parish Council considered the ‘All Nations’ Ministry proposal, with easy English late on a Sunday morning, and sees a realistic opportunity, flowing from 10am being near capacity, and openness to the gospel from among those coming from other nations.
- We noted intentions for a joint outdoor carol service on our site at 6pm the Sunday before Christmas, 18th More info to come.
- We look forward to the Ministry Expo and the Ministry Boot Camp.
- Visa Subclass 202 – humanitarian sponsorship – Synod and individuals from St Michael’s have asked PC to consider sponsoring a family through Anglican Aid. PC discussed that needs would not just be financial, and that the family allocated may be Muslim but was very positive.
- With information from contacts in the Middle East and through Anglican Aid, Parish Council approved in principle the sponsorship of one Iraqi or Syrian family’s humanitarian resettlement visa subclass 202 application by St Michael’s and is seeking a couple of ‘champions’ to drive the program forward.
- We finalised the new Wollongong Trust Ordinance and Cemetery Transfer Ordinances.
- With thanks we noted the generous and extensive pledges of increased giving and determined that no further staffing cuts were required for 2017. Praise God!