November Mission & Parish Council Update
Mission Update – CMS
In December, Mission of the Month giving is directed towards the Church Missionary Society (CMS). Through them we support
- Mal & Charissa Forrest at the international Anglican Church in Amman, Jordan;
- D & L (with M) in East Asia;
- and now S & K (with J), soon to go to gospel-zero Buddhist Asia.
We will be hosting the CMS commissioning service for S & K on Saturday 16th December at 10:30am in our Cathedral. We will be welcoming their supporters from other link churches too. And there will be light lunch refreshments afterwards.
We’d love you to come and join in the prayers for S & K & little J. And if you can, we’d love you to bring a plate of finger food to share afterwards with others, including our guests. You could choose savoury or sweet.
We will also have sausage sandwiches, perhaps bacon & egg rolls, hopefully barista-made coffee, and soft-drink cans for sale. All proceeds will go towards CMS Christmas appeal.
But we will also have free tea and brewed coffee, water and cordial.
This great opportunity to farewell S & K means we will not be holding our traditional Christmas-in-the-Park breakfast that morning, which has had declining numbers anyway.
But we will make sure we put the jumping castle up for the kids.
Parish Council Update – November
- As always, we start with a member’s Bible reading – this time Acts 6:1-7 – and prayer.
- We received a report from Reg Piper; what an example of intentional relationships and long-term perseverance and faithfulness in ministry.
- We were pleased to hear more of the region-wide “Jesus Is ____.” Mission in March, including a social justice “Walk for Water” event, the Mark Drama and a youth event at WIN Entertainment Centre.
- Our improved financial position has enabled us to retire the remaining $27K debt on the Mangerton Rd residence owned by the Parish! Thank you, once again.
- Significant time was dedicated to our staffing plan for 2018. We resolved to restore wages and allowances that some part-time staff had voluntarily given up in last year’s financial difficulties. An agreed focus was on training leaders for the future. We were pleased to hear that Josh Hayward has accepted a full-time youth ministry position in Sydney, as his traineeship came to an end with us, though we will miss him! We also resolved to replace the youth traineeship being vacated by Josh, and also to add a p/t women’s ministry traineeship and a Sunday student minister’s position. Careful long-term planning is developing for beyond 2018.
- We agreed to a proposal to extend WiFi to the hall for ministry leaders’ access.
- We disbursed final amounts of St Michael’s Day Thanksgiving appeal projects: between New Churches for New Communities ($4218.05) and Adjumani refugee camp appeal through Anglican Aid ($4218.05).
- We congratulated Luke Thompson and volunteers on a well run working bee Nov 4.