Parish Council Report from their meeting last week

  1. Finances  –  Member giving was again slightly over budget for July . Council gave thanks for this and the generosity he has inspired in our members. PC thanked the Treasurer Laurie Archer for his work.
  2. Building Mortgage – Over the past 8 years this is down from over $800,000 to now $174,000.  Council is continuing to aim for being debt free by Dec 2020.
  3. Grants – application is being made seeking $4000 to install a large TV in the northern hall and to improve broadcasting to the church hall from the church for major events
  4. Weekendaway – council invited proposals for a change of venue in 2019 in light of concerns over costs and closeness of Deer Park.  PC thanked those who have made submissions.  It was decided to continue this investigation but to book Deer park now so as not to lose this venue for 2019.
  5. Church solar panels –  A recent check showed that the church panels were generating an average of 62.5kw daily compared to average power usage of 70kw.  Meaning that even in winter we are almost energy neutral, as well as making some economic savings.  PC will report more in the future on how this investment is progressing.
  6. Thanksgiving Celebrations – Our annual Thanksgiving Sunday will be held on 21st October.  What’s new is a Parish Thanksgiving Picnic will be held at Bonnievale on Saturday 20th Oct at 11am to 1pm.  This will be preceded by a paddle-athon / fun run /walkathon / ferry-athon in which members will be encouraged to raise sponsors and $$ for our Thanksgiving Appeal our target this year is $30,000 under the banner Thanksgiving for Nextgen – Investing in the future”.  Our aim will be to raise $15,000 for Craig and Olivia’s ministry to Youth and children $10,000 for SRE (tax deductible) and $5,000 for scholarship & sponsorships for FUSE camp.  Members will soon receive a letter detailing these plans.
  7. Communication – the church faces internet limitations which it is hoped will be rectified with the arrival of the NBN access next year.  New mission partner boards are being planned for better member engagement and info.  We are also seeking to improve wireless coverage in the Roughley Halls.
  8. Property– A shed will soon be purchased and installed in back yard of Piper Cottage.
  9. Spring fair-From September, members are invited to place donations for Springfair under the awning of the double garage but asked not to donate large furniture or unsaleable goods.

What can we do together for drought ravaged families?

There are many and various appeals for those pummelled by the terrible drought.  There are actions big and small.  What can and should we do as a church.  We are praying and that should not be underestimated.  Pray for God not only to send rain but to transform and save lives eternally.  The people of the bush need Jesus more than rain.

What else can we do together?  We can give money and Anglican Aid is I think the best channel for us – why?  There overheads are among the lowest of all charities.  They are working locally through church in the bush so that whatever aid is offered is done so by local pastors and Christians loving their neighbours and sharing Jesus’ in word and action.

What else could we do?  St Luke’s Miranda is partnering with a bush church and sending care packages to them so that as the members and pastor visit local farmers they can take with them money from AA & practical care packages as well.  Then maybe a few of our church members could connect with the bush church, visit them one weekend, take care packages and join with them on Sunday for church etc.  If you have interest or ideas or a suggested bush church that our church has already got connections with, please let me know asap.

Your brother and Pastor Graham Crew